Thursday, May 31, 2007
*Special alternative cover advance issue of Sketches Magazine just for event guests. This collectible issue of May Sketches magazine features a WDCC Pirates of the Caribbean cover and back along with the event logo on the front. Only a small production run were printed with this alternative cover, available only at the event in the guests' check-in packets and a few offered at Public Day.
The regular version of May Sketches Magazine will feature Ursula Villains Series piece on the cover and mail before the end of May.
*WDCC Pirates of the Caribbean Button featuring the Auctioneer & Redhead and the event name/date. Event guests will also receive this WDCC button at check-in and some may be available at Public Day.
Daisy Duck ("Twist and Twirl") from The Mickey Mouse Club, Limited to Production Year 2006 is now Sold Out!
Walt Disney Classics Collection introduced the Mickey Mouse Club sculptures in 2005. The first introductions were the Open Edition releases of Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Minnie Mouse. Mickey's Nephew, a 2005 Dealer Show Exclusive and Limited to Production Year 2005 was also released.
Daisy (5-3/4") joined the club as part of the 2006 introductions that also included J. Audubon Woodlore and Humphrey the Bear (both Open Editon Releases). 2007 (thus far) we will see the introductions of Pluto and a porcelain Mickey Mouse Club Logo Plaque. All Mickey Mouse Club sculptures have been sculpted by Bruce Lau. Daisy has a SRP of $99.00 US.
Collectors should check with their retailer regarding availability since Daisy is no longer in inventory.
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
All packed and in 3.5 hours will heading to WDW! Looking forward to spending time with family, meeting up with friends and seeing all the new product being unveiled!
I won't have a computer with me :( Be watching for updates upon my return.
Keep to the Code!
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
This arsenal scene with the Pirate on Cannon (Mr. Coote) appears at Disneyland® Park and some other Pirates of the Caribbean attractions at other Disney Theme Parks around the world, but not at WALT DISNEY WORLD® Resort.
The Pirate on Cannon (9 ½" Height x 13" Length x 8" Base Width) with a SRP of $350.00 US is sculpted by Ruben Procopio. This is Ruben's 3rd Release in the Pirates of the Caribbean Series.
Ruben was also the Concept Artist on Pirates with Pigs, Pirate on Archway Bridge and the Pirate on Cannon. He is also the Concept Artist on the upcoming Jail Scene with Dog, sculpted by Tim Bruckner.
Captain Mickey: "Welcome Aboard!"
Snow White: "Whistle While You Work"
Dwarf's Cottage Bench
Deer with Laundry: "Spring Cleaning"
Turtle: "Ticklish Turtle"
Belgium: "Gathering Friends"
Spain: "Hola, Amigos!" (Boy) and "Aldea" (Village)
70th Anniversary Release
(Limited to Production year 2007)
Nightmare Before Christmas Town Fountain Scene sculpted by Patrick Romandy-Simmons
5-3/4" (German Girl); 2-1/2" (Dachsund)
It's a Small World Series
Mulan: "Perfectly Poised"
Mushu: "One Family Reunion Coming Right Up"
There are a number of other Third Quarter new introductions not shown as part of the Sneak Peak which will be announced soon as part of the official Third Quarter Launch including a full new scene. There is at least one more unveiling that will take place at the event.
Saturday, May 19, 2007
One of the sculptures making its debut will be the 5th release in the Pirates of the Caribbean Series, Pirate on the Archway Bridge: "A Parrot's Life for Me!" (11-1/2") sculpted by Ruben Procopio with a SRP of $250.00.
This is Ruben's second release in the series. He also sculpted Pirate with Pigs: "Drink Up Me 'earties!." The Pirate with Pigs is the 4th release in the series and will be making it's debut May 22-25, 2007 during the WALT DISNEY WORLD® Resort Pirates of the Caribbean: Adventures on the 7 Seas Lagoon special event. 500 sculptures will debut at the event with a special event backstamp.
For anyone in the area this is a great opportunity not to be missed!
For guests who will not be registering for the event, be sure to stop by DISNEY's CONTEMPORARY Resort on Friday afternoon (May 25th) for Public Day where Dave Pacheco, Ruben Procopio and other artists will be appearing and signing WDCC sculptures.
This years Of Dreams & Magic release, a Walt Disney Collectors Society Members Only Sculpture is straight from Mermaid Lagoon from that moment when Peter is boasting of his escapades to Never Land's bevy of beautiful mermaids.
"Spinning a Spellbinding Story," sculpted by Dusty Horner is available to active Society members from January 01, 2007 thru March 31, 2008.
In one of the most famous images in Disney animation, Captain Hook masterfully commands the rowboat as the bumbling Mr. Smee rows for Skull Rock. "An Irresistible Lure," sculpted by Tim Bruckner is a Numbered Limited Edition of 1,500.
Pictured with both sculptures is Skull Rock, a gift given to registered convention guests upon registering for the 2003 Celebration of Walt Disney Art Classics aboard the Disney Cruise Line®, May 15-18, 2003. Skull Rock was a Limited Edition of 500.
Friday, May 18, 2007
For some attendees, this will be their second opportunity t' plummage exclusive Pirates of the Caribbean merchandise from t' Walt Disney Classics Collection.
In 2002, Walt Disney Art Classics hosted a Celebration of Walt Disney Art Classics at t' WALT DISNEY WORLD® Resort themed around t' Pirates o' t' Caribbean Attraction (March 23-25, 2000).
Pirates and Wenches alike had the opportunity to purchase the familiar “Dunking Scene” where one of the pirate leaders is interrogating the village’s mayor, consistently dunking the poor magistrate in the well. The "Dunking Scene" was a two-piece, Numbered Limited Edition of 1,500 matched, numbered set sculpted by Bruce Lau.
Landlubbers who signed on received a "Pirate's Life for Me!" Title Scroll (pictured above). The Pirate's Scroll (3") was sculpted by Bruce Lau. Each map has the Convention logo backstamp on the back with WALT DISNEY WORLD® logo and March 2000 underneath the Convention logo.
As ye set sail this weekend be watchin' those waters ... Aye Maties!
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Captain Mickey: "Welcome Aboard!" (5-1/4" - red & blue uniform) was released in 2003 as part of the Celebration of Walt Disney Art Classics Event as an Open Edition release (SRP $99.00 US) and will be honored with retirement on Wednesday, May 23rd.
Captain Mickey: "Set Sail for Fun" (5" - white uniform) will be making his debut aboard the Disney Cruise Line® this summer also as an Open Edition release (SRP $99.00 US).
The original Disney Cruise Line® Captain Mickey was retired due to the Captain Mickey character on the ships has a costume update — the navy whites with the gold trim. Hence, the Cruise Line requested a new Walt Disney Classics Collection sculpture reflecting the updated costume.
Available only on the Disney Cruise Line®. Disney Cruise Line® exclusive merchandise lives only on board the ships :)
Monday, May 14, 2007
For a glimpse at the cache of rare Walt Disney Classics Collection treasure up for bid as part of the auction, follow this link...
Some items will be offered as part of the event live auction on Thursday evening May 24th, other items will be offered as part of a silent auction for registered guests of the event.
"Symphony of Evil" (10-1/2") is a Numbered Limited Edition of 1,000 sculpted by Ruben Procopio with a SRP of $650.00.
Trivia: Chernabog was animated by veteran animator Vladimir "Bill" Tytla, a true pioneer of Disney animation and honored by the Walt Disney Collectors Society in 2001 with the Animators' Choice release of Dumbo & Mrs. Jumbo ("Baby of Mine").
The Numbered Limited Edition sculpture release celebrating Disneyland's 50th Anniversary is now Sold Out!
"Family Vacation" (5-3/4"H x 7-1/4"W x 4"D) featuring Donald, Daisy and Donald's nephews, Huey, Louie and Dewey made its debut at Disneyland® Resort in July 2005 and then released to all other retailers in late August and September that same year.
A Numbered Limited Edition of 1,955 in honor of the opening of Disneyland® was sculpted by Bruce Lau with a SRP of $299.00.
- Donald's classic red roadster (inspired by the auto seen in the last Donald Duck theatrical cartoon produced to date, 'The Litterbug') is complete with Donald's famous '313' license plate and Donald Duck hood ornament.
- Coloration of Donald's license plate was based on research of California license plates of that era.
- Nostalgic 1950's Davy Crockett 'coon skin cap, Mickey Mouse Ears and Disneyland® pennant worn by the nephews!
Collectors should check with their retailer regarding availability since it is no longer in inventory.
The Numbered Limited Edition set from Disney's The Lion King featuring Simba, Nala and Zazu on a Base is now Sold Out!
In 2003, the Walt Disney Classics Collection unveiled this 4-piece Numbered Limited Edition Set. The boxed set included Simba (3-1/2"), Nala (3-3/4"), Zazu (2-3/4") and a routed Watering Hole Base (4-1/2").
The boxed set was a Numbered Limited Edition of 1,994 in honor of the year the film was released and was sculpted by Patrick Romandy-Simmons with a SRP of $250.00.
Each piece in the set had it's own title. "No One Saying See Here!" (Simba) "No One Saying Stop That" (Nala) "Now See Here!" (Zazu) "The Watering Hole" (Base).
Collectors should check with their retailer regarding availability since it is no longer in inventory.
Sunday, May 13, 2007
Happy Mother's Day to all the Moms who visit either the blog and/or website today.
The Walt Disney Classics Collection has released some significant sculptures over the year's depicting that special moment of a mother and child.
A very touching mother and child sculpture is this year's Silly Symphony Series release of the Ugly Duckling and his Mother ("A Loving Embrace") sculpted by Jacqueline Perreault Gonzales.
My favorite is Dumbo and Mrs. Jumbo ("Baby Mine"), the 2001 Walt Disney Collectors Society Animator Choice, honoring veteran animator Vladimir "Bill" Tytla sculpted by Patrick Romandy-Simmons.
Also released were Bambi and Mother ("My Little Bambi"), the 2001 Spring Event sculpture, sculpted by Patrick Romandy-Simmons and Perdita with Patch and Puppy ("Patient Perdita") a 1996 Open Edition release sculpted by Chris Peterson.