Archive for the ‘Disney Collectibles’ Category

Disneyland Paris Trip Report: Pin Trading is Alive!!!

Monday, August 29th, 2011

This weekend I was at Disneyland Paris and got to see a great pin trading event. Disneyland Paris organized an event inside the park where fans could gather to trade and buy new pins. The event was well organized with a good first come first serve policy. Those fans that where at the gate first got a green ticket entitling them to buy 2 of the limited pins. Those that came later had another color that would give them the right to buy one of the limited pins and those that came late still had the chance to win the right to buy one pin with the yellow raffle tickets. 300 die hard collectors turned up trying to get some of these pins and many of the collectors brought their collection to show and trade.

The event took place in Frontierland in front of the Pablo Trading Post shop that was not only open for the event but was filled with pins and vinylmations. In front of the shop collectors had enough room to share their collection. Some of these collections where well over a thousand pins and I heard of people being there showing of collections of 4000+ pins.

I used to collect myself but stopped a couple of years ago. Although I do have some pins left (Halloween stuff), I did sell many of them. There was just to much coming out and I had to make some choices. My Comic collection won it over the pins, but I must admit when I saw this happening, I did miss it.

It was also nice to see that the Vinylmation is getting some love too. Some tables where filled with these cute vinyls. It looks like a lot of the pin traders also like to collect these little figure. And who can blame them, they are to nice to leave behind on the shelves.

This event shows that pin trading is far from dead. There where a lot of people, some of them I recognized being there from the beginning, but also a lot of young fans that are fairly new to the hobby. Although I was tempted to get some pins for myself, I was able to withstand them. I wasn’t that lucky with the Vinylmations as I could not resist on picking up a couple of the new Pirates vinyls. Happy collecting everybody.

San Diego Comic Con Disney Exclusives Today

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Although Disney is somewhat skipping this years San Diego Comic Con with no big events and panels planned (except some Disney Channel and a Disney/Marvel Team up programs) there is still some good exclusive Disney items that go on sale on the con that has just started.

There are the Boom comics Get-A-Sketch exclusive San Diego blank covers from Ducktales, Chip ‘n Dale, Darkwing Duck as well as a 8-bit cover of Ducktales 1. There is an amazing looking Nightmare Before Christmas 2 Piece Bronze Paperweight Set. At Disney’s boot there will be a Phineas & FerbvAgent P Limited Edition Figurine. Disney will also offer a special limited range of Vinylmation figures at the convention. These exclusives are the following; three-inch Flocked Sully, three-inch Glow in the dark Mike Wazowski, three-inch Metallic Mickey Mouse, and a three-inch Blue Mr. Incredible. There are also a couple of nine-inch vinylmation figures;  nine-inch Metallic Buzz Lightyear and the nine-inch Metallic Maleficent.

Happy collecting to those attending the San Diego Con. For those not at the con, good luck finding them online once the con is finished.

San Diego Comic con has started yesterday with preview day and today with official opening day. Don’t have any tickets yet… You will not be able to get in. Tickets need to be book well in advance. The best way to get tickets: get them at the end of the previous show…

Picture copyrights Disney

Our First Vinylmation

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

When the Vinylmations where announced I promised myself not to get into it, to stay away from it and to not add yet another collectible to my home. But this weekend the Vinylmation trap snapped and a very first figure was both. They just looked so nice and I wanted to get at least one to see what I would get. Got to look at some of the choices in the shop at Disneyland Paris before I picked a box. There was an Animation Series, The Park Series 6, Star Wars Series and the Toy Story Series but it was the Have a Laugh Series that caught my eye. I liked multiple once of the Have a Laugh Vinylmation figures, but one of them in particular became my favorite one of this lot. It was the Mickey’s Garden Figure, the one with the pumpkin.

The boxes are closed however, so I had to be lucky to pick just that one. But I couldn’t help myself and picked a box…

At Cafe Mickey in the Disney Village in Disneyland Paris I opened the box… and what are the odds? (Well I guess 1 in 12). It was the one I wanted, The Have a Laugh “Mickey’s Garden Vinylmation. The trap has snapped for sure as I got the figure I wanted the most in my first pick.

My son was also very happy with his first box. He got himself the Donald one from this series. He had multiple once he liked and would be happy with, Donald being one of them.

The next day we left after a day of fun in the park with 2 more figures each. We both got the Ostrich one from the same set, while I took home Clu from the Tron Series and my son one box from the Star Wars Series. Am I hooked… I hope not, but after looking on the web what is out there I already have a want list. One of the is Shan Yu from the Villains Series (to name one), but I am mostly looking forward seeing the rumored Haunted Mansion Series come to the stores.

Disneyland from the Past

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

We Disney fans are not only interested in the Disney of today but also love to find information and stuff from the companies past. Some of us Disney geeks start to collect Disney items from the past because we love it so much. While we want to see the company and especially the parks grow, it’s still fun to see how it looked like in the old days.

With the internet and the easy access to the rest of the world it provides, it’s almost a rarity to send out postcards now a days. The E-Mail is so much faster, can have a lot more info and is cheap. In the past postcards where one of the most common ways to communicate when on holiday. Today they are a gateway to the past. It’s not only fun to collect but also fun to see how the Disney parks looked like so many years ago. Just have a look at the example above. Isn’t it fun! The three little Pigs in front of the castle in Disneyland.

This card was published by H. S. Crocker Co. of San Bruno, California in the late 1970. A correct date was not printed on the card. I paid about $0,60 for the card. Proof that collecting Disney doesn’t always have to be expensive.

Disney handwritten letter to Mickey creator and More Disney Auctions

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Live Auctioneers has a big auction coming up this weekend where Disney fans’ hearts will beat either a little harder or might even skip a couple of beats when they see the fantastic collection of items that will go under the hammer. There are to many lots to name but I picked a couple of my favorites to give you an idea on what to expect.

How about a “Complete Gladiator Costume from Tron” for those fans of the 1982 Tron movie. I know there are plenty and there is plenty in the auction from Tron for them. Other Tron items include “Tron Light Cycles print signed by Syd Mead” and a “Tron crew jacket and original press kit” among many other Tron stuff.

Want something special straight from the Disney Parks history. You could own a Lincoln bust prototype estimated $4000 to $6000. There are also some first day Disneyland opening tickets set to go for $1.500 or more. There are even some ride vehicles in the auction lot from Snow White and Mr Toad ride and an original 1962 Haunted Mansion door comings from the attraction.

With the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie coming up it’s a great moment to have some Pirates items in your auction too. This includes some amazing stuff like “Pirates of the Caribbean Keira Knightly costume”, “Johnny Depp “Capt. Jack Sparrow” stunt flintlock from Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest”, “Johnny Depp “Capt. Jack Sparrow” stunt flintlock from Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” and lots of other cool pirates items.

Tim Burton items are also being sold during the auction. There will be a whole lot of Original Tim Burton hand-drawn ink sketches for Vincent, but also items from Nightmare on Chistmas like a “Collection of 12 color storyboards from The Nightmare Before Christmas” and other artwork. But that’s just the beginning as there is some amazing Nightmare stuff to choose from, including original puppets and items used on the set and in the movie.

But the one and most important items will be a letter written and signed by Walt Disney himself. It’s the “Disney handwritten letter to Mickey creator” written by Disney to Ub Iwerk. This historical document is estimated $60.000 to $80.000 and has been in the hands of the Iwerks family up to now.

This letter documents a major turning point for Disney, urging Iwerks to leave Kansas City, move to Los Angeles and accept his offer to become Disney’s chief animator, marking the moment in time in which history was secured and the Master of Fantasy and the Hand Behind the Mouse came to an agreement that would ultimately change popular culture as we know it today. (Live Auctioneers)

A true gem for a real (and wealthy) Walt Disney collector

Other Disney items include animation production cells, concept art, drawings, Theme Park attraction posters, Club 33 chair, maquettes, and a lot more. There is also a big collection of other movie and TV items not related to Disney.

Auction starts on May 14 and will be divided over 2 days. Early bids can be placed via the site.

Disney Store Opens In Antwerp

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Today the Disney Store opened their first store in the Benelux in Antwerp, Belgium. The grand opening took place at 11am with a special opening ceremony where Mickey and Minnie came out of the store to welcome the public and Disney fans to enter the shop for the very first time. A little girl was picked you was handed a key from Mickey. With this key she could open the store to the general public.

The store is a shop on two floors filled with Disney merchandise. Classic Disney figures, princesses, Disney movies, Pixar and, yes, Marvel related merchandise. The store is a fun place with some special surprises like light up threes that show some Disney Magic, A big interactive movie screen and a mirror showing some magical moments that involve the Disney princesses.

The interactive part of the shop is real fun, especially if you are going there during your birthday. Let on of the Cast Members now it’s your birthday and see what happens in the whole of the shop.

Unfortunately the Disney geeks and collectors will not find what they love so much as the Pins, Vynilmations, Walt Disney Classic Collection, Snow Globes and such are missing from the store.

The store can be found on “De Meir”, the biggest shopping street in the heart of Antwerp, Belgium.

Well worth a visit as you will see on the rest of the pictures.

A Pirate’s Ship, a Mousekedances Album and Walt’s Signature

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Are you a Disney collector looking for something special that can’t be found in the Disney stores and Theme Parks. How about visiting auctions? You can always find something special there. In about 3 days Julien’s Live will action of some amazing stuff in their “Hollywood Legends Auction”. Some of this stuff is truly awesome. From the TV hit “Heroes” to the fantastic movie Serenity, from Star Wars to Marlene Dietrich and a lot more. There are 602 different lots starting from $50 to well over $10000.

For the Disney fanatics and specialist collectors there are three lots to look out for. All three of them pretty amazing. The three lots are…

An architectural drawing for the Disneyland Inc. Fantasyland Pirate Ship. Drawing is dated “5-7-55,” showing the side and end elevations of the ship, marked “Sheet No. A3.” Designed by WED Enterprises. Designed to resemble Captain Hook’s pirate ship, it served as a restaurant at Disneyland from 1955 to 1982. (lot 357)

This lot is estimated $500 to $700.

The second item is…

A 10″ 78 rpm copy of “Mousekedances” signed on record label by Walt Disney and on the reverse label by members of The Mickey Mouse Club including: Annette, Doreen, Karen, Tommy, Cheryl, Roy, Cubby, Jimmie Dodd and Bobby. (lot 358)

An amazing item signed by 9 people. This is an absolute rare find and is estimated to bring $800 to $1000.

And item number three…

An original vintage photograph inscribed and signed by Walt Disney. (lot 359)

A gem for sure and something many Walt Disney fans would love to own. Estimated at $600 to $800, but I see this item selling for more beating the higher end estimate. Beautiful Disney collectible. For those that want to place a bit; happy bidding and good luck and if you win it let us know…

Picture copyrights Julien’s Auctions. Click picture to see full size on their page

Grimm Fairy Tales in Walt Disney World (update)

Saturday, April 16th, 2011

I love Disney parks, love them! It’s one of the two hobby’s I have that I enjoy every single day. What is the other hobby? Comics! Love them too. So when you put them together I totally geek out. When Marvel came part of Disney I got really excited and could only see (hope) good things. Now there are a lot of other companies out there making some great stuff. One of them is Zenescope who have a monthly Grimm Fairy Tales comic book. Almost every month Zenescope bring out a couple of variant editions. A lot of the time these variants are related with Comic Conventions.

The latest convention edition will be the Megacon convention. This convention takes took place in Orange County Convention Center in Orlando as from February 17 to 19th 2012. Especially for this convention 2 variant covers of Zenescope will be offered. What is so special about these that we have to mention them on a Disney blog. Well, let the covers speak for themselves. (more…)

Star Tours 2 Action Figures

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Hasbro has released some information about two new action figures sets related to the new Star Tours attraction that will open in the Disney parks. The first one is the Star Tours Ambush Pack featuring Darth Vader, Boba Fett as well as 2 Storm Trooper variant figures. The second collection is named Star Tours Travel Agency Pack with our new “designated driver” 3-CPO, ACE, Aly San San, a ground crew droid and a fifth unnamed character.

These new figure will appeal both the Star Wars fans as well as the collectors of park/ride related merchandise.

Pictures copyrights Hasbro

Captain Hook Premium Format Figure

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Collectors of Disney, Peter Pan and Captain Hook should have a look at the new Captain Hook Premium Statue of Sideshow Collectibles. Sideshow Collectibles is known for their amazing statue collection and always deliver the best of the best. No difference with the new Captain Hook figure that will go on pre-sale as of tomorrow.

The captain Hook figure will come in two versions. There will be the premium edition that will include a switch-out hook hand with Peter’s hat. This edition will be limited to only 350 pieces. The second edition will not have the switch out piece. This edition will also be limited as most Sideshow Collectibles are, but will have a bigger volume then the Premium Edition.

Visit the Toy News site for a gallery preview.

Picture copyrights Sideshow Collectibles

InspEarations TRON Mickey Statue

Monday, December 6th, 2010

If you are both a Mickey Mouse fan and a Tron fan (like me) then this is the auction for you. The original InspEarations TRON Mickey Statue is up for grabs on Ebay. Starting bid is $9500, or you can buy it now for $15000. This statue was specially designed for  Mickey’s 75th birthday and has originally been displayed in the park. This is one beautiful collectible!

To bid or buy this item or to see some more picture visit the original Ebay page. 4 days left for those that want to place a bid.

Hot Toys Tron Legacy: Sam Flynn and Light Cycle

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

One of the best and hottest toy companies at the moment is based in Hong Kong. This company is Hot Toys and creates some of the best ever figures ever seen in the toy business. The have created some of the most spectacular toys from movies like Aliens, Aliens vs Predator or from Marvel figures like the upcoming Ghost Rider or some of the best Iron Man figures. Iron Man II might have been the worst Super Heroes movie of this year, but the Hot Toys Whiplash and Black Widow figure are amazing! While toys sounds like something for the little once, this is not the case for the Hot Toys figures. These figures well well above the $100 a piece and are pieces of art that belong on display. The figures are mostly limited, making them even more collectible. (more…)

Walt Disney at Christie’s Auction House

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Collectors of Walt Disney and the Walt Disney Studio should make sure to check out the Christie’s auction house in London. On November 25, Christie’s will be selling some incredible Walt Disney items that are truly a one of a kind collectible.

Included in the lot are a Walt Disney signed page from Bob Thomas Art of Animation. The page is signed on the back by Walt Disney himself. This signature is expected to make something between $1600 and $2400. (more…)

Disney Vacation Club Vinylmation

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Disney Vacation Club members and Vinylmation collectors will have the chance  to add an exclusive to their collection. As of September 24 a new figure will be sold in Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

Although I try to stay away from yet another collectible item I must admit that I have a weakness for the Disney Vacation Club items and one of these might find a place on my shelves.

To obtain this Vinylmation you will need to show a valid Vacation Club Membership ID.

Tron Variants

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

Marvel and Disney! They are one and the same (sort of) as Disney bought Marvel. You can already notice this joint venture by the Tron movie adaption’s that are going to appear. But Marvel has more plans. There will be 4 variant comic covers related to Tron in November. There are no pictures yet but the titels of the comic books with variants are: Thor #617, Avengers #7, Captain America #612 and Secret Avengers #7.

Comic book store can order these variants in a ratio of 15 other books of the same title. So if a store orders 15 regular Thor covers it can order 1 extra Thor Tron Variant cover.