DISNEY CLASSICS FIGURINES The Classics Collection started in 1992 with three scenes, Bambi, Cinderella,
and Fantasia's Sorcerer Apprentice. Many other series have since been introduced.
Some figurines are limited, and some have been retired. Some of these figurines
have risen high on the secondary market.
The figurines are made of porcelain, and the process is similar to that use
to make Hummel figurines. Individual pieces are molded, put together, and fired
in an oven. Then they are painted and fired again.
Each figurine is marked on the bottom, signifying the year it was produced.
The marks represent significant milestones in Disney history. The figurines
with the first year mark are usually the most desirable.
Collectors Society In January 1993, Disney introduced the Walt Disney Collectors Society. The
quality and appreciating values of the limited editions have attracted large
number collectors. Collectors are reminded of their youth and their love for
the Disney characters. Each collector has a story to tell about his or her
collection. The collection has grown to be a hot collectible today.
Disney Classics Collection Signature Marks Each
Walt Disney Classics Collection sculpture bears a
backstamp with Walt Disney's signature and production
The marks symbolize major milestones in Disney history. A production mark represents
the calender year during which the particular piece is made. Individual sculptures
of an open edition piece may carry different marks when production continues
over the years.
the first production year 1992, the Walt Disney
Classics Collection featured a steamboat wheel
mark. The wheel honors Mickey Mouse's debut in
Steamboat Willie (1928). This first mark is the
most desired by collectors.
1993 production mark is a treble clef. The clef
symbolizes the music in the Academy Award winning
Silly Symphonies. In them, Walt explored and expanded
the artistic, technical and emotional range of
1994 mark is a dancing flower. The flower represents
Disney's Flowers and Trees (1932). This animated
short is the first color cartoon ever created and
won the first Academy Award for Disney
1995 mark is a trowel. The trowel was used by Practical
Pig in the Academy Award winning 1933 cartoon,
Three Little Pigs. The short was a highpoint in
character development and introduced the song, "Who's
Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf," which was the
first hit song for Disney.
1996 mark is a sailor's hat. The hat represents
Donald Duck's on-screen debut in The Wise Little
Hen (1934). "Who? Me? Oh, no, I've got a bellyache" With
these eight words, the worlds most quick tempered
duck was born.
1997 mark is a music stand. The stand represents
Mickey Mouse's first color cartoon The Band Concert
(1935). The cartoon is renowned for its superb
character animation of band leader Mickey and mischievous
peanut vendor Donald Duck.
1998 mark is the pickax. The Dwarfs' diamond mining
tool helps celebrate the Diamond (70th) Anniversary
of the Walt Disney Company.
1999 mark is the Sorcerer's Hat. Fantasia (1940)
is recognized as one of Walt Disney's greatest
experiments, combining the art of animation with
the beauty of classical music. And of course, it's
lauded for giving Mickey Mouse his most famous
role as the Sorcerer's Apprectice.
2000 year mark is a feather--- Dumbo's magic feather
from Dumbo (1941).
2001 year mark is the butterfly. The butterfly
was chosen in honor of the 1942 animated classic
2002 year mark is the sombrero. The sombrero was
chosen in honor of the 1943 animated classic 'Saludos
Amigos,' featuring this years members only figural
The 2003 year mark is the harp. The harp was chosen in honor of the 1947 animated classic 'Fun and Fancy Free,' featuring the Harp from the segment 'Mickey and the Beanstalk' featuring Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, Willie the Giant and the Harp.
The 2004 year mark is the bumble bee. The bumble bee is from the 'Bumble Boogie' section of the 1948 animated classic 'Melody Time.' The Bee is the sole character, not so much a character as an 'experiencing object' - for example, he changes color according to the mood of the music and background. He first appears in sections, 'painted in' by an animated paintbrush.
The 2005 year mark is Cinderella's glass slipper. The glass slipper was chosen to honor Cinderella's 55th Anniversary. Released in 1950, it's considered one of Walt's favorite films.
The 2006 year mark is the tea cup. The tea cup was chosen in honor of the 1951 animated classic 'Alice in Wonderland' from the 'Mad Tea Party' sequence featuring Alice, the Mad Hatter and March Hare.
The 2007 year mark is the hook. Captain Hook's hook was chosen in honor of the 1953 animated classic 'Peter Pan.'
The 2008 year mark is the crown. Aurora's crown was chosen in honor of the 1959 animated classic 'Sleeping Beauty.'
The 2009 year mark is the Paw Print. The paw print was chosen in honor of the 1961 animated classic 'One Hundred and One Dalmatians.'
The 2010 year mark is the Sword in the Stone. The Sword was chosen in honor of the 1963 animated classic 'The Sword in the Stone.'
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