Time to Say Goodbye to the Walt Disney Classics Collection

Douglas Rickard with Chernabog Walt Disney Classics Collection and his Fantasia drawing

Holding Walt Disney Classics Collection sculpture Chernabog: “Night on Bald Mountain,” Douglas Rickard next to his “Fantasia Characters” art, at the Castle China event in 2014

I’ve displayed my still-lifes of the Walt Disney Classics Collection sculptures up at Castle China before, but nothing prepared me for the true treasures opened up at this month’s event in Dudley, poignantly, perhaps the last ever like this. (That’s my hand touching the “Bambi” Field Mouse, below!)

Walt Disney Classics Collection

First ever Walt Disney Classics Collection piece. From “Bambi” Field Mouse: “Little April Shower.”

Cinderella Dress

“Cinderella:” “A Lovely Dress for Cinderelly” NLE 5,000, 9” Walt Disney Classics Collection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In this fleeting video report of the day, catch farewell close ups of over 20 Walt Disney Classics Collection characters!

Never have three dimensions captured Disney characters so accurately, as the Walt Disney Classics Collection. Even vintage maquettes animators used as guides, in the making of Walt Disney’s movies like “Fantasia” and “Pinocchio,” don’t seem to have literally stepped out of the film, in both form and color in the same way this fine art sculpture line does.

Mr Toad

Mr. Toad: “Blue Boy” 6 1/2” and “Pinkie” 7” Walt Disney Classics Collection Disneyland Exclusive 2000

In 1993 at the start, original animators like Marc Davis were around too, with advice for translating their creations into porcelain. Collectors enjoyed how Tinker Bell’s sculpture precisely mirrored her on-screen pose in “Peter Pan.” And it wasn’t just fairies that received this careful treatment, even behemoths like Monstro were caught by the WDCC artists and sculptors. And we could own these ourselves!

Tinker Bell: “A Firefly! A Pixie! Amazing!” NLE 12,500, 5” Walt Disney Classics Collection, sculpted by Kent Melton

Tinker Bell: “A Firefly! A Pixie! Amazing!” NLE 12,500, 5” Walt Disney Classics Collection, sculpted by Kent Melton

Monstro

“Pinocchio:” “Monstro’s Revenge” NLE 750, 8 1/2” 2001 Walt Disney Classics Collection, sculpted by Dusty Horner

Douglas Rickard and his Donald Duck drawing of the WDCC sculpture

Douglas Rickard and his Donald Duck drawing of the WDCC sculpture

Taking my framed art up from London a day early gave me the opportunity to un-box and experience close-up a couple of rare Disney “Fantasia” collectibles as you’ll see in this video:

I don’t think the initial Pixar characters were favorable to the line. Woody and Buzz look three dimensional already, and in 1998, better in life as… toys. Today though, the computer animated Disney character has the illustrative softness of those in a film Walt Disney himself had touched (films originally only ever chosen by the WDCC.) Elsa and Anna even look like fine porcelain.

New licensee Precious Moments in 2013 were about to put the WDCC name to Disney gift-ware. It was quite possibly the ire of collectors, that ensured the encasing of the Walt Disney Classics Collection line safely into a “vault” instead. After all, collectors had been educated on the finer points of porcelain figurines over the years by… the WDCC.

Snow White herself awoke from such a state and so one day I wish, will the Walt Disney Classics Collection. Could Olaf’s size and stature be more fitting for a starter sculpture? My first purchase was tiny Thumper. Once I had him home, larger “Bambi” pieces from that scene (with price tags I’d never once dreamed I’d pay) eventually followed. However, you and I can still open teal green boxes from the secondary market and in the meantime, here are a few, fun un-boxing videos:

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Oh, it’s a jolly Disney Christmas in England, pt 3

Check out this firework-ready and princess-charged video, in which we start at the Harrods Disney Christmas Parade, and as the wind changes, head up with my drawings, to see the new Walt Disney Classics Collection Scrooge McDuck sculpture at Castle China and back again to London, for the Harrods Christmas lights switch on.

Oh, it’s a jolly Disney Christmas in England, pt 2

Scrooge McDuck portrayed in the new Walt Disney Classics Collection sculpture “Tidings of Joy and Goodwill” was on display along with my WDCC still-lifes art at Castle China’s Christmas Event in Warwick this month. I always think there’s a place for something Disney at Christmas, don’t you?

We may not have a park, but this year Harrods have a Disney pop-up boutique, not to mention some magically over the top window displays. And what could make my favorite Christmas experience this year, had to be the Cinderella castle quality, fireworks at the Harrods Christmas lights switch on.

Walt Disney Classics Collection Scrooge McDuck sculpture and Christmas lights switch on at Harrods, London

Walt Disney Classics Collection Scrooge McDuck sculpture and Christmas lights switch on at Harrods, London

Douglas Rickard at the Castle China Christmas Event 2012

Douglas Rickard at the Castle China Christmas Event 2012

Oh, it’s a jolly Disney Christmas in England, pt 1

We do get some gray and ordinary days in England, so to get to step into a glorious Disney one or two right here in Warwickshire and London, and at Christmastime as well, made my heart very light!

At the weekend I was able to show my drawings of Walt Disney Classics Collection sculptures at Castle China’s November Christmas Event. And recently back in London, friends and I even got to wave to a certain Mouse, himself, at the Harrods Disney Christmas Parade!

Douglas Rickard with friends at the Harrods Disney Christmas Parade 2012

Douglas Rickard with friends at the Harrods Disney Christmas Parade 2012

Douglas Rickard with his drawings of Walt Disney Classics Collection sculptures

Douglas Rickard with his drawings of Walt Disney Classics Collection sculptures

A Walt Disney Classics Collection Christmas starts November 17th in Warwick!

Come and meet me and see my new artwork at a banquet of WDCC sculptures, Disney figurines and art, at a Castle China Christmas Event, at the Lord Leycester Hotel, 19 Jury St, Warwick CV34 4EJ England on November 17th 2012.

Joining us there, will be the new Walt Disney Classics Collection releases including Snow White and Prince NLE 750, “Fairytale Ending;” Summer Fairies from “Fantasia;” and Ebenezer Scrooge and Tiny Tim, “Tidings of Joy and Goodwill.” Dave and Carole of Castle China are going to have hot mince pies ready for us and I just think the whole day will feel like ‘opening presents under the tree…’ Here’s a video reminder of the Fall Event last year.

Walt Disney Classics Collection Spring 2012 Premiere Event, pt 3

“Where Pictures Shine – Lady Gives You Her Paw – Numbered Limited Edition,” (top right) and Hand Embellished versions of other still-lifes of WDCC sculptures.  Some of my framed art at the Castle China hosted, Walt Disney Classics Collection 2012 Spring Premiere Event in Warwick, England at the weekend.

Douglas Rickard at the Walt Disney Classics Collection Spring 2012 Event

Douglas Rickard at the Walt Disney Classics Collection Spring 2012 Event

Still-lifes of WDCC sculptures by Douglas Rickard

Still-lifes of WDCC sculptures by Douglas Rickard

It is such an honor for my drawings of the beloved Walt Disney Classics Collection sculptures to be so well received.