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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Video Report – Grumpy 2011 Walt Disney Classics Collection Event

A look at the sculptures and art including my own, at the Castle China hosted “Get Grumpy” Event in October. www.castlechina.com Follow me on Facebook… http://on.fb.me/qNb3dY

My art on show alongside world class collectible brandnames

Do you know what is amazing? And I’m still feeling so privliged. My art was on show alongside world class collectible brandnames like Jim Shore and Lenox at the Walt Disney Classics Collection 2011 Grumpy Fall Premiere Event hosted by Castle China in Warwick. And all of my framed still-lifes of the WDCC sculptures in this photo, got sold on the day!

Douglas Rickard at the Walt Disney Classics Collection 2011 Grumpy Fall Premiere Event

Douglas Rickard at the Walt Disney Classics Collection 2011 Grumpy Fall Premiere Event

Douglas Rickard at the Walt Disney Classics Collection 2011 Grumpy Fall Premiere Event

Here I am with my artwork (left) at the Walt Disney Classics Collection 2011 Grumpy Fall Premiere Event hosted by Castle China in Warwick. Staying over at the Lord Leycester, with all that Disney downstairs, felt like being on an American vacation!

Douglas Rickard at the Walt Disney Classics Collection 2011 Grumpy Fall Premiere Event

Douglas Rickard at the Walt Disney Classics Collection 2011 Grumpy Fall Premiere Event

Walt Disney Classics Collection 2011 Grumpy Fall Premiere Event sculpture

The big surprise for me at the weekend, was that this “Cantankerous Curmudgeon” was no dwarf at 6 3/4″! Product photos on the internet give you an idea, but are not as exciting as seeing sculptures or art up close and in person. The Castle China hosted event in Warwick, England also showcased other new WDCC sculptures  like the Brer Rabbit & Brer Fox set (top, left), Dumbo (top, right) and the “Fantasia” Lilly of the Valley Fairy (bottom, right).  Call Castle China on 01926-400513 or email info@castlechina.com for last orders!

Walt Disney Classics Collection 2011 Grumpy Fall Premiere Event sculpture

Walt Disney Classics Collection 2011 Grumpy Fall Premiere Event sculpture

Walt Disney Classics Collection 2011 “Get Grumpy” Fall Premiere Event

My New WDCC Still-Life Art | Walt Disney Classics Collection 2011 Fall Premiere Event Sculpture Grumpy: “Cantankerous Curmudgeon” | Exclusive D23 Expo, Disneyland® and Walt Disney Museum Merchandise

This Saturday October 22nd, 11am – 5pm at the Lord Leycester Hotel, Jury St., Warwick CV34 4EJ England. Do come along if you can!

Walt Disney Classics Collection 2011 Fall Premiere Event

Walt Disney Classics Collection 2011 Fall Premiere Event