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Disney Figurines Collecting (Part II) 

How can I start collecting Disney figurines?

To begin collecting Disneyana collectibles, the first thing to do is find a guide that includes a vast variety of Disney collectibles. A pocket-size Disney guide will suffice. There are numerous Disney figurines to pick from but the best ones have photos, detailed descriptions, and item value. Disney figurines value differ in sizes, designs, shapes, materials, and brands.

Collectible Disney figures can be bought on some websites. There are many websites that sell Disney figurines. It could either be for auctions or for sale. Disney figurines are sold by authorizing figurine dealers. Be cautious of the fake dealers. You can pick from these different manufacturers such as Swarovski, Armani, Lladro figurines, Royal Doulton figurines, and Disney Company.

Before buying Disney figurines, it is smart to look for the different price lists and the background of the figurines you are purchasing. Disney collectible figurines differ according to design, price, shape, size, materials used, and maker of the figurines.

You can get a 101 Dalmations figurine.

The most popular size of collectible Disney figures is the miniature. These collectible Disney pieces are very affordable. They come in various designs and styles depicting the various characters of Disney cartoon films.

Here are a few Disney movie characters that are depicted: Bambi, Donald Duck, Goofy, Mickey & Minnie Mouse, Pinocchio, Dumbo, Fantasia, Lady and the Tramp, 101 Dalmatians, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, and the Seven Dwarfs, and Cinderella.

There were also Armani Disney figurines. These exquisitely crafted figurines appear exactly like princes and princesses in Walt Disney films. The price of these highly detailed and marvelously crafted figurines go from $250 up to $4,000.

These talented sculpted Disney cartoon characters have been very successful in the figurine world and in the collector industry. Llandro Disney figures go in price from $400 to $3,500.



Disney Figurines Collecting (Part I)

Disney cartoon films captured our hearts since it first appeared to the public. We collect Disney films because we enjoy watching them over and over again. Other folks collect anything that comes from Disney films.

The term Disneyana is what Disney collectibles such as books, toys, animation celluloid, themed-park souvenirs, etc. Disneyana hobbyists rose throughout the 1980s and 1990s.

Earlier, Disney Company licensed other manufacturing companies to create Disney figures. But in 1992, Disney Company began to make their Disney collectible figures. Disney figurines come in various types, brand, design,

This couple is shopping in a souvenir shop, I wonder if they’ll find any Disney figurines.

materials, artist, stamp mark, etc.

Disney figurines collecting

Disney collectible figurines have an exciting connotation among people. They bring back childhood memories of those lovable and fun Disney cartoons or even the happiness of vacationing at Disney World.

Disney classics collection caught not only the attention of collectors but of collectible shops and antique shops.

Some figurines in the Disney collection are made from porcelain and the process is just like making Hummel figurines. Disney figurine created from porcelain is molded and fired in an oven. They are then painted and fired once more.

Collectible Disney figurines spend months or even years in the production process. The Disney company wants to be sure that the sculpture is exactly like the original character in the film. Others are made from clay, glass, ceramic, plastic, etc.

In 1993, Disney started the Walt Disney Collectors Society. The increasing values and quality of limited Disney figures and rare Disney figurines have enticed a huge number of collectors. Collecting figurines of Disney denotes their youthful days and a love for Disney characters.

In 1995 Disney introduced the Enchanted Places, background scenes from their most famous animated films. To go with the Enchanted Places series, Disney introduced miniature figures, designed by world-famous miniature artist Robert Olszewski.

 



Making Money Collecting Barbie Dolls

Like so many other collectibles, Barbie’s magnetism holds true for both children and adults, especially adults who, as kids, weren’t allowed or couldn’t afford a Barbie of their own.

The possibility for any Barbie fan to make a personal, unique collection is limitless. The question is, where to begin? First, make sure you know the three eras of Barbie dolls: Vintage (1959 – 72), The Modern (after 72), and Collectible (1986).

Vintage Barbie

Look for dolls that are not the same. A difference in hair style or eye color can make them more valued. Try to keep your dolls and outfits boxed. Don’t play with them! Though you can sell unboxed dolls, boxed examples always get more money. For this reason many Barbie collectors buy two of every doll, one to play with and one to leave in the box.

There are three main types of collector: Collectible, Vintage, and Pink Box collectors. And because there is such a vast range of Barbies to select between, collectors usually specialize in one small area.

Vintage means made before ‘72. Check the country of manufacture to give you an indication of a doll’s age. Before ‘73 Barbies were made in Mexico, Taiwan, and the US. Pink Box Barbies are toys particularly made for kids and are vastly available, though they aren’t as valuable as the older ones.

The trick for collectors is to foresee the ones that will become future collectibles. This is a difficult thing to do, but, as a rule, go for the models that are most treasured by today’s children. They are the ones who will pay in 20 years for the Barbies they weren’t allowed as kids.

Whichever you decide to stick with, 70s Barbies, ethnic Barbies, or Barbie footwear, the crucial thing to remember is to enjoy the dollars. If not, there really isn’t any point.




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