NANCO Posable Kermit the Frog Plush

Disney acquired the Muppets (but not Sesame Street) in 2004. I believe that makes any merchandise that was sold prior to the purchase more valuable. So if you can find a Muppet character with a Henson trademark, you have something special!

A case in point is this Nanco posable Kermit the Frog plush:

“It’s time to play the music!”

Both of Kermit’s arms and legs are fully posable with a steel wire running through each. When his legs are fully extended, he is 16″ tall.

“On Disleelandia today!”

But I’m not putting on any makeup, although I may dress up right!

There is a loop attached to the back of his head so that you can hang Kermit for display purposes. Not because he was a bad frog!

Nanco plush are still available through the Rhode Island Novelty website.

Nanco is no stranger to the Muppets. I also have a large Beaker plush from the same company. The link also highlights a smaller Beaker from Sababa Toys. Both are worth meeting!

This has been the most sensational, inspirational, celebrational, Muppetational, post! Yes, this is what we call Disleelandia!

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WDW Magic Kingdom Wintergreen Mints Tin

A big part of any Disney vacation are the souvenirs! Or is it just me? I love checking out all of the new merchandise every time I visit the Parks or Disney Springs. Of course, it can become very expensive if you lack self control… like me.

So I’m always delighted to find inexpensive items like this WDW Magic Kingdom wintergreen mints tin:

The image on the tin lid is fun if not a bit confusing. Only two lands are represented from the Magic Kingdom: Tomorrowland and Fantasyland. But no Frontierland or Adventureland or other sections of the Park.

As for the image, would Mickey really need a map to find his way around the Park? And Goofy had better duck!

After the mints are consumed the tin makes a nice little keepsake box.

Most of the mints you will find in these tins are basically the same. They may list a different flavour but I’ve found them to taste pretty much the same. And forget it if you have an allergy! I also use them to help me to cut down on expensive snacking when I’m in the Parks. They give you something to suck on which helps you to resist the temptation to stop at every food cart!

Obviously I have quite a collection of these little tins, but I also have a much larger tin that was also sold at Walt Disney World. It was filled with taffy, but I purchased it after someone else had consumed the contents!

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Miniature Rubber Mickey Mouse Figurine

So who’s a little cutie patootie, then? Well, this miniature rubber Mickey Mouse figurine definitely fits the definition: Someone so cute you want to squish them up and stick them in your pocket.

In this case, the ‘sticking it in your pocket’ thing shouldn’t be a problem:

At just 1″ high and 1 1/2″ long, this just may be one of the smallest figurines in my collection. He is made of soft rubber that has been painted. He has a few wear spots that show he is pure white without the colours added.

Mickey merchandise started featuring him wearing casual clothes in the 1970s onwards, which means this little guy is likely from that vintage. Or possibly the 1980s.

Have you ever heard of the expression that someone has you in the palm of their hand? With Mickey here, that it quite literally the case!

If this figurine wasn’t cute enough for you, check out my full set of adorable Snow White character Squinkies. They’re rubber too!

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Walt Disney World Castle Bell with Finger Hole Top

Walt Disney World opened in 1971 as a bigger and arguably better Disneyland. Of course, it only had the Magic Kingdom at that point. But it was patterned after Walt’s original Park with what is not arguably a bigger castle.

This Walt Disney World Castle bell with finger hole top features Cinderella Castle:

This rather generic picture of the Castle is used and reused on many pieces of merchandise from the 1970s and 1980s. I have other items like plates and salt & pepper shakers with the same image.

Cinderella Castle is approximately 100 feet taller than Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle in California (77 feet), reaching a whopping 189 feet tall when measured from the concrete bottom of the water moat. This bell is slightly shorter at 4.5″.

Any Disney product made in Japan is usually from no later than the 1980s. What I don’t like is the dual branding between Disneyland and Walt Disney World for something that is obviously exclusive to WDW.

Like bells? Check out my post on a pewter Walt Disney World bell and spoon set. It shows how the same images are used across multiple products.

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AFB Bone China Mickey Mouse Thimble

AFB is an elusive company to research. It doesn’t appear to be in business anymore and no information about its operation or products seems to be available.

There are quite a few of these thimbles on various e-sites but few reliable facts. Behold the fingerful that is the AFB bone china Mickey Mouse thimble:

Mickey is looking quite dapper with his red bowtie and blue blazer. His starched collar is sitting rather high but still makes our mouse look fashionable!

This would have been an inexpensive item to buy. It is simple in design with a basic white shape accented with a gold stripe. Any number of Disney characters have been printed on such pieces.

Bone china is a type of ceramic that is composed of bone ash, feldspathic material, and kaolin. It’s the strongest of the porcelain or china ceramics, having very high mechanical and physical strength and chip resistance. A distinguishing feature is its high levels of whiteness and translucency.

For another thimble of a very unusual type, check out my post on Sherlock Holmes. You’ll be able to see the Master Sleuths brain on the top of a thimble! I bet you thought his brain would’ve been bigger. Trust me, it’ll be worth the scrolling.

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Precious Moments Minnie Mouse as Cinderella Figurine

Precious Moments Company, Inc. (PMI) is an American company that started selling religious greeting cards but expanded into giftware such as this Minnie Mouse as Cinderella figurine. The company was initially formed in 1978 by the illustrator Samuel J. Butcher.

Cinderella got her start a wee bit earlier. She could have had her first appearance as far back as 7 BCE, but perhaps the most common iteration was published in 1634. Of course, Disney provided what is arguably the definitive version in 1950.

Precious Moments took their crack at the character, sort of, in 2013:

Minnie Mouse got her start in 1928 alongside her Prince Charming, Mickey Mouse. Although the girly mouse is not considered a Disney Princess, she is definitely Disney Royalty!

The curtsey was widely practiced in the 17th Century. It’s a traditional gesture of greeting in which a girl or woman lowers her body by bending her knees, as Minnie is doing above. It is the female equivalent of male bowing in European cultures. The word ‘curtsy’ comes from ‘courtesy’ which means politeness.

Each figurine has an annual symbol stamped on the bottom. The symbol used for this particular figurine is a cartoon hand, like that of Mickey Mouse. You can barely see it in the picture above, in the upper right corner. This symbol is not listed as the official 2013 mark, so must be a special mark for just Disney products.

Minnirella is 3.5″ tall.

For another piece of Cinderella merchandise, check out my wife’s Disney T-shirt that features a cool pattern of the iconic coach that takes her to the Ball. ‘Tis regal indeed!

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Pie Eye Minnie Mouse Micro Ceramic Planter

Minnie Mouse has had a few ‘signature looks’ over the years. One of her first featured a little hat with a flower sticking out of it. But almost as iconic is this little polka dot dress with a bow number.

And she is definitely standing pretty and looking fabulous with this piece of vintage merchandise! Check out the pie eye Minnie Mouse micro ceramic planter:

The addition of her name on the side of the planter itself is a nice touch. Otherwise, the pot is plain and functional.

Mickey might bring Minnie an entire bouquet of flowers, but he really shouldn’t, as this planter would be hard pressed to hold more than one solitary piece of foliage.

Disney merchandise usually holds value very well. I find a piece to be more desirable if it still has the original price tag affixed. It adds to the history and gives one an idea of how costs have increased for such things over the years. I’m not sure of the year of manufacture. The fact that it was made in Japan likely indicates the 1970s. Today there are examples for sale on e-sites for around $75.00 CAN.

If you want more practice with your green thumb, check out my Minnie Mouse Mini Planter. She’s just as cute but a tad bit bigger than this micro planter!

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Star Wars Mandalorian Dipping Sticks & Band-Aids

It all started in 1977 with the theatrical release of the first Star Wars movie. It has continued with many sequels, good and bad, continuing with a little television production called The Mandalorian (2019). Ever heard of it?

Whether you love the original movies, hate the sequels, argue about them all, you are likely on Team Mando! Almost universally loved, this show has yielded a breakout character – Grogu. And Grogu has yielded a plethora of cute merchandise, such as:

Yup. One of my childhood favorites is back! Pure sugar dipping sticks with packets of sugar. Did I mention sugar? There’s a lot of sugar here.

Each box comes with 22 pouches of sugar with artificial flavors like Vanilla and Green Apple. But they both taste like sugar. Sugar. This is just sugar. Don’t believe that a company would sell something so bad for children in this day and age? Check out the nutritional facts:

No Fat. No Sodium (that’s good). 6% Carbohydrates. And 30%… wait for it… sugar. It’s just sugar. On a stick. For dipping. Yum!

But don’t worry. If your child faints and falls over due to Diabetic Shock, you can treat any cuts or scrapes with a Mandalorian Band-Aid:

And they come in assorted sizes so that no matter how big or small the wound, you will have the proportionate Band-aid you need to cover it. Thank you Johnson & Johnson!

Grogu is cute. Keep telling yourself that on the way to the hospital.

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Disney Collectibles Display Cabinets Rearranged

They say you should never skip Leg Day. But for the collector, you should never skip Dusting Day! But I did. And have. For months. Well time, and my wife, finally caught up with me and the job just had to get done!

Of course, it was the perfect time to rearrange and recycle some of my collection. So some pieces came out of storage and some went back into storage. I also tried to group things in a more harmonious fashion. Have a look at the main display cabinet in my office:

In case you’re wondering, yes, that’s Beaker hiding just off to the left. Do you have any of these pieces in your collection?

One thing I thought it was high time to correct was the exile of my Female Action Figure collection (with Jesse, the Yodeling Cowgirl). You may know them better as… Barbie:

Disney used to release Special Edition Barbie dolls for each of the milestone anniversaries of both Disneyland and Walt Disney World. Sadly, it seems they have stopped doing this. Likely their contract with Mattel just came to a natural end.

The bulk of my collection is Disney related, but I do also collect other Pop Culture properties. Below you can see my Robin Hood hat, my Italian Job Mini Cooper, and my mini Radio Flyer Wagon:

I hope you have enjoyed a brief peak a my collection. If a particular piece interests you, it is likely that it has been given its own post somewhen on the site. Simply type the character or item in the Search box at the top right corner of this page and it will likely appear.

To see more of how I present my collection, please check out my CARS 3 Racetrack Display Stand with diecast vehicles and just two of my Book Shelves that hold my part of my extensive hardcover book collection. I also have a vintage 90s Disney Movie Display Stand that used to be in a retail store. So many display stands, so many things to display!

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Top 40 Sesame Street Hits – Original Cast Record

Can you tell me how to get, how to get to:

Sesame Street premiered on November 10, 1969, and entertained children for literally decades! Jim Henson and his Muppet creatures have endeared themselves to generation after generation. From the cast of zany characters came one who is arguably loved most of all:

“Are you talking about me, Bert?”

Jim Henson performed the character of Ernie when the show debuted and was likely still doing so when this record was recorded in 1972, just three years later.

Below you can listen to Jim/Ernie sing all about Imagination. Get ready to close your eyes:

This record was released by Janico Music Inc. which was a music publishing company owned by Joe Raposo. It became affiliated to ASCAP. Top 40 Sesame Street Hits was produced in cooperation with Children’s Records of America (CRA).

Side B features another song by Ernie entitled Tiger Hunt:

It’s fun to hear the songs but also to be treated to the ongoing gags between Bert and Ernie. Also having the voices of the original cast is also very special!

For more Sesame Street fun, check out my earlier post, a DVD Review, of Being Elmo. Again, arguably also the most loved character on the Street!

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