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:

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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:

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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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Disney’s Symphony Hour Goofy Store Big Fig

Symphony Hour is a 1942 animated short film produced by Walt Disney Productions. The story depicts Mickey Mouse conducting a symphony orchestra sponsored by his oft-enemy, Pete. Obviously, it doesn’t go well! Or does it?

On the night of the performance, everyone is getting ready while Goofy is off to gather the instruments. However, he accidentally drops all the instruments under an elevator, severely damaging them and thus rendering them unable to make proper musical sounds. Unexpectedly, there is thunderous applause from the audience after the racket ceases and all turns out well in the end!

The general consensus is that the Big Figs created to represent this Short were made exclusively for the Disney Store as store-only displays, and were never sold to the public. But I got my hands on one:

Most Disney Big Figs are made of a resin material that is smooth to the touch. This would be good for durability. But these store displays are made of a porous ceramic compound, much like a piece of pottery. They are lighter than commercially sold Big Figs and thus subject to damage. This, and the very few that would have been produced, make them rare indeed!

An original, complete, piece should still have the three strands of plastic hair and the vintage brown patina paintwork. I have seen a restored Goofy for sale on eBay in recent times that had been repainted, and it was done with solid colours, ruining the vintage look.

It’s not uncommon for these pieces to have at least some damage, and this one is no exception. If you look very closely at the mouthpiece of the instrument at Goofy’s lips, there is a slight chip.

Goofy stands at about 24″ high at the top of the horn. Most commercially sold Big Figs or statuettes will be no more than 18″.

Even though this was never meant for the public, it still does have the Disney copyright stamped on the back of the base, or the seat.

Years after I found Goofy in a small town antique market, I came across this Classics Collection name plaque for Symphony Hour in a Pawn Shop:

The Disney Symphony Hour store display featured Conductor Mickey, Clarabelle on the Violin, Goofy on the Bassoon, and Donald on the Drums. Horace Horsecollar and Clara Cluck didn’t get a Big Fig representation:

This particular Disney Store display is thought to be the rarest of all of the releases created exclusively for in-store display only. I have just sold the piece I am featuring in this post for $1,000.00 CAN if you are interested in the possible retail value.

Goofy has had a place of honor in my home for over 15 years now. But it is time to let him go to another Disney collector. Space is becoming a premium and his value will be better used elsewhere.

That said, I am sad to see him go!

For more Big Figs that will be staying in my collection a little longer, check out my Sesame Street Bert, my Super Grover, and my Mickey & Minnie on the Moon.

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Photo Spot: Sepia Tone Old Car Photo

Sometimes the shot you want just doesn’t turn out. In this case, the lighting just after dusk was tricky and I failed to compensate with settings on my camera. That, and the motion, created a sub-par picture.

But all was not lost as I was able to manipulate the image on my computer with a sepia filter:

Now the weaknesses became strengths! I like that the image is akin to the old photography of the early 1900s and the blurring just adds to the energy.

Never throw away a shot until you get home and have time to play with it!

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NAT GEO Songs of the Humpback Whale Vinyl Record

The National Geographic magazine was founded in 1888 as a scholarly journal, nine months after the establishment of the society, but is now a popular magazine. In 1905, it began including pictures, a style for which it has become well-known. The magazine is quite logically outspoken on environmental issues like Save the Whales. Since 2019, controlling interest has been held by The Walt Disney Company.

And speaking of whales, the very subject of this post, we have the humpback whale which is a species of baleen whale. Adults range in length from 14–17 m (46–56 ft.) and weigh up to 40 metric tons (44 short tons). The humpback has a distinctive body shape, with long pectoral fins and tubercles on its head. It is known for breaching, or breaking the surface of the ocean while jumping, making it popular with whale watchers. Males produce a complex song typically lasting 4 to 33 minutes.

It’s really these songs that this flimsy vinyl ‘record’ was produced to share. It was included in the magazine as a free companion to an article written on the gentle giants of the sea. Specifically, the January 1979 issue, Page 24. The missing piece on the side of this example was likely created when it was removed from the binding of the magazine.

This ‘record’ was produced in 1977 by Capitol Records but copyrighted by the National Geographic Society in 1978. It contains a commentary by Roger Payne, Ph.D., a Research Zoologist with the New York Zoological Society. Please enjoy:

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Although this ‘record’ is the size of a 45 rpm disc, it actually plays at 33 1/3 rpm. And it has one other notable feature:

Some records claim to be unbreakable, but I think this one actually is! Although, even a small child might be able to rip it. It was manufactured by the Eva-tone company as a throwaway novelty.

It was interesting that whale song has been shot out into space on a craft meant to last a billion years. If aliens do find it and come to Earth for a conference, I hope they don’t expect me to sing!

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Fashion Parade: Disney Nephew’s Necktie

Not too many men are wearing neckties anymore. Unless they are in business or going to a religious function, most men opt for the casual look.

But today’s Fashion Parade will help them to see what they’re missing: The Disney Nephew’s Necktie should be swinging around your neck right now!

I have an enormous Disney necktie collection! Do I wear them? No. I also have an enormous Disney wristwatch collection that I also don’t wear, so… I don’t know what my point is.

The theme of this tie is music. To start, we have Donald Duck’s nephews: Huey, Dewey, and Louie. They are providing the instrumentation for this piece. Storyboard artist Carl Barks created the trio in the year 1937 to be comedic foils for their Uncle Donald.

The boys are sometimes distinguished by the color of their shirts and baseball caps (with Huey wearing red, Dewey wearing blue, and Louie wearing green). But here they are wearing matching sweaters, so we don’t really know who is who!

Morty and Ferdie Fieldmouse are Mickey Mouse’s twin nephews and are supplying the vocals. They first appeared in Floyd Gottfredson’s 1932 Mickey Mouse Sunday comic strip titled Mickey’s Nephews.

The twin mice could get into just as much trouble as their duck counterparts, often driving Mickey to distraction when he had to mousesit them. Oh, the things we do for family!

This piece of merchandise is likely from the 1980s and carries only the brand of Disney on the label. No manufacturer is given.

If you’d like to see my enormous Disney Necktie Collection, along with some unique Mickey tie pins, just click the link!

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POP! WDW 50 Minnie Mouse on Carrousel Vinyl Figure

Funko POP! vinyl figures have risen in cost over the course of the recent pandemic. From $12.99 CAN before to $17.99 now, that’s a significant increase! So when I saw a promotion for a $5.00 Funko when you bought three at the regular price, I decided to splurge.

The third Funko I purchased to get my discounted one was this POP! Walt Disney World 50 Minnie Mouse on Prince Charming Regal Carrousel vinyl figure:

I have a love-hate relationship with Funko. I don’t think they nail the look of the characters all of the time, and sometimes, they just seem light, uninspired, and cheap. But when they get it right, it is a magical thing!

Again, the 50th Anniversary packaging is quite nice with the reflective foil logo.

Just picking up this figure was enough to tell me that it had more value than the usual Funko. It. Is. Heavy! And the little carrousel horse it beyond cute:

I had seen this Funko earlier and passed on it because I only really noticed Minnie, which I wasn’t too taken with. But seeing the who figure together, Minnie on the horse, sold me!

Prince Charming Regal Carousel is indeed found in The Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. But it began life in 1917 and was originally known as ‘The Liberty Carousel’ when it was delivered to Belle Isle Park in Detroit, Michigan. The Disney company bought it in 1967 and refurbished it before installing it at WDW in 1971.

It was originally called ‘Cinderella’s Golden Carousel’. The name was changed to better fit the continuing story of the Land the carousel is found in. According to the Disney Parks Blog, this is the current story: “Following their fairy-tale romance and happily-ever-after wedding, Cinderella and Prince Charming took up residence in Cinderella’s Castle. With peace throughout the kingdom, Prince Charming had time to practice for jousting tournaments. In the countryside near the castle, he built a training device of carved horses, on which he could practice the art of ring-spearing, a tournament event in which a knight rides his horse full speed, lance in hand, toward a small ring hanging from a tree limb, with the object of spearing the ring. This event was known by various names throughout the lands, but generally came to be called “carrousel.” The carrousel device drew the attention of the villagers, who wanted to take a turn on this amazing spinning contraption. So Prince Charming had a second carrousel constructed closer to the Castle, where everyone could take a spin on this wondrous invention. Instead of a working knight’s training device, however, this new carrousel is more befitting its regal location in the Castle Courtyard – its rustic training horses replaced with ornately decorated prancing steeds adorned with golden helmets and shields, flower garlands, feathers, and other festoons. Prince Charming invites one and all to test their horsemanship skills and to enjoy their own happy ending.”

And now you know. Who would pay to see Princess Minnie take a stab at Prince Charming’s original training carousel?

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‘The Abominable Showman’ Amazing Spiderman Record

Power Records is actually a name used by Peter Pan Records. It seems that this alternate label is used when superheroes are the subject matter. When this is the case, as with Spiderman here, a repertory company of actors would perform the stories as audio dramas. But not very well.

The company only worked out of Newark, N.J., until the late 1970s. So this record would be from that time. The Marvel Comics of Spidey would have been popular then and the original 1960s Spiderman cartoon would have been fresh in the minds of children:

This record takes the corny jokes and campy style to a new level with bad voice acting and silly non-canon villains. Have a listen to Side A for an introduction to The Abominable Showman:

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Yes True Believers, we have Merlin the Magician (very original), a robot, a monkey, and of course, Dope the Rope (?!?) to menace our hero! How will he ever overcome such peril?

The label has some nice graphics with artwork likely provided by John Romita. It would have been a stock image supplied by Marvel.

Are you on the edge of your seat waiting to find out if Spiderman is able to outwit Dope the Rope? Then listen on as we return to the Mighty Age of Marvel:

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I sincerely hope the legendary Stan Lee didn’t have anything to do with this story! Although, it isn’t outside the realm of possibility. But Dope the Rope? I can’t imagine a writer wanting credit for that character!

Although unlikely, maybe this record did make some children scream

Make Mine Marvel!

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POP! Television Disney’s Zorro Vinyl Figure

Zorro starred Guy Williams (January 14, 1924 – April 30, 1989) and was based on the famous character created by Johnston McCulley in his 1919 novella. The series premiered on October 10, 1957, on ABC.

Financial disputes between Walt Disney and ABC cancelled the series too soon, but we still have great merchandise to remember it including this POP! Television Zorro vinyl figure:

The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Three Musketeers, Robin Hood, and Zorro. Could there be a more heroic lineup of daring doers? Usually high-born men with a sense of duty and honor, they would take on a secret identity and tick off the local bad guys. And no one dressed more snappily!

The box is resplendent in sepia tones and silhouettes with Zorro in his most iconic poses! But now let’s get right to the figure itself:

En Garde!

Unfortunately, poor Zorro has fallen victim to the Funko curse. His tiny little legs and feet just can’t keep his big head upright and he falls over if you let go of him. I don’t know why Funko can’t do more product testing before production to eliminate this annoying flaw!

Apart from Tyrone Power, the Zorro of the movies, I think Guy Williams gave us the most well rounded and perfect Zorro portrayal.

Out of the night when the full moon is bright, comes a horseman known as Zorro. This bold renegade carves a ‘Z’ with his blade, a ‘Z’ that stands for Zorro

You can never get enough swashbuckling goodness, so be sure to check out my posts featuring a Zorro Mask and Cape, a 78 RPM vinyl record filled with theme music from the series, and an awesome Zorro Puzzle.

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Disney Bamboo Reusable Travel Mug

When ya gotta go, ya gotta go! I mean, when you’re late for work, you have to hurry and need to take your coffee with you. What were you thinking?

And if you’re planning to take a pipping hot beverage with you in the morning, why not do it in style with this Disney Bamboo reusable Travel Mug:

Classic Mickey and Minnie Mouse adorn the sides of this mug in a repeating wrap-around pattern. And of course, as befits sweethearts, they are depicted floating in hearts!

This mug is produced under license by Skinnydip Limited but is made in China. It is intended to be environmentally friendly as it is made from Bamboo, corn powder, and melamine resin. For all intents and purposes, it feels like plastic.

Who is Skinnydip London? The official website answers: “Launching our first phone case design in 2011, it’s sure to say that we’ve been on quite the rollercoaster ride since. Co-founders James, Lewis and Richard started Skinnydip shortly after the Apple iPhone launched, quickly realizing that fun phone case designs were incredibly limited. They had just the idea that was about to change that forever, and that’s when Skinnydip London was officially born. Since launching, we’ve grown a lot, and quite frankly matured like a fine wine when it comes down to serving up the most fun and quirky accessories, clothing and lifestyle products for all to love and enjoy all year round, no matter where you are.” And apparently that growth led to reusable travel mugs!

I guess the only problem with environmentally safe products is that they can be limited in uses, such as when it comes time to heat up your beverage or clean them. So no microwave use for this product but you can pop it in the dishwasher.

Disney is well known for it’s reusable plastic travel mugs. You can check out all about them here!

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