WDP Minnie Mouse Earring & Brooch Set

Mickey’s perpetual girlfriend is none other than that giggly girl from the barnyard, Minnie Mouse. What was a mouse doing in the barnyard looking for a date? You’ll have to listen to Minnie’s Yoo Hoo! to find out. In fact, why don’t we all give it a listen before we continue:

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Minnie’s Yoo Hoo!The Disney Chorus

Our gallant little rodent took no notice of his fair lady’s humble beginnings and set out on a decades-long quest to win her heart. He’s… still at it.

While that pursuit continues, let us have a look at this Minnie Mouse earring and brooch set by Walt Disney Productions:

Earring Close Up

Minnie strikes a flirty pose without being too coquettish in this posing for the earrings. She sports that come hither look with just a brief flash of her bloomers. How has Mickey dodged a commitment for so long?

These are pin back earrings for pierced ears. They are costume jewellery.

The brooch sports a different pose with Minnie wearing one of her older outfits. Don’t judge her, ladies. You’ve all pulled a vintage ensemble out of the closet before!

Nothing beats being all matchy-matchy with jewellery that compliments each other.

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The Legacy Collection Disneyland CD Set

This is the eighth entry into The Legacy Collection. Disneyland was released exclusively at the Disneyland Resort on May 20, 2015, to coincide with the 60th anniversary of Disneyland. It was then released to more traditional retailers later. The three-disc album consists entirely of music, songs and audio, featured across a variety of attractions at both Disneyland and the Disney California Adventure Park.

Before we begin this post though, let’s relive the famous speech that started it all:

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Opening Day SpeechWalt Disney

This is perhaps the one CD set from the collection that I was most excited about! I love Walt’s original Park and enjoy exploring it’s long history. The text, pictures, and music in this set are beyond amazing! I’m sure you’ll appreciate them too.

The opening and closing images are meant to invoke the nostalgia of the world’s first real Theme Park. It’s a Small World and a float from The Main Street Electrical Parade are definitely fan favorites!

The liner notes for this set are a bit different from other releases. The music doesn’t really get its own section but is tacked on to the end of the main Production Notes. You can read all about the history of the Disneyland Park and its music by enlarging the images below:

I love that there is a reproduction of the opening day map included. Now let’s gasp in amazement at the wonderful Concept Art below:

Below you’ll find the complete list of contents for this CD set:

Unlike other CD sets that have been released with limited tracks from Disneyland atmosphere and attractions, this set contains some truly rare items. For example, Disc One starts off with the actual Dedication Speech made by Walt Disney on opening day (included in this post), Disc Two contains many defunct attractions, and Disc Three has The Bakery Theme! I mean, come on, who hasn’t wanted a copy of that?

I hope you’ve enjoyed your visit to Disleelandia today. We appreciate you stopping by! Before you go, please listen to this brief announcement:

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Disneyland ClosingMickey & Friends

I couldn’t have done it better myself!

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Winnie the Pooh 100 Acre Jewellery Collection

You never know what you’ll find wandering around in the 100 Acre Wood. It might be a Woozle. It might be a gloomy donkey. But whatever you find, it will always involve adventure!

Today, on our outing into the imaginative land of Christopher Robin, we’ll find… earrings.

Of course, we’ll need a guide. And who better to lead us than that bear of very little brain, Winnie the Pooh. Well, anyone else, actually! But he’s all we’ve got, so…

My wife has five pairs of Pooh-themed earrings from the 100 Acre Collection. Still on the cards but ready to tug on her ears at a moments notice!

These are for pierced ears. They are considered costume jewellery.

You can’t go into the 100 Acre Wood without getting bounced by everyone’s favorite Tigger, now can you? So naturally he gets his own pair of earrings.

These were manufactured by the RJ Design group. If I found the right company, they are presently revamping their entire online presence, so I can’t provide a link in this post. It’s fun to think that if I had a problem with one of these pairs of earrings, I could just send them back, along with $1.50 to cover the cost of postage and handling. What would happen after that isn’t quite clear.

In closing, remember this: Nothing says ‘Class’ like Pooh on your ears!

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The Legacy Collection The Little Mermaid CD Set

The fourth volume in The Legacy Collection was assigned to The Little Mermaid. It was released as a two-disc album on November 24, 2014, to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the film. The album features the film’s complete original soundtrack, as well as work tapes and demo recording sessions performed by composer Alan Menken and lyricist Howard Ashman.

At this point, I have ten of the fifteen volumes released for the 60th Anniversary of Disneyland. Each volume also celebrates an anniversary of the subject being featured.

Let’s dive in and become a part of The Little Mermaid’s world:

This 1989 film is given credit for breathing life back into Disney animated films after some disappointing box office struggles. It also marked the start of the era known as the Disney Renaissance.

As we will see later, the concept art for this film was breathtaking! The pictures cards at the beginning and ending of this box set gives us a taste of what is to come.

But first, feel free to enlarge the following Production Notes and enjoy some inside information on how the film came to be:

Next we have a very large section dedicated to the Music. The film won two Academy Awards for Best Original Score and Best Original Song (“Under the Sea”). If you again enlarge the text you will be able to read some of the lyrics of your favorite songs:

Now we get to the ‘Ooh’ and ‘Ahh’ section of the box set, the Concept Art:

More money and resources were dedicated to The Little Mermaid than any other Disney animated film in decades and it shows! It was the last Disney feature animated film to use the traditional hand-painted cel method with later films being done with a digital process.

Above you can see the full listing of songs you will find on this CD set. I highly recommend these Legacy offerings even if you already have the original soundtrack in some form or other. It’s the extra stuff you get that really makes it worth the investment!

For example, note how raw this demo recording is but while still giving an idea of what it would become. Imagine being a director and trying to envision the finished product:

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Under the Sea Synth DemoHoward Ashman & Alan Menken

This next demo is more polished:

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Kiss the Girl Synth DemoHoward Ashman & Alan Menken

Again, hearing the demo recordings is wonderful as they give you an insight into the development of the music for the film. Sometimes songs are dumped and other times tweaked. But never thrown away!

As this image from the back cover of the CD set shows, much of the concept art makes it into the final film. I’m sure you remember this iconic moment as Ariel sings about her yearning to be a part of our world! Isn’t that neat?

If you want to see more of these Legacy Collection CD sets, please enter ‘The Legacy Collection’ into the ‘Search’ box at the top right corner of this site.

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Br’er Rabbit – A Disney Original – Park Plush

Ol’ Br’er Rabbit is off on another adventure away from his safe home in the Briar Patch. This time, he’s visiting the shores of Lake Erie. I don’t think Br’er Fox or Br’er Bear will give him much trouble in the heat of the day. But he better beware! Nighttime might be a different story for Uncle Remus to tell.

I just found this little Br’er Rabbit (A Disney Original) Park plush at a local flea market that I frequent. He hopped right into my arms!

Not in the Briar Patch Anymore!

In the movie Song of the South (1946) our travelling bunny wore blue pants and a pinkish shirt. So this plush gets it almost right with his wardrobe.

Perhaps he looks a little younger in plush than he did in the movie?

I always like to find merchandise with original tags still affixed. Plush with the fabric tags ripped off is a real turn off for me! Finding this one with not only those tags still attached but also this ear button tag was almost too much to believe:

The style of this ear button tag is reminiscent of the Disney Channel logo but I don’t think it was a crossover piece. The tags below clearly identify it as Theme Park merch with the Disneyland / Walt Disney World branding. The Plush itself was produced by the Canasa Trading Corp. and is a Product of Korea.

Canasa Trading Corporation filed as an Articles of Incorporation in the State of California (Burbank) and is no longer active. This corporate entity was filed approximately fifty-two years ago on Thursday, April 16, 1970 , according to public records filed with California Secretary of State.

We can thus date this plush to after 1970. I have found some evidence online that suggests it was sold during the 1980s. You can find many images of the little guy but not many presently for sale. I paid $18.00 CAN but you can expect to pay upwards of $50.00 US with sell price and shipping combined.

If, like me, you are going to miss Splash Mountain once Tianna turns the Briar Patch into a Bayou, than a little more Br’er Merchandise might just be for you! If so, check out my most unusual Song of the South / Splash Mountain collectible that I own. It’s satisfactual sure enough!

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Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head Walking Toy

Do you remember at the end of the original Toy Story movie that all of the toys had learned to be hopeful when Andy got new presents? Instead of being fearful that, as old toys, they would be replaced, they became joyous over the prospect of meeting different additions to the group. At one point Mr. Potato Head is heard chanting “Mrs. Potato Head! Mrs. Potato Head! Mrs. Potato Head!” during yet another party for Andy.

The result? We have this Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head walking toy:

Joined at the Hip!

Don’t worry. It was consensual. This cute little couple is about 3″ tall and stand just under 5″ wide. They are permanently ‘married’ together by a bent bar that enables the walking action.

Matching Branding

Some couples get matching tattoos while others get a toy companies name stamped on their butts. Each to his/her own, I guess!

And now the moment we’ve all been waiting for. Here at last is an old married couple going for a walk:

Together Right to the End!

That last step was a doozy!

This toy was produced in 1999 by Hasbro Inc. Toy Story 2 came out in that year so this would be an original toy released to promote the film. Can you believe this sequel is over 20 years old?!?

Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head aren’t always together. Sometimes the man of the potato sack has to go to work. And where does Mr. Potato Head make his living? Check out this Mr. Potato Head Mug post to find out!

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Minnie Mouse Pendant for a Necklace

I’m a huge collector of Disney merchandise and what not. So it’s no surprise that my wife has ended up with quite a bit of Disney-themed jewellery. I easily lose track of what she has so this blog is beneficial even for me in keeping everything sorted!

This Minnie Mouse pendant for a necklace is something I didn’t know she had until I was poking around for something to post:

12 Diamonds a’ Sparkling

But not real diamonds. I’m not that wealthy. But real or fake, they shine nice and pretty! Minnie is dressed in a fairly common costume for her character.

I S I S

The only markings on this piece are on the back and it simply says ‘ISIS’. Do they mean the Egyptian fertility Goddess? The militant terrorist group? The computer routing protocol? Unlikely.

Instead, it may refer to Isis Jewellers, a company that is still in business and creating beautiful pieces, and yes, using real diamonds! Here is what the official website has to say: “Isis Jewellers was founded in 1984 by Wim Kamermans… who studied Gemmology in Holland at Zadkine College. He has over 40 years of experience in the Jewellery industry.”

The website makes no mention of crafting anything other than rings, but they may have branched out in the past, or did this as a promotional item with Disney.

My wife doesn’t presently have this on a chain. You can see the loop, above, where the chain would go through to make the pendant wearable.

You can check out a Minnie Mouse earring stand that is crafted in pretty much the same style as this pendant. Enjoy!

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Mickey on Solar Motorcycle Garden Ornament

Mickey was born to be wild! As you can see in the image below, he is mounted and heading out on the open road. Could this be a Disney remake of Easy Rider? Or perhaps The Glory Stompers. Either way, Mickey will make it a classic!

This Mickey on a Solar Motorcycle garden ornament is an awesome addition to any outside area.

“Head out on the highway… Looking for Adventure!”

Whatever comes his way, he has a solar panel to keep him powered up. It should keep him rolling on and on until nighttime falls.

This Big Fig is made up of 42% Polyresin and 53% Powder Stone with the remaining surface area of 5% consisting of the solar cell.

Mickey was quite dirty when I got him. I guess years of cruising the flower beds of Windsor, ON would do that to a guy! But with elbow grease and Q-tips I managed to bring him back to near showroom condition. The headlight lens had been painted over, so I scratched it up a bit restoring it to its original state. The image above is a stock photo from the Internet to show how it would have looked when brand new.

Battery Compartment

The headlight didn’t work when I got it so I had to crack open the battery compartment where I found a few issues. No battery was the obvious one. But corrosion was another with a lot of oxidation on the circuit board. I cleaned it up as best I could, installed a battery, but it still doesn’t work.

There is something loose and rattling in the body of the figure which may be the problem. The bulb could be burnt out and there is no way to replace it. The headlight lens does not unscrew.

It could be that it will only work with a rechargeable battery so that the power from the solar cell can flow through it to the bulb. I’ll be picking up a rechargeable battery and testing this theory soon. This post will be updated when I discover if this solves the problem or not.

Kmart Blue Light Special?

Who remembers good old Kmart? As with some other Big Box stores (like Zellers and Sears), it began to fail in Canada in the late 1990s. We have none left in this country now. This garden ornament could be between 10 and 20 years old. It sold for $39.99 CAN and was manufactured in China. I paid $27.00 CAN to a local seller.

Mickey on his bike is approximately 13″ long, 6″ wide, and 10″ tall. If you prefer metric measurements, check out the original price sticker above.

I would like to end this post with an inspirational quote about motorcycles:

Most motorcycle problems are caused by the nut that connects the handlebars to the saddle.”

Sorry Mickey, it had to be said!

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Funko POP! Wall-E ‘MO’ Vinyl Figure

What’s a M-O? I don’t know, what’s a M-O with you? Okay, that didn’t quite work, but hopefully you enjoy the rest of this post more than that old joke!

M-O stands for Microbe Obliterator and is the acronym for this Funko POP! vinyl figure. He appeared in the Pixar film Wall-E and quickly captured the hearts of viewers with his fastidious attention to cleanliness and his single-minded determination to do all he can to complete his tasks. Okay, I’ll say it: He’s a neat-freak!

The basic parts that make up MO are a brush instead of arms, a white body, yellow eyes on a black LED screen, a siren, a blue brush cover, a roller, and a backpack.

The square hatch in the top of his head slides open to reveal a red siren light. Because when there are contaminants, it’s an emergency!

I’ll be keeping MO in his Docking Bay (the box, I mean the box) because he doesn’t stand up on his own. In the film, he moves around on a single ball roller and stays upright by means of a gyroscope. This Funko POP! figure seems to have a malfunctioning gyroscope so it just falls over.

This figure is one of a set of four. It contains two versions of Wall-E, one of EVE, and of course, little M-O. I won’t likely add the other three figures to my collection, but I do have a Wall-E Funko POP! figure from 2014 that you may enjoy having a look at!

FUN FACTS: The voice actor for M-O, Ben Burtt, also voiced WALL-E.

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Vintage Minnie Mouse Plush w/o Tags

I don’t have a lot of information on this vintage Minnie Mouse plush without its original tags. There are literally tens of thousands of Minnie plushes out there, and without the tags, it’s impossible to date or categorize her. Or… is it?

From the look and materials I guessed that she could be from the late 50s to sometime in the 70s. After a little Internet research, I found a seller claiming that she is pre-1968.

Sitting Pretty

These vintage plush characters aren’t to everyone’s taste. The material is of a coarser fabric and the facial features are basically pasted on. Manufacturing has come a long way since this plush was produced! But then there are those that would say she is so ugly she’s cute. What do you think?

I don’t think she could be considered ugly with that cute little face! I think what most collectors would have a problem with is the materials and production values.

Who made her? We may never know for sure. But again, a little Internet research found another seller claiming she is made by California Stuffed Toys. California Stuffed Toys filed as a Foreign Business Corporation in the State of New York and is no longer active. This corporate entity was filed approximately forty years ago on Friday, December 31, 1982. So the company could have been in operation in another country under a different name and used the California Stuffed Toys name only for their North American operations.

You can find many toys for sale on eBay and other selling sites with the California Stuffed Toys name and copyright:

Isn’t research fun? It’s almost a shame when a product has all it’s tags and labels. It makes it too easy! But easy can be good too.

My wife adopted Minnie from a charity shop for the price of $12.99 CAN.

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