Monday, February 28, 2011

Swarovski Crystal Bambi

      In honour of the Bambi: Diamond Edition release tomorrow, we thought we would post our most exquisite piece of the brave little fawn himself. In 2008 The Swarovski Crystal company released the Disney Bambi set which consists of Bambi, Flower, Thumper, Owl and a title plaque. Flower, Owl and the title plaque have been retired while Bambi and Thumper are still available at your local Swarovski retailers. 

        Bambi is sculpted in silver crystal with an aurora borealis butterfly. His eyes are surrounded by a frosted crystal outer ring that captures his features perfectly. This piece bears the consistent eye-catching quality that each Swarovski crystal figurine is notoriously known for.

      The title plaque for "Bambi and Friends" is a silver crystal sculpted flower with an aurora borealis center. It says "Walt Disney's Bambi" in white text and tops off the Bambi set, embracing the nature theme from the film.

     The promotional gift for purchasing $240 CAD or more from the Bambi collection was a lithograph featuring Bambi and his friends. This lithograph was only available while supplies last and stock ran out quickly. Bambi, Flower, Thumper and Owl are specially hand drawn by Disney artist Dave Pacheco and Bambi's name is plussed in Swarovski Crystals. These Disney Swarovski Crystal lithographs are a must-have for any Disney Crystal collector.

Stay tuned for Swarovski Crystal figurines of Bambi's friends; Flower, Thumper and Owl.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Olszewski Gallery of Light: "A Father's Love Has No Barrier"

     Olszewski Studios has finally created thier first Gallery of Light that features a moment from a Pixar Animation Studios film. This light box depicts a significant moment between Nemo and his father Marlin, from Finding Nemo. It is entitled "A Father's Love Has No Barrier". The lighting in this piece creates a real underwater essence and brings out the intricate details in the vibrant coral. Nemo and his father are also suspended above the coral reef to mimick their bouyancy in the water. This breath-taking issue was released in the first quarter of 2011.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Promotional Disney Movie Release Vinyl Banners

   Vinyl movie release banners are always very sought after by film buffs and can be very hard to come by. Disney's promotional vinyl banners released to theaters are made with amazing quality and have also become very collectible.

  This beautiful double-sided vinyl banner was made in honour of Disney's November 2005 release of Chicken Little. The banner itself measures 4 feet wide by 6 feet in height.  A different character from the film can be seen on each side of this promotional piece and both are extremely well done. The detail put into this vinyl banner is astonishing.

    This vinyl banner was made to promote Disney's April 2004 release of Home on the Range. This advanced double-sided release measures 4 feet wide by 6 feet in height. One side of this banner features the villain of the film while the other features our hero. This promotional piece has an extremely vibrant color scheme and is very well done.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Pirates of the Caribbean Mickey Big Fig

     Pirate Mickey Mouse was released in honour of the Disney Theme Park Pirates of the Caribbean Attraction. This big fig is created especially for Walt Disney World and Disneyland under The Art of Disney Theme Parks. Mickey declares a treasure chest as his, although a sly crab is attempting to run off with the key. The sculpture is plussed with a moveable lock and handles on the chest, a faux velvet pirate hat and a real chain on the pirate's gold. The lantern also functions with a flickering light. A hidden mickey can be found on the base among the scattered gold coins. The bottom of the base reads "I want 50% of yer treasure, mate!" and is pre-signed by the artist, Costa Alavesos. Pirate Mickey can also be detached from the base for storage. This big fig stands 19" tall by 15.5" wide and can now only be found on the secondary market.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

WDCC Simba & Mufasa "Pals Forever"

     The Walt Disney Classics Collection begun their Tribute Series with The Lion King sculpture of Simba and Mufasa entitled "Pals Forever". It was a special release sculpture that required an order through an exclusive redemption form. The timeframe for ordering was through March 1st, 1995 - April 28th, 1995. A unique backstamp on the bottom of the piece and certificate denote the Tribute Series. This sculpture depicts quite a significant moment in the movie, where Simba and Mufasa spend quality time together. The detailing on Mufasa's mane and both of their faces is outstanding and stays true to the animation. This piece is 10" in length and was sculpted by Chuck Williams. It is sought after by collectors and only available on the secondary market.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Olszewski Gallery of Light: "The Fiery Encounter"

       Prince Philip fights his triumphant battle against Maleficent in her dragon form in this Gallery of Light entitled "The Fiery Encounter". This specific scene is from the latter part of Sleeping Beauty and remains true to the film. There are multiple LED lights that cast a fiery glow from the ground, a spotlight from above and light up Maleficent's eyes and mouth. Alot of precise detailing went into the production of this light box and it is quite impressive. The dimensions are 6” H x 4” W x 5” L. This Gallery of Light was released this year (2011) and is one of many new, more elaborate issues.

Monday, February 21, 2011

The Chronicles of Narnia Prop Replicas

     Master Replicas, in collaboration with The Walt Disney Showcase Collection, created prop replicas of the Christmas gifts given to the children in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. 1/6th scale replicas of the props used in the film are identically recreated down the most minor details. Each package includes a certificate of authenticity, background story about the character and gifts and is set in a displayable box. These prop replicas are a must have for any Chronicles of Narnia fan.

      Peter's Christmas gifts consist of his heroic sword and shield. The designs embossed into the shield are intricately detailed and finished in silver, gold and fiery red. His sword is embellished with a lion head handle and writing inscribed along the blade. Peter leads Aslan's battle and triumphs over the White Witch with his sword and shield by his side.

      Lucy's Christmas gifts consist of her dagger, scabbard, vial and belt wih vial pouch. Her dagger matches Peter's sword, with a lion head handle. The scabbard attaches onto Lucy's belt and holds the dagger while stationary.  Both the belt and the scabbard are faux leather. Her vial is magical that holds powers to heal Edmund's wounds during the battle. It also bears a lion head cap and a gold chain. The vial has a pouch that latches onto her belt for easy transport. The vial pouch has real rope to hold it shut. Lucy's gifts ultimately saved her brother Edmund.

     Susan's Christmas gifts consist of her bow & arrow, quiver and horn. Her bow has a golden string with gold accents on the bow and arrows. The quiver that holds her arrows is an ivory colour with her initals, S.P., insribed in silver with subtle designs. Susan's horn matches the quiver and is sculpted into a lion head. It also bears a faux leather strap and gold chain. Susan's magical horn was blown to rescue her and Lucy from danger inflicted by the White Witch.