My Disney Top 5 - Recent Disney Acquisitions

by Chris Barry, contributing writer
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Welcome back to another Disney Top 5. I keep having to say it and I'll say it as long as I have to, I hope you are all safe and well out there.

A bunch of you out there might remember that for about 8 years here on MousePlanet, I wrote an ongoing series of articles known as Disney Stuff. Once a month, I took a closer look at the Disney collectibles that I have stashed all over my house. A reader once said that I wasn't so much a Disney collector as I was a Disney accumulator. I liked that description very much and wear it proudly ever since. My Disney collection – or accumulation – means a lot to me. Much of it comes from magical family moments spent at Walt Disney World. The rest of it comes from the endless hunt at yard sales, antique fairs, online scavenging comic and pop culture conventions and even trips to the local mall.

The Walt Disney Company has always capitalized on their characters and properties going way back to the early days of Mickey Mouse in the '20s and '30s. Perhaps capitalizing is a harsh word. Sure, Disney has made money, lots of it, by plastering that mouse all over just about everything one could put on a shelf and sell. But, to us Disney fans, it's a whole lot more than that. We collect. We accumulate. We buy it all. We seek it out but we do it for a reason. These things actually mean something to us. There's a reason I wear a Disney watch on my wrist just about every day of the year and it's not because I was successfully marketed to. My Disney stuff makes me happy, keeps me young and imbues that certain unexplainable Disney magic into my everyday life. And let's face it, over the last 6 months or so, we all could have used as much Disney magic as possible.

When I look back there were two Walt Disney World trips we would have been on since the pandemic came in and interrupted all of our lives. We had a quick weekend planned in April to check out a nearby college for our sons and then we were planning on going back for a nice long week or so in the summer before our boys went away to college, as per their choice. It goes without saying that I would have acquired some more awesome Disney items on both of those trips to the world. I could just imagine what they would have been. Pins? Clothing? Collectible toys like Funko Pops or the annual Disney die-cast vehicles? A new Disney watch to add to the collection? Most definitely.

Sadly, we all know that those trips did not take place. Neither did several comic conventions that I would have been at. October's New York Comic Con is usually a great place for me to pick up some interesting Disney memorabilia and collectibles. As is a smaller New York convention, Eternal Con, that had to be canceled in the spring. But fear not, I still managed track down some great new Disney stuff that has been keeping me happy over the last 6 months or so. Let's take a look at a few of those items with my Top 5 recent Disney acquisitions.

5 - Disney Park Pals - Br'er Rabbit

As many of you know, this past June, Disney announced that they will be retheming the venerable Splash Mountain attraction abandoning the original Br'er Rabbit, Br'er Fox, Br'er Bear theme and transforming the ride into the first attraction based on the Princess and the Frog. I'm not even going to attempt to get into that discussion at this particular moment. I completely understand the decision but that doesn't mean that I won't miss the ride the way it is right now. I've always had an affinity for Br'er Rabbit for some reason. I remember seeing Song of the South as a child and not remembering anything about it except for the three main animated characters, but especially Br'er Rabbit. So, when I heard that Disney was going to make this big change, I made it a point to try and snag some sort of Splash Mountain or Br'er merchandise. Those of you who follow all the goings on at Disney probably know where this is going. When Walt Disney World re-opened in July, dozens of "collectors" made a bee-line for Frontierland at the Magic Kingdom and literally loaded up Disney double strollers with every last piece of Splash merch. I hunted and hunted and stumbled upon this little guy in mid July online.


This Br'er Rabbit Park Pal may be the last new piece of Splash Mountain merchandise I will be able to get my hands on. Photo by Chris Barry.

If I recall, I snapped him up for about $25. Now, he was probably going for 10 bucks in the parks, but the Splash resale market went off the deep end and I wasn't buying spending $100 for a Br'er Rabbit or Br'er Bear plush or $50 for a $9 Splash Mountain pin. This was literally the only reasonable piece of Splash merchandise I could get my hands on. So, he represents a slight victory of sorts for me. I have a sneaking suspicion that once Splash Mountain gets rethemed, we may never see Br'er Rabbit again and I may have gotten one of the final pieces of Br'er Rabbit merchandise.

4 - Space Mountain Comic Book

As I said above, last month was supposed to be New York Comic Con. I've gone for about 8-9 years in a row. It's one of my most favorite outings of the year. I'm typically on the hunt for Disney items and collectibles, hopefully some vintage or hard to find and I'm usually not disappointed. I'm also looking for a few new comics or graphic novels to read. I'll add to my Justice League collection which I've been building since I was a kid and I'll typically look for something new and unique. In recent years I've gone on behalf of MousePlanet with full press credentials seeking out interviews with whatever folks from the various arms of the Walt Disney Company are in attendance. This year, of course, there were no conventions to go to and it took a while for my favorite local comic shop, Amok Time to open up again. That left me on the internet searching for something new and interesting to read. I'm a big fan of a site called mycomicshop.com. They've got everything and they ship swiftly and easily and are great to work with. One day while looking through their collection of Disney comics, I stumbled across a copy of the Space Mountain graphic novel.


A good read awaits with the Space Mountain graphic novel. Photo by Chris Barry.

Now, I thought I always had my ear to the ground when it came to Disney and the comics world. I read most of the other recent attraction-based comics like Big Thunder Mountain, Figment, and the Haunted Mansion. I even bought and read the Tiki Bird series of comics. So, how was it exactly that I did not know there was a comic based on one of my all-time favorite coasters and Disney attractions? Somehow this one slipped underneath my radar. The book was released by Disney's own publishing arm in 2014 as opposed to several of the others I mentioned which were released by Marvel. I'd say the target audience skews a little young, but there's enough action, beautiful artwork and Disney references for all ages. If you're a Disney fan and comic reader look for it and check it out.

3 - Fantastic Worlds of Disney Limited Release Pin Set

One of the best things about being a D23 member is getting exclusive access to limited release collectibles. Over the years D23 has released some of the coolest pieces of memorabilia, both for purchase on their site and as premiums included with annual membership. I can remember checking an email from D23 this past summer alerting me to the availability of this pin set and I quickly snapped it up. This set represents four of my favorite Disney films, Monsters Inc., Zootopia, The Emperor's New Groove and the all time classic Mary Poppins.


The D23 Fantastic Worlds of Disney Limited Release Pin Set. Photo by Chris Barry.

This particular set celebrates locations from the films, the cities of Monstropolis and Zootopia, the vacation destination to be, Kuzcotopia and the street where the Banks family lives, Cherry Tree Lane.


A closer look at the pin set. Photo by Chris Barry.

Designed by Alex Riegert-Waters, who is a Lead Designer for the Walt Disney Company, this wonderful set is still available on ShopDisney.com exclusively to D23 Gold and Gold Family Members. As always, with Disney Pin Trading and especially D23, these are top quality items and they've quickly become some of my favorite pins in my collection.

2 - Disney Pop! Figures

I've been into Pop! figures for a while. As a matter of fact, I wrote a Disney Stuff article about my small collection of Disney Pop! figures back in 2012. I bought a few characters that I really liked back then, but I didn't really stick with them for a few years and then they simple exploded! That worked for me because the ones in that 2012 article are now worth a nice piece of change. We kept buying them for my sons, however. They liked them a lot. They were plentiful, represent a vast array of characters and intellectual properties and were an affordable gift. Their collection grew but something happened during their time at home during the pandemic and this house became fairly Pop! obsessed. Never one to shy away from a collectible, I reignited my interest in Disney Pop! figures and began accumulating some real classics.

The thing I like about the people at Funko that make the Pop! figures is they tend to dig deep into the franchises, films and television shows when they are designing figures and seem to really respect the fanhoods. Case in point, you probably remember a little TV show called How I Met Your Mother. There was a line of Pop! figures modeled after the lead 5 characters from the show which all made sense. Then I noticed that they also made a Robin Sparkles Pop figure. If you watched the show, you'd know that one of the main characters, Robin revealed on the show that in her previous life in Canada she was a teen pop sensation known as Robin Sparkles. if you're a fan of the show, you know that fact and that name. The casual viewer probably doesn't and I think it's genius that they made a Robin Sparkles Pop! figure. On the Disney side there are lots of examples like that. For instance, one of the earliest Disney Pop! figures was George Sanderson from Monsters Inc. He was part of Disney's first Pop! figure series alongside such heavy-hitters as Mickey, Minnie, Snow White, Woody and Buzz Lightyear. The fact that they included George in the lineup shows me that someone at that company really pays attention.

My most recent Disney Pop! figures have been all over the Disney map. Some have been from the Disneyland 65th anniversary line such as Matterhorn Bobsled Donald and Mr. Toad, driving a car from his wild ride.


Two Funko Pop! figures celebrating Disneyland's 65th. Photo by Chris Barry.

Other recent lines have celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Disney archives with Sorcerer Mickey and a more classic looking Mickey.


Mickeys from the Funko Pop! Walt Disney Archives 50th collection. Photo by Chris Barry.

Another popular line in this house has been the Toy Story Aliens Remix, which feature the lovable green aliens from the Toy Story franchise dressed up as other Pixar figures. I've got one, Dug. this one is "flocked" which means it's got a light layer of fuzz which makes him look like a plush toy.


The Dug "flocked" Funko Pop! figure. Photo by Chris Barry.

My sons have a whole bunch.


Six of the Funko Pop! Alien Remix figures. Photo by Chris Barry.

I see no end to the Funko Pop! craze. Each year at Comic Con just about every single booth has Pop! figures for sale. Some can be had for 5 bucks or so, others are worth hundreds and it looks like I'll be on board with collecting them for the foreseeable future. Kudos to MousePlanet's own Todd Pickering for securing me the Mr. Toad Pop! at the Hollywood Funko shop as well as another shop exclusive for my son that's hidden somewhere in the house waiting to be wrapped and placed under the tree this Christmas. Much appreciated my friend! You've contributed to the madness!

1 - Donald Duck from My Childhood

Here's a great Disney collector story. When I was little, and I'm talking real little, like age 4 or 5, my two favorite toys for a long stretch of time were these rubber figures of Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. As I get older, the memories start to fade more and more, but I have quite a few vivid memories of playing with these two guys. I also have a relatively heartbreaking memory of playing with Mickey and Donald at the beach on Fire Island right at the shoreline and watching in horror as Donald slipped under the waves and vanished forever. Needless to say, I was pretty upset. I held onto Mickey Mouse pretty tightly from that point on, so much so that when my folks sold the home that I grew up in a few years back and I emptied out my childhood closet, he was one of the few toys that survived.


My oldest Mickey Mouse toy has held on for decades. Photo by Chris Barry.

Circle wipe to the 2020 pandemic. Trapped in the house as much as I was, I began to go through boxes of stuff and came across the box of toys from my childhood which had pretty much sat idle since the move. When I saw Mickey, I smiled. He's a little beat up, but he looks well played with, as he certainly was. Of course, my smile soon turned to a bit of a frown as I remember the tragic loss of Donald. That's when the light bulb went off over my head, "Let's find Donald online! He must be out there!" Lo and behold he was and in no time at all, I had an old friend returned to me after…give or take…48 years!


Old friends together again. Photo by Chris Barry.

I've long said that we Disney fans take our Disney Stuff very seriously. It makes us happy. It keeps us young and during times like these, when we can't all be at the Disney parks or at the movie theaters watching the latest Disney releases or at comic or pop culture conventions with like minded fans, our Disney trinkets and collectibles are more important than ever.

That's all for this time. As always, I'd like to hear what you have to say. Click on the link below, share your thoughts on my latest Disney collectibles, tell me about yours, stay safe and I'll see you next time with another Disney Top 5.

 

Comments

  1. By danyoung

    My only observation is that that Funko Toad looks more like Baby Dinosaur - "Gotta love me!"

  2. By cbarry

    Quote Originally Posted by danyoung View Post
    My only observation is that that Funko Toad looks more like Baby Dinosaur - "Gotta love me!"

    Nice throwback there Dan! You're kinda right.

  3. By jerm

    Chris,
    I probably should reply to your Pop post, but it's from 8 years ago, so I'll post here.
    The first Funko Pop I ever bought was the #1 Mickey Mouse, a little over 5 years ago. At the time, I thought Pops were really weird looking, and I didn't care for them. Now I have a baseball case full of unboxed Mickey's and 1 Minnie. And I have a lot more Batman themed ones, and a few others. My Pop collections is somewhere over 130 pieces, and it all started with a Mouse.

  4. By maxbuffmelvin71

    Nice purchases especially Mr. Toad.

    I am still angry about the Splash Mountain decision and praying the change gets canceled at least at WDW.

    Anyways, my 5 Disney purchases since last year in no particular
    1. I love the Three Caballeros and Ichabod & Mr Toad films. Both films had major anniversaries in 2019/2020 so I purchased special anniversary mugs, plush, and pins.
    2. Polynesian Resort started selling some Olu (friend of Duffy) merchandise recently so bought miscellaneous Olu items.
    3. Spike the Bee sippy cup at Epcot leftover from Flower & Garden
    4. Orange Bird magic band
    5. Wilderness Lodge beer mug shpared Mickey, Donald, Goofy, and Humphrey the Bear totem pole.

  5. By cbarry

    Quote Originally Posted by jerm View Post
    Chris,
    I probably should reply to your Pop post, but it's from 8 years ago, so I'll post here.
    The first Funko Pop I ever bought was the #1 Mickey Mouse, a little over 5 years ago. At the time, I thought Pops were really weird looking, and I didn't care for them. Now I have a baseball case full of unboxed Mickey's and 1 Minnie. And I have a lot more Batman themed ones, and a few others. My Pop collections is somewhere over 130 pieces, and it all started with a Mouse.

    Hey Jerm,

    My sons have 150 between the two of them. I probably have only about 20 or so. At first I felt the same way. I wasn't sure I was behind them. I'm glad I bought those few from the first series because the Peter Pan and Jiminy Cricket are worth over $100.

    The one Batman Pop that I have is signed by Scott Snyder. Picked it up at his table at NY Comic Con a year or so ago.

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  6. By cbarry

    Quote Originally Posted by maxbuffmelvin71 View Post
    Nice purchases especially Mr. Toad.

    I am still angry about the Splash Mountain decision and praying the change gets canceled at least at WDW.

    Anyways, my 5 Disney purchases since last year in no particular
    1. I love the Three Caballeros and Ichabod & Mr Toad films. Both films had major anniversaries in 2019/2020 so I purchased special anniversary mugs, plush, and pins.
    2. Polynesian Resort started selling some Olu (friend of Duffy) merchandise recently so bought miscellaneous Olu items.
    3. Spike the Bee sippy cup at Epcot leftover from Flower & Garden
    4. Orange Bird magic band
    5. Wilderness Lodge beer mug shpared Mickey, Donald, Goofy, and Humphrey the Bear totem pole.

    Nice selections yourself. I was considering an Orange Bird magic band myself!

  7. By Dave1313

    I'm going to go similar to the way maxbuffmelvin did the list. These are just recent things, in no particular order (well, maybe reverse chronological, but not in order of preference)

    1) A "Black Series" action figure for DJ R-3X. This was one of those "imported from Galaxy's Edge" offerings at Target. (I know it didn't really come from Galaxy's edge of course, but it's GE related since DJ R-3X only exists in Oga's Cantina)
    2) A small cartoon-ish figure of "The Child" with his head back and the frog's legs sticking out of his mouth as he chows down. Too funny, so I was weak and bought it . I didn't buy the two pack in the link I pasted, but it it the one on the left of those 2 pics. The box looks the same too, so I'm sure that's the item.
    3) A DVD of "that movie" based on a lead someone posted here.
    4) Two pins for Disneyland's 65th Anniversary. The 65th anniversary on-line thing was chaotic for sure and many people were waiting for "their turn" in the on-line queue for more than 12 hours, if I recall correctly. Much of the merchandise was sold out much quicker than that, of course. I waited I think about 4 hours(well "waited" consisted of the personal laptop off to the side while I was working - occasionally glancing over to see if I was "up"), and ended up with the Limited Edition Hat Box Ghost pin and also the Limited Release 65th Anniversary Logo Pin (Mickey and Minnie walking in front of sleeping Beauty Castle). The more limited things had sold out by the time it was my turn (mega-pin large old style Disneyland sign, anything with only a few hundred was gone)
    5) A "May the 4th Be With You" Clone Wars Yoda pin from this year.

    I don't normally buy a lot of pins outside of park visit trips, during which I normally will buy one for any special event going on (Food and Wine, Flower and Garden, Osborne when it was still happening, MVMCP, also if I stayed at a resort I had not before I'd buy a pin for that resort, etc). So with no trips this year, I thought those 3 would be my 2020 entries on my bulletin board.

  8. By jerm

    Quote Originally Posted by cbarry View Post
    Hey Jerm,
    The one Batman Pop that I have is signed by Scott Snyder. Picked it up at his table at NY Comic Con a year or so ago.
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    Very nice. I have that one, but not signed.

  9. By cbarry

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave1313 View Post
    I'm going to go similar to the way maxbuffmelvin did the list. These are just recent things, in no particular order (well, maybe reverse chronological, but not in order of preference)

    1) A "Black Series" action figure for DJ R-3X. This was one of those "imported from Galaxy's Edge" offerings at Target. (I know it didn't really come from Galaxy's edge of course, but it's GE related since DJ R-3X only exists in Oga's Cantina)
    2) A small cartoon-ish figure of "The Child" with his head back and the frog's legs sticking out of his mouth as he chows down. Too funny, so I was weak and bought it . I didn't buy the two pack in the link I pasted, but it it the one on the left of those 2 pics. The box looks the same too, so I'm sure that's the item.
    3) A DVD of "that movie" based on a lead someone posted here.
    4) Two pins for Disneyland's 65th Anniversary. The 65th anniversary on-line thing was chaotic for sure and many people were waiting for "their turn" in the on-line queue for more than 12 hours, if I recall correctly. Much of the merchandise was sold out much quicker than that, of course. I waited I think about 4 hours(well "waited" consisted of the personal laptop off to the side while I was working - occasionally glancing over to see if I was "up"), and ended up with the Limited Edition Hat Box Ghost pin and also the Limited Release 65th Anniversary Logo Pin (Mickey and Minnie walking in front of sleeping Beauty Castle). The more limited things had sold out by the time it was my turn (mega-pin large old style Disneyland sign, anything with only a few hundred was gone)
    5) A "May the 4th Be With You" Clone Wars Yoda pin from this year.

    I don't normally buy a lot of pins outside of park visit trips, during which I normally will buy one for any special event going on (Food and Wine, Flower and Garden, Osborne when it was still happening, MVMCP, also if I stayed at a resort I had not before I'd buy a pin for that resort, etc). So with no trips this year, I thought those 3 would be my 2020 entries on my bulletin board.

    I'm very much the same way. If I'm at a special event, I try and buy the pin. The last one I was able to buy was the opening day of the Skyliner pin. Pretty happy to have hat one. I also have a pin for each resort I've stayed in.

    And yeah, the 65th merchandise thing was a disaster. I was in the queue for pretty much the entire day - I went about my business and kept coming back to check if I had moved, but it basically went nowhere fast. I finally got on late at night and was able to get a T-shirt. That's pretty much all that was available. My daughter tracked down a pin for my birthday after the fact, so I have that too.

    And 'that movie" is ???

  10. By Dave1313

    Quote Originally Posted by cbarry View Post
    I'm very much the same way. If I'm at a special event, I try and buy the pin. The last one I was able to buy was the opening day of the Skyliner pin. Pretty happy to have hat one. I also have a pin for each resort I've stayed in.

    And yeah, the 65th merchandise thing was a disaster. I was in the queue for pretty much the entire day - I went about my business and kept coming back to check if I had moved, but it basically went nowhere fast. I finally got on late at night and was able to get a T-shirt. That's pretty much all that was available. My daughter tracked down a pin for my birthday after the fact, so I have that too.

    And 'that movie" is ???

    Cool on the 1st day Skyliner pin! I missed first day by a couple days I think. I might have been at WDW at the front end of my trip on 1st day, but knew the new Skyliner would be nuts, so I didn't try to ride it until the middle of the week.

    While I hadn't mentioned those type of new attraction or anniversary pins, I did get 2 of the Epcot "day of" 35th anniversary pins. I got the "I was there" dangler with SE and also the old Epcot logo that hinges open to show an old pic of Walt from early Florida Project days. Also got one of the DHS 30th pins last year... but I'm not sure I want to admit how long I was on the merch lines to get them.... Probably slightly less than when I actually missed a lunch reservation at Brown Derby for a Darth's Maul 4 hour wait to get from the back of the line to the front quite a few years ago though.

    Sorry you were one of the "all day wait" people for the 65th stuff, but very cool that your daughter was able to get one for you after the fact.

    Sorry for being obtuse on the movie reference. Song of the South. While I had possibly seen it at an after school type thing in the mid to late 70's when I was in elementary school, I had nothing but vague images in my mind of some of the main characters (did not remember anything specific about most scenes, etc. Though I was aware of the one specific scene that pretty much everyone agrees is very objectionable). When the Splash Mountain re-theme announcement came out this summer, in one of the discussions someone shared info on somewhere that it could be purchased. I bought it so I could view it and see how bad it really might be with adult eyes.

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