Thursday, June 16, 2011

WDCC "Enchanted Places" Miniature Series, 1995-1999

A unique addition to the Walt Disney Classics Collection were the miniature Seven Dwarfs' Cottage and Jewel Mine sculptures from 1995. Part of the Enchanted Places series, each was set on a separate wooden base with engraved brass nameplate. Original pieces did not carry any production year bottom stamp until mid-1996. The characters were not included.

Seven Dwarfs' Cottage
Sculptor: Valerie Edwards
Released: June 1995
Retired: January 2000
Retail: $180 (USD)


Stands 7" tall. The picks, shovels, and bar of soap are cast in pewter and hand painted. Water is made of clear resin.

Product Item Number: 11K-41200-0 (Old)/1028674 (Current)






Detail images via Roan's Treasures.


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Seven Dwarfs' Jewel Mine
Sculptor: Terry Izumi
Released: October 1995
Retired: January 2000
Retail: $190

Stands 4" tall. The props were cast in pewter and hand painted. Lantern is hung from tree by wire. Mine includes 53 Swarovski crystals, 6 emeralds, 9 sapphires, 6 rubies and 32 clear jewels.

Product Item Number: 11K-41203-0 (Old)/1028677 (Current)









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Keeping with the Lilliputian-esque theme, artist Robert Olszewski created a set of diminutive figurines to go with the two "Enchanted Places" above. Released first in 1996 and on up through 1999, this tiny character collection included the usual, yet lovable, suspects of Snow White, followed by the dwarfs, and ending with the Witch.

Each of the nine 1" tall bronze figures was first carved in wax and encased in a solid metal mold. This mold was then heated so as to melt and drain the wax from inside. Once clear, a molten bronze was poured in and allowed to harden. The figurines were all hand-painted and retailed for $50 per piece.




Snow White Miniature
Released: February 1996
Retired Edition January 2000
Production year mark: No
Item Number: 11K-41212-0 (Old)/1028686 (Current)








Dopey Miniature
Released: May 1996
Retired: January 2000
Production year mark: No
Item Number: 11K-41215-0 (Old)/1028689 (Current)








Grumpy Miniature
Released: November 1997
Retired: January 2000
Production year mark: Yes. First year (1997) is the music stand from Mickey Mouse's 1935 The Band Concert.  
Item Number: 11K-41239-0 (Old)/1028706 (Current)






Doc Miniature
Released: May 1998
Retired: January 2000
Production year mark: Yes. First year (1998) is the Dwarf pickax from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
Item Number: 11K-41271-0 (Old)/1028737 (Current)






Happy Miniature
Released: July 1998
Retired: January 2000
Production year mark: Yes. First year Dwarf pickax.
Item Number: 11K-41272-0 (Old)/1028738 (Current)






Bashful Miniature
Released: September 1998
Retired January 2000
Production year mark: Yes. First year Dwarf pickax.
Item Number: 11K-41273-0 (Old)/1028739 (Current)





Sneezy Miniature
Released: March 1999(?)
Retired: January 2000
Production year mark: Yes. First year (1999) is the Sorcerer's Hat from 1940's Fantasia.
Item Number: 11K-41318-0 (Old)/1028772 (Current)








Sleepy Miniature
Released: April 1999
Retired: January 2000
Production year mark: Yes. First year Sorcerer's Hat.
Item Number: 11K-41411-0 (Old)/1200681 (Current)








Witch (Hag) Miniature
Released: November 1999
Retired: January 2000
Production year mark: Yes. First year Sorcerer's Hat.
Item Number: 11K-41444-0 (Old)/1201785 (Current)




Stock images copyright Disney.
Info courtesy of Duckman's WDCC Inside Report.


9 comments:

  1. Of course it has been made by Robert Olszewski !
    What a wonderfull piece .The cottage always fascinated me.
    For information, WDCC isn't the only collection where Olszewski sculpted the Cottage miniature, see also Goebel ;) .

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  2. Thanks DSK. I will check out the Goebel pieces.

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  3. The cottage is really pretty!

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  4. Oh man, I clicked on your link and checked out the other pieces in the Enchanted Places series....now I want a bunch of these, including the SW cottage and jewel mine! Fortunately, I don't have room for any more stuff.....and I've stopped collecting....sort of. :-)

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  5. These are definitly my favorite WDCC items! I've always love the scenery and backgrounds in the Disney movies and it's so fun to have a 3D representation of that. I've collected several of these (figures too) and can just look them over for ages.
    Great Post!!

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  6. Sheryl-- Yes it is. I like the stream running through the front like in the movie.

    Tokyo-- I've said those same words myself..."I've stopped collecting....sort of." :)

    Venus-- When I was a kid, I had a miniature train set with buildings and trees and such. I know that magical feeling of just 'looking them over for ages.' Fun stuff.

    Fawn-- Que no tienen precio :)

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  7. Wow, these are beautiful! I noticed the Cottage was sculpted by Valerie Edwards. I know she's worked on all sorts of projects with Walt Disney Imagineering for years.

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  8. Dan-- Thanks for the info on Valerie. I'll have to look her up to see what else she's done.

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