Olszewski Disneyland miniatures - January 16, 2011
Olszewski Disneyland miniatures - January 16, 2011
The traditional semi-annual Disneyana (formerly NFFC) Show and Sale was held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel today, and Olszewski Studios was once again at the booth of Deckers Fine Gifts. There were quite a number of new items to see today.
In the Disneyland miniatures nostalgia series, the Monsanto House of the Future is now ready for release, after its delay from last year. It's a pretty small piece, but it's cute. It is still designed so that it will fit on the Main Street platform where King Triton's Garden is. Travis says that it would fit better if you take out one of the trees, and they would be providing instructions for that, so I'm interested in seeing the piece with the platform, hopefully at a Disneyland release later in the year.
The House of the Future will be released with 3 different plaques, like the other nostalgia pieces - cast member, annual passholder and regular. The plaques all say "2010" because that was the production date of the piece, but the additional plaque available on the first day of release will have the release date on it, which will be sometime in March.
The front of the House of the Future miniature nostalgia piece.
The back of the House of the Future piece, including the stairs going in and out.
This plaque is for the cast member edition, and note the 2010 date at the top.
A side shot of the House of the Future miniature nostalgia piece, showing the lighting coming from inside.
A picture from July 2008 showing the paper mockup of the House of the Future that fits over King Triton's Garden.
There will be no nostalgia piece for 2011 (technically, House of the Future was the 2010 nostalgia piece), and the next nostalgia piece may be the Skyway bucket in November 2012.
The next release will be the fourth set of floats in the Main Street Electrical Parade, which is expected in May 2011, at a cost of $125. Subsequent to that will be the Pinocchio/Village Haus piece, due in July 2011 for $345.
In the Magic Kingdom miniatures series, the next releases are expected to be Ice Cream Corner and Casey's Corner, available in August 2011, and then Haunted Mansion, expected in October 2011. Olszewski Studios is also working on the Magic Kingdom's version of Pirates of the Caribbean, expected to be released in 2012.
In the Gallery of Light series, four new pieces have recently been released.
Marlin and Nemo, with flash to show the details.
The details and intricacy of this piece are amazing.
Marlin and Nemo, without flash and just natural lighting.
Prince Philip and Maleficent the dragon, with flash to show the details.
Prince Philip and Maleficent the dragon, without flash and just natural lighting.
This really is a magnificent piece.
Jessica Rabbit, with flash to show the details.
Her dress isn't as bright pink or as sparkly as I'm normally used to.
Jessica Rabbit, without flash and just natural lighting.
Tinker Bell in the drawer, with flash to show the details.
Tinker Bell in the drawer, without flash and just natural lighting.
I love the detail of the keyhole and the light coming through it.
Four new upcoming Gallery of Light pieces were available for preview. Talk to Crush is based on the Epcot version of the attraction (which has bench seating in front, as opposed to the version at Disney California Adventure, which has a lily-pad carpet) and is expected to be available in April, at a cost of $85. The piece for "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" depicts Captain Nemo in the Nautilus and is expected to be available in May 2011, at a cost of $90. A third piece depicts Mickey and Pluto in the crow's nest of a ship and is expected to be available in May, at a cost of $85. The fourth piece is Ariel and Eric in the boat during the "Kiss the Girl" sequence, which is expected in April, at a cost of $90.
Talk to Crush, with flash to show the details.
Talk to Crush, without flash and just natural lighting.
This is a really cute piece and is a wonderful depiction of the attraction.
Captain Nemo in the Nautilus, with flash to show the details.
Captain Nemo in the Nautilus, without flash and just natural lighting.
Mickey and Pluto in the crow's nest, with flash to show the details.
Mickey and Pluto in the crow's nest, without flash and just natural lighting.
Eric and Ariel, with flash to show the details.
Eric and Ariel, without flash and just natural lighting.
The moon in the back nicely accentuates them.
One of the Gallery of Light displays set up by Deckers at the show.
As previously mentioned, Olszewski Studios is working on a few items for release during Star Wars Weekends in May and June 2011 at Disney's Hollywood Studios. The pieces will not be exclusive to Star Wars Weekends nor exclusive to Disney's Hollywood Studios or Walt Disney World. Disneyland is expected to have the pieces for sale as well, though possibly not until after Star Wars Weekends are over. The Gallery of Light piece will be Jedi Mickey fighting Donald as Darth Maul, and the piece is expected in May 2011 at a cost of $95. I'm really looking forward to seeing that piece. There are a number of pokitpals planned, and two of them were available for preview today. Both are due out in May at a cost of $19.95 each.
Darth Vader is on the front of the pokitpal.
The back has a Stormtrooper.
The bottom of the Darth Vader pokitpal.
The side of the Darth Vader pokitpal.
Donald Duck as Han Solo in carbonite is on the front of the pokitpal.
I *love* this!
The back has ... well ... Donald's backside.
The bottom of the piece has the Star Wars logo.
The detailing on the side is awesome.
Other Pokitpals planned to be available are Millennium Falcon, R2-D2/C-3PO, Yoda and Boba Fett/Jango Fett, all due for release in May 2011, at a cost of $19.95 each. Bob Olszewski also mentioned another pokitpal that he's working on for Star Wars Weekends. It's in the very early stages of development, but it sounds amazing. Hopefully, it will make it to production - I can't wait to see it.
In other Pokitpal news, Golden Horseshoe, Mark Twain and WDW's Walter E. Disney train are due to be out in the next couple weeks. The releases expected in May are Snow White, King Arthur Carrousel, Cinderella Castle, Belle, Stitch and Pluto. Central Plaza - Disneyland and Central Plaza - Magic Kingdom are both expected to be available in July.
Stitch on the front of the pokitpal.
The back of Stitch's pokitpal.
The side of Stitch's pokitpal.
Olszewski Studios' next release event will be on January 29, 2011 as part of Disney's merchandise release for its new Disney Gallery exhibit entitled "Magic on the Water". For some reason, Bob Olszewski's releases aren't currently included on the page, but here is Olszewski Studios' announcement of the event with pictures of their merchandise available that day - a Gallery of Light of the Disney Dream, a pokitpal of the Disney Dream, and a pokitpal featuring Captain Mickey.
As was mentioned at the last release, Olszewski Studios is launching a new line of paper clip boxes. The Mickey Mouse one was available for preview today and is expected in May at a cost of $30. Also due out in May are paper clip boxes for Sleeping Beauty Castle ($45) and Cinderella Castle ($45) as well as boxes for Darth Vader ($36) and R2-D2 ($36). Due out in August are boxes for Maleficent ($30), the Enchanted Tiki Room ($36) and Haunted Mansion ($36).
The front of the Mickey paper clip box.
The tail is very thin and seems like it might be pretty fragile.
The back of the Mickey paper clip box.
The Mickey paper clip box opened to show the inside.
Those planning ahead for the next Disneyana Show and Sale should note that while the show and sale is usually held on Sunday, the July show is actually on Saturday, July 16, 2011. Presumably, the change to Saturday is so as not to coincide with Disneyland's birthday on July 17 (which falls on a Sunday this year) and the various events that are usually held on that day. Olszewski Studios will presumably be at the show and sale, with Deckers Fine Gifts. Collectors should note that per the signs that have been up for the last two show and sale dates, collectors may only bring 2 park pieces per guest for Bob's signature, and Gallery of Light pieces may only be signed with purchase.
Bob Olszewski, with some of his Gallery of Light pieces, poses for a collector to take a picture.
The next Olszewski Studios event is on January 29, 2011. We won't be attending that event, but we will be at the March event for the release of House of the Future, so see you then.
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