Collectible Disney Toys

Written by Will Baum
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Collectible Disney toys keep collectors around the world busy with their obsession. The Walt Disney Company, like any giant corporation, keeps growing. What used to be just a film company now has theme parks, a cruise line, resorts, and even a town. Each branch of the Disney business gives the Disney company to manufacture and market new toys for Disney-loving kids, fans, and collectors.

A Brief History of Collectible Disney Toys

In the summer 1923, Walt Disney arrived in California from Kansas City. He had made a cartoon, "Alice's Wonderland," that he was intent on getting distributed. By that autumn, young Disney had a distributor and the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio was in business.

In 1927, the renamed Walt Disney Studios expanded on its Alice Comedies and began a new series, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. The next major character to follow, in 1928, was Mickey Mouse. With the talkie cartoon "Steamboat Willie," Mickey Mouse was instantly popular. From 1932-1940, a Disney cartoon won an Academy Award every year. The merchandising of Mickey began almost immediately. Mickey Mouse fist appeared on pencil tablets in a deal worth $300. Soon, Mickey dolls, radios, and toothbrushes joined the countless products to bear Mickey's image. These early Mickey products are among the most coveted of collectible Disney toys.

In 1937, Disney released its first feature film, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," a massive success. Walt Disney was on a roll. Today, that roll still hasn't ended. Walt Disney is one of a handful of massive media corporations ruling the world of entertainment. The Internet is a great place to find collectible Disney toys of all kinds.


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