How will I recognize when was my Disney figurine made?
The Walt Disney classics collection sculpture bears a back stamp with Walt Disney's signature and production year mark. The mark symbolizes major milestones in Disney history.
A production mark represents the calendar year during which the particular Disney figurine is made. Individual sculptures of an open edition Disney collectible figurines may carry different marks when production continues over the years.
The first production was in year 1992; the Walt Disney Classics Collection featured a steamboat wheel mark. The wheel honors Mickey Mouse's debut in Steamboat Willie (1928). Disney figurines with this mark are the most valuable and desired by most collectors.
The 1993 production mark is a treble clef. The clef symbolizes the music in the Academy Award winning Silly Symphonies. Walt Disney explored and expanded the artistic, technical, and emotional range of animation.
The 1994 mark is a dancing flower. The flower represents Disney's Flowers and Trees in 1932. This animated commercial film was the first the first film produced with full-color three-strip. And this movie cartoon won the first Academy Award for Disney.
The 1995 mark is a trowel. The trowel was used by practical Three Little Pigs cartoon in 1933. This animated short won the Academy Award in 1933. The animated short introduced the first hit song for Disney "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf”.
The 1996 mark is a sailor's hat. The hat represents Donald Duck's on-screen debut in The Wise Little Hen in 1934. "Who? Me? Oh, no, I've got a bellyache" With these eight words, the world’s most quick tempered duck was born.
The 1997 mark is a music stand. The stand represents Mickey Mouse's first color cartoon The Band Concert in 1935. The cartoon is renowned for its superb character animation of band leader Mickey and mischievous peanut vendor Donald Duck.
The 1998 mark is the pickax. The Dwarfs' diamond mining tool helps celebrate the Diamond (70th) Anniversary of the Walt Disney Company.
The 1999 mark is the Sorcerer's Hat. In 1940, Fantasia was recognized as one of Walt Disney's greatest experiments, combining the art of animation with the beauty of classical music. And of course, it's lauded for giving Mickey Mouse his most famous role as the Sorcerer's Apprentice.
The 2000 year mark is a feather – Dumbo’s magic feather from Dumbo (1941).
The 2001 year mark is the butterfly. The butterfly was chosen in honor of the 1942 animated classic Bambi.
The 2002 year mark is the sombrero. The sombrero was chosen in honor of the 1943 animated classic 'Saludos Amigos,' featuring this year’s member’s only figural release, Pedro.
The 2003 year mark is the Golden Harp. The golden harp was chosen in honor of the 1947 feature film Fun and Fancy Free.
The 2004 year mark is the Bumble Bee from Melody Time (1948). It is an animated feature produced by Walt Disney.
The 2005 year mark is the glass slipper from Cinderella (1950).
The 2006 year mark is the Teacup. The teacup was chosen in honor of the 1951 cartoon musical film Alice in Wonderland.
The 2007 year mark is the Captain Hook’s Hook. The hook was chosen in honor of the 1953 animated film Peter Pan – a mischievous boy who can fly and magically refuses to grow up.
The 2008 year mark is the crown of Aurora from 1959 fairy tale classic Sleeping Beauty.
The 2009 year mark is the paw print from 1961 American animated film One Hundred and One Dalmatians.
Other Disney figurines manufacturers write the name of their company at the bottom of the figure. Same as to Disney Company they also indicate the year it was made. Some manufactures inscribe the word retired to their product to indicate its type.