I decided to share something fun and completely random on the Blog this weekend:
My brother’s massive Donald Duck collection!
His Donald Duck collection is probably one of the biggest in the world. I don’t know how we could find out for sure but hey, I’m going to put it out there. It takes up one full room and plenty of places along the walls and down the hallways. He buys cheap toys as well as expensive one-of-a-kind pieces of art. He buys things others have made (Donald hand-drawn on a grain of rice comes to mind) and he makes his own canvases too. He even has a Donald tattoo!
I did a mini interview of sorts to fill this entry with some fun facts (my kids are really looking forward to this entry so I wanted to make it as all-encompassing as possible).
name/age/profession: Andrew/30/x-ray tech
When did you start collecting Donald Duck pieces: “In Junior High but I became a more serious collector in High School.”
How many pieces are in your collection: “I don’t have an exact count but it’s definitely in the thousands.”
What was your very first piece that started this whole thing? “A stuffed animal from my childhood.”
What is your most expensive piece? “A Ron Lee piece that cost $800. It’s hand-painted pewter. I have ten Ron Lee figures.”
Have you ever broken any pieces? “Yes. Every time I clean the room, I (accidentally) break something.” =P (It might be worth mentioning here that my brother is 6’4″ and wears a size 17 shoe. Him tip-toeing around glass breakables isn’t really the easiest task).
What is your very favorite piece? “I always wanted a rug for the Donald Room and I finally found one. This one is from the 1950’s.”
Is your collection limited to just Donald Duck? “No. I started with Donald, then branched out to Daisy and now I even include Scrooge pieces as well as Donald’s three nephews.”
(Other side of that seesaw)
What are some of the more interesting pieces you have in your collection? “I like this figure that holds a real egg”.
“And these vintage baby shoes are definitely interesting” (And if you ask me, uncomfortable looking. Did kids really wear these and not trip over that giant duck head?)
“This is probably the oddest piece. It’s a grain of rice with a Donald Duck drawn on it. You have to look through the top magnifying glass to see it.”
Enjoy taking a peek into Andrew’s Donald Duck room! If you have little ones, call them over to peek too because kids usually get a kick out of this. My kids think Unkie has his own Disney World playground right at home. What makes this room so fun visually is that my brother is an amazing artist. He paints, decorates cakes, paints murals on walls, etc., …all as hobbies. In his Donald Room, it’s not just a bunch of stuff on shelves. He has stuff hanging from the ceiling and tucked into every corner so it makes for an awesome visual display. Talking about it won’t do much so I hope you enjoy these visuals!
The hallway with gallery-style frames leading up to the room.
The view inside the Donald Room from the doorway.
The taller display case closest to the door has every Donald/Daisy-themed cup & mug known to man. You can also see some of the keychain collection hanging to the right. And those are stamp sets pinned above the door frame.
Just a cute lil’ vintage mini figure I liked.
Some pieces are so old that they’ve lost their paint.
Across the room from the Ron Lee pieces is a full shelf of Jim Shore figures.
And in yet another display case is a shelf dedicated to Swarovski crystal figures.
His collection also includes toys from every decade still in their original packaging.
A hand-painted canvas by Andrew. He has a Daisy Duck one hanging right near it.
I personally liked the vintage pieces so I tried to focus on lots of those. These little watering cans and pails are adorable. They hang from the ceiling.
He has a whole assortment of marionettes hanging from the ceiling.
Stuffed friends peer over every shelf.
See the Donald border on the display case? Andrew made that with old storybook pages and Mod Podge.
A vintage push toy.
A whole shelf of carousel figures.
One of my favorite bits to the room: me and my two brothers posing with Donald outside Epcot’s Mexico in the 80s.
Aw. This was our old Jack Russel appropriately named Disney. She had a Donald costume. :)
Donald & Daisy, getting you in the Halloween spirit.
He has 1,000s of official Disney trading pins. The yellow rectangle pin is worth the most money in his pin collection. That’s an original. The one that is more green to its left is a fake being sold on Ebay.
A pretty awesome pewter piece I just loved.
A few more vintage goodies.
Hand-blown glass pieces.
…and that’s honestly just the tip of the iceberg.
Thanks so much for peeking! If you’re so inclined, leave a comment here for my brother because well, comments are fun! Share this entry on your Facebook, Pin it, e-mail it off to a fellow Disney lover… he’s worked hard on building this collection and I think more people should see it!
Have a super day!