You’d have to have been hiding under a rock for the past sixty years if you’ve never heard of Disney. The company has produced some of the world’s most loved characters on TV and in films, from Mickey Mouse to Toy Story. Every child has their favourite Disney character and Disney movie. With their incredible success and worldwide domination, it’s no wonder that the company have also taken hold of the toy market. With so many characters, lines, and changes over the years, there’s a veritable feast of toys to choose from. The best ranges are Mickey Mouse, Disney Princesses, Hannah Montana, Winnie the Pooh, and Phineas and Ferb.
The Disney Princess range is a great choice for little girls. The princesses are available on a number of items, including stationary, bed sheets, and clothes. But they also have a great toy collection. There are puzzles, jigsaws, books and art sets available. Very popular items in the range are the actual dolls, depicting each of the princesses. These include old favourites such as Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and Snow White, to newer characters like Rapunzel. You can also get plush version of the dolls for very young children, as well as dress up sets.
For older girls, a great Disney character is Hannah Montana. For those of you who don’t know, the show is a real life sitcom for kids about a girl who has an alter ego as a singer. It’s been hugely popular over the past few years and has spawned a generation of young girls desperate for stardom. There’s plenty of Hannah Montana merchandise on offer, all aimed at girls, most of which are beauty-based. You can get Hannah Montanan hair streakers, hair twisters, and nail bar kits. For younger fans, there are also stage play sets, magazine makers, and jewellery kits.
The Mickey Mouse range is one of the most loved characters, so is always a favourite with kids. A stuffed Mickey Mouse toy was voted one of the top 100 toys by Time magazine. He’s also available on clothes (pyjamas, hats and scarves, t-shirts) and stationary. But Mickey is very well known in the world of gaming. Since the 80s, he’s been a popular character in video games on the NES, the Gameboy, and the Wii.
Another classic character that has been popular in the world of toys is Disney’s Winnie the Pooh. There’s a great line of characters from the cartoon, including Eeyore, Kanga, Roo, and Piglet. They are favourites among kids, especially the plush versions available. Most of the toys are aimed at pre-schoolers, and are educational in nature.
Phineas and Ferb is a relatively new program by Disney, but is very popular. Toys on offer mainly include action figures and plush toys.
Some vintage Disney toys are incredibly collectible these days, depending on the condition. This is particularly true for items that were made in the 1970s. However, toys produced these days are made to be played with, and there’s an incredible range to choose from.