WDCC ARIEL~Seahorse Surprise~The Little Mermaid~Retired

Ariel: "Seahorse Surprise" ~ from The Little Mermaid
Retired Edition ~ In Box with COA ~ Pickax Production Mark
This porcelain sculpture was introduced in 1997 from the Walt Disney Classics Collection , sculpted by Kent Melton . Featuring Ariel from Disney's animated feature film The Little Mermaid (1989) ,she's among seven other sculptures belonging to the "Under the Sea" scene. The sculpture was retired in March 1999. "Retired"means that the molds are destroyed and the sculptures are no longer produced, which makes them (rare) collectors items.
Titled Seahorse Surprise , the Ariel sculpture is "plussed" (non-porcelain materials are used) with five bronze seahorses that swim and swirl around her. They were sculpted by renowned miniature artist Robert Olszewski. The sculpture is also plussed with a bronze shell with real pearl, and shiny opalescent green paint on her fin. T are lots of pretty colors used for the plant life: pink, blue, yellow, lavender, and green. My favorite feature is the way Ariel's deep red hair is shaped and "flows" behind her.
*IMPORTANT ~This sculpture is NOT in mint condition. T is "crazing" (network of fine cracks in a surface or glaze of a surface) on the flesh areas of Ariel (see close up photo of Ariel's arm for an example). T is also some crazing
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