The new samples never showed up and in November 2013, this official statement was released according to the Duckman's WDCC Blog:
"We truly appreciate the fans and collectors who have been eagerly awaiting the Walt Disney Classics Collection product launch by Precious Moments Incorporated®. After extensive consultation with Disney®, we have jointly decided not to move forward with the release of the collection. The Walt Disney Classics Collection will be placed into the “vault” alongside other cherished Disney classics.
We invite you to continue to celebrate Disney characters and stories with the beautifully crafted collectibles available in the Disney Showcase Collection by Precious Moments. These exquisite pieces are available at Disney Theme Parks, DisneyStore.com, PreciousMoments.com, and specialty retailers.
Thank you for your continued support of Precious Moments Incorporated."
The news was official, after a long and celebrated run spanning many years, the Classics Collection statues had ceased production. Over that time, there have been a few statues from Who Framed Roger Rabbit produced. The first was Dear Jessica, How Do I Love Thee by Kent Melton in 1999. The next was released in 2004, I'm Not Bad. I'm Just Drawn That Way., a statue of Jessica Rabbit which was first in the new Leading Ladies Collection. Benny the Cab and Roger Rabbit statues soon followed.
It's certainly sad news that one of Disney's most well known centerpieces for collectors is now a thing of the past. It seemed to be the last remaining thing Disney really presented to true collectors to enjoy that were more high-end pieces. This doesn't mean they won't find a new manufacturer some day, but for now the line has been stopped. To read my review on the WDCC Jessica Rabbit Statue, CLICK HERE.
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