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My wife has said she would like to get into miniature painting, but her tastes are neither Fantasy or Sci-Fi. She is really into Disney characters. Does anyone have a suggestion as to where to find Disney miniatures that we can paint? A few searches for "Disney Pewter Miniatures" and variations of it, lead to figures in the $50 to $150 price range.... OUCH...

 

While links aren't allowed in the posts, please message me with them, as my Goggle Fu is rather lacking...

 

Thanks!

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I would look at the Disney Infinity models.  There's a substantial line of models that are still fairly small.  I would think they could be repainted fairly easily.  A quick Google search showed Mikey at $5 at wallymart.

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Anything with "Disney" in it is going to be expensive.  If it isn't, most likely something about it is a forgery.  As they don't really market to wargaming types of people (and heck, why should they?) mostly everything is going to be prepainted so they can sell it in their store as souvenir type items.  The Infinity models are probably your best bet.  Metal figures are probably going to be expensive if you can find a reputable source at all... and I have my doubts, but there is a lot of clickbait to wade through in finding it.

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Chronoscope has miniatures that replicates some of the Marvel superheroes pretty well, so, technically... :devil:

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You might have more luck expanding your search from "Disney" to fairytale. For example, Reaper makes a lovely Cinderella. The Stephanie Law line at Dark Sword miniatures also has some beautiful sculpts that don't scream D&D.

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Hasslefree has a couple of females that correspond to characters from a movie with a winter theme.

 

There are also the larger scale, "Disney Princess Paint Your Own Statue" sets that are still available.

 

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 Like LB said, look for "fairytale" stuff... The Mouslings will be good, as well as the stuff LB mentioned in the Chronoscope line. Also, check out civilians and townspeople in Renaissance and Medieval historical lines.

 

And while the detail won't be great, for larger figures (which will be a bit easier to paint) you can also check out McDonald's Happy Meal toys, companies like Schliech and Safari LTD and various action figures for people with a fairy tale sort of appearance...

If you go even larger, as Vutpakdi mentioned Disney does sell a handful of Paint Your Own Princess resin kits - which are actually pretty damn cheap for two 5 1/2 inch resin figures. I think they retail for around $5-7 at Walgreen's. I actually own a couple of them myself and bought them for practice painting larger figures.

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Dollar stores sell PVC Disney figurines in no particular scale.  Roughly 70mm, I guess.  A lot of folks use them for statues for Frostgrave and such, but they're pretty ripe for customization with paint and green stuff.

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Lots of the Disney Infinity figs are on sale right now due to discontinuation (I think). I picked up the HulkBuster Iron Man for like 4 bucks to repaint. 

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I actually picked up a Mickey Mouse pewter figurine at a doll house supply store. It was a loose item, but "doll house mouse doll" might bring up a NotMickey and some NotFriends.

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As an addendum on the idea of "Disney Monopoly," I did some Google searching on the tokens.  The Sleeping Beauty figure from Disney Monopoly is about 1 5/8" tall.  That's about 42mm tall.  It looks as if the varying playing pieces are around the same size (with a couple of exceptions), whether it's Sleeping Beauty, Pinnochio, Alice, Snow White, Peter Pan, or Mowgli.  (Dumbo, and a single figure with both Lady and the Tramp are shorter.)  They might be fun to paint, but only if you have absolutely no care about scale.  :)

 

Here's a convenient line-up of the figures with a ruler, to illustrate possible scale-consistency issues.

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Personally, I would be in favor of finding "Bones Proxies," if for no other reason than that the individual figures are bound to be cheaper.

 

I tried looking up "dress" in the Reaper store, and found a number of figures who I could imagine painted up "princess style."

 

Oh!  And here's a pewter Reaper version of Cinderella:

https://www.reapermini.com/OnlineStore/dress/sku-down/50284

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Not necessarily the Disney version, but it could surely be painted in a Disney-esque style.  I've also occasionally seen these little plastic carriages on Ebay and such, made as "wedding favors" (typically cast in translucent, "silver" or "gold" plastic) that might be useful as a fairy-tale carriage, albeit not quite looking like they came from an enchanted pumpkin.

 

Note: I simply ASSUMED "Disney Princess"/"Fairy Tale" without knowing what particular Disney characters you had in mind.  I apologize if I assumed too much.  For all I know, maybe you've got "Lady and the Tramp" or "Robin Hood" or "TRON" or "Treasure Planet" in mind.  ;)

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