Who's the new Nine Old Men for today?
What is the Snow White of today that will be the hot collectible subject 25 years from now, Toy Story?
It's hard to predict.
THe WDCC stuff seems to represent the pinnacle of quality collectibles (other than original handpainted/drawn cels and production artwork from early Disney animations.)
The manufacturing processes today make so much higher quality items. But does the fact there is more mass production offset that?
Will Olszewski 1st edition signed pieces go through the roof in coming years? Or will their appeal subside, recognizing they are (like most things) mass produced resin pieces made in China?
Will Nightmare Before Christmas fans fade as generations pass or will it hold its appeal, like Peter Pan still does today?
Put your personal preferences aside for a moment. Look into your crystal (albeit cloudy) ball. What's your best guess what will be hot, artists wise or subject wise (movie, theme park ride) 25 years from now?
My gut says Toy Story will be big since it represents *almost* what Star Wars represented as far as a major advancement in entertainment at the Cinema. But there don't seem hardly to be any high-quality limited edition collectibles out there? It's all open edition mass-produced stuff (aside from original production art which is VERY rare.)
I think today's Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted Mansion collectibles (especially POTC due to movie success) will be hot commodities 25 years from now.
Dave Avanzino's stuff seems very collectible and very limited.
I'm not familiar with who the other 'superstar' artists are though these days. I'm only familiar with names like Frank Thomas and Marc Davis. There's got to be a "9 new artists" emerging, well more like 90 new artists. Who's putting out the most impressive work other than Dave?