Mickey the Magician

Mickey Mouse Magician Vintage Toy

A friend emailed me the picture above recently so I did some research.

The Great Mickey figurine was made in the 1960s by Linemar of Japan, who released a number of mechanical Disney toys in the 1950s and 60s.

The Mickey Mouse magician is one of the most in-demand figures because the action is so complicated – he raises his hat and makes the bird vanish and reappear.  Mint versions sell for around US$3,000.

The most in-demand Linemar figure is a smoking Popeye, video below.  Mint versions of this one go for closer to US$4,000.