Mr. Toad's Motorcars
2002 Classics Collection: Wild Ride
Mr. Toad drives his motorcar in this special figure introduced at the 2002 Disneyana Convention held in August at Walt Disney World in Florida. This figure is from the Walt Disney Classics Collection Theme Park Series, Fantasy Land, The Adventures of Mr. Toad "Wild Ride." The porcelin, pewter and bronze figure is 5-1/2" high. A limited edition of 500 plus 10 artist proofs were available. The scuptor is Chris Peterson.
Wild Ride 16/500 was listed on eBay in May 2011, for a Buy It Now price of $800. eBay reported it sold at that price in September 2011 by seller mgeilow, who sells a lot of Disney collectible items. (Item location was Livonia, MI.) The same 16/500 was listed again by mgeilow. As of May 2012, the same Mr. Toad's Wild Ride sculpture was listed for a Buy It Now price of $1250.
Some pictures above are from the May 2011 listing by mgeilow. See Duckman's Inside Report for more pictures.
Diecast Toady Car with Toad and Moley
A small diecast (4" x 3" x 2-1/2") of Mr. Toad's motorcar, driven by Toad with passenger Moley holding on to his hat, was sold both at Disneyland and Walt Disney World. The car is the style of the Disneyland attraction, with the crazy fenders. Such a diecast vehicle was sold on eBay in April 2011, for $27.
Enchanted Evening: Mr. Toad's Wild Ride
Disneyland's Enchanted Evening of October 28, 1999, featured an auction of Mr. Toad merchandise, including a Toad attraction vehicle and a one-of-a-kind sculpture by Terri Hardin, Disney imagineer and sculptor. In April 2011, eBay seller lewsigalleries listed a rare sculpture of Mr. Toad's Wild Ride that was done by Terri Hardin, which is the original in a series that she did for Disneyland's one-day event. There were only 10 limited editions made, which sold out that day. It is about 4" x 3". The seller requires local pickup from Simi Valley, California, and is asking $4,500 or best offer.
Walt Disney World: Mr. Toad's Wild Ride Real Attraction Car
A real car from the Mr. Toad's Wild Ride in Florida's Magic Kingdom was listed on eBay in February 2011. The Toad car, named Winky, got one bid at $4,000 but the reserve price was not met. A week later, seller nannerfl relisted the motorcar with a starting bid price of $5,000 and a Buy It Now price of $5,500, but didn't get any takers. The attraction car was in rough shape; it looked like the weasels had a good time in it. However, extra fenders were included to help make restoration easier.
A Mr. Toad's Wild Ride vehicle from the Florida attraction was listed for sale in 2010 on Mice Chat by Charlie "circarama." The car was named Toady and had a rare characteristic: it still had its 120 volt motor in the back. It was listed for $8,500 with free delivery anywhere in California.
Be sure to click the Mice Chat link to see lots of gorgeous pictures.
"Disneyland to Host Mr. Toad Celebration," LaughingPlace.com, http://www.laughingplace.com/News-ID10000250.asp
Duckman's Inside Report, http://www.wdccduckman.com/toad3.htm
"For Sale: Mr. Toad's Ride Vehicle," MiceChat.com, http://micechat.com/forums/vintage-antique/134820-sale-mr-toad-ride-vehicle.html