We have never been a big fans or collectors of Jim Shore figurines because many of his pieces are just too folksy for our tastes. Every once in a while though he comes out with a piece that we really like and must have.
Being fans of both Disney and the Haunted Mansion we really appreciated the piece he created for the Haunted Mansion's 40th anniversary called Disney Traditions Hitchhiking Ghosts. The piece depicts the 3 Hitchhiking Ghosts, Phineas, Ezra and Gus, that appear to guests in the mirrors at the end of the Haunted Mansion ride when they join them in their Doombuggy to follow them home. It measures 8 1/2 " high, 7 1/2 inches wide and 4 " deep and was much larger in person than I thought it would be.
Unlike many of Jim Shore's pieces that are very colorful, he used only a few colors, mainly grey and black, when he created this piece. Because of this, the piece really stays with the theme and I think that was one of the reasons we liked it. The ghosts are standing in front of the gate to the Mansion, which is black metal, as is the chain on the ball and chain that Gus ghost is holding. They are in their famous hitchhiking pose with their thumbs out. The gate is flanked by 2 stone-like columns, one of which has the Haunted Mansion plaque on it. Both columns have lanterns on top that contain LED lights and illuminate with a purple glow. It is powered by 2 AA batteries with the battery compartment and the on/off switch on the bottom of the piece. In addition to the lights, the ghosts' faces and extremities are painted with glow-in-the-dark paint so this piece is fun both in the light and in the dark. We display it on a bookshelf in our living room and the first night it was there, it actually startled me when I walked past it in the dark because I was not used to having something there that glowed.
It is an open edition and has a 40th anniversary back stamp on it. It was sold as part of a collection of items released for the anniversary celebration of the attraction. I could never find it in any of the stores that normally carry Jim Shore items, nor when I was down at Disney World, so at one time it may have only been available online or at Disneyland. I ended up finding one that was only slightly more expensive than the original retail price of $75.00 on Ebay so I purchased mine there. I have since been back to Disney World and did find it for sale at the Days of Christmas store at the Downtown Disney Marketplace.
If you are a Disney or Haunted Mansion fan this is a must-have piece for your collection. We love ours and it has been a great addition to our collection of Disneyana items. We get lots of compliments on it from guests both young and old who love the ride and think the piece is a hoot.