Thursday, June 13, 2013

Ornament Review: 2010 Lollipop Street - Noelville #5 - 2010 Hallmark Ornament

Stars: 3 out of 5
Pros: The ornament looks nice with some new elements...
Cons: ...until you light it up.
The Bottom Line:
Creative designed
Weighed down by flawed light effect
I wish I liked more

There is Too Much Lighting Up at 2010 Lollipop Street

I seem to have a problem with the houses of Noelville.  That's all I can figure since both of the ornaments in the set depicting dwellings are my least favorites.  2010 Lollipop Street was the fifth entry in this series of ornaments from Hallmark, and it is once again disappointing.

The series of ornaments depicts gingerbread houses and shops with all the trimmings in the sweet town of Noelville.  In addition to being pretty cute, the ornament light up when you put a bulb inside the back.

When looking at this ornament, it looks good.  It is the smallest ornament in the series so far, but it's a simple one floor house.  There's a big picture window in the front with a gingerbread man out front waiving to us.  There's also a sugar cookie looking Christmas tree in the window.  Mint bushes out front and red licorice on the corners are a new touch to the series.  And, in keeping with the name, the roof is paved with half circles of lollipops.  There's even a banner across the front with 2010 written on it, the year the ornament first came out.

The ornaments in this series feature glitter in the snow, and this one seems especially glitterful.  I don't mind it when it catches the light and shimmers, but this one has so much that just gets all over everything.  For me, a little glitter goes a long ways.

The real problem with this ornament comes when you put the light in it.  As expected, the windows on all four sides light up, and the roof tiles light up.  Well, actually, the entire roof lights up.  You can actually see a square of light on each side that lights up.  It's still somewhat opaque with the tiles lighting up more, but it's a disappointment.  It would look so much better if only the tiles lit up.  Also, remember that big picture window I mentioned earlier?  With the lights on, you can really see the other walls of the ornament, making it look like an empty house.  In this case, smaller would have been better.

The balance on the ornament is perfect, which is not surprising since the brass hook for hanging is in the middle of the peak of the roof.  The ornament has a nice flat base, so you can easily display this town on your tree or a shelf.  And you can find a 5 in a small Christmas tree on the ornament since this is the fifth in a series.

What makes this even more painful is that it is the most expensive ornament in the series to date.  Okay, so it was just 45 cents over last year, but since it is so small and last year's was so big, it didn't make me happy.

It's a shame 2010 Lollipop Street doesn't look better lit up because I actually do like the design.

Be sure to check out the rest of the Noelville series.

Original Price: $18.95

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