Sunday, February 5, 2017

Ornament Review: Winter Fun with Snoopy #11 - Building a Snowman - 2008 Hallmark Ornament

Stars: 3 out of 5
Pros: Snoopy and Woodstock working together having fun
Cons: The snowman’s face is a little off; major tip to the left
The Bottom Line:
Building a snowman
Two friends working together
For more winter fun

Friends Building a Snowman

We are now embarking on the second half of the Winter Fun with Snoopy series, and I’m actually a bit amazed at some of the things Snoopy and Woodstock haven’t done yet.  For example, I looked at the 2008 ornament and I was surprised when I realized that they hadn’t yet built a snowman.

But that is exactly what they are doing with this entry in the series.  And they’ve got a classic snowman they are building, too.  He’s two balls of snow, a scarf, coal for buttons, eyes, and a mouth, and a hat on top of his head.  All he’s missing is his nose, but that will change soon since Snoopy has his hand out for the carrot that Woodstock is holding.

At least that’s one interpretation of the ornament.  Since there is an indentation in the snowman’s face where the nose should be, maybe Woodstock has grabbed the carrot and is teasing Snoopy.  After all, Woodstock is sitting on the snowman’s hat, so he is a little out of Snoopy’s reach.

I am sure it is supposed to be my first interpretation, however.  These two friends working together to build a snowman fits with how Hallmark always portrays them.  Overall, it’s a cute scene.  The snowman’s face is off to me.  Part of it is his missing nose.  Even knowing what is happening in the scene, it looks weird.  Part of it is also the scarf, which is covering the bottom of the mouth.

Once again, this scene gives us the flat bottom we need to set the ornament out, if you have a place there to do so safely.  Remember, this is a miniature ornament, so the size will be an issue.  You’ll find the 11 in a Christmas tree series marker on the bottom of the ornament as well.

Unfortunately, this ornament really tips to the left.  That’s because the hook is located on the snowman’s hat.  I’m not sure where else it would be, but the result is an ornaments that is very unbalanced.  You can still use a branch to prop it up, but you are really going to need to do that.

While it is a bit surprising that it took us until the eleventh entry to build a snowman, the wait was worth it.  It’s a fun overall ornament marred by the serious tip.

For more winter fun, here are the rest of the Winter Fun with Snoopy ornaments.

Original Price: $6.50

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