Saturday, April 22, 2017

Ornament Review: Otis J. Muffinstuff - Snowtop Lodge #10 - 2014 Hallmark Ornament

Stars: 5 out of 5
Pros: Creativity for an indoor scene
Cons: Very significant tip forward.
The Bottom Line:
This baking snowman
Brings the Snowtop Lodge series
A fun indoor scene

A Baker Joins the Snowtop Lodge Family

With all the outdoor activities that the Snowtop Lodge family of snowpeople have been highlighting so far, I’m sure they get quite hungry.  That’s why it is a good thing that the tenth in the series features a baker.  Otis J. Muffinstuff is there to whip up the tasty treats his fellow snowpeople will need to replenish their energy for the next day.

Otis is also the first ornament in the series not to feature a scarf or other form of outdoor apparel.  Instead, he is wearing a white chef’s hat on the top of his head and a very short white apron around his middle.  That apron is short enough to allow us to see a scene painted on his bottom snowball.  In keeping with this theme, we get to view a bakery with people inside picking out treats from the display cases inside.  His buttons are small cookies.  And he’s whipping up some treat.  He’s got a mixing bowl in one hand, and a wooden spoon with a bit of the batter on it in the other.

And he is delightful.  With all the outdoor scenes and activities we’ve had so far, it’s nice to see something representing indoor winter fun and traditions represented.  So we don’t normally think of snowmen as indoor things, but that’s a minor point.  The scene looks like fun, and Otis is likely to make you hungry.  Either that, or I think about sweets way too much.

You’ll find the 10 in a Christmas tree series marker on Otis’s flat bottom.  And since his bottom is flat, you can set it out to display year round.

Or you can hang him on your tree.  The loop is actually on the back of his head since his chef’s hat is made from material and isn’t strong enough to support the weight of the ornament.  As a result, he really tips forward, must so than any of his fellow snowpeople do in this series to date.  It’s noticeable enough to be a problem, but not a fatal flaw.

It is nice to see this series taking a break from the outdoor activities.  The variety keeps things fresh after ten entries.  So if you are looking for a fun snowman, check out Otis J. Muffinstuff.

Here are the rest of the snowpeople in the Snowtop Lodge series.

Original Price: $19.95

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