Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Ornament Review: Benny M. Merrymaker - Snowtop Lodge #13 - 2017 Hallmark Ornament

Stars: 5 out of 5
Pros: Great details; fun
Cons: None
The Bottom Line:
Benny here to help
By decorating merry
Details will delight

Benny is Ready to Make You Merry

After spending so much time in 2016 back collecting the Snowtop Lodge series, I was quite anxious to see how the series would continue in 2017.  I was quite happy with Benny M. Merrymaker, which is a great thing since we got three different versions of him.

If you aren’t familiar with this series, each one takes a snow person and dresses them up to fit a certain theme – a theme that fits with their name.  In this case, Benny is going to help make you merry by helping to decorate.  He’s even got a wreath he’s ready to give you.  It’s actually a very nice holly wreath with some berries and other decorations in it.  Berry is dressed for the cold with a festive Santa hat on his head and a red and white striped scarf.  The body is painted with a scene that depicts some houses dressed in their Christmas finery.

The ornament is wonderful as always.  The detail on the wreath and the painting truly blows me away.  Benny’s smile is infectious.  This truly is a great addition to the series.

And it’s fortunate that I like Benny since we got two other versions of him.  There was a member’s only mini version, which is fun although not nearly as detailed.  And while the Table Top sized Snowman Santa only has echoes of Benny, it is easy to see his influence in that piece as well.  I should probably only count it as a half, so I really do like all two and a half of them.

Like his Snowtop brethren, Benny has a nice flat base, so he can easily sit out as part of a display.  You’ll also find the 13 in a Christmas tree series marker on his bottom.  If you are going to set him out, do remember that most of the ornament is made from porcelain, so be sure you set it in a place where it won’t get bumped and broken.

You’ll also want to keep that in mind if you hang him on your tree.  A sturdy branch will obviously work best.  Benny tips forward slightly, but hit makes him seem more eager to hand you the wreath.

The artwork and fun details make Benny M. Merrymaker another great entry in the Snowtop Lodge series.  If you are a fan, you’ll definitely be glad you added him to your collection.

Here are the rest of the Snowtop Lodge ornaments.

Original Price: $19.95

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