Sunday, March 18, 2018

Ornament Review: Noelville Mouse House - 2015 Hallmark Release

Stars: 3 out of 5
Pros: Cute small design
Cons: Doesn’t light up
The Bottom Line:
Miniature house
But not good series tie in
Done better next year

Noelville’s First Mini Piece is Average

2015 saw the official end of the Noelville series.  However, Hallmark still chose to include it in the pieces they released as part of their event for ornament collects that year in the form of the Noelville Mouse House miniature ornament.

If you are familiar with the series, you know what to expect here.  This is a gingerbread house decked out in all kinds of sugary goodness.  There are hard candies on the roof, gumdrop bushes, and candy canes on the corners.  There’s a gingerbread man (not mouse) in the front window waving at us.

You’ll note that I said this is a miniature ornament.  It’s only about an inch in any direction, so it is significantly smaller than the rest of the series.

The other difference from the rest of the series is the fact that it doesn’t light up.  Oh, I get that it is a miniature ornament, but the thing with the Noelville series is that it lights up.  Honestly, I found this highly disappointing.  I must not have been the only one since they essentially released this ornament the next year with a light element.  The roof is thin enough that light will filter through it, which is very pretty, but it’s not the same thing at all.

Being a house, this ornament does have a nice flat base, but if you set this out, it will get lost in a bigger display if you aren’t careful.  The loop is a little too far backward, and as a result, the ornament tips forward a tad.

Completists (like me, unfortunately) will want to get the Noelville Mouse House, but anyone else can skip it, especially in light of the Sweet Little Mouse House that Hallmark released the next year.

Check out the rest of the Noelville ornament series.

Original Price: $9.95

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