Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Ornament Review: Playful Piano - 2017 Hallmark Ornament



Stars: 5 out of 5
Pros: Great sculpt, interactive fun
Cons: Slight tip to one side
The Bottom Line:
Wish merry Christmas
With this fun piano piece
Interactive song




We Wish You a Playful Piano

When you only have three band members, what ornaments you pick is determined by what you want to play.  And if you are leaning toward jazz, you definitely want to pick a piano.  So it makes sense that Hallmark’s penguin trio includes a Playful Piano.

This is one of three ornaments Hallmark released in 2017 that uses their new Keepsake Power Cord.  This cord allows ornaments to play a clip individually, but to add to the fun when you have more of the ornaments.  In this case, we have three penguins playing Christmas carols for us.

The instruments are supposed to be carved out of ice, and the piano is the one that most looks that way.  You can see the imperfections in the instrument caused by the fact that it is ice, and I love that detail.  This penguin also looks like he is having the most fun of the trio.  His beak is open and his eyes are shut like he is smiling.  I love both of those details.

What song does he play?  When you press the button on the front of the ornaments, you’ll find that he plays “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”  It’s a fun piano rendition of the song, and the light inside the piano, which always glows, changes color and pulses in time to the song.  The song itself lasts about 20 seconds.

Of course, when you add the other two ornaments to the set, you’ll discover that they can contribute to the song.  The piano still has the lead on this song, but the others help full in the sound.  The song still lasts 20 seconds, but it is a fuller sound.  And the lights interact as well.

Fun fact, I discovered these ornaments don’t have to be on the same cord to interact.  I had them plugged in across the room at one-point last fall, and they interacted just fine.  Not sure what the range is, but if is something to keep in mind.

The ornament has a large base, so you can set them out if you so desire.  Or you can hang the ornament on your tree.  When you do, you’ll find that he tips slightly to one side, but overall that’s minor.

These ornaments won me over with one button push.  I just had to get them to enjoy for Christmas to come.  Playful Piano is sure to make you smile as much as the penguin does.

Want to see the band in action?  Check out my YouTube video.

Original Price: $24.95

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