Monday, March 23, 2020

Ornament Review: Forky - 2019 Hallmark Release

Stars: 5 out of 5
Pros: Good representation of the character
Cons: Won’t stand on its own
The Bottom Line:
Forky for your tree
Represents character well
But nothing extra

This Ornament Isn’t Trash

It was clear early on that the breakout character from Toy Story 4 was going to be Forky, the new toy Bonnie created out of trash.  Hallmark had the foresight to create an ornament based on the character for release in July of 2019, just after the movie came out.

If you haven’t seen the movie, Forky was a character made from trash.  He’s a spork with a couple of mismatched eyes, and a broken popsicle sticks for feet.  And that’s exactly what we get here.  Okay, so he’s mostly plastic, but it looks like the items used in the movie.  One of his eyes really is a googly eye, and his arms are hard plastic covered to look like pipe cleaner.  Bonnie even signed her name on the bottoms of his feet.

Often, Hallmark will put a character in action or capture something else about them in their ornaments.  That’s not the case here; it’s just the character.  However, they have captured him well.  I suspect this was one of the last ornaments created for the 2019 line.  And, certainly, they couldn’t capture more than the character himself before the movie came out and we saw him in action.

Forky’s feet are pointing in different directions, so you can’t set him out to be displayed.  When you go to hang him, you’ll find that he hangs straight.

Initially, it was looking like this ornament was going to be a sellout, and early on, he did.  But Hallmark produced quite a few more, so he turned out to be readily available by the time that Christmas rolled around.  Additionally, I don’t think the movie turned out to be quite as popular as the first three, which also may have meant fewer people wound up wanting to buy him.

Forky was a fun addition to the Toy Story family, so I was glad to add him to my ornament collection.

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