Sunday, June 23, 2013

Ornament Review: Teatime in Wonderland - 2011 Limited Edition Hallmark Ornament

Stars: 4 out of 5
Pros: Lesser represented characters, fun moment
Cons: Very unbalanced
The Bottom Line
Balance is way off
Captures a funny moment
Rarer characters

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Every year, Hallmark releases many Disney ornaments.  Mickey and friends make up a good portion of those, as do the Princesses and the more popular Pixar characters.  Those of us who were looking for a bit more were pleased to see Teatime in Wonderland, a limited edition ornament that came out in October.

This ornament is based on Disney's version of Alice in Wonderland, and depicts a scene from the mad tea party that Alice stumbles across in her wanderings.  In fact, it features Alice and the Mad Hatter.  Both of these characters are standing on a cobblestone flat base (that lets the ornament stand flat).  Alice is looking in amazement at the Mad Hatter as he enjoys half a cup of tea.  That's right, he's drinking tea from the cup he's sliced in half.  This is one of my favorite gags in one of my favorite scenes of the movie, so that delights me.

The figures are actually very small, so some of the detail I like on Hallmark ornaments gets lost.  For example, poor Alice has a very tiny face.  As a result, it's not too surprising that when I look closely I can see a few bits of stray paint.  It's nothing so bad that it ruins the overall effect of the ornament, but it is noticeable.

The bigger flaw with this ornament is the balance, or should I say lack of balance.  The Mad Hatter has an ornament hook instead of a thumb.  When you go to hang the ornament, it tips back rather severely.  This is an ornament you'll definitely want to hang right above a branch you can use to correct for this very poor balance.

It's a shame the balance is off on this ornament because it is so much fun to look at.  I still like the fact that Hallmark did some lesser represented characters even if Teatime in Wonderland's balance leaves much to be desired.

Original Price: $14.95

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