Sunday, June 30, 2013

Ornament Review: Toymaker Santa #7 - Electric Train - 2006 Hallmark Ornament

Stars: 5 out of 5
Pros: Train that moves!  And the ornament looks nice
Cons: Tilts left, but not a super bad tilt
The Bottom Line:
Trying out the train
Actually moves on track
For some added fun

Electric Trains Go Round the Track

The very first ornament in the Toymaker Santa Series featured Santa riding a toy train.  That train was obviously designed for a kid to ride.  For the seventh entry, they returned to trains, but this time, Santa is making sure an electric train is working just right.

The ornament has a circular base.  Santa is kneeling in the middle of the circle holding the controls for the electric train.  The track for the train is on the outside of the track, and a train with four cars is on the track.  The engine and first car are black.  The second car is green.  Of course, the caboose is red.

Now here’s the part that makes the ornament fun.  The train actually goes around the track.  Okay, so it’s not really electric, but if you push it, it will go around in a circle.  So you can play with it or position it exactly where you want it to be.  Obviously, since it is small, it’s not recommended for young kids (the box says under 8), but older kids will have fun making this one customizable.

The ornament is very red and green.  The floor Santa is kneeling on is green.  As always, we see parts of his green shirt and red pants, plus he’s wearing his trademark red hat.  His apron, as always, is tan, and the train track and the sides of the base are both gold.  It’s actually a good combination.

The 7 in a Christmas tree symbol is very easy to find since it is paint on the bottom of the base in black along with the only time you’ll find the year of the ornament’s release, 2006.  Since the base is very flat, it obviously sits flat if you decide to display it on a shelf.

The hook for hanging the ornament is slightly off center, and it shows when you actually hang it.  It tips noticeably to the left, although it’s not enough to make the train move or settle on that side.  It’s not as bad as some others in the series, but I do wish more of them hung straight.

It’s the little things in this series I enjoy, and the train moving is the one that does it for me here.  The seventh Toymaker Santa brings a smile to my face that makes up for the tilt.

Be sure to check out the rest of the Toymaker Santa series.

Original Price: $12.50

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