Thursday, July 11, 2013

Ornament Review: Half-Off Hijinks! - 2012 Hallmark Ornament

Stars: 5 out of 5
Pros: Great details bring a funny scene to life
Cons: Paint can be off for Chip 'n' Dale on some ornaments
The Bottom Line
Funny Christmas scene
With three Disney characters
What is not to love?

Half-Off Hijinks! is Full on Fun

The last two years, Hallmark has decided to release four “Reveal Ornaments” in October.  While the picture and name isn’t revealed until their October debut event, they release clues throughout the year to heighten anticipation.  In 2011, it didn’t work for me, but this year I just had to buy one of them.  Half-Off Hijinks! was just too much fun.

This particular ornament is a Disney ornament featuring Goofy and Chip ‘n’ Dale.  Goofy is leaning on a sign that says, “Trees 1/2 Off!”  Chip ‘n’ Dale have a tree on the ground in front of the sign and a saw right next to it.  They are ready to take half off that tree.  Poor Goofy knows something about what they are doing isn’t right, but he can’t quite figure out what that is.  He’s got one hand on his head to scratch it and the puzzled look on his face is priceless.

And it’s that look on his face that made me laugh, endeared the ornament to me, and made me buy it.  It’s just so funny, how could you not love it?  Okay, I will admit that Goofy is a favorite Disney character, so that helps.

The attention to detail on this ornament is good.  You’ve got Goofy plus the two chipmunks to fit on this scene.  Considering all that, the details are fun and really help bring things to life.  I noticed the paint on Chip ‘n’ Dale could be slightly off, but it’s the kind of thing you only notice when you really look closely.  On normal viewing, like on a lit Christmas tree, you’ll never notice.

Another plus for this ornament is the Christmas theme.  While Hallmark does many Disney ornaments each year, very few of them are really centered on the holiday.  This one certainly is, so it should appeal to Disney lovers and those who want to keep their decorations to more of a Christmas theme.

Because this is more of a scene, the ornament has a flat base.  That means you can either hang it on your tree or display it elsewhere in your house at Christmas time.

If you do decide to hang the ornament, you’ll find that it tips back ever so slightly.  It's not enough to look bad or awkward, and it actually provides a better angle for viewing Goofy's face.  Frankly, I think it's a good thing.

All told, I just found this ornament too much fun to pass up.  Fans of Goofy and Chip ‘n’ Dale will absolutely need to get Half-Off Hijinks!

Price: $17.95

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