Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Ornament Review: Edna Mode - Disney/Pixar Legends #4 - 2014 Hallmark Ornament

Stars: 4 out of 5
Pros: Quotes from film; great sculpt of lesser character
Cons: Really too large of an ornament overall
The Bottom Line:
Size always matters
Here it takes good idea
And makes it too large

Darling, You Really Must Factor Size Into These Things

Hallmark has been using their Disney/Pixar legends series to create new ornaments from some of the films they haven’t really visited before.  Take this year’s entry for example.  They’ve only made one ornament from The Incredibles and, to be honest, it was less than incredible.  Edna Mode is their second visit to this popular movie.  Unfortunately, it’s not as good as it could be either.

They truly went with a minor character for this ornament since Edna just has a couple of scenes.  She’s the superhero costume designer we meet as the family is getting back into the superhero game.  Of course, both of her scenes were fun, and I’ve seen other stuff themed around her since she was a favorite character, so she does make a good subject for an ornament.

Edna is standing on an oval base with the “i” logo from the movie on it.  She's been caught in mid conversation (but when is she not talking) and is gesturing with her right hand while turning to look at us over her left shoulder.  It really captures the spirit of the character, and I do like that.

What I don’t like is the size.  Edna is a small character to begin with, so here she’s way too big.  I’m not talking about scale at all, I’m just talking in general since the ornament will leap off the tree (figuratively, of course), and really stand out.  If they had reduced her size by one third, she would be much better and more in keeping with the size of the others in this series.  Granted, this is the first ornament in the series to feature just one character, but still, she really should be smaller.
Maybe it has something to do with the fact that this is a magic ornament, also a first for the series.  Do they need the extra room in the base for those elements to work and then they made her bigger as a result?  If so, they should have forgotten about the magic element since that hasn’t been part of this series to date.

Anyway, to get the magic part to work, you need to add 2 button batteries to the base of the ornament (your first set is included).  Then, just press the button, and you’ll hear four of Edna’s classic lines from the movie.  Unfortunately, they left out "No capes!"  That entire thing was my favorite bit of hers, and I would have liked to at least hear those two words.

Since this ornament has such a nice base, you can set it out on a shelf or desk to display all year long.  Even then, Edna would seem large, but it would be better overall.  Anyway, in addition to having the pocket for the batteries, the bottom of the base also has a 4 in a Christmas tree since this is the fourth in the series.

Edna’s head has the loop for hanging the ornament.  Does she hang straight?  I assume so.  She hangs perfectly straight.

I do like the magic element to this ornament because I usually find that very fun.  However, I wish Edna Mode has been shrunk just a little bit.  Even thought she's by herself, the size just seems out of proportion.

And if you love Disney and Pixar, you'll want to check out the rest of the Disney/Pixar Legends series.

Original Price: $17.95

This review is part of the 2014 Funny Pages Write-Off.

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