Sunday, July 12, 2015

Ornament Review: Building Buddies Snoopy - Spotlight on Snoopy #18 - 2015 Hallmark Ornament

Stars: 4 out of 5
Pros: Christmas colors added to a good sculpt
Cons: One arm seems a little long, noticeable tip
The Bottom Line:
The festive apron
Is nice touch.  Snoopy, Woodstock
Ready to build now

Snoopy’s Building a Great Ornament

The thing I love about Snoopy is, he can do just about anything.  And Hallmark has taken full advantage of that with the Spotlight on Snoopy series.  After all, Building Buddies Snoopy is the eighteenth ornament in the series, and it’s still going strong.

This ornament features Snoopy all ready to go to work on some construction site.  He’s wearing a silver hard hat on his head and he’s got a hammer in his right hand.  Snoopy’s also wearing a work apron, and in a touch I love, it’s green with a red pocket.  This series hasn’t had many nods to Christmas in the last decade or so, and I love it here.  Couple that with Snoopy’s red collar, and he’s actually looking very festive.

In Snoopy’s right hand is a wooden toolbox.  It’s actually closed, so we can’t see any tools in it, but sitting on top of the box is Woodstock.  He had to show up somewhere since he’s been in all the others of the series, and the idea of him getting a ride to work is lots of fun.

As I already mentioned, I do like the colors they added that give it a bit of a Christmas feel.  However, Snoopy’s left arm seems a little too long to me.  It’s probably how they needed to sculpt it to have him holding the tool box, but it just doesn’t look right from some angles.  Other angles, it does look fine, however.

Unfortunately, there is another flaw with this ornament – it tips toward the toolbox.  I’ve seen worse, but it is definitely noticeable.

On the other hand, between Snoopy’s feet and the toolbox sitting right next to him, there is a nice solid base, so you can place Snoopy out on display and not worry about him tipping over at all.  The series marker, an 18 in a Christmas tree, is also on the bottom.

The two flaws are enough to knock a star off my rating of the ornament, but overall, I do still think that Building Buddies Snoopy is a strong addition to this series.

Be sure to check out the rest of the Spotlight on Snoopy series.

Original Price: $12.95

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