Friday, December 20, 2019

Ornament Review: Imperial Star Destroyer - 2019 Hallmark Ornament

Stars: 5 out of 5
Pros: Good presentation of the ship
Cons: Scene could be longer and lights more prominent
The Bottom Line:
Evil Empire ship
Rounds out Storyteller set
Show is now complete

The Empire Makes One Last Effort to Take Over Your Tree

We are rounding out the Star Wars Storyteller ornaments this year.  We all know the Empire is going to ultimately lose, but it is making one last stand this year with the addition of the Imperial Star Destroyer.

This is a long, white ship.  Honestly, this is one of the least detailed ships of the entire collection, which at first glance can be disappointing, but if you look at the ship in the movies, you’ll see that is accurate and just the way the ship should look.

Of course, the fun of this ornament is the show it puts on when you plug it into the Power Cord (sold separately).  When you do that, you’ll see that there is a light on the gun port below the ship and in the exhaust pipes in the rear.  Push the button, and you get to hear about 50 seconds of the movie.  The scene is from near the beginning when Darth Vader has just captured Princess Leia.  It would be nice if the scene were longer and the lights more obvious, but I get that the artists didn’t have much to work with, especially when it comes to adding light to the ornament.

With the Storytellers ornaments, if you have all seven of the Star Wars ornaments, they all interact to tell the story of the movie.  Okay, so they do it in 20 minutes, but it is still an impressive show.  Seeing them all interact and the lights flash on and off at the appropriate times it a delight.

Like the others, you can’t set the ship out and have it plugged into the power cord at the same time.  Why not?  Because the cord plugs into the bottom of the ornament.  Additionally, if you tried to set this ornament out, it would be easy to break off the gun underneath the ship.  As you go to hang the ornament, you’ll find that it hangs straight.

Personally, I rarely put things associate with villains on my trees, but I’ve made an exception for several Hallmark items, including the ships in this series.  They are just so much fun together.  That’s why I’m glad I added the Imperial Star Destroyer to my collection.

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