The Good: Good sculpt, Decent coloring, Reasonable price
The Bad: Frontheavy
The Basics: The 2016 Green Thumb Snoopy ornament might well be the best Spotlight On Snoopy Hallmark ornament yet!
Unlike a lot of Hallmark ornament fans, I am not a big fan of the Snoopy Hallmark ornament line. I'm not a huge Peanuts fan and while I like Snoopy just fine, there are so many Snoopy ornaments that it is hard for me to care about them. Like many of the popular franchises, it sometimes seems like Hallmark is just churning out ornaments each year without actually caring about the quality of them. In 2016, though, Hallmark produced one of their most impressive Snoopy ornaments in year. The Snoopy ornament that finally turned me around on the franchise was the Green Thumb Snoopy ornament.
The Green Thumb Snoopy Hallmark ornament is arguably the most-detailed, best-sculpted Snoopy Hallmark ornament yet produced.
The Green Thumb Snoopy ornament features Snoopy from Peanuts wearing overalls and a straw hat and holding a surprisingly-detailed hoe in his right hand. Snoopy stands on a little patch of earth with Woodstock beside him and a tomato between them. The Green Thumb Snoopy features incredible coloring detail for the grass, overalls, straw hat and the wood on the hoe's handle.
Measuring two and one-quarter inches tall, one and one quarter inches wide and deep, the Green Thumb Snoopy ornament is a pretty average-sized Peanuts ornament. At $15.95, it is an average priced Peanuts ornaments produced for the 2016 holiday season and it is the 19th in the Spotlight On Snoopy Ornament line.
The Hallmark Green Thumb Snoopy ornament is made of a durable plastic and has the characters cast in very bright plastic. The sculpting is very simple, save for the base and the fine etching on the outfit and hoe and most of the coloring is done in monotones. This is a decently-sculpted and colored Snoopy ornament!
As a Hallmark Keepsake ornament, Green Thumb Snoopy could have a sound or light function, but it does not. This is a very basic ornament intended to be one of the more affordable options without flair. In that regard, it is fine; it does not need a light or sound function.
As with all ornaments, the intent of the Hallmark Keepsake Green Thumb Snoopy ornament is to be hung on a Christmas Tree. And for those creating the ultimate Peanuts Christmas Tree, the Green Thumb Snoopy ornament might have been perfect were it not for the balance. Hallmark has the standard steel hook affixed to the front of Snoopy's Green Thumb’s hat. This is a very obtrusive placement for the hook loop and it does not solve the balance problem caused by Snoopy's nose and the other elements that make this ornament noticeably frontheavy.
Hallmark Keepsake began delving into the collectibles market in 1991 with Star Trek when it introduced the exceptionally limited edition original U.S.S. Enterprise ornament (click here for that review!). Since then, they have made ornament replicas of virtually everything that has ever had collectibles associated with it (and some that Hallmark has pioneered). The Green Thumb Snoopy ornament seems like it would appeal well to Peanuts fans, and it continues the Spotlight On Snoopy line, but I have yet to see any of the recent Snoopy ornaments appreciate significantly in value. It is unlikely this will be a great investment piece.
Despite the balance issue, the Green Thumb Snoopy Hallmark ornament is surprisingly wonderful and affordable, even for those who have only a casual interest in Peanuts ornaments!
For other Peanuts holiday ornaments, please check out my reviews of:
2016 Paratrooper Snoopy
2015 Building Buddies Snoopy
2013 Bird-Watcher Snoopy
2012 In The Spirit
2012 Onstage Antics
2012 Fisherman Snoopy
2011 Snoopy Claus
2011 Ho! Ho! Ho! Tasty Snow!
2010 "Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown!"
2009 Just The Right Tree
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