Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Hallmark Has Another The Little Mermaid Ornament Winner With The 2017 Ariel's World!


The Good: Decent sculpted details, Affordable, Neat coloring accents
The Bad: Slight left-bias, Sloppy paint job on scalp for Ariel
The Basics: The 2017 "Ariel's World" ornament from The Little Mermaid is a good argument for why Hallmark can get away with churning out yet another Ariel ornament; it's that good!


For the last several years of reviewing Hallmark Keepsake ornaments, I have kvetched about the annual ornament featuring Ariel from The Little Mermaid and begged Hallmark to produce ornaments based on other characters from The Little Mermaid, namely Ursula and King Triton. In 2017, Hallmark seemed to split the difference by finally making a limited edition Ursula ornament (reviewed here!) and producing yet another Ariel-themed The Little Mermaid ornament. The standard release The Little Mermaid ornament is called Ariel's World and it is quite good!

For those unfamiliar with The Little Mermaid (reviewed here!), Ariel and her fish companion, Flounder, head from a sunken wreckage to a small island where they meet a seagull. After eluding the villainous sharks in the sunken ship, Ariel swims with the fork she found and Ariel's world seems to encapsulate the moment when Ariel and Flounder are nearing the surface of the water with Ariel's new "treasure."

The 2017 Ariel's World is actually a very cool mobile style ornament that features the surface of the water from which hangs Ariel, Flounder and strands of beads meant to represent bubbles! This is a very cool ornament and it is surprisingly well-executed.

Basics

The "Ariel's World" ornament recreates Ariel, holding a fork, Flounder, bubbles and a translucent disk that they hand from which appears to be the surface of the ocean. The ornament, released in 2017, is an incredible sculpt of the mermaid Ariel, especially for the smaller scale, and is instantly recognizable to anyone who loves The Little Mermaid.

Measuring five inches tall, two and a half inches wide by two and a quarter inches deep, the "Ariel's World" ornament is on scale with the majority of the other Disney ornaments. Even with an initial release price of $17.95, Ariel's World feels like a value for the quality of the ornament.

The Hallmark The Little Mermaid "Ariel's World" ornament is made of durable plastic and wire and has Ariel, swimming up toward the ocean surface, with Flounder hanging similarly nearby. Ariel holds a fork in one hand and is sculpted with a big smile on her face. Hallmark got all of the sculpted details absolutely right, from the subtle veining on Ariel's tail to the fine cute nose on her face. Flounder is featured with fine fins on his side and top and decent sculpting for his smile.

The paint accents on the "Ariel's World" are generally good. Ariel has a blush to her cheeks and Flounder is painted with sharp, distinct lines. Both characters have incredibly well-rendered eyes. Ariel's tail has some sparkle accents to it, which are very cute! Unfortunately, while Founder has very clear lines for his blue stripe, the three copies of Ariel's World that I looked at each had sloppy painting where Ariel's hair meets her head. All three featured orange paint that was well off the hair portion of the ornament and onto Ariel's face. Given the attention to detail on the rest of the ornament, this is noticeable, but not a dealbreaker for fans.

Features

As a Hallmark Keepsake ornament, The Little Mermaid "Ariel's World" could have a sound or light function, but Hallmark opted to make a less-expensive ornament option for fans of The Little Mermaid instead of augmenting it with a feature. The mobile structure of the ornament is feature-enough for most!

Balance

As with all ornaments, the intent of the Hallmark Keepsake The Little Mermaid "Ariel's World" ornament is to be hung on a Christmas Tree. And for those creating the ultimate Disney movie Christmas Tree, the "Ariel's World" ornament is a great addition, despite having a minor balance issue. The ornament has the standard steel hook loop embedded into the top center of the top of the water, the uppermost portion of the mobile. Unfortunately, from that vantage, the ornament has a left bias; Ariel and her bubbles are a little heavier than Flounder and his bubbles. Because of the flat surface of the water, the balance issue is noticeable, but even this is not a dealbreaker with the ornament; I quickly discovered that the hanging bubbles can actually be used to wedge up Ariel and Flounder in such a way that the balance issue gets fixed . . . even if it slightly alters the appearance and free-floating mobile nature of the ornament.

Collectibility

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 (reviewed here!). Within a few years, every major franchise from Star Wars to A Nightmare Before Christmas to Indiana Jones started making Hallmark ornaments. "Ariel's World" is one of many The Little Mermaid ornaments the company has released and one of several Disney ornaments on the market for 2017. This ornament appears to be resonating with fans and has sold out at several of the Hallmark shops I have gone to! As a result, I was unsurprised to find it already increasing in value on the secondary market. That suggests that it will be a good investment piece, even at its full, original release price.

Overview

Fans of The Little Mermaid, Disney, Ariel, and Hallmark ornaments are likely to love the The Little Mermaid Ariel's World ornament, despite the minor balance and hair-paint issues. If Hallmark keeps making ornaments of this quality alongside future limited edition The Little Mermaid ornaments like Triton and the chef (with a sound clip of Rene Auberjonois singing "Le Poisson"), it will be okay that we end up with an armada of Ariel's!

For other Disney's The Little Mermaid Hallmark ornaments, please check out my reviews of:
2016 Under The Sea ornament
2015 Ariel's Thingamabobs ornament
2014 The Little Mermaid 25th Anniversary ornament
2013 Under The Sea The Little Mermaid
2013 Ariel's Big Dream The Little Mermaid ornament

9/10

For other ornament reviews, please visit my Ornament Review Index Page for an organized listing!

© 2017 W.L. Swarts. May not be reprinted without permission.
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Alternating Between Delightful And Gross, Ben & Jerry's Urban Bourbon Ice Cream Is Unpleasant.


The Good: Good ingredients, A few bites out of the pint, Fair trade certified
The Bad: Awful sour flavor for most of the pint, Low on nutritional value, More expensive than other ice creams.
The Basics: Ben & Jerry’s Urban Bourbon Ice Cream is a solid failure from Ben & Jerry's.


Not long ago, I went on a working vacation and after the first night of the show I was working, I excitedly stopped by one of my favorite grocery stores (which has not made it to Michigan, so I was excited to revisit the chain while on my trip) and decided to treat myself. Given that my hotel room had a freezer, I decided to indulge and get a couple of pints of Ben & Jerry's ice cream (they were on sale). In addition to picking up one of my favorite flavors of Ben & Jerry's ice cream, I decided to get a new-to-me flavor. I went with the Ben & Jerry's Urban Bourbon.

Ben & Jerry's Urban Bourbon ice cream sounded wonderful to me as it was billed as burnt caramel ice cream with almonds, fudge flakes and bourbon caramel swirls. After only a few bites, I abandoned the new flavor in favor of the other pint and when I went back to the pint a day later, I discovered it was no better than on the first pass. Ben & Jerry's Urban Bourbon ice cream is mostly sour and unpleasant, making it a real flop for the venerable ice cream company.

Basics

Ben & Jerry’s ice cream comes in a pint container. The Urban Bourbon Ice Cream is a mostly smooth ice cream with the nuts and fudge chips so broken up that they do not impede the spoon or scoop when consuming the ice cream. The caramel swirl is fairly heavy in the Urban Bourbon ice cream.

At (locally) $5.99 a pint, the Ben & Jerry’s Urban Bourbon ice cream is an expensive ice cream, despite how this flavor is unique to Ben & Jerry's.

Ease Of Preparation

The Urban Bourbon Ice Cream is a light ice cream that is dominated by its caramel swirl. As an ice cream, preparation is ridiculously simple: one need only open the top of the container, scoop out a half cup and consume! There is no trick to preparing or eating the Urban Bourbon Ice Cream!

Taste

Urban Bourbon ice cream smells very mild. It was only after I had gotten about a quarter of the way through the pint and the ice cream began to move toward its melting point that it became at all aromatic. Even then, there was only the very faintest scent of caramel to the ice cream.

In the mouth, Ben & Jerry’s Urban Bourbon ice cream is very sour. Almost every bite - with or without the caramel swirl - was sour with a bitter bite reminiscent of alcohol, which seems to be the very embodiment of the bourbon flavor in the ice cream. Out of the whole pint, only a bite or two did not taste sour . . . and those bites only tasted milky and muted. The fudge bits and nuts do not have the flavor ability to compete with the overwhelmingly sour and bitter flavor of the bourbon-laced ice cream.

This ice cream has a fairly strong aftertaste, which is sour and lasts in the mouth for about five minutes.

Nutrition

The Ben & Jerry’s Urban Bourbon Ice Cream is a fairly sour ice cream. The pint represents four half-cup servings. In the half-cup serving, there are 300 calories, 150 of which are from fat. The seventeen grams of fat include 9 grams of saturated fat in the Urban Bourbon ice cream. One serving has 60 mg of cholesterol and 70 mg of Sodium (3% RDA). The 33 grams of carbohydrates per serving are offset by a single gram of dietary fiber, making this not a heart-healthy ice cream. The only other real nutrients are five grams of protein in the Urban Bourbon Ice Cream.

Ben & Jerry’s Urban Bourbon has decent ingredients, though. Made primarily of Cream, Skim milk, and liquid sugar, there is nothing unpronounceable in the ingredients list for the Urban Bourbon ice cream. There are no allergy warnings on the pint, but anyone with allergies for eggs, milk, and/or nuts will want to avoid this ice cream.

Storage/Clean-Up

Ben & Jerry’s ice cream is both a frozen and a dairy product, so it is pretty obvious that it must be kept frozen in order to remain viable. Kept frozen it remains fresh for months.

The Urban Bourbon ice cream is fairly light and it would be surprising if it left stains outside of light fabrics, though the caramel will certainly stain. As a dairy-based food, though, when the ice cream melts and gets onto fabrics, it will require one to wash it right out. On nonporous surfaces, the ice cream wipes off exceptionally easily.

Overall

The Ben & Jerry’s Urban Bourbon ice cream was disappointing outside a few bites in the pint, making it virtually inedible and unpleasant for consumers.

For other Ben & Jerry’s ice creams, be sure to visit my reviews of:
Cookies & Cream Cheesecake Core ice cream
Pistachio Pistachio Ice cream
Limited Edition Candy Bar Pie Ice Cream

2.5/10

For other food reviews, please visit my Food Review Index Page for an organized listing!

© 2017 W.L. Swarts. May not be reprinted without permission.
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Is This What Action Movies Are Now? Baby Driver Is More Style Than Substance.


The Good: Good performances, Decent direction
The Bad: Lousy characters, Dull plot
The Basics: Baby Driver is a stylish and entertaining movie, but it fails to rise above entertainment as the characters, plot and themes never develop into anything more than a clever cinematic exercise.


Once upon a time, there was an actor who broke out in a little indie film called The Usual Suspects (reviewed here!) before getting top-billed in major motion pictures and getting recognition for his performance in American Beauty (reviewed here!). After that, he had the choice of virtually any role he wanted and after a string of gambling movies and box office flops, he ended up regaining his notoriety through his television work. The actor, of course, is Kevin Spacey and after years of playing President Francis Underwood, Spacey is returning to major film works. Spacey is participating this year in Summer Blockbuster season with Baby Driver.  Perhaps the weirdest aspect of Baby Driver is that Kevin Spacey is relegated for the first time in so very long to a supporting role and a comparatively minor one at that.

Baby Driver is a stylish film that works more as an academic exercise than it does as a story populated by realistic characters in a permutation of the real world. Most of Baby Driver plays out like an extended music video where a young Han Solo drives a getaway car and dances through the streets. Yeah, writer and director Edgar Wright clearly wanted his lead, Ansel Elgort, to be the young Han Solo as he outfits him in a vest last seen in A New Hope (or, to be fair, being worn by Lando in the last shots of The Empire Strikes Back) and then gives Baby a virtually identical sense of moral ambiguity and angst.

While three bank robbers rob the First Bank Of Atlanta, Baby sits in his bright red getaway car, listening to "Bellbottoms" on his headphones and rocking out. When the heist goes violent, Baby has to drive the thieves out of the area in a high speed chase that allows them to effectively elude the Atlanta police. Bringing coffee to the lair, Baby's boss, Doc cuts Baby in, though privately - after everyone has departed - Doc takes most of the money back against a debt Baby owes him. Promising Baby one more job until they are square, Doc gives his driver a pair of driving gloves as a gift. Baby returns to his apartment where he cooks for his foster father, produces some music and has a flashback to how his mother died.

Doc calls Baby up for a new job with a new crew. Doc explains to Bats exactly why Baby is a part of his crew and when Bats believes Baby is not paying attention, Baby is able to relay the entire plan for the new heist without any issues. The heist the next day goes very badly and Bats and Doc have one of the crew executed for his incompetence. Doc, however, proves good to his word and lets Baby go free after the job is done. Baby returns to the diner where he is smitten with the waitress, Debora, and they talk about music. While the two start to date, Baby becomes a pizza delivery driver. When Baby and Debora are out on a date, Baby encounters Doc again and he extorts Baby back into his life of crime. Doc has Baby scope out a Post Office and he has a plan to rob the money orders there. Of course, Baby's life soon spirals out of control as Doc exerts his influence and Baby and Debora's lives are put in jeopardy.

Baby Driver might completely marginalize Kevin Spacey, but it allows Ansel Elgort and Lily James to truly shine. I've never been a fan of car racing movies and when Baby Driver is not mired in featuring big car chase sequences, the film allows Elgort's Baby and James's Debora to shine and explore some decent on-screen chemistry. The relationship between Debora and Baby may be completely contrived (waitresses in big cities get hit on all the time; it's far less charming in reality than it is as a conceit in a film) and Lily James seems to be channeling Madchen Amick's Twin Peaks character for much of her performance, but when the pair shares the screen Baby Driver hits its high notes.

Sadly, most of Baby Driver is just an extended music video. Wright is preoccupied with song-selection, stylish choreography and capturing movement. Baby is a tough character to empathize with - Baby Driver fails to satisfactorily explain why Baby doesn't move his father and Deborah away after his last job for Doc before he can ever be brought back into a life of crime. The criminals in the movie are able to bond with Baby over music and Baby Driver at least makes a passing effort to flesh out the characters before devolving into gunplay and car chases.

While Ansel Elgort gets high marks for playing Baby as a generally cool, emotionless driver, Baby Driver affords John Hamm the opportunity to shine in one of his most subtle roles to date. While Jamie Foxx plays his criminal role with constant menace, John Hamm plays Buddy as quiet for most of Baby Driver in a way that he does not usually. Hamm's Buddy is surprisingly likable without playing toward most of Hamm's sparkling-eyed moments of innate charisma. Hamm is fun to watc as Buddy, at least until the over-the-top climax of the film. Spacey, sadly, mostly scowls his way through Baby Driver.

Ultimately, Baby Driver is a movie that looks and sounds good, but ultimately features characters in situations that it is hard to invest in. The result is a momentary diversion as opposed to an enduring work of cinematic greatness.

For other films currently in theaters, please check out my reviews of:
Spider-Man: Homecoming
Transformers: The Last Knight
Rough Night
The Mummy
Wonder Woman
Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

5.5/10

For other movie reviews, please check out my Film Review Index Page for an organized listing!

© 2017 W.L. Swarts. May not be reprinted without permission.
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Monday, July 17, 2017

Another Year, Another Mediocre Star Wars Character Ornament: Luke Skywalker Underwhelms.


The Good: Some of the sculpted details, Some of the coloring details
The Bad: Light on sculpted detailing, Poor coloring details, Right bias on the balance front
The Basics: The Luke Skywalker ornament from The Force Awakens is another underwhelming Star Wars character ornament.


Hallmark has a decidedly mixed record with making ornaments of major characters who are, essentially, human. While there are a vast number of quality ornaments Hallmark makes, the Star Trek and Star Wars (and other science fiction genre ornaments produced by Hallmark of human characters) ornament lines have suffered mightily over the years by having sculpts that are less-detailed and coloring that is far less-accurate than their subjects.

The new Luke Skywalker ornament is the twenty-first in the series of character ornaments from Star Wars. Fans of the Star Wars Saga know who Luke Skywalker is and have the potential to recognize him in ornament form from The Force Awakens (reviewed here!), despite the fact that Luke had only a few seconds of screentime in that movie. Hallmark captures Luke Skywalker, cloaked, with his naked cybernetic arm in ornament form with his faint beard painted on.

This is a comparatively pricey, simplistically-rendered Star Wars ornament with no bells and whistles, which is a tough sell for its key demographic of hard-core Star Wars fans.

Basics

The Luke Skywalker ornament recreates the aged Jedi in solid plastic. The ornament, released in 2017, is the Jedi in his cloak seen waiting for Rey at the climax of The Force Awakens. As a result, most of Luke Skywalker's body is the character in his indistinct cloaks and cybernetic arm from The Force Awakens. Hallmark charged $15.95 originally for this ornament and it is nowhere near selling out at that price. Luke Skywalker is in the same scale as the other ornaments of people from the Star Wars films. This character ornament is four and three-eighths inches tall, two and a quarter inches wide and one and three-quarter inches deep.

The Hallmark Luke Skywalker ornament is made of a durable plastic and has him without any weapons or tools, staring much like he did at the climax of The Force Awakens. His feet are obscured by the cloak. Luke Skywalker's outfit from The Force Awakens is hardly as distinctive as his cloaked heavily in Jedi robes. The detailing on the robes are actually pretty cool; there are fine lines of the robes make it look like it is burlap or some other wide-weave. Ironically, the finest detailing on the new Luke Skywalker ornament.

Luke Skywalker is detailed generically in the face, hair and even for his bionic arm. Unfortunately, Luke Skywalker looks virtually nothing like he did in the movie. The skin tones are monotonal and the eyes lack the intensity of Mark Hamill's eyes. The best aspect of the coloring details are the hair on Luke Skywalker's head, which has multiple shades of gray. As well, the robe coloring has surprisingly realistic depth and shading as well. Unfortunately, those coloring aspects are not at all matched by the monolithic skin tones on the character's face, the simplistic painting of the character's beard (much thinner in some places than Luke Skywalker's beard in The Force Awakens!), and the sloppy paint job on the bionic arm.

Features

As a Hallmark Keepsake ornament, Luke Skywalker could have a function like a sound chip or light effect, but does not. This is just an ornament, a low-cost (comparatively) option for those who might not want to shell out for the ship or diorama series' of Star Wars ornaments. This is Luke Skywalker ornament simply hangs.

Balance

As with all ornaments, the intent of the Hallmark Keepsake Luke Skywalker ornament is to be hung on a Christmas Tree. And for those creating the ultimate Star Wars Christmas Tree, this version of Luke Skywalker is entirely unnecessary, though one suspects that after The Last Jedi is released, some iteration of this Luke Skywalker might become essential. The ornament has a steel hook loop embedded into the top back of the character's skull. From that hook, the Luke Skywalker ornament hangs with a noticeable right-bias. The right side is slightly heavier than the rest of the ornament, so he is very minorly off-balanced.

Collectibility

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 (reviewed here!) and the marginally more common Millennium Falcon ornament from the Star Wars line. Since then, they have branched out into other popular franchises like Star Wars and The Wizard Of Oz. The Luke Skywalker ornament is very common and one suspects more will sell on clearance after the holiday is over. At this point in the Star Wars ornament collections, the primary characters have all been done and the popular secondary characters are being explored, as well as alternate versions of principle characters.

This is not a great investment piece and it is unlikely to appreciate for some time, if at all.

Overview

The Luke Skywalker ornament is a disappointing one, despite the cloak and hair coloring, As a result, most fans will be underwhelmed by the ornament and not feel the need to add it to their collections.

For other Hallmark ornaments of Star Wars characters, please check out my reviews of:
2017 First Order Stormtrooper FN-2199
2016 Death Trooper Rogue One
2016 Imperial Stormtrooper
2016 BB-8
2016 Han Solo The Force Awakens
2015 Captain Phasma The Force Awakens
2015 Kylo Ren The Force Awakens
2015 C-3PO and R2-D2
2015 Admiral Ackbar (Limited Edition)
2014 Yoda Peekbuster Ornament
2014 Imperial Scout Trooper
2013 Jango Fett
2013 Wicket And Teebo
2013 Lego Yoda
2013 Boushh Limited Edition
2012 Lego Imperial Stormtrooper
2012 Sith Apprentice Darth Maul
2012 General Grievous
2012 Momaw Nadon Limited Edition
2011/2012 Lego Darth Vader
2011 Jedi Master Yoda
2011 Bossk Limited Edition ornament
2010 Lando Calrissian Limited Edition ornament
2010 Luke Skywalker X-Wing Pilot
2010 Boba Fett and Han Solo in Carbonite mini-ornament set
2009 Greedo Limited Edition ornament
2009 Han Solo As Stormtrooper
2008 Emperor Palpatine ornament
2005 Slave Leia ornament
2000 Darth Maul
1999 Max Rebo Band mini-ornament set
1998 Princess Leia

4/10

For other ornament reviews, please be sure to visit my Ornament Review Index Page for an organized listing!

© 2017 W.L. Swarts. May not be reprinted without permission.
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Benny's First Proper Review! I And Love And You Chicken + Duck Recipe Nice Jerky Bites Helps Him Train!


The Good: Healthy, Good ingredients, Wonderful aroma, Benny loves them!
The Bad: No real dental benefits, Comparatively expensive
The Basics: Benny enjoys the I And Love And You Chicken + Duck Recipe Nice Jerky Bites as part of his training; they make a good, if expensive, reinforcement tool.


Just over two weeks ago, my wife and I took in a delightful new dog, a three or four year-old English Setter we've named Benny. Benny is picking up the slack left by Myah's death back in March. My wife has been training Benny pretty much non-stop since she got him and she very quickly found that he appeared to have issues with grain in his foods. As a result, she right away started looking for grain free treats for Benny. We have finally gotten to the point where Benny is no longer freaking out about everything and he has started to display preferences for various foods and treats we have been giving him. So, tonight, he is starting his reviewing with me! Benny's first treat he is endorsing are the I And Love And You Chicken + Duck Recipe Nice Jerky Bites.

I pretty much hate the name "I And Love And You"- what the hell does that even mean?! - but it is hard to deny that the company makes treats that my dog loves. Benny has been willing to do uncommon (for him) tricks in order to be rewarded with even a single Chicken + Duck Recipe Nice Jerky Bite! The I And Love And You Chicken + Duck Recipe Nice Jerky Bites are reminiscent of beef jerky. Given the lack of a dental benefit to the I And Love And You Chicken + Duck Recipe Nice Jerky Bites, it is hard not to consider the I And Love And You Chicken + Duck Recipe Nice Jerky Bites as very expensive for what they are. Benny, however, is not bound by my budgetary concerns, so he seems to like the I And Love And You Chicken + Duck Recipe Nice Jerky Bites quite a bit.

Basics

The 4 oz bag of I And Love And You Chicken + Duck Recipe Nice Jerky Bites is regularly about $6 online, which seemed pretty expensive to me, though I suppose that's a similar price for a similar quantity of human grade beef jerky. Each treat is approximately 1 1/4" long, 1" wide at the widest point and about 3/8" thick. These treats have a bit of variation in size and shape to them, though they are all about the same general proportion and are all rectangular.

The I And Love And You Chicken + Duck Recipe Nice Jerky Bites dog treats are brown strips of meat. The strips are fairly hard, but each has some flexibility to them. The bags of I And Love And You Chicken + Duck Recipe Nice Jerky Bites include a deoxidizer packet which should not be consumed by any animals!

Ease Of Preparation

The I And Love And You Chicken + Duck Recipe Nice Jerky Bites are a fully prepared treat; one need only open the resealable bag and dispense a treat. For Benny's weight - as a full-grown English Setter - he should have only have a couple of treats a day. On average, he gets only two to four per day; the I And Love And You Chicken + Duck Recipe Nice Jerky Bites are intended for dogs five or more pounds in weight.

Benny’s Reaction

Opening the bag of I And Love And You Chicken + Duck Recipe Nice Jerky Bites reveals a treat that smells just like human grade beef jerky. Benny seems to recognize the scent and comes whenever the bag is opened. This is one of the few treats he is actually responsive to by smell so far!

Benny loves the I And Love And You Chicken + Duck Recipe Nice Jerky Bites! He eagerly takes each Nice Jerky Bite from my hand whenever they are offered to him. Benny is still slowly gaining weight so he is able to be be satisfied by a single treat at a time.

The softer-than-some treats I And Love And You Chicken + Duck Recipe Nice Jerky Bites have minimal dental benefits for dogs, especially big dogs like our English Setter. Because the snacks are so easy to eat, Benny seldom even chews them for more than five to ten seconds. It is hard to extol the dental benefits of something that is on the lips and teeth for only a few seconds.

Nutrition

The I And Love And You Chicken + Duck Recipe Nice Jerky Bites dog treats are very healthy. With at least 27% crude protein, 19% crude fat and no more than 1% crude fiber and 22% moisture, the I And Love And You Chicken + Duck Recipe Nice Jerky Bites offer decent nutrition to dogs. Made entirely of Chicken, Duck and glycerine, I And Love And You Chicken + Duck Recipe Nice Jerky Bites are quite good for dogs. The Chicken + Duck Recipe Nice Jerky Bites have a decent shelf life of several months, though it is hard to imagine active dogs allowing them to last that long. The I And Love And You Chicken + Duck Recipe Nice Jerky Bites last for well over a year, which surprised me given how few preservatives are in the treats (ours had an expiration date of September 2018).

As with all dog treats, it is highly recommended that when you give your dog I And Love And You Chicken + Duck Recipe Nice Jerky Bites, make sure they have a decent supply of clean water available. I And Love And You Chicken + Duck Recipe Nice Jerky Bites treats are not intended to replace dog food.

Overall

Benny, admittedly, loves the I And Love And You Chicken + Duck Recipe Nice Jerky Bites. Given the lack of a positive dental benefit to Benny, the I And Love And You Chicken + Duck Recipe Nice Jerky Bites are a tougher sell for me. They are a wonderful "once in a while" treat, but not an essential, must-stock-up on dog treat.

For other dog treats, be sure to check out my reviews of:
Purina Busy Chewnola Dog Snacks
Blue Dog Bakery Peanut Butter & Molasses Treats
Zuke's Clean Cherry Berry Z-Bones

7/10

For other pet products, be sure to visit my Pet Review Index Page for an organized listing!

© 2017 W.L. Swarts. May not be reprinted without permission.
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Almost Incredible, The 2017 A Dangerous Game Ornament Delights Harry Potter Fans!


The Good: Excellent sculpted details, Sound clip is neat, Interesting concept, Excellent balance
The Bad: Pricey, Animated coloring
The Basics: An excellent sculpt with mediocre coloring, the Harry Potter "A Dangerous Game" ornament is one that might well reinvigorate the Hallmark Harry Potter ornament franchise!


As the Harry Potter franchise rebounds from the usual post-film franchise lull - thanks to the novels being released as e-books and the success of the first Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them film - Hallmark has been very conservative in developing ornaments based upon the new material. Instead, Hallmark has been cashing in on the nostalgia surrounding the early Harry Potter works with ornaments primarily from Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone. This year, the primary Harry Potter ornament is A Dangerous Game.

For those unfamiliar with the concept, “A Dangerous Game” is a holiday ornament that features a moment from Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone (reviewed here!) when Ron Weasley makes a noble sacrifice while playing a dangerous game of life-sized chess with Harry Potter under Hogwart's.

It is Harry Potter, crouched next to Ron riding the Knight (armored horse piece) on a square of the chess board, that is the subject of the A Dangerous Game ornament.

Basics

“A Dangerous Game” recreates the moment from Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone by featuring Harry, Ron on the Knight, and the ground. The ornament, released in 2017, is a mediocre rendition of the characters, at least if they are supposed to look like Daniel Radcliff as Harry Potter and Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley. The characters, like many of the ornaments for Harry Potter look more like the artwork associated with the novels. In other words, Ron Weasley and Harry Potter look animated, much like Harry appears on the covers of the books. Measuring 5" tall, 3" wide and 3 3/8" deep, the “A Dangerous Game” did not sell out during the Preview Weekend at the original issue price of $24.95, despite being one of the best Harry Potter ornaments released in recent years.

The Hallmark “A Dangerous Game” ornament is made of a durable plastic and has Ron Weasley riding the life-sized Knight piece for the life-sized chess with Harry Potter crouching down next to him as Ron prepares to make the move which will sacrifice him in the game of chess needed to get Harry where he needs to be. Harry Potter's glasses are finely made, as is the detailing on the armor on the Knight. As well, Ron and Harry Potter are generally sculpted (their hair is sculpted without any texturing) and their shirts are very smooth in an unrealistic way. The sculpt is exceptionally accurate to make all of the major elements of the ornament be instantly recognizable.

The ornament is very light on detailing for Harry and Ron. The coloring details on Ron and Harry are very light. Both lack realistic fleshtones and their pants and shoes are monotonal. The skin and hair look more cartoonish than accurate, but the Knight looks rather mottled in an appropriate way, like a marble statue, which is very cool.

Features

As a Hallmark Keepsake ornament, the “A Dangerous Game” ornament could have a function like a light effect, but it only has a sound clip. The pressing of a button on the ornament's base allows a sound clip to be played out of the speaker in the base of the A Dangerous Game ornament. The sound clip is an excellent touch and, for the expense, pretty much required. The sound clips for the A Dangerous Game ornament are pretty awesome. There are four clips from the scene in the film Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone and all four use Ron and Harry - only characters who appear on the ornament. The clips are exceptional and allow collector's to essentially play out the entire moment the ornament embodies!

Balance

As with all ornaments, the intent of the Hallmark Keepsake “A Dangerous Game” ornament is to be hung on a Christmas Tree. And for those creating the ultimate fantasy Christmas Tree, the “A Dangerous Game” ornament is a good concept, with a fair execution, both in scale and detail, especially compared with other Harry Potter ornaments. The ornament has a steel hook loop that comes out of the side of the horse's head. Rather impressively, the ornament is perfectly balanced from that position. Because the A Dangerous Game ornament features a base that is a piece of the chess board that is flat, any balance issue would be very clear. This ornament is exceptionally well-balanced!

Collectibility

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 (reviewed here!). Since then, they have delved into virtually every other collectible franchise in an attempt to cash in on every major license. The Harry Potter series has had several ornaments made for it, a few of which have started to really explode in value. Objectively, the A Dangerous Game ornament is one of the better Harry Potter ornaments and ought to appreciate in value, but it is not a limited edition ornament. The truth is, the Harry Potter franchise is one that I have consistently been wrong about as far as investment pieces go; the mediocre ornaments that have sound features have almost universally increased in value, even when they are not of such a high quality as the A Dangerous Game ornament. As a result, despite its lack of a limited edition rarity, the past precedent is that the ornament ought to double in value on the secondary market within three years. That makes it a decent investment piece for collectors in the mid-term.

Overview

The "A Dangerous Game" is quite good, despite some of the characters looking more animated than realistic.

For other Harry Potter ornaments, please check out my reviews of:
2016 Harry Potter Ornament Collection Set (Limited Edition!)
2016 Ollivanders Wand Shop
2015 Platform 9 3/4
2014 The Sorting Hat
2013 Hogwarts Castle
2012 The Final Battle
2011 The Golden Snitch (Limited Edition!)
2011 Fleeing The Fiendfyre
2010 The Pensieve
2010 A Gift For Dobby (Limited Edition!)
2009 "Harry! Happy Birthday!"
2001 Hogwarts School Crests mini-ornament set

7/10

For other ornament reviews, please visit my Ornament Review Index Page, for an organized listing of all the ornaments I've reviewed!

© 2017 W.L. Swarts. May not be reprinted without permission.
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Enemies Abound In Twin Peaks "The Return Part 10!"


The Good: Good performances, Moments of character, Plot moves forward, Direction, Good use of humor and mood
The Bad: Still some pointless tangents that do not feel they work
The Basics: The table truly feels set for the back half of Twin Peaks's new season with "The Return Part 10" setting Dougie Jones in mortal peril and possibly seeding the next incarnation of Bob!


As the new season of Twin Peaks progresses towards its end, the show has a burden on it to pay off all of the seeds that have been planted in the first half of the season. The show is moving toward a somewhat obvious and sensible resolution, but for all of the surprising aspects of Twin Peaks the logical direction of the plot seems more obvious than audacious. That same direction also seems to be setting up a massive "okay, what next?!" moment. Twin Peaks is rapidly moving toward Agent Cooper and Cooper both returning to Twin Peaks and if Agent Cooper is fully restored following his twenty-five year ordeal inside the Black Lodge, how the real-world will accept his return becomes a thorny situation to deal with, especially if it comes only as a denouement.

That, however, is not quite where "The Return Part 10" is yet. Instead, "The Return Part 10" follows on the events of "The Return Part 9" (reviewed here!), which featured the long-deceased Major Briggs providing messages to the Twin Peaks Sheriff's Department and his son. Cooper had set up the murder of the Warden whom he extorted for freedom and Dougie Jones and his wife learned that there had been an attempt on Doug's life by the police investigating the explosion of his car. "The Return Part 10" does a decent job of blending the old with some of the new elements and it seems to be setting up the next major plot surrounding Doug Jones as much of the plot belabors moving people to a point where they will kill the insurance adjuster.

Richard arrives at the remote home of Marion, the woman who knows that he killed the boy with his truck. Richard kills Marion and calls his contact in Twin Peaks to intercept the letter Marion sent. Dougie and Janey finally go to see a doctor, with the Doctor noticing the extreme changes in Dougie's body. At the casino, the gangsters who have taken over the casino learn that Ike has been captured and that Doug Jones is still alive. After returning home from the Doctor's, Janey gets hot for Doug and they make love.

Near Twin Peaks, Dr. Jacoby performs his latest anti-government podcast, which Nadine eagerly devours. Richard makes it to his grandmother's house, where Johnny is tied up, and he robs the place. The insurance executive pins the blame for an unpaid claim on Doug and sends the representative for the company to the Casino to rile the Mitchum brothers up to get them to take Doug out.

"The Return Part 10" features the usual amount of scenes that seem to have no apparent purpose within the main narrative. At the casino, a server - Candy - is hunting a fly when she smacks the mobster brother in the head and the joke is telegraphed and does not actually connect with the rest of the story. Similarly, Richard's place in the story seems like a random additional antagonist and why viewers are supposed to care (other than the fact that there is the possibility he is the delinquent son of Audrey Horne) remains a mystery in "The Return Part 10." As well, Nadine's scene again seems utterly unattached to anything else in the story.

Kyle MacLachlan once again gives a great, if subtle, performance as Dougie Jones and John Billingsley yet again plays a doctor on television. Eamon Farron is terrifying as Richard Horne; between seeing the effects of his attack on Marion and watching the way Richard mugs his own grandmother, Farron moves his new to the season character forward in leaps and bounds.

The most impressive aspect of "The Return Part 10" is that Twin Peaks starts paying off its network of villains. In "The Return Part 10," the viewer realizes there is a mole in the Twin Peaks Sheriff Department, Albert and Gordon figure out there is an enemy in their own ranks and we see the rest of the villains who are now set on hunting Doug Jones. Cooper had twenty-five years to build up a network of people who will protect his existence in our world; "The Return Part 10" illustrates that quite effectively.

"The Return Part 10" effectively blends menace and humor, with David Lynch's distinctive use of color and music. This is one of the best episodes of the rebooted Twin Peaks yet . . . even if it continues an escalation to a moment that viewers have to be wary of.

For other works with Jane Adams, please visit my reviews of:
Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
Orange County
Frasier - Season 8
Frasier - Season 7
Wonder Boys
Songcatcher
You've Got Mail

8/10

For other television reviews, please visit my Television Review Index Page for an organized listing!

© 2017 W.L. Swarts. May not be reprinted without permission.
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Sunday, July 16, 2017

The 2017 Dead Men Tell No Tales Pirates Of The Caribbean Ornament Is A Mixed Bag Of Booty!


The Good: Great sculpt, Generally good coloring detail, Decent sound clip
The Bad: No light effect, Right-heavy, Bead coloring is incongruent with the rest of the ornament
The Basics: The 2017 "Dead Men Tell No Tales" ornament is all right, but still leaves fans chasing an elusive perfect Pirates Of The Caribbean ornament.


It seems like sometimes, Hallmark makes a decent bet on a franchise that has pretty much burned itself out. The Pirates Of The Caribbean film franchise seems pretty well played-out, but Disney keeps churning out films. To match the studio's lack of creativity, Hallmark did an ornament for the latest film that is a virtual recycling of an earlier Pirates Of The Caribbean ornament. The 2017 Dead Men Tell No Tales ornament is unlikely to thrill even the die-hard fans, but it is not at all the worst ornament that could have been done for the new film.

For those unfamiliar with the idea of the ornament, Dead Men Tell No Tales is the Pirates Of The Caribbean skull with the crossed bones behind it from the logo and promotional materials for Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (reviewed here!). To the best of my knowledge, the symbol does not actually appear in the film this time around

Basics

The "Dead Men Tell No Tales" ornament recreates the skull with the earrings and crossed bones behind it. The ornament, released in 2017, is completely accurate in its sculpting and looks appropriately rendered in three dimensions, which makes sense because the original logo skull was a computer-generated effect and could thus be made into a 3-D framework for an ornament exceptionally easily. But Hallmark made sure to get details precisely right, like the depth of the mouth cavity and shape of the teeth in the skull. The beads are well-molded, so much so that one would expect them to be flexible and mobile they look so much like they are hanging appropriately from the skull (which says something given that the skull has no ears!).

The Hallmark "Dead Men Tell No Tales" ornament is made of a durable plastic and is colored precisely. The skull is not a black and bronze, which is accurate to the logo. While the skull is impressively detailed like the logo from Dead Men Tell No Tales, the rest of the ornament has more plain coloring and the bright contrast on the earrings looks terrible compared to the rest of the ornament. Each of the beads on the earring is painstakingly colored, but they look unworn compared to the coloring for the skull.

Given that the Dead Men Tell No Tales ornament is 3 7/8” wide by 3 3/4” tall and 1 3/4” deep and the ornament has a sound feature, the $19.95 initial price is not bad at all.

Features

As a Hallmark Keepsake ornament, "Dead Men Tell No Tales" has a sound effect, but not a light effect. Given that the eyes could be made to light up, it is a little disappointing that the battery-operated effect does not include a light component. As it is, though, the sound clip is impressive. When the button is pressed, a sound clip for the Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales soundtrack and it lasts for about thirty seconds. I was impressed – in addition to the quality of the sound – by the volume of the sound clip! This is one of the loudest ornaments Hallmark has produced!

Balance

As with all ornaments, the intent of the Hallmark Keepsake "Dead Men Tell No Tales" ornament is to be hung on a Christmas Tree. And for those creating the ultimate movie nostalgia Christmas Tree, the "Dead Men Tell No Tales" ornament is very much unnecessary. The ornament has the standard steel hook loop embedded into the top center of the skull. This is fairly obvious and necessary for the ornament. Hanging there, the ornament is a bit biased on the right side. The right heavy aspect of the ornament is not overwhelming, but it is noticeable.

Collectibility

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!). Within a few years, every major franchise from Star Wars to A Nightmare Before Christmas to Indiana Jones started making Hallmark ornaments. "Dead Men Tell No Tales" is one of only a few Pirates Of The Caribbean ornaments on the market and it is one of a few not to feature Jack Sparrow. Given that the ornament that was very similar that was released years ago did not appreciate in value, it is hard to believe that this one will - especially now that the franchise is on the downswing.

Overview

Fans of the Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise, pirates in general and Hallmark ornaments are likely to be split on the Dead Men Tell No Tales ornament; it is well-sculpted, has a cool sound function, but the coloring is distinctly split and the balance is not at all perfect.

For other Pirates Of The Caribbean ornaments, please check out my reviews of:
2013 Pirates Of The Caribbean ornament
2012 On Stranger Tides ornament
2011 Captain Jack Sparrow ornament

7.5/10

For other ornament reviews, please visit Ornament Review Index Page for an organized listing!

© 2017 W.L. Swarts. May not be reprinted without permission.
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R.I.P. Nelsan Ellis: Little Boxes Offers An Esoteric Goodbye To The Talented Actor.


The Good: Wonderful performances, Good themes
The Bad: Oppressively awkward tone, Unlikable characters,Virtually plotless
The Basics: Little Boxes is a depressingly awkward film that interestingly explores racism in the suburbs with an interethnic family that could truly stand to talk more with one another.


When Nelsan Ellis died just over a week ago, I was shocked, much like pretty much everyone else. Like many fans, I knew Ellis from True Blood (reviewed here!) more than any of his other works, but I recall when True Blood was on the air, I watched interviews with the actor and it only raised my appreciation for how he performed on True Blood. So, I was pretty psyched to look into something else he was featured in. I settled in to watch the indie film Little Boxes.

Little Boxes is a fish-out-of-water story that I was initially surprised remained on the shelf so long. The longer the film went on, the less surprised I was by that; Little Boxes is a painfully awkward film. Between the off-putting tone and the sexualization of pre-teens, it is tough to guess who the market would be for Little Boxes - after the film was completed, it seemed like it would be a tough film to sell to a distributor.

Opening in New York City, Mack Burns and his wife Gina have their lives packed up for the move to Rome, Washington. The suburbs are a huge change for Gina, Mack and their son, Clark, who is the town's only young person of color. The move is instantly problematic for the family as all of their possessions are ten days to two weeks away and Mack's new writing job involves cooking and the house Gina's university moves the family into is lacking a working stovetop. Mack starts to smell mold almost instantly and he is put off by how the neighbors treat him initially.

While Gina meets her faculty colleagues and discovers they are a bunch of bored lushes, Clark meets two neighborhood girls and begins hanging out with them. Ambrosia sees Clark as a novelty, while her friend Julie treats Clark with interest in who he actually is. Ambrosia starts to get Clark into trouble and Gina and Mack start to feel stress over the huge changes in their lives.

Little Boxes is a mood piece and its obsession with mood and theme make it a tougher sell than it ought to have been. In trying to paint the suburbs as a different type of bad from the big city, Little Boxes inadvertently reduces all of its characters to about the same mental age. Clark experiences peer pressure from his new "friends" and he starts to act out. That makes sense given that he is an eleven year-old boy. But the fact that Gina and Mack have virtually identical arcs is tremendously disappointing. Mack, for example, shows no interest in doing drugs and when he is offered some, he initially refuses. It takes only one follow-up offer from a guy Mack does not particularly know or like before he is popping pills with him. Gina is a feminist who succumbs to pressure from her new peer group for no apparent reason other than the fact that her colleagues are women.

So, Little Boxes quickly becomes a fish-out-of-water story in which an interethnic couple with a blended-ethnicity child find themselves in a setting where they are very much alone. The move, however, pulls all of the characters apart in a way that feels very forced. Clark, Mack and Gina appear to have a very close relationship prior to the move. But, the moment they get to Rome and discover they are outsiders, Gina never seems to be around and does not take Mack's concerns about mold at all seriously and Mack starts ignoring Clark's needs to focus on a writing project he can barely do.

That said, while the characters are all fairly unlikable - almost every problem in Little Boxes could be solved by the two adult characters keeping up their level of dialogue and concern that was established at the beginning of the film - the acting is exceptionally good. Nelsan Ellis is remarkable in the subtlety he plays as Mack. Ellis manages to play empathetic and wry and his body language is so different from how he played Lafayette that even when he smiles, there is not a hint of his most well-established character.

Armani Jackson gives a good performance as Clark, a child very much in the process of becoming. Melanie Lynskey plays Gina's frustration exceptionally well. Lynskey and Ellis, however, exhibit very little on-screen chemistry, which makes it tougher to invest in Gina and Mack's relationship. For all of the problems with Little Boxes, acting is not one of them. The performers in Little Boxes are all good, even if the characters they play are awkward or unsettling to watch.

Ultimately, Little Boxes is a film that shows genre fans just how much we lost when Nelsan Ellis died; he was incredibly talented and it is unfortunate that he did not have a chance to develop a larger body of work.

For other works with Melanie Lynskey, please check out my reviews of:
Happy Christmas
The Perks Of Being A Wallflower
The Informant!
But I'm A Cheerleader
Ever After: A Cinderella Story

4.5/10

For other movie reviews, please check out my Film Review Index Page for an organized listing!

© 2017 W.L. Swarts. May not be reprinted without permission.
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Saturday, July 15, 2017

HAPPY ORNAMENT PREVIEW WEEKEND! Hallmark Hits Perfection With The 2017 "I Claim This Planet" Marvin The Martian Ornament!


The Good: Wonderful sculpt, Excellent balance, Cute, Collectible value, Decent coloring details
The Bad: Nothing that I can find!
The Basics: The 2017 "I Claim This Planet" makes it worth going out to chase after a Marvin The Martian Hallmark ornament!


Hallmark's annual Ornament Preview Weekend is upon us at last! I usually try to commemorate the season with a review of an ornament that actually hits a perfect rating and this year, I was pleasantly surprised to find one without having to look too hard. I've never been much of a fan of Looney Toons and I'm not entirely sure that I've ever reviewed a Hallmark ornament from the Looney Toons line-up, but for the kick off of Ornament Preview Weekend, the breakout ornament forced me to! This year's first perfect ornament is the Marvin The Martian I Claim This Planet Limited Edition Hallmark ornament!

For those unfamiliar with him, Marvin The Martian is an armored diminutive alien who frequently visits Earth in the Looney Toons cartoons and attempts to take it over. His attempts to subjugate Earth are often thwarted by Daffy Duck (or his alternate persona Duck Dodgers), but Marvin tries again and again. Not being intimately familiar with the cartoon series, I assume that "I claim this planet" is Marvin The Martian's catch phrase when he lands on Earth and plants his flag.

Despite being less familiar with the source material, I was quickly forced to concede that there was truly nothing Hallmark could have done better with the I Claim This Planet ornament!

Basics

The "I Claim This Planet" ornament recreates the mostly-obscured alien character in solid plastic as a limited edition ornament for the 2017 season. The ornament is 3 1/4" tall by 1 3/4" wide by 3" deep and features Marvin The Martian on his own, in his armored helm and flared skirt, holding his A-1 Disintegrating Pistol in his right hand.

The sculpt of Marvin The Martian for the I Claim This Planet ornament is instantly recognizable. Hallmark sculpted the helm so it is oversized and makes the black head appear - especially within the context of a Christmas tree - like it is deeply shadowed. Despite that, Hallmark did not scrimp on the sculpted details. The laces on Marvin The Martian's shoes are subtly sculpted in, as are some lines for the plume on the helmet. The most impressive aspect of the sculpted detailing on the I Claim This Planet ornament are lines within the black forehead that imply a heavy scowl for Marvin The Martian. This sculpted aspect is creative and exceptionally well-executed.

On the coloring front, the source material for Marvin The Martian easily justifies the monotone coloring for the I Claim This Planet ornament. Marvin The Martian has bright green, red, yellow and white clothing that contrasts the deep, solid black of his face. The shoes feature fine lines for the seams painted on and the writing on the A-1 Disintegrating Pistol is immaculate and clear.

Features

As a Hallmark Keepsake ornament, I Claim This Planet could have a sound or light function, but Hallmark opted to make a less-expensive ornament option for fans of Looney Toons. While it is a little disappointing that we do not get to hear Marvin The Martian delivering the ornament's titled line, Hallmark kept the price on the limited edition ornament reasonable as just compensation for its lack of a feature.

Balance

As with all ornaments, the intent of the Hallmark Keepsake I Claim This Planet Marvin The Martian ornament is to be hung on a Christmas Tree. And for those creating the ultimate Looney Toons Christmas Tree, one has to figure a Marvin The Martian ornament is an essential addition and the I Claim This Planet might be the best way to go.

The ornament has the standard steel hook loop embedded into the top center of the back of Marvin The Martian's helmet plume. From that point, the ornament is perfectly balanced and the angle is just right so the hook loop cannot easily be seen! This is a wonderfully-balanced holiday ornament.

Collectibility

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 (reviewed here!). Within a few years, every major franchise from Star Wars to A Nightmare Before Christmas to Indiana Jones started making Hallmark ornaments. I Claim This Planet is one of a couple of Looney Toons ornaments produced for 2017 and the only Limited Quantity one from that line. Given the general popularity of Marvin The Martian and the ornament's rarity, one has to figure that it will appreciate in value from its original $15.95, especially as it sells out at Hallmark Keepsake stores. Given the ornaments inherent quality, it seems like a safe bet for ornament investors.

Overview

Fans of Marvin The Martian, Looney Toons and Hallmark ornaments alike are liable to see that Hallmark is kicking off the 2017 ornament season well with the 2017 Limited Edition I Claim This Planet ornament!

For other 2017 Hallmark ornaments, please check out my reviews of:
Ursula The Little Mermaid (Limited Edition)
First Order Stormtrooper FN-2199 Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Limited Edition)
Lavender Luxe Barbie (Member Exclusive Limited Edition)
U.S.S. Franklin Star Trek Beyond

10/10

For other ornament reviews, please visit my Ornament Review Index Page for an organized listing!

© 2017 W.L. Swarts. May not be reprinted without permission.
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