The Good: Looks like it is supposed to, Good balance, Great detailing.
The Bad: No moving parts!
The Basics:Hallmark’s 2014 Lego Star Wars Boba Fett ornament pretty much justifies the existence of the line of weird Hallmark ornaments released over the last few years!
Despite my love of Star Wars and Hallmark ornaments, there are actually remarkably few Star Wars ornaments I have in my personal collection. As one who loves the Star Wars bounty hunters, the ones that tend to tempt me the most are the various Hallmark ornaments that feature the bounty hunters. The line that I’ve never considered investing in is the new collection of Star Wars ornaments that embody Lego Star Wars ornaments. So, it says something significant that the 2014 Lego Star Wars ornament actually won me over. This year, Hallmark went with the Lego Boba Fett and it rocks the Star Wars Hallmark ornaments in an uncommon way.
The Lego Boba Fett ornament is the fourth in the series of character ornaments from Lego Star Wars. Fans of the Star Wars Legos and, perhaps as important, the Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga video game (reviewed here!), will easily recognize the Lego variation on the classic Boba Fett. Hallmark captures the bounty hunter Boba Fett, in Lego form, with his giant Lego blaster in his hand, standing on a Lego-style base! He has his trademark helmet (with the antenna!) and cape molded to look like it is flowing behind him. This is an instantly recognizable version of Boba Fett, believe it or not!
The Lego Boba Fett ornament recreates the Lego bounty hunter in solid plastic on a black and gray plastic Lego block base. The ornament, released in 2014, is the inscrutable bounty hunter Boba Fett holding his giant black blaster in his right hand, or socket, given how rounded the hands on Lego characters are. Hallmark managed to get $14.95 originally for this ornament and it is arguably the most vigorous-selling Lego Star Wars ornament I’ve seen. It is unlikely this ornament will be sold-out at clearance prices this year. This character ornament is 3 3/4" tall, 2 5/8” wide and 1 3/4” deep. That makes the ornament much larger than Lego toys, so fans of Lego building blocks might actually have more against the ornament than Star Wars fans. Then again, both fan bases might be equally keen on this ornament!
The Hallmark Lego Boba Fett ornament is made of a durable plastic and has him holding a solid black blaster in his right hand. His feet are arranged in a walking pose, though because they are attached to a Lego block base, the ornament does not have any sort of balance issues or issues with his stance. This is a simple sculpt of the Lego Boba Fett, with all of the essential parts that make the character instantly recognizable. Boba Fett has his helmet, cape, and Lego blockish feet and the Lego-style open hands. The little jet pack on the back of the Lego Boba Fett completes the character perfectly!
The Lego Boba Fett ornament is incredibly detailed with the coloring to back up the sculpt. The front panel is made to look like a classic Lego toy sticker, but it is painted on, which is a nice touch. Similarly, the Lego Boba Fett has his costume silk-screened on to match what looks like the stickers on the actual Lego Boba Fett. This character is accented on every part of the front of the ornament. As a result, the ornament has realistic (as much as a Lego character is realistic) detailing for the belt, breastplate, pockets and knee pads. In fact, it is only on the back of the ornament with the jet pack and cape that the character ornament is under-detailed on the coloring front.
Sadly, the ornament does not have any articulation to it, so fans who want to turn the head or move the arms will be disappointed.
As a Hallmark Keepsake ornament, the Lego Boba Fett could have a function like a sound chip or light effect, but does not. This is just an ornament, an affordable option for those who might not want to shell out for the ship or diorama series' of Star Wars ornaments. This Lego Boba Fett simply hangs.
As with all ornaments, the intent of the Hallmark Keepsake Lego Boba Fett ornament is to be hung on a Christmas Tree. And for those creating the ultimate Star Wars Christmas Tree, the Lego Boba Fett is very much a luxury; this whole concept is more ridiculous than realistic, so this is very much a “luxury” ornament for the serious die-hard fans. The ornament has a steel hook loop embedded into the top center of the character's head. From that hook, the Lego Boba Fett ornament hangs perfectly level. Hallmark managed to prevent the ornament from being frontheavy by counterbalancing the gun in the front right with the sweep of the cape going back and to the left, which is remarkably clever.
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 branched out into other popular franchises like Star Wars and The Wizard Of Oz. The Lego Boba Fett ornament was a common release, but the popularity of the ornament has made it a surprise sell-out at several of the Hallmark stores I have visited.
That it is selling out already means it is likely to be a good investment ornament so long as Hallmark does not re-release the ornament (as it did with the Lego Darth Vader ornament).
The Lego Boba Fett ornament is easily the highlight of the Lego Star Wars line and is worth collecting.
For other Hallmark ornaments of Lego Star Wars characters, please check out my reviews of:
2013 Lego Yoda
2012 Lego Imperial Stormtrooper
2011/2012 Lego Darth Vader
For other ornament reviews, please be sure to visit my Ornament Review Index Page for an organized listing!
© 2014 W.L. Swarts. May not be reprinted without permission.
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