Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Despite The Expense, The 2016 Sally The Nightmare Before Christmas Ornament Is Awesome!

The Good: Limited edition nature, Good sculpt, Good coloring, Good balance
The Bad: No feature, A bit expensive
The Basics: “Sally” is a pretty incredible The Nightmare Before Christmas limited edition ornament that fans of the film are going to want to hunt down!

Fans of The Nightmare Before Christmas have had years and years of ornaments to collect and the truth is, there is something surprising about how many Jack Skellington ornaments there are versus how few Sally ornaments have been released. For 2016, Hallmark produced a wonderful late-addition, limited edition ornament of Jack Skellington's love interest on her own. Every few years, Hallmark produces more than one ornament from the film The Nightmare Before Christmas and this year is one of the years that has two ornaments. As an alternative to the common-release ornament of Dr. Finklestein that was a supporting character in the film, this year Hallmark did a limited edition ornament: “Sally.“ “Sally “ focuses on Jack Skellington’s girlfriend and it is one of the better Hallmark ornaments from The Nightmare Before Christmas.

For those unfamiliar with The Nightmare Before Christmas (reviewed here!) Sally was Jack Skellington’s love interest. She was a rag doll that was missing an arm and was stitched together by Dr. Finklestein. It is Sally on her own that is the subject of the limited edition The Nightmare Before Christmas Hallmark ornament.


The "Sally" ornament recreates Sally on her own without any base or accoutrements. As a result, the $15.95 price tage seems a bit expensive for the character ornament. That said, the limited-edition ornament, released in 2016, is exceptionally accurate as it can be considering it is based upon an animated work for the source material. Because everything in The Nightmare Before Christmas is colored in simple solid colors (without human shading or details), the ornament appropriately does not have complex shading to it. That said, it looks perfectly like the character seen throughout The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Hallmark clearly made an effort on the "Sally" ornament, with amazing detailing on the stitching, missing right arm and patchwork clothing. Measuring three and seven-eighths inches tall, one and one-sixteenth inches wide and seven-eighths inches deep, the "Sally" ornament is a little smaller than most of the Jack Skellington ornaments Hallmark has released.

The Hallmark "Sally" ornament is made of a durable plastic, with decent hair, thin arms, legs and tiny high-heeled shoes. This ornament sold out at most every Hallmark shop I have gone to since the October release weekend last weekend, so most fans will only find it in the secondary market.

“Sally” ornament has pretty cool coloring details. The colors are a good mix of her distinctive dead blue skin tones, black and bright colors for her patchwork outfit. Her hair is red-orange and she looks entirely accurate for her character.


As a Hallmark Keepsake ornament, "Sally" could have a light or sound function, but it has neither. Instead, this is a very basic ornament that does not feature any lighting or sound clips.


As with all ornaments, the intent of the Hallmark Keepsake "Sally" ornament is to be hung on a Christmas Tree. And for those creating the ultimate Christmas Tree for A Nightmare Before Christmas, the "Sally" ornament is a wonderful addition. The ornament has the standard steel hook loop embedded into the top center of Sally's head. While this is a somewhat obvious position, it is the most logical position and it is not as obtrusive as on some ornaments!

The placement of the loop makes this ornament perfectly well-balanced, so that is a huge plus for those who want to display it.


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, virtually every major studio with a marketable property jumped on the bandwagon and began merchandising Christmas ornaments, including A Nightmare Before Christmas. "Sally" was one of two A Nightmare Before Christmas ornaments released in 2016 and fans bought them all up, as far as I can find. The original price of $15.95 is a bit pricey for such a simplistic ornament, so it is hard to imagine it appreciating in value any time soon.


This year’s A Nightmare Before Christmas limited edition ornament is a real winner; Sally is an impressive ornament likely to truly please fans and collectors!

For other The Nightmare Before Christmas Hallmark ornaments, please check out my reviews of:
2016 Dr. Finklestein ornament
2014 "This Is Halloween" ornament
2014 Jack's Peculiar Pet - Limited Edition!
2013 Jack’s Sleigh O’Scares
2012 Jack Sneaks A Peek ornament
2011 A Snowy Surprise The Nightmare Before Christmas ornament
2009 Welcome To Christmastown


For other ornament reviews, please check out my Ornament Review Index Page!

© 2016 W.L. Swarts. May not be reprinted without permission.
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