Sunday, October 13, 2013

The Decorations Are Up Early This Year

Toy News International has posted some pictures of 2014 Hallmark ornaments that were on display at New York Comic Con, and - as always - I'm conflicted. I actually like Hallmark ornaments as collectibles: they generally feature good sculpts and impressive paint ops. However, they seem ridiculously overpriced for a small piece of plastic.

I was only half kidding a few years ago when I suggested picking up cheap action figures and turning them into ornaments as an alternative to going to Hallmark.

There's at least one new sub-line that drives home the absurdity of the Hallmark brand: Lego Star Wars ornaments. Hallmark is currently charging sixteen bucks for a replica of a Yoda minifig for your tree, and next year it looks like they'll be doing the same for Boba Fett.

I find it hilarious that someone would pay as much for a fake minifig as Toys'R'Us charges for a whole building set. I can't think of any reason you couldn't attach a wire to a Lego figure, hang it from your tree, then pull it down and play with it the rest of the year.

I have actually found a way to get some Hallmark ornaments into my collection. It turns out, antique stores are full of the damn things. I saw at least two dozen on a shelf for $3 to $6 last week. That's a far more reasonable price, all things considered.

I wouldn't pay that much for a fake minifigure ornament, though: principle of the thing.