Pros: 12 unique facial designs, well made, great collectors item.
Cons: Burn time is about one hour, hard to find in a complete set.
Tim Burton's "The Nightmare Before Christmas" isn't your typical love story. Well, if you look at the basic overview of it, it could be considered a classic love story but Jack is a skeleton and Sally is a doll so you can see the obvious problems with the character development right there. It doesn't matter if you are a fan of the story, animation, characters, music or overall charm of the film, it is something that has spawned hundreds of collectibles. To me the film is comparable to "The Crow". It is a love story but something with a dark twist. In "The Crow" Eric and Shelly are both dead but its their love that ripples through almost every scene in the movie. "The Nightmare Before Christmas" leans more towards the unspoken love type of theme but both have somewhat happy endings depending on how you interpret them.
Jack Skellington 12 Piece Candle Set
To call this a Nightmare Before Christmas set is a slight exaggeration; if it contained more than just Jack candles then I could see classifying it that way but as it stands all twelve of them are of Jack. The pump sized candles are great collectors items and something that can make a great gift for fans of the movie. The set that I purchased came in a rather thin and slightly cheap plastic box but it did work well to keep them from bouncing around or causing any damage to them while they were being shipped. Until I ordered the set I only had three of the twelve that I purchased individually for three dollars a piece. That was a complete rip off but when I did buy them I thought I was getting a great deal and was unaware that there was a twelve piece set.
Some people might read this and let out a huge gasp, yes, I actually burned a few of these. One of the ones that I purchased individually was one of the orange Pumpkin King candles. After I got the set of twelve I wanted to burn one of the orange ones to see if it let off an orange glow and if you could see more detail during the burn process. If you are going to burn these make sure that you trim the wick or it will burn through quickly. I trimmed mine to about an eighth of an inch and got about an hour of burn time from it before the sides gave out and I ended up with orange wax everywhere. Burn them on something that is heat proof and you shouldn’t have any problems. The white ones that I have burned have all looked great and there's nothing creepier than seeing a skeleton face backlit by a flame.
Ten of the twelve candles are done in white, the two others are in the orange Pumpkin King design. There are eight basic facial designs plus two white ones of Jack as Santa. I will get into those in a minute. Regardless of whether you are a fan of Happy Jack or Sad Jack there is a good chance that one of these eight will strike your fancy. What gives these such a nice look is the variance of facial expression. The squint of an eye, position of the nose, stitching on the mouth all play a huge part in making a character as basic as Jack have a true personality. While the candles are all plum shaped in size they aren't all completely round. There are differences in shape to them so they don't look like they are clones.
The last four candles are probably the ones that are the hardest to find if you are buying them individually. The two Pumpkin King designs are colorful and have a very nice textured feel to them, the cut outs for the mouth on both are indented so they look great and add a nice orange kick to the other predominately white Jack faces. A nice touch to the Pumpkin King design is the small green stem that extends off the top; the wick comes out of this section and the stem is what makes these the most unique of the bunch. You also get two Jack Skellington Santa candles, while they do looks slightly similar the biggest differences are the way the back side of the hat is positioned, the slant of the eyes and that one has Jack with an open smile and the other is closed.
The twelve candle set sells for about twenty dollars. I ordered mine online and got it for fourteen dollars plus free shipping since I ordered other items and qualified for free shipping. I consider fourteen dollars to be a hell of a deal for these and if you break them up and use them for gifts they are great for adding to a Nightmare Before Christmas themed gift basket. If you are going to order these online make sure that you are getting the complete set of twelve and that if they are shipping in the summer months that they are going to be expedited. Wax and hot weather are not the best of friends.
The Bottom Line
If you are a fan of the film or think that Jack is the coolest skeleton around then this is a candle set that is well worth tracking down. They aren't the biggest of candles but they make for great decorations and are something that any fan of the film would love to receive as a gift. Is it worth twenty dollars? Yes and no. I managed to find my set for less than that so if I was in the market for another set I would order from the same company. They aren't part of a limited edition or anything that is going to disappear from shelves any time soon but if you are into the film or the merchandise I wouldn't drag my feet on getting a set or two.
As always, thanks for the visit…
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© 2008 Freak369
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