Pros: Nice ornament with Batman connection.
Cons: Limited quantity. Sort of hard to get back in box.
Batman and the various characters part of his world have been popular for years. Hallmark has made some ornaments connected to Batman, including a few different versions of the Dark Knight and the Joker. I picked up Harley Quinn Batman 2010 Hallmark Ornament when I found it to add to my Batman ornament collection.
Harley Quinn is kind of unique character in the world of Batman because of how the character came to be created. She was first introduced in an episode of Batman: The Animated Series in 1992 as a sort of sidekick/love interest for the Joker. She was originally intended to just be in the one episode, but came back in more episodes before eventually being added to the comic books. She is darker in the comic books. She has also appeared in other Batman cartoons and the series Birds of Prey as the main villain. A Harley Quinn comic book ran for a while as well. A 1994 graphic novel called Mad Love tells her origin story and how she came to meet the Joker. She was a psychiatrist at Arkham Asylum and fell for the Joker, becoming his sidekick. She is also a friend of Poison Ivy, which has led to her being immune to toxins.
I think most of the times that I’ve seen Harley Quinn, she has looked mostly the same. She tends to be dressed as a harlequin jester, in a red and black form fitting outfit. She also wears white makeup on her face, with black around her eyes. That is how she looked in Batman: The Animated Series and I think that look was carried into the comic books when she was added to them. From what I remember about her, she helps the Joker in some of his plots and seems a bit unstable herself.
The Harley Quinn Batman 2010 Hallmark Ornament has the character looking like I remember her looking in the episodes of Batman: The Animated Series, in her red and black harlequin outfit. The outfit is detailed, showing the little diamonds on one leg and arm. There are little white balls on the tips of her collar and hat. Her face has the white and black makeup that the character is known for and looks like her. She has a happy expression on her face, and she is leaning on a large red and white mallet. The ends of the mallet are white and have red smiley faces on them. There is something slightly evil looking about those smiley faces. There is a thin red ribbon forming a loop on the end of the handle of the mallet. I think Harley Quinn has used that mallet either in the cartoons or comic books, but I could be remembering that wrong. The date and some copyright information is on the bottom of the mallet.
I think the ornament is made out of some kind of plastic, like most of my other Hallmark ornaments. It feels sturdy, though I’m guessing that it would break if it fell onto a hard surface. The ornament is one of the taller ones I have, but it isn’t huge. It really isn’t heavy. Harley Quinn’s feet are flat and level, which I think is part of why she will actually stand up on a table. I think the mallet also helps her to be able to stand since the bottom of it is even with her feet. The mallet probably adds some balance. The little loop to attach an ornament hook to is high on her back. It looks like she hangs fairly straight from a hook, though she could be leaning a little bit to one side. That doesn’t bother me.
Harley Quinn Batman 2010 Hallmark Ornament is one of the limited quantity ornaments released during the ornament premier in 2010. When I saw that she was limited, I quickly got her to go with my other Batman ornaments. I hang her next to my Joker Hallmark ornament - which was a limited quantity ornament in 2009 or 2008. The box has the little gold triangle in the upper left corner denoting that it is one of the limited quantity ornaments for 2010. There are also graphics for DC comics and Harley Quinn herself on the box. The ornament can still be found online, but at higher prices than the $14.95 I paid for it.
My ornament looks like the picture on the front of the box, though the red on the actual ornament looks to be just a tad lighter. The back of the box shares some general information about the character and the fact that it is a limited quantity ornament. The person who designed it is also identified there. Unfortunately, this is another ornament that is just wrapped in tissue paper in the box. I have a horrible time just getting the tissue paper back in the box when I take the ornament out to hang on the tree. It is even worse when it is time to put the ornament away.
Harley Quinn Batman 2010 Hallmark Ornament doesn’t exactly look like a Christmas ornament, but that is common with many of the Hallmark Ornaments. The majority of my ornaments are like this. I think these types of ornaments are fun, though it could seem a little weird to other people to have superhero or cartoon character ornaments on their Christmas tree. This ornament makes a nice addition to my collection of Batman Hallmark Ornaments.
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