I just got back from the beach, and it's already time to talk about Christmas. I've been dreaming about this product for years. Hallmark has finally released an ornament dedicated to the most popular star car in the world. This is the 2014 Hallmark Keepsake Dukes of Hazzard Jumpin' General Lee Christmas tree ornament.
Hallmark released several Batmobiles, Ecto-1, Back to the Future's Time Machine, and last year even released KITT. I just knew the General was on the way. The box is designed like other current Hallmark ornaments.
The back has a nice paragraph about the Dukes and the General. It is refreshing to see a different line of copy than the same old paragraph we get on nearly every JL and AW release. It is also noted that this piece is crafted by Hallmark artist Steve Goslin. This is a nice feature. We're barely ever told who is directly responsible to creating pieces like this. Great job Steve, welcome to Hazzard County.
The other sides of the box are Christmas themed and the top has 2014 on it. There are very dedicated Hallmark ornament collectors out there. I'm happy that our hobbies have intersected.
The bottom of the box has WB's shield and logo as well as Dodge's copyright info.
The ornament itself is very nice. The other cars released by Hallmark as ornaments aren't in action poses. It seems to me the Hallmark was ordered by WB to creatively hide a major part of the General Lee. They used a barn-bustin' scene to incorporate the show logo and hide the flag. They achieved the WB directive nicely.
Because the car is meant to hang from the branches of your Christmas tree, it wasn't designed to stand on all fours. When placed on a flat surface, the "barn door" prohibits the back wheels from touching the ground.
The Dukes logo looks nice against the faux wood. From this angle it looks like we have a "bald General Lee" situation.
But upon further review, the flag is there, it's just hard to see because it is not properly lined in white. Nice to see a little of it.
The license plate says 2014. That is a creative way to date the ornament. Very nice touch by artist Steve Goslin.
The car is very attractive, and with a tiny but of help, it displays very nice on a flat surface.
There is a lot of detail in the car.
The back of the door does not have anything on it. The General Lee text is a little big as it goes the length of the roof, but if it were kept to scale, it would be entirely covered up by the barn door. Steve Goslin made the right choice in enlarging it.
The bottom of the car has the year, WB, Chrysler, and Hallmark on it.
The size of the car falls roughly between a standard 1/64 diecast and the Rough Rider General Lee. Luckily I have the loose Rough Rider General Lee around because I recently bought it. Funny how that works out.
The ornament is slightly longer than the 1/64. It's hard to tell exactly the difference because of the angles.
When the ornament is not propped up, you can see the difference better.
The Rough Rider is just a tad longer.
From above you can see the size difference better.
I would say the car is roughly 1/52. That's a number I totally just made up.
The car is very detailed. The best detail has to be the vector wheels. This is the best rendition of the Gen'ral's wheels on nearly any model car. I would put these wheel replicas up against the Auto World 1/18 and 1/43 models. They look great. Why can't there be a just slightly smaller version of this wheel on a 1/64?
The push bar on the car also looks very good. Steve Goslin did his homework. I love seeing a new product that is not based on any other previously released item.
The 01 isn't perfect. It looks very good, but the angles are a little off.
My only criticism is the shape of the Charger body. It looks a little compressed. But only if you look at directly at the profile of the car. From all other angles, it looks great.
Last year Hallmark released KITT in Keepsake Ornament form. You knew I was going to compare the two.
The biggest difference between them is the General Lee's lack of lights and sound. KITT's scanner lights up and he talks. The General has no electronics. It could be due to KITT relying on technology to become a supercar where the Gen'ral uses raw horse power. Or not. Waylon's iconic theme song, the Dixie horn, or even a yee-haw would have been a welcome addition to the Dukes ornament, but I'm not complaining.
KITT isn't turbo boosting. He isn't performing an action shot like the General is.
Knight Industries Two Thousand is slightly larger. They look to be about the same size, but in reality a Charger is larger than a Trans Am so the General should be slightly bigger if they were the same scale.
The General Lee rests nicely when propped up on KITT. It almost looks like the KITT ornament was designed to be the base for the General Lee Ornament. This is exactly how everyone should display the two ornaments.
The General Lee will always be a better car than KITT, and Hallmark knows it. These two car ornaments look great showing it as well.