“ Manufacturer: Danbury Mint / Type: Doll „
Over the last week I have been reviewing a number of items from my Betty Boop collection and today, I am reviewing the Betty Boop Illuminated Christmas Tree from Danbury Mint. As I do not wish to be copying and pasting large chunks of previous reviews, I would request that if you require a little background information on Danbury Mint, that you see one of my earlier reviews. The Christmas tree stands at 24cm high and proudly displays Betty with her friend, Bimbo and her faithful pooch, Pudgy. The tree sits on an 18½ cm diameter medium brown wooden base and whilst there is no indication of what the figurine has been manufactured from, I would hazard a guess that it's porcelain as are all the other Danbury Mint Betty Boop figurines. There has been no attention to detail spared with its' delicate hand painting of dozens of brightly coloured Christmas presents decorated with bows that sit around the base of the tree. The tree is displayed on a light blue circular rug where the most intricate details have been considered, as we can even see the strands of wool. Betty wears a gorgeous Marilyn Monroe type ruby red mini dress, which is tied at the back with a huge golden coloured bow. She wears black stiletto heels with a dainty strap around her ankle. Her earrings are large golden hoops and so are her bracelets, which match the bow on her dress and she has a tiny sprig of holly decorating her pretty black hair. Her bright red lips are puckered and her hands are placed delicately under Pudgy's rear end as she holds him over her head so he can place the yellow Christmas star on the top of the tree. Black and white Pudgy looks extremely happy, as his mouth has been designed to look like he's smiling. His ears and tail are upright and he seems to be thoroughly enjoying the Christmas spirit as he wears a red and white Santa hat, complete with white bobble. Betty's friend Bimbo stands at the bottom of the tree in his black and white outfit and top hat. He looks totally elated with his huge smile, which reveals his cute pink tongue. He wears a red bow tie to match the red trim on his hat and has golden coloured buttons on both his waistcoat and shoes. He holds the end of a string of red beads as he helps both Betty and Pudgy decorate the Christmas tree. I'm not sure what character Bimbo is supposed to be and I've tried to find out from the internet, which states he was a circus performer. If anyone knows what he actually is, please let me know. He has cute black ears, slightly smaller than Pudgy's and I initially thought he was some type of mouse, but I'm not so sure. What makes this tree extra special is as well as the dozens of pretty coloured baubles and red bows, there are 25 brightly coloured LED lights, which enable this tree to look truly festive. The star will also shine brightly on the top of the tree making this a perfect Christmas centrepiece. The figurine is supplied with an adaptor, which is plugged into the short cable attached to the side of the base and you are able to operate the lights with the on/off switch. You are also supplied with some spare bulbs and a small device to enable you to easily remove and replace them. I find this figurine rather difficult to clean, particularly as there are so many nooks and crannies. However, I found the perfect solution and that is an old dry toothbrush that enables me to carefully remove any dust, therefore preventing any risk of damage to this delicate figurine. The underside of the figurine displays a large golden circular label informing you that this is a genuine piece made by the company that owns the Betty Boop Trademark; that being The Hearst Corporation. Your figurine will be accompanied by a certificate giving you details of your piece and how best to clean it. You can either purchase your item from the UK Danbury Mint website or contact one of the friendly customer services staff. Now for the most important part - the price. The Betty Boop Illuminated Christmas Tree with cost you £109.50 plus £4.50 handling and postage. In order to make the purchase a little easier on your pocket, you can choose to pay by three monthly instalments of £36.50. Danbury Mint will accept cheque, credit or debit card and if you decide to spread the cost, you can arrange for your chosen account to be debited on a monthly basis. Whilst I appreciate this is quite a pricey piece and I would not normally fork out so much money for a Christmas decoration, the attraction for me is that it is a Betty Boop collectable. Consequently, I award this figurine with 5 out of 5 dooyoo stars. I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.