Today brings my next Pandora SS17 review, with a closer look at one of the collection’s cutest charms, and possibly my favourite from the Pandora Disney Spring 2017 collection: Tigger! I’m actually going to be doing a full week of Disney reviews on the blog – a little bit of a Pandora Disney week, wherein I’ll be following up with another Disney-themed post on Wednesday, and another on Friday. (If all goes to plan.)
I can’t tell you how thrilled to see that they were bringing out more Winnie the Pooh beads – Eeyore is probably in my top five Pandora charms of all time, just for sheer cuteness and attention to detail. Ever since, I’ve been wanting a Tigger bead as well. I get all my Pandora Disney beads via the help of a friend of mine in the US, who knew how excited I was – when my parcel arrived with my Pandora Disney haul in it, she had even wrapped everything up in Pooh bear-themed paper! I was sat there on my living room floor, like a child, surrounded by wrapping paper and beads – Christmas come early ?
Anyway – read on for some Tigger-themed close-up shots and the usual styling inspiration! <3
Pandora Disney Tigger Charm Review
Putting Eeyore and Tigger side by side really shows off Pandora’s shift to making charms less oxidized these days. Tigger is so much shinier and smoother looking than Eeyore; he’s actually quite different in style. Eeyore’s features are raised and polished, set against an oxidized face, whereas Tigger’s are inset and filled in with oxidation in a much finer way – this does seem to have allowed Pandora a greater accuracy when it comes to making his features look just like the actual cartoon character. His face is spot on! I remember saying that I thought Eeyore was a tiny bead when he first came out in 2015, but Tigger feels even smaller. While he’s roughly the same width as Eeyore, his body itself is much narrower, and he feels lighter.
I love all the detailing on his face in particular; it’s just so cute and well done! Even his ears, tiny as they are, show the attention to detail that Pandora have historically employed when making their animal beads – they’re indented and oxidised, and I didn’t even notice that until I was looking through these photos! The pink flower makes him a little less versatile when it comes to styling; while his flower is technically the same shade as Eeyore’s bow (EN80), it’s bigger, making it a bit bolder and more noticeable. Of course, I love pink so I can’t say that I personally mind this little detail at all.
The detailing on the back is one of my favourite aspects of this charm, with Tigger’s stripes sketched out in dark, oxidised grooves. The lines almost look shaded in with a pencil; it’s a really lovely, natural effect.
Like other Disney beads, the branding on this bead is rather overt; the entire base of the charm is given over to the hallmark. This is the only part of the bead that doesn’t demonstrate that adorable attention to detail. <3
If I did have a question mark in regards to this charm, it’s the styling/position of it. If you recall, the wonderful thing about Tiggers is that they’re – ahem – bouncy, trouncy, flouncy, pouncy, and fun fun fun fun fun. And yes, Disney’s Tigger is usually portrayed as such; if you Google ‘Tigger’, you get this:
However, in Pandora’s version, Tigger’s pose is much more calm, and sweet – a Tigger who has obviously been bouncing all the livelong day and is now tired and having a little sit down. ^^ I felt like the really great thing about the Eeyore bead is that his is just the classic Eeyore pose – kind of gloomy and slumpy, but very adorable nevertheless. You picture Eeyore sitting like that. You picture Tigger, on the other hand, bouncing up in the air. Or I do, at least!
I get that that is not very doable as a charm, and that you’d probably have to make him into a dangle to get that kind of feel to him, but that’s the only thing that popped into my mind when I was giving him a closer look the other day. He’s adorable, but just not quite as Tigger-ish as Eeyore is Eeyore-ish.
My first styling features a healthy dash of orange, for extra Tiggerishness! This is one of my works in progress, which mixes the bright Tropical Flowers murano with the softer Field of Daisies – Tigger slotted in perfectly! The flower he’s holding matches nicely with the floral muranos. The Tropical Flowers murano is cropping up a lot in sales at the moment, and it’s just gorgeous – I’d definitely advise picking one up if you haven’t already! The Pandora Rose collection is also very coppery in hue, and adds to the overall orangey Tigger effect.
Of course, I had to do at least one bracelet styling that featured all the Hundred Acre gang! The Pooh Portrait normally lives on my sky-blue silver bracelet. I wanted to get that classic Winnie the Pooh red and yellow, but also to do something a little softer and easier to wear than brightly coloured murano glass. Consequently, I’ve put them on the red leather bracelet, and used the Field of Daisies murano again – it has a little yellow centre at the heart of each flower, adding that touch of yellow.
Finally, this is how I’m actually wearing Tigger: on my pink oxidized floral bracelet. I already had Eeyore on there, and you can see the logic for making both Piglet and Tigger match Eeyore in colour scheme: they both fit in with him and my existing colour scheme perfectly, whereas the yellow-and-red enamel Pooh charm would be trickier. It’s nice that my Eeyore bead now has some company. ^^
The Pandora Disney releases are always some of my most anticipated, as it’s where you’re most likely to see the most interesting and character-based designs from Pandora these days. Tigger, for me, is a delight – the detailing on his face is scrupulously observed and very true to the Disney original, and the old-school Pandora oxidised stripes on his back are also beautifully done. My only reservations are the size/lightness of the bead compared to other Pandora animals, and that his pose could have been a little more Tigger-y. But, all in all, I’m thrilled with him!
The Pandora Disney Tigger charm is $50 USD ($55 CAD) or $59 AUD. The Disney collection needs to hurry up and come to the UK though! It’s tough buying charms sight unseen and having them shipped over, sometimes.
Did you buy this bead, or is it on your wish list? Have you bought any of the latest Disney collection?