Today’s post brings a Pandora Disney review, with a closer look at the new Bambi and Thumper charms from the Winter 2017 collection! <3 These two have been on my wish list ever since Pandora announced their Disney collection, and so I was ecstatic to hear that Pandora was coming out with them this year.
It’s been such a long time since I’ve done a review (June, can you believe?), but I was just so genuinely excited to pick up these charms that I just had to take some photos. <3
Pandora Bambi and Thumper charms review
Both charms get instant brownie points for being plain silver, and heavily reliant on oxidisation and silverwork for their detail. There’s not a hint of enamel or CZ in sight, and they have that wonderful classic Pandora feel while incorporating some of new Pandora’s sophisticated detailing. They’re both very solid, without being too weighty to wear comfortably.
Despite being part of the same collection, the charms have quite different styles. Thumper is quite ‘zoomed in’, and incredibly detailed, while Bambi is more petite and elegant.
Thumper as a bead pays wonderful homage to his cartoon self: his little nose, his ruff of fur around his neck, the daintily held front paws, the crooked bunny ears – whichever detail you look at in the film, it’s there in the charm. It’s an incredibly cute charm, and instantly recognisable – Pandora have got their details spot on!
Even when you turn the charm around, the detail continues, with a wonderfully fluffy and cute-looking tail! Oxidised detailing brings out all of the textures.
However, just like in the film itself, you have to watch his big feet – they’re quite pointy and I’ve had a couple of jumper-pulling incidents, where they’ve caught threads. Speaking of his feet, this feels like such a classic Pandora bead, in that the attention to detail extends to every aspect of this charm – you can flip it upside down and see that there are even little marks to define his feet and tail.
On the other hand, Bambi is a little smaller and a little less obviously detailed, capturing the essence of that classic Disney pose:
Again, the important things are there – his curiosity, his spindly legs, the pretty markings on his back. And, when you pick the charm and really look, it does reveal further little details – the oxidised insides of his ears, his hooves, a very inquisitive little face. It’s not as instantly recognisable as Bambi as Thumper is as Thumper, but when you look at it properly, it’s just a lovely bead.
Essentially, the details are still there, you just have to look a little closer for them. The grass on which Bambi stands is textured with oxidised detailing, and the butterfly is carefully delineated, too. <3
I’ve added this adorable pair to a bracelet I’ve been building over the past year. As soon as I saw the pre-release images for them, I knew that they would be perfect for it! The pretty floral charms I had already chosen fit very well with the idea of Bambi, conjuring the idea of forests and nature, without going down the full Disney route.
I got a lot of beads for it from the UK sales, Rue La La, and from hunting down a few oldies on the Pandora FB page. The Garden Hat dangle was a particularly great find! :D I’ve bought far more of the older beads than new this year, there have been so many great offers and sales on. I did have the Pink Fizzle muranos on it, as below, but I have since moved them to a different two-tone design and decided to keep this one all purple.
I really like the combination of purple and gold, with the little hints of two-tone in the Pixie, Seattle spacers and the Apple all working to bring out the colour in the muranos. <3 I finished off this design with the new two-tone Signature safety chain from the Autumn 2017 collection, which I got in the recent US fall favourites sale.
I was worried that Bambi and Thumper might in practice be bulky or heavy to wear on a bracelet, seeing as they both pack in so much detail – but actually, both have been fine. They’re not petite as far as dangles go, but they don’t look over-sized at all compared to the Angel Wings and Garden Hat dangles that I also have on this bracelet!
These beads are two of my favourite designs Pandora have produced this year, up there with the Dancing Lion from CNY and the wonderful Tigger and Piglet charms from earlier this year. But then I was always going to love Bambi charms! I like that there’s no additional sparkle or colour – Pandora allow the charms’ designs to shine, with adorable results! It’s both delightful and frustrating – delightful that Pandora are still willing and able to produce this kind of characterful silver detailing, but frustrating that they do so so infrequently. The Disney collection nowadays is where you want to look to find new beads that offer character-based designs and that classic silver detailing, as they are becoming increasingly infrequent in Pandora’s regular collections.
Bambi is one of my absolute favourite Disney films from childhood, although it’s one of the hardest to rewatch just because of how sad it is at points! These charms offer a happier way of reliving it. ^^ My boyfriend has never seen it (unacceptable) but likes to repeat Chandler’s classic line about it from Friends whenever it is mentioned (also unacceptable):
He just doesn’t get it. However, for those of you who do, you can purchase Bambi and Thumper for £40 or $50 USD each. ???
Have you bought either of these charms, or are they on your wish list?