The Spinning Snowflake Snowman is an animated Christmas decoration produced from 2002 to 2010 and remade again in 2019. The traditional version wears a blue vest and holds a black top hat in his right hand, while holding a string of blue LED lighted snowflakes in his left hand. He swings his hips and moves his right arm up and down holding a hat as he spins his lighted snowflakes to the Snow Miser's theme from the 1974 Rankin/Bass television special "The Year Without A Santa Claus." In 2006, an open box version was released with the "DEMO/ON" switch. However, this version was not sold in 2005.
In 2002, Gemmy introduced the Frosty the Snowman variant of the Snowflake Spinning Snowman, sold at Wal-Mart stores in the US from the years 2003-2006. Later models have a black hat as opposed to the more common models having a dark green hat. His appearance is modeled after the 1976 Rankin/Bass television special 'Frosty's Winter Wonderland'. His original box from his first release had a window over the item, and a "Press and hold" button for his demo mode. Later releases also had an open box, with a "DEMO/ON" switch at the bottom. He dances to a cover of "Frosty the Snowman", and has a copyright date of 2002 on his tag for Warner/Chappell music.
A table of every variant can be seen below:
|Snowflake Spinning Snowman (Blue Vest 2 Song)||2002||Walmart, CVS Pharmacy, Kmart||“Snow Miser“ and “Let it Snow”|
|Snowflake Spinning Snowman (Blue Vest)||2002 - 2006||Spencers, Wal-Mart, CVS, Kmart||"Snow Miser"|
|Snowflake Spinning Snowman (Blue Vest French 2 Song) (Canadian Exclusive)||2002 - 2006||“We wish you a Merry Christmas” and “Up on the Housetop” in French|
|Snowflake Spinning Frosty the Snowman||2003 - 2006||Wal-Mart. KOHL'S||"Frosty the Snowman"|
|Mr. Snow Business||2003||Spencers||"Snow Miser"|
|Sexy Miss Snow-woman||2003||Spencers, KOHL'S||"Santa Baby"|
|Animated Snowman (Red Vest)||2004||Wal-Mart||"Snow Miser"|
|Snowflake Spinning Snow-woman||2004||CVS, K-Mart||"Santa Baby"|
|Snowflake Spinning Snowman (Legs)||2004||K-Mark||"Snow Miser"|
|Peppermint Spinning Snowman||2004||Rite-Aid||"Peppermint Twist"|
|Peppermint Spinning Snowman (French 2 Song) (Canadian Exclusive)||Year Unknown||”We wish you a Merry Christmas” and “Up on the Housetop” in French|
|Peppermint Spinning Snow-Woman||2004||Rite-Aid||"Let's Twist Again"|
|Peppermint Spinning Snowwoman (French) (Canadian Exclusive)||Year Unknown||“Jingle Bells” in French|
|Snowflake Spinning Snowman (Blue Vest with Scarf)||2004||"Snow Miser"|
|Mr. Snow||2004||"Snow Miser"|
|Lasso Swinging Snowman||2004||Menards||"I'm Gonna Lasso Santa Claus"|
|Mr. Snowflake (Blue Vest)||2005||"Snow Miser"|
|Mr. Snowflake (Red Vest)||2005||"Snow Miser"|
|Peppermint Spinning Snowman (Blue Vest)||2005||"Snow Miser"|
|Hip Swinging Snowman||2005||"Snow Miser"|
|Spearmint Snowflake Spinning Snowman||2006||"CVS" or "Rite-Aid"||"Snow Miser"|
|Mini Animated Snowman (Red Vest)||2006||CVS Pharmacy, Walgreens, Home Depot||"Snow Miser"|
|Mini Animated Snowman (Blue Hat)||2007, 2008, 2010||Wal-Mart||"Snow Miser"|
|Snowflake Spinner Snowman (ver 2)||2019||CVS Pharmacy||"Holly Jolly Christmas"|
|Snowflake Spinner Snowman||2019||Home Depot||"Let it Snow"|
There were some variations that aren't snowmen, and another table can be seen below:
|Swingin' Skelly (Zoot Suit Skeleton)||2004||Wal-Mart, CVS||"Sing Sing Sing"|
|Snowflake Spinning Winnie the Pooh||2004 - 2005||"Deck the Halls"|
|Snowflake Spinning Penguin
|Snowflake Spinning Penguin
|Jelly Bean Spinner Bunny||2020||Publix, Wal-Mart||"Here Comes Peter Cottontail"|
The Remake Edit
After high demand from Gemmy collectors for many years to bring the item back to stores, Gemmy finally created a remake in 2019, which they revealed in August of that year. It has a new look, standing on two legs (like some of the older versions), lacks a base and does not move its hat. Many collectors and fans were hoping that the 2019 remake would have been made to honor the 45th anniversary of the 1974 Rankin/Bass television special "The Year Without A Santa Claus" and Snow Miser. However, the Home Depot version sings "Let it Snow!" and the CVS version sings “Holly Jolly Christmas“.
- While the Peppermint Spinning Snowmen spun peppermints, the Spearmint one did not. It spun regular snowflakes instead.
- Some variations have a "DEMO/ON" switch on their base, such as the 2-song snowman or 2005-2006 Frosty the Snowman.
- 2006 frosty the snowman variants have a better quality speaker.