Sep 24, 2010

TOS Review: Schleich Animals

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Ever since I was a little kid I have loved miniatures. It must be genetic, because my kids do, too. So you can imagine the excitement in our house when we received a package from Schleich!
In the box we found eight adorable animals and an enormous booklet of their products. The booklet was almost as exciting as the animals themselves, as the kids drooled over the pictures and started making Christmas wish lists right then and there!
We have actually bought Schleich animals before, and love their sturdy, solid, beautiful quality, but I was completely unaware of several facts about this company. First, they have oh, probably MILLIONS of figurines. Not just the giraffes and monkeys that we loved, but also elephants, penguins, gnus and even animals that I have never heard of before, like the okapi. (pictured here in serious conversation with the horse)

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And they don't just have animals, they have "props" like trees and carts and planes and people and fences to go along with the animals. They also have knights, castles, princesses, pioneers and American Indians, fairies, Smurfs, dinosaurs... Yes, our booklet is quite damp from all the drool, and not all of it was the kids'! :) In fact, my husband kept saying that I couldn't possibly write this review with such inconclusive results, and we really needed at least one of each figurine that Schleich produces in order to give a good review. lol

Another thing I learned is that each animal is hand painted with incredible attention to detail. (our horse had silver horseshoes!)

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As you can see, the kids have had a great time playing with these animals, but we have also used them as a springboard to learn about new creatures that we had never heard of before. They are small enough to fit into my phonics sound bags for the kindergartners, and we will incorporate them into our geography studies when we "travel the world" again next year.
You can buy these on the site I linked above, or at Target (where we bought our other ones) or you can check out their store locator here. Since there are a lot of different places to purchase, the prices vary. 
If you are interested in what other crew members had to say, click here.

And as always, we received this product free of charge for the purpose of this review but all the raving was because we genuinely love them and enjoy playing with them. 
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Our Village is a Little Different said...

These pictures are fabulous! Especially the Jeep! We loved these, too. I'll definitely be recommending them, and buying some as gifts this Christmas.

Julie said...

Great review! Adorable pics, looks like the kids had a great time with the figures.

Anonymous said...

We love that michaels carries them. That and the 40-50% that michaels sends us in the weekly ad supports our Schleich habit....

Alli said...

Looks like so much fun. I really enjoy your blog!

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