Friday, September 24, 2010

Schleich ~ A Review

My kiddos absolutely love playing with animal figures.  We have a couple of containers full of various figures that get dumped onto our floor quite frequently.  So they were beyond excited when a box of Schleich figures was delivered to our doorstep.

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About Schleich

Schleich manufactures “animal figures and imaginative playworlds” that are distributed to over fifty countries around the world.  Schleich products are also sold in a number of toy shops, I’ve even seen Schleich figures on the shelves of my local Toys “R” Us and Target stores.

The Schleich Playing & Collecting 2010 catalog that was included with our package features over 500 figures.  The figures are divided into three different collections ~ The World of History, The World of Nature, and The World of Fantasy.

Our Experience

Our package contained eight individually wrapped animal figures from The World of Nature collection. 

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The first thing that I noticed about these figures was their size.  The largest figure that we received, the Okapi, is about 4-1/2 inches tall!  The Donkey, the Dartmoor Pony, the Gnu, and the Przewalskis Horse are all 3 inches tall.  We also received some smaller figures, the Gnu Calf {2-inches}, the Asian Elephant Calf {2-inches}, and the Swabian Hall Piglet Eating {1-inch}. 

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I was also very impressed with the detailed features of all of the figures, even down to the indent in tip of the Asian Elephant Calf’s trunk.  And these figures are heavy for their size and very sturdy.  I have no worries that my kiddos will unintentionally break one of the figure’s ears off :)

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While I was checking out the Schleich website for my review, I was stunned to find that Schleich provides some really cool factual information for each of its figures {at least for the ones I received}, including its zoological name and habitat.  If you click on the the names of the figures that I listed above, you will be taken to the Schleich link for each animal.  I am pretty sure that you will be impressed :)

Please be aware that the factual information provided by Schleich may contain references to evolution and old earth beliefs…you will probably want to review the information before you allow your child{ren} to access the information independently.

My Thoughts

Our Schleich figures are perfect for keeping little hands busy while I read aloud to the kiddos.  These figures are also excellent resources for teaching about these individual animals.  Pair the figures with the factual information that the Schleich website provides about each figure and you have the start to an amazing animal study, complete with hands-on manipulatives!

And to be honest, these Schleich figures are just plain fun :)

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The figures that I received for review were from Schleich’s World of Nature collection {farm life and wild life}.  Schleich also manufactures two other collections, The World of History {prehistoric animals, knights, and American Indians} and The World of Fantasy {Bayala~ A Schleich fantasy world and the Smurfs}.

If you are interested in purchasing any Schleich figures, check out the store  locator link provided on their website in order to find a Schleich retailer near you.  This link also provides information about online retailers that sell Schleich products.  Prices for the Scheich figures vary depending upon the figure and the retailer.

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I received this product for free in exchange for my honest review of our experience with this product.

2 comments:

Becky said...

Great review! We now love the Schleich figures and loved doing this review. Following you now from the crew...

bethany:) said...

I love these models they are so detailed. I want to collect as many hoses as I can. I now have 17 horses, the car and trailer, the big red barn, 6 people, the pioneer wagon and the showjumping riding set! My horses have outgrown my barn but I enjoy them just looking out frrom my shelves!

 

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