Product: Various realistic animal figurines
Prices: A wide range of prices from a few dollars to quite a bit more (for larger items).
Yes, I’ll admit it, I jumped out of my seat when I found out I’d be reviewing Schleich animal figurines. I’ve drooled over Schleich figurines for YEARS. On the maiden voyage of the TOS Homeschool Crew, many members were given the opportunity to review Schleich figurines and I enjoyed each and every review. I’ve been secretly hoping ever since that we’d get the opportunity again and it finally arrived. Mid August we received a package containing a donkey, a baby Indian elephant, a wildebeest and her baby, a Swabian-Hall piglet (my favorite and has been claimed for Mommy, sorry kids!), an okapi, a Przewalski horse, and a Dartmoor pony. I was terrible excited about this package but the kids were only slightly engaged when we first opened the box. I think that my over excitement led them to expect more and at first glance one (okay, only a child) might, for a very short moment, think that these were plain old dollar store animals.
It didn’t take very long, though, before the kids realized that they were something more special. The detail on these animals is so much more intricate than what you get in a cheaper animal. Schleich prides itself in the quality of the realistic details that they provide on their figurines. Each mold can take up to 6 weeks to make as the designer adds as much detail as humanly possible. Then each figure is hand painted so you are indeed getting a unique product each time. From the wrinkles of the elephant to the hairs of the okapi there is really nothing overlooked!
The children quickly choose a couple animals each to claim as their own and thus started our adventures with the Dartmoor pony that accompanied us on various trips as she could not leave my daughter’s sight. She went to the beach, flew a kite and slid down the slide at the park. She got dropped a couple times and she still looks perfectly brand new. The paint won’t the scratched off these animals easily making them worth their price.
I will admit that the catalogue was almost as big of a hit as the animals in this household. The children loved looking in the book to find the animals that we received and of course that lead to them enjoying looking at the other animals and then asking questions about them (leading to a bit of a homeschooling lesson). Liam loved the knights and things and of course, Morgaine loved all the horses. I can see more Schleich figurines in our future.
The details and quality of these figurines make them worth the price and they’d make a beautiful collectors item and an all around special gift for the animal lovers in your life (or fantasy lovers, or fairy lovers, etc….be sure to check out their website to see the different collections that are offered).
These products can be found at many fine retailers as well as museum gift shops around the world. They can also be purchased online from various companies (Schleich does not sell directly to consumers). In Canada, Schleich can be found at Chapters-Indigo, Omer-Deserres as well as many other specialty game/collection stores. Prices vary according to size and detail of figurine but they are definitely worth their cost in my honest opinion. Personally, I’d be happy to buy one of these figurines from time to time and weed out all the cheaper varieties that we have from the dollar store that just sit longing to be played with. In their short time with us our Schleich figurines have gotten more play time than our Dollar Store animal have over the past 3 years. That has to say something!
Be sure to check out this year’s reviews as well. I hope that you will take the time to fall in love with Schleich as well.
**Any products reviewed by me as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew have been given to me free of charge in order for me to provide you with an honest review of the product and/or how we used the product within our family. I do not receive any other form of compensation for the reviews posted on this blog.