Tuesday, 20 February 2018
New Wildlife and Farm World animals from Schleich
I might have told you this story already: when our son Sash was five years old, we spent just about a week in a small town in Austria. My husband was invited to take part in some sort of academic summer school, and we tagged along. At that time, wherever we went, a whole family of toy elephants from Schleich went with us. Sash and the elephants were inseparable.
One afternoon, he accidentally dropped one of them in the fountain and was inconsolable. I could see that it was rather deep to just go in the water, and was prepared to be saying Bye to the toy. One of the students who was with us that afternoon saw Sasha's tears and bravely jumped in the fountain. She was soaked through and through, but retrieved Sasha's treasured elephant. I felt bad about not stopping her in time, but also grateful to her.
We still keep those elephants. Later, they became Eddie's companions.
Years passed, however, these toys look pretty good after many years of use.
I imagine many parents could come up with stories about their children and Schleich toys.
Their inspiring range of toys and minifigures is constantly expanding. Just recently they've added new toys to their Wildlife and Farm World ranges.
Just look at this gorgeous Black bull (£7.99).
You can tell your children that bulls have been the symbol of Spain for centuries. They can weigh over 1,000kg and are extremely strong.
Bulls are born fighters. Calves practise butting their head by playfighting just a few hours after being born.
This black bull is not to be messed around with.
The attention to detail and craftsmanship are truly high. Look at the detail on this Holstein bull's head, from patterned horns to furry ears.
Looking rather docile and clumsy, this bull is actually very agile and nimble and can effortlessly jump over pasture fences.
I smiled, reading a description at Schleich site - "Fun fact: When a bull is angry, it attacks by ramming with its head". It's the use of the word Fun which made me chuckle.
Nothing funny about the fact of being chased by a bull.
A lion from Wildlife range is another beauty. This toy made me think of the famous animation The Lion King. We used to watch it quite often, when my guys were a bit younger.
This lion is watching you with interest. His mane is splendid.
An Indian Rhinoceros (£7.99) is probably my favourite of the four toys we received for reviewing. Its thick skin is like an armour. Its well-defined horn and folds of skin are a marvel of craftsmanship.
The Indian rhino lives in the North East India. Its thick folds of skin are its distinct characteristic. As opposed to the African rhinos, their Indian relatives are calm and peaceful.
Most nurseries and primary schools have sets of Schleich toys, as they recognise a huge educational value of these toys. All the recent additions to Schleich range can be collected as one by one until you get a whole set, they can be mixed and matched, with new accessories added year after year.
Disclosure: We received a selection of new Schleich toys for the purposes of reviewing. All opinions are our own.