I love providing toys for Riley which encourage imaginative play...where the scenarios and storylines used are all created in her own little noggin! She currently has a lot of dolls and other figurines which she loves to put in all sorts of amusing and sometimes sweet situations. One of her favorite toys is her dollhouse, complete with a family and their furniture.
She has played with this toy for almost a year now and it still hasn't gotten old to her yet, because the stories she creates with them change daily. Schleich is a German-based company that creates hand-painted and intricately designed figurines of all shapes and sizes. These figurines provide much more than a mere toy for little ones to play with, they provide an educational experience.
Their figurines are created in such amazing detail that they are also collected by adults too! Schleich sent the newest figurines from their Wildlife Animal Families collection for Riley and I to review. Keep reading to find out what we thought!
Anywhere's a Playground: Schleich 75th Anniversary, by Paul Kraut, which retails for $19.99
Arctic Fox, which retails for $2.99
Arctic Fox Kit, which retails for $2.99
African Buffalo, which retails for $7.49
African Buffalo Calf, which retails for $4.99
Kudu Antelope, which retails for $7.49
Kudu Calf, which retails for $2.99
I was amazed when I first took these six wildlife figurines out of their box, because I had never seen such fine attention to detail before! These animals looked so real, down to the colored pads on the bottom of their paws and the subtle color changes and designs in their coats. I was next surprised at how lightweight these little guys were, since they just had the appearance of being heavy.
Schleich makes their figurines out of a plastic material, so they are as durable as they are beautiful. Riley immediately took to her new "wild animals" and started playing with them without delay.
Riley is a die-hard animal lover and these new additions from Schleich definitely tickled her fancy. She's played with them for hours and makes sure to give them some of her undivided attention every day. I appreciate how her vocabulary and animal knowledge has grown because of these figurines too. I mean, how many toddlers know what a Kudu Antelope is?
Not only does Riley know what one is, she makes sure that every time we sing "Home on the Range", she brings her African Buffalo and Kudu Antelope along so that they can join in on the sing-a-long! It makes me laugh every time!
The Anywhere's a Playground: Schleich 75th Anniversary coffee-table book is also a very interesting read. It's written in a clear, concise manner and contains a host of great facts about how the Schleich company that we know and love today came to be. The pictures included are vivid and eye-catching and compliment the company's history well.
This book piqued my interest about Schleich so that I started browsing through their catalog. I then discovered that they make a wide variety of lifelike figurines in three main categories:
- World of Nature, which includes wild life and farm life
- World of History, which includes prehistoric animals, knights and American Indians
- Bayala, which includes mythical creatures such as dragons, fairies, unicorns, etc.
They even have a collection dedicated to the Smurfs! What's also neat is that the Schleich website serves to educate as well. If you look up any of their figurines, you will find a short description filled with interesting information and fun facts. I wish I knew about these figurines when I was teaching Life Science. I would have loved to have these models available to my students.
Schleich has truly created some high-quality, durable, beautiful and lifelike figurines! Any child would love to play with these figurines and any avid collector would love to display them proudly. These figurines are so intricate and detailed, yet because they are made of plastic, they can't break. Now, those are the kind of imaginative toys that I love Riley playing with!
Disclosure: I received the six wildlife animal families figurines listed above and a coffee-table book from Schleich in order to facilitate my review. No other compensation was received. This product review is based on my own personal experiences with this item and is completely honest and objective.
I'm a former 7th grade Science teacher turned stay-at-home mom that lives in Houston, Texas. I am married to my college sweetheart and have a beautiful daughter named Riley, who definitely keeps me on my toes! I am also involved in starting a small business which would both manufacture and sell an invention that I've patented, called Toothpaste 2 Go. I love interacting with my readers and hope to learn as much about you as you learn about me!