For the past 75 years Schleich has been designing and producing quality figurines. Based in Germany, Schleich began business by designing figurines of comic figures, such as smurfs, snoopy and the muppet show. In the 1980's the line was expanded with animals and again in 2003 with the knights, Wild West, and Elves playworlds.
The inspiration for the toy is often taken from nature and designed with the imaginative play of a child in mind. Each Schleich toy is designed by a master craftsman, made from a variety of plastics and a special softener, then painted by hand.
The kids were very excited to learn we would be reviewing Schleich. They would ask almost every day when we would receive them. The package arrived finally (for them). We received the Prezwalskis horse, SwabianHall piglet, donkey, Dartmoor Pony, Asian elephant calf, okapi, gnu and gnu calf. The kids immediately took them out of the packages and got the horse trailer, livestock trailer and grain truck, so they would be able to feed the animals.
We also spent time looking up each animal on the internet to learn more about the animal. One thing we learned was that the okapi is bigger than a gnu.
What I Liked:
- site easy to navigate
- sturdy life-like toys
- catalog is free and provides endless hours of entertainment when on trips
- can be played with for years to come
- lets a child's imagination run wild
What I Disliked:
- store locator on site not working
What B Liked and Disliked (age 6 almost 7): I liked that you could play with them. And we learned about the wildebeest and how it was called a gnu. I thought it was neat because I have a Schleich jeep and horse trailer that I could haul the animals around in. And I have a cattle semi that I used to haul the pig. It was funny when Momma and I learned that the wildebeest and gnu have the same name. Ha ha ha. There was nothing I disliked. The end.
What C Liked and Disliked (age 4 almost 5): I liked them. There was nothing I disliked.
We would recommend to both boys and girls.
Age Appeal: best for ages 3 and older
Price: $2.00 and up
Vendor Contact Information: www.schleich-s.com
3258 Hawthorne Road
Ottawa, Canada K1G 3W9
More Schleich Products: farm life, wildlife, world of knights, world of American Indians, world of fantasy (smurfs and Bayala)
Disclaimer: I received this product for free for review purposes. All links were current when posted.