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Stuck at home? Grab a Wizkids Games Crate!

 

How is the quarantine coming along for you and your family? Personally, I’ve had “cabin fever” for the past several WEEKS. I can count on one hand home many times I’ve left our home since March 12th (the last day I worked). There is only so much staring at the same four walls 24/7 I can do.

My husband and son have worked the entire time. They are “essential workers.” As for my daughter, she just returned to work (at a restaurant) last week. Since I work in an after school program, I won’t see another day of work until September, if I’m lucky.

We live in the suburbs on New York City, which is the epicenter of the pandemic here in the United States. My area is weeks, even months, away from some kind of “normalcy.” So for now, we do our best to stay indoors (unless my family members have to work or shop for groceries).

I never thought my entire family would be so bored, especially my kids. They normally hang out with friends when not at work. Now they are forced to sit at home and mindlessly watch television or movies.

I’m grateful that we have a giant Jenga set to play with, but I regret that I donated all the games we had. My kids were too busy to play games anymore, so I donated them. Now I really wish I had them.

If you are looking for some fun things to do with your family while we all ride out this pandemic by staying home and keeping safe, why not consider picking up some fun, family games? If that is something that piques your interest, then look no further than Loot Crate.

Some people are familiar with Loot Crate because they offer monthly subscription services for a variety of subjects. Some monthly subscription boxes include Loot Fright (a horror themed subscription box), Loot Anime (Anime themed box), Loot Sci-Fi (Science Fiction Crate) and Loot Gaming (a subscription box for gaming fans). The brand also offers more specific crates like Marvel, Deadpool, Hello Kitty and Fallout.

A crate that was new to me is Loot Crate’s WizKids Game Crate.

WizKids Games Crate will upgrade your family game night with awesome tabletop games. This bi-monthly, mystery subscription crate delivers 3 WizKids tabletop games (a $60+ value!) to your door every other month. Every crate is a surprise and can include card games, mini-games, strategy games and more! And, to help cure those quarantine blues faster, we’re offering expedited shipping – out the door within 2 business days of your order!

I was sent one of the crates to review.

Inside my box I received the following games;

Coraline: Beware of the Other Mother

Coraline is one of my daughter’s favorite movies. She was excited to see this game when I took it out of the box.

This is a cooperative card game for 1-4 players. Honestly, I don’t see how much fun this game would be with just one person. I would think the more people you have playing, the more fun the game would be.

If you are seen the film, Coraline, you are familiar with the characters backstory. This card game is based off the movie.

Players will have to work together to protect Coraline and steal the skeleton key in order to set Coraline free before it’s too late, because once the button shadow eclipses the moon, beldam wins and Coraline is stuck in the other world forever. If you run out of Coraline or bedlam cards, the game is also over.

The object of the game is to take turns drawing a Coraline card and then a bedlam card (going back and forth) and doing whatever actions are written on the cards. The cards also indicate which characters are affected by the cards.

What I don’t like about the cards is that they require a lot of reading. They are not as simple as “Go to Jail” or “Give each player $100” like you’d find in the game Monopoly. I’m not saying that it’s really a “bad” thing, but rather I would have preferred it if the cards had the tasks written in a more simpler way.

This is a card game, but it comes with a little fold-up game board and game pieces. They all fit nicely in a small box, which I like. It doesn’t take up much room on the shelf like a traditional board game.

I haven’t seen the movie in years, but after checking out this game, it has inspired me to watch to watch Coraline again.

Sean Rumble: The Banishing

We haven’t tried this game yet. Reading the description, I think this game is going to take a bit longer to figure out. I’m not saying that we won’t play it, but I think this game needs to be played the first time with either (or both) of my kids. Kids tend to “grasp” things a lot quicker than us “old foggies.” I’m sure they will be able to figure it out and explain it to us in “layman’s terms.”

This game is about a dark void that has opened up, allowing undead creatures to try and make their way into our world. Players are “guardians” that must work together to send the creatures back to where they came from (into the void). Players need to collect cards to cast spells and complete rituals in order to banish the creatures back to the other world.

This is really a game of cooperative play. There are no clear winners or losers, per say.

My husband questioned if this is how Dungeons and Dragons is played, but I highly doubt it.

It does sound really interesting. Now to get both kids to be home at the same time so that we can tackle this game together as a team.

Yummy World Party Picnic Palace

I am familiar with the Yummy World brand. I have reviewed some of their products over the years. Yummy World is a brand of adorable food themed characters. This game will certainly appeal to kids in elementary and middle school.

This game is designed for 2-4 players. I would think 3-4 players would make this game more fun and challenging.

This is a picture card game (with points). It’s kind of like like a matching game, in a way.

The idea of the game is to place the cards in the center of the table. The cards are placed face down. As they are flipped over, adorable characters are revealed. The character cards make them “sets” and the idea of the game is when you see a set you want you need to quickly grab it before another player does. The more sets of the same character you collect, the more points you get.

Some cards are more “rarer” than others, and they have the highest point value.

There are also special cards called “invitation” cards, that allow a player to collect all the face-up cards from any one row on the table.

Honestly, this is not a hard game to figure out at all (I just think I’m not describing it well enough). I’m an adult, and I thought this game was fun to play, even if it was just with my husband.

This is another game that I cannot wait to share with my “work kids” because I know they know the Yummy World characters, so they are going to go crazy for this fun, adorable, game.

Andrew J. Smith: Palm Trees

Palm Trees is a unique card game, unlike any I have ever seen before.

The game can be played with individual players, or teams of two. It can be played with 2-6 players, and it’s geared towards people ages 10 and up. I work with kids ages 9-12, so when I finally return to work, I plan on bringing in this game because they are the perfect age for it.

The game is played by each player (or one person in a team of two) wearing a “sleeve” on their arm that resembles the trunk of a palm tree. The sleeve is made out of a stretchy material that should fit most arms.

This game also comes with plastic cards. Some of the cards have coconuts on them, others have palms (leaves) for the tree. Each card also shows you specifically how the card needs to be held on to.

The cards are a bit slippery, making them hard to handle. I don’t know if this was intentional by the game maker or not.

The idea of the game is to take a card and hold it in your hand (the one with the sleeve) without dropping any of the cards. It might sound easy, but it’s not. I have stubby little fingers and I had a hard time holding a few of the cards.

There are also alternative ways of playing the game to better suit your game-mates.

We have not played this game with my kids yet. My husband and I toyed around with it a bit to figure out how the game is played. When I finally get to play this with my kids, I will take some photos of the game in process. With my kids both back to work, it’s not that easy now to have them both home at the same time.

My “work kids” are going to LOVE this game.

Overall these are interesting games. They are not your typical “run-of-the-mill” games. They are unique games that I’m sure your family has never seen, or heard of before. I also like that these games can be played, and enjoyed, by people of all ages. They are not just targeted for one age group. They are easy enough for most kids to understand (The Banishing game might be a bit hard for younger children to grasp, at least initially), and entertaining enough that adults will look forward to playing them just as much as their kids.

All of these games came from just one WizKid Game Crate.

If you are interested in learning more, you can visit the WizKid Game Crate page on the Loot Crate website. The crates start at $19.99, plus shipping. Considering the cost of most board games start at around $20 for just ONE game, I think the WizKid Game Crate is a steal at this price point.

WizKid Game Crates are shipped every other month. You can sign up for one box, or an entire year. It’s up to you.

With people being stuck at home a lot more than normal, I think this crate is a “must have” for families.

Kimberly

*I received a crate in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Create Your Own Custom Toy Car With Modarri

 

 

Our son LOVED his trucks, cars and trains. I miss those years.

Here is a little known fact about me (unless you know me personally). I was a “Tom boy” growing up. I preferred playing with my Tonka trucks (the metal ones) over Barbie dolls. I would drive those trucks all around the dirt patches in my great-grandparents backyard (they lived next door to us).

I also enjoyed playing with Matchbox and Hot Wheels cars. I would create race tracks out of wood blocks, wood 2 x 4’s and bricks (or whatever else I could find).

My father drove a race car semi professionally, so I guess cars has always been “in my blood.” I wanted nothing more than to get his race car when I turned 16 (he had retired from racing before then). Sadly, he sold the car to someone else. I would have cost too much money to convert the car back into an ordinary car that you could drive on roads.

I couldn’t imagine having my own race car. That would be so cool! Of course, you can’t drive a race car to/from work or the grocery store. Ha Ha.

Not the best picture, but this was my father’s race car. It was a 72′ Trans Am.

Imagine if you could design you won car? What would that car look like? What features would it have?

There is a company that allows you to design your own car – toy cars that is.

Modarri is more than just buying a toy car… it’s an experience. That is because you, the consumer, can take control over how you want your car to look (colors, features…).

I was sent codes to design two cars for free to review. As an adult, I enjoyed the experience. I can only imagine how much fun it would be for a child to design their own car, then have it arrive in the mail to see and experience it in person.

When you start to design your car, you are shown a basic design sample. There are menu buttons on the bottom to indicate the different parts of the car that you can customize, as seen in the above picture.

As you design your car, you can see what the car looks like by choosing different background options. You can also see the car’s different pieces as you are building it.

The above image is part of the menu. It’s found on the top right of the screen. If you click on the three dots (circle on the right), it gives you a drop down menu, as seen below.

The first button (camera) is to take a photo of your car that you can save on your computer. The middle button allows you to see the various backgrounds (refer to the photos below for examples) and the button on the right shows you the car in pieces (also as seen in the photo below).

Once you have gone through each section and made your design choices, its time to name your car. You can name it whatever you like. You can give it your own creative race car name, or you can simply give it your own name. It’s totally up to you.

Once you have completed every option, you can add the car to your shopping cart. You also have the option to share the car with others (emails), put the car in your “garage” to order at a later time (or if you just want to enjoy designing cars and saving them), or place an immediate order (if you only want to purchase the one car and don’t plan on making anymore).

I’m not 100% sure if the cars are all the same price, but the ones I made all came out to $28.00 (plus shipping).

The above photos are of one of the cars I built. The site allows you to get different views of the car. Simple place your curser on the car to drag it around (up, down, back, forth) so you can see the car from all angles.

Modarri uses Google Pay, Pay Pal, Amazon Pay and regular payment options.

It didn’t take long for the cars I ordered to arrive. I honestly didn’t keep track of it, but I would think it was about a week, give or take.

The cars come nicely boxed. You can keep the boxes to store your cars in (in case you want to collect them or just keep them safe).

The yellow item seen in the box is the tool you need to “build” and “unbuild” the Modarri cars.

Included with each car is a tool that allows you can take the cars apart and rebuild them. Modarri sells different parts for the cars that you can order separately so that you can mix and match and create new cars. For example, I have two Modarri cars. I can use the tool to help me take apart, swap out pieces between the cars, and put them back together.

There are a lot of cool products on the Modarri site available for purchase including a race track and a car carrier.

The best thing about these cars is that you can change their looks. That way your child doesn’t get bored with the same cars all the time. They can create different ones each time they play with their Modarri cars.

If you would like to learn more about Modarri, or try out the car designer yourself, visit Modarri.com. The brand can also be found on Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest. Those links are found on the top right of their website.

What do you think about Modarri cars? Does it sound like something your child would be interested in?

Kimberly

*I received free codes to make two cars in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Get back to the basics with exquisitely crafted wooden toys from Le Toy Van

 

Me as a little girl with some of my favorite toys (Fisher Price Little People snowmobile and hitch).

Some people (like my “work kids”) might say that I’m “old.” I don’t consider myself old. Well, not yet any way. I might be 50+ years old, but I’d like to think I don’t look my age (I certainly don’t feel like I’m 50+).

Sadly, my memory is not like is used to be, but there are memories I can remember vividly from my childhood. That has to be one of the best times of my entire life (my 20’s – 40’s were nothing overly special). I think back fondly (often) about how much fun my cousins and I had when we were kids.

I grew up in an age WITHOUT computers, smartphones and video games (I didn’t get an Intellivision – similar to an Atari – until I was in high school).

Back when I was a kid you used your IMAGINATION to have fun. You didn’t sit on an iPad or smartphone for hours on end, mindlessly playing video games. Instead you took items from around your home and created something with them. Or you would spend all day playing with Tonka trucks out in the dirt, or creating endless scenerios with your Barbie dolls.

One of my MOST favorite toys to play with was my Fisher Price Little People. I had all the sets they made at the time (and similar Playskool pieces/sets). Dare I say that the Little People I had (and still own!) were made out of wood. Wood and plastic.

A PLASTIC “Little People” person. I don’t know why they went from wood to plastic.

Wooden toys were the first types of toys made. They were around long before plastic, and certainly decades (or longer!) before smartphones and computers.

There is something very nostalgic about wooden toys. They certainly bring back memories of my youth. I also think that wooden toys are made to last. They are toys that can be passed down from generation to generation.

Toys made out of wood can also be recycled and leave less of a “footprint” on our environment.

The brand Le Toy Van takes caring for our environment seriously. As per the brand;

At Le Toy Van we believe in a world of play without plastic. We’ve been targeting single-use plastic as a priority and have already removed plastic windows and inserts from a large percentage of our packaging, moving towards recyclable and compostable cardboard boxes. We aim to have 100% plastic-free packaging for all our toys by 2021.

A very tiny number of our toys – the wheels on our wooden cars for example – have historically had a very small number of plastic parts, but we’re working hard to source innovative, plant-based, biodegradable alternatives to these so that we can become entirely natural, plastic-free & become truly eco friendly toys.

Le Toy Van offers consumers beautifully made wooden toys for boys and girls that are sure to provide hours of fun. They have toys for infants and toddlers (3+). Older children (I would think up to 10 years old) can enjoy many of Le Toy Van’s toys.

Here are a FEW examples of the beautiful toys you can find on the Le Toy Van website.

I included A LOT of examples. That is because I think these toys are amazing. If my kids were younger I would have shopped at their site all the time.

I was sent one of their toys to review. I received their Holiday Campervan.

California dreamin’? From the Daisylane Collection comes this perfectly scaled camper with rich details including a surfboard, a padded mattress and a removable roof. Handmade from sustainably sourced rubber wood, the pale painted camper provides a durable set of fun accessories that aids little ones to develop coordination skills and explore role-play adventures.

This vehicle is amazing. The brand put so much detail into this toy. They didn’t leave out anything. It truly does remind me of the type of vehicle you’d find parked at a beach so that the surfers can ride the waves.

The toy is very well made. I have tried to see if pieces wiggled about, but it’s a solid toy. There are no rough edges and I don’t see how it would be possible to get a splinter (unless the toy was neglected and/or damaged by a child).

This piece would also make a whimsical collectible for an adult. My husband likes to collect diecast cars. He thought this van was awesome. When I showed him other cars and trucks on the Le Toy Van website, he said they would made great collectibles (it was his idea).

Notice the steering wheel is on the opposite side? That is because Le Toy Van is a Brittish company.

Sadly, one of our cats chewed on the elastic that holds the surfboard in place (I had to cut it off). The elastic was there to hold the surfboard in place so when a child “drives” it around, the surfboard stays on the hood.

Le Van Toys also carries small dolls that fit perfectly into this campervan (as well as other Le Van Toy products).

If you are interested in learning more about this and other Le Van Toys, visit LeVanToys.com. The brand is also on social media. Their links are found on the top of their website.

I recommend visiting the site to learn more about their toy’s sustainability, and their stance on plastic-free toys.

Kimberly

*I received a free product sample to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

Learning Resources’ Pretend & Play Cash Register is celebrating it’s 25th Anniversary

 

Me as a toddler playing with a snowmobile toy in the spring/summer. I’ve always had a great imagination.

Growing up I LOVED playing with my toys. Sadly, I think a lot of this generation is missing out on all the fun you get from playing with toys. Even very young children have their own smartphones these days, and that makes me very sad.

I had a great imagination growing up. We lived on a dead end street and there were no kids on my road that were my age. I spent a lot of my youth playing by myself or with my cousins. Our play time was fueled by our imaginations. I grew up in a rural area, and much of my playtime happened in my backyard or in the woods behind my house. Of course, I grew up in a day and age where parents didn’t think too much about their kids being outside all day. I was outside from sun up to sun down when I wasn’t at school.

I like to think that I had a great imagination as a child (and even as an adult). Give me some cardboard boxes and fabric scraps and I could built a plethora of fun things to play with.

I once turned a bookcase into an apartment building for my Barbie dolls.

I loved toys that let me make believe and pretend to be a variety of things. There seemed like there were more toys for pretend play when my kids were little. There probably was for other generations, but I didn’t take note of it until I was a parent myself.

I used to make it a point of supplying both of my children with plenty of pretend play toys that encouraged their imaginations. One of my son’s most favorite toys was our pretend kitchen. He used it more than my daughter did, and it was originally purchased for her (she’s older than my son).

I couldn’t find a photo of the kitchen set, but I did find my son having a “picnic” with his stuffed animals. His barbecue is in the background. And yes, he likes cats. LOL!

When a child has a pretend kitchen, they naturally want to be able to “shop” for groceries to stock their kitchen. I used to help my kids create a “grocery store” where they could buy food. I even purchased them a shopping cart and a cash register.

The cash register I purchased for my kids (we’re going back about 17+ years) was the Learning Resources’ Pretend & Play Cash Register. I’m pretty much most people who have been around little children (0r who are in their early 20’s) have probably seen it. In fact, it’s the only one that comes to mind when I think about pretend cash registers.

Can you believe that the Learning Resources’ Pretend & Play Cash Register, will be celebrating it’s 25th Anniversary. Twenty five years – WOW!

This fun pretend play toy has been virtually unchanged toy, which is also very educational, has brought joy to kids for generations. Learning Resources introduced the first true toy cash register.

Since 1995, parents have relied on this Learning Resources toy to help their children learn the basics of financial literacy, all while making lasting memories of a child’s first play store. This is the same classic toy that has inspired countless accountants, entrepreneurs, business owners and more, and is primed to continue to do the same for the next 25+ years!

This isn’t a comeback, because the cash register never left, and retro isn’t it either, but the Pretend & Play Cash Register certainly is nostalgic for many; it’s tried and true, has a real purpose in any playroom, school and daycare setting.

I love that the brand never changed the look or function of this pretend toy. It looks just like it did when we owned it when my children were younger. In fact, when I showed it to them (I was sent one), they remembered it right away and instantly started to tap on the keys and swipe the card. Of course I dare not mention that to their friends or family members. My kids are 20 and almost 23 years old. I think they would be embarrassed to let people know that the child side of them made an appearance to play with this toy, even if it was briefly. I guess they are “too cool” to relieve a fond childhood memory.

Learning Resources’ Pretend & Play Cash Register is a working calculator, where children can learn how to add and subtract. There are also buttons for multiplying and dividing. Little ones just love to tap on the keys, but older children can use this toy as a way to learn simple math problems. Even my daughter commented on it being a calculator. She remembered that about it.

This cash register is how I taught both of my children the basic fundamentals of money. They learned about dollar bills (in different amounts) as well as quarters, nickles, dimes and pennies.

This toy even comes with a debit card so that your “shopper” and pay for their “purchases” the way mom and dad do. I think that gives them a sense of being a “grown up” because they can emulate what they see their parent doing in the store.

I wish I had a toy like this when I was a kid. I had fun playing with it with my children. I bet it would have been even more fun as a child.

The Pretend & Play Cash Register comes with batteries, plastic coins (pennies, nickles, dimes and quarters), paper money ($1, $5, $10 and $20’s), a debit/credit card and a small note pad. There are 73 pieces in all.

The Learning Resources’ Pretend & Play Cash Register can be found where many toys are sold, including online at places such as Amazon, Walmart, Target, Kohls, Barnes & Noble and of course, on the Learning Resources’ website, LearningResources.com. Be sure to check out the other fun and educational toys available from the brand.

Learning Resources can also be found on social media. Their links are found on the bottom of their website.

Did you have the Learning Resources’ Pretend & Play Cash Register as a child, or for your own child? Feel free to share any fond memories you might have. I always love to hear from readers.

Kimberly

*I received a free toy in exchange for my post. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Are you looking for some unique family fun? Check out the game “Heist” game, by University Games

 

When our children were younger, we played a lot of board games. Some games we played are no longer around (such as the Little Mermaid game our daughter cheated at all the time – LOL).

I wish my kids were still into board games. They are young adults now and don’t have the time between work, college, friends and significant others. Sigh… I guess I’ll have to wait until we’re grandparents before we can play games again. My husband and I can certainly play games with just the two of us, but it’s always more fun when there are more people involved.

I work with children (currently 4th – 6th graders, ages 9-12). I’m lucky that I do have the opportunity to play games at work. We have plenty of the basic games, but I’m always on the look out for something different and unique, most especially one where the kids can cooperate and have fun.

I was sent a game to review by University Games called Heist. Not only does it encourage children and adults to cooperate, but it’s also a game where there is no single winner. Either all players win, or they all lose. I can’t thin of any other game where those are the possible outcomes. Almost all games have just one, clear cut winner.

Working with children, it’s nice to have a game where everyone can win. It helps to minimize sore losers and winners who like to “rub it in your face” that they won. Anything that can reduce conflict and hard feelings among children is great if you ask me.

Heist is a game where all players are part of a team that needs to work together to crack a safe that contains $50 million dollars worth of gold coins. The catch is that you and your team have only five minutes to crack the safe, or the game is over.

Heist comes with a plastic, electronic safe, that instructs you on what you need to do in order to crack open the safe. In addition, the games comes with $50 in play money, “gold” bars and the tools you’ll need to crack open the safe (drill, gloves, laptop, googles, map, headset, flashlight and explosives). The game also comes with instructions.

What is not included are 3 AA batteries. Those are easy enough to come by.

There are four different roles that need to be assumed. If you have less than four players, others can assume two (or more) roles. All four roles must be initiated by pressing the corresponding button on the safe.

The roles are Hacker, Money Man, Lookout and Explosives Expert.

There are different levels to this game. The higher you go, the more challenging the game gets.

I was going to explain how the game is played, but I think posting the actual directions make it easier. I don’t want to explain it in a way that it’s confusing.

The game is easy enough to comprehend, but it does take a few times playing it before everything totally sinks in.

Sometimes passing around the pieces can get a bit confusing. The game pieces are all the same color, and two of them (the laptop and the map) have similar shapes, so it’s easy enough to pass the wrong piece. If that happens, it messes up the results of the game.

You also have to remember each other’s role. So you’ll have to quickly identify the other roles in order to give them (or trade with them) the correct pieces. Once you get used to the game, it gets easier.

The game some how tracks who has what piece, and from time to time will command that a specific role press the button if they have a specific piece. For example, the game might shout out that the money man press the button if they have the googles. If he/she doesn’t have the googles, something got messed up some where and it counts as a mistake. After four mistakes the game is over.

The game might also ask for everyone to press their buttons. Needless to say you need to be listening to the prompt carefully and complete them quickly. Mistakes can lead to the game being over, and no one wants that to happen.

The game it’s self runs for only 5 minutes per game. It’s an action game that keeps you on your toes from the moment you start the game.

I have played this game a few times with my “work kids.” The older kids (11-12 year olds) seem to play with it more than my 9-10 year olds. I believe the game is good for kids 7+ (the game is at work, therefore I can’t check the box to be certain).

I am not able to take photos of my “work kids” playing the game (for obvious reasons).

This is a fun game that people of all ages can enjoy together.

If your family enjoys games, or if you host a family (or friend) game night, you certainly should consider looking into Heist.

Heist is available on both Amazon and Barnes & Noble’s websites. I would recommend Amazon (it’s A LOT cheaper there than on B&N).

For more information about this game, visit UniversityGames.com/Heist. Be sure to check out the other fun games that University Games has to offer (UniversityGames.com).

One of my all time favorite University Games is Rubik’s Race. I purchased it originally on Zulily. I loved it so much ( as do my “work kids”) that I purchased another set on Amazon. That is a great game too.

The brand can also be found on social media. Their links are found on the top right of their website.

Kimberly

*I received a free product sample to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Give the gift of imagination with toys from Schleich

 

When I was a young girl, there was a plant nursery that my parents used to take me to. To be honest, as boring as it sounds for a child, I didn’t mind going there. I liked visiting that nursery because there was a glass menagerie next to the check out that was filled with glass animal figures. I looked at that display the same way children look at toys through a toy store window. I was in awe.

I always wanted one of those glass figures, but my parents never bought me one. They were afraid I’d want to play with it, instead of leave it on the shelf just to look at. They were probably right. It’s probably not the best idea to give a child GLASS to play with. LOL!

Fast forward to my adult years. There is something else that catches my eye at a local store, located right by the cashier. It’s a display of figures from the brand Schleich.

You might not be familiar of the brand by name, but chances are you have seen their products before, especially if you have children or grandchildren.

I have seen Schleich products at Target, Walmart, Amazon, local toy stores and other places.

Schleich is a German brand of hand painted toy figures and accessories. The brand is well known around the world.

I have only ever seen Schleich animals and accessories. I’ve never come across people, but I know they make them for the play sets.

What makes these figures better than similar toys is their realism. I have never come across such realistic toys before.

Here are just a few examples to prove my point about their realism.

If you read my blog on a regular basis, you have probably read about how I’m all for creativity and imagination. Sadly, I think a lot of today’s youth are missing out on that. They are too focused on video games, cellphones and iPads. They don’t take the time to play with actual toys that don’t involve power or electricity. I’m more into games that use the power of the MIND.

Growing up there were no kids on my street for me to play with. I spent a lot of time during the summer and vacations with my cousins, but most of the time I had no one to play with but myself. For that reason I learned to use my imagination. Let me tell you, I could play for HOURS by myself and be perfectly content and happy.

As an adult, whenever I see Schleich toys, I want to buy them for MYSELF. I love how they look, and I can easily imagine myself playing with them for hours upon hours if I was younger.

I was THRILLED when I received some Schleich toys to review.

I received a T-Rex, Tiger (Tigers are my favorite wild animals) and a Unicorn.

Let me start with the T-Rex.

The T-Rex is a larger Schleich toy. You can see how much bigger he is than the other two. I would image they would all be true to size if they were real (a horse is taller than a tiger, a T-Rex is taller than a horse).

The unique thing about this T-Rex is that it’s jaw opens and closes. That’s pretty cool. I have never come across a Schleich creature before with moving parts.

Just look at the incredible detail. From the curve in it’s tongue, to the “webbing” that attaches the jaw, nothing was overlooked when creating this piece.

This T-Rex reminds me a lot like the one in Jurassic Park. If you’ve seen the movie, you probably know what I am talking about.

Any little boy or girl who loves dinosaurs will go crazy for this toy.

Another fun figure that I was sent is a Unicorn. Schleich not only does realistic animals, but they also have fantasy animals and people (fairies).

The one I was sent to review is the Rainbow Unicorn Stallion (male). They also have a Mare (female) available, as well as other Rainbow (and non-colorful) Unicorns.

These Unicorns feature colorful accents to their tails and manes, as well as sparkly glitter and a horse on it’s rear filled with colorful “gem” stones.

Check out the exquisite detail. You can actually make out the strands of hair in the mane, and the hair on it’s body.

I like how the brand added just a touch of glitter to give it some glitz and shine, but not too much to make it look tacky.

It’s certainly a beautiful Unicorn.

I also received a Tiger to review. I love Tigers! I think they are one of the most beautiful creatures in the world. It’s such a shame that my future great-grandchildren, if not my future grandchildren, will never get to see one of these majestic creatures, except in books.

I love to visit the Tiger exhibit at the Bronx Zoo. This is one of my favorite photos that I took. You would never think that the tiger was on the other side of glass.

The Schleich did not disappoint me. As a Tiger lover, I really like this toy. As with the other Schleich toys, the makers made sure to put every detail into it’s creation.

I especially love that the toys are hand painted. That does mean that there might be some slight variations, but for the most part they all look very similar.

The second photo (above) is not that good, but at least you can make out the strands of fur/hair on it’s back.

I shared a photo of the trio that I received to review on my personal Facebook page. I had commented that a Dinosaur, Unicorn and Tiger together would make for a great children’s story. My husband commented with this story.

I’m sorry that the images don’t match up.

I think he did a pretty good job. I’m proud of him. My husband has always been great at writing.

If you are interested in learning more about Schleich toys, visit https://us.schleich-s.com/en/US/. The brand is also on social media. All of their links are found on the bottom of their website.

Schleich products are available for purchase on their website, as well as other retail locations (both on and off line) around the world.

Does your child own any Schleich toys? If so, which one(s)?

Kimberly

*I received free product samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.