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