My four year old sons are dinosaur mad. They have declared themselves dinosaur experts and have all manner of books on the subject. Unfortunately, while this is great in terms of their learning and vocabulary, it has made them a little bit more difficult to please when it comes to buying dinosaur figures. Good sized, good quality dinosaur figures are surprisingly hard to come by, with most toy shops, including our local Smyths, offering only Schleich figures. As a result, we have quite a number of Schleich dinos, including this Brachiosaurus.
Schleich figures are always fantastic quality and their dinos are no exception. The detail is amazing, with scales and textured skin and even teeth rendered realistically, and the paint work looks as true to life as we can expect. My sons are often put off by dino figures that are crazily coloured and which can't be identified as any particular animal. This is far from the case with Schleich models. They all have the name of the dinosaur stamped onto the underside of their bellies (as well as the company name and trademarks) which is really handy when my sons forget the name of a particular dino and ask for my help!
The Brachiosaurus doesn't come in any packaging, with the exception of a sticky tag around one leg, which means it can be played with right away by enthusiaistic little boys who have had to wait far too long on other ocassions while I struggle with over zealous packaging! It is made with thick rubber/plastic which is reassuringly heavy and that is flexible enough that it won't snap if my sons try to move the heads or tails around a bit. That being said, it's not so flexible that they can raise and lower the Brachiosaurus' head or move his legs. In that regard, it really is more of a model. This doesn't seem to deter their enthusiasm while playing with it though. It has been treated quite roughly - there have been quite a few epic dino battles in my living room, and it has spent some time carelessly flung into the toy box, but there has been no visible wear to the paint or any damage whatsoever.
The Brachiosaurus is about 6.5 inches tall and he stands firmly on all four feet which is great as some cheaper dinos we have can't stand up. That brings me to the downside of this dino, and Schleich dinos in general - they can be rather expensive. While I understand that you get what you pay for, and hopefully my sons will still be interested in them for a good few years yet, it's not exactly pocket money friendly and isn't the kind of thing I feel happy about picking up as a treat when they've been extra well behaved. It cost about £5.50 (and other models can cost much more), and as I have twins, and automatically have to buy two dinos, the cost adds up quickly. A very generous auntie gave them a box full of Schleich dinos for Christmas last year, which has greatly boosted their collection, but I feel that these are toys for special occasions or to be saved up for.
Overall, my sons adore their dinos and they really do get played with an awful lot. I suppose in that respect, they do represent good value for money, especially for the quality involved, but it's hard for me to not feel as though they are over priced. If you have children who are dinosaur mad, and perhaps even a little picky about whether their dino toys are realistic looking enough, Schleich dinos certainly fit the bill.
The beautiful figures from Schleich are developed with the assistance of parents, teachers and children and are therefore especially designed for childrens hands. Schleich figures are wonderfully realistic and naturalistic, with intricate design and impressive crafsmanship. This enables children to experience the large variety of nature - from domestic animals on a farm to wild animals in the jungle.