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I have been teaching my nearly 3 year old daughter about animals and I had purchased a cheap set of them to get her started. She comes over to me everyday and picks out an animal and she asks me to stick a video on youtube of her chosen animal. I looked online to see what other toy animal figures where out there and I came across a company called Schleich. I thought it would be a good idea to build up a nice little collection for her Christmas stocking, although I have been handing some of them out to her every now and again through the weeks leading up to Christmas. So far I have given her the crocodile, the tiger and this lion cub.
Schleich is a German company that specializes in action figures, they have all different collections for sale, including; The Smurfs, Wild Life, Farm Life, Prehistoric Animals etc. Their products are sold in over 50 countries all over the world.
==What is it?==
The lion cub and all the Schleich figures are made of plastic, each figure is hand painted, and this adds to the uniqueness of every animal, as two animals in the world are identical, unless they are twins. The Schleich label is embossed onto the underside of the cub, you can barely notice it. The attention to detail is remarkable with this figure, from the spots on the cub (we all know lion cubs have spots when they are young) to its genitalia, so I am preparing myself for the questions as my daughter gets older. The animals are very robust and they don't fall over when standing them up, like some other models are prone to doing.
These animals can be work out to quite pricey, especially when you're building up sets of them, but they sure look like they are built to last. The smaller animals are cheaper than the larger parent animals. I managed to pick this lion cub up for £2.75 from amazon.co.uk, which isn't bad really, but when you add it together with the other cubs in the set and the lion and lioness it works out to more than £15.00, well worth it though if you are teaching your child all about the animal family.
I think these toys are great for children, my daughter has a very active imagination as I'm sure all kids do, so with these toys she will help develop her imagination and role play is a very important part of her education. I use these toys for mainly educational purposes but she plays with them without realizing she is being educated. She is always playing with her crocodile pretending to eat the lion cub, I don't know if that's a good thing or not, but at least she is learning about how animals act in the wild and taking it all in. The cheaper set of animals that I bought her are quite good, but the attention to detail in the Schleich animals is phenomenal, and I have seen nothing that compares to them.
Theme: Wild Animals / Detailed figurine of a Lion Cub. Lions roam the African savannah in families called prides that are made up of related females, their children, and a single male. When a male reaches adulthood he gets kicked out of the pride and has to go and seek his own group. Female lions hunt as a team. Together they can overpower large prey like zebras, buffalo, Giraffes, hippopotamuses, and even young elephants, but they're not above scavenging other animals' leftovers. Lions sleep as much as twenty hours a day and both males and females defend their pride from any intruders. Lions' roars are really loud and can be heard up to five miles away! Lions roar to communicate with each other and to warn off intruders. Males and females have light tan coats, but males have thick brown manes that grow larger and darker as they age