Product Type: Schleich Action Figure
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Great for polar bear antics
Schleich Polar Bear Female
Member Name: jillycat
Schleich Polar Bear Female
Advantages: Very life like tough and well made great for imaginative play and learning
Disadvantages: None that we have found
This Schleich polar bear is one of several Schleich animals my son has in his toy box. He had chosen this polar last year when it was snowing as he wanted a white polar bear to play with and make an ice kingdom with penguins and other winter animals and some off cuts of material we had.
Schleich if you are unaware make very realistic animal models of animals from very touch plastic with huge amount of detailing on them. They are a German company and all the toys meet all the necessary European safety standards.
The polar bear we have is a female polar bear there was no gender shown on the toy stand where my son picked it up and he selected it purely on it being an adult polar bear rather than any gender. The polar bear itself has lovely detailing on it, there are marks and indentations all over the body to give the illusion of the polar bears thick fur coat. This for my son means it is nice and tactile to hold and it looks more realistic compared to some of his other animals such as the ones from the ELC. The bear is in a walking pose and the way it is crafted gives a good impression of the muscular tones of the bear.
Despite the polar bears killing abilities the face of the polar bear actually looks a little sad to my son. This facial expression is one of the bear looking down with its mouth closed rather than it going to pounce on prey and I have to agree with him that it does look a little sad.
The paws are the other area that is wonderfully detailed with hints of claws the pads underneath all with shading in grey. The detailing of the claws on the paws is something my son likes as he can then pretend the polar bear is digging in the snow ( the bits of material) or it is using them to claw at another animal such as a seal.
The bear is a fixed pose animal and this doesn't seem to cause any problems for my son and he isn't put off the model by it not having moving limbs or heads and he just handles it and moves it around how he wants it too.
The size is nice and chunky for my son to hold and is easy for him to move it around. It is quite heavy and tough as and in nearly a years' worth of play there has been no damage to the model and the entire colour detailing on the face and paws remains nice and crisp with no chips in it. The only thing is some of the grooves for the fur have had the odd bits of mud stuck in it but after a good clean with a brush they do come clean.
The polar bear is great for helping him develop his imagination and he uses the bear in all sort of imaginative games such as the playing zoo's the bear chasing other animals and knocking them down to eat and even to break into his castle to eat his knights.
The other way we have used the polar bear is to help him develop his understand of them as we talk about where polar bears live what they eat and if he wants to know any other facts we look them up. My son is animal mad so this part of the bear use hasn't been too hard to prompt him with as he generally wants to know all about different animals and the fact that the polar bear is so life like only adds to his fascination with them.
Overall this is a great animal figure my son thinks it is wonderful to play with and its life like sculpting makes it a wonderful animal for him to have in his collection. It is available from Amazon or the ELC for around £5-6 a full 5 stars from my son and I.
Summary: A great life like model that is well made fun to play with and prompts imaginative play and learning
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