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Les the Littlest Pet Shop Koala bear is one of the small, plastic two-inch high animal figures from Hasbro's Littlest Pet Shop range. These toys are a collection of cartoon-style animals and birds, all with distinctive, disproportionately large heads and great big dewy eyes - eyes so enormous that actually, some of them look a bit sinister to me; but luckily this look seems to 'fit' the koala figure better than some of the others and it's not too bad. The toys are intended for kids aged four and up, and from the flowery packaging seem to be primarily aimed at little girls.
Many of the Littlest Pet Shop creatures are coloured in outrageous pastel shades, but Les is the usual koala-style grey. The figures are generally fixed in place with no moving parts apart from a swivelling head: Les's head, once again is disproportionately large, being more than four times the size of his teeny, weeny, body.
Les the koala comes in a transparent plastic cover firmly attached to thick card. In his package is a miniature tree accessory - quite nicely done, in a cartoon style, with a good number of leaves in various, attractive shades of green. The tree is broad-based enough even to justabout support the weight / lack of balance inherent in Les's gigantic head when he's cradled in its branches! Though the little slot on his underside that fits onto a small peg in the 'nest' part of the tree no doubt helps hold him in place.
These toys have been around for a few years, and these days can quite often be found with the prices marked down from the manufacturer's RRP of up to £6 for £3 to £4, especially in the toy sections of supermarkets. For kids with a Littlest Pet Shop addiction - and happily, though my five year old daughter seems mildly interested in the figures, she isn't really one of them - there are also big 'environments': houses, vehicles and so on - that can be bought to set them up in. I think it's when you start buying the accessories that the Littlest Pet Shop range starts getting prohibitively expensive, however. Although if you're a collector of these figures and are after a specific one, Les the koala currently is selling for a tenner (new) on Amazon.co.uk. Which seems a bit steep for a little chunk of plastic. Good grief!