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My daughter loves animals and one day when I was in Sainsbury's I came across a Littlest Pet Shop (also known as LPS) in the sale for £1.25. I purchased it for her not knowing that I was starting a chain reaction of her "needing" them!
LPS is a series of little plastic animals made by Hasbro. There are many different ones - dogs, cats, birds, horses, lizards, spiders, seahorses, lions, insects....you name it there is probably a LPS figure which represents it. The animals are not posable but their heads do move in a bobble head type of fashion. All the animals are different colours and all can stand up. Their heads are always slightly bigger than their bodies which is their trademark with giant eyes which create very sweet and innocent looks. LPS cost anything from £1-£7.99 for little sets and a little bit more for the big playsets.
All the LPS come in a little blister pack which is a purple/blue colour with the Littlest Pet Shop logo on it. It has transparent plastic which allows you to see the LPS figure inside and if there are accessories you can see those too. On the front of the packaging, there is sometimes a little pink and white sticker. This indicates that there is a sticker inside the pack for your child.
The Sassiest bird is a LPS which costs between £3.97 and £5.00 depending on where you buy it. She is around 2-3 inches high and made of a durable plastic which is soft but not soft enough to dent it. She is mint green in colour and has a little tail and a feathered head. Her head moves from side to side and does so in a bobble like motion. The reason this LPS costs a little more is because it is not a single LPS, it is one which comes with accessories. The Sassiest bird comes with a little yellow tiara, a little bracelet and purple jelly style sunglasses all of which can be put on the bird. I have to say that I always find the accessories a little bit of a waste of time and money. My daughter always puts the accessories in a little box and never puts them on the figures.
The LPS are an absolute pain to get out of the box as they are held into place with little elastic bands. I usually just cut them out as otherwise the elastic snaps back and really stings! (Is a wimp!).
My daughter loves her LPS figures. She is always playing with them and she makes up little games with them. She sometimes seperates them up into categories such as animals which live in water, animals which live on the farm and so on. It is quite educational in a way I guess.
I do think the LPS figures can be quite expensive but they are well made and they are nice little girly toys. They make great stocking fillers at Christmas too.
Recommended but it is best to make sure your child likes them first.
The 'Littlest Pet Shop Sassiest Bird' is one of the bug-eyed range of miniature toy figures produced by Hasbro. They're like an extension of the 'My Little Pony' series, featuring improbable-looking cartoon versions of various types of animal, all produced in slightly flexible moulded plastic in a range of pastel colours. All the figures have disproportionately enormous, slightly scary-looking dewy eyes (in the case of 'Sassiest Bird' each lilac-irised eye occupying approximately one quarter the volume of the poor creature's head) - this is sort of the trademark 'look' of the series, if you like.
The little bird figure stands about two to three inches high and it's quite nicely made. It comes in a pleasant shade of mint green with darker green shading on the wingtips, tail and head-crest. None of the parts move - although the disproportionately large head does swivel from side to side. As for accessories, 'Sassiest Bird' comes with a yellow plastic tiara and pink 'jelly'-looking sunglasses; although I have some reservations about the 'Littlest Pet Shop' range in general as personally, I find the toys a little sinister-looking, I bought this figure from Toy'R'Us as a stocking-filler for my daughter last Christmas because she was going through a phase of liking to put toy sunglasses on her various toys. Also the bird was marked down in price at the time I bought it - I got it for about £2 to £3 back then although it's currently selling for £5.49 on Amazon. This is about the standard price for these figures; they're widely available from supermarkets (eg. Tesco) and from toyshops such as 'The Entertainer' and so on.
Perhaps because it was Christmas when she got it, my daughter didn't seem overly interested in the bird figure at first, but since then she's certainly played with it a bit - I see it featuring as a regular guest in the crowd at the various tea-parties she holds for her toys, at least. She didn't seem that keen for me to get further 'Littlest Pet Shop' figures (they were marked down in price at the local Tesco's earlier this year) but she has commandeered the bird's crown and sunspecs to use with her other, similar sized toys, the accessories in this case being a bit more of a success than the main figure itself.
The 'Littlest Pet Shop' toys are not suitable for kids under the age of four years, due to their (very) small components. Like most kids' toys these days, in its plastic dome attached to cardboard backboard, the bird's packaging has been massively over-done in my opinion.