This Aurora Emperor Penguin chick soft toy was bought for the special lady in my life at the start of our relationship. No, seriously, I am actually a massive softy underneath this hard shell of masculinity. ;)
It was at that stage in the relationship where you want to buy gifts for your special person that on one hand are a sign of your affection, but on the other are a whimsical, light-hearted bit of fun that are not too serious or vomit-wrenching. In this case this is arguable, I know.
As soon as I found out that the penguin is my girlfriend's favourite animal I knew exactly the type of gift I wanted to buy and found this cute Emperor Penguin chick on Amazon. The cost was £5.99 with free delivery. With certain items bought on Amazon you have the option to send the item as a gift and have it wrapped. You can also send a note to accompany the gift with any text you wish printed on.
Obviously, in the vast majority of cases, the purchase of this will be as a gift for a child; for that purpose it is an ideal present for a young animal lover.
Aurora is a South Korean company based in Seoul with the manufacture of its soft toys taking place in China and Indonesia. They are a worldwide brand and have licensing deals to produce toys for the Gruffalo and the Moomin franchises.
All toys produced meet necessary international safety standards - in Europe this being the EN71 standard relating to the safety of all toys.
In the UK the company is a partner of the National Blind Children's Society.
The toy itself stands at 8 inches in height. It has beans inside its base to give it some stability so it can be stood upright.
The synthetic fur is fantastically soft to the touch and I imagine would encourage tactile handling with young children. It really is a feel-good material. The colours seem to be an accurate representation of the actual animal in real life; black head and back, grey front and white face. The beak and feet are made from a leatherette type plastic and again seem quite faithful to the actual chick. The eyes are, as usual in soft toys, a hard plastic and are very securely fastened on.
All the seams appear to be very well sewn and from handling this toy it is obvious it will easily accept the tough life that soft toys seem to lead.
This toy is for children aged 3 years and older and is hand was only.
The visually attractive nature of this toy will endear it to anyone with a heart. The amazingly soft and tactile choice of material will also ensure this toy will provide many years of comfort and cuddles for the lucky owner.
While the size may be an issue for some people I feel it is ideal for use as a bed fellow but is also small enough to be taken on travels. This penguin chick can accompany the owner on holiday or even down to the supermarket without becoming cumbersome - quite handy when a young child cannot "bear" to be without their favourite teddy.
The only concerns that came to light are the eyes. Whilst being an accurate portrayal of an emperor penguin chick's eyes, some may find them rather evil and scary, especially kids of a sensitive disposition
But please do not let that you put off this adorably cute little baby penguin.
Don't be as cold as the Antarctic - let this adorable bundle of fluff melt a place in your heart!