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Last Christmas my friend bought me a huge Simba soft toy from the Disney store that I immediately fell in love with. My son fell in love with it too which I was pretty gutted about as I had planned to buy him one myself but was talked out of it by a couple of people who knew I was going to receive one and who figured we could share mine. After Christmas the giant Simba was out of stock much to my son's dismay as he wanted to use some of his Christmas money to buy one and it hasn't actually been back in stock since. My son instead decided to buy a lion king play set with his money and this is my review of that.
The set consists of four small characters from the lion king movie and costs £20 from the Disney store. The characters included are Simba the lion cub, Timon the meerkat, Pumbaa the wart hog and Zazu who is some kind of bird and the king's assistant. All of the soft toys are around six inches tall and filled with a bean bag body.
Simba is pretty much a replica of my huge soft toy except it is obviously much smaller. He is in a sitting down position but you can also make it so his legs support him in a standing lion position too. He is made from a lovely soft feeling material which feels excellent quality, something which I have come to expect from a Disney product. Timon stands upright and has a lovely detailed face which makes him look quite animated, much like he does in the lion king film. He has lovely fluffy hair on the back of his head and is also made from the same material as Simba. Pumbaa stands on all fours and despite just being around six inches tall is actually quite grand I think. I personally think Pumbaa is possibly the best looking soft toy in this set with his large open mouth with his tongue sticking out, his horns and his fluffy hair! He is very cute, much like the character in the film and is once more made from the lovely soft fleecy material. Zazu is very well made and looks quite grand and self important just like he is in the film! He has a long tail which stands up and supports him nicely and he is very colourful with his orange beak and feet, blue wings and black bushy eyebrows so he does really stand out in the set.
I have to say that my son hasn't played with these soft toys in a role play type way but he does adore them and they sit on his bed and are cuddled and thrown about regularly. Although we only bought them in late December they look immaculate and with care I would say these would last many years indeed and would be really nice for a collector. I do think that perhaps including a "baddy" in the set such as Scar or a Hyena would encourage a child to recreate scenes from the film using the soft toys but in terms of quality and cuteness I just cannot fault this set. Touch wood we haven't had to clean any of the soft toys yet but I would advise that you are best to just sponge clean them.
I do think this is a lovely set for fans of the lion king but I would say bear in mind that they are probably going to end up sat on the bed or displayed rather than played with. They are suitable for children aged from 12 months and I do recommend it as it is quite reasonably priced for four small Disney soft toys in my opinion.
Thank you for reading my review!