I'm so, so happy that Schleich have produced a brand new range of Smurf figures. There's something comforting and reassuring about your kids playing with the same toys as you did when you were their age.
I remember the Smurfs very well from my childhood. They were a massive craze with all the kids at school collecting them. I seem to remember that they were given away at petrol stations (back in the day when we actually had a choice of independent petrol garages and not just supermarkets). Unfortunately, my dad was collecting cut glass tumblers from a rival firm at the time, so although he was racking up plenty of miles driving to work, my collection was fairly limited and I was filled with envy at my friend's vast arrays.
The Smurfs, of Belgian origin have actually been around since the late 1950's, and to date Schleich have sold over 300 million of the little blue fellas.
They first came onto Ruby's radar when we saw the 2011 film, and there's a Smurfs II movie due out later this year so expect Smurf-mania all over again.
This new range is called 'A Smurf for All Occasions , and they would make the most adorable little gift, or cake topper, or send one instead of a card...
There's Bride and Groom Smurf, perfect for newly weds...
What a perfect cake- topper this would make. Or you crafty folks could fashion it into some sort of wedding card.
Or, if you have a wedding obsessed child like mine, just play with it singing "here comes the bride" endlessly.
The new range of Smurfs are available from Amazon and priced from £3.79 each it's a a real shame they didn't include a 'Happy Easter' one, because I think it would be so much cuter than a chocolate egg.
Also from Schleich is this new range of equine figures. These braided horses are currently stabling with our Bayala Pegasus who, incidentally is winding them up something chronic because he has magic powers and the horses don't - all they have is pretty hair! Who knew they could be so competitive?
These figures are aimed at children aged 5-8 and were launched at the Toy Fair earlier this year.
If you have a pony or horse-riding daughter, she'll be mad for these, with their intricate manes and tails and attention to detail. There are 6 different horses in the range and cost from £3.99 - £5.99. See the full product range here.
Disclosure: We were sent these toys for the purposes of this review. All opinions are my own. this post contains an affiliate link.