Are you familiar with Toobs? In case you aren’t, let me enlighten you. Toobs are collections of different themes of plastic figures, made by Safari Ltd. They are the same folks who bring you some of the highly detailed plastic animals and figures you sometimes see in craft stores and toy stores. They are very similar to Schleich (if you are familiar with them), but a little less expensive. Toobs are called such because they are sold in plastic tubes with a theme, and usually contain 8 – 12 figures. I’d seen them around, but really hadn’t paid much attention until a post I saw at AG Design/Craft/Create where she made pet enclosures using them. I thought it was a great idea and kept my eyes open the next few times I was out and about.
I did finally come across these sets at my local craft store, they usually run around $10, give or take a buck or two. They had a nice selection, and I was excited to find the pet set I mentioned.
The pet set includes a hamster, mouse, parakeet, goldfish, lizard, hedgehog, turtle, frog, cat, dog, ferret and a rabbit. I thought the detail was very good on all of the items. Not all of them are proportioned for 18 inch dolls, I felt that the hamster, parakeet, turtle and lizard were the best suited though. Here is Marie-Grace with some of the menagerie crawling on her!
Here she is with the cat, dog, ferret and rabbit–they are just a bit small, but I suspect they would probably work well with the mini dolls, particularly the cat and the dog.
I really hadn’t thought too much about buying another set of these until I came across a couple of sets on clearance at Hobby Lobby for $5.99. Looking through them, I came across one called “Around the World”, with buildings from several different historical locations. It included the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Eiffel Tower, Taj Mahal, Arch of Triumph, Statue of Liberty, Temple of Inscriptions, Pyramids of Giza, Empire State Building, Big Ben, and the Parthenon. I thought it would be a fun thing to have since some of the girls have personal connections to several of these buildings, plus it would be nice for a school room set up. At that price I couldn’t pass it up!
If you look closely, you can see we have a bit of a problem: ours came with the Leaning Tower of Eiffel, and the poor Statue of Liberty looks as though she has gotten tired of holding that darned torch. Wouldn’t you if you’d been holding it for as long as she has? Either that, or she’s doing yoga moves when no one was looking. Caught ya Lady Liberty!!!! I’m hoping that some hot water will help me get these buildings straightened out.
After purchasing this set, I went to their website–oh my! So many themes in these sets ranging from animals, buildings, even Civil War recreation sets. They also sell bulk bags on the website which would be nice for teaching purposes. There were several sets that I thought would be fun to have. I also saw mentioned somewhere that these are nice for traveling with kids as they aren’t large and they are self contained in the storage containers. Huge plus!
If you haven’t checked them out before, you really should. Safari Ltd. I’ve seen sets in Pat Catans, Hobby Lobby, Michaels and on Amazon. Happy looking!