What It Is
Anamalz are wooden animal figures handcrafted out of sturdy, eco-friendly maple wood and hand-painted with water-based paint. The Anamalz line of poseable figures is sorted into four different categories: Farm (including a donkey, horse, and llama), Wild (including a baboon, buffalo, and moose), Australian (including an emu, wombat, and kangaroo), and Prehistoric (including a parasaurolophus, stegosaurus, and triceratops). There are more than 35 figures to collect. There are also a variety of accessories—play mats, trees, barnyard, treehouse—to enhance the play experience. Each Anamalz product also comes with a unique password printed on the hangtag. When kids enter the password at www.anamalz.com, they can animate a pal, download desktop wallpaper, and play games. Elsewhere on the website kids can find tips on improving the environment and sending feedback to the toymakers behind Anamalz.
Why It’s Fun
These handcrafted wooden toys, designed in Australia, offer lots of imaginative play opportunities. Kids will like that the figures are cute and easy to pose.
Who It’s For
Anamalz are for ages 3 and up.
What to Be Aware of
The Prehistoric Anamalz retail for about $12.95 each. Wild Anamalz, Farm Anamalz, and Australian Anamalz retail for about $8.95 each. The Treehouse and Barnyard playsets retail for $119.95 each. The Playmat retails for about $39.95. There are three different Anamalz trees—orange, apple, and wild—that each retail for $16.95.
The website, as with many of these toys, is an add-on, and kids are not likely to spend a great deal of time on it.
Anamalz can be found online at hazelnutkids.com and raspberrykids.com, and in Barnes & Noble and specialty shops nationwide.