to have spent £35 on 6 dinosaurs for DS's birthday?

(45 Posts)
choceyes Thu 07-Nov-13 10:23:46

DH seems to think so sad

I bought 6 Schleich dinosaurs (he loves them, always wants to play with them when we go to Waterstones), which I'm going to put in a bucket and present to him like Harry and the Dinosaurs. He will be 5.

I thought I got them for a good price off amazon, but DH is aghast I spent that much on some plastic dinosaurs. Now I feel bad. Are Schleich dinosaurs not worth the money? They look amazing though.

That's our only present to him. In-laws got him a box of Lego and my parents a Octonauts Gup as requested by DS. That is all, although we are paying out for a party for him for 15 children, which will be expensive.
We can afford it, that's not the problem. DH just thinks £35 for 6 dinosaurs is a rip off.
AIBU to think that DS will get hours of enjoyment out of this (and also his younger sister) and it will be worth it hmm...

RoxanneReidsChafingFishnets Thu 07-Nov-13 10:27:18

£35 for 6 dinosaurs?! Gee whizz, that's a lot.

If you can afford it, why not. I know I would

choceyes Thu 07-Nov-13 10:30:56

Afford it in the sense that it's not going to break the bank, we are not rolling in it! £35 for your childs birthday present is a fair value though isn't it?

colafrosties Thu 07-Nov-13 10:32:55

Schleich dinosaurs are great, such fine detail. DS has a few of them, mixed in with his other cheaper dinosaurs. He is obsessed with them all!!

The Schleich ones could become family heirlooms smile

wiganwagonwheelworks Thu 07-Nov-13 10:32:55

DD loves Schleich. I would rather she had some of those than a load of cheap clothes and toys and books which might total £35 but not last as long. They are nicely moulded and painted and they are lovely toys. I s the real problem that you overspent? In which case why not put a little of any money DS gets for Christmas into everyday living/food for you all?

RoxanneReidsChafingFishnets Thu 07-Nov-13 10:33:17

Its fine. Its my sons birthday in a few week and I've spent more than £35 but on separate gifts.

Sounds like he will love it. I have never heard of these make of dinosaurs figures. So sounds a lot to me as I've seem toy dinos for £1 each grin

Fleetwoodbigmac Thu 07-Nov-13 10:33:57

I've been eyeing these up for my dd - are they a good size?
Also look on eBay for the resale value of schleich animals - it's an investment if anything (that's what I tell myself) grin

We've spent a fortune on Schleich and they are worth every penny. We have dinosaurs, various dolphins and whales, polar bears, farm animals and pets. They're fantastic. I think £35 for six is pretty good.

We have plenty of cheapy ones too but the Schleich look like new no matter how much they're bashed around.

Artandco Thu 07-Nov-13 10:38:58

They are very good quality. We have Schleich farm animals that are 25 years old and look new.
We also have the dinosaurs now and they get played with lots.
They are great as you can always ask for extras for presents over the next few years as they cost £5-£10 ish each so ok price for adding one or two

choceyes Thu 07-Nov-13 10:39:53

I looked on Ebay too. Hardly any second hand ones and also they are heavy so expensive to post, plus they retain their value I think, so I just bought new.
I'm not planning to buy much at all for his christmas presents as it's close to his birthday and we are at the in-laws for a week over christmas and they buy the DCs lots of stuff anyway. Maybe a few books that's all.

Fleetwoodbigmac - I bought 3 biggish ones..around 25-28cm long and 3 small ones about half the size. Not sure they are in proportion, but I thought they were all an OK size.

SecretNutellaFix Thu 07-Nov-13 10:41:57

Schleich are brilliant quality and well worth it. I have just started my nephew on their farm animals range, so each time we visit he will have another to add to his collection. Well worth the money in my opinion.

wiganwagonwheelworks Thu 07-Nov-13 10:42:03

TK Maxx had Schleich dinosaurs the other day, keep your eyes peeled people smile

Pascha Thu 07-Nov-13 10:44:00

When I used to work in a GP surgery we had some Schleich dinosaurs and some elephants and lions and stuff on the childrens bookshelf. They were the most popular toys we ever had. All the kids loved them, all the adults asked where they were from so they could buy some.

we used to tidy them away in compromising positions overnight

noblegiraffe Thu 07-Nov-13 10:44:46

My DS has a big one, it cost a tenner, so 6 for £35 sounds like a good deal.

They are expensive, but good quality.

MusicalEndorphins Thu 07-Nov-13 10:45:22

I think they are worth it from looking them up just now. I am not familiar with actual dinosaur brands, but the ones I bought at museums and hobby shops did look more realistic than the dollar store (shop shop) ones.

MusicalEndorphins Thu 07-Nov-13 10:45:53

I meant to say pound shop not shop shop.

BEEwitched Thu 07-Nov-13 10:47:06

Schleich is worth it - I have a huge collection, assembled since I was about 4-5 years old, they're good as new and I still love them.

Fleetwoodbigmac Thu 07-Nov-13 10:54:33

Thanks choc they sound really good value then as the big ones are around £10 each and the smaller ones about £6 I think! So really you could tell your dh you've ,in fact ,saved £12! Bargain!

Wigwan- do you know how much they were in tk max? Is it worth me getting dressed to see if we've got them? grin

wiganwagonwheelworks Thu 07-Nov-13 10:58:14

fleetwood there was a set of three for £12. So probably not worth getting dressed right now and rushing down. Their stock turns over very fast sad. But they had a unicorn family too for £12. Hurrah.

Scholes34 Thu 07-Nov-13 11:02:37

DS2 was obsessed with dinosaurs - and I learnt a lot about them too when he was going through this phase. The next thing you need (Christmas?) is the BBC Walking with Dinosaurs DVD.

clubnail Thu 07-Nov-13 11:17:40

We have just bought three Schleich dinosaurs for our three year old for Christmas. They do make you gasp a bit at the price but they look really amazing.

One question, any Schleich or dinosaur experts: are they all to scale? As in, if we had a T Rex, is the Stegosaurus the right size alongside him? The problem I am having with buying a set of dinosaurs when you have to buy them individually is that some of them have different size options, and I would prefer to get only one of each, and for them all to be correctly relative in size to the other Schleich dinosaurs.

squoosh Thu 07-Nov-13 11:23:38

Definitely worth it, such a good quality toy. They will last forever.

If you can afford it, and you say you can, I don't think £35 is too much to spend on a 5 year old's birthday present.

kitnkaboodle Thu 07-Nov-13 11:25:01

It's fine. Check out the thread elsewhere where someone is stressing over how to deny their 9-year-old a £700 ipad ...

By comparison, you have totally got a grip and a sense of proportion. Thank goodness there are still some people who think twice about the value of things. It sounds a lovely present.

squoosh Thu 07-Nov-13 11:26:23

£700 ipad for a 9 year old????

Bloody hell.

kitnkaboodle Thu 07-Nov-13 11:31:08

check it out down below "aibu to deny my dd the only thing in the world she wants for xmas" or similar

tedmundo Thu 07-Nov-13 11:32:16

Honestly, much better for them to have a few quality Dinos than 35 quids worth of tat.

You will make a small boy very happy.

The ipad thread was what sent me to bed last night. I could not read anymore!

Idespair Thu 07-Nov-13 11:36:15

It's fine. You have the money, your ds will have a high quality toy and get loads of use out if it.

choceyes Thu 07-Nov-13 11:37:09

I initially just wanted to get him about 3 of them, but I got overexcited and ordered double!
By comparison, you have totally got a grip and a sense of proportion - ahem...I won't be telling you how much I'm having to fork out for the party...definitely the LAST time I'm doing this kind of party..next time it'll be take a few friends to the cinema and pizza type affair.

They do seem pretty indestructible and DD 3, is also going to love them and all you lot are saying they are fab, so I feel a bit better now. Thanks!

needasilverlining Thu 07-Nov-13 11:37:20

Are you me? I did this last night. ELC were doing 3 for 2, plus 25 per cent discount and I was pretty pleased. They are wonderful toys.

Idespair Thu 07-Nov-13 11:37:39

Am interested in the iPad thread though !
Which topic is it in??
I didn't know iPads could cost £700.

squoosh Thu 07-Nov-13 11:39:44
choceyes Thu 07-Nov-13 11:46:48

needasilverlining - wow that sounds like a great deal. I didn't look on ELC...off to look now hoping that I've not paid over the odds

CSIJanner Thu 07-Nov-13 12:16:20

Choceyes - if you were heading online to elc and wanted to order, I have a 25% discount code you can have

clubnail Thu 07-Nov-13 12:26:43

Has anyone found anywhere better value than Amazon for Schleich dinosaurs? Or schleich in general? Thanks.

Scrounger Thu 07-Nov-13 12:30:57

YANBU they are beautiful and all my children (and DH and I) love them. They get played with a lot and I'm keeping them for any grandchildren.

Canidae Thu 07-Nov-13 12:39:42

Just got to say that putting them in a bucket like 'Harry and his bucketful of dinosaurs' is such a cute idea!

choceyes Thu 07-Nov-13 13:05:00

CSIJanner - thanks! It does work out slightly cheaper at ELC with the 3 for 2 offer plus a 25% discount, but DS's birthday is tomorrow so it's too late now, but never mind, thanks anyway.

Canidae - thanks. I hope he likes them!

SugarHut Thu 07-Nov-13 13:16:15

Schleich cost a fortune because they are quality, highly detailed toys. DS has a tonne of them, the really large ones, and they are £26.99 each in our toy shop. The fact that you've got 6 for £35 means your DH should be skipping with joy!!! Actually, they're heavy old things, maybe put them in the bucket and swift clout to his head wink

BinksToEnlightenment Thu 07-Nov-13 13:48:44

It sounds like a lovely present at a fair price to me.

Ifcatshadthumbs Thu 07-Nov-13 13:52:12

I think it's fine. We have loads of Schliec animals and I have to say they are money well spent, they go in the bath, the garden, the sand pit, to the beach everywhere! We've had them nearly 8 years and they're still going strong they are the one thing I shall keep forever for future grandchildren!

choceyes Thu 07-Nov-13 14:23:20

Now you lot are making we want to buy even more of those dinosaurs, there seems to be so many different kinds!
I will resist however grin
Never thought of playing with them in the bath, great idea!

Ifcatshadthumbs Thu 07-Nov-13 14:36:11

This thread has made me want to expand our collection to dragons too! Hoorah for Christmas grin

Even my 8 year old can't resist playing with them in the bath.

FuckingFuck Thu 07-Nov-13 14:36:25

Yanbu £35 sounds totally reasonable for a birthday present for a 5 year old and they are good quality and will be much loved and appreciated by the sounds of things!

ShadeofViolet Thu 07-Nov-13 14:40:40

YANBU.

DS has quite a few. They are pricey but the detail on them is amazing.

mrsbabookaloo Thu 07-Nov-13 14:43:33

Haven't read whole thread but we love Schleich at our house. I obsessively keep the Schleich animals separate from the lower quality plastic animals (loser), and the children have observed that cheap ones float in the bath, but Schleich sinks! We have tons of the animals and both dds, 4 and 7, are now getting into the fantasy figures and the knights and dragons. I love that they are realistic and non-gender specific toys and dd2 will play with them for hours.

They are expensive though, and each time you think you'll get 2 or 3 and it turns into 4 and you've suddenly spent over £20!!

We now have the catalogue which they will sit together and discuss!

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