How to choose a game figure, selection tips and reviews
game figurine – a three-dimensional image of a person, animal or fictional creature. Such a toy is usually a miniature copy of movie and cartoon characters, fairy-tale characters, soldiers and animals. The range of play figures is wide – powerful superheroes, graceful princesses, brave knights, wise wizards, beautiful animals. Every kid will find a toy to their liking.
Playing with even one figure develops visual and tactile perception. If the child collects a large collection, he will be able to act out large-scale scenarios. In such games, the participation of several children will be required – this develops communication skills. Collecting figures contributes to the formation of a child’s taste, develops his imagination, and also teaches accuracy and consistency.
- Game figure “Transformer”
- Game figures for 1-3 years “Masha and the Bear”
- Game figure for a girl 4-5 years old
1-3 years – at this age, the baby is not interested in the realism of the toy, for him the holistic image of the figure that he examines, feels and even tastes is more important. Suitable durable and large toys, conditionally depicting a person or animal. The figurine should not have small parts and sharp elements so that the child does not swallow them and does not get hurt.
It is good if the toy is bright (at least 4-5 colors) and pleasant to the touch – this will help develop visual and tactile perception. She should have a “friendly” appearance, so as not to frighten the baby. Animal figurines are especially popular.
4-5 years – the child moves from the perception of the image and shape of the toy to simple role-playing games based on favorite cartoons and fairy tales. Therefore, the best option would be realistic and smaller figures of cartoon characters with small parts.
6-8 years old – role-playing games at this age become noticeably more complicated, which requires even more realistic figures with a large number of moving small parts. The theme of the toy is largely determined by the preferences of the child – knights, heroes of films / computer games, etc.
Older children and teenagers often collect play figures, creating themed collections. They are interested in the most realistic toys (portrait resemblance to the prototype) and additional features (substitution of objects). Kids will love not only fictitious characters, but also real people, such as their favorite musicians or wrestlers.
Character movie / cartoon / computer game – the most numerous category of toys. You can find figures of the Terminator, Rambo, Batman, Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader from Star Wars, RoboCop, Transformers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Winnie the Pooh, SpongeBob, Winx, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Aladdin, heroes of the Mortal Kombat games , “Assassin’s Creed”, “Resident Evil”, “World of Warcraft” and others.
With the help of such toys, the child will be able to plunge into the world of favorite stories, replay the plot of a movie, cartoon or computer game, or create an alternative role-playing game by changing the fate of the characters.
real hero – figurines of famous musicians, athletes, politicians, film actors. For children, such toys are less interesting, but in some cases they can make the game more entertaining.
soldiers – are found in three versions (historical, modern or fantastic). Even a small number of soldiers can be used to play tactical battles, and a large number of such figures will allow you to simulate epic battles and entire campaigns, showing strategic thinking.
Animals – represented by figures of cats, dogs, hippos, giraffes, elephants, pigs, fish, birds and other creatures. They will introduce the child to representatives of the fauna of the Earth and give an idea of the classification of animals and the distinguishing features of individual species. If the toy has sound, then the baby will hear the meow of a cat or the barking of a dog.
Important: to make the game more diverse, you should purchase a set that includes several figures united by a common theme (movie, cartoon, computer game).
A play figure in the hands of a child becomes a tool for self-knowledge and social roles associated with his gender.
For boys the best choice would be figures of soldiers, superheroes, robots, characters from movies and cartoons. These toys form the idea of masculinity, strength and purpose.
Girls will be interested in princesses, cartoon characters, fabulous animals (birds, pigs, ponies). Such toys represent clear examples of femininity, beauty and sensitivity.
Solid cast – a simple monolithic figure: the head and limbs do not move, clothes and other objects do not change. The most durable and cheapest toy, but the least interesting for the child, since the number of situations played out is limited.
Mechanical – such a figure has a large number of small parts that allow you to move your head and limbs. The more such elements, the more realistic the toy. In this case, the figurine becomes more expensive and less durable.
Of particular interest is a toy that allows change her shape (head, limbs, weapons, clothing included). The cost of such a figurine is very high, but the child will be able to simulate a large number of situations and come up with his own exciting story.
Sound effects – such a figurine reproduces the sounds characteristic of the depicted character (for example, the meow of a cat, sinister breathing and “signature” remarks from the Darth Vader movie).
light effects – the figure glows in accordance with the image of the hero (for example, the luminous eyes of the Terminator).
The kit may include not only weapons or clothes, but also other accessories, for example, an arena for wrestler figures. The more such items, the more interesting the game will be. Some figurines based on famous films come with all the items that the prototype had. This allows you to play the movie from beginning to end with all its key scenes.
Collectible models are supplied with a stand on which you can place the figure after the game.
This parameter includes the quality of the material and execution of the figurine. Toys can be made from rubber, plastic, wood, fabric, paper, glass, ceramics. First of all, any material must be environmentally friendly.
The choice of material depends on the age of the child. For example, glass figurines are not suitable for a 1-3 year old baby. We should not forget about the individual preferences of children. Some children like wooden toys that are pleasant to the touch, others like plastic figures painted in bright colors. Soft plastic products that will not cause injury to the child are very popular.
Equally important is the quality of the figurine (first of all, the accuracy of details and coloring). It is worth paying attention to the stability of paints, as well as the strength of parts and connections of parts of the figure. Exact copies of the heroes of films / cartoons / computer games have a rather high price, but such a toy will please the child for a long time.
- Purchase game figures in specialized stores. It is better to choose goods of well-known brands that guarantee the high quality of their products.
- Before buying a toy, pay attention to the presence of a quality certificate for the product (the key point is the safety of the material for the child).
As with any other type of toy, the unknown and cheapest options should be avoided: it is not known how dangerous non-certified materials can be.
The cost of game figures varies rather not from the manufacturer, but from the age of the child. Therefore, it is worth highlighting the most popular brands: Bruder, Bullyland, Disney, Hasbro, ICM, Jakks, Lalaloopsy, LEGO, Mattel, Na-Na, Playmates Toys, Schleich-s, Simba, Spin Master. Some models of well-known and foreign brands may cost more (for example, Lego or Schleich-s), but this does not mean that cheaper Na-Na figures for a child will be worse. Choose according to the age and taste of the baby.