Calico Critters is a line of miniature animal figures that come with accessories such as homes, furniture, clothes and more. These adorable animal figures are unique because they are made of a special flocked material that gives them an endearing quality. Since their introduction in Japan in 1985, Calico Critters have skyrocketed into worldwide success and global recognition. Calico Critters are sold as families, with Mothers and Fathers, sisters, brothers and babies. The homes and furniture are quite life-like are have incredible detail. The Critters live in the community of Cloverleaf Corners where all of the citizens have hobbies and jobs.
The underlying theme of “Calico Critters” is giving, friendship and happiness. Essentially, Calico Critters are timeless classic toys that delight children and promote wholesome family values. These award-winning miniature animals and their life-like environments have inspired the imagination and creativity of countless children all over the world. Moreover, the brand has a beautifully designed website that includes free eBook stories to go along with specific playsets.
Although Calico Critters have hundreds of playsets, one of the most recent is the “Hot Dog Van” which includes many mini-food figurines such as hotdogs, pretzels, waffles and even items like cups, ketchup bottles and tiny boxes to hold the hotdogs in. The cheerful yellow hotdog van really moves on its wheels and comes with several stickers which enable children to decorate the van quickly and effectively.
The Hot Dog Van set includes a food truck, a grill, a counter with food warmer, waffle fries, eight hot dogs with assorted toppings, two soft pretzels, a bunny shaped waffle, a squirrel shaped waffle, serving tongs, a ketchup bottle, a mustard bottle, a cup of soda, a cup of juice, an apron, a visor, an awning sign, eight hot dog boxes, four pretzel or waffle boxes, two waffle fries boxes, and a menu. However, although delightful, a huge draw-back to this set is that all critters are sold separately so it does not come with a figurine that children can play with immediately.
Considering that this set is intended for children as young as three and costs $39.95, it should come with at least one character. Hence, I give the Calico Critters Hot Dog Van set 3.5 out of 5 stars.