In the UK, price comparison website comparethemarket.com has been running a long series of adverts (going back a couple of years) involving Meerkats from Meerkovo. The “Simples” and effective adverts have been very popular, in a very competitive market.
Now they’ve introduced Simples Rewards. Buy car, van, home or pet insurance through comparethemarket.com and you can get one of six meerkat soft toys.
In the final part of the series on Nici Soft Toys, I’ll take a look at a couple of new animal ranges that are due to become available in August.
First off there’s an absolutely gorgeous elephant soft toy:
Nici Elephant Soft Toys
Then there’s this very cute monkey:
Nici Monkey Soft Toys
Both the monkey and elephant will be available as a plush toy in the standard four Nici sizes (15cm, 25cm, 35cm and 50cm), bean bag keyring, MagNici, purse/wallets, mobile phone bags and pencil cases. The elephant range will also include a money bank.
If you’ve missed any of the series, jump straight there using the links below:
In the penultimate post in the series on Nici soft toys I’ll be taking a look at a hedgehog and rabbit…
Nici Hetch Hogan Hedgehog Plush Toys
Hetch Hogan in Nici’s adorable hedgehog soft toy. Available in the usual Nici sizes (15cm, 25cm, 35cm and 50cm), a bean bag keyring, MagNici, pencil case, hot water bottle, beauty (figurine with a little bell and lanyard), mobile phone holder and slippers (EU sizes 32-35 and 36-39).
The plush hedgehog, is utterly adorable with it’s pointy red nose and striped feet, is made even cooler, it’s ability to be rolled up into a ball, just like the real animal does.
Rolling up hedgehog - step 1 - fold in the arms
Rolling up hedgehog - step 2 - then the legs
Rolling up hedgehog - step 3 - roll up and velcro
Rolling up hedgehog - step 4 - et voila, all balled up
Ralf is a big toothed brown rabbit, and is due to arrive in the UK early March. Again you can choose from assortment of sizes, plush accompanying plush wallets, pencil cases and bean bag keyring.
Nici Ralf Rabbit
Tomorrow, sees the final in the series, where I’ll look forward to two plush toys due to arrive in August. If you’ve missed any of the series, jump straight there using the links below:
As with many of the soft toys already reviewed in this series, there are a number of common product types. There’s the bean bag keyring, MagNici, pencil case, purse/wallet and mobile phone bag. Each is available with a choice of white or brown horse. In addition, there are the standard 4 sizes of plush soft toys (that’s 15cm, 25cm, 35cm and 50cm). There are also an 80cm white horse that is available on Amazon. You can also get a brown horse in this size, though the 80cm soft toys (of all ranges, just not Nici Horse Club) are not available for retailers through the UK distributor Aroma Home.
Who doesn’t love pandas? I have a special affection for them, as my Uncle bought me a panda soft toy when I was born and it was my favourite soft toy for many, many years. Below you can see a photo of the Nici panda soft toys (15cm, 25cm and 35cm), hot water bottle, 25cm panda holding baby and MagNici.
Nici Panda Soft Toys
Nici 50cm Panda and Photo Holder
The 50cm panda plush toy (shown above) is seriously cute – not that the others aren’t! His contrasting grey paws and felt claws make him extra special. The photo holder is an interesting addition to the range – perfect for the desk or dressing table of all panda lovers. You can also buy two wallets (one plush, one cotton), a pencil case, two styles of mobile phone bag and a bean bag keyring.
Available in June 2011, the Classic Bear range, will feature a plush soft toy in the four standard Nici sizes (15cm, 25cm, 35cm and 50cm), bean bag with keyring, pencil case, hot water bottle, plush wallet, MagNici and mobile phone bag. The bear itself, has oversized head and feet, giving it a special unique quality and making a distinctly Nici teddy bear.
In the third part of my look at Nici plush toys, I’m going to look at the latest additions to the Jolly Mah range. Jolly mah is a range of cuddly sheep (and other related animals). I especially like the Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing and Jolly Bob. This February sees the release of Jolly Elsa and Jolly Gustav. You’ll have to wait until July before Jolly Lucy is available.
Nici Jolly Lucy, Elsa and Gustav
Jolly Elsa (middle shelf) is a cute white sheep, with a butterfly in her hair. Jolly Gustav (bottom shelf) is a brown billy goat with a wicked beard and horns. It’s worth pointing out that Gustav’s horns are not as curved as the product images suggest, nor are they corduroy. But he’s still a cool soft toy. Jolly Lucy (top shelf) is the black sheep of the family, literally.
You can buy Jolly Elsa and Jolly Gustav in four sizes of plush soft toy (15cm, 25cm, 35cm and 50cm), bean bag with keyring, mobile phone bags, hot water bottles, MagNici and pencil cases. You can also get Jolly Elsa key pouches and wallets. When Jolly Lucy is available, she’ll come in the same four sizes of soft toy, bean bag keyring, MagNici, pencil case, key pouch and wallet.
It seems the UK has gone Meerkat crazy, thanks to a series of TV adverts for a well know comparison website. Nici offers an exceptionally cute Meerkat plush toy, in three sizes (15cm, 20cm & 30cm), bean bag keyring and MagNici (small plush toy with a magnet in each paw).
Like the Meerkats, Koala Joey is available in three sizes (15cm, 25cm and 35cm), as well as the bean bag keyring and MagNici. There’s also a “beauty” – a small figurine with lanyard and little bell.
Nici Koala Soft Toys
Judging by the photo above there may even be Koala slippers on the way too!
The 20cm and 30cm Meerkats and 35cm Koala Joey are available at DelvesWoodBears.co.uk, priced at £9.75, £14.75 and £ 14.75 respectively, with free UK delivery.
Nici (pronounced Nicky) launched in Germany 25 years and is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of plush toys and accessories. Offering some innovative and creative characters, Nici continues to produce high quality soft toys.
At this year’s Spring Fair at the NEC at Birmingham, I got to see the current ranges first hand through distributor Aroma Home. In January, I moved house. Sadly thanks to a burst pipe, there’d been no water and heating so I’d been staying at my sister’s house. My eldest niece (3 in June) was always asking to see pictures and videos of teddy bears and soft toys. So when I got home, she was eager to look at the catalogues we’d picked up. I only managed to get the Nici catalogue back at bedtime – that’s how much she enjoyed just looking at these great soft toys! No wonder they’re such popular plush toys.
Over the next 6 posts I’ll bring you a look at some of the fantastic Nici soft toys available now and coming later in the year.