When my daughter started watching Spirit Riding Free, the Dreamworks animation series, it struck me as being the sort of program I would have watched when I was young. The story follows Lucky, a young girl from the city, who moves to a small Western town and forms a tight bond with wild horse Spirit while having adventures with her friends. It is one of those gentle cartoons that has adventure and excitement but there are themes of friendship and family running through it. I must admit that I have enjoyed watching it with her.
Spirit Riding Free fans will definitely want the new Flair Spirit Riding Free – Spirit and Lucky Deluxe Feeding Set on the top of their Christmas wish lists. The Spirit Riding Free toy range has just launched in the UK and this set would be the perfect Christmas for fans of the show and for horse lovers.
The first thing you notice about it is the size of the box. It is an impressive size. Inside the box, you get Spirit who stands tall with his front hoof raised (this is significant apparently, my daughter explained that he does this in the cartoon so that Lucky can mount). You also get Lucky and both Lucky and Spirit are very true to their on-screen characters. Lucky has fully poseable arms and legs so that she can be moved into different positions but will also sit on Spirit’s back. Lucky is dressed in her signature outfit and her mother’s special boots.
The set also includes a few key accessories. There is a blanket for Spirit, Lucky’s canteen, a bucket and four carrots to feed Spirit, I will tell you more about those later. The set also includes the book, DreamWorks Spirit Riding Free: The Adventure Begins written by Suzanne Selfors.
Spirit is a really interactive horse. He can dip his head down realistically as if to drink or eat, this is done by gently pressing his head, and he also makes horse sounds when you do this. But the most amazing thing about Spirit is that he actually eats. Pop one of the carrots included into his mouth and hold down the button on his back and his mouth really moves and the carrot disappears into his stomach. As this happens, he also makes munching sounds. It is really clever. When he has eaten all of the carrots, don’t worry, there is a pull-down compartment underneath where you can easily rescue the carrots ready for the next feeding time.
The Spirit and Lucky Deluxe Feeding Set has been a huge hit with my daughter and I asked her what she liked about it. She had a whole list. She loves that both Spirit and Lucky are so realistic and she particularly likes playing with Lucky’s hair and Spirit’s mane and tail, both of which have been plaited and brushed endlessly. Her word to describe Spirit’s ability to eat is “genius” and she loves the realistic sounds that he makes too. The accessories have also been a hit as it allows her more imaginative play with the set.
The only thing that she said would make it better is if Spirit was standing on four legs and you could pull the front leg up when you wanted to as it does make Spirit a little unstable on the carpet and she said that is quite annoying.
From my point of view, I am a big fan of the set as it has made my daughter spend hours enjoying imaginative play. She loved the set immediately and I have enjoyed watching her acting out scenes from the TV program and making up her own scenarios. I also like the fact there is a book included with the set and we are looking forward to reading the story to see what happens.
The Spirit Riding Free Spirit and Lucky Deluxe Feeding Set is priced at £59.99 and is available from Amazon. It is suitable for children aged 5 – 8 but is not suitable for children under 3 for safety reasons.
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