When the Harry Potter books were first published, I was working in a bookshop. Despite being able to borrow any books my heart could desire, I was a teenager and therefore didn’t want to read children’s books (I know).
To this day, I’ve still not read them.
I’ve decided to wait until my children are old enough to read the Harry Potter books for the first time with them (we’re at the Worst Witch at the moment, so it won’t be too much longer…).
Shockingly, I’ve only ever seen the first film.
However, I’ve seen both of the Fantastic Beasts films, and can I say that I thoroughly enjoyed them.
They had just the right mix of fantasy, magic and action to keep me hooked and I can’t wait for the third instalment.
The kids are definitely too young for the Fantastic Beasts series (my oldest was somewhat traumatised by the trailer at the 4DX cinema a few weeks ago). However, when I saw the Nifflers and baby Nifflers in the Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald film I thought they would love them, whether they’d seen the film or not.
A cross between a platypus and an echidna, with the babies having an air of guinea pig about them, the Nifflers are cute and troublesome little animals with a long snout and sleek fur.
If you should know one thing about Nifflers, it’s that they love shiny things and will steal them and pocket them inside their pouch.
I won’t ruin it for you, but I think it’s fair to say that Nifflers have a big role in the second Fantastic Beasts film (I really don’t know what’s considered a spoiler, but if you haven’t seen it, do go!) and we were happy to review some of the new plush Nifflers and Baby Nifflers from toy maker Kids at Play.
We were sent two small baby Nifflers in grey and ginger and white, a larger black and white fluffy baby Niffler and a large adult Niffler.
The small baby Nifflers are 4 inches long. They are cute, collectible (there are four different plush babies) and stackable. They even fit inside the pouch of the large Niffler.
The larger baby Niffler measures 7 inches and is super fluffy.
Having spoken to Kids at Play at Dream Toys, the suggested RRPs on these plush toys is about £10-15, however they will be stocked by independent toy shops so prices may vary.
The large Niffler is my favourite.
He measures 12 inches tall and is totally huggable. He comes complete with a cardboard coin sewn between his hands, and of course a pouch which you can keep shiny things inside.
Make sure you look out for the baby Nifflers and big Niffler at toy shops near you!
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I was sent these Nifflers free for the purposes of this review, however I have retained full editorial control and all pictures and words are mine.