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Lil’ Nature Babies characters are new, interactive pocket-sized animals from HEXBUG. Each endangered animal comes with little plastic playset home that is like their natural environment, and information telling you about the animal on the box.
We were sent the Bamboo Grove playset which comes complete Lil’ Nature Babies Lin the Panda Bear.
This set retails at £14.99 and is for children aged 3+.
What’s in the box?
Inside the box you get one Lin the Panda Bear with batteries already inserted, a Bamboo Grove plastic home and a little keyring which means you pop in the top of your panda’s head so you can take your little friend with you wherever you go.
The little animals are small (about 6cm tall) and covered in soft rubber so they can be squeezed.
What do the HEXBUG Lil Nature Babies do?
Each animal has two sensory zones on the front of the body on the forehead and tummy, and two on the back. If you press these sensory zones, then they respond by making cute little animal noises; according to the box Lin the Panda Bear makes 20+ sounds. He also has a movement sensor so if he’s laid down he will begin to snore.
Ignore your pet for a few minutes and he’ll try and chat to you. You can turn Lin off via a little switch on the bottom.
The Bamboo Grove playset has a hammock which you can place Lin the Panda Bear inside and rock him. Each of the Lil’ Nature Babies playsets has a base with a jagged edge design which means that you can slot them together and build your collection.
Aside from that, the playset doesn’t really do a great deal which seems strange coming from HEXBUG; the animals don’t move at all which without reading the description I was expecting them to.
Other Lil’ Nature Babies playsets have different features.
For example, the Lil’ Nature Babies Icy Cavern featuring Sura the Polar Bear lights up and can be used as a nightlight, as can the Mountain Falls playset (with Lin the Panda Bear) and the Forest Den which comes with Waya the Wolf.
The other small playsets both have buttons you can press, however the bamboo grove is really just a display and Lin the Panda Bear doesn’t interact with his environment. At a cost of £14.99 I think that, honestly, it’s a bit of an anticlimax as essentially you have a talking keyring and somewhere to put it.
If they were slightly cheaper then they might be collectable but unless you are a huge Panda fan, I would probably go for one of the bigger playsets as mentioned above (RRP £24.99) or the keyring which can be bought on its own with an RRP of £9.99.
You can see all of the Lil Nature Babies collection on the HEXBUG website.