Growing up in the 80’s was quite an experience. From BIG hair with lots of hairspray to leg warmers to head bands and Aviator Sunglasses, the trends were bold, in your face and some of them even managed to survive into the new millennium. Although BIG hair is out and sunglasses have changed their shape, its not surprising that many of the toys from the 80’s have influenced the toys of this generation.
One of these toys is the Zelf (new this year!)! At first glance, they appear to be a relative of the 80’s version of the Troll, but upon closer appearance the Zelf is an unique creature that inspires the imagination and provides more indepth information on their character then their neon coloured friends.
About The Zelfs
The Zelfs are lovable creatures with colourful spiky hair, poseable arms and legs and matching charm and hair accessory. These garden dwelling creatures play among the moonbeams and flower petals, each with a special power represented by a Zelfmark that they wear proudly on their chest. Simply twirl their hair and feel the magic and luck that they provide! A toy fun for both girls and boys, this lovable creature is sure to enter your home soon! Available to collect in three sizes – small, medium and large – featuring twelve key characters and play sets to collect.
Lil D ~ Fear is (yawn) so boring!
Lil D is a fiery character with flames licking both legs, red and yellow hair wildly spurting from his head and a cute little devil tail. His Zelfmark is the pitchfork representing bravery and he loves to stir up trouble in the Garden of Zardenia. His Fabitat is the Toasty Toes Firepit.
DS7 choose this Zelf. He loved that he was able to play with a ‘doll’ but not one that appeared girly! He loved the big puffy hair and would absentmindedly twirl Lil D’s hair while watching TV. Lil D went on many adventures with my son over the Christmas holidays and fought many battles against LEGO and PLAYMOBIL predators to keep our house safe! It was fun watching my son interact with a character that was rough and tough, but didn’t have negative features (i.e. Skulls, crossbones) that I see too often in boy toys.
GARNY – I make ya wicked cool!
This Zelf looks like it is a distant (distant) relative of Dracula. With purple wings for chasing shadows in the garden and a gorgeous head of black hair, Garny is know for getting rid of evil creatures faster then you can blink an eye. With the Zelfpower of Awesomeness and a fabitat in a watering can, Garny is a great friend to have around on scary nights.
DS5 adopted Garny. Lately, DS5 has been complaining that he is afraid of the dark, which isn’t a surprise as I have found him sleeping in his brothers bed. Garny seemed like the perfect Zelf for him as a protector of the night. We talked about how Garny would catch the scary things in the dark and keep him safe at night. DS5 loved this story and kept Garny close to his bed at night.
Mermalade – Its shore to be an adventure!
Mermalade is a mermaid like creature doused in blue. With the Zelfpower of exploring, she is often found deep in her Water Wave Fountain.
DD2 took Mermalade as her own. She liked the size of the Zelf and how it easily fit into her tiny hands. She loved the mass of blue hair that tickled her chin when she rubbed it. She loved using the comb and charm (that it comes with every Zelf) to style their hair and found that if she twisted the hair in a certain way to would remain in place.The Zelf was also the perfect size for her to use it on her Little People Castle and other play sets that she had already owns.
Overall, we really enjoyed welcoming the Zelfs into our home. Their cheerful appearances, crazy hair and fun back stories gave them personalities that were really easy to relate to. I love they are small, easy to carry around, features bright colors, posable limbs and maintain the puffy, “good luck” hair that I remember from my childhood. Their positive nature, desire to help, and heartwarming back stories, make this a product I proud to share with my children.
Zelfs can be found at ToysRus, Target and other retailers! Collect all 12 today before they disappear into the Garden of Zardenia forever!