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Personal logo Andrew Walters Supporting Member of TMP02 Jul 2008 6:20 a.m. PST

I know some people turn their noses up at plastic animals and happily pay for tin livestock, but I don't have the time/budget to be so proud. So I was pretty happy to find very small plastic farm animals for a dollar at Target. Consider this a review of a $1 USD throwaway product…

This is in that strange little dollar-store section of Target near the front. They come in a clear plastic 3x5" zippered pouch. You get seven each of seven animals of varying scale and quality, and an eighth of one of these to make fifty. They're marketed as "counting animals," though it springs to mind that anyone learning to count is at the exact point in their life when they will choke on things of this size and shape. So its a toy for toddlers that's unsafe for toddlers. Good going, somebody. But it works for me!

Let's take a look at them, shall we?

These figures are soft plastic, and each animal is a separate color. The sculpts are okay, as in pretty good. The quadrupeds have their forelegs molded together and their hind legs molded together. The lighter colored animals have black dot eyes.

The calf is a dark brown, and looks cow sized next to a 15mm figure. If you're not picky you could use it as is, but a few brushes of white would be a big improvement. They look fine next to my 18mm Romans. Next to a 28mm figure they look like a smallish calf. I'd say these are very usable in all scales.

The pig is bright pink. Only in the most offbeat games would you want this pink on our table. Its huge next to 15mm, its a big, big hog next to an 18mm, but next to a 28mm figure its the size most people think a pig is (I think pigs are bigger than people think). So its useable in 25/28mm if you can tone down the color. Maybe a dip…

The sheep is grey. Next to 15/18mm it looks like a hereford or some other smallish cow variant. Not quite the right color, not quite the right head, you might or might not be satisfied with it depending on how desperate you are for livestock in your game. Next to 25/28mm it looks perfect, except that its a little darker grey than most sheep I've ever seen. I'd call it usable in 25/28mm.

The horse is black. Next to a 28mm it looks like one of those dog-sized micro ponies. I don't think those show up often in war games, but what do I know. They look like ponies next to my 18mm, or maybe a older colt, its withers are waist high. Possibly suitable for smaller horses of ancient history. In fact, the neck is thick enough that in 18mm you could call it a donkey and have it pull Sumerian chariots. At 15mm its finally a horse. Its shoulders are the height of a man's shoulders, and I can imagine my little 15mm moorish pirate here jumping right on and riding off. Good color, I'd say useable in 15/18mm.

The package says "Farm Animals," but this next one is clearly a wolf. He's the same dark brown as the calf. Maybe he's supposed to be a big dog. Next to a 25/28mm figure he is a big dog or average size wolf. Since you get seven for a dollar, that could be fun. Next to a 15/18mm he is now a gigantic wolf. You could ride him like the wargs in the LotR movie. At 15mm I bet you could paint him up as a tiger and get away with it. Very usable.

We enter the realm of the surreal with the rooster. He is khaki. His comb is chest high to a 28mm figure. That's one big rooster. I can't think of a historical or fantasy use for that. SciFi, help yourself. Two quick cuts to remove the comb and wattle and you have a very large bird with a fluffy rooster tail. He's prehistoric giant chicken next to 15mm. Not useable without a lot of work or in a strange game.

Onward past surreal into cuckoo land, the chick is pale yellow. He's waist high on a 28mm figure. Maybe you paint him up as cockatrice. Next to a 15mm he's a short-necked ostrich. Possibly useable as a morale marker – when units take morale hits you pile up chickens next to them, three chicks is a rooster, three roosters and they break. I don't know. Its a plastic chick, what do you want from me. Not usable.

That said, I bought two packages and I'm going back for more. I think I can really use those horses and cows. I'm going to paint up the chicks as 15mm ostriches and put some polymer clay Romans on their backs.

There. I just wrote a eight hundred word review of a $1 USD set of plastic farm animals. What the heck is wrong with me? I hope someone gets some use out of this.

Andrew

BuckeyeBob02 Jul 2008 6:53 a.m. PST

thanks for the write up. I can use some wolves for my 28mm cowpokes to fend off…so will be looking for those on my next trip to target.

Personal logo GeoffQRF Sponsoring Member of TMP02 Jul 2008 6:53 a.m. PST

I think the variation in sizes goes part way to explaining why we sell a lot of cows, pigs and sheep.

Jana Wang Inactive Member02 Jul 2008 7:07 a.m. PST

Sounds good, I hope I can get out to Target and get some for a game I have coming up. As for the oversized chickens, they sound perfect for my husband's "Nuclear Chicken Horror" scenario….

mad monkey 1 Supporting Member of TMP02 Jul 2008 7:32 a.m. PST

Be a good game. "Attack of the Killer Chicks". And you know the guys playing it are expecting a different kind of "Chick". Lol, be a nasty surprise.

religon Inactive Member02 Jul 2008 8:20 a.m. PST

Would the horse be suitable for a dwarf/halfling pony in 28mm?

Personal logo Andrew Walters Supporting Member of TMP02 Jul 2008 9:51 a.m. PST

I hate to say "it depends" but scale creep affects halflings worse than other races,

Actually, I hate to say "it depends" but I do it all the time.

The horse comes to mid-thigh on a 28mm figure. I don't have any halflings, but my son has a DDM Champion of Yondalla and the horse comes to waist. Looks a little small. She could ride it, but she wouldn't look very heroic.

See what I mean? A halfling should be 14mm high, right? maybe less, maaaaaybe 15mm? The Champion of Yondalla is 20mm high. The horse that is perfect for 15mm looks like a donkey for her.

Dwarves are even bigger than halflings, right?

Now if you had properly scaled halflings in 25mm, the horse would be perfect, its 12mm to the lowest point of its back.

Andrew

dave talley Inactive Member02 Jul 2008 12:10 p.m. PST

Andrew
(I think pigs are bigger than people think).

oh yeah
being a city kid originally I was very unprepared for the
monsters my brother in law raises for the kids 4H projects

a yorkshire sow that was roughly 7 feet long and her shoulder was at my hip, thats a LOT of pig, granted thats why Charlotte is the primary breeder :-)

Dave

Katzbalger02 Jul 2008 4:23 p.m. PST

I found these yesterday and bought a set--of coursse, my 7 year old daughter stole all the animals but the pigs and the dogs--but that's okay as I wanted the pigs and dogs…

Rob

Jana Wang Inactive Member04 Jul 2008 11:17 a.m. PST

I found these today and bought two packs. They are smaller than I expected, but I think the pigs and sheep will work, and probably the dogs/wolves.

Altius Inactive Member07 Jul 2008 11:14 a.m. PST

I'll have to look out for this the next time I'm in a Target.

I once bought a pack of plastic sheep originally meant for model railroading. I painted them with a wash and used them to add a little detail to some 15mm farm buildings. I think the scale is HO (I can never remember which scale is which for model railroads) and they are slightly big for 15mm, but not enough to notice. They really add some life to the terrain features, though. Chickens would be great to add as well, but I haven't found any of those yet.

DS615108 Jul 2008 6:12 a.m. PST

Thanks for this. I'll look when I'm there later!

Konigstiger Inactive Member26 Aug 2008 9:02 p.m. PST

I went to Target, browsed their dollar section and unfortunately found nothing resembling what you found. Apparently they were sold out or something. I would sure like to get some though. If you come across any please pick me up 3 sets. I would gladly pay double and postage for them up to $15. USD Shoot me an email please.

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