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Collectible Hasbro Littlest Pet Shop LPS Toys

Unusual and exotic pets, such as those in the LPS Postcard Pets line are unique, collectible, and relatively inexpensive.

Unusual and exotic pets, such as those in the LPS Postcard Pets line are unique, collectible, and relatively inexpensive.

My Littlest Petshop Postcard Pets Zebra figurine is a popular collectible pet in the LPS line by Hasbro. Product images from Hasbro.com

My Littlest Petshop Postcard Pets Zebra figurine is a popular collectible pet in the LPS line by Hasbro. Product images from Hasbro.com

If you know a little girl age six to twelve, chances are she has not only heard about Hasbro's My Littlest Petshop figurines, but she may already even be an avid collector. The tiny plastic bobble-head animal figurines come in more varieties than Spice Girls, and have the same cult following as Beanie Babies or Trollz. They have the same appeal as other small toys like Polly Pockets and Barbie Dolls, but because they are pet-themed instead of fashion themed, many parents prefer them over Bratz and Barbies.

My Littlest Petshop animals are quite small, measuring on average only about 2 to 2 1/2 inches tall. Each pet is collectible and comes with a variety of accessories including clothing, food, and play items which can be interchanged among other similar collectible pets in the series. The pets are sold individually, in packs of two, and in special edition collector packs. In addition, you can purchase themed houses, play centers, and a host of additional unique accessories. Littlest Pet Shop figures and their accessories are available at price points between three dollars for an individual figurine and about $45 U.S. Dollars for a larger play set with accessories. But most of the Pet Shop toys are priced between $5 and $15, which make them popular birthday party gifts. Many preteens enjoy buying LPS toys as birthday gifts because if their friends trade the figurines around, these gifts are a surefire win.

These toys are quite small and not designed for toddlers or babies under three years old, because they may pose a choking hazard. Many of the pets contain magnets that cleverly interconnect with the Pet Shop play houses. The pet play houses are imaginative and ingeniously designed, but after your child has acquired one or two of the larger play houses, you may notice that the real interest lies in the pet figurines themselves.


What is the Appeal of Littlest Petshop Toys?

My Littlest Pet Shop toys, shortened into the acronym LPS by avid collectors and their parents, offer many opportunities for pretend and imaginative play to younger girls, and then become a collecting and trading phenomenon for kids as they mature. This is the answer that will satisfy the adults, but kids will probably first say "They're Cute!!!!!" The figurines all have over-sized heads with huge Japanese anime-style eyes, colors that evoke cotton candy, and details that delight. Each of the hundreds of collectible animals, released over a multi-year period, are loaded with personality.

Different figurines are designed to go with a variety of different playhouses, so even if your LPS collector has one play house, you may notice them asking for new houses and figurine sets as they are released.

In my own household, I noticed these collectible toys evolving through the imaginative play stage to the trading stage, and offering preteens who are losing interest in their dolls and dress-up toys the opportunity to play in imaginative ways that were socially acceptable in the preteen crowd.

The owners of Littlest Pet Shop pets often show a preference for one specific type of animal such as cats, dogs, monkeys, or even fish. Though special-edition pets such as giraffes, owls, swans, and even snakes, and especially horses are highly sought-after.

As a response to the collecting phenomenon, toymaker Hasbro has released several limited-edition pets which can sell on EBay and other auction sites for six or seven times their original retail price. Currently in the United States, Littlest Pet Shop figurines can be purchased in two packs at retailers such as Target, Wal-Mart, and Justice, a clothing store for preteens, or just about anywhere toys are sold. Many of the most collectible of these toys are available only online. You can find LPS figurines at retailers such as Amazon, Wal-Mart, and Hasbro's own web site.

Selected LPS Figurines

LPS Special Edition Peacock

LPS Special Edition Peacock

LPS Special Edition Comic-Con Cat

LPS Special Edition Comic-Con Cat

LPS Postcard Pet Giraffe available almost exclusively online.

LPS Postcard Pet Giraffe available almost exclusively online.

LPS Sea Horse is another Postcard Pet.

LPS Sea Horse is another Postcard Pet.

LPS Hippo is another Special Edition pet.

LPS Hippo is another Special Edition pet.

Littlest Petshop Figurines

Hasbro's Littlest Pet Shop figurines come in two sizes. The original bobble-head figurines are quite small. You can purchase them individually, in two-packs, or in sets. During holidays such as Easter and Christmas, you can sometimes purchase multi-sets of four or more pets for a discounted cost. These pets are often holiday-themed and limited editions, so they are something to keep an eye out for, especially if you plan to purchase a play house or a smaller play sets packs. Some of the larger houses are designed for future add-on modules that snap on to the houses. Some of the older, more popular houses are still hot eBay and secondhand sellers.

In the beginning years of Hasbro's Littlest Pet Shop offerings, you'll notice the pets fit the traditional notion of pet ownership, with a variety of cute cats, dogs, and birds. But during recent years, more exotic animals have stretched the definition of pets to their outer limits, with whales, armadillos, zebras, giraffes, and specialized bird species such as owls and ostriches. The broad-based appeal of these more exotic pets lead me to believe that Littlest Pet Shop has a long life, and I have to admire Hasbro's creative pet creations. Their marketing of the LPS brand name is nothing short of genius.


LPS Play Houses

I recommend if you purchase a Little Pet Shop play house as a gift, that you buy larger play sets for younger children and the smaller sets for the older tween-aged girls. Most tween girls enjoy trading their figurines and often they trade the smaller play sets too. As older girls begin to outgrow their play sets they tend to hold on to the figurines and you will see the larger play houses being passed on to young friends.

Other LPS Branded Products

The success and popularity of Hasbro's Littlest Pet Shop line can been seen the toy maker's cross-marketing forays into clothing, board games, virtual pets including the Littlest Pet Shop VIPs and the new Littlest Pet Shop Online pets, which are both plush toys that come with Internet Keys to an exclusive, kid-friendly virtual world. Some of my favorite LPS offerings include:

  • LPS Monopoly. The LPS Monopoly game is a good-old fashioned non-electronic board game with LPS figurines that can travel around the world.
  • LPS Wii Games. The LPS brand has made its way into the popular Wii gaming world. The eye-popping crystal clear graphics make these non-violent video games an appealing choice for a person who wants to add to their Wii game system.
  • Nintendo DS Games. You'll find several LPS-themed Nintendo DS game titles, including the following titles: Littlest Pet Shop Country, Littlest Pet Shop Beach, Littlest Pet Shop Jungle, Littlest Pet Shop City, Littlest Pet Shop Winter, and Littlest Pet Shop Spring.

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Comments

lps lover on June 22, 2012:

im a lover of lps they are so fun to play with and they are so cute!

Carolyn Augustine (author) from Iowa on August 28, 2011:

Thanks very much!

william.fischer29 on August 28, 2011:

They're so cute toys. Love them all!Nice hub.

Carolyn Augustine (author) from Iowa on April 11, 2011:

Grace, I don't know the answer to that. I've seen some original and unusual pets out there so maybe, but you can check out the pet collection on the Hasbro site to see if it is in there.

http://www.hasbro.com/littlestpetshop/en_US/discov...

Grace on April 10, 2011:

hi im almost 11 and i was wondering do u think they made a soth pet shop wannabwestern?

Carolyn Augustine (author) from Iowa on January 17, 2011:

That would most likely increase their resale value over time. These are fun toys to collect and I hope they continue to be collectible for a long time to come. I suppose my answer to your question would be: depends on the purpose of your collection.

LaTesa on January 17, 2011:

My daughter isn't even one yet and i have started collecting these lil toys I think they are soo cute! I think i have a total of like 50 or so... i hope she actually likes them and she doesn't feel forced to collect. :/ but i dont know if i should keep the special edition pets in their packages or.... what? anyone keep theres in packages?

Celista on December 29, 2010:

Thanks sooooo much wannabwestern! I was worried about this for some reason......

Carolyn Augustine (author) from Iowa on October 27, 2010:

Great! Hope you find the ones you are looking for.

Sophie on October 27, 2010:

i love lps there are so cute and i'm getting more on Sunday! i can't wait!!!!!!

sierra on October 26, 2010:

i like them!put some more!

Sakura on October 19, 2010:

Hey wannabwestern.

Thanks for the good article!

I love LPS Cow so muchh.. And I'm twice older than 12!! Ha ha! :)

Carolyn Augustine (author) from Iowa on October 18, 2010:

Celista, you will know when you are too old for LPS, so have fun playing with them until then!

Celista on October 18, 2010:

Hi! I am 12 and I was wondering if I am too old to play with lps? When should I stop?

haley on June 11, 2010:

ebeth a me are best friends and we love littlest pet shops so so so so so so so much!

haley on June 11, 2010:

littlest pet shop are so so so amazing! haley

Carolyn Augustine (author) from Iowa on January 28, 2010:

Agreed, Ann. These are very cute toys. And there's something for everyone. Every possible pet imaginable, and even some that are a stretch of the imagination. Thanks for your comment!

Ann Nonymous from Virginia on January 28, 2010:

I used to babysit a young girl who collected them...they are really cute and harmless toys unlike a lot of others out there on the market...Oh to be young again, wannabwestern!

Carolyn Augustine (author) from Iowa on January 25, 2010:

They are very cute toys--addictive collector's items, too.

baker 6000 on January 25, 2010:

I even love these!

Carolyn Augustine (author) from Iowa on November 10, 2009:

Hi there RNMSN, I am sure she will enjoy them during her imaginative play years. Just be prepared to find them in a few unusual places.

Barbara Bethard from Tucson, Az on November 10, 2009:

I know my grandaughter will love them and shes just over 3!! she already loves her my little pony and barbies!

Carolyn Augustine (author) from Iowa on November 10, 2009:

Alan I think I know what you mean. They do make a great gift for girls.

escritor on November 10, 2009:

These toys have never interested me, but I believe the girls in my life would love them.

Alan

Carolyn Augustine (author) from Iowa on November 10, 2009:

Thanks Hello, Hello. These toys are very popular where I live. They are really cute!

smarleygrl7, we recently moved from an area where these toys are wildly popular among my daughter's friends (now also 12) to an area where most of my 12-year old daughter's friends still think the toys are cute but they aren't buying them. I'll change my article to reflect an older age. Thanks for reading and leaving a comment!

smarleygrl7 on November 10, 2009:

My daughter and every other little girl we know loves these things! My daughter is 12.

Hello, hello, from London, UK on November 10, 2009:

Yhank you for a really lovely hub.

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