Are you or your little equestrian obsessed with Spirit: Riding Free on Netflix? I know my work wives and I are. (P.S. if you haven’t heard of the show—stop horsing around and get streaming!)
This Netflix series chronicles the tale of Lucky, a former city girl who moves to a small western town, or as she would call it “the middle of nowhere.” As she adjusts to her new life in the west, she instantly connects with a wild horse named Spirit, and makes quick friends with two other girls, Pru and Abigail. Together the girls push their limits to the max, with their hoofed pals, and discover what it truly means to be free. You may recognize lead horse, Spirit, from DreamWorks’ Oscar-nominated film Spirit Stallion of the Cimarron, which inspired the series.
But now, we can bring Spirit, Lucky, and the rest of the clan into our homes. The Just Play DreamWorks Spirit Riding Free line offers a slew of must-have toys for any spirited Spirit fans.
We first took a look at the Spirit and Lucky Deluxe Feeding Set and were enthralled by the way we could actually feed Spirit IRL. While this scaled down of version of Spirit is only 14 inches, he acts just like a real horse and loves carrots. Kids can press the button on his back to activate his realistic and mouth and jaw movement. Spirit can dip his head down just like a real horse to eat or drink, and kids can make Lucky feed him carrots—his favorite treat! And yes, he renders realistic horse sounds.
The set comes with: one animated Spirit figure, one bendable Lucky character figure, one canteen, one bucket, four play carrots, one blanket, and a DreamWorks Spirit Riding Free: The Adventure Begins novel written by Suzanne Selfors.
Next, we checked out the Spirit Barn Playset, which allows children to imaginatively play with characters and recreate scenes from the show. Unlike the Deluxe Feeding Set, this set does not require batteries, and no eating or drinking will take place.
The barn comes with 24 pieces, including a Lucky Doll dressed in her signature outfit from the show, and a Spirit figure. This set features an upstairs hideaway where Lucky and her friends can sit and hang out, has extra fences so little horse lovers can extend the play space, a sliding door that leads to three horse stalls, and more!
Lucky’s bendable limbs really come into action in this barn. We positioned her to ride Spirit, sit on the couch in the barn, climb up a ladder, and other fun action poses. The set comes with lots of neat trinkets to decorate the barn, such as a weathervane, a lamp, fencing and a side gate. The play set also includes stickers kids can use to decorate the outside of the barn. They were very inspirational stickers, piggybacking off the themes of the show. The “Live Freely” sticker was our fav. Another win, the play set is extremely easy to assemble, with most pieces either snapping on or requiring no building at all.
Luckily, the barn is spacious enough to house some of Lucky’s friends, as it has one big room and three horse stables. Those interested in populating their barn further to give Lucky and Spirit some company, can purchase additional Spirit Riding Free Dolls and Classic Horses.
These sets include one character from the show and one horse (choose from: Pru and Chica Linda, Abigail and Boomerang, or Lucky and Spirit). Each doll stands five inches tall and have poseable arms and legs for kids to position them in awesome action poses or to ride their horse companions. These sets can be purchased to use with or without the barn play set, as they are their own unique, collectible toys. What’s great about the Spirit Riding Free Doll and Classic Horse Assortment is it promotes nurturing play as kids are able to groom the horses’ luscious manes.
Bottom line: We loved all these toys as each one was different from the last and required a different skillset.