I am interested in purchasing some new animals for my kids for Easter. They are 5, 3, & almost 1. We have quite a few Ostheimer and Michael Engelberger (from Nova Naturals) figures. These figures have held up extremely well especially since they are played with daily and have been dropped many many many many times. We have had many of them for over two years now, and besides a few nicks and dents, surprisingly none of them have broken. I am not sure if this is because there is not much detail in the carvings. They are pretty much a flat slab of wood carved in the shape of the animal…sort of like you took a cookie cutter and pressed it against the wood and out popped the animal. The Michael Engelberger figures do have more carvings and tapering than the Ostheimer, but does not appear to have as much as the Jalu ones or the beautifully detailed eyes. The Jalu ones look gorgeous in the pictures although I have not seen them in real life. Like I previously said, I am considering placing an order but would like some feedback as to the durability of the product beforehand. I do not want them to fall apart shortly after buying them. I would appreciate knowing how long you owned one of the items, how often and how is it used, the age of the little one who plays with it, if it broke or if the paint chipped, etc. Thanks in advance for sharing.