Li'l Woodzeez VS Calico Critters- Toy Review/Comparison

Ciao lovelies! Today's post is about the differences between "Li'l Woodzeez" and "Calico Critters." We will be comparing the two and reviewing them to find out which is better. 


These two toys are similar in make and design, but have a few key differences. Keep reading (or skip to the conclusion) to see which brand I prefer!

These toys have the same basic concept - Small animal dolls with a fuzzy texture. 


The Li'l Woodzeez owl I got from a blind bag called "Li'l Woodzeez Babeez". These blindbags look like these: (picture from

(I'm including a picture from because I forgot to take a picture of the blind bag before opening it.)

Contained inside the blindbag was a crib, bib, checklist, and doll.  The blind bag cost $3 and I found it at Target.

Here is the doll with the bib on:


I am going to be comparing this doll to a Calico Critter from the Baby Band series blind bags, and a Calico Critters bed from the triplet bunk beds set. 

Let's begin with the dolls:

 So, already off the bat there are some noticeable differences.

For one, the eye shape on the Li'l Woodzeez doll (left) is more oval, and the Calico Critter's (right) eyes are circular.

Another big difference is clothing quality/aesthetic. The Calico Critters babies have more cute (in my opinion) clothing with lace details. The Li'l Woodzeez owl baby only has a cloth diaper. 

The Li'l Woodzeez owl also has some factory defects on his beak where the fuzzy material on the body got glued partially onto his beak. And some of the beak paint is on the fuzzy material.

Something else that's not easy to see is the difference in texture. The fuzzy material on the Li'l Woodzeez owl is less soft than the Calico Critters baby. 

Another difference that is easier to see is that the Li'l Woodzeez baby is more thick in the body area than the Calico Critter, but has marginally thinner arms than the Calico Critter. 

As for similarities, they stand at about the same height (not factoring in the rabbit's ears). They both need to be leaned on something to hold them up, neither can stand on their own. 

Now, let's compare the beds:

Now before I begin comparing the beds, I do know that this isn't a proper comparison because the Calico Critters bed came with a separate set and the Li'l Woodzeez bed came with the blindbag. But I thought I'd compare them anyway so you can see key differences.

The biggest differences in my opinion are size and realism. The Li'l Woodzeez crib (left) is much bigger than the Calico Critters bed (right). The colors/styles are also very different. The Calico Critters bed looks much more real because of the paint-job. I personally think it's cuter but that's just my opinion.


 I think the Li'l Woodzeez dolls are kind of like cheaper Calico Critters, but I'd say that the Calico Critters are much better quality and worth spending the extra money on. It's not even that much more money either, Calico Critters Baby Band Series Blind bags can be found for like $4 at Walmart. And the bunk bed set was $7 for 3 beds (that come with mattresses and blankets.) So in my opinion, the Calico Critters are the better buy, and cuter too.

Thanks for reading! What do you think? Do you prefer Calico Critters or Li'l Woodzeez?

If you want to see more about my top choice (Calico Critters), check out THIS post where I review the Tuxedo Cat Family! Or check out THIS post where I talk all about Calico Critters and why they're the perfect Kawaii Toy! 

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  1. Replies
    1. I just love the Calico Critters bunnies, they're adorable! Thanks for reading!

  2. Thanks, this helps me choose for my granddaughter!

    1. Thank you for reading! I'm glad we could help you make your decision!

      Best Regards,
      Lunaria L Moon

  3. There are a lot of differences between Calico Critters and Little Woods. The first is Calico Critters are way cuter and aren't going to give your kids nightmares. Second is that they are better quality in detail and clothing. Calico Critters are also not cheap junk like stuff from my China. And to tell the truth, Little Wood are really fat, which is not very realistic to kids. I generally prefer Calico Critters, and have bought my daughters many sets and families. We are working on buliding a dollhouse for their critters, which we are going to wallpaper and decorate. The one conclusion, even though Little Wood may be "cute", is that Calico Critters rule, and Little Wood drool. Thank you.

    1. Thank you for your insights! And thanks for reading! :)

  4. Would the lil woodzeez house fit the calico critters?

    1. As far as I am aware, yes! I have the Lil Woodzeez nursery and it's perfect for Calico Critters too. I hope that answers your question!

  5. Thank you! I live abroad and can get the Woodzeez at a local toy store but have to mail order the Calico Critters (which requires planning ahead for gifting events). My daughter has a Calico doll house but I'd like to get her a few more pieces. Your review really helps!

    1. I'm so glad to hear that this helped! Thanks for reading!

  6. I love li'l woodzeez and they are cheaper and cuter have you ever seen the
    koala family and the dog family or the frog family I could be going on forever.

  7. They seem exactly the same to me (^^)

  8. I have both Calico critters and lil woodzies. The lil woods are a bit um...pudgy and calico critters aren't. Also, a fact you didn't mention is calico critters can move their feet, and I don't know if lil woods can. I prefer Calico critters, but if you can't afford them, lil woods isn't a terrible option.

  9. Sylvanian figures are not so detailed how li'Woodzeez.Li'l woodzeez color is better than Sylvanians.

  10. Personally I’d say that that I have a ton of calicos at my house but I’ve seen little woods before and well, they look cheap. Also there’s a new copycat called Sunny Days or something. If you want to know what to chose, chose calico critters!

  11. Thanks for this article. I have recently started buying both Calico Critters and Woodzeez to give to the next generation. They both have cute critters, with the aforementioned differences in shape, eyes and DEFINITELY quality of outfits. Woodzeez do SOMETIMES cost less (especially at Target) but their "mail order only" sets often have flaws in flocking and coloring. That can mean lots of returns if you are as picky as I am. But when they are NOT flawed, I think the Woodzeez are actually cuter and have more personality. MOST OF ALL, most figures have THUMBS that can hold or at least prop up all the darling accessories that Calicos can just stare at. Worth the tedious buying process for this alone.


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