Fat Five & Friends Animal Chess Set
Fat Five & Friends Animal Chess Set
Fat Five & Friends Animal Chess Set
Fat Five & Friends Animal Chess Set
Fat Five & Friends Animal Chess Set
Fat Five & Friends Animal Chess Set

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Meet the Fat Five & Friends, a beautifully designed African animal chess set based on the Big Five animals of Africa that would make an ideal gift for a loved one. The Fat Five chess pieces are made from polystone and hand-painted by our South African artists. The wooden chess board is framed out of polystone with detailed African art design.

Playing pieces consist of adorable elephant, buffalo, rhino, zebra, hippo, lion and leopard - a must-have for lovers of African wildlife.

This chess set would make an ideal gift for a family member or friend or spoil yourself with this collector’s item.

The animal-themed chess pieces consist of the following:
  • The king - lion
  • The queen - leopard
  • The knight - hippo (light)/rhino (dark)
  • The bishop - buffalo 
  • The rook/castle - elephant
  • The pawn - warthog (light)/zebra (dark)

Amazing Africa Gifts crafting and material details

Both the set’s chess pieces and board frame are cast by hand in polystone (a unique mixture of crushed stone and resin) and painted by hand in incredible detail by our exceptionally talented team of South African artists using high-quality Winsor and Newton oil paints. The wooden chess board itself is also carved by hand, as are the molds that are used for the chess pieces.

The board squares are hand carved from koto and cherry wood, and then treated in accordance with international import standards and requirements. The board is then set in its polystone frame which boasts a stunning African design.

Set sizes

The tallest chess piece is the king with a height of 56mm. The chess pieces have a base diameter of 26-34mm meaning they perfectly on the 50mm2 chess squares.

  • Chess board size playing square: 42mm x 42mm
  • Chess board material kiaat/ koto/ maple wood
  • Chess board frame material Ground stone (polystone) - hand painted
  • Chess board size 390mm x 390mm
  • Chess set packaged weight 4kg
  • Chess set packaged dimensions 470mm x 470mm x 110mm

Packaging

We take the utmost care in packing our gorgeous chess sets, such that they are delivered to you safely and in their entirety after the shipping process.

Every individual chess piece is set in their own box-dye cut foam holder, accompanied by extra foam top and bottom covers for the set as a whole. Additionally, the wooden board is wrapped in bubble wrap so that it can absorb any shock while in transit, without sustaining any damage.

The complete set is placed in a sturdy double-walled cardboard box which contains polystyrene packing peanuts which further protect the chess set during shipping. While we take the greatest care to ensure that the set gets to you in one piece, we know that accidents do happen – so, if any pieces arrived damaged, we will replace them entirely at no cost to you.

Shipping Information

All Gala Star products are manufactured in South Africa and therefore shipping takes some time and incurs some costs. Shipping costs to the USA, UK, and Europe from South Africa vary in terms of time and cost.

For Kumbula iAfrica (Gala Star) orders under $150, please note that shipping is still to be added to your order.

We are currently offering free shipping on orders over $150 using EMS but upon order will also offer a shipping upgrade for speedier and more accurate shipping times for orders over $150.

Please refer to our shipping policies page for further details.

Sales tax, VAT, and customs duty

Please note that for all our customers outside of USA and outside South Africa, we do not calculate sales tax, VAT, import or customs duties and these may be due upon the product arriving at your customs office.

For our South African customers, please note that all prices including shipping are quoted excluding VAT (15%) which will be added to the price at checkout. Gala Star is a registered VAT vendor in South Africa.

For our USA customers, we will add any sales tax to your orders where we qualify for Sales Tax registration.

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