Mini Australian Animal Chess Set


The smaller size of this gorgeous Australian animal chess set from Gala Star makes it the perfect affordable gift for a loved one, or yourself! All chess pieces are hand-cast from polystone and painted by hand by our local community artists. The wooden chess board is set in a frame which is made from polystone and hand-painted with depictions of other Australian wildlife

The chess pieces are based on some of the most well-known and loved Australian animals:

  • The king - kangaroo
  • The queen - wombat
  • The knight - numbat
  • The bishop – kookaburra
  • The rook /castle - koala
  • The pawn - echidna

Gala Star 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 chess board itself is also carved by hand, as are the molds that are used for the chess pieces.

The board is 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 Australian design.

Set sizes

The set fully packed and boxed is 31.5 cm x 31.5 cm x 8.5 cm and weighs 2.3kg.


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. The set 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 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 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.