Sylvanian Families are an enduring classic. They first came out way back in in 1985. Ever since then they’ve been massively popular with children who love the cute, winsome animals dressed in period costumes. The characters and settings have evolved since their beginnings. One of the newest ranges is the Sylvanian Families Town series. It includes a Gelato Shop, a Ride Along Tram and a Delicious Restaurant, which my daughter owns and which she loves playing with.
Ad: Sylvanian Familes sent us a Sylvanian House, and some Sylvanian Families figures. All views are my own.
The Sylvanian Families Town series: great for imaginative play
Sylvanian Families make great imaginative play toys. My daughter owns most of the Chocolate Rabbit family, and we love concocting little stories around the characters. Each of the Sylvanian Families sets comes with a tiny booklet with a story inside, which helps bring the characters alive. We’ve really enjoyed playing with Freya Rabbit, and her older sister Stella, a fashion designer. Stella is rather stylish, and she lives in the Town, according the little books. So we often pretend that she’s invited the rest of the Chocolate Rabbit family to her house for a party.
Sylvanian Families Town series: Elegant Town Manor
One of the sets Sylvanian Families sent us was the Elegant Town Manor.
The Elegant Town Manor is a Sylvanian Families house with an ornate balcony, a spiral staircase, and gold-coloured gates. It looks very fine indeed. Perfect for the sophisticated Stella!
The Town Manor came in a handful of big, chunky pieces which were easy to put together.
The Manor’s spiral staircase could be placed in a few different locations: at the front of the Manor, leading down from the curved balcony, or at the back of the house, on the interior.
One lovely accessory was the chandelier, which slotted easily onto the ceiling of the top floor.
Mix and match play sets
One good feature of the Town series is that the Sylvanian Families sets are designed so that you can slot them together. So while the Elegant Town Manor is a complete set in its own right (minus the Sylvanian Families accessories and figures, which you need to buy separately), you can combine it with other Town series sets. My daughter saved up her pocket money to buy Stella’s Design Studio. It slots very neatly onto the top of the Manor, turning the two-storey house into a three-storey mansion.
The Manor’s chandelier sits under the ceiling of the top floor, so when the Design Studio is inserted on top of the second storey, the chandelier still dangles down. It makes Stella’s room look very swish indeed.
Sylvanian Families Polar Bear Family
One new character playset, released for Christmas 2019, is the Polar Bear Family. Don’t you think they’re so sweet?
We have no doubt that the Polar Bears will have lots of fun playing with the Sylvanian Families Chocolate Rabbit family.
Do you like Sylvanian Families? It’s definitely going to be a Sylvanian Families Christmas in our house!
You can find out more on the Sylvanian Families website.
If you’re looking for gift ideas, check out our feature on gifts for families that love adventure.