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Sylvanian families - caravan My granddaughter who recently turned four has inherited her mother's ( my step daughter) love of dolls and Sylvanian families. We kept my step daughter's families but she never had any of the more expensive equipment. My step daughter is very good and often buys second hand things for granddaughter so I know she doesn't mind me buying things second hand. We managed to get a huge number of Sylvanian families toys for about £25 so long as we drove over to Sheffield to collect it. This caravan was one of the items. I have not only bought this item but have also played with it with my granddaughter many times. We brought it all back and my husband spent an afternoon cleaning every tiny piece with anti bacterial cleaner and putting all the bits back in the correct places. He was quite taken with how well everything was made and how many of the bits actually opened and became other things. The caravan is a retro model based in the same vintage as the rest of the Sylvanian families stuff in the late fifties/early 60s. It is a rounded edged looking caravan in a creamy colour with brown and green decor inside. There are quite a few very small pieces, around 30 in a new caravan so you need to know your child is beyond the 'putting in mouth' stage. You also need to be careful if you are vacuuming as many are very small and would quickly disappear up the vacuum I know my sister's kids lost a lot of the Barbie accessories to the vacuum wielded by their over enthusiastic father! If you were to buy this item new you would have to expect to pay in excess of £40 depending on where you buy it. This cute little caravan is a cream colour, not bright and garish like many modern toys. It is about 30 cm long by 20cm wide and again about 20cm tall. When playing with the caravan the child can open up the roof and also one side opens out like a cupboard door. This makes the entire item accessible to little hands, even big hands as my husband discovered. when he was 'playing' with it when cleaning it up. This is a very well equipped caravan for the age, better equipped than most 1950s ones that I stayed in. The roof has two windows that don't open, sort of sun roof style. There are also a couple of bunks for the animals to sleep on. This is fine when the roof is open but the animals are rather unceremoniously tossed onto the caravan floor. I will explain some of the little bits that we found most exciting and which granddaughter found fun to play with. She loved the stove and the various little pots as well as the drawers which open (in fact they come right out). She was also particularly taken with the fold down ironing board and tiny iron which came out of a cupboard in the kitchen area. The bathroom has a tiny shower on a hose which you can hold and move around and the toilet has a lid and opens and shuts. The animals spent quite a lot of time checking the toilet out! We had to get a piece of toilet paper and tear it up too! At the other end from the bathroom is a sitting area with a couple of bunk type sofas which become beds like in a real caravan. Everything is perfectly made and fits very cleverly into the space. I think all the little bits that come with this set are so sweet and make it a real little girl's toy. You have various pots and pans, plates, glasses and so on, the iron and even cloth bedding. There may have been other bits but remember ours was a used caravan even though it is a great condition some of the small bits may be missing. Our caravan did come with some animals but if you buy this new it comes just as a caravan. The families vary in price but they are usually at least £15 per family. The caravan is sold alone but there is a brilliant little Morris minor looking car that can go with it. I believe there are different colours. If you choose to buy the car this is extra and the set can be bought together for around £50 - £70 depending on where you buy it. Our car came with the stuff I bought in bulk second hand. The caravan has lots of small bits so if you want to keep it together you need to have careful child or a mum/Dad who is good at collecting bits together and saving them. The bits that open and close seem to have with stood the previous owner's use and as my granddaughter is quite a careful child I think it will see her through her Sylvanian phase. I would say this is probably a toy that would appeal more to girls than boys although my grandsons did play with my granddaughter for a short while when she opened it. Their attention was limited to seeing what opened and shut and where things might be hidden. My granddaughter loves her various Sylvanian bits and plays with them for hours. She is happy to play alone so long as there is an adult beside her to talk to about what she is doing and share in the activity from time ti time. She and her little friend do play for long periods with the Sylvanians, the Princess Barbies and also the dolls and doll's house. She is a lucky little girl in that she does have a lot of toys but the Sylvanians have replaced Peppa pig and I do think these are made better than the Peppa toys. I love the retro look to the Sylvanian toys. They are attractive and created in subtle colours which is far more attractive to me than the garish colours modern toys come in. I think they are quite expensive at full RRP and new but fortunately as the age range that they appeal to is limited you can often find them second hand and if you are not someone who is fussy about buying second hand these do offer great value. I think these are toys that have a real charm and appeal to children who like doll's house and miniature imaginative play. The caravan appears to be quite a decent quality and the roof and from open easily. I am not sure they would last being thrown into a toy box too often. They need careful play but will cope with normal playing, just not rough handling and careless play. I know my granddaughter loves hers and I have spent many happy hours playing with her and watching her friend playing with her. She certainly loves her caravan and from an adult point of view it is interesting and has lots of cute little caravan type storage and accessories which are intriguing even to seven year old boys (if just for a short time). Thanks for reading. This review may be posted on other sites under my same user name. ©Catsholiday
Yet another amazing toy from Flair - the manufacturers of the Sylvanian Families! This set consists of the green Morris Minor Family Car and the Touring Caravan. The two items can be purchased as a set or individually and there are a variety of cars on the market in different makes and colours. There are currently two versions of the caravan, the one pictured above that is cream and green to match the green car and the modern version with the wooden panelled caravan that is packaged with the blue car. The car is green with chrome effect bumpers and grill, and wooden panels to the doors. There are two removable baby seats and a hamper that sits on the boot of the car for luggage. The caravan is packed full of features. It attaches to the car via a tow bar. On one side there is the door and steps up into the caravan, the other side opens up completely to reveal the interior of the caravan. First you have the kitchen - the floor folds out to give the Sylvanians more space, there is a sink and drainer, cooker, two drawers, a clock, cupboard and fold out ironing board with iron. Lots of accessories can be found in the kitchen including cutlery, cups, kettle, stew pot, oven glove and plates. Then there is a bathroom with sink, fold out toilet and a shower cubicle. Lastly the living area has a sofa that folds out, two drawers, board games, and two bunk beds in the roof with sleeping bags. There is a compartment in the floor to store all of the accessories in when the caravan is on the move. Price This set is a lot of money - RRP £49.99 but can be found on offer occasionally for £34.99 which is a great price for the toy considering the detail that has gone into the designing of it. Availability The car and caravan can be found in almost every toy shop selling the range including Toys R Us, Amazon, Argos, Smyths etc. Add on items There are many sets that accompany the car and caravan. Ingrid's Camping Set goes well for that camp site feel. The BBQ set also comes with a table and chairs for when the Sylvanians like to eat outside.
My little girls adore Sylvanian Families and using some birthday money in the summer they clubbed together and decided to buy the Caravan and Family Car set. They have the Regency Hotel from the Sylvanian range and enjoy imaginative play that the characters in Sylvanian World are going on their holidays to the hotel using the family car, however children can play with this set no matter which 'buildings' they have in the range. Combining the Caravan and the Car is the perfect holiday for little Sylvanians and includes over 30 little accessories so makes imaginative play so much fun. I like to play with the girls when they are playing with these sets! I didn't have Sylvanian as I child so I'm making up for it now I'm 30! The Caravan opens up at the roof and the side to reveal a really well equipped kitchen. I was at first a little apprehensive that little hands could open this open by themselves, one because I thought they may trap fingers and two that they may break it! Neither is very likely, it would be quite a feat to trap fingers in here and also it is so well made that it would be almost impossible to break it too. It has been known to come out of the hinges but it hasn't snapped, and simply clips back into the main body of the toy. Inside the caravan, the quality is just as you would expect from Sylvanian, there is attention to detail everywhere and really puts some of the toy manufacturers to shame. There is a sink and cooking area, cupboards and even a fold out ironing board! The seating area converts into a double bed and there are 2 bunk beds, a shower room complete with toilet and hand basin. The Sylvanian Caravan really does have everything needed for staying away from home. The Caravan is designed to be towed by the green family car and has 4 seats and 2 baby seats within it. A lovely little touch is a picnic basket which can be clipped to the rear of the car. We already had a dining set from one of the other furniture sets we had, so the girls use the tiny little knives and forks, glasses, plates and slices of cake to simulate a posh picnic! This set has been played with countless times and is still as good as new. Even the stickers haven't become tatty around the edges which I expected they might over time. The stickers do need to be stuck on when you first take the toy out of its box, which is quite fiddly, so I would recommend doing this away from little eyes as they may want to become involved, and once they are stuck on they aren't coming off so precision is required at this point! The RRP for this double item is a rather hefty £70, however a quick search on Amazon shows it can be picked up for £36.67. Shopping around is essential.
I recently purchased the sylvanian caravan and car for my 5 year old daughter, we have got a caravan ourselves so she loved the thought of having one for her sylvanion people. My daughter has played with this endlessly since getting it. I got the caravan from Argos it came as a package including the car and it cost around £50. The caravan and car are all really well made as you would expect from this brand, if looked after well they will last for years, I think these can be played with for years as my daughters cousin who is 9 also loves the sets and plays with them when she comes to visit. The detail on the caravan is amazing the roof and the side of the caravan open so that your child can access all the caravan to play. In addition to the caravan itself the package comes with lots of really cute accessories, cups, pots and pans. It is very lifelike, the bed folds out and there are 2 very cute beds for the kids which are bunkbeds and even sleeping bags. There is a little bathroom and toilet in the caravan and even a little ironing board! I would recommend getting some small tubs to keep all the little bits in as if you have a child that isn't very careful its easy to see how they would get lost. The car clips onto the front of the caravan and then pulls it along, very cute! Again the car has lots of detail and even little car seats for the baby sylvanian people. I think that the caravan will definitely help to develop imagination in children and also social skills as they can play either alone or with other children. I would definitely recommend this product to anyone with children aged 5 and over.
For all those people who have heard, if not own some items of Sylvanian Families then you'll know that there seems to be an endless line of more and more Sylvanian Families goodies that seem to be appearing on the market. But for those that have never heard of the Sylvanian families range then I'll simply tell you that they are a collection of toy characters, together with places to live in and vehicles to drive around in, which people, usually the younger ones, tend to play with or simply want to collect. The Sylvanian families first emerged in the mid 1980's, with the characters being animals such as beavers, meerkats, dogs, penguins and others. As the Sylvanian families became more and more popular the market became awash with more and more characters. These characters then needed somewhere to live, which introduced Sylvanian buildings such as lovely quaint cottages to mansions for the wealthy, and then there's the vehicles that they need to travel around in, such as motorbikes and buses. And it is the last couple on that list that I wich to tell you about today, a double product, if you will, which not only helps the Sylvaniain characters travel around, but alos gives them somewhere to live whilst on their travels. The Sylvanian item I am going to tell you about here is on fact the Caravan and Car which my daughter has recently added to her ever growing collection of Sylvanian Families items. Firstly I shall tell you about the caravan as it is the more 'fun' item of the two, with quite a bit of well thought out design put into it. It looks like something from the 1960's era, sort of, with the curves and shape giving it that 'retro' look. It has a single door and is surrounded by several strangely shaped window, very 'retro'. When it's opened up you can really appreciate exactly what it has to offer, with the caravan suddenly becoming a vast space for the Sylvanian characters to live in. Once open you'll be presented with what you would expect to find in any 'normal' caravan, such as a rather lovely little shower/toilet area with a rather nice looking toilet seat and shower unit, with the floor having a nice white tile effect on it. In the living area there is a seating area which curves around the front end, just inside the doorway, with a built in table/shelf on the other side of the door. Then, on the back wall of the caravan, there is the kitchen area, including a cooker, sink, worktop, several draws and a cupboard with a built in ironing board, there's also some little hook for those kitchen utensils. Talking about kitchen utensils you do get a few things with this caravan, albeit very small things, but they do add to the realism of the inside of the caravan. these items include such things as a chopping board, a few pots and pans, baking tray, a few cups and saucers and other items that you may find in a caravan. In fact I'm sure there was even a toilet roll but it seems to have gone missing from my daughters collection, (I wonder if the dog ate it...?). You also get a few other bits and bobs, such as a couple of board games, postcards, a coffee table, sleeping bags, an iron and ironing board, which fits snugly into the cupboard in the kitchen, and a few other kitchen items. This back wall, or kitchen area, can be opened up fully, swinging out to create more space for the character to move around in, although this room inside the caravan when this wall/kitchen is opened up is technically outside, so to speak. The sleeping area is a little strange, and if was a real caravan, it would certainly be against health and safety without a doubt. There are two beds fitted into the roof, situated between the two 'sky lights', these beds flop open when the roof is lifted up, then there's a third bed which is cleverly found by unfolding the little flap on the seating area, with the bed then standing firmly on a couple of supports. The re may not be lots of room, it is a caravan after all, but the room there is has been well thought out and split into the areas that it needs, and the way that some items manage to fold into themselves create even more room. For example the toilet itself can be folded into the cupboard behind it to create more room in the shower area and the little cupboard doors open up to reveal some more storage space to stash away some of the smaller bits and bobs. also the floor of the kitchen area folds up for storage reasons, so that it can all be closed together for when your ready to get on with your journey. Speaking of getting on with your journey, you'll need a car to tow this caravan around and this one comes with its own little car, that car being a very close resemblance to an old Morris Minor, (ask you grand parents about that one..). The car my daughter has is a lovely dark green colour, if you like dark green that is, if you don't there is an option of a burgundy car instead, but which ever colour you chose they both have a wooden 'slat' type effect surrounding the four doors. There's no roof on it so you can get the figures in and out without having to open the doors. You can get four average size Sylvanian characters inside the car and maybe a couple of smaller, baby, characters as well, cramming them in the back seating area in the back. Then there's a lovely little picnic basket which is strategically placed on the back of the vehicle. And, as the wheels on both the caravan and the car can spin around you can drive the entire thing around the floor, just connect the tow bar and away you go. In all, It's a good size caravan and can fit several Sylvanian characters quite comfortably inside, allowing them all to eat or even sleep without elbowing each other, and the way it opens up is a well thought out idea the design office staff as you can move the characters around without banging you fingers against the caravan walls. The car itself is well built and, as it has no roof, you can get the little critters in and out without a problem. As for the price of this caravan and car combination, it sells for around the £45 to £60, which isn't bad at all for what you get. If you buy them separately then the car will cost you between £15- £30 whilst the caravan is a bit more at between £30 - £45.
When my daughter began showing an interest in Sylvanian Families I admittedly groaned inwardly a little. They aren't the cheapest of toys around after all. My Mother bought her initial toy, a small cat family of figures and despite the price I reluctantly conceded that they were indeed very attractive and extremely good quality. With Christmas on the way it was inevitable that one of the large toys from the extensive collection would be on the list and it was this Caravan and Car set which caught my little darlings eye. I did a bit of research and shopping around before buying as prices seemed to vary with up £20 difference on various offers, although it was quite often out of stock. In the end I hit lucky and picked it up in our local independent toy store for £44.99, which seemed reasonable and avoided delivery costs. Christmas present secured I headed off home to wrap it for the big day. The Sylvanian Caravan and Car consists of two separate vehicles, a car and caravan to state the obvious and can either be used individually or joined together so the car tows along the Caravan. An added bonus to this set is that unlike many other of the Sylvanian buildings and sets, this one actually came with lots of accessories and didn't need to be purchased separately. This is one of the issues that puts me off SF usually, especially the dearer buildings which after forking out for, you're left with an empty shell unless you stump up even more to furnish it. In this respect, the Caravan is an ideal starter to the collection as many of the pieces can be used later on in houses etc and is in itself complete immediately. At the time ours also came with a free Penguin family of four figures (which usually cost around £15 I believe) although I'm not sure if this 'freebie' is always on offer, it certainly made me feel I'd got a bit of a bargain. As expected on Christmas Morning this was the first toy she wanted to play with after ripping the paper from all her presents. Setting it up was pretty simple as it more or less comes complete, except for the obligatory fiddly decorative stickers I always manage to make a mess of. We did struggle to work out how to attach the tow bar, and that still remains a little bit of an issue and doesn't really connect that well meaning it often looses the caravan when you're pulling it along by the car. The accessories are also a little fiddly, with tiny plastic glasses and cutlery joined in little frames and needing separated. But after twenty minutes we were up and running and my daughter settled down to play. I have to say that my overwhelming feeling about this toy was quality, in this case you really do get what you pay for. It's made with sturdy and durable plastic, the detailing is fantastic and the finish is high standard, particularly the gorgeous racing green car. Playing with the toy is an adventure and I was just as excited as my daughter as we investigated the nooks and crannies. There's bunk beds in the ceiling, hidden compartments, an ironing board that folds from a cupboard and a flooring section which can be expanded when the caravan is opened up, giving much more space, then folded away again to close. It has bathroom, kitchen, living and bedroom areas that are all designed to be compact and practical yet are still utterly charming. The thought that's gone into the design is amazing, I'd love to stay in a caravan like this myself! Over the last two years my daughter has had many hours of fun with this set. With her own Christmas vouchers she bought a BBQ set which came with a lovely table and a camping set, both of which compliment the car and caravan beautifully. Despite the hours of play it still looks immaculate and has proven that my first impression was right. I firmly believe that this toy will get years of use, and then will be put away for possible grandchildren someday. It has that timeless, classic appeal and I personally find just looking at it makes me happy...it has that nostalgic beauty about it and is still functional and durable. While I am confident the high quality materials are up to the stress of younger children, this is one toy where I wouldn't advise ignoring the recommended age of Four Years. Some of the pieces are really, really tiny and could definitely be a choking hazard to younger children and little siblings. Lucy was five when she received this and I'm glad she hadn't asked for it earlier. To keep the little pieces of food and accessories safe we have a tupperware box to keep them in, and I insist she packs everything up properly with this toy when she's done playing to avoid loosing anything. I also don't think this is a great toy to take elsewhere out of the house for the same reason. Overall I'm more than impressed with the Sylvanian Caravan and Car. It's without a doubt one of my favourite pieces from Lucy's collection despite my initial reluctance. She's played for hours with it; it's fun, interactive, charming and with the addition of other sets grows and becomes more as your collection expands. While at first glimpse it seems expensive, I think genuinely the quality of the toy speaks for itself and it's worth every penny. If you're not planning on keeping the toy once your child outgrows it, they also have an excellent resale value. Personally this is one I plan to keep long after my daughter finishes with it, I love it almost as much as she does.
When I was little my family never went on caravanning holidays but my best friend's family had their own caravan and I was so jealous! I loved playing in it and seeing how beds could suddenly appear and how everything could be hidden in its own place out of sight. I think this must be the reason why that when my in-laws gave my daughters the Sylvanian Families caravan and family car for Christmas I was probably more excited than they were! My daughters and I love all things Sylvanian and I do think that all their items are exquisitely made with such a wonderful attention to detail. The caravan and car are no exception. They can be sold together as a set although they do come in their separate boxes and can be bought individually. However, looking at the Sylvanian Families website you save about £10 by buying as a set. Firstly, the caravan is absolutely brilliant and comes with over thirty pieces. There are also various pieces that need to be assembled when you first want to play with the caravan. These are very straight forward though and in fact my six year old took herself off and assembled it all by herself! It has got loads of features such as the roof opening up and the front side swinging open in order to provide a lot more space. There is a toilet that folds out of a bathroom unit and an ironing board that also folds out. The kitchen is well equipped with some basic cooking utensils and there are spaces for sleeping and sitting too. Also when your little family is ready to go to bed, the sofa folds out to make an extra bed too. The attention to detail is amazing and it so reminds me of my childhood friend's caravan too! The caravan also has the most essential item which is a tow bar. This means that it can actually attach to the family car and it can be pulled along. The two attach very easily and my daughters think that it is great that they can do this. They pile their Sylvanian families into the car and take them off on their holidays! The car itself is an absolute gem! It is in dark green and is really old fashioned looking with the wooden panels on the side. I think it might be based on an old Morris model although I am not an expert on car makes. This brilliant car can hold a family of six which includes two adults, two children and two babies. The babies have their own removable car seats! These are clipped in to make sure they stay in place so there's a good lesson in car safety there too. The other nice thing about this car is that it has a picnic hamper that is attached to the back so that they won't go hungry! The car and the caravan go really well together and are a great addition to any Sylvanian Family collection. You should be aware that you have to buy the little figures separately and also there are lots of very small pieces. Not only does this make it incredibly easy to lose pieces (no matter how careful my daughters are) but also it is not really suitable for under threes. I really rate this toy car and caravan and I can't help thinking that they really are too good to be a toy! Having said that though, they have provided hours of play for my two girls and so would be a bit wasted if they were just left on a shelf! There's no danger of that in this house! The combination does not come cheap though and luckily for us it was a gift. However, I have just looked on the website and buying the two items together would cost £55.95! For more information about any Sylvanian Families items you can visit http://www.sylvanianfamilies.com/
I bought the Sylvanian caravan and car for my 8 year old daughter as she recently got into the whole Sylvanian thing and I noticed that the caravan was one of the top ten toys in the lead up to Christmas last year so thought it would be a safe bet. I wasn't disappointed. Out of all of the toys and gadgets she received, this was the one my daughter has cherished the most and she has already notched up hours of play with it unlike many of the other toys she got for Christmas and hasn't played with since. At a package price of about 50 pounds it was well worth it as some Sylvanian Family merchandise can be quite pricey. The caravan is beautifully made, opening up to reveal every detail you would find in a real caravan - seating area, beds, bathroom, kitchen as well as a multitude of tiny accessories to make it realistic - cups, plates, pots, pans, soap, and even maps and postcards. All beautifully crafted even my daughter's older friends who have come round to play have been fascinated by it. The Morris Minor car is also beautifully made and and has the same detail that you would expect after having looked at the caravan. It gave me a real feeling of nostalgia having not seen a car like this for years. The caravan and car are definitely toys to be played with carefully and treasured and therefore I wouldn't recommend that they be bought for any child under 6 as it's not the kind of toy that you can treat heavy handedly and the tiny pieces can easily be lost, or swallowed if young children are around. This is the case with alot Sylvanian Family items anyway. In short, value for money and hours of play can be had as long as it's looked after well.
I purchased the Sylvanian Families caravan and car set for my daughter for Christmas. It was a brilliant move as she has already had hours of fun from it and we've only had ait a couple of weeks! You can purchase the car and the caravan seperately but it worked out a bit dearer so it made sense to purchase them as a set. The car and caravan set together cost about £55 and available from the usual places! To buy them seperately though is about £65. The box is quite large and is decorated with the familiar Sylvanian blue box covering and nice pictures of the product. The toy was well packaged, ensuring that it arrived in tip top condition! The toy is ready to play with and there isn't anything to put together apart from the tow bar onto the car. There are a few small bits which need removing from their plastic frame thing and a few stickers which need putting on but nothing too major. It comes with over 30 accessories altogether - there is everything here that your Sylvanian Families need from cutlery and food to sleeping bags and toilet roll!! There is even a couple of car seats with the car for your babies to ride safely. Absolutely everything has been thought of. This does mean that there are a lot of really small bits but if you have a careful child this isn't a problem. The caravan is cream in colour and measures approximately 28 x 17 cm and 17cm tall. It has 2 moving wheels making it easy to be towed by the car. If the caravan is not connected to the car it is weighted so that it does not zoom across the floor - only when it is attatched to the tow bar does it lift up to be able to move. The roof of the caravan lifts up, enabling the side of the caravan to open completely - this allows easy access to everything inside. Inside the caravan you have the kitchen area - this is the part that is on the side that folds out, there is also a fold out floor, giving your sylvanians a bit more room. The kitchen includes an oven and hob with baking tray stewing pot with removable stew! there is a sink - ours permanently has washing up in just like reali life! There are cups, plates, glasses, cutlery cooking utensils, oven gloves, tea towel, chopping board, tea and coffee, salt and pepper, bread, a jug of juice, Kettle and a fold out ironing board and iron. There are 2 pull out drawers where you can store all this stuff. Obviously things like this get lost easily or could be a choking hazard to very small children so it is not recommended for children under 4 years old or for children who don't put things away! (I am very lucky my daughter takes extremely good care of her toys!) In the living area there is a nice sofa which folds out and doubles as a bed, board games, a table and a unit where you can store other bits in - we have their maps and books in here! On the roof there are 2 fold down bunk beds -complete with sleeping bags. In the bathroom area there is a shower and fold out toilet complete with toilet roll holder and spare toilet roll. There is also a sink and even a tiny little soap to have a wash! There is a little mat and underneath there is a storage area where the steps are kept to get in the caravan. The car is a green morris minor I think and comfortably seats 2 Sylvanians plus 2 babies in their car seats. It comes complete with tow bar and there is no roof so nice and easy to get the figures in. It has a removable picnic basket on the back so you can also hide bits in here! The number plate says 'SM1 LEY' so attention to detail is amazing throughout the whole set right down to the caravan club and I heart caravanning stickers. The car measures approx 24 x13cm and 12cm high. Again the wheels move freely making Sylvanian caravanning holidays easy. I have to give this 5 stars as it is so detailed, comes with lots of accessories and will provide hours of role play fun for my daughter.