My daughter has been collecting something called Sylvanian families for many years now and has amassed quite a assemblage.
But for those people that have never heard of Sylvanian Families then allow me to tell you a bit about them.
The Sylvanian families first hit the streets in the mid 1980's, soon becoming a household name due to the fact that they were not only toys to play with, they were also very collectable, especially as there are so many 'item' in and around the Sylvanian families that the collection can grow and grow.
The collectable items include houses, cottages, car, boats and more, with the main collectable items being the figures themselves, which are all based around cute little animals, such as cats, dogs, meerkats, penguins and more.
But to make the buildings look and feel more realistic there is also a vast collection of furniture, with each set of furniture being designed to fit into certain houses, although you can mix and match as there's no law against putting the right furniture in the right house.
And one particular set of furniture that my daughter has got in one of her houses is in fact called the Country Living room set, which, as the name states, is a set of furniture that is designed to be placed in a living room.
So what do you get then..?
There is a flowery two seater settee and the same design on a single seat too.
There is a real effect open fire which has a lovely brick design surrounded by some rather fine looking wooden beams, plus there's a rather lovely set of fireplace equipment, such as a poker, shovel and brush.
Also there is a little cupboard with two opening doors, a magazine rack and a coffee table, plus a few little extras to give the set more of a realistic look to it, such as a clock, a picture, a telephone, some newspapers and more.
You don't get any figures with the furniture, nor do you get a room to put it into either, but that's not what you're paying for.
This is quite a package indeed and very well made with a quite realistic look to it all, in a Sylvanian image sort of manner that is.
Everything is well thought out and very well made indeed with some really fine details added in.
The settee and chairs look the part and you can fit two characters on the settee and one of the chair. The pattern on the furniture may not be to everyone's taste, with it having plenty of flowers and vines scattered all around, but it does sit fine in one of the older type houses that are in the Sylvanain land, such as the cottage or even the farmhouse.
The little fire place has a brick effect look to it, (not real bricks of course), and it's wooden surround gives it more of that special look to it. And as the actually fire lights up it gives it that 'homely' feel., but you will need to put in three AAA batteries for it to do so as this doesn't come with any batteries at all.
Then there's the myriad of little extra pieces that add to this collection, which make it what it is. Although do remember that as these pieces are really small they are easily lost, although you can shove one or two of them into the little cupboard behind the two little doors.
But be warned, these small pieces can become a choking hazard to those small people who like to put things in their mouths for a bit of a giggle.
What more can I say about this? Well, if this furniture was life size then it wouldn't look out of place in a country cottage from the 1970's, all you need is the flowery wallpaper and doilies and you're away.
It looks very nice sat in the likes of the Sycamore cottage, or even Highfields farm, but it may look a little out of place in the larger properties such as the Regency Hotel or even Beechwood hall., so getting this really depends on which buildings you have, or are planning to buy.
So what about the price of this living room set..?
This whole set sells for around £10.00 to £15.00, which is not too bad at all considering what you get. So if you have the right property then this is well worth adding to the furnishing.
© Blissman70 2012
My eldest daughter who is 5 has recently developed an interest in Sylvanian Families, despite not having any! She has a wooden dolls house that Santa brought last year, but only had upstairs furniture!
On her letter to Santa this year she asked for some more dolls house furniture, and. As Santa's helper set out to help!
Upon trawling eBay I discovered a shop selling items of Sylvanian Families at reasonable prices. We managed to pick up a country living room room set for about £19, which didn't feel to bad in comparison to he wooden furniture she currently has.
Upon arrival we had. Good look at the contents and were really pleasantly surprised. It comes with a really very array of tiny items for the Sylvanian Families characters to use. Included are tiny cups, saucers, spoons, lace table runners, wine giblets, phone, logs for the fire, a coffee percolator and beans. Also included are a lovely sofa, armchair and the centrepiece log fire - which as a real glueing light effect!
All the items are beautifully detailed and lifelike! My daughter was thrilled with the amount of play opportunities she had with the set.
As a mother I am always looking for good quality toys with unlimited play potential, and this set really fits the bill!
My mum purchased Willow Hall for my daughter some time ago now, as a starter piece this is fantastic but it does not come with any furniture, so four years down the line we still have plenty of ideas for christmas and birthdays. The village is growing, we refer to it as Silvaniaville!
The country living room furniture set was one of the first furniture purchases we made, we wanted something that quickly filled the house without spending too much money. This set fit the bill.
The set contained a large selection of larger furniture pieces but also has all sorts of little bits and bobs. It comes with a lovely flowery padded sofa and arm chair these are plastic wood effect framed with padded fabric covers. There is also a little coffee table with matching magazine rack. The fire is really sweet battery operated and working it has a really pleasant glow, it looks really homely in the living room when lit. The little bits and bobs finish this set off lovely, there is an old fashioned phone to go on the coffee table and a lovely little mantle clock for on the fire place. Cups photos and magazines and newspapers are lovely little finishing touches.
Although the smaller things are fiddly for little fingers this is a lovely starter set that fills a room nicely. The attention to detail is fantastic as you would expect from sylvanian families.
This is a really good set if you are looking to build up your furniture or fill up a house. It comes with a settee, an arm chair, a coffee table, a side table and a variety of extras such as a telephone, magazine rack,clock and much more. As always with sylvanian Families the attention to detail is wonderful. There are little newspapers and things to go in the magazine rack. The furniture is very realistic and I like the fact that the settee and arm chair are padded. The fire uses a battery and "glows" which I thought was quite a very nice touch. You get quite a lot of little "things" with this as well such as the little cups and the photo frame.
I would recommend this as it does help to fill up the house and is cheaper than some of the other living room sets, a good little starter set.