My daughter's latest 'thing' is Sylvanian Families. Sylvanian Families are toys which have been going for years, I have fond memories of playing with them as a child in the late 1980's/early 1990's. The toys come in the form of little animal characters (that wear clothes) which are made from flocked plastic. The characters began as woodland creatures (foxes, rabbits, hedgehogs etc) but now include other animals such as cats, elephants, meerkats and penguins. Sylvanian houses, cars and furniture are also available. There is SO much Sylvanian Families merchandise to collect.
One of the latest sets to my daughters Sylvanian Families collection is the 'Elephant Family'. The set comes in a nicely decorated cardboard box with transparent plastic front, so you can see exactly what you're getting. It's a 4 piece set which consists of 4 elephant figures and key family members - a mother, father, brother and sister. The family are called 'The Trunks'. The mother is called Savannah, the father is called Hugo, the brother is called Ivor and the sister is called Nellie. The names are very sweet and appropriate, however as my daughter as so many different Sylvanian Families characters, she doesn't actually use their names!
The family all wear cute traditional clothes. The mum wears a pink floral dress with white pinny, the dad wears green trousers with yellow shirt (complete with red bow tie) and green waistcoat on top (with yellow buttons), the brother wears green check trousers with red braces and the sister wears a red floral dress. None of them wear shoes, which is a relief as my daughter always loses shoes! The clothes all have velcro around the back to remove them. My daughter enjoys undressing and dressing her Sylvanian Family characters (and sometimes swaps their clothes around!). The family all look very similar, the only difference between them is that the parents are about half an inch taller than the children. When my daughter strips off the elephants she can't tell who is who - the mum and dad look exactly the same, as do the children (for all we know dad could be cross dressing at this very moment!). They are an all grey in colour (my daughters only grey Sylvanian characters at present), with tiny black eyes, a sticky-outty trunk and large ears with pink colouring in the middle. Very cute indeed. This set is one of my personal favourites, my daughter loves elephants so this is one of her favourite families too (and is probably her most 'exotic' animal family). They are quite small (the parents are about 3 inches tall and the children are about 2.5 inches tall) but are quite chunky and are good for little fingers to hold on to. They all have flat feet and can stand independently, this is a good feature to have as it helps with imaginative play. Their arms and legs can be bent, this allows my daughter to put them in different positions and sit them down on chairs etc. We've had this particular set for about 6 months now and the characters are in perfect condition. The beauty of Sylvanian Family figures are that they're very robust and durable. They're the perfect size for playing with other Sylvanian Family sets too. My daughter has a Sylvanian Families bus, house, car etc and they all fit nicely inside and are fun to play along with. This may seem like a simple set but sometimes simple is better - no batteries required, no noise, unisex, encourages imaginative and creative play...
The Sylvanian Families Elephant Family usually retail at around £15.00, which is quite expensive, however Sylvanian Family merchandise is generally quite expensive but is usually good quality and will last for years (so you will get your monies worth). At the time of writing this review the Elephant Family are currently selling new on Amazon for just £11.23 and free delivery. Sylvanian Families are widely available at most toy shops, supermarkets etc. A quick Google search informs me that the Elephant Family set is also available at John Lewis (where ours came from), Toys R Us, Asda , Tesco and Argos. The age recommendation is 4+ years. I'm happy to recommend!
WHAT IS IT?
A family of elephants from Sylvanian Families. There are four figures in the set, two adults and two children. You can purchase elephant babies separately.
The elephants are a nice gray colour and have got short trunks and big ears. From front on I don't think they look very much like elephants but when you turn them to the side they look more life like. You can remove the clothes and they will fit other figures, I like the old fashioned design of the clothes and think they suit the characters.
WHAT I THINK
The Truck elephant figures are a good set for my daughter's Sylvanian Families collection because they are more exotic than cats and bears, my husband says they don't suit the brand but I think they do.
They are very good quality and the arms and legs all move smoothly, the mum figure is wearing a dress and the sleeves are quite tight around the shoulders so when it was new my daughter had to be careful if she pulled her arm too far backwards. Now the figure has been played with the fabric has stretched a bit so this problem has been solved. This family is very easy to keep clean and still look like new. The gray fur is glossy and doesn't show up dirt or start looking grimy, none of their feet have been damaged and there are no patches of flattened or bald fur anywhere on any of the figures.
My daughter puts these on display more than she plays with them, she likes the unusual appearance of them but she can never find a game that suits the family. Mr Trunk is a lumberjack and even though she knows what one if them is there are no trees in her Sylvanian village and it's a struggle to fit him into other situations. They look very good on a shelf that my daughter has set aside to display some of her Sylvanian figures and being gray stand out because there aren't many other gray families.
THE TRUNK FAMILY
Dad --- Hugo Trunk
Mum --- Savannah Trunk
Brother --- Ivor Trunk
Sister --- Nellie Trunk
3 Dooyoo Stars.
Age: 3 to 5 years / Suitable for 4 years +.