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Sylvanian Families Fridge and Accessories
Member Name: broxi3781
Sylvanian Families Fridge and Accessories
Date: 04/02/13, updated on 04/02/13 (52 review reads)
Advantages: Very well made, adds play value to a dool hosue or action hero hide out.
Disadvantages: Expensive, labels fall off the juice tins, a few more food items would have been nice.
It may seem odd for me to reviewing Sylvanian Families when my children are boys, but my youngest son's big present this year was the Teen Titan's Tower. My husband wasn't too thrilled with the addition of doll's house furniture, but it is basically just that a doll's house except that boys call their doll's action figures. Beast Boy actually spends a fair amount of time eating on the TV programme and a kitchen well stocked with junk food was an absolute necessity. But finding furnishing the right size for 3 3/4" proved quite a challenge until I found Sylvanian families. These items seem to be just right.
I paid £5.99 for this, using a dooyoo voucher. I do feel this is a bit expensive for such a small item, but I had been able to pick up most of the furnishings used, so I didn't mind going a bit over for one item. This is small 7 x 5 centimeters, but it suits the smaller action figures quite well. This is plastic but it is exceptionally thick and I believe this toy is very well made. I especially like that teh hinges are sturdy and the doors never come off. I really can not imagine this toy breaking with normal usage. It came with stick on magnets which we discarded they were not in keeping with the super heroes secret lair theme, but these would be a cute addition if this set were used as it is intended with Sylvanian families set.
A few food items were also included - a stick of butter which my son says is tofu - one of Beast Boys favourite foods. There were also a couple of bottles of milk, some yogurt and some juices. The picture here shows a red carton as well, but I can't find that at the moment and honestly do not remember it. The milk and butter are well made, but the labels are falling off the tins of juice, despite the fact that these are never used. The yogurts are all stuck together on a tray, and my son doesn't really like this either, but we are happy with the milk and butter, and I did plan on buying other foods for this anyway. We now have the fridge stocked with colas, chocolate bars and green hot dogs as Beast Boy loves green food.
For such a simple toy, I am surprised how much use this has had. My son regularly gets all the snacks from the fridge to hand out to all the super heroes as they gather around their telly. This isn't the type of toy one would normally think for a boy - but boys do eat as well, and my son seems to enjoy being able to have his toys feast on junk food as well. As I was deprived of inappropriate toys such as scale electrix and electric trains as a child - I tend to pay less attention to proper toys for boys and girls as long as they are having fun - and I don't really feel this looks like a girls toy in the over all context of the Tower.
I think is a lovely toy that really adds to creative play with any type of small doll or action figure. In addition to Sylvanian families, I believe this would fit with Peppa Pig toys as well since our living room furniture is from a Peppa Pig set and the scale seems the same. I'm sure there are many other smaller toys this would suit as well. It obviously would not suit larger dolls like Barbie. If your child has a small doll house - or even a superhero base or evil villains lair - then I am quite happy to recommend this as a lovely prop to add to the fun.
I did consider knocking a star because I do think this was a bit expensive, especially as I ended up spending more on extra foods. But considering the amount of play value this has had, and the fact that my son enjoys it so much, combined with the fact that the refrigerator itself is very well made, I have given this the full 5 stars, and I am very glad that I bought it.
* I believe the refrigerator itself would be safe with a smaller child, but I would still recommend some supervision. This is sturdy and well made, but there is some possibility a determined child could wrench a door free, and this might be small enough to swallow. The foods are not suitable until whatever age your own child is when they are past putting toys in their mouth. If this is bought for an older child, will need to watch the small parts with younger siblings.
Summary: A few niggles but well worth purchasing.
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