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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 'Friesian Cow 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 cow figures and key family members - a mother, father, brother and sister. The family are called 'The Buttercups'. The mother is called Daisy, the father is called Hornbull, the brother is called Paddock and the sister is called Annabell. 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 yellow dress with small blue bow and white pinny, the dad wears green dungarees with blue checked shirt underneath, the brother wears blue dungarees with striped orange shirt underneath and the sister wears a yellow checked 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 the children are smaller and the dad has horns on top of his head. They are an all white colour, with black splodges on their faces and pink 'snouts' and ears. Very cute indeed. The 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 Friesian Cow 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 Fresian Cow Family are currently selling new on Amazon for just £7.33 and free delivery! Be quick and grab yourself a bargain! Sylvanian Families are widely available at most toy shops, supermarkets etc. A quick Google search informs me that the Fresian Cow Family set is also available at John Lewis, The Entertainer (where we got ours from) and Argos. The age recommendation is 4+ years. I'm happy to recommend!