My daughter has been collecting sylvanian families for sometime now she is now 9 and still enjoys playing with them.
We purchased the Sylvanian Families Ice Cream Cart with money she recieved for her birthday, at just under £10 it was a nice price for a child to pay.
The set comes in a little card board box although a little flimsy it is still well packaged. Contents included a pretty little Ice Cream cart and a table with rubbish bin and a lovely little parasol. The Ice cream cart comes with several ice creams, cones, lollies and pretty little gift boxes, (these are very fiddly little pieces that can very easily get lost and not very easy for litte fingers to set up) however you do not recieve the bench that is in the picture and as is the norm for sylvanian families you do not get any of the little animal characters.
I think this playset was pretty good value for money, Sylvanian families are quite expensive generally, this was reasonably priced. However I always think that if they included just one or two of the figures it would be more appealing and worth the cost.
My daughter has played with the Ice Cream Cart quite a lot it is set up along with the rest of her playsets in what we call Sylvaniaville, she thinks it was worth her birthday money she is happy with it and that is what matters.
This is the first of my Sylvanian reviews, my daughter has been collecting the Sylvanians for a couple of years now, she just turned 8 yesterday. She had this ice cream cart for Christmas along with a few other bits.
I particularly like this Sylvanian product because it has lots of bits to it! although for some that will be annoying as they're more likely to get sucked up the hoover!
This item has the ice cream cart, a table with parasol under the table is a bin (like you get in MacDonalds), I like this because from an early age it encourages putting rubbish in the bin! There are four ice creams in cups +stands to stand them in, a scoop, 2 little boxes and eight ice lollies which stand in the cart. The picture here shows a bench - it DOESN'T come with a bench at all and as usual with Sylvanian it doesn't come with any characters either.
As with all Sylvanian I find it's well made and fairly robust, they are great to collect and my daughter loves them. I feel the more little parts to a set the more value for money they are so I like this set for that reason.
I've seen it for £10 in most stores, if you live in the Midlands near Pailton there is a farm shop in the village that sells lots of things including Sylvanian and Playmobil at reasonable prices, usually a couple of pounds cheaper - worth a visit.
This was one of the first items of Sylvanians that my daughter owned. The collection was started off by my mum and now we have a huge amount of the stuff which has cost us a small fortue over the last couple of years.
I choose to write about the ice cream cart, as its my least favourite set from the sylvanians so far.
The set consists of a cart and a stand with umbrella (there are no animals with this, as is often the case with sylvanians, although they will be displayed on the box).
Then come the ice creams !! and this is where the problems begin. There are 8 cones and 8 bits of 'ice cream' that have to be fitted into the cones, and then balanced in the ice cream stands, but they are soooo fiddly, and you no sooner get them all stood up in the right places and then along comes your 5 year old to knock them all over!!!
If I had a pound for every time I'd stacked them up, I'd be a rich woman!
There are also some teeny tiny lolly pops that have to be put in the stands as well, and these are just as fiddly.
However, I say this mainly in jest, as this is a good toy, and has given my daughter many hours of enjoyment, as do all her Sylvanian Toys.
They are good quality and well made with alot of attention to detail, they are not always cheap but provide good value as you do get alot of play from them.
Just be prepared to do alot of fiddly setting up
A couple of years ago a well meaning relative presented one of my daughters with a present from the Sylvanian family. It proved such a hit with both my daughters (aged 5 and 9) that every birthday and Christmas since has been welcoming more and more new additions from this ever growing family. We have been well and truly invaded but they keep my daughters entertained for hours on end.
For those who haven't heard of the Sylvanians, they're a collection of tiny toy creatures which currently include animals such as mice, cats, dogs, rabbits, sheep, badgers, hedgehogs, bears and penguins. This is off the top of my head!
Generally you purchase the animal families and their activities as separate components. Although the Sylvanians are very small, there is also a large range of Sylvanian babies which are even smaller, some are the size of my little fingernail.
The ever increasing range of figures and play activities is good on one hand and bad on the other. Good because there's always something for the relatives to buy for a birthday etc that doesn't cost the earth. Bad because these things are so tiny and there are so many of them that they end up everywhere. Over the carpet, under the beds, in every nook and cranny. I've lost count of how many have ended up inside the vacuum cleaner. My youngest started screaming one day as I vacuumed around her bedroom. She was yelling that the orange was inside the vacuum cleaner. I stopped to inspect and sure enough, amongst the dirt and dust, there was the missing orange. The orange in question is around the size of a lentil! Thank goodness for see through vacuum cleaners.
Anyway, this particular review is for the Ice Cream cart. I must admit that when I helped my 5 year old daughter unpack this particular present, my heart sank. There appeared to be hundreds of tiny pieces, all bound for the backs of tables, under beds or in the bin. The thing about the Sylvanian products is that they are all very beautifully constructed with such tiny detail that you can't help but admire them. And children adore them. Obviously, with such tiny pieces, they're not suitable for babies or toddlers and most of the Sylvanians are suitable for children over the age of 4.
The Ice Cream Cart comes packed in two parts, the cart a bin and a bench. Everything is designed to suit small hands but I had to help my five year old put together some of the pieces.
The Ice Cream Shop:
This part is already complete. All the child has to do is place the supplied stickers onto the appropriate place on the cart which can be seen on the photo on the box. I had to help put a couple of these stickers on for my daughter so they would fit correctly. The cart has a clear lift up lid with little holes for the icecreams to sit in. There are separate holes for ice cream cones and ice lollys. There are vanilla, lime, strawberry, banana and chocolate ice creams and lolly sticks. They fit easily into the holes and by closing the lid, they will at least remain in one place although they will fall out of the holes if the cart is tipped up. The wheels move so the child can push the cart along.
Also supplied are two ice cream boxes that are 'flatpacked' so I had to build these. They are so tiny, only about one inch wide and tall. These are designed to be takeaway boxes for the ice lollys.
This is also a sort of table. It comes with an umbrella which slots easily into the top. Unfortunately this didn't last too long. Many of the Sylvanian toys are very fragile, and in the case of the umbrella, the plastic stick part snapped off so the umbrella fell off. The bin has a little flap that works for children to place their 'rubbish' inside. At the back is a door for them to open and take the rubbish out again.
Other bits included are a bench for the Sylvanians to sit on while enjoying their icecreams. There is also a cute little ice cream stand with holes for two ice creams. This is where the ice cream seller places the ice creams ready for the purchaser. Altogether there are 20 accessories in the pack (not including the individual ice creams and lollys.
Although much of the Sylvanian paraphernalia ends up mixed together, the children always seem to remember exactly what goes with which set. I'm always finding the odd ice cream in unexpected places and we've definitely lost a few along the way.
This set has provided loads of entertainment for my children and it's a very reasonable price at around £10 on Amazon or £14.67 from the Sylvanian website (http://www.sylvanianfamilies.com/product_info.php?products_id=582).