We are huge fans of Sylvanian Families, and have built up quite a collection now (see some of our previousposts here and here!). They’re cute, they are nostalgic (for me) and appealing to the children, and above all they are brilliant at encouraging imaginative independent play.
The Sylvanian Families Town series is a new and exciting collection.
You may have seen that the Sylvanians, who traditionally knock about in fairly modern houses, have taken a step back in time with the elegant Sylvanian Family Town collection which has an Edwardian feel to it.
The pastel buildings have arched doorways and sculpted cornicing and the clothes are far more fancy than the usually quite traditional clothes worn by Sylvanians.
There are completely new characters too; Stella (a fashion designer) is the older sister of the Chocolate Rabbit family. Lulu (a make up artist) is the Silk Cat big sister and Laura (a chocolatier) is the oldest of the Toy Poodle’s children. Size-wise they are bigger than the children and smaller than the parents.
We were sent the Sylvanian Families Town Designer Studio and the Dress Up Duo for review!
The Designer Studio comes with a beautiful lilac three sided building with opening doors and spare fence pieces to put at the sides or front. It also comes with accessories; a chaise lounge, a table, a plate, fruit pie and knife, cup and saucer and of course Stella the Chocolate Rabbit older sister, wearing an exclusive purple frock, with a bag and hat to match!
The Dress Up Duo includes Teri (mummy Chocolate Rabbit) and Freya, the little sister. They each have a pretty frock, a handbag and a hat. You can purchase different dresses for them separately.
Together the two sets make a lovely play set; it’s big enough to place all the characters inside and not too big that you’ll have a problem finding somewhere to store it. Each Sylvanian Families Town building is also compatible with others including the huge department store, restaurant, gelato shop, and you can stack and connect the buildings together to create a larger one.
The buildings are lovely and packed full of details, like engravings and patterned flooring, which is probably wasted on my four year old at the moment but not on me (yes, I did let her play with them. I’m nice like that).
She liked the dresses and accessories the most and particularly the little brooches on the dress, and the rabbits’ little handbags which they can actually carry along.
To be honest there is not a great deal to say about the Dress Up Duo or Designer Studio that can’t be said about all Sylvanian Families. The quality of the toys is great as ever and we loved them.
The buildings are sturdy, the doors stay on (which is more than can be said for a lot of play sets!), the characters are easy to move where jointed and position. The clothes appear to be well made out of good quality textiles and I have confidence that they won’t rip easily like some of the fashion dolls we have. The accessories have great attention to detail and the whole set looks lovely.
Of course, the little accessories are quite fiddly so take great care not to lose them!
Where to purchase Sylvanian Families Town
We received the Sylvanian Families Town Designer Studio and Dress Up Duo free of charge for the purposes of this review, but all opinions and photographs are mine.
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