Welcome to my Sylvanian Families Collectors Website!
This site is currently being updated, so please bear with me while I iron out the kinks and put everything back in its proper place... (1 Jan 2017)
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Collecting Sylvanian Families is my passion and it is my pleasure to share my hobby with you!
My collection, which started in 2011, can be found under the FIGURES and BUILDINGS sections. You will also find some photos of my much adored critters under the GALLERY section, as well as some of my own STORIES, PROJECTS and interesting LINKS in their repective sections.
A little about me.
I first fell in love with the original Forest Families when I was a child. My parents got me two little bear babies and they were much loved over the years - I still have them! Sadly, shortly after I received them, Forest Families were no longer available in South Africa, and that was the end of that.
But, halfway through 2011, I was browsing our local toy shop for my two year old son, and happened upon a small shelf of Sylvanian Families! They were just so cute that I couldn't resist! My collection officially started with the Chocolate rabbit Sleeping and Crawling Twinset in their pink pram and has been growing ever since. Through collecting Sylvanians, I have made lifelong friends all over the world who share my love of collecting these cute little critters.
My collecting dream currently is to visit the Sylvanian shop in London and perhaps even Grinpa, the Sylvanian Theme Park in Japan! My dream family at present is the Japanese Momoiro Strawberry rabbit family, which I hope to someday add to my collection.
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me.
History of Sylvanian Families and Calico Critters
Sylvanian Families are a line of collectible anthropomorphic plastic flocked figures, created by the Japanese company Epoch in 1985. There are a number of companies distributing Sylvanian Families worldwide at present.
Calico Critters are also a line of flocked plastic critters that slightly differ from Sylvanian Families in some instances with clothing and name changes, but are essentially the same products. Sylvanian Families also live in Sylvania, where Calico Critters live in Cloverleaf Corners. There are a multitude of items and sets in both ranges, including houses, hotels, cars, a stable, farm, shops, stalls, furniture and even a general hospital and school. This makes Sylvanian Families and Calico Critters great for imaginative play, allowing children to act out stories with all of the different buildings and accessories available.
Both Sylvanian Families and Calico Critters figures are grouped into families and feature woodland creatures, such as bears, rabbits, skunks, mice and hedgehogs; domestic animals such as cats, dogs, cows, pigs and sheep as well as exotic animals such as pandas, red pandas, otters, meerkats and elephants. Each Sylvanian Families family has a common last name that fits their species and each member of the family has their own name that fits their personality or species. Most of the families have short biographies for each member of the family on the box that outlines their skills, jobs and personalities.
In the beginning of 1985, Sylvanian Families were released in Japan and North America with different packaging and slight differences in the figures as well (Calico Critters in the US and Sylvanians in Japan). Their success led to expansion into Western Europe and by 1988 Sylvanian Families had become a great success around the world. There was even an animated television series featuring some of the Sylvanian Families critters.
At the end of the 1990's Sylvanian Families were discontinued in the UK, but they have since been reintroduced by Flair. Calico Critters are no longer sold by Tomy, but International Playthings now sells them.
Sylvanian Families in the UK celebrated their 20th anniversary in 2007. The occasion was marked by a selected number of new items.
2012 Marks the 25th anniversary of Sylvanian Families and, as expected, there are a few special sets out to mark the occasion. They include the Celebration Sea Breeze Rabbit family, Policeman Bobby Roberts and his telephone box, Maypole and dancers and celebration families of previous releases, containing the whole family in one box.
From 2014, Epoch is once again distributing the Sylvanian Families brand and have decided to expand on the Sylvanian village by adding a new line of sea-themed items and sets for 2015.