Sylvanian Families


We keep a huge range of Sylvanian Families families, homes and play sets at our Olinda store.


Sylvanian Families is a line of collectible anthropomorphic animal figures. They were created by the Japanese company Epoch in 1985 and distributed worldwide by a number of companies. Several TV series and video games based on the figures have also been created. The characters, grouped into families, originally depicted typical woodland creatures such as rabbits, bears, beavers, hedgehogs, foxes and mice, later expanded to other animals such as cats, dogs, penguins, monkeys, koalas and meerkats. The word ‘sylvan’ means ‘of the forest’.


Sylvanian Families is apparently set in a 1970s British country village. The majority of the families are rural middle-class, with many of them owning localised but successful family businesses, or having white-collar jobs as doctors and teachers. They can live in large, multi-storey houses, or own dwellings based on the premise of a kind of holiday home. They can also indulge in many stereotypically middle-class leisure activities such as sailing or horse-riding, and often host garden parties or go on short holidays.



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