I have a bit of a confession to make… and this may shock you: until last week, at the ripe old age of 29, I had never, ever played with any Sylvanian Families toys. I had, of course, heard of the toys and I know that they’re pretty iconic. I also know that if you mention Sylvanian Families to a lot people around my age, they will speak fondly of their Sylvanian figure collection from their childhood. But they were never something I had as a child. So, I have a lot of catching up to do, right?
I was recently asked if myself and Jasmine would like to be part of the ‘Friends of Sylvanian Families’ review team. We’ll get to try out some fab Sylvanian Families products over the coming months and let you know what we think of them here on the blog. I thought it would be a great opportunity to finally get my hands on these much-loved toys and see what all of the fuss is about. Not only that, I wanted to have something that Jasmine and I could play with together in order to create some of her own childhood memories to fondly look back on in years to come. Maybe her own children will play with her collection of Sylvanian Families one day? The thought of that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside!
Anyway, on with the review…
What’s the product we’re reviewing?
The Sylvanian Families Converitable car.
It’s recommended for ages 3+ (Jasmine is almost 28 months but she only plays with the toy whilst supervised).
How much does the product cost?
I’ve seen it for sale on various websites including Argos and Amazon at prices ranging from £11.99-£16.99.
I’ll be honest, I was initially a little disappointed that the car didn’t come with any character figures but any disappointment I had quickly dissolved as soon as Jasmine got her hands on the nifty, orange convertible. She took to ‘brrruming’ it up and down the coffee table immediately – making the cutest little car sound effects. I could just tell this toy was going to be a hit with my little lady.
The car came with it’s own vehicle number plate stickers… but after getting a label maker for my birthday (don’t judge), I couldn’t help but make some personalised number plate stickers for Jasmine’s Sylvanian rabbit family’s sweet new ride.
What we liked most about the product?
Jasmine enjoyed popping her Sylvanian rabbit family in and out of the seats (at one point, squeezing all four of them inside the car – pretty sure that’s some illegal driving right there!)
She also enjoyed opening and closing the soft-top roof. Initially I was worried that she might break it as she can be quite heavy-handed with her toys and the roof’s latch looked a little delicate. But I’m happy to report that she’s played with it lots and it still remains perfectly in tact.
What we weren’t so keen on?
Jasmine does need a little help hooking the soft-top roof onto it’s latch but as I mentioned earlier, she is younger than the recommended age for this toy and I suspect when she’s a bit older and her dexterity improves this won’t be such a problem.
It is a shame that no character figures come with this toy but given that it’s a pretty reasonable price it’s not such a big deal.
This toy would make a great addition to any Sylvanian Families collection – I understand that you can also use this car to tow both the caravan and trailer toys (sold separately).
Jasmine has certainly enjoyed zooming her rabbit figures around the house in it. And despite her rough ‘n’ tumble play style (toddlers, eh?!) – it looks just good as it did when we pulled it out of the box.
Watching Jasmine enjoy small world and imaginative play has been an absolute delight and we already can’t wait to see what our next delivery brings!
We were sent this product in exchange for an honest review – however, all opinions are my own.