Sylvanian Families

In 1993, on a short vacation with my aunt and uncle in Shizuoka, Japan, I saw my very first Sylvanian Families display case in a large department store. I stood in front of the display for hours, unmindful of the cramps in my leg and the extra weight I carried in a kapoochi carrier (little Alex, then only eight months old).

Kittymama in Japan (with Baby Alex and a friend)

My aunt, seeing my fascination, gave me a short introduction on the toy line. She pointed out the intricate items that came with these anthropomorphic little critters, regaled me with the details of the dollhouses, yet cautioned me against the expense that came with their purchase. Converting my measly pocket money from US dollars to Japanese yen quicly brought me back to reality. All thoughts of bringing home even just one immediately dissipated. As a young mother working on a tight budget, I simply could not afford it. I took a deep breath and turned away.

Still, I carried that picture in my head for years, thinking of it every so often.  When I saw the new Sylvanian display in September last year at Kidz Station, Power Plant Mall (Rockwell), it took every bit of self-control not to throw myself at A’s feet and beg for some. Sixteen years after my first encounter with Sylvanian Families. I finally got my wish. (Read https://okasaneko.wordpress.com/2009/10/16/lessons-from-an-mri/.)

My collection started with a single family on September 15, 2009. It has grown exponentially since then to include more critters, houses, buildings, shops and stalls. I do not have a lot by true Sylvanian Families Collectors’ standard, but what I do have are all made more special as they are gifts of love and, yes, sacrifice. Thank you, A.

P.S. This page used to be called Sylvanian Fantasies but I have changed it to Sylvanian Families because my collections are no longer just fantasies, although they do remain the stuff of dreams! (April 2 6, 2012)

24 Responses to “Sylvanian Families”

  1. harriet jara January 10, 2010 at 2:58 am #

    do you know where i could get the donut stand? thanks!

    harriet

    • Kittymama January 10, 2010 at 6:32 pm #

      Right now, you can check eBay or other online stores. I hope Ban Kee adds more stuff soon; while I love that they added more choices since November, I already have doubles and triples of their new items and am excited to see new ones again.🙂

      • marco April 9, 2014 at 3:05 pm #

        hello there, i was just wondering were i could find to buy a giant sylvanian families bunny it doesn’t have to be giant it can be a little smaller if you know id really appreciate it

        Marco,

      • Kittymama May 8, 2014 at 12:08 pm #

        Marco, you can ask the sylvanian store in England. You can write to them and ask if they still have the 12-inch ones in stock. The really big ones, however, you can find only on eBay from collectors who are parting with theirs.

  2. laika January 30, 2010 at 12:51 pm #

    hi there!

    my best friend and i’ve been interested with these items for several years now, but always have put off buying any because of the cost. just recently, (christmas ’09), we decided to jump the gun with 2 purchases!

    we’re hoping to expand the collection slowly.

    now for a question, aside from online sources, would you know stores that carry old season stock? (we assume there are seasonal items because things we’ve seen years ago are no longer on shelves of common toy stores)

    feel free to drop me an email!

    p.s. any current picture of your collection?🙂

    • Kittymama January 30, 2010 at 11:20 pm #

      I don’t have pictures of my entire collection yet but if you check my blog using “Sylvanian Families” as a tag guide, you’ll see some of my newer acquisitions. I’ve only been collecting for four months so my collection is not as extensive as those who have been collecting for a longer period of time, but I am quite happy with it. Just a thought, though- I’m not sure if you can really build your collection slowly because this is really quite addictive.🙂 I do hope you have more self-control than I do.

      As for local stores, please check out my post on Wonder Toys. It’s the only one that sells old stocks of Sylvanians in the city (I am assuming you live in the same country as I do, else, this question is moot). The selection is no longer as good as that of four months ago but maybe you can find some items there that you still do not have. Happy collecting!

      P.S. If you do live in the same country as I do and would love to be part of a small group of Sylvanian collectors, please reply and I will send you email. We’re trying to get together for a meet very soon. Thanks a lot!

  3. Ianne April 1, 2010 at 2:14 pm #

    hi kittymama!🙂

    I’ve been following your blogs for a long time now.hehe. i really like miniatures and SFs. and i remember having one way way back.
    When i first saw them again after so many years at a toy store, i fell in love instantly, i don’t even remember how long I’ve stayed there and just looked at them. i got really frustrated when i saw the price. hehe. Since then, whenever i go to the mall, i always drop by at toy stores adoring these little critters, i’m just contented to look at them and imagine playing with them. But, just last week i got the courage to buy my first ever set. hehe.. it was really a defining moment for me. haha. i bought the village flower stall, the pots and wheelbarrow are just lovely. hehe.. I hope i can build my collection as big as yours.🙂 Next week, i plan to buy the Dale family, they are so cute and so innocent looking.hehe. i also like the Grunt’s, i hope they’ll be out soon.

    Thanks for sharing lots and lots of info on where to buy, new realeses,etc. to us.🙂

    P.S.: Does HappyToys still have SFs? do they sell new releases or just the old ones? thank you very much!🙂

    Ianne

    • Kittymama April 3, 2010 at 10:04 am #

      Hi, Ianne! Congratulations on taking the first step to making your Sylvanian fantasies come true!🙂 The best fun that comes with this collection, however, is making friends with people who share this same love, and in this, I’ve been quite fortunate to have met some really good persons.

      Wonder Toys in Festival Mall still have a few items but there are not very many choices left. But they did still have some old items in stock the last time I was there. You will not find any of the current releases in WT as they are solely under the distributorsihp of Ban Kee. I suggest you call WT first to ask before you go to their store.

      I have not been to Happy Toys in Tutuban so I am not sure what else they have, but judging from feedback from other friends, they actually have less SFs than their sister toy store, Wonder Toys.

      Thanks for visiting often and I hope you share with us your collection too! Happy SF collecting!

  4. anne September 29, 2010 at 4:34 pm #

    hi kittymama! ive been reading your blog for quite a while now. i’m a fan of SF too! i fell in love with them the first time i saw them on a display case of a toy shop 13 years ago..
    i really wish i could have a collection like yours.. but all i could do now is look at them whenever i go to the mall.. i really wanted to start my own collection and so i purchased my first set. it’s been three weeks since i purchased on ebay, but sad to say, hindi pa din dumadating yung package ko.. :((
    anyway, i enjoyed reading your blogs..
    nice meeting you..🙂

    • Kittymama September 30, 2010 at 11:28 am #

      Hello, Anne! I’m very glad you made your way to my blog and happier still that you love Sylvanian Families too.
      Like you, it was love at first sight for me and SFs but it took a long while before I could start collecting. Now, they threaten to overrun our house!

      I hope you get your eBay purchase soon. It does take a while but it does come, most of the time. As for malls here in the city, we do have a lot of choices these days and they are a lot cheaper here in our own country than they are abroad. Hopefully, they will continue to expand the line, or at least, rotate the items so we get fresh ones every now and then.

      Thank you for visiting and please come back soon!

      • anne October 4, 2010 at 3:31 pm #

        SURE THING I WILL! I’M YOUR NEW STALKER! HEHEHE😉 I REALLY ENJOY READING YOUR POSTS!
        JUST A QUESTION.. DO YOU BUY ON SITES LIKE EBAY TOO? OR DO YOU ALWAYS BUY/HAVE YOUR SF’S BRAND NEW? ASIDE FROM ONLINE SITES LIKE EBAY, DO YOU KNOW WHERE I CAN PURCHASE THEM CHEAP? IS IT REALLY CHEAPER BUYING HERE ON OUR LOCAL STORES? I REALLY LIKE TO HAVE THEM ALL, (I THINK I’M GOING MAD! HEHEHE!) BUT THAT WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE FOR THE MOMENT COZ I HAVE A LITTLE DAUGHTER AND EVERYTHING IS SPENT FOR HER (NO COMPLAINTS THERE🙂 ) ANYWAY, I HOPE TO HEAR MORE FROM YOU.. THANKS FOR THE NICE READ!

      • anne October 8, 2010 at 3:24 pm #

        hello again kittymama!🙂
        do you know where in our local stores i can purchase the following sets?pizza parlour, ice cream cart, delightful doughnuts, washing machine, cleaning materials..
        thanks..🙂

  5. Kittymama October 8, 2010 at 3:57 pm #

    The pizza parlor set and the ice cream stall are available in just about any ToysRUs store, at Toy Town Eastwood, or at selected Toy Kingdom stores. The rest are not available yet in the country, but may be coming soon.

    • anne October 9, 2010 at 10:46 am #

      thanks for your response kittymama.. sorry for bothering you, but could you please, please tell me where exactly did you last see those item.. i’m doing a mall raid and i already checked with sm fairview, north edsa, megamall, robinson’s galleria, metro east, manila, metro market market, toy town, but none of them have what i’m looking for..😦
      btw, the package i have been waiting for finally arrived!
      hooray for me! hehehe!🙂

      • Kittymama October 12, 2010 at 12:01 pm #

        The TRU branches I visited over the weekend say they’re out. But keep checking because they replenish or restock items as the demand increases.

        P.S. What did you get on eBay?

  6. Loverly October 13, 2010 at 8:00 am #

    Hi gud am,

    I just happened to open your site, and was amazed that there are lots of sylvanian collectors here in the philippines🙂
    I’m Loverly and I live in Don Antonio Quezon City, and Just lyk u
    guys, Im so super addict on collecting SF, I’, trying to build a
    small Sylvanian Village in my room:)
    Hope to know you guys…

    gud day…

    • Kittymama October 13, 2010 at 8:23 am #

      Nice to meet you, Lovely. You’ve got an interesting name.🙂

      Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment. There are quite a few of us Filipino collectors already and we do hope that we gain enough following for this toyline to make their stay in the country worth the business,🙂

      I’m a newbie as far as collecting SF is concerned but I am learning more each day! So come again and visit please. And share with us your collection next time!🙂

  7. Minacel Lazona November 14, 2011 at 8:40 pm #

    Hi, Im just new collector of SF..I’m Mina from Taguig City. Im amazed na marami pala collectors ng SF here in the Philippines. Can you recommend stores where I could buy SF.
    Wala kasi masyado stocks sa Metro Market Market. Thanks.

    • Kittymama November 15, 2011 at 11:04 am #

      Hi, Mina! Toy Kingdom and Toys’R’Us carry Sylvanian Families so check if there is any branch of these toy chains near you.There is a newly-opened Bonifacio Global City branch of Toys’R’Us also; there is also a Toytown at Market Market and Festival Mall.
      If you want to meet other collectors, please join us at PH♥Sylvanian Families on Facebook. We are always happy to help out new collectors and even happier to make new friends.
      Here is the link: http://www.facebook.com/PHSylvanianFamilies
      We hope to see you there!
      Always,
      Kittymama

  8. Joyce March 4, 2012 at 7:24 am #

    Hi,

    I just started collecting Sylvanian Families. Actually sobrang kaka-start ko pa lang. I only have the Beechwood Hall House & 1 set of chocolate rabbit family. I have a few items I ordered online too. Its quite expensive to collect these items here in Singapore but with hubby’s support hopefully I can complete the rabbit families set.
    Btw, may I know if you have the complete list of rabbit families from Japan and its counterpart in uk series? Since I’m in a tight budget & don’t want to duplicate the items.
    Thanks in advance!

    • Kittymama March 5, 2012 at 11:06 am #

      You might want to check out Carrot Creek Sylvanian Families Village and Sylvanian-families.net for listings of rabbits, Joyce. Mine is certainly far from complete, especially since my collection is only two and a half years old and the toy line has been around since 1985.🙂 Good luck and happy collecting!

  9. Sam Aguado May 27, 2012 at 11:29 pm #

    Hi! Do you know where can I buy the Sylvanian catalog here in the Philippines? Hoping for your reply. Thank you, God bless!🙂

    • Kittymama May 28, 2012 at 1:25 pm #

      They used to give away the catalogs with every purchase in the beginning of the year. You can ask the salespersons if they still have some available. Or you can write to Ban Kee on their Facebook page to ask if they still have a copy left. Hope this helps, Sam.

  10. Lois June 26, 2013 at 11:29 pm #

    i love sylvaians but could you do a page on how to make like little sylvanian furniture eg how to make beds bunk beds double beds and baby beds and so kids at 10 or 9 can make them please

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