Sylvanian Families Collection

First created in 1985, Sylvanian Families is a unique and adorable range of distinctive animal characters that live, work, and play in the idyllic land of Sylvania. Sylvanian Families originated in Japan and made the journey to the UK in 1987.

They became an iconic toy of the ‘80s and received the UK Toy of the Year award for three years running. Sold in over 50 countries, Sylvanian Families is a global brand, with themed restaurants and a dedicated theme park in Japan. To date, more than 100 million Sylvanian Families figures have been sold worldwide. 

The History of the Sylvanian Families

Sylvanian Families is a cartoon show that features anthropomorphic animal characters living in a forest setting. The show has been running since 1990 and has had many different incarnations over the years.

Who were the Sylvanians?

The Sylvanian Families are a group of anthropomorphic animals who live in a forest setting. They are known as “The Sylvanians” because they live in the woods. Their home is called “Sylvania”.

Where did they come from?

The Sylvanian Families were first introduced in 1980 by Mattel as part of its popular doll line. The original characters included the family dog, Maxie; the mother, Mrs. Puddlebug; the father, Mr. Puddlebug; and three children named Tilly, Timmy, and Tommy. In 1981, the Sylvanian Families became the official mascots of the United States Postal Service.

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