It’s become a bad habit, visiting the Sylvanian Families section whenever I happen to be in a toy store that has one. Bad for my wallet, that is. I wasn’t optimistic about finding a family that I hadn’t seen before or that I coveted. The usual suspects were there, both the Epoch and the Flair versions, and then to my great surprise I saw the owls! Like the DeBurg penguins, they wear simple felt clothing, have very short legs that don’t bend and have wings so they can’t carry or hold anything, yet I think they have more charm than the DeBurgs. They’re very petite; the parents, Aristotle and Arabella, are shorter than the average Sylvanian child figure. What this means is that they stand rather than sit on chairs, but they don’t look stupid doing it like the penguins would. I also love that there are 3 children – Winky, Grumpy and Blinky – and they’re all boys for once. I’m going to assume that the Treefellows can fly. Why not? Apart from their clothing they don’t look humanoid at all, so they might as well retain more bird qualities. Being able to see the world from a unique vantage point surely contributes to their love of learning and their desire to impart knowledge to others, and would explain in part why Aristotle is the schoolmaster and Arabella a teacher.
The Marmalade grandparents make a handsome pair. I refuse to make them wear glasses. I wish I have the rest of the family. For my son, they represent his paternal grandparents. 🙂
The VanDykes are actually very cute, and I like that their clothes are different in style from the forest folk. It would be great if they don’t have their noses so high up in air – it makes them look uppity – but I’ve decided I will have them around as occasional guests to my corner of Sylvania.
Peaches and Monty were just too darling too resist. It’s a pity I can’t find an ebay seller who will ship the McBurrows family to Singapore.
I have decided to call the area where my Brambles, Mulberrys, Slydales and now Treefellows live Evergreen Edge. It’s a rather enchanted part of the Sylvanian forest that enjoys sunlight and warm weather a little longer than the rest of the parts. (This gives me an excuse not to create snowy winter scenes if I don’t feel like it.)