Sylvanian Families - is 10 too old and any bargains?

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CambridgeBlue Mon 03-Dec-12 07:32:59

DD has asked for Sylvanian Families for Xmas, I know she enjoys playing with her friend's (but she has loads as she's been into it for ages whereas DD would only have a few things to start with) but I wondered if 10 was too old to start collecting it, especially bearing in mind how pricey it is. I don't mind too much especially if I can get a good deal as I know it has good Ebay value but I wondered if other girls this age and older still play with these sort of toys?

thegreylady Tue 11-Dec-12 09:23:52

I am 68 and own ( bought by/for me ) a Sylvanian canal boat, a car and caravan and a gypsy caravan. I rearrange them and have them on display-all my dgc except for dgs aged 15 play with them. That includes dgds aged 9,12 and 13 :-)
I also have a dolls house and a large Brio railway. I am not mad...honestly.

Frostyfoxy Mon 10-Dec-12 22:55:06

Beinggood - I've bought my ds his first items for Christmas this year so am hoping he will enjoy playing with it too! He's got the cafe, the icecream van and some characters. He had asd and enjoys acting out scenes with his lego men but mostly he is obsessed with cars so I am hoping this will move him away from matchbox slightly and give him another avenue to explore...... fingers crossed!! grin

sum04 Mon 10-Dec-12 06:21:48

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sum04 Mon 10-Dec-12 06:19:17

Boltygirl- soundwave promising smile How much are you looking for and are you able to send me some pics?x

ChippingInAWinterWonderland Mon 10-Dec-12 01:10:33

I want to be 8 again!!! There are some very cute sets aren't there - but what a price - you'd definitely want to be buying them when they were heavily discounted! £45 for the empty cabin?? It wouldn't even be so bad if it came with the furniture - but empty??

ChippingInAWinterWonderland Mon 10-Dec-12 01:00:32

I'm sure someone will Bolty smile

I like the stuff they have, but hate animals dressed up - I need to find some little dolls the right size!!

The log cabin sounds lovely!! Off to do a google

boltygirl Mon 10-Dec-12 00:52:40

hi there...sorry to gatecrash this thread but was wondering if anybody might be interested in purchasing a large assortment of SF houses , furniture , and figures in excellent condition and nearly all in original boxes ? my daughter , Holly , is 13 soon and has outgrown them .

PolkadotCircus Tue 04-Dec-12 16:32:14

Amazon has the log cabin ski doo and cosy cabin furniture sets all reduced.Have bought them for my 3 to share(9,9 and 8) along with some fake snow-we're goin ski-ing Xmas morning(ok not really but one can dream).

Personally I'm lovin the retro green radio and tartan throw in said cosy cabin set,oh to be the size of a Sylvanian hamster(who also may be joining in the Polka family skifest Xmas morning). <wistful>

boredtotears Tue 04-Dec-12 14:29:45

Yes, agree, Let her have the sf - avoid the growing up bit for a while longer! Our 6yr old dd has asked for octonauts and hubby said that she is to old to be playing with them, but I have gone & spent a lot of his wages (ha ha) on quite a few character sets for her. She also has nail varnish & watercolour painting stuff, but even with some 'grown up stuff' thrown in, they are still children at 10yrs old. The high school stuff will come soon enough!

beingagoodmumishard Tue 04-Dec-12 14:22:13
Dancergirl Tue 04-Dec-12 13:59:02

That's a really good price for the burgundy car and caravan beingagood. Do you know if they're boxed together or separately?

schilke Tue 04-Dec-12 12:37:15

I got this for dd1 (nearly 9 and loves SF). It seemed like quite a bargain.

beingagoodmumishard Tue 04-Dec-12 12:06:59

dancergirl the car and caravan set is a favourite in our house. If you shop around you can usually get a good deal for the 2 or just buy the caravan separately. The caravan comes with many little features which I am sure your DD will love.

For some reason if you buy the set with the burgundy colour car it is much cheaper than the other colour cars. I know it is slightly more than you said but I think Amazon is offering the 2 for £39

Dancergirl Tue 04-Dec-12 10:30:30

Does anyone have any good recommendations for SF? I want to buy dd2 1 SF this year. She already has a couple of houses, the school, hospital and bus and quite a few families. Up to around 35 pounds what should I go for?

Aftereightsaremine Tue 04-Dec-12 05:24:00

Dd is 10 & loves her sf & she's getting more for Christmas. I had thought last year that would be it but she still really enjoys playing with it all. Also dniece who is 19 still comes over & loves playing sf on her own! So I'd say go for it. You can always sell it once she outgrows it.

Hulababy Mon 03-Dec-12 19:53:10

DD is 10y and still likes her SF toys, as do many of her friends. I have told DD she can't have anymore, though this is because she already has so much already!

Grumpla Mon 03-Dec-12 19:52:23

I played with my dolls house (populated by SF animals) until I left home!

Was often slightly stoned at the time though grin

Arcticwaffle Mon 03-Dec-12 19:36:20

My 12yo dd still plays with sylvanian stuff, but she's quite young in some ways and she's always been very keen on what nursery used to call "Small Worlds Play". But my 11yo has grown out of it (she never played with it that much). 8yo is very keen.

I think they do grow out of this sort of imaginative play toy quite suddenly, so 10 might be a bit old to start spending a lot on it.

My DD is 10.6 yo and has SF .She got the Regency Hotel last Christmas (half price) and has maybe 2-3 'houses' .
But she hasn't bought anything new for well over 6 months. (though she has them in her bedroom and will go and play quite happily with them)

Dancergirl Mon 03-Dec-12 14:38:23

I agree haggis - my middle dd (nearly 10) still plays with her SF and even is occasionally joined by dd1 (11)! Dd3 (5) on the other hand is just getting into them but is still a bit young. I can't wait till she's a bit older so I can buy her me the caravan and one of the boats.

helpyourself Mon 03-Dec-12 14:34:10

beingagood DS loved SF. For years his slightly older sister would make him play with her, now she'll indulge him by playing Lego with him- payback!

haggisaggis Mon 03-Dec-12 14:21:28

I think we get too caught up with the age on teh box - OK SYlvanian Families MAY be suitable for 4+ - but teh bits are so fiddly that it's only when they get older that they can really appreciate it. My dd is 10 and is getting more SF for Christmas. She also still plays with Playmobil as again (IMO) they get more fun from it when they are old enough to set up all the wee bits properly.

beingagoodmumishard Mon 03-Dec-12 14:09:54

am I the only one who has a DS who likes playing with Sylvanians hmm. He is nearly 8 and has asked for the treehouse for Christmas. He already has a number of pieces including the car and caravan and the canal boat. He also has a huge pile of Lego, so I seem to spend most of my time trying to avoid hoovering up teeny pieces of SF or lego

Dancergirl I have caught my MIL combing the mane of one of the toy horses when DS was playing with something else smile

Dancergirl Mon 03-Dec-12 14:02:17

toughasoldboots - I sometimes catch my 40 year old SELF re-arranging the house! blush

helpyourself Mon 03-Dec-12 13:52:26

grin it's lovely when they stay young. I've just given DS age 12 a Lego advent calendar. I feel I've been on the cusp of putting the Lego away for about 18 months now, it's lovely to have it around.

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