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?

SavoyCabbage Mon 03-Dec-12 07:48:30

When my dd was 8 she asked for a SF dolls house for her birthday. I was a bit taken aback and to be honest I was a bit embarrassed. On the one hand I don't want her to want a One Direction duvet cover, but on the other I felt she would sound silly when her friends asked her what she wanted for Christmas.

We ended up getting her a Lundby house and a mixture of Lundby and SF furniture.

She does play with it and loves rearranging the furniture.

Is she year 5 or 6? If year 5 she might get a year out if them but if year 6 then she'll enjoy them til summer max although she might still like to collect and display them rather than play with them...

SavoyCabbage Mon 03-Dec-12 07:50:50

Forgot to say that I did some research and I read that 9 is the optimum age for a dolls house but that we push everything forward too much. Like how people buy an 18 month old a Cinderella t-shirt and when they should be enjoying watching Cinderella at 7 it is seen as babyish.

SnowMuchToBits Mon 03-Dec-12 07:59:52

If you think she will play with it, then buy it. Children grow up too quickly in my opinion. Ds is still into his Playmobil and he will be 12 in a couple of days time. He will be getting a Playmo set (amongst other non-toy items) for his birthday. I wouldn't buy it if he didn't still play with it, but he does, practically every day. He still does other activities (cricket, plays his drum kit, goes to Scouts, watches tv etc) so I don't think there's anything wrong with it.

orangepudding Mon 03-Dec-12 08:06:36

Sainsburys and tk maxx have some good sylvanian family deals.

helpyourself Mon 03-Dec-12 08:07:07

Argos have some deals. I say always go low in age, especially if she's requested it. SF are lovely; along with the Madeleine dolls they're now in the attic for grandchildren.

OhTheConfusion Mon 03-Dec-12 09:00:37

DD is 8 and has been collecting it for 4 years now... we have a scarily large collection confused but she genuinely does still play with it all. However DH and I were saying we think this will be the last year she asks for it as we can see her tastes maturing a bit this year sad

My ten year old still plays with her sylvanian families quite a lot, as do her friends. She has got the ice cream van in her stocking. I think this will probably be the last year but I sometimes catch my 15 yo dd 'rearranging' the house...

Startail Mon 03-Dec-12 09:06:52

My Y7 DD2 still plays with her playmobil and is way more the teenager than her almost 15 yo sister.

RightUpMyRue Mon 03-Dec-12 09:15:26

DD is in year 6, is 10 and loves her Sylvanians. Her friends love them too. She still loves her Barbies aswell. I reckon the longer we can encourage playing with dolls and avoid make-up and mood swings the better! Buy her dolls, lots of dolls.

ToysRus have some Sylvanian deals.

As do Tesco. Think there's a code for £10 off Tesco direct if you look on the Xmas bargains thread.

Argos often have some deals too.

I've had a few good buys from this year too.

Ebay is pretty good for 2nd hand bits but you have to be careful you're not paying the same, or more if you get in a bidding war, than you could get for new.

mercibucket Mon 03-Dec-12 09:23:00

Awwww that's really lovely
There are some good deals on cheap houses atm - check out hot uk deals and the xmas thread on here, but maybe just some cheap 'family' sets?

mercibucket Mon 03-Dec-12 09:23:03

Awwww that's really lovely
There are some good deals on cheap houses atm - check out hot uk deals and the xmas thread on here, but maybe just some cheap 'family' sets?

anicesitdown Mon 03-Dec-12 11:58:14

I'd say go for it - my 10yo DD is still enjoying hers, and we are getting her one of the houses for Chistmas. Her friends also enjoy playing with them when they come round. I think the imaginary games they play change as they get older, though the toy stays the same. DD now has Jacqueline Wilson type storylines on the go with hers!

CambridgeBlue Mon 03-Dec-12 13:07:45

Thanks all, I think I will go for it - solves my problem of relatives asking what she'd like as well. I am really pleased she wants something like this tbh, I thought she'd be asking for make-up or a flashy phone so some cute animals and their house is a pleasant surprise smile

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.

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

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

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

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.

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!

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.

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)

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.

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

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!

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.

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?

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

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

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

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?

beingagoodmumishard Tue 04-Dec-12 14:22:13
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!

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>

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 .

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

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??

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

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

Sounds *

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

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.

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