Happy Birthday Sylvanian Families!  

Iconic 80s toy celebrates 30th birthday today

Sylvanian Families – the collectible toy with woodland animals and dolls houses – is 30 years old today.

First created in Japan, yet based on 1950s rural Britain, Sylvania is a world made up of families of tiny woodland creatures that dress and act just like humans. ‘Sylvan’ means ‘of the forest’ in Latin.

All the Sylvanian characters are grouped into families and each one has its own personal biography.

The first families to appear in 1985 were the Evergreens, Wildwoods, Babblebrooks, Thistlethorns and the McBurrows. These bears, rabbits, mice and moles lived in the Country Cottage and Deluxe Country House.

When the toy was introduced, all of the furniture was green, and the bath tub and tea sets were made from real china.

Sylvanian Families is currently available in over 45 countries worldwide.

Sylvanian Families is the only brand to have won ‘Toy of the Year’ over three consecutive years (1987, 88 & 89)

The total number of Sylvanian Families figures sold worldwide since 1985 is approx. 120,000,000, which is the equivalent to 7 figures per minute.

UK celebrations today are aimed at uniting fans of all ages, from today’s 3 to 10 year olds, to fans born in the 80s who grew up collecting the original toys.

Is your village just like Sylvania?

A nationwide search is aiming to find the village in Britain that most resembles the woodland paradise and friendly community depicted as ‘Sylvania’. Fans can vote for their favourite, and the winning village will receive a visit from the Sylvanian Families characters, plus the village’s primary school will receive enough dolls houses and figures to make an entire Sylvanian Village, free membership of the new Premium Fan Club and a donation of toys to sell at the village fete. Nominate your village here: FACEBOOK LINK

Nature trail and Birthday Picnics at National Trust Properties:

Celebrations continue in May when a new nature trail opens at National Trust Hatchlands Park in Surrey. The trail encourages children to learn about the surrounding wildlife and trees, with questions, clues and a free activity sheet.

Two summer birthday picnics are also taking place at National Trust properties over the summer, where fans can get the chance to meet the characters and join in nature-themed activities.

The Sylvanian Families 30th Birthday Picnics will be held at:

South: Hatchlands Park, National Trust, (Surrey) - Sunday 12 July 2015

North: Wallington, National Trust (Northumberland) - Saturday 1 August 2015

Tickets for Hatchlands Park, National Trust, Surrey, here: http://sylvaniansummerpicnicsouth.eventbrite.co.uk

Tickets for Wallington, National Trust, are here: http://sylvaniansummerpicnicnorth.eventbrite.co.uk

For more information, visit www.sylvanianfamilies.net/uk

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