Sylvanian Family Car
This is a nice, robust toy that’s easy for kids to play with. Did I mention that there’s no assembly? No batteries, either. Result!
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Initial thoughts: This is a cute, retro-styled car that can seat up to 6 Sylvanian character figures. Getting the car out of the box, I was amazed – a toy that requires NO assembly. Oh yes, you heard correctly – this comes with everything already put together. This makes the toy a rare gem as far as I’m concerned.
We liked: Did I mention that there’s no assembly? No batteries, either. Result. This is a nice, robust toy that’s easy for kids to play with – it’s easy to get figures in and out, it rolls nicely on our wooden floors, and there are no small parts that will break off if kids get a bit rough.
Flea liked putting her Sylvanian Family dogs in the car, but it also fits her Playmobil figures, so it’s had quite a lot of use.
We weren’t keen: I’m wary of exposing Flea to too much Sylvanian Families on the basis the entire range seems horribly expensive. There are some little baby seats which are unnecessarily fiddly and we didn’t use, and a random picnic basket, which we lost in about 20 seconds.
Overall: This car is great – nicely made, not easy to break, and flexible enough to be used with different toys and figures. The fact kids can be playing with it 10 seconds after opening the box is just a bonus, as far as I’m concerned.