Sylvanian Families Seaside Cruiser House Boat
Sylvanian Families Seaside Cruiser House Boat Review
Sylvanian Families products are always very cutesy. This playset is especially nice and offers a huge amount of play value (which in fairness would be expected at this price point). There are 55 pieces in this set, and the act of getting all the pieces out and working out where they fit/go together is a huge amount of fun itself – we got over an hours play out of this alone!
As we’ve come to expect from Sylvanian Families, the detailing on the pieces is just lovely. There are so many nice little touches that all together make for a lovely play experience. From the fishing rod with string and fish, to the little rowing boat with oars, through to the island with accompanying palm tree all are brilliantly made in comparatively fine detail versus other mass market play sets we have looked at. There is even a set of stickers included to allow kids to customise their boats to a degree, along with a short story ‘book’ (just paper based not an actual book, but still quite a good read!).
It’s quite hard to explain how kids play with toys like this to sensible adults, but in essence they tend to play out interactions between characters and the pieces in the set in an often nonsensical fashion. This is a valuable exercise in exploring their imaginations and rehearsing real life situations without any real life consequences.
If you’ve never had a Sylvanian Families set before then it may be worth bearing in mind that it’s hard for parents to get away with buying just one item from the range – it’s a collectable range, of which this product is just one. So despite the price tag for this product, it only comes with one character (despite the packaging suggesting otherwise). We’d recommend buying an assortment of characters additionally along with this play set to give kids the best experience, although having said that we had no shortage of fun in our testing sessions with just the contents of the set itself.
Also, there are a number of small pieces in this set, so do be careful/get your kids to be careful. There are lots of really cute little pieces, but beware of swallowing/choking risk, and be aware that its very likely that some of the little pieces will get lost around the house.
WHO’S IT FOR – this play set is for younger kids i.e 4-6 years approx. who like cutesy characters and who like to immerse themselves in imaginative play.
THE TOY VERDICT – The Sylvanian Families Seaside Cruiser House Boat is a genuinely lovely toy playset with lots of pieces and many really cute, detailed features. The set offers huge play value, with the setup/unboxing process alone offering a great deal of fun. Just be ready to end up buying more stuff from the range! Recommended.
By the way, to check out our review of the Sylvanian Families/Calico Critters Cosy Cottage Starter Home, just click here: http://www.thetoyverdict.com/sylvanian-families-cosy-cottage-starter-home/