Last month (20 March 2017), Sylvanian Families celebrated their 30th birthday in the UK. To celebrate, I opened two older sets that recently arrived in the post. Both contain members of the Timbertop family, one of the original families to settle in the Sylvanian Woods. The Timbertops are a favorite of mine, so I’m very happy to have managed to gather up some of the rarer members of this family.
Nanny Timbertop’s box had never been opened! She and Timothy Babblebrook (the baby that comes with Nanny) have been waiting a very long time to venture out of their packaging. This set was released somewhere around 1993 or 1994 and exclusive to the UK.
This photo appears on the back of the box. You can see so many wonderful vintage items in this scene.
Nanny has a lovely red cape, which looks ideal for a extra bit of warmth when wandering the Sylvanian forests. I love this style of cape and would love to see it brought back for other Sylvanians.
Her charge is young Timothy Babblebrook.
Included in the set is a pram with some bedding, a bottle, bib, and a toy for Timothy.
Timothy is modelling his bib and generally looking adorable while Nanny keeps an eye on him. The bib looks rather large for Timothy, it might also be a hat for Nanny? I’m unsure which was the intended usage. It didn’t want to stay put on Nanny’s head, so I opted for the bib usage. It looks cute either way.
Next is Father Christmas Timbertop, a set from 1991. I was happy to find him in his box, but there are few small items missing from this set. Father Christmas has a big white beard and jolly red suit. It’s gong to be fun to set scenes with him when the holidays arrive!
The back of the box shows the original contents, which are gifts for Father Christmas to distribute from his big bag of holiday presents.
Here is Father Christmas! I’m somewhat tempted to put a bit of stuffing under his coat, for extra jollyness.
Father Christmas mostly comes with gifts for others, but it looks like at least one small Sylvanian has drawn him a picture. All the items fit nicely inside the bag.
Because I like to pair up my Sylvanians, it feels natural that Nanny and Father Christmas would make a happy couple. I picture them both as being some of the nicest, kindest villagers. Everyone in Sylvania is quite kind, so that’s really saying something! Here they are enjoying a few moments together while Timothy happily displays his newest art project.
Happy 30th birthday, Sylvanian Families UK!