Today has been a very exciting day for Greenbearshire, as some of the items from the new Town series have arrived!
Originally, I planned to wait for the UK release, but thanks to a very kind friend in Japan, I’ll be able to collect both versions. Thank you Jona! The UK sets should be out sometime in the beginning of 2018. I’ll be ordering mine from the Sylvanian Shop in London. However, I’m forcing myself to wait for the buildings to be available in gift sets.
There is a new, much anticipated Sylvanian – a lion! This is the first Sylvanian lion that has ever been available. I couldn’t wait to un-box him!
He is part of a music trio that plays in the new Town Series Department Store. Freya and Tiffany make up the rest of the group and they are available in separate sets.
Mr. Lion comes with his piano, stool, sheet music, and a storybook. The storybook is in Japanese, so I’m trying to sort out the story using Google Translate. So far, it seems that the story is about Freya and Tiffany going into town and hearing Mr. Lion playing piano. They are impressed and return regularly to hear him play. He gives them musical instruments to learn, and, though they struggle a bit at first, he teaches them about the importance of practicing a musical instrument. That may not be 100% accurate, but it is a very cute book, with great photos.
This is everything in the box. Mr. Lion looks amazing in person! I really hope they plan on releasing a family for him in future. At one point in the book, Google translated something in to “lion father”, but that could have been a translation issue.
Mr. Lion, close up. Look at his glorious mane! I think it looks especially nice in the back.
Mr. Lion gave me permission to remove his jacket for a photo of his tail and a better look at his hands. They are specially shaped and positioned for piano playing, which I think is really nice. It would have been very awkward for him to be seated at the piano yet unable to properly access the keys. It will look much more realistic for photos of him at the piano.
Mr. Lion is dressed in formal attire for his appearances at the Department Store. The Town Series is generally more upscale then the woodland life we are used to seeing Sylvanians in. His shirt and pants are sewn together, in one piece.
Mr. Lion needs his piano and this is definitely one of the nicest pianos that has been released. The inside is quite detailed and the lid closes over the keys.
Despite having just made a long trip, Mr. Lion insisted he wasn’t too tired to play a few songs. He is very talented!
If you would like to see the storybook, you can access it here, along with Mr. Lion’s sheet music: Pianist book
There was also a small catalogue included with the packaging, which you can see here: Pianist catalog