Meet the Spotter Meerkat family!
In 2010, Flair released the Spotters in the basic family of four set, with a father, mother, brother and sister. Grandparents joined the family in 2011. In addition, there is a set of triplets.
Flair continues the “spot” theme by giving mother Beatrix and sister Gail polka dotted dresses. Father Harry’s ready to perform his fire watching duties in his khaki outfit. Brother Alfie is wearing a fun checked shirt. Both of the siblings are wearing outfits that vary a bit from the “standard” Sylvanian outfits. Because of their shorter legs and longer torsos, meerkats (as well as river otters and ermines) can be challenging to find alternative outfits for.
Flair gave the Spotters fun first names, most of them based on famous “Potters”! Harry, of course, is a reference to Harry Potter, while Beatrix is in honor of Beatrix Potter, creator of Peter Rabbit (and many other animal characters). Peter Rabbit and his friends share a lot in common with Sylvanians, so this is a particularly great name choice! Alfie Potter is a footballer and Cliff Potter is an actor. Grandmother Clarice shares a first name with ceramics artist (potter) Clarice Cliff. Gail Potter has been a popular character on long-running soap opera Coronation Street since 1974. The triplets, Penelope, Peregrine, and Prudence all share first names with minor characters in the Harry Potter universe(aka the Potterverse).
The Spotters’ surname name is also well chosen. In the wild, meerkats will behave as sentries. If danger is spotted, the sentry will warn the rest of the group.
The Spotters play a similar role in Sylvania by vigilantly watching the forest for fire danger.
Official UK Biography Information:
Father Harry Spotter is the most alert and watchful creature in Sylvania – and it’s a good job as he has to check there are no wildfires in the forest. As this vital role demands his total concentration, the other Sylvanians have learned not to take it personally if Harry ignores them completely!
Mother Beatrix Spotter, on the other hand, is always warm and friendly. She loves children and is often babysitting as many as twenty at a time. She bakes them fairy cakes and reads them fairy stories – and she counts them every fifteen minutes to make sure they’re all still there!
Brother Alfie Spotter always has his head in a book. He often gets so absorbed in one of his adventure stories that he regularly forgets what day it is, and has been known to turn up for school on a Saturday!
Sister Gail Spotter would much rather go for a long walk in the Sylvanian forest than read a book. She particularly enjoys strolling along by the river and picking wild flowers for her mother.
The triplets, Penelope, Peregrine & Prudence Spotter, have names that are almost as big as they are! They are never apart, and spend their days wrestling and sleeping. And then wrestling and sleeping some more!
Grandfather Cliff Spotter is very proud of Harry – he knows spotting wildfires is one of the most important jobs in Sylvania. He likes to make himself useful too and often helps his son out when he’s busy. Harry never puts his father on duty for too long though. He knows he’s not as young as he used to be and has a habit of falling asleep in the afternoon.
Grandmother Clarice Spotter also likes to be helpful and regularly looks after her grandchildren when their parents are busy. The only problem is she can’t tell Penelope, Prudence or Peregrine apart and often calls them by the wrong name, much to the triplets amusement.
Like their fellow Sylvanians, the Spotters are adorable! They have nice smiles and I really like the fire safety aspect of their stories.
The family was given extended biographies in the Autumn 2012 Collector’s Club magazine.
Here’s all the Spotters squeezing together for a big family portrait!
Their Greenbearshire wiki entry can be found here. As always, thank you for reading and getting to know the Spotters!