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Prototype Terrier Guard
Prototype Terrier Guard

The most exciting development is the arrival of this amazing prototype terrier guard, a present from a very kind friend and fellow collector. This ultra rare figure is a treasured part of my collection due to the rarity but even more so as a special gift.

  • Adult size figure

  • Created for the 25th Anniversary celebration

  • Never released

  • Only two in existence

Other projects from the past month include (finally) sorting books, catalogues, magazines and other paper bits. These have been building up for years and many have come from friend and collecting legend Jacc Batch, including the British Airways colouring books.

  • Organized for scanning

  • Sorting into protective sleeves

  • Scanning is a long term project, will take an eternity

  • The "to be added to website" folder is growing, need to dedicate more time to updates, hopefully before August / September releases begin arriving.

  • Working on updates to the Sylvanian Families reddit, including creating the wiki, adding links to various resources and gauging interest in community events.

  • Need to finalize plans for next year's Creative Challenge series

  • Waddle Penguins are ridiculously cute! Love that we've had many arctic / cold weather families come to Sylvania recently

  • Christmas set is lovely, small nitpick is that a Waddle Penguin would have been a natural fit with this set

  • Curly Cats are lovely, with nicely done outfits. A unique mold and interesting colors are always enjoyable.

  • The UK versions of the Curly Cat sets arrived as well, no photos of those yet

  • The Lop Ear Rabbit costume babies are not the most interesting of sets but very cute, always glad to see a Waddle Penguin

  • The Epoch shop exclusive campervan recolor is basically design used for the Flair and early Epoch edition

  • Very pleased for the older version to be revived, as the more recently redesigned Epoch was not something that appealed to me and one of the few modern sets I've not purchased

  • The Latte Cat father and burger stall set is fun - very much enjoying both the Latte Cats and the fast food mini-theme

  • Lots of website updates are needed - I am behind, as per usual

  • Recent additions include 1985 Japan editions of the Evergreen Bear Grandfather and Grandmother

  • Very happy that the Grandfather came with his walking stick and pipe

  • Other updates in the News section

  • Been noticing the usual August slump for ebay over the past week, hopefully will mean more time for website updates

Thistlethorn Mouse Family

Hello and thanks for visiting! This space will be used for random notes on website updates, news on ebay listings, photos of things I enjoy and so on.

Been a bit hesitant to begin another blog, as for me personally, writing is a high stress activity. So, for this new venture, I am freeing myself from any self-imposed obligation to attempt be interesting, articulate, engaging or anything of that sort. Apologies in advance to anyone who might stumble onto a post here. Instead, this will be more matter of fact, probably include bullet point lists (my most used form of written communication) instead of sentences / paragraphs and miscellaneous photos. My personal version of fun is learning to be a Sylvanian archivist or historian, so this website / blog will probably reflect that. While there will certainly be plenty of Sylvanian content, there will be other references as well. Hoping to document some of my other collections including:

  • vinyl albums: San Francisco 60s/70s artists, Taylor Swift, Lord Huron, Sam Smith, British folk being the most represented genres / artists

  • books & zines: folklore, folk horror, classic supernatural stories, vintage gothics (women running from houses genre), Ladybird, Frog and Toad and so on

  • films: Hammer and Amicus, classic horror in general

  • vintage things in general, including random items, adverts, menus, photos and media

  • Plush characters including Squishables & Build-A-Bear

Other updates:

  • Website updates:

Thanks to all who have visited the website! It's not been much advertised aside from being used a reference for identifications on the Reddit sub and and a few posts on the boards, so it's been a bit amazing to look at the traffic and see that there have been visitors. At the outset of this project (mid 2021), I didn't really expect many, aside from a few very dedicated collectors, to look at the site. The purpose was really only for me to have a way to track my collection, so the organizational design might not be particularly user friendly to anyone who does not have ownership of my brain. Hopefully visitors are able to find it useful, despite maybe not having the most convenient set up. Meanwhile, I'm still not caught up on adding my entire collection to the site but am trying to add things at a somewhat steady pace.

  • eBay listings:

I am currently listing extra Sylvanian bits on ebay. The space is needed in the Sylvanian room, as tons of duplicates have amassed over the years and the collection is continually growing with both new releases and incoming older vintage sets. There are boxes and boxes to be listed. While most are unboxed figures, including some rare characters, there are also duplicates of boxed Sylvanians, magazines, catalogues and some furniture. There should be updates here on new listings. Hopefully this will help other collectors fill in some gaps or add some fun new characters to their villages.

Of course, I am very sure this is far more information than is wanted or needed.

Thanks to everyone who has been visiting the website and / or slogged through this post!

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