It may come as a surprise, but Sylvanian Families, one of the most enduring and unusual toys of the eighties, were created as computer game stars by Japanese company Epoch, alongside Doraemon, the robot cat, who also starred in his own computer games. However, when Epoch launched the flocked toy animals in 1985, they could have had little idea of how popular they’d become, or how long-lived their success would be.
The team and I have just returned from our fourth trip to the Houten Swapmeet (you'll recall our other trips as blogged about here, here & here) but this time round, we made quite the weekend of it!
First of all, we stopped off to meet our ToyPedia Advisory Board Member Richard Topelen and his charming fiancee Daniela to check out Richard's amazing Lego collection. Richard's website is www.miniland.nl but he really needs a museum to house his fantastic collection (and we hope he opens one!) He has absolutely everything you could possibly imagine in Lego, including a globe of the world, a giraffe, fantastic sixties display models, piles and piles of bricks and the most amazing layouts! Here are some of the pics I took of his fantastic setup:
2011 FIFA Women's World Cup Teddy Bear from Hermann Coburg