15 Extraordinary Hot Water Bottle PLUSH Covers

15 Extraordinary Hot Water Bottle PLUSH Covers

Plush Hot Water Bottle Covers

Invented over 500 years ago, the hot water bottle is everybody’s friend in those chilly months. Some choose electric blankets or wheat bags but my favorite is the hot water bottle.

The hot water bottle is good for relieving joint stiffness, pressure, muscle strain, fatigue or cramps, aches, menstrual cycle pressure, and usually for initial heating of cold bedsheets. Hot water bottle therapy benefits have been known since the 16th century and is still used by many complementary therapies. Although the hot water bottle offers comfort to ease the pain, this therapy method can increase patient risk of scalding.

So not only providing a place to warm up your feet, the hot water bottle has healing powers. For the mear price of $5.95 AUD, this is added benefit to the household.

McGloins Hot Water Bottle

Hot Water Bottle

McGloins Hot Water Bottle (Assorted Colours) 2L

  • Helps you feel good and feel safe.
  • Safe and natural rubber hot water bottle.
  • Manufactured under supervision to conform with British and Australian standards
  • High quality rubber for superior strength
  • Warm and soothing
  • Use hot water to relieve aches and pains
  • Use ice water for temporary relief of sprains and bruises

Novelty or Plush Hot Water Bottles Covers

Hot Water Bottle

Amazingly soft !! Sheepskin , Grey Hot Water Bottle Cover.

Seal Grey luxury Fur Sheepskin hottie Cover

Hot Water Bottle

0.8 Litre Classic Comfort Eco Sustainable Hot Water Bottle With Premium Duck Plush Fleece Cover – Perfect For Kids & Children – Keeping Warm by HotWaterBottleShop

AU$58.84
Hot Water Bottle

0.8 Litre Classic Comfort Eco Sustainable Hot Water Bottle With Premium Lamb Plush Fleece Cover – Perfect For Kids & Children – Keeping Warm by HotWaterBottleShop

 

Hot Water Bottle

Cute Platypus Hot/Cold Therapy Rice Pack Washable Microwave Warm Hugs Super Soft Cuddle Pillow Plush Australian Animal Heating Pad Gift

The platypus is highly cute! Looks exactly like the product picture and is really soft and fluffy.

AU$74.59


Hot Water Bottle

Wheat Bag Harris Tweed – Perfect pain relief


Hot Water Bottle

Hot water bottle swan cover – Minky fleece and fleece lined cotton with tuck under flap for added insulation.

From shop Leafykids

 


Hot Water Bottle

Hot water bottle cover/cozy animal – Koala

From shop HiDesignsShop

 


Hot Water Bottle

Cozy Fleece Hot Water Bottle Cover – Flamingos or Unicorns Cuddly Fleece Fabric

From shop OneLeggedGoose

Designer Hot Water Bottle Covers


Hot Water Bottle

Luxe Faux Fur Hot Water Bottle Cover – Silver Seal incl. Deluxe Hot Water Bottle  from shop SWAHTshop


Hot Water Bottle

Joules & Joulietta Hot Water Bottle Covers – Knitting Pattern – Two sizes

by WyndlestrawDesigns

 


Hot Water Bottle

Platypus hot water bottle cover Australiana, in wool/bamboo, hand knit

KnittingNutAustralia


Hot Water Bottle

Green turtle hot water bottle cover by KnittingNutAustralia

Children’s Hot Water Bottle Covers


Hot Water Bottle

Hot water bottle cover/cozy animal – Shark by HiDesignsShop

 


Hot Water Bottle

Hot water bottle cover/cozy animal – Bush Baby by HiDesignsShop

Hot Water Bottle

Fleece Hot Water Bottle Cover – Stars, Red, Royal Blue or Multicoloured, Cozy Bottle Cover by OneLeggedGoose


Hot Water Bottle

Fleece Hot Water Bottle Cover – Hedgehogs or Owls and Foxes, Cozy Bottle Cover by OneLeggedGoose


Hot Water Bottle

Embroidered Unicorn Hot Water Bottle by GiveagiftShop

 

Designer Hotwater Bottle Covers

15 Extraordinary Hot Water Bottle PLUSH Covers

SWAHTshop

Hot Water Bottle

Rose Garden Comfort Duo incl. Plush Cover with Deluxe Hot Water Bottle and Matching Weighted Eye Pillow

AU$79.86

Hot Water Bottle

Luxe Faux Fur Hot Water Bottle Cover – Silver Seal (Cover Only)

AU$57.50

Hot Water Bottle

Luxe Faux Fur Hot Water Bottle Cover – Silver Fox incl. Deluxe Hot Water Bottle

AU$63.89

Hot Water Bottle

Luxe Faux Fur Hot Water Bottle Cover – Spot Leopard incl. Deluxe Hot Water Bottle

AU$63.89

Hot Water Bottle

Luxe Faux Fur Hot Water Bottle Cover – Caramel Fox incl. Deluxe Hot Water Bottle

AU$71.87

Hot Water Bottle

Luxe Faux Fur Hot Water Bottle Cover – Amber Fox incl. Deluxe Hot Water Bottle

AU$63.89

Hot Water Bottle

Luxe Faux Fur Hot Water Bottle Cover – Chocolate Rabbit incl. Deluxe Hot Water Bottle

AU$63.89

Hot Water Bottle

Luxe Faux Fur Hot Water Bottle Cover – Pewter Fox incl. Deluxe Hot Water Bottle

AU$71.87

WARNING

Burns are preventable and therefore, some basic measures may reduce the incidence of accidental burn injury due to heated hot water bottles.

1) The hot water bottle manufacturers have to post warnings in their owner’s manuals of the danger of potential burns. The hot water bottles should be tested to increase their safety.

2) The hot water bottle should be examined for any damage, such as splits, holes or leaks before using. The hot water bottles should not be filled with boiling water, because boiling water may cause splits or leaks and will shorten the life of the hot water bottle.

3) The hot water bottle should not be overfilled. Three quarters is the maximum level to fill. A hot water bottle gives out plenty of heat as well when filled to the correct level.

4) The hot water bottles have to wrap in a towel to prevent the bottle from being in direct contact with the skin especially for patients with sensory deficits.

5) The hot water bottle should exchange every one or two years because the bottles which are in good condition on the outside may be damaged on the inside.

6) The hot water bottle should only use to warm the bed.  

The bottle should remove before getting into bed and empty it or place it out of reach. It should not use in a bed fitted with an electric blanket. Users should not lean on, roll on, press against, or lie on a hot water bottle. We hope that this case report will succeed in raising awareness of the dangers involved in the hot water bottles.

More reviews found here….Business Talks With Steiff Teddy Bears

Stuffed Albino Octopus

Stuffed Albino Octopus

It all began with a new baby, and Dana Muskat working tirelessly for 3 months to create the very first BigStuffed, a Big white Octopus for her niece. She continued further and created the first Albino Whale for her Best friend’s newborn, and what started as a labor of love for her niece grew to a tradition that saw friends, family and friends of friends reaching out for these adorable stuffed animals.

Stuffed Albino Octopus

It all began with a new baby, and Dana Muskat working tirelessly for 3 months to create the very first BigStuffed, a Big white Octopus for her niece. She continued further and created the first Albino Whale for her Best friend’s newborn, and what started as a labor of love for her niece grew to a tradition that saw friends, family and friends of friends reaching out for these adorable stuffed animals.

In 2014, BigStuffed was born, created to celebrate the abandoned Albino creatures left to fend for themselves due to their differences. With their unique looks but distinct trademark droopy eyes, the BigStuffed plush toys were made to be different and unique exuding emotion and companionship.

As the brand grew, her husband Patrick joined in her living room workshop to stuff Octopus tentacles and continued further to be instrumental in the growth of the brand to the plush business it is today. Made in Europe by passionate seamstresses, Quality and certified fabric, handmade strong seams, and intricate unique designs the stuffed animals are more than just toys, they are made to last.

What started as a journey of one has blossomed to a journey of three, a family behind a universe of plushies. BigStuffed is the embodiment of family, acceptance and love, sharing it one stuffed toy at a time.

Spread the love further, Adopt a BigStuffed 🙂

Further reading of aneother great plush project here, 11 Recycled Plastic Bottles Creates Quality Plushi

9 Famous Funko Plush

Funko Plush

To celebrate the endlessly creepy Funko plush from Five Nights at Freddy’s media franchise that now encompasses video games, books and other merchandise, I have put together a review of FNaF popular plush.

Funk Plush Review

Helpy

9 Famous Funko Plush

 

Five Nights at Freddy’s : Pizza Sim – Helpy 12″ US Exclusive Plush Toy

He’s got his bow tie and buttons and chubby cheeks. They’ve got the colors right too in comparison tot the game.

The buck teeth are an addition to the design which is not really authentic. Otherwise, I feel like this is a good plushy. The most glaring issue I see is his mouth. Funko generally just makes the seam on their snout and the mouth. However, the illusion is lost when you added more seams than necessary in the mouth. In the past Freddy was just on seem for the mouth. Why did you change this now designed to be worse?  The typical Freddy has three, two of which being barely visible. I will admit overall, this plushy is cute and accurate enough. However, I think the design really works on a larger plush, medium helping here. I would recommend the larger plush.

El Chip

Funko Plush

Funko Plush: Five Nights at Freddy’s Pizza Simulator – El Chip Collectible Figure, Multicolor

This plush is made of quality material. The sombreros, interesting material, but I think it works. The only problem with this material is it does not go back to its original shape after being stretched.

He’s got his little tail as well. That’s a really nice detail.  The characters, they always have great buck teeth. He has details on his legs too adding to the uniqueness of the plush.  What you’re seeing in El Chip is mainly his teeth. Other plush like Helpy plush has super small teeth. I know technically that’s more accurate, but in plush form, Helpy would look better with larger teeth like El chip.

Speaking of which does he actually look like a Beaver ? I have to say yes. This tail should have been made twice as long. And some quilting would have made a world of difference.

The key characteristic for El Chip debatably is his giant sombrero. Overall, I think this is a great plush. The way that the color around the eyes was done is something that I really, really dislike and have disliked ever since they started, these rings of color are supposed to be flushed with the rest of their head. Other than that this El Chip is a nice plushy. His colors are spot on.

Oriville The Elephant

Orville is one of our favourites.Funko Plush

Funko Plush Five Nights at Freddy’s Pizza Simulator – Orville Elephant Collectible Figure, Multicolor

The eyes probably bothered me the most, to be honest. I don’t really think making an elephant plush would be easy. Funko has done a good job although he seems a bit overstuffed. Look at that cute smile though. His whole trunk area is just so well done. The zone in lines and the little curve up at the end really look effective. If only his face was a little less bulky, I’d say this is one of my favourite plushes.

Mr Hippo

Onto to Mr Hippo. Mr Hippos face does looks unusual for some reason. He just doesn’t look like Hippo to me. I just don’t feel like it’s a very good representation of the character.

Mr. Hippo is dark purple is usually a much darker color and yes, Mr. Hippo, isn’t an exclusive.

Funko Plush

Five Nights at Freddy’s Pizzeria Simulator Hippo Figure Funko

Yes, he’s popular, but does he compare to Helpy or Lefty? I wouldn’t assume so.

Happy Frog is next. Let’s hear from our happier frog first.

Happy Frog

Happy Frog looks really good. I don’t have any faults for Happy Frog. I mean, it looks super accurate as well. Funko have given Happy more detail in a variety of colors even on the legs. She  even has eye lashes, which is a really nice detail to me.

 


Five Nights at Freddys Pizzeria Simulator Frog Plush Funko

Five Nights at Freddys Pizzeria Simulator Frog Plush Funko

She looks like she’s permanently scrunching up her nose. What makes happy frog exclusive? I can’t imagine anyone out there desperately wanting to add happy frog to their collection, but maybe I just don’t see what everyone else does.

Our last mediocre Melody’s character, the Pig Patch.

Pig Patch

funko plush

Funko Plush Five Nights at Freddy’s Pizza Simulator – Pigpatch Collectible Figure, Multicolor

Pigpatch has a weird shaped heads. The original plushy forms was animatronic. So I don’t  understand the big head, pig patch. Detail is key for these plushies. Big eyes and big cheeks look great. They’ve even added a little pink stitching and a belly button. That’s awesome.

I love how they’ve added a little pink tie. It would have been nicer if it was actually a pig tail sticking out to. I really liked the material that they use is good quality.

I think this could be plushie line of products with cousins like Pork patch or Bacon patch.

Now let’s get this party started with the Rock Star characters.

Rockstar Freddy

Do I think Funko gives him justice? The plush has star on the chest, but it feels a bit cheap to me guys. Feels like a sticker. It looks great. I’m just worried that it might peal off easily.

 

funko plush

Funko Plush: Five Nights at Freddy’s Pizza Simulator – Rockstar Freddy Collectible Figure, Multicolor

He’s got the purple top hat. The purple bow tie,s the cheeks, the freckles, the plastic nose. He’s knee pads, which all of the rock stars have. I do feel they have overdone the bilging eyes. Apart from the eyes, everything else looks great. Its colors overall is spot on. He also has a quirky little smile. Overall. I give Freddie 8/10.

Foxy

Next up we have our pirate pal rockstar Foxy.

funko plush

Five Nights at Freddy’s Foxy Fox 10 inches Plush Doll

This plush is missing half of the rockstar characters from second pizzeria SIM set.

I liked the fact that they added a pink leg to this rockstar. Foxy looks a bit weird because they added the eye patch on the bulge of the eye and instead of like covering it completely.

I like the tuft of hair at the top. I feel like the colors a little bit off. It is a bit too light coampared to the original rockstar. The parot is a great added feature.  I feel like Funko did try harder on the series and that’s a really good sign for the future.

Bonnie

funko Plush

Funko Five Nights At Freddy’S Bonnie Plush, 6″

Bonnie was just released later than the other here. You can tell it’s spring Bonnie, which is good.

Bonnie has been transformed into a 6″ Plush by Funko. 6″ Plush figure features Funko’s unique style. These adorable plush figures are perfect for any Five Nights at Freddy’s fan!

All the plush can are collectable items from the Five Nights at Freddy’s theme from Funko. Please check with Amazon AU for the current price as some these items have increased in value. All these plush in this articl have a Funko label sown into the bottom of the item with double stiching. Look for the label for authenticity.

Additional review of amazing plush.11 Recycled Plastic Bottles Creates Quality Plushie

3 Seductive Factors About Cute Anime Plushie

3 Seductive Factors About Cute Anime Plushie

The Cute Factor

The is a scientific reason why we find something cute and adorable. This is known as the cute factor.

That feeling you get when you find something simply adorable. It makes you stop what you are doing and reflect.

1.The Pyschological Factor

There have been many studies on this and All good stuff makes us nuts, and if we didn’t know why we’ll be bad scientists. Researchers explored brain activity while viewing adorable baby images.

The baby is the so-called “Nucleus Accumbens,” the more the source of pleasure activates.

The pinch causes a blast in the play heart – a pleasant dopamine-induced sensation.

Cuteness research is more evolutionary and fascinating than you might think.

Is it evolutionary?

Evolving psychology questions why other and repulsive features are attractive. Such behaviours were adaptive in our ancestors, although this may seem subjective and elusive. It’s fun thinking, definitely.

Babies haven’t grown sweet. We’ve grown to think babies are good.

Cuteness is a difficult way for adults to cultivate impulses that look like a cute infant.

Naturally, older babies are less healthy. Yet evolution is completed by then. It’s cute! It’s good, though.

I’ve been “using” adorable … Sigh! Sigh!

2. The Communication Factor

Characteristics of cuteness may be communicated by humans and non-humans, like cartoons. This experience blends organic with emotional.

We established strong inclinations for features such as big heads, broad face eyes, small nose and soft round bodies.

That may be one explanation why our pet dogs and cats look very different from their angry ancestors — we made them beautiful.

We chose these animals for their young characteristics, unstable behaviour and childlike features.

The explanation for our nice or nasty animals is that we use evolving standards to help us determine our own species members.

Baby animals are cute because it turns on the cute factor response in our brains. With a slow sigh of “ooohhh isn’t she so cute” when we stand in wonder at the big, round head of a human child.

That’s why we don’t respond the same way as looking at the strange looks of an ant eater.

Beauty (here cuteness) lies in the eyes of the beholder.

Scientific evidence suggests our biology contributes to our taste.

3.The Touch Factor

A review of research, conducted by Tiffany Field, a leader in the field of touch, found that preterm newborns who received just three 15-minute sessions of touch therapy each day for 5-10 days gained 47 percent more weight than premature infants who’d received standard medical treatment.

Similarly, research by Darlene Francis and Michael Meaney has found that rats whose mothers licked and groomed them a lot when they were infants grow up to be calmer and more resilient to stress, with a stronger immune system.

This research sheds light on why, historically, an overwhelming percentage of humans babies in orphanages where caretakers starved them of touch have failed to grow to their expected height or weight, and have shown behavioral problems.

So you see there is an important touch component to cute plushies. If out of all the factor I choose to be the most important would be the touch factor.

The Cute Plushies Shop

“Cute Plushies,” a shop, offers all sorts of cool plushies for those looking for love and comfort to feel on their soft toys. Kawaii ‘s best-cheap, priced plushies is available.

They have delivery worldwide for consumers searching for a permanent plushie for themselves and their loved ones. Don’t miss this opportunity to make such low-cost new friends.

As kids learn, plumage of animals or nature is a living thing to be identified with. The children will explore their deep inner feeling by playing with these ‘mates’ and exploring their personalities further.

It allows children to move into a modern, independent world. As when they sleep, kids still get frightened by imagining supernatural or bad spirits but squishy plashes give them confidence to sleep alone while holding them in their arms, giving them a warm feeling that their protectors still have their favourite food or some other anime character plush with them.

Plushies are also very beneficial in parenthood. When you think about it in a bigger picture, you’ll give your child this opportunity to conquer his / her fears and use a soft toy as his / her family ‘s everyday companion.

It gives them a sense of obligation if children take over their plush friends as parents or caregivers and this environment instantly becomes perfectly manageable, understandable and secure.

Much as when children are alone, they share their feelings of joy or sorrow, realising that there will be no debate, animosity, judgement, or rage. Therefore, this is an simple way to raise your child perfectly.

To find the right plump animal you love and take advantage of this opportunity by buying it cheaply to soothe your soul.

All products are at a fair price for fast ordering.

Their motto is to feel comfortable with our plushies. It also helps sustain friendship and emotions as you can give it to your partner on many occasions and festivals. Use these coloured plushies to decorate your rooms, halls, or different portions of your home. Kawaii Plushies are unique, vibrant, meaningful.

Their users feel relaxed and mollified. Enjoy your awful night. Squishy hi sweets, llama, kirby, panda, dragon, unicorn, shark and totoro sweets are designed to display emotions.

They are your sweet-looking night buddies, and when you look at them you can’t resist cuddling. We ensure our customers confidence and hold them through our reliable services. We also offer tear and wear warranty.

They are so beautifully stitched while retaining their original shape and character value. It can be your best friend, super hero, anime, or any fictional plastic character as described in this shop.

It can be animal and other species, and just visit the online shop to enjoy their range of cool plushies. Their speciality is Kitty Plum, Minion Plush, Cat, Freddy Plush, Gudetama Plush.

Kawaii plush shop sells you various Japanese dolls like Gudetama Plush. Plush is available. This lovely Plash Kawaii is also known as stuffed animals in Japan. Children love you, and you’re squishy and fun to play with night-time friends.

Your kids’ best companion are kawaii-stuffed animals. As harmony brings happiness and dolls exchange. Japanese Ken Kaneki’s fashionable like that. The new range of handmade kawaii pieces, toys and adorable stuffed animals is on display.

Test this store for your category to find your dream Japanese plushies. Pick the best product for your comfort from different options.

To satisfy your soul’s needs, they are gentle and filthy motherflies. Amazon, Blippo, Kawaiibox, Etsy and Japanla shops also offer adorable Japanese plushy.

They hold up to 100% of their offerings to provide exactly what you want. Simply order the most efficient cuts

 

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recycled plastic bottles

Resoftables

Stands 35cm tall. Inspire your child to make a conscious effort on how the littlest and cuddliest things can make the biggest difference in the environment. Resoftable toys are made from 100% household plastic waste to help reduce the carbon footprint in the environment. Perfect for cuddling! Suitable for newborns, kids and even adults!
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Toy Universe Gift Card

Ranging in Price from $10 – $500. If you’re looking for a fast gift to be delivered instantly by email, purchase a Toy Universe Gift Card. Choose your denomination and let email do the rest. Your special little person can then choose their own toys from our huge range. Our Gift Cards are also available to Layby. Your Toy Universe Gift Card will be emailed to your chosen email address with a redeemable code.
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Bingo

Bingo, (Bluey’s Sister) from the hit Australian animated TV show that started in 2018. Standing at 45cm tall, this Best Mate Large Bingo Plush sure is oversized. Features: This Bingo plush stands at 45cm in height. – Suitable for children from ages 3 years and up.
bluey

Bluey

Bluey is from the hit Australian animated TV show that started in 2018. Standing at 45cm tall, this Best Mate Large Bluey Plush sure is oversized, – Suitable for children from ages 3 years and up.

11 Recycled Plastic Bottles Creates Quality Plushie

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Resoftables Pty Ltd manufactures plush toys with 100 % recycled plastic bottles.

I could not help but notice ReSoftables plush toys in the catalog for Toy Universe (Aust).

Resoftables has an awesome commitment to the environment. Demonstrated in their marketing strategy, each label prints the number of recycled plastic bottles it takes to create each plush toy.

Australia has been successful in launching a number of popular plush toys. For example, Boccetta Plush and Bluey the adventurous blue healer dog.

A ReSoftable kola bear, for example is made from 11 recycled plastic bottles. So who are ReSoftables. Resoftables are distributed by an Australian company called Headstart International Proprietary Limited. This company originates from Oakleah in Victoria, Australia.

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Resoftables  Pty Lt manufactures 14-inch plush toys with 100 % recycled material, equal to 11 recycled plastic bottles. Over the next year Head Start claims it will repurpose over one million plastic bottles in the attempt to counter some of the 275 million tonnes of plastic waste produced globally by customers.

The Australian company says that the ultra-soft plush animals are planned and created in order to create “economic and sustainable new generations.”

“Resoftables is one of the most exciting Headstart ventures in 2020,” says Headstart International CEO Andrew Hendy. “We know that our consumers want cost-effective and sustainable goods, and we are ready to enter the market with a healthy and soft recycled plasma.”

Resoftables showcased their product at the Toy Conference this year in Melbourne, Australia.

Resoftables Ted, The Teddy Bear Plush is available at Toy Universe for a price of $26.99. Not only do these toys reduce the world’s carbon footprint but they also feature the softest and cuddliest textures!

Standing at 35cm tall, Teddy the Teddy Bear is an adorable blue plush that your plush-loving child won’t be able to get enough of! Encourage your child to make a conscious effort on how the littlest and cuddliest things can make the biggest difference in the environment.

Environmental Statistics on Plush Toys

Australia is one of the most wasteful countries in the world. We are on of the world’s largest greenhouse gas emitter along with China and the US.

We generate over 6.3 billion tonnes of plastic waste each year. much of it goes into landfill, with only currently 10 % recycled each year. (Aust Bureau of Stat)

Plastic straws and bottles are a huge problem. We thow out over 1 tonne of plastic waste if created every minute. Not many of us recycle. recycled plastic bottles

Australian Bureau of Statistic states that there was a large increase in the proportion of households recycling/reusing cans between 1992 (44%) and 2006 (around 85%). Yet plastic was the material subject to the largest increase in the rate of recycling.

In May 1992, when PET(Polyethylene terephthalate) was the only type of plastic that could be recycled widely in Australia, 37% of households reported recycling plastic. In March 2006, when many types of plastic were being recycled, 97% of households reported having recycled or reused plastic bags or plastic bottles within the previous 12 months.

Australians are improving recycling methods all the time. In 1960’s Clean Up Australia Day was introduced. Our statistics are still very high. Plastics are made to last for ever and they they do. They are in our waterways, rivers, and oceans.

What amazes me is that our children have a better concept of what we are doing to the planet than older generations. How are we desposing of our rubber tyres?  We burn the rubber, the smoke rises into the jet streams in the sky and are carried up in the sky to land on the glaciers.

When summer months hit in the north and south hemispheres, the ice melts and the particles of rubber and  pollution end up in the melting into the waterways and rivers. We are like teenagers where we don’t worry about what happens tomorrow.

What Were We Thinking?

In greek mythology, Prometheus stole fire from Gods and gave it to humans. As Zeus punished Prometheus, the seductive Pandora. Zeus gave Pandora a box. Pandora had been warned not to open the box.

However, when Pandora opened the box, all the evils of the world escaped. Only hope was left inside. This sound awefully familiar lesson that we have learnt.

recycled plastic bottles

I believe that human race have demonstrated the ability of extracating ourselves from profound difficulties once we understand what produces them.

We have to evaluate our lifes and ask are we being pressured by society to how “keep up with the Jones” which cause vast about of waste or  can we make a change in our own lives to have less stuff and create less waste. And you do it with passion and conviction. The alternative is we give up and do nothing.

The Cult of Less

The Cult of Less website is another inspirational project created by New Yorker, Kelly Sutton. He found that the more he owned, the less happier he was. He embarked on a process of selling his possessions that he didnt use. If he hadn’t used it for 12 months, then he sold it.

Kelly travels teaches people extreme decluttering. He moves every 5mths from country to country educating people on how to declutter.

People that follow this line of thinking are extreme declutterers aiming to liberate themselves from attachment to their possessions. This ultimately, they believe leads to true happiness and peace.

Kelly doesn’t really miss the things that he owned. All his possessions can fit in 2 boxed and 2 suit cases. He doesn’t worry about what he has now. He spends his time planning what he wants to do.

recycled plastic bottles

He believes in sustainability. He is happiest when adding to the world something of value that the world can sustain over a long period of time.

Conclusion

We have look at ReSoftables plush toys for children and their unique ideas to recycle manufactured plastic bottles in Australia into toys for children. The toy have met Australian Toy Standards selling a range of plush animals available in Australia and soon to be released in other countries.

We have seen how much waste Australia produces particularly in the form of plastic bottle, straws and bags. We also analysed the benefits of other sustainable projects in the Cult of Less by Kelly Sutton.

My hope is that you we continue recycle at home and support these project by supporting of these great ideas.

Plants V’s Zombies Plush

Plants Vs Zombies

Plants v’s Zombies is a defense and strategy video game developed and originally published by PopCap Games for Windows and iOS in May 2009, and ported to consoles, handhelds, and mobile devices, and in remastered versions for personal computers.

Plants Vs Zombies plush can be purchased by clicking  HERE!

Check with our Toy Standards should you have any concerns about the product.

Plants vs Zombies

In Plant V’s Zombies the player takes the role of a homeowner in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. To defend their home from zombies, some of which have unique abilities, the player uses plants that can fire projectiles at, or have other detrimental effects on the horde of advancing zombies.

Zombies approach along several parallel lanes on the lawn, and the player must plan defenses in these lanes. If a zombie makes it to the house on any lane, the level is over.

Director George Fan was inspired to make the game after playing other tower defense titles and wanting to eliminate the typical strategies of sending advancing enemies through mazes, instead adapting the lane approach to remove this strategy.

Plants v's Zombies

Plants Vs Zombies 2:

Released in 2013 for iOS and Android, Garden Warfare and its sequel in addition to a digital collectible card game,

Players place different types of plants and fungi, each with their own unique offensive or defensive capabilities, around their house, in order to stop a horde of zombies from reaching it.

The playing field is divided into 5 to 6 horizontal lanes, each with lawnmowers, and with rare exceptions, a zombie will move towards the player’s house along one lane only (the main exception is if it has bitten garlic, causing it to move to another lane).

Most plants can attack or defend against zombies in the lane they are planted in only. The game uses several different level types and layouts, each with their own gimmick.plants v's zombies

The game starts out in a front yard and progresses to nighttime levels (sun will not be able to be gathered for free), where the gameplay is more challenging without any replenishing sun unless specific plants are used.

Later levels are nighttime pool levels (where fog fills the right half of the screen except when specific plants are used), a lightning storm level in pitch black (except when illuminated by occasional flashes of lightning), and rooftop levels (where a slanted roof renders most offensive plants useless).

Plants V's Zombies

On the final level, the player must face a huge robot operated by a zombie who takes the form of a mad scientist known as Dr. Zoomboss.

At different stagers throughout the game, the player is either warned through a letter by zombies or their neighbor, Crazy Dave, to prepare for an ambush, where the game takes on a bowling style, using wallnuts to bowl down zombies, or a modified version of regular levels, where random plant types come upon a conveyor belt, and the player can use the plants without spending any sun. Plants v's Zombies

The player starts with a limited number of seed pack types and seed pack slots that they can use during most levels. The number of slots can be increased through purchases with in-game money.

At the start of a level, the player is shown the various types of zombies to expect and given the opportunity to select which seed packs to take into the level.

Certain plants are highly effective against specific types of zombies, such as the Magnet-shroom, which can remove metallic items from a zombie, such as helmets, buckets, ladders, and pogo sticks.

Plants may be placed on any available square of lawn, on lily pads floating in a pool, or in flowerpots on a rooftop; these last two items may be chosen as a seed pack for their respective level types and deployed to increase the usable planting space.

Plants Vs ZombiesThe zombies also come in a number of types that have different attributes, in particular, speed, damage tolerance, and abilities. Zombies include those wearing makeshift armor, those who can jump or fly over plants, and a dancing zombie able to summon other zombies from the ground.

At various points, the player will be inundated with a huge wave of zombies. If a zombie reaches the end of a lane, a lawnmower will shoot forward and destroy all the zombies in that lane.

However, if a zombie reaches the end of that same lane for a second time, it will reach the player’s house. When this happens, the music changes and the other plants and zombies stop moving while that zombie enters the house.

Crunching sounds will be heard, accompanied by a scream and a message saying “The zombies ate your brains!”. The game will then end and display the Game Over dialog box along with an option to retry the level or return to the main menu at the upper-right side of the screen.

Game modes

The primary game mode is Adventure Mode in which the player can earn money to spend at an in-game store to buy new seed packets and other bonuses.

In the Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network, and Nintendo DS versions, there is also a Co-Op mode, as well as 2 Player Mini-Games and a Versus mode (only Versus mode in the Nintendo DS version & Xbox Live Arcade).

The Adventure Mode consists of 5 different areas and 50 different area levels. They are shown with the area number first, followed by the level number in the game.

Each level in this model has a certain amount of flags and one final wave. The adventure mode is the first game mode and is also the main mode. Every 5th level will be a mini-game, while the 10th level will be a conveyor level.

When and if the player plays through it a second time, Crazy Dave will pick 3 random seeds that the player must use based on the zombies and area they are in every level, this is, of course, optional but it can assist the player in getting more of the in-game currency.

Mini-games are unlocked during the Adventure mode and are mostly for fun.

Puzzles Mode consist of 18 levels from 2 different “modes”, Vasebreaker, where you break vases that either contains a plant seed or a zombie.

Zombie Mode is  where you create zombies to destroy cardboard cutouts of plants.

On iOS and Android versions, there’s also a third mode called Last Stand that similar to the level with the same name from the Mini-Game Mode but with different zombies in each wave.

Survival is the second-largest game mode in Plants vs Zombies. Survival is the last game mode in the game itself. There is also a page of canceled mini-games called the Limbo Page which can be accessed using the Cheat Engine.

The game also features a Zen Garden, where players can care for plants they previously purchased from Crazy Dave’s Twiddydinkies or occasionally dropped by zombies. Plants will grow only when the game has been running for enough time.

Zombies director George Fan intended on balancing the game between a “gritty” game and a “sickeningly cute” game.

He was inspired to make it a tower defense game after both thinking of a more defense-oriented version of a previous title of his, Insaniquarium, and playing some Warcraft III tower defense mods.

While he was looking at the towers in Warcraft III, he felt that plants would make good towers. He wanted to bring something new to the genre with new Plants vs.Zombies 3 released this year, 2020.

In Conclusion, Plants vs. Zombies (PVZ) is a tower defence video game developed and originally published by PopCap Games for Microsoft Windows and OS X. The game involves a homeowner using a variety of different plants to prevent an army of zombies from entering their house and “eating their brains”.

Zombies (Basic Zombie in Plants vs. Zombies 2) and their world-themed variants in Plants vs. Zombies 2 are the most basic “zombie” units. In fact, they take three shots for a Melon-pult to kill one of them or ten peas. Having no special defensive equipment or travel abilities, these zombies are susceptible to any type of attack.

They are found in most levels and are the first zombies the player encounters in every Plants vs. Zombies game.

At the official start of a level, a siren noise will appear and one will say “the zombies… are coming…” and moan, signalling that the zombies are about to come.

The Conehead Zombie, Buckethead Zombie, Screen Door Zombie, Trash Can Zombie, Camel Zombies, Blockhead Zombie, Knight Zombie, Bug Zombie, and Jurassic Fossilhead become this zombie when their armour is destroyed.

 

Hand Puppets In Plush

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There is nothing cuter than plush hand puppets. There are a variety of puppets as described below. Children can learn and practise communication skills while having fun at the same time. A puppet show at home in front of the family can provide hours of entertainment.

Simple Hand Puppet

Hand puppets with little to no moving parts are the easiest. They can be rigid, made of hard plastic, for example, and are more flexible, made of cotton, probably packed with eye filling, nose, and so on. The mouth is merely an opening and closing décor, or the thumb may reach a different pocket from the rest of the cloth and thereby mimic a mouth that allows the puppet to speak.

Simple hand puppets are not typically any bigger than the head. A sock puppet is particularly a simple hand puppet made of a sock. The inner finger segment enables autonomous movement of the limbs of a character, a much more intricate glove puppet. To order to maintain the puppets illusion, the unconsumed hand of the puppet is usually shielded from the viewer.

Simple hand puppets are often distributed as children’s toys and party favourites, especially the famous licenced characters. Children typically learn to play the puppet and build sounds and gestures and mostly practise exclusively privately.

Human Arm Puppets

Human arm puppets can make a puppet display more practical by requiring the puppet to accommodate supports. Imagine how much the Giant © cookie would waste if it did not find a cookie. Imagine the Frankenstein Monster’s attraction because he couldn’t pick up a Frankenstein. Another element of reality joins a puppet with working opposite claws.

A human arm puppet can also transform with Hand Puppets In Plushlittle effort the pages of a book that she appears to read or take live illusions or lessons on objects.

hand puppets

When you choose something it makes no sense to go the other direction. Without looking at what you’re buying, it’s the only way we would say about anything you won’t choose to buy from accidentals. To the opposite, Puppets Inc.is actually the main internet retailers for the general public, so you really want to get a stupid style glove that doesn’t look like either of the patented characters.

Hand puppets with little to no moving parts are the easiest. They can be rigid, made of hard plastic, for example, and are more flexible, made of cotton, propably packed with eye filling, nose, and so on. The mouth is merely an opening and closing décor, or the thumb may reach a different pocket from the rest of the cloth and thereby mimic a mouth that allows the puppet to speak.

Simple hand puppets are not typically any bigger than the head. A sock puppet is particularly a simple hand puppet made of a sock. The inner finger segment enables autonomous movement of the limbs of a character, a much more intricate glove puppet. To order to maintain the puppets illusion, the unconsumed hand of the puppet is usually shielded from the viewer.

Simple hand puppets are often distributed as children’s toys and party favourites, especially the famous licenced characters. Children typically learn to play the puppet and build sounds and gestures and mostly practise exclusively privately.

Rod Puppets.

A rod puppet is made of wood wire and string and is handled with rods of wood or rope. Rod puppets may have a functioning hinged mouth occasionally, but many do not. Arms are typically a must when rods are connected. A puppet with a fish rod may have a rope attached to the tail in order to control the puppet. Specific versions also exist with external handling parts: (e.g. opening and closing eyelids).hand puppets

Most rod puppets only show the top half of the figure, starting from the waist up, covering the missing portion, but often there are differences in the legs. The legs normally only punch, but the legs can be operated from behind the stage with rods from below in special circumstances. Many of them are reserved for carnivals or fairs. The Muppets and Sesame Street are a very popular example of rod puppets.

More or less complicated manipulation can be possible depending on the type of puppet. Even unrealist action patterns may be beneficial for special effects.

As Oscar Wilde puts it, puppets “are admirably docile” and “recognise the dramatist’s overriding intellect”

When another puppet is speaking, a puppet shouldn’t react. In doing so, the viewer becomes misled about the actual puppet at any given moment. It is incredibly necessary to keep an audience firmly concentrated on a puppet show.

A Well Known Puppet Show.

The Muppets are an group of puppet characters known for their absurd, burlesque and self-referential humour style. The titles of the Disney owned media franchise, which includes TV, music, film and other media related to the characters, were created by Jim and Jane Henson in 1955.

The Muppets come from the short TV show Sam and Friends, which was transmitted between 1955 and 1961. The Muppets started their appearance on Sesame Streets in 1969 and achieved popularity and worldwide recognition in the Muppet Show (1976–1981), a prize-winning experience which was presented in five year round with four Primetime Emmy awards and twenty-one nominations.

The 1970s and 1980s included The Muppet Movie (1979), The Big Mumpet Caper (1981), and The Take Manhattan (1984), both of which were diversified into cinematic film.

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At the beginning of the 1980s, the Walt Disney corporation began involving the Muppets, and Henson agreed to acquire The Jim Henson Corporation. The Muppets expanded their television appearances in the 1990’s, including in the style of The Muppet Show, The Jim Henson Hour (1989) and Muppets Tonight (1996–8) as well as in three films: The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992), Muppet Treasure Island (1996) and The Space Muppets (1999).

Around February 2004, Disney purchased the Muppets and received a greater audience viewpoint than it had in previous years. Respectively, the Moppets and Muppets Most Wanted (2014) became the films for Disney, a short-lived primetime show on ABC;and a revival of the animated series Muppet Kids.

Thanks to their six decade run, the Muppets were recognised by various cultural bodies and organisations, including the American Film Institute, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Library of the Conference and Hollywood’s Walk of Fame as a pillar of the animation and popular culture of the United States and the English-speaking world generally. The Puppetry Arts Centre in Atlanta declared its opening on July 25, 2007.

As you can see puppets can provide entertainment for the family and a learning experience for children. The added benefit of the puppet is to enhance the child’s communication skills and provide an outlet for them to express their emotions and words. Read more about puppet shows here.

The Sylvanian Family’s 35th Anniversary

Loved since 1985

First created in 1985, Sylvanian Families is a unique and adorable range of distinctive animal characters that live, work and play in the idyllic land of Sylvania.

Sylvanian Families originated in Japan and made the journey to the UK in 1987. It became an iconic toy of the ‘80s and received the UK Toy of the Year award for three years running. Sold in over 50 countries, Sylvanian Families is a global brand, with themed restaurants and a dedicated theme park in Japan. To date, more than 100 million Sylvanian Families figures have been sold worldwide.

Sylvanian Families are more than just toys; these anthropomorphic creatures have their own names, birthdays and even personalities. They live in stylish houses, surrounded by luscious greenery, woodland, a meadow and a river – making up the natural world of Sylvania.

Sylvanian Families will be celebrating its 35th birthday next year so keep an eye out for the fun filled activities and events that are being planned.

Nature, Family & Love

The word Sylvan means ‘of the forest’ and the brand has three values at its heart: Nature, Love and Family.

This evergreen toy appeals to children and adults alike, from young children just making their first friends, older children about to start secondary school, right up to nostalgic adults who fondly remember the figures from their own childhoods, plus serious collectors with a passion for all things Sylvanian!

Sylvanian Families let children craft their own stories, and helps them develop social skills and emotional intelligence through imaginative play. Sylvania is a sanctuary where everyone can be part of the family, letting children learn about relationships, including being kind to each other.

As well as being a great collectible item, many Sylvanian products also connect together so that you can grow your Sylvanian Village and create your own unique Sylvanian World as your collection expands.

A trip down memory lane! Sylvanian Families release nostalgic snaps of their best-loved toy sets throughout the years – so how many do YOU remember?

  • EXCLUSIVE: The the makers of Sylvanian Families have delved into the archives
  • Classics include the Rose of Sylvania barge and 1997 Deluxe House on the Hill
  • Since its inception in 1985, approximately 120 million figures have been sold
  • Characters include Timbertop bears, Thistlethorn mice and Oakwood squirrels

By UNITY BLOTT FOR MAILONLINE

PUBLISHED: 00:18 AEST, 9 December 2018 | UPDATED: 00:01 AEST, 11 December 2018

They’re the quintessentially English animal toys beloved by children the world over. 

 

And now the makers of Sylvanian Families have delved into the archives to reveal some of their best-loved sets from throughout the decades.

Bringing a touch of nostalgia this Christmas, the sweet images include the adorable 1993 Rose of Sylvania barge, thatched cottage and pint-sized grocery store.

And long-term fans will recall playing for hours with the Timbertop bears, Thistlethorn mice and Oakwood squirrel families.

Since its inception in 1985, approximately 120 million Sylvanian figures have been sold worldwide – equivalent to one every three seconds. So how many do you remember? 

1985: The year Sylvanian Families first hit shelves, Country Cottage was one of the first sets available (pictured with the Babblebrook Rabbit Family seated at the dining table, reclining in the living room, and with the youngest bunny all ready for bed)+15

1985: The year Sylvanian Families first hit shelves, Country Cottage was one of the first sets available (pictured with the Babblebrook Rabbit Family seated at the dining table, reclining in the living room, and with the youngest bunny all ready for bed)

1985: A group photo showing (L-R): The Timbertop Bear family, the Thistlethorn Mouse family, the Oakwood Squirrel family, the Slydale Fox family, the Evergreen Grey Bear family, the Tanuki Family, the Wildwood Brown Rabbit Family, the Babblebrook Rabbit family, and the McBurrows Mole Family+15

1985: A group photo showing (L-R): The Timbertop Bear family, the Thistlethorn Mouse family, the Oakwood Squirrel family, the Slydale Fox family, the Evergreen Grey Bear family, the Tanuki Family, the Wildwood Brown Rabbit Family, the Babblebrook Rabbit family, and the McBurrows Mole Family

1985: Country House (pictured with the Timbertop Bear Family dotted around the house) was also one of the first ever Sylvanian sets. The look and feel of the brand was inspired by the Japanese view of the UK - twee, old fashioned and innocent+15

1985: Country House (pictured with the Timbertop Bear Family dotted around the house) was also one of the first ever Sylvanian sets. The look and feel of the brand was inspired by the Japanese view of the UK – twee, old fashioned and innocent

1987 The Treefellow Owl Family - a play on the old cliché of 'wise old owl', here the head of the household is dressed in a square academic cap or mortarboard, perching on a tree+15

1987 The Treefellow Owl Family – a play on the old cliché of ‘wise old owl’, here the head of the household is dressed in a square academic cap or mortarboard, perching on a tree

1988: The bakery featuring Father Timbertop Bear, Sister Babblebrook Rabbit and Sister Syldale Fox (not included with the set) with Father Timbertop busy cooking up a storm+15

1988: The bakery featuring Father Timbertop Bear, Sister Babblebrook Rabbit and Sister Syldale Fox (not included with the set) with Father Timbertop busy cooking up a storm

1989: The Windmill, pictured in an idyllic rural setting with the Babblebrook Rabbit Family. It was modelled to look like a realistic windmill turned house, complete with moving sails+15

1989: The Windmill, pictured in an idyllic rural setting with the Babblebrook Rabbit Family. It was modelled to look like a realistic windmill turned house, complete with moving sails

1991: The Grocery Store (pictured with Father Timbertop Bear and Mother Dappledawn Fawn Rabbit) filled with delicious groceries including sweetie jars, bottled soda pop and biscuits+15

1991: The Grocery Store (pictured with Father Timbertop Bear and Mother Dappledawn Fawn Rabbit) filled with delicious groceries including sweetie jars, bottled soda pop and biscuits

1993: The iconic Rose of Sylvania Barge (pictured with the Babblebrook Rabbit Family, both wearing life jackets, and Father Wildwood Brown Rabbit). With a removable roof and foldable tables, this brightly-coloured canal boat also doubled up as a house boat+15

1993: The iconic Rose of Sylvania Barge (pictured with the Babblebrook Rabbit Family, both wearing life jackets, and Father Wildwood Brown Rabbit). With a removable roof and foldable tables, this brightly-coloured canal boat also doubled up as a house boat

1993 PC Bobby Roberts with Police Phone Box  - The adorable policeman badger comes complete with his own phone box, including a classic blue uniform and bobby's hat+15

1993 PC Bobby Roberts with Police Phone Box  – The adorable policeman badger comes complete with his own phone box, including a classic blue uniform and bobby’s hat

1995: The Large Red Roof House including the Babblebrook Rabbit Family and the Chestnut Raccoon Family enjoying lunch al fresco with the raccoon family cooking in the kitchen+15

1995: The Large Red Roof House including the Babblebrook Rabbit Family and the Chestnut Raccoon Family enjoying lunch al fresco with the raccoon family cooking in the kitchen

1995 The Dappledawn Fawn Rabbit Family with grandparents - a set of seven adorable rabbit figures, the grandparents were clearly distinguishable thanks to their spectacles+15

1995 The Dappledawn Fawn Rabbit Family with grandparents – a set of seven adorable rabbit figures, the grandparents were clearly distinguishable thanks to their spectacles

1995: Meadow Croft Thatched Cottage - An enduring favourite, this cottage was open at the back for ease of play (pictured here with the Babblebrook Rabbit Family)+15

1995: Meadow Croft Thatched Cottage – An enduring favourite, this cottage was open at the back for ease of play (pictured here with the Babblebrook Rabbit Family)

1996 White Cat Family - An adorable and enduringly popular family comprising a mother and father cat, with their two feline children and three baby kittens - all dressed in matching pink+15

1996 White Cat Family – An adorable and enduringly popular family comprising a mother and father cat, with their two feline children and three baby kittens – all dressed in matching pink

1997: Deluxe House on the Hill, pictured with the Furbanks Squirrel family, the Cottontail Rabbit family, the Dappledawn Fawn Rabbit family and the Beagle Dog Family busy in the garden (figures not included in the set). Comprises three floors and lots of rooms including nursery, dining room, kitchen, bedroom and more (the deluxe version included five figures and over 30 accessories)+15

1997: Deluxe House on the Hill, pictured with the Furbanks Squirrel family, the Cottontail Rabbit family, the Dappledawn Fawn Rabbit family and the Beagle Dog Family busy in the garden (figures not included in the set). Comprises three floors and lots of rooms including nursery, dining room, kitchen, bedroom and more (the deluxe version included five figures and over 30 accessories)

2010: The Trunk Elephant Family - one of the more recent additions to the Sylvanian Families franchise, the adorable animal figures still wear old-fashion, quintessentially English clothing - including checked trousers, a green cardigan and floral tea dress+15

2010: The Trunk Elephant Family – one of the more recent additions to the Sylvanian Families franchise, the adorable animal figures still wear old-fashion, quintessentially English clothing – including checked trousers, a green cardigan and floral tea dress

Sylvanians: A potted history

Sylvanian Families was launched in Japan 1in 1985. The line started with just one house, 11 pieces of furniture, and 9 families.

The look and feel of the brand was inspired by the Japanese view of the UK: twee, old fashioned and innocent.

The concept around Sylvanian Families has always been around dolls’ houses and imaginative play, which is why the sets would come on their own.

It would be up to each to child to individually make their own decisions about which family lived in which house and how it was furnished.

New characters would be introduced to run the bakery or the restaurant etc. but there are no hard or fast rules when it comes to the world of Sylvainian Families.

The Dappledawn Fawn Rabbit Family

The Dappledawn Fawn Rabbit Family

Based on three concepts, Nature, Family and Love, the idea was for children to explore the power of imagination and learn to care and share with one another.

Sylvanian Families are there to help children acquire key social skills. It promotes wholesome play and has an enduring appeal which helps to develop thoughts and emotions.

Up until earlier this year all the families lived in the Sylvanian Village, where everyone enjoys the world of nature.

Set around everyday lives, to be enjoyed in comfort, Sylvanian Families covers a range of activities in which children can explore different play patterns and create their own stories.

Since March 2018, fans of Sylvanian Families now have the Sylvanian Town to collect too.

As with most countryside-dwellers seeking a spot of shopping and culture on a trip to town, Sylvanians can enjoy a host of sophisticated activities, designed with all the usual intricate details for which the global toy brand is famous.

WHAT DOES A 1985 STICKER ON THE FOOT OF SYLVANIAN FAMILIES FIGURES MEAN?

The Sylvanian Family's 35th Anniversary

The sticker “1985 Epoch China” (or similar wording) does not refer to the date the figure was released. This refers to the date of copyright of, the company, that is, Epoch Toys Ltd, a Japanese company who came up with the concept of Sylvanian Families Toys in Japan in 1985.

Even toys you buy in stores today likely will have this 1985 sticker under one foot.

The sticker is often placed over a tiny pinhole that is generally found under the right foot of a figure, which is part of the manufacturing procedure.

Often sellers or buyers who are relatively new to collecting can be genuinely mistaken in thinking they have discovered a 30 year old vintage Sylvanian treasure, however, this 1985 sticker is still found on new figures even today and does not denote the date of release.

SYLVANIAN FAMILIES FIGURES – WHY DO THEY HAVE A TINY HOLE IN ONE FOOT?

Have you ever noticed that your Sylvanian Families figures have a small pinhole sized hole under their right foot?  Some earlier figures have this tiny indent under both feet. In some figures this is more prominent and in others it is barely noticeable.

This hole is part of the manufacturing process and all Sylvanian Families figures are produced with the same tiny hole underfoot. Often the 1985 sticker (referred to above) is placed over it, so only once the copyright sticker is removed you will notice the small hole.

The Sylvanian Family's 35th Anniversary

Various theories about the cause of this abound. One theory is that this hole is used during the flocking process (the procedure used to cover the figure in that cute, soft, furry coating.) You may have observed if you own some well-worn Sylvanian figures, underneath the figure is a hard plastic. Likely a wire stand is placed up through one foot of the figure to hold it upright during the flocking process. This ensures a perfectly even coating of soft flocking all over the body of the critter. Once the flocking has dried sufficiently, the wire is removed and the sticker placed over the slight hole indented in the foot. Figures who are not standing, (ie, sitting baby figures) will often have this pinhole indent on their bottom instead)

WHAT DOES “DISCONTINUED” AND “RETIRED” SYLVANIAN FAMILIES MEAN?

Every year Sylvanian Families introduce exciting new items to their product line sold in stores. Often new items will be sold on the overseas market first and around 1 to 2 years later “This year’s latest Sylvanians” appear in stores Australia-wide, available for purchase.

However, this ever evolving line of “new” Sylvanian products, means that some of the previous products are “retired” or “discontinued” from production. After a time the previous line of items are no longer manufactured, so once they have been sold out in stores they eventually become quite hard to find and many of them become a “collectible item”

As with many other toy brands, as a Sylvanian Families item becomes less available, it becomes more collectible and the price of the item increases due to it’s scarcity.

You may notice that items featured in the Sylvanian Families catalogue change every year. If an item is in the catalogue, we can fairly safely consider that it is still in production. Once it no longer appears in the annual  catalogue, it is likely that it has been “retired” and won’t be seen on store shelves any more once sold out.

You might like to visit our entire collection of Discontinued Sylvanian Families here

WHAT EXACTLY IS “STORAGE WEAR”, “SHELF WEAR” AND “AGE WEAR”?

We all love the pristine look of brand new Sylvanians bought directly from the shop. However today in most shops we can generally only purchase “current in stock” items which are  still being manufactured. The packaged products have come directly from the factory and wholesale warehouse with a relatively short time between production and distribution, therefore with very limited handling and storage, so we expect to see them looking new.

However, for many people the most sought after items are the Sylvanian Families sets and figures that you can no longer purchase in stores. Here, at Sylvanian Specialty Store it’s our aim to offer as many retired or discontinued products as possible. Some items have been stored away in warehouses for many years in various parts of the world. Some items have been sitting on shelves of stores for many years before they turn up in our store.

So understandably, although these items are brand new and unopened, the outer box packaging may wear a little “history”. If this is the case, our store makes mention of any wear on the box in the product description, or any particular characteristic of the item that the collector should know about.

This is all part of collecting “discontinued” and “retired” Sylvanian Families and although we do our best to source many unique and sought after older products, often slight imperfections in the outer packaging of older items cannot be avoided.

The Sylvanian Family's 35th Anniversary

Shelf wear = New items that have been sitting on a retail store shelf for many years. A description of “shelf wear” can mean there may be a dent in the plastic packaging or the edges of the box may show a little wear, tear, scuffing or general marks from the box being handled.

Storage wear = New items that have been stored away in warehouses for many years in different countries around the world. Due to various climates or warehouse conditions the box or packet may show a little wear, discolouring, fading or a slight tear or dent in the outer packaging.

Age wear = This tends to apply to vintage items or items that have been stored for many years and any of the following characteristics can apply. Sometimes the cellotape that seals a box can appear yellowed and a little curled up at the edges. Boxes may have some fading or general wear on the outer packaging. The packaging has an appearance consistent with being stored for 20 or 30 years. There may have been 1980’s price stickers that have been removed from the box, leaving a sticker mark. Sometimes there is yellow age spotting on the inside cardboard packaging inserts.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT WHEN BUYING A VINTAGE BRAND NEW SYLVANIAN FAMILIES ITEM?

Sylvanian Families have always been a top quality product, and were definitely made to last. Items released in the 1980s, brand new in their packaging, can still look as perfectly new as they did 30 years ago. Likely the outer box will show signs of age and wear, but the buildings, figures and accessories tend to stand the test of time extremely well.

Sylvanian Families White Buildings “yellowing” with age

In some cases white or cream coloured vintage buildings or furniture may begin to yellow in places, due to age. In general, non-white buildings and furniture retain their original colour remarkably well. Some examples of white buildings and furniture sets which I have noticed age discolouring in are:

*The early 1990’s Sylvanian Families Harvester Restaurant

*The 3 storeyed cream coloured 1990 Sylvanian Families Deluxe Country Mansion)

*The Red and White Grand Hotel may show signs of yellowing in the white areas.

* White furniture sets, such as the 1990s Tomy white Patio furniture set or the Tomy white garden seats.

Brand new vintage Figures with a small rub mark on the back of their head

One point to note, however, is when figures have remained sealed and never removed from their box long term, the soft flocking on the centre of the back of the figure’s head can leave a slightly flattened mark, where the figure’s head has been leaning against the back of the box.  This is mostly only noticeable with gray or brown coloured figures, such as the Elephant Family or the UK Hazelwood brown mouse family or the vintage Slydale fox family, as examples.  This generally only occurs when the figure is tied by bindings against a cardboard backing, especially when they have been tied into place for many years. The small area can appear to be a slightly lighter colour than the flocking around it and give the impression of being “faded” when it likely only that the flocking has been pressed flat for some time. This is fairly common with figures that have been stored brand new in the box for several years.

This can even be the case with brand new recent figures too. Often by brushing the flocking lightly in the other direction the flattened flocking impression will smooth away. However with vintage item dating back to the 1980’s the flattened patch at the back of it’s head is likely to remain so.

Sylvanian FAmilies slight mark on back of head of new figure

Paws and Feet

Note the colour of the paws of these brand new Sylvanian Families Grey Striped Cats. On Sylvanian Families figures with paws, or creviced hands or feet, the flocking can appear slightly darker in colour in the crevices. This is usual for Sylvanian figures, such as cat and dog figures and several other families and this is how the figures arrive from the manufacturer. However, other animal families, such as goat figures, have a flatter, round hand or foot, therefore the flocking coverage will be more even in tone.

Sylvanian Families Gray Striped cat paws colourSylvanian FAmilies Gray Striped cat paw colour

 SYLVANIAN FAMILIES –  FROM 1985 TO 2018

If you’re new to collecting, you’ll be amazed at the variety of sets that have been available over the years. Afterall, Sylvanian Families have been producing items since 1985!  If they produced 10 new sets every year, that could well be 300 or more different Sylvanian Families sets, or maybe many more. Bearing in mind also, that different countries produce their own exclusive sets which we would never see in Australian stores, this could add up to 20 to 30 new sets internationally each year. There are sets released only in Japan, or in USA (under the name of Calico Critters brand) or Europe. Even Mexico and Italy have had sets released exclusive to their own country. This also means there is a wide range of different packaging used over the years. See below for some examples of how the Sylvanian Families packaging has changed over the years.

There are also Sylvanian Families Limited Edition sets released on occasions in some countries. This may mean only several 1000 sets were ever produced, making them quite sought after by collectors around the world.

ARE CALICO CRITTERS THE SAME AS SYLVANIAN FAMILIES?

Yes! Calico Critters and Sylvanian Families are one and the same. Initially they were branded and sold as Sylvanian Families in the USA and Canada, however in 1993 Tomy (who was responsible for worldwide distribution of Sylvanian Families at the time) lost the rights to use the name Sylvanian Families in USA. Instead they re-named the product as Calico Critters of Cloverleaf Corners, and continue to sell under this brand name today in USA.

We stock USA Calico Critters in our store, essentially Calico Critters items that are not available in Australia, or that are exclusive to the USA Calico Critters range.  Although the same product, our Calico Critters in our store are typically more expensive than many of the Sylvanian Families in our store, due to high importing costs.

The Sylvanian Family's 35th Anniversary

WHY ARE SOME SYLVANIAN FAMILIES FIGURES SO MUCH MORE EXPENSIVE THAN OTHERS?

Sylvanian Families do vary widely in price. So, why is one family worth so much more than another?

In general, Sylvanian Families that can be found in stores still today, that are still in production and are readily available from Australian wholesale distributors, can be purchased for the market price. These will often be found on sale for very reasonable prices in Sylvanian Specialty Store as well as  many other stores in Australia.

As mentioned above, the pricing of figures depends on their availability and their demand. Sylvanian Families that have been out of production for several years can be very expensive to source and import, which is reflected in their online price. Some of the most popular figures that are still in high demand are the Sylvanian Families Cow Family, Pig Family, Otter Family, Meerkat, Elephant and Sheep Family. All of these have been out of production for some years now, but we regularly manage to source brand new supplies of these from overseas and feature them in our Sylvanian Families Hard to Find Families collection when they become available.

We also need to factor in that some Sylvanian Families sets were Limited Edition releases to celebrate special occasions, such as the fabulous 2011 Royal Wedding special celebration set, the Sylvanian Families Chocolate Rabbit Wedding Set complete with William Balmoral (groom) and his beautiful bride Catherine. There are many other special release sets too, which are generally somewhat more expensive, due to only a limited number having been produced for a special occasion.

WHY ARE SOME SYLVANIAN FAMILIES BUILDINGS AND FURNITURE AN UNEVEN COLOURING?

This is fairly common in brown coloured Sylvanian furniture or items made of plastic, which are designed to look like wooden furniture or wooden flooring.  Even modern day items, such as the floors of the current Sylvanian Families Tree house and even brand new items will display this inconsistent colouring that can be mistaken for fading. Rest assured, this is how the item comes brand new.

It is especially noticeable in furniture items. Often there will be a darker spot in the plastic where there is a join. Or a slightly patchy coloured look in places. These variations in colour in furniture and flooring are normal in both vintage and brand new items and are not considered a defect or product flaw. Below are photos of a vintage circular table top and the underside of an armchair as examples of this uneven colouring found on most brown wood-look Sylvanian Families items

Examples in images below are all of brand new items.

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Sylvanian Families discoloured on table top manufacturing processSylvanian Families slight coloured patches on brown furniture

WHY DOES THE SAME SYLVANIAN FAMILIES PRODUCT COME IN DIFFERENT BOXES?

Depending on which company distributed the Sylvanian Families item at the time of it’s release. Some items come in blue packaging by Flair. Other more recently released Sylvanian Families items come in lighter coloured packaging by Epoch.

See examples of the same set below which has been sold in slightly varied packaging.

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You might also like to read our other*  Sylvanian Families related news articlesAustralia’s Favourite Sylvanian FamiliesSylvania has a twin village in the UKConnecting Sylvania – a guide to which Sylvanian Buildings can connect

 

 

 

Ingenious Puppet Show Combines Tradition

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This article is off topic but still discussing a unique contribution to children’s entertainment and toys – the never forgotten puppet show.

Jones and Kohler combined aspects of ancient  traditions in the Handspring Puppet Company in Africa. From the Japanese Bunraku Puppet Theater came the style of visible, black-cloaked puppeteers operating the puppets on stage and the giant designs of puppets based on West African characters from the Bambara and Bozo societies (Kohler, 2009, 42-150).

 

Puppet Show
Puppet Show

 

Marie Katz writes: “There is conscious African influence in the play injected through costume and design. The fairies do not flitter around in tinsel and soft voile dresses. Instead, they are chamois clad creatures who could well originate from the dark African woods” (Katz, 1988).

The production Tooth and Nail in 1989 marked the beginning of a form of puppet construction and manipulation specifically used by the Handspring Puppet Company. The main character, Saul, had an open chest construction of plywood and head carved form jelutong wood while the puppet was attached to the manipulator behind him (Episodes, 2001). The puppets’ carved wooden heads and hands, showing the direct influence of Czechoslovak puppetry, are a prominent feature of this production.

This style of construction and manipulation of puppets became the trademark of the Handspring Puppet Company for years to come. In a production of Chimp Project in 2000,a whole puppet was constructed like a jigsaw puzzle made from plywood and covered in fabric scrim which allowed the transmission of light and gave the puppets a ghost like appearance (Badenhorst, 2005).

This same visual style of puppet construction was also used in their award-winning production of War Horse where the puppets are made from bamboo and covered with fabric scrim. The chimpanzee puppets heads and hands were carved from jelutong, a Malaysian hardwood, and the raw texture of the carved wood was left in its original state.

Puppet Show
Puppet Show

Jones states: “The dramatic display of the carved markings becomes more than simply a question of aesthetics;rather it is integral to the object’s life under the theatrical light, providing character and facial expression to the inanimate object.” (Jones, 2009,253-259).

Pearman wrote the following in his article about this production: “Not only is the play a work of puppet mastery – as the perfection of the chimp and the human puppets’ movement is astoundingly realistic – it is also a story incredibly well told and holds the audience captivated with its theatricality and suspense” (Pearman, 2000, 1).

Wozzeck on the Highveld in 1991 was an adaptation of George Buchner’play Woyzeck . With this production, the company began an association with 74th artist and filmmaker William Kent ridge. Kent ridge’s simple draw-erase-draw technique, using charcoal on large sheets of white paper, became a moving background in front of which puppets could be manipulated.

Puppet Show
Puppet Show

Fairly roughly carved, almost monochrome, wooden rod puppets and ink drawn acetate shadow puppets were made to complement the charcoal drawings of the film. The animated film was used to create the setting for various scenes, but more interestingly, also dealt with the thought and emotions of the puppets (Badenhorst, 2005).

During the professional marriage of puppeteer and artist which lasted for the next ten years they produced productions like Faustus in Africa, Ubu and the Truth Commission, and Zeno at 4 am, where the same Bunraku and Eastern Europe style of construction and manipulation styles are eminently visible. With Faustus in Africa, William Kent ridge and Handspring Puppet Company developed their second production, underwritten by the Art Bureau in Munich and Kunstfest in Weimar.

Puppet Show
Puppet Show

The play was a free adaptation of Goethe’s Faust (parts I and II) and set in colonial Africa (Kohler, 2009, 42-150).In Faustus in Africa, the central puppet character sells his soul to the devil in exchange for unlimited power to influence events on the African continent.

The Hyena, a minor devil, continued the idea of open structure puppets as seen in Tooth and Nail and in the Chimp Project (Badenhorst,2005). The character and movement of this puppet was so true to the real-life movement of a hyena that the audience sometimes were swept away from reality and did not even notice the open puppet constructions with torn scrim cloth and stockings.

This visual representation of the hyena and its aesthetics are so true to the actual animal that one cannot but sit back and totally believe in the character presented on stage.

Puppet Show
Puppet Show

The leg movement control of this puppet was also re-used later in the designing of the horse puppet Joey, in the production of War Horse. Ubu and the Truth Commission was Handspring’s third play developed in partnership with William Kent ridge; it deals with South Africa’s Truth ans reconciliation Commission, marrying the issues of state terror to the themes of Alfred Jarry’Ubu Roi (Badenhorst, 2005). There were three leading puppet characters in this production.

The first was the vulture, who acted like a commentator on the actions and emotions of Ubu. The second was Niles the crocodile handbag, who could eat and swallow all the evidence thrown in his direction, while Ma Ubu will later sell these to the media. 75 The Dogs of War form an evil barbershop quartet with Ubu himself. Ubu uses them as hit-squad sidekicks during the play.

All these puppets were animals with very strong connections to the African continent and were constructed in the same reconstructive style as was used in previous productions. Puppets had an open wooden construction and roughly carved solid wooden heads and were finished with scrim cloth and stockings.

Combining the Bunraku style of manipulation and the intricate European construction of the heads and hands with African aesthetics, these puppets, although made of different materials, such as a travel bag that acts as a body for the three heads of the Dogs of War, were very convincing as an individual entity on stage. Already one could see the very specific and unique style of the Handspring Puppet Company’s productions.

This style of puppetry is uniquely South African. In the production oil Ritomo d’Ulisse, Kent ridge and Handspring continue their successful partnership. This was the company’s first attempt at working in the opera genre. The animist opera invites the audience to a new odyssey:“to film and music, to the human voice and puppets, to the twentieth century, Monteverdi’s Venice and mythical Greece” (Kent ridge, 2009, 176-211).“For those unfamiliar with the Kent ridge and Handspring style, one of the most striking factors is the way in which the puppeteers work with the puppets. It’s a fascinating interaction, as if the handler becomes the puppet’translator, caretaker and critic all rolled into one – watching and checking the reaction of their charges at all times” (Badenhorst, 2005).

This is one of the productions where Handspring clearly used Eastern European design and concepts and rod puppet manipulation combined with the African style of raw carved puppet heads very successfully. They also combined the Bunraku style of manipulation, where the manipulators are exposed, with the traditional Eastern Europe way of manipulating rod puppets, where the puppeteers manipulate the puppets from below, hidden behind the scenery. With the productions Zeno at 4am and Confessions of Zeno, Handspring again worked with Kent ridge as director.

Shadow puppets were used in both of those productions to represent the rest of the characters and Zeno’side as in his mind. This production was another combination of European-style theater with Kent ridge’s weird African-inspired abstract shadow puppets. On its production of the play Tall Horse, the Handspring Puppet Company worked with the Mali Puppeteer Yaya Coulibaly, from the Sogolan puppet troupe

“The exchange (for Choler and Coulibaly) was a way to mix the Handspring’s highly eclectic forms of puppetry borrowed from as far as Czechoslovakiaand Japan, with the Mali style.

I hope the idea of setting the piece in a West African museum would allow the many objects in the story, each with their own memories, to reside side by side, despite their differences”(Badenhorst, 2005). Coulibaly’s heritage is steeped in the ancient tradition of Bambara puppetry;the oldest and richest in Africa’s surviving puppet traditions.

The production employed a variety of techniques, including the interaction of actors, life-sized puppets and masquerade figures. The heads and masks were carved from wood and painted in a traditional West African style while costumes were made from African printed textiles in bright colors.

A giraffe puppet 5 meters high was designed and constructed by Kohler, the tallest and most technically intricate puppet that the Handspring Puppet Company had ever made. The puppet was constructed from a frame of carbon-fibre rods and it took two puppeteers on stilts to operate.

The puppet was fully mechanical– its head, ears and tail could be manipulated by the puppeteers through a complex system made of bicycle brakes and cables (Badenhorst, 2005).

This production, with its many sophisticated technical and design elements, was the direct forerunner of the Handspring’s most famous production, War Horse, which won the Laurence Olivier Award in London in 2008.

In 2006 Adrian Kohler and Basil Jones from the Handspring Puppet Company were commissioned by the National Theater in London to design and manufacture puppets for the play war Horse by Nick Stafford, based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo.

The play would be staged in the Olivier Theater the National Theater complex. After a few workshops in London during2006, they went back to Cape Town to start designing the puppets. The idea was that the horse, Joey, must be lifelike in movement and an actor must be able on ride on its back (Kohler, 2009, 42-150).

Puppet Show
Puppet Show

To create the legs, Kohler started from the leg design of the Rhino in Woyzeckon the Highveld and the paw movement from the Hyena in Faustus in Africa.

Kohler also realized that the structure of the horse would have to be similar to the structure of the giraffe to make a tall horse, just more complicated; for example, ear and tail movements are indicators of the horse’s thoughts and emotions, and for the purposes of this specific production, it was important for the 77 audience to be able to read those reactions.

A horse can turn its ears 180 degrees and points them forward to indicate interest, backwards to indicate fear or alarm; moving them to the side means that the horse is listening(Kohler, 2009, 42-150).

For Kohler and Jones it was of the utmost importance to have their puppet capture these essential movements of a horse.

Theme chanics of these puppets, making use of bicycle brakes and cables, were masterpieces of engineering. In the British Theater Guide of 2009, Kevin Quarmby wrote the following about the construction of the puppets:

“War Horse is unique in that it draws on the collaborative genius of puppeteer, scenic artist, actor, musician and choreographer to conjure living breathing mountains of horseflesh out of carved wood and gauze and leather.

We are left in no doubt that they are structures, industrial skeletons part-machine par-sculpture, activated by the balletic precision of several trios of physical performers” (Quarry, 2009).

The microscopic realistic movement and emotions these horse puppets are able to produce play a very big role in the success story of this production.

Michael Billington noted in The Guardian of April 6, 2009: “The horses, as everyone knows, are brilliant.

The real genius of this stage version of Michael Mapurgo’s novel, first seen at the National in 2007, lies in the work of the Handspring Puppet Company’s Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler.

They have created, out of skeletal bamboo frames and internal hinges, the most plausible and expressive quadrupeds ever to have graced the London stage. At one point, Joey is magically transformed from a skittering foal into a bucking, rearing grown-up horse.

Later a tank menacingly rolls across the stage like an armour-plated behemoth. Mere humans like Kit Harington’s Albert, Colin Mace’s surly father and Patrick O’Kanes’s sympathetic German are dwarfed by the massive technical ingenuity on display.

”With this unique method of manipulation, the original Bunraku style of manipulation was still on display in their work, but Kohler and Jones morphed the puppet and puppeteer/manipulator together to become one entity. The puppeteers became the puppet’s handlers or confidants.

This was done with costumes, but instead of wearing black as in the traditional Bunraku style, puppeteers were dressed in costumes to become one with the puppet they are manipulating.

The puppeteer became an extension of the puppet and, as Jones writes in his essay: “The audience thus experience a strong feeling of empowerment. They feel themselves to be in a new interpretation territory concerning the meaning of animals within the context of a theatrical event.

In a very real sense the puppet are stealing the limelight and sometimes the audience does not even notice the puppeteers” (Jones, 2009, 253-269).Roma Torre noted in the New York Times of April 15, 2011:

“The true stars of this production are the animals, designed by Adrian Kohler and Basil Jones of the Handspring Puppet Company. Life like without any attempt to conceal the artifice, the creatures are magnificent, a thrilling synthesis of art and imagination.

It was not until I stopped to think that I just cried over a horse that was actually made up of several props held together by visual handlers.

Puppet Show
Puppet Show

This is the power and magic of great theater.”Conclusion In this theatrical work, War Horse, which won the Laurence Olivier Award in 2008 in London, Handspring combined widely disparate elements in the design, manufacture, and construction, and the manipulation, of these puppet masterpieces.

Design elements from most of their previous productions were incorporated into the War Horse production.

If one looks back on their past work, one can clearly see how Handspring have used original influences, from Eastern European rod puppets in the construction of their puppet heads, to the Bunraku style of manipulation from Asia and the strong African influence on the aesthetic of the puppets’ visual presentation.

The unique technique of raw carved wooden heads and hands, plywood body parts and puppets with gauze covered bodies with realistic animal and human movement, is but one of the elements which one can see throughout all their work.

A puppeteer who became an extension of the puppet, who acts as its caretaker or translator, is another prominent element that one can see in all of their productions.

These major elements have become the international trademarks of the Handspring Puppet Company.

The artistry of the Handspring Puppet Company consists of finding innovative ways of engineering puppet movement as demanded by each new theater production.

Their social commentary on South Africa and historical situations there made them one of the major players in the South African theater community.

Puppet Show
Puppet Show

They have successfully morphed together European, Asian and African puppet styles to come up with a unique puppet style and identity: this fusion of elements in their design and manipulation styles, their unmistakable 79 trademark.

True to their South African roots, the Handspring Puppet Company has become an international phenomenon in puppetry and theater circles with their unique “Euro-Afro-Asian” style. Other International Company reviews can be read on this website HERE.