Skip to content

About Us

WhoMeI first came across Calico Critters, or Sylvanian Families as it is known in my country, when my daughter was six. I had been struggling to find a toy line that both she and I approved of as I have high standards when it comes to construction and ethics.

I want the toys my children play with to be non exploitative and nurturing while at the same time, designed well to last many years (especially if they are made of plastic).  For my son, both he and I agreed on Lego as a perfect toy but for my daughter, neither she nor I had ever been fully satisfied with the range of toys available.

When I found Calico Critters online I was embarrassed to find that they had been around for some time, here I was thinking I had discovered the latest thing, and they had actually been around since I was a child.  The reviews were overwhelmingly positive form parents and kids alike.

Children of course loved the figures; the look, feel and size of them and the overwhelmingly cute designs.

Parents loved the durability. This is a big thing with children’s toys, and it seems girl’s toys in particular. Many parents noted their experiences with other pink plastic fads that had looked great in the packet but fell apart almost as soon as they came out of the packaging. And for plastic toys that don’t break down and use oil in their construction, it is a travesty, not to mention the frustration for parents and loss of faith for kids.

If you read any of the reviews for the Calico Critters you will find that they are durable. They may look small and delicate and soft but once you hold one of the figures you find that they are sturdier than they look.  The playsets are also made to last and will house the figures and entertain your children for years to come.

I started this site as a way to encourage parents to find out more information about the Calico Critters and Sylvanian Families range as I feel it is one of the best toy ranges available and a perfect toy for young girls who find a place for these little critters in their hearts.

The Calico Critters Review Site is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to We do this mainly to provide us with an income so we can pay for the site (hosting, virus protection etc) but also because we genuinely believe in the quality of Amazon’s service.

Thanks for your interest in our site. We strive to offer the best reviews and information on Calico Critters. This site was created to help you handily get information about Calico Critters, read reviews and find the best service providers to do business with.

2 Responses Post a comment
  1. vermontmommy permalink
    January 16, 2013

    I wondered if you could help me find a way to contact customer service for Calico Critters. I have a Norwood Father Mouse that is missing his tail. Is there a way to have it replaced? I purchased it with the family of mice.

    Thank you.

  2. Inger permalink
    January 16, 2013

    Thanks for your question.
    For missing/damaged Critters you can contact International Playthings, the company that distributes Calico Critters in the US.
    Contact Us page on their website:
    Their customer contact details:
    e-mail :
    Phone : (800) 445-8347
    I hope everything works out for you – the Norwood Mouse family is one of my favorites 🙂

Leave a Reply

Note: You may use basic HTML in your comments. Your email address will not be published.

Subscribe to this comment feed via RSS