Reviewed by David Savage
When the Sylvanian Families Secret Island Playhouse the children could not wait to get it out the box and start playing. There was very little assembly involved as the playhouse is in two parts and stack on top of each other, creating a playhouse that measures approx. 30x38cm (12×15”).
The Secret Island Playhouse has two floors above the ocean base; a bedroom (complete with bed and opening door to the diving platform and an opening trapdoor to the floor below) and a living room (complete with tree trunk table and 2 tree stump chairs). At the top of the house is a lookout balcony complete with hanging vine. Also supplied was a fish, a flag for the roof, flippers and snorkel for a Sylvanian Families figurine (unfortunately no figures are supplied), stickers and a Secret Island Playhouse story book.
The playhouse is colourful and quite durable and sturdy (it has stood up to the attentions of 3 year old twin boys!).
The boys love playing with this playhouse even though no figures were supplied (making the flippers and snorkel redundant), they have been using their imaginations and using their Paw Patrol puppies in the house; putting them to bed, sitting at the table, standing lookout on the balcony and diving off the diving board through the hole in the floor to the “ocean bed”.
Overall, this is a great playhouse for imaginative play and it is quite light but solid. My only criticism is that it does not come with a Sylvanian Families figure to be able to take advantage of the flippers and snorkel and with a retail price of £39.99 I think it is a bit on the expensive side to not have one included. That said the boys love their new playhouse and not having an official Sylvanian Families figure has not stopped them playing with it.
A great playhouse and if you already own other Sylvanian Families figures and sets would make a great addition. I would rate it 4 out 5 as it is a quality, well-made set but I think really needs to come with a least 1 figure for a better play experience.
RRP: £39.99 (suitable for age 3 years +)
Available to buy from Sylvanian Families here.