We added thirteen sets to our collection.
Dalmatian dog twins- I don't have much to say. They are Calico Critters twins. The boy is crawling. The girl is sitting. They are wearing the standard blue and pink baby outfits. My wife did set the boy down on the couch and from the angle I was sitting in and the angle she placed him, he did look amazingly great.
Furbanks squirrel family- I love the green cloths but wonder why the mother was left out of the green cloths continuation especially when Fiona Furbanks from the Ivy and Fiona: Friends Forever ready-to-play set is even wearing green. My wife commented on how the tails were better than she was expecting. She thought they would be the standard pipe cleaner tail, just longer.
Fubanks squirrel twins- I wish they had some kind of tails. Other than that, they are your standard babies.
Norwood mouse twins- Yes, they are the standard babies, but these ones are so cute! I'll admit that; I love these twins.
Pickleweeds hedgehog twins- We don't have the family-of-four yet, so these twins are pretty great as they are like nothing in our collection, but the boy is named "Honey?" What's up with that? I really have issues with the way Calico Critters are named.
Wilder panda bear family- I love the boy's clothing; I can't think of any other boy that is wearing short pants. The sister's clothing, like mother Furbanks, doesn't fit with the family.
Wilder panda bear twins- They are your standard twins. Sigh.
Country Dining Room set- The leaf-and-acorn detailing on the chairs and table are a much needed surprise. I thought over all that this set was boring; it's very plastic looking. I wish the dishes had some kind of detail and a tablecloth or runner would have been nice. Maybe a flower vase with flowers for a centerpeice. It's nice, but boring. I guess that's why it's significantly cheaper than most furniture sets.
Country Living Room set- This is probably my favorite furniture set that we got yesterday. For the price, I think it's rather nice. The arm chairs are well-detailed and the cookies and tray dress up the set nicely. I like the coat rack; it's the reason I bought the set, even if it looks rather cartoony.
Deluxe Bathroom set- It's nice, but too similiar to the blue bathroom set. The tile floor is bizarre in my opinion and I find myself wondering if it will even fit in a Calico Critters house. I like that it's not blue; I'm not a fan of blue, but most of the pieces between the two bathroom sets are identical.
Deluxe Living Room set- This is my favorite new furniture set. It has that classical Sylvanian Families look to it with the green coverings and this is our first telephone. I'm a sucker for the folded-goodies and this set came with a present (not really sure why, though) and a pastry box. We have the old living room set (the shelf, couch, and rocking chair), but this couch is much nicer, in my opinion. Softer. This "deluxe" set is the one that looks the least like plastic.
Deluxe Kitchen set- This is a nice set, but it really needs a refrigerator. I think Calico Critters needs to make a refrigerator set available to add to this set to give people unaware of Sylvanian Families the chance to add a fridge without having to buy the Kitchen set. In my opinion, the Kozy Kitchen set is more deluxe; the Deluxe Kitchen set has some nice-detailed peices but it's pretty small when set up. I like it, but it's not deluxe, in my opinion.
Sister's Bedroom set- I had high hopes and expectations for this set, and it's nice but did not meet those hopes and expectations. I like the quilt is more red than pink or purple so it could be used for not just "sister's bedroom" and the recorder and globe are fun peices. The chairs are extremely cheap looking and there's these weird necklace things that you have to make yourself by stringing a pendant on an easily-fraying cord and then tie a knot in that easily-fraying cord. They look a mess and the knots easily come out of that easily-fraying cord.
Along with the Country Dining Room set, this set looks like plastic more so than any other Calico Critters set. And, I beleive that this is a newer furniture set with only the "Country" furniture sets (Dining Room, Living Room, Patio, and Bedroom) being newer to the Calico Critter world. My wife and I could tell that the Country Bedroom set and Country Patio set were not sets we needed from the pictures because they were cartoonish in design. This scares me, because I feared that the quality was going to begin going downhill with the introduction of Calico Critter products to Toys-R-Us stores here in North America. Of course my argument is weak because the Country sets are not available at Toy-R-Us... yet... We'll just have to see.