Yes, Calico Critters are known as Sylvanian Families everywhere else in the world. In the United States they were introduced years ago as Calico Critters of Calico Village and have been called that since.
Are Sylvanian Families American?
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.
Why do Americans call Sylvanian Families Calico Critters?
However it was changed to its current name. Sylvanian means of the forest, from the Roman god Silvanus. Tomy reintroduced the line under the new name Calico Critters of Cloverleaf Corners, now simply just called Calico Critters.
What is the difference between a Calico Critter and a Sylvanian family?
So whats the difference between Sylvanian Families and Calico Critters? The difference is only in the name. These critters are distributed under the name Sylvanian Families in the UK and Japan while Calico Critters is used in the US.
Do adults collect Calico Critters?
There have always been adult collectors who love Sylvanian Families, as much as children. Its a fun hobby for many collectors and some even consider it a good investment, as some of the early vintage sets hold quite high value.