I’ve mentioned somewhere that I collect certain toys. Some are action figures, while others are collector’s items, and still others are cute sentimental ones. Because we currently live in a small apartment, my beloved M and I agreed that we won’t display our combined toy collection until we get our own house. My M has a collection of Snoopy® figures she got from McDonald’s™ Happy Meals®, although I don’t think she ate all of the meals–her friends and classmates helped.
This will be the first among (hopefully) many blog posts talking about some of my collection. The first figure I’d like to showcase comes from the Sylvanian line of toys. They’re these cute little dolls in the form of cute little critters like rabbits, squirrels, Labradors, etc. (You can click on the link above, then click on “Families” for a complete line of characters.
With his old peaked blue cap, threadbare sailor’s uniform and a big smile, Captain Horatio Seadog is a very popular character. Give him the chance and he will sit for hours telling tales of the Seven Seas. All his stories are about pirates and great adventures, with him cast as the hero.
My Sylvanian is Capt. Horatio Seadog. Now I know he’s supposed to be some critter or other, but I’m not exactly sure what critter he’s supposed to be. Anyway, one thing I like about the Sylvanians is the attention to detail that goes with each toy. If you look at the picture on the right, you’ll notice the stitching, the removable bandanna, the little buttons on his double-breasted coat, and his (also removable) captain’s hat. Even his fur looks real. I’ve had friends come over and all they say about the captain is, “Awwww, he’s so cute!” Followed immediately after by, “Can I have him?”
The figure moves in what toy aficionados call the Big Five: neck, shoulders, and hips. Most action figures today have more than that, but five is just enough for the Sylvanians–they’re less than 3″ tall, so having too many moving parts will be more of a hindrance than a benefit.
Speaking of detail, the captain comes with a small one-man (one-critter?) rowboat. The boat is made of plastic with coloring and texture to resemble wood. I haven’t tried to see if it floats but I’m guessing it can’t. The two oars are loosely attached to the sides of the boat, so you can position them any way you want. One thing I wished they had done was mold the oar handles in such a way as to fit in the captain’s hands. The captain can either sit on the provided seat, or stand, depending on how you want to pose him.
Aside from the boat, the captain has a sea chest filled with uhm, some treasure. Actually, I think it’s reflective of the Sylvanians that they only want the simple things in life, and so Capt. Seadog’s treasures consist of a couple of candle holders, two large plates and two small plates. They’re made of plastic as well, but colored to resemble either gold or brass. Like the captain and the rowboat, the chest is also highly detailed. You can actually make out the bolts and handles and trims. Even the lock is highly detailed–you have to push it to one side to open the chest. The treasures can fit inside.
Sadly, my little figure is not complete. The captain also came with a small telescope, which I can’t seem to find right now. It’s in one of the many boxes that M and I haven’t opened yet. Hopefully the thing will turn up when we get a more permanent place to display our collections.
Captain Seadog doesn’t sail alone. From http://kidscharacters.co.uk/girls_toys/sylvanian_families_toys_8.html:
Every captain needs a crew to keep things shipshape. Luckily for Horatio Seadog his loyal shipmates are close at hand. First Mate ‘Beaky’, Able Seamouse Twitch and Cabin Boy Murky Waters are always there to scrub and mop decks, never staying dry for long. They also adore it when Captain Seadog refers to them as his “Motley Crew”, because it makes them sound like pirates!
If you visit the Sylvania website and browse through the online catalogue, you will notice that there are dozens and dozens of toys available, not to mention the different accessories. If you’re interested in cute little figures for display (or maybe play) give Sylvania a try.