Toys of the Eighties, The Forest Families
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they were minature toys of different animals ie. rabbits, squirels, hippos, lions etc they had clothes and there was a mum, dad, and two children per family, they were collectables!

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Megan - October 11, 2007 - Report this comment
there is a new thing that is similar but I can't rember what they are called it's sold at target
jeannine - October 12, 2007 - Report this comment
the other ones were called calico critters....they're still around but not new i had them in the 80s
Genevieve - October 13, 2007 - Report this comment
These look like the "Sylvanian Families"
jodi - October 20, 2007 - Report this comment
Yes!! They do look like Sylvanian Families! I loved them! I went to the flea market one day a few yrs ago and they had a Sylvanian Family house with a baggie full of the critters. I bought them for my 5 yr old daughter and she loved em!!
Heather - November 06, 2007 - Report this comment
They remind me of the show Maple Town!!
Nix - May 06, 2008 - Report this comment
I loved these things as a kid and I still have them in perfect condition. Some of the happiest time of my childhood, playing with my "Forresters" for hours. Wish I had the entire collection. They are similar to Sylvanian, but not identical-My aunt bought me Sylvanians from the UK in the late 80s.
Katie - November 16, 2008 - Report this comment
val - November 21, 2008 - Report this comment
I still have a sylvanian family. Bears. I have them b/c I kept them with the xmass stuff all these years.
Miss Mouse - January 08, 2009 - Report this comment
Wow, I loved Maple Town, and I have the Sylvanian Mouse Family, and some sleeping baby Mice from Japan. They're so fuzzy and sweet.
Mazza - February 20, 2009 - Report this comment
Hello everyone! I'm a big collector of Sylvanian & Forest Families, I have thousands! I also have a Forest Family group on Facebook. Please take a look at my collection for inspiration!!!!
Tara - April 18, 2009 - Report this comment
I love Forest families!I collect sylvanians and forest families,plus I am(together)nearing 300
veruschka - May 19, 2009 - Report this comment
I am in desperate need of a few families. If anyone can give me any info to where I can buy them, please contact me. I am looking for a mouse, hippo, crocodile and porcupine family. Thank you sooooo much! Kind Regards! veruschka.j(a)
Tara - October 17, 2009 - Report this comment
There weren't any lion forest families,but their were leopards/panthers.(I forgot to say last time).
Jlane M - February 13, 2010 - Report this comment
I love these! Makes me have warn fuzzies!
Laura - May 06, 2010 - Report this comment
hello everyone! i am a big collector of sylvanian's and forest families and was just wondering if anyone out there had any forest families purple dinosaurs and the mother and daughter beetles as i have been looking for years and have had no luck so far. if anyone has got them and are willing to sell them please can you email me on many thanks Laura :)
georgie - June 27, 2010 - Report this comment
I love all maple town/sylvanian/forest families and cant find crocodiles does anyone kno were they can be found???? Have been searching for three years
Laura - July 12, 2010 - Report this comment
hello georgie you can get forest family crocodiles from ebay as they have lots on there at the moment one family even has the origional box. hope this helps Laura :)
Emily - September 12, 2010 - Report this comment
This is exactly what I was looking for...So happy I found it, couldn't remember the name...Saw a similar set at Walmart just the other day and took me back! I LOVED these when I was little, had the houses and everything...wish I would've kept all my toys. :)
Laura - October 03, 2010 - Report this comment
HI EVERYONE! Just to say no need to look out for the purple dinosaur forest families any more as just 2 weeks from putting the wanted sign up I won the whole family off ebay!and they are lovly but am still looking out for the beetle daughter. Many thanks Laura :)
Jo Palmer - November 07, 2010 - Report this comment
Whilst trying to decide which house to buy my daughter, can anyone tell me is Forest Homestead the same as the Sylvanian families Willow hall and also Beechwood hall? All three look the same to me.
archie smith - February 06, 2011 - Report this comment
Alta - March 12, 2012 - Report this comment
Hello Guys. I have just inheritted alot of Forrest family stuff. Including the complete house, there is quite a couple of animals and complete families. Also got same assesories and cloths. I do not know the value to this but my mom use to play with it as a child. It is all still in very good condition. Email me at Thank you
valerie west - February 05, 2014 - Report this comment
My two dsughters had the complete Forest Families and house when they were small in SA and I brought them to America 21 years ago. My daughters are now 32 and 34 and I now have two grand daughters, the five year old plays with one set every time she visits us and loves it we also have some furniture chairs and beds and each set has around 28 animals they are adorable. Waiting for the little one to get a little older for her set butshe loves to play with the animals when she sees them. Wish they still sold them like the originals. This was a Manhattan Product from Metrotoy, Box 11068 Johannesburg SA. I wonder whether they still exist. Great fun.
Xara - February 18, 2014 - Report this comment
Do you happen to have the purple dinosaurs, Valerie? They were sold in SA, so that's why I'm asking. :)
Xara - May 30, 2014 - Report this comment
Check my new website for more information on this series! The address is :)
Vanessa - March 07, 2016 - Report this comment
Very nice to meet people who love Forest Families like me. Unfortunately, I look for the pig family time, but not the date. Does anyone have or know of any place that sells? Thank you all for any information for a lover of these cute dolls. ;)

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