The Tuxedo/Marlowe Cats
Acquired by: My beloved giving me this set for my birthday! Second set was free at Sears.
Not pictured: Liliana, Rosa (twins to above two, Lily & Rose), and three kittens (unnamed at present)
Note: picture is outdated; showing Kime Eclipse; Natalie's first husband. Mason has been replaced as a duplicate of Natalie so Natalie's whole family is white/black-spotted.
FATHER MASON MARLOWE is the tennis coach in Sylvania and teaches tennis to Sylvanians of all ages. He is quiet and reliable, and is very close to his family. On days off, he likes to spend time going out shopping with his daughters or teaching tennis to his wife Natalie. Mason is a white cat with black spots, just like Natalie. He is her second husband, but takes care of Liliana and Rosa as well.
MOTHER NATALIE MARLOWE used to be a ballroom dancer in her youth and now loves teaching ballroom dancing to other Sylvanians. She is very cheerful and active. Her other love is fashion. She follows the latest trends and loves new and pretty things. She visits new shops right away, as soon as they open. She always keeps ahead of the latest fashions by reading fashion magazines.
SISTER LILY MARLOWE is reliable, just like her father, and is also good at sports. Her favourite sport is tennis – in fact, Lily is her father Mason's star pupil and always has been! Although her personality is different from her twin sister Rose, they are very close sisters and love going shopping together.
Apparently Lily is camera-shy; she was hard to photograph and after I had set her down it looked like she was clinging to her mother for consolation!
SISTER ROSE MARLOWE is cheerful and pretty, just like her mother. And, just like her mother, she loves shopping for pretty dresses. She loves to dress up and always looks beautiful at the school dance. Rose dreams of being a famous dancer when she is older. Her personality is different from her twin sister Lily, but their taste in fashion is similar and they often swap outfits.
So far, the Marlowes have spent ample time playing with the Redwoods, who fascinate them. Natalie developed a brief fascination with Mr. Russell, but quickly got over herself as she was very devoted to her tall, dark and handsome Kime! However, it wasn't meant to be, as a feline much like herself- white with black spots- came into her life at the same time as Kime found himself falling for another dark feline, Enai. Mason and Kime found themselves friends despite their relation to Natalie, and Mason bore Liliana and Rosa shortly after wedding Natalie, while Lily and Rose were still young kittens. Kime and Enai are friends with the Marlowes to this day, and Natalie is happy that her first husband found true love again.
The Buttercup Cows
Acquired by: An eBay listing. Mother has a pen mark on side of her head, but it's a semi-colon; love that they're pre-loved. They are absurdly cute! I love 'em.
FATHER HORNBULL BUTTERCUP loves walking through the fields and woods around Sylvania all alone. He enjoys the peace and quiet, and gets all huffy and bad tempered if he is disturbed during one of his thoughtful strolls. Some children do tend to find him frightening, but what they don't realise is that Hornbull is simply preoccupied with other, more important things. So inspired is he by all the lovely trees and flowers around him that he likes to compose poetry in his head. Once it took him the whole afternoon to think of something that rhymed with 'willow' and he is still trying to come up with something that goes with 'daffodil'!
MOTHER DAISY BUTTERCUP is very nosey and likes to know everything that is going on in Sylvania. If she sees anyone off shopping or out for a walk, she will wander over to see what is in their basket or to simply have a chat. Nobody ever seems to mind talking to Daisy as she is always very cheerful and is known for her charitable nature and kind heart. “A problem shared is a problem halved”, is her motto and folks of all ages have benefited from her wise words and common sense. In fact, the only people in Sylvania who don't always take her good advice is her own family!
BROTHER PADDOCK BUTTERCUP is very frisky. He just can't seem to stand still for long and runs, skips and jumps everywhere. All this pent up energy makes Paddock very good at the playground game of 'catch' as he rarely misses a ball. But he is always at a disadvantage when the children play a game of 'hide and seek' as he simply can't stand still. No sooner does he tuck himself behind a large tree than he gets bored and fidgets. First he swishes his tail, next he wiggles his ears, and then it's not very long before he breaks cover and the game is over!
SISTER ANNABELL BUTTERCUP does not like to rush anything. She is the total opposite of her brother and always walks slowly and gracefully around the village, never running or jogging anywhere. In fact, Annabell likes to take her time over everything and getting ready for school in the morning often takes her hours. She is never happy unless her white petticoat is clean and her favourite yellow dress is free from creases. Of course, all that care goes to waste the moment she meets up with Paddock – her brother is so boisterous that it's not long before she is covered in mud and grass stains!
GRANDFATHER ANGUS BUTTERCUP formed the Sylvanian Rambler's Club to encourage everyone to take up walking as a healthy and relaxing pursuit. Along with his wife, Bessie, he also ensures that all the local footpaths are kept in good repair and clear for everyone to use and enjoy. “Footpaths are part of our great Sylvanian heritage,” he is often heard to proclaim, marching along muddy paths and clambering over rickety stiles.
BABY BROTHER CHEDDAR BUTTERCUP is a great talker! The problem is he just talks all the time, day and night. He enjoys telling anyone who will listen about what he did, what he's going to do, what he is thinking about, what he saw and what he wants to see. He just never stops! At first everyone thought he was cute, then Daisy came up with ideas to distract him from talking too much. Buying him some nursery books to read did not work, he only read them out aloud. The construction set was no better as he just talked through each action: “You then carefully add this piece to the first piece!”
The Buttercup family lived west of the woods, on the plains, several days away from the Corntops and the villagers. Because the villagers hadn't gone all the way through the westerly woods- already a few-day-long endeavor and at best, a one-day to-and-from affair- they had never met them. The Honey Foxes had met them, however- and learned how to craft tipis from them. Grateful, the two families began a careful acquaintanceship; the elderly Angus was distrustful of them and stayed in his tent. Understandably, after their photoshoot someone stomped on Mrs. Honey's tail and she nearly decked him!* However, it turns out that it was Cheddar!
*=Seriously: I was doing the photoshoot and her figure fell on Angus, and with her arm up it looked like she was about to deck someone. XD
The Van Dyke Otters
Acquired by: An eBay listing.
FATHER EBB VANDYKE lives with the rest of his family on the 'Rose Of Sylvania'. They slowly travel up and down the river, having lots of adventures, and meeting lots of interesting people. Ebb is very keen on keeping the river environment clean and tidy. He gets very cross when he sees rubbish on the river bank or even worse floating on the water. He is always putting up notices 'Keep Sylvania Clean' and 'Use the bin provided'.
MOTHER FLO VANDYKE runs the Sylvanian swimming classes as well as navigating the canal boat and looking after her busy family. All her family swim very well, but Flo wants everyone in Sylvania to be able to swim, because as she says “water is dangerous but supervised swimming is lots of fun so come and join us”.
BROTHER BROOK VANDYKE is always getting in trouble! Not because he's bad or naughty, it's just that he is so terribly inquisitive. Once he got his head stuck in a large storage jar because he wanted to see what was inside. His sister insists he is just nosy, which upsets Brook.
SISTER SPRING VANDYKE is the artist of the family! She is responsible for all the lovely decorations on the Rose of Sylvania. Spring spends hours on deck in the sunshine drawing new designs for everything from the buckets to the cabin doors. Her mother says she gets her artistic bent from her great, great grandfather who has some of his paintings hanging in the Sylvanian museum. After leaving school she wants to be just like him, the great Michael Angelo Vandyke.
The Van Dyke otters were immediately met with a warm welcome as the Sylvanian villagers trekked through the woods and wound their way along its western border northward to a great lake and river. The otters in turn were all too excited to see new visitors, and decided they just couldn't leave their friends behind. Wanting to see even bigger and better, they decided to "go with the Flo" and Flo chose for her family to trek wherever the villagers did- broadening new horizons and all that!