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Dinner 'a deux'... with Marcel Marceau?
on 17 May 2014
This is, in fairness, a pretty snazzy little set, albeit with some severe limitations.
The trouble is, you need an awful lot of imagination to get something out of it. The six year old I bought it for does not quite possess that attribute in sufficient volume. And even I, who would normally have no qualms whatsoever about stealing a little girl's toys and playing with them by myself until invited to spend some time in quiet reflection upon 'The Naughty Step', could not muster up a great deal of enthusiasm for this set.
It is well-made and will no doubt be incorporated into my little friend's Sylvanian world in good time but, with the exception of two pieces of toast, there is no food included. Your dinner guests are not going to be impressed by the standard of your kitchenware under those circumstances, are they? Not when they're reduced to eating your carpets and upholstery just to quell their hunger pangs.
The trolley comes out of the box fully formed and about three and a half centimetres by six. The wheels do actually turn and it provides a solid little structure for the average floral-patterned dress-wearing Sylvanian to push around (men included - well, you just never know, do you?). Incidentally, it is also rather handy for tying one of the more diminutive Sylvanians to the top of and then whizzing them around the living room carpet, sort of like Jim Dale on the gurney in that 'Carry On' film.
No? Oh well, that must just be me then.
The rest of the contents, which come to you tightly wrapped in little bags and other temporary plastic prisons, are as follows;
- 1 bread bin (the word 'Bread' upon it is a lot fainter than in the photos. Unless my eyes are going)
- 1 toaster
- 2 slices of toast
- 1 slow cooker + lid (containing invisible treasures untold)
- 1 cooking pot + lid (maybe you're meant to keep your imagination in there?)
- 2 tea-towels (orange gingham in style)
- 2 spoons (which have to be twisted out before use)
- 2 forks (ditto)
- 1 cake slicer (double ditto. If 'cake slicer' is the correct word for it. Actually, it might be a shoe-horn...)
- 1 smoothie maker + lid and base (the sort of thing that makes a mess of your kitchen if you forget to put the lid on...)
- 1 cafetiere (well, a coffee percolator 'thing')
- 1 pink jug + lid
- 1 wooden spoon
- 1 basket
- 2 plates
- 2 yellow cups with handles
- 2 glasses
- 1 pot of invisible strawberry jam (tiny little label to be applied by a person with tiny enough fingers)
- 1 pot of invisible orange marmalade (as above)
You can imagine whoever's in charge of this trolley standing by their kitchen door first doing a lot of fake percolating noises and whizzing sounds, intent on keeping the illusion going for as long as they possibly can. But, at the end of the day, this needs food. Which means the purchase of other Sylvanian sets. Which means that, for the price, the 'Sylvanian Families Kitchen Cookware Set' does not represent great value for money in my opinion.
Unless you like toast.