The Calico Critters Sandy Cat Family is one of the most recent 2015 additions to the Calico Critters lineup, who live in the Cloverleaf Corners community where everyone has jobs and hobbies and everything’s happy and wholesome.
The various Calico Critters Cat miniature figures are still one of the hottest toy bestsellers this year.
In fact, some parents have become so desperate to get them that they’ve resorted to shoplifting them from stores! True story, but please don’t do that!
That any Calico Critters Cat Family can still be popular these days can be surprising, since toys in general tend to go in and out of fashion.
But animal figurines like Calico Critters Sandy Cat have been on sale all over the world since the 1980s and they’ve been awarded “Toy of the Year” multiple times ever since they’ve been introduced.
Ever since International Playthings began overseeing the brand in the US and Canada in the early 2000s, the various Calico Critters Cat Family figurines have been garnering awards left and right.
Features of the Calico Critters Sandy Cat Family
The storyline for the Calico Critters Sandy Cat Family is that Simon the Father cat is an athlete who likes to play different sports, while Mommy Sandra is a well-known artist who likes to create gorgeous seascapes.
Little boy Shane is incessantly curious about new things and new places, while little girl Sabrina is very active and likes to play outdoors.
The Mommy and Daddy cat figurines measure 3 inches, while the small kids are only 2.25 inches high. These aren’t just regular dolls, though.
They can stand on their own, or you can bend their legs to make them sit. Your children can even move their arms and turn their heads.
What that means is that they can be posed any which way and the various movements can help when they’re using the dolls to create their own stories.
The clothes are also very easy to remove as they come with Velcro. So if your children already have other Calico Critters in their collection, they can mix and match outfits with the others.
There are only three different sizes for the Critters (parents, children, and babies) so many of the clothes can be shared among the same types.
Like other Calico Critters, the Calico Critters Sandy Cat Family figurines were created with the unique soft-flocking process. This is what gives the figurines the velvety-smooth texture to their fur.
And what’s more, these figurines are absolutely safe for 3-year old children.
They comply with the standards set by the American Society for Testing and Materials and the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the rigorous tests conducted on these toys were conducted by an objective and accredited third-party product-testing laboratory.
The tests also check for the presence of any harmful chemicals such as lead.
Pros and Cons of the Calico Critters Cat Family
Obviously, the most important benefit of buying the Calico Critters Sandy Cat Family for your kids is that they’ll love them, and that’s especially true for little girls.
As a parent, you may get a hint why this is so, because these figurines simply look adorable and cute. The attention to detail is amazing, and they’re cuddly as well.
In fact, a few parents here and there are starting their own collections. They can decorate the home and give it a more enchanted look, and at the same time these classics may prove even more valuable after a few years.
The children use these figurines to help them tell stories, so it stirs their creativity and imagination. And the stories they tell are never violent, which is a relief.
So if you give them to a 3-year old, it’s very possible that they’ll be playing with them for the next 5 years.
These figurines can be very engrossing and they can capture the attention of your children for hours. If you’re busy doing housework, you’ll appreciate this.
At the same time, many parents also join in the fun, and the Calico Critters Sandy Cat and others can help you bond with your children as you tell and enact your stories of family life and community adventures.
It’s also a good thing that these figurines are so well made that they stand up to abuse. They may get tossed around and stepped on, and they generally don’t tear up or break.
In fact, with the right amount of care they may even look like new even after a few years.
But are they perfect? There’s no such thing as a perfect toy. For one thing, the Calico Critters Cat Family figurines don’t seem to resonate as much with as many boys.
And the cost of these things can be rather high, especially when you keep adding to your collection. But then ask many parents (and kids), and they say that what they get for their money makes buying them worthwhile.
So should you buy them?
They come with different details in the figurines and different clothes, and you can expand your Cloverleaf Corners community.
But if this is the first time your little girl sees one of the Calico Critters, be prepared for what happens next. More often than not, their eyes will light up and they’ll become enamored.
You’ll probably need to buy accessories such as a home next, but the joy shown by your child will make it all worthwhile, especially in this season of giving.