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Street Market (Pancake Shop and Toy Stall)


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This is a nice set - very detailed and sweet because of the pastel colors. I was mostly interested in the Pancake Shop and wouldn't have bought the toy stall if it came alone in a EU/UK version. But now I'm quite happy because I can place them apart in my village and they are like two sets for a reasonable price.

The Pancake Shop

+ the pastel colors are lovely
+ the various accessories: pancakes with napkins, napkin holder, fruit, knife and other utensils, a pancake, chocolate and strawberry topping, waffles in a basket
+ the pancake showcase looks very cute
+ the best thing of this shop: The waffle iron that you can open, place a waffle inside and close!
+ there's a nice sign that you can put in front of the shop
+ the crepe menu recipe poster is so cute!

- the shop could have been a bit bigger (taller, compared to other comparable SF items), but on the other side you can't see the Sylvanian who works in there very well because the counter is large (necessarily).
- the pancake napkin stickers come off easily
- the sign says "Welcom"

The Toy Stall

I don't like those old-fashioned carts so much, but this is my personal opinion.

+ lots of accessories, I love especially the two toy bunnies and the tiny dollhouse that you can actually put into a box
+ there's a piano includid in the cart, you can actually press it down (not by key of course, the whole thing)
+ there's a slideshow with the "Twinkle Star" story with a cute bunny. The paper is glossy and good quality and the pictures very nicely done
+ the books are very nice to look at

- the wheels of the cart don't turn (not like those on the Ice Cream Cart)
- it's difficult to put the books nicely into the cart because they pop open
- the balloons are too heavy for kids, only adults can hold them if their hand has the right size
- the mini block cart has pretty basic colors, no turning wheels (I'm spoiled by the Applewood Departments Store bunny cart emoticon) and I have to sand some plastic off in order to fit them in

I think that in general it's really a lovely set, there are just some little things that are not perfect.
 

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Re: Street Market (Pancake Shop and Toy Stall)


I agree that this is a nice set; I really like it.

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I didn't notice about the "Welcom" sign. Good catch, LaSouris. There is a display sign in the Water Mill Bakery with a similiar issue, but I can't remember what it is off the top of my head.

I really don't have a problem with my books when placed on the toy wagon. I really crease them though as I'm unpackaging the set. Sometimes, I even place them under heavy books to flatten out a bit more.

My wife and the block cart are not friends. She didn't realize that there were instructions on the box on how one is to place the blocks into the cart and she spent a long time working on it before I finally showed her the box (which I had only discovered; I wasn't being cruel. I had gotten bored with waiting to look at the set, so I started looking at the box and was like, "Ah... You might what to have a look at this.")

One of my favorite hidden details about this set are the holes in the toy wagon to place the balloon in. I was just trying to do something with the balloons to make a decent picture and thought *maybe* they'll sit in the toy wagon if I'm fast enough with the picture. I place the balloon into the toy wagon, and imagine my surprise when it slides into a hole!

The set has seventy-two pieces and each one is well detailed. It's a very fun set for actual play, but like LaSouris said, the building is a bit small but it's a stall, so I'm okay with it. For the price, this set is gold.

-Eric

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Thanks for the pictures! I actually like if we have the pictures in our reviews so you can look at all the details while you read the description. Copied you, Eric emoticon

I didn't know about the holes for the balloons! Great one emoticon

I will try to flatten the books...

The building looks just quite small when you place it next to massive sets like the Sainsbury Grocery Shop or the Gift Shop. Next to the Ice Cream Cart it looks lovely though, also because of the colors.

I guess with a higher stall counter window you'd see the Sylvanian a bit better. The roof is just a little bit too low.

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I have the JP Pancake stall and love it as well. my favorite part is the display in the front. so adorable. [sign in to see URL] may pull mine out tomorrow and play with it. lol

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