16 Best Calico Critters in 2018

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Year after year, Calico Critters are one of the hottest toys on the market. Parents approve of the imaginative play these toys inspire for kids of all ages. Each Calico Critter playset and Critter family is unique, with different features to encourage interactive play. Critter families are designed to be mixed and matched with any of the playsets – kids dollhouses, toy stores, and vehicles, plus more.

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  • Over 15 pieces included
  • Includes one Calico Critter
  • Inspires creative play
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  • Comes with two Calico Critters
  • Adorable and great quality
  • Has lights that turn on and off
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  • Built to fit into all Calico Critter homes
  • Comes with bedding accessories
  • Fits all Calico Critters

The Calico Critter line of toys is huge and getting bigger all the time as more cute Critters are released. Which Calico toys should you be buying for your child? With so many great toys in the lineup to choose from, it can get confusing.

Calico Critter toys are more popular than ever. We’ve reviewed 16 of what we think are the top Calico Critter toys.

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1. Cozy Cottage Starter Home

Cozy Cottage Starter Home

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The Cozy Cottage Starter Home is adorable. The house comes with furniture and one Calico Critter to get your child started. Bell Hopscotch Rabbit is all ready to cook in the kitchen and eat at the cute little table. The bed has its own sheets for Bell to curl up under. Calico Critters are a great toy to inspire imagination. The house comes completely assembled, with a ladder included for Critters to reach the second floor. Once kids have the Starter Home you can buy other Critters and accessories for even more fun play.

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Why We Like It
  • Over 15 pieces included
  • Includes one Calico Critter
  • Inspires creative play
  • Sturdy and well made
Recommended Age
3 years and up
Dimensions
11.2 x 8.5 x 11.2 Inches
Our Verdict

The floor can be pulled out and reversed to use as a front yard, where kids can put their Critters for pretend outside play. We like that all the doors on the house and furniture pieces can be opened and closed.

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2. Luxury Townhome Gift Set

Luxury Townhome Gift Set

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The Calico Critter Townhome comes in a gift set that any child is going to adore. Included are accessories and furniture that fit into all of the rooms. A little staircase leads up to the 2nd floor where there are indoor and outdoor balconies, the perfect place for Townhome Critters to hang out. Kids like that their Critters can look out of all the windows and go in and out of doors that work.

Lights in each of the four rooms turn on and off, making for realistic playtime for kids. Of course, all Critter families fit into the Townhome. Included in this gift set to get kids started are Sweetpea Rabbit Mother and Sweetpea Rabbit Sister, both wearing a cute dress.

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Why We Like It
  • Comes with two Calico Critters
  • Adorable and great quality
  • Has lights that turn on and off
  • Over 50 pieces of furniture and accessories
Recommended Age
3 years and up
Dimensions
8 x 25.5 x 13.8 Inches
Our Verdict

We like that this Calico Critters house with furniture has over 50 pieces, more than enough to keep kids entertained without having to reach for another toy. Another great thing we like is that the Townhome can be connected to the Cozy Cottage Starter Home to make one big house.

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3. Calico Critters Triple Baby Bunk Beds

Calico Critters Triple Baby Bunk Beds

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The Triple Baby Bunk Beds each come with a mattress, pillow, and blanket. Also included are two ladders to help Critters reach the top bunk. Intended to fit into any Calico Critter home, they can be bought separately for kids to play with on their own. Little Critters playsets, like the bunk beds, are what attracts parents to this toy line.

It’s easy to add playsets to your child’s collection and encourages them to play with their older Calico Critters with the additional fun of a new one. And what home is complete without a bed for Critters to sleep in!

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Why We Like It
  • Built to fit into all Calico Critter homes
  • Comes with bedding accessories
  • Fits all Calico Critters
Recommended Age
3 years and up
Dimensions
5 x 2 x 4 Inches
Our Verdict

These life-like bunk beds let kids place them any way they want, side by side or in a stack of three. We love the pastel colors – blue, pink, and yellow.

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4. Outback Koala Family

Outback Koala Family

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One of the favorite Calico Critter families is the Outback Koala Family. Included are four Critters – momma Sheila, daddy Bruce, sister Adelaide, and little Joey, the baby of the Koala family. Calico Critters inspire the imagination of kids of all ages. Even young children love making up stories with these cute Koalas. You can use them in all of the Critter playsets, whether it’s one of the house sets or vehicles. Sheila and Bruce stand at about 3 inches, with the Koala kids being a bit smaller.

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Why We Like It
  • Great detail on each character
  • Mix and match with all Calico Critter sets
  • Removeable clothing
  • Includes a cute baby carrier
Recommended Age
3 years and up
Dimensions
7.8 x 2.8 x 6.8 Inches
Our Verdict

Children love toys where they can take off and put on clothing. The Outback Koala family is dressed in sweet little outfits designed for just this purpose. We like how well made the clothing is and how easy it is for even small children to remove.

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5. Calico Critters Toy Shop

Calico Critters Toy Shop

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What better place for Critters to play than at the Calico Critters Toy Shop! There are over 40 little accessories to make playtime endless fun for your kids. This includes toys for the shop, such as rattles, building blocks, and toy boxes. The Toy Shop is a great place for kids to make up stories about their Critters, taking them on a shopping adventure to buy new toys.

Or to play in the toy area as mama Critters shop for toys and talk with friends. As with all the Calico Critters toys, the Toy Shop allows children to be completely free in using their imagination. The Toy Shop set provides the perfect background for imagination to be go in whatever direction kids take it.

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Why We Like It
  • Comes with over 40 accessories
  • Great details in the shop
  • Right size for all Calico Critters
  • Exceptional quality
Recommended Age
3 years and up
Dimensions
11 x 6.8 x 8 Inches
Our Verdict

We think the Toy Shop is one of the best Calico Critters playsets. The front doors open wide and inside is everything kids need to pretend they’re right there in the Toy Shop.

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6. Hopscotch Rabbit Family

Hopscotch Rabbit Family

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There are several Calico Critters family sets to choose from. The Hopscotch Rabbit Family is one that never fails to amuse children with their cute charm. Each bunny in the rabbit family comes with clothes that can be removed and put back on, making for some good realistic play. Included in the family are mother Heidi, dad Harlin, sister Bell, and little brother Skip.

Preschoolers really seem to love the Rabbit family. Perhaps it’s Bell’s smiling face. Or maybe it’s Skip’s adorable grin. The Hopscotch family are the perfect furry Critters to play within any of the Calico Critter homes or shops.

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Why We Like It
  • Poseable characters with jointed arms and legs
  • Inspires creative roleplay
  • Great educational toy
Recommended Age
3 years and up
Dimensions
6.8 x 2.4 x 7.8 Inches
Our Verdict

You can’t help but fall in love with the cute little faces of the Hopscotch Rabbit family. These toys are durable and long-lasting, so they make it through many hours of playtime.

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7. Deluxe Baby’s Nursery Set

Deluxe Baby's Nursery Set

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Each of the Calico Critters playsets is unique in their own way. And the nursery is no exception. There’s a lot of thought put into the fine details of this toy. And the Baby’s Nursery Set is just what every Critter home needs. The set comes with a little crib, crib mobile, a dresser for Critter baby clothes, and matching hangers. The nursery fits all baby Calico Critters, boys and girls.

This Calico toy is a great gift for any child. They’ll spend hours playing, having mama Rabbit read a book before putting the baby down for a nap in the crib.

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Why We Like It
  • Perfect for matching with any Critter play set
  • Realistic details
  • Over 20 accessories
Recommended Age
3 years and up
Dimensions
2.4 x 6.8 x 10.5 Inches
Our Verdict

The little highchair that is included in the Nursery set is adorable and kids love sitting baby Critters in the chair when it’s dinner time. We love all the little details, from the baby toys to the books.

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8. Hazelnut Chipmunk Family

Hazelnut Chipmunk Family

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This Calico Critter family is just as cute and popular as the other furry families in this toy brand. The Chipmunk family includes father John, mama Savannah, brother Dominic, and little sister Sarah. Kids can play with the Chipmunks in any of the Calico houses, making their tails fluff out just like a real chipmunk.

Each of the Critter families is different in some way, with their own characteristics that kids fall for. Pretend play is easy with the Chipmunks as they play in cute Critter playsets or separately on their own.

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Why We Like It
  • Sturdy and durable
  • Removeable clothing for the entire family
  • Jointed arms, legs, and head for posing
Recommended Age
3 years and up
Dimensions
7.8 x 2.4 x 6.8 Inches
Our Verdict

The Chipmunk family is one of our favorites, with their cute little faces and fuzzy tails. We like that you can buy your kids other Critter families and all of them can play together in the same Critter neighborhood.

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9. Calico Critters Family Seven Seater

Calico Critters Family Seven Seater

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Perhaps one of the most popular and recognizable Calico Critter toys is the Family Seven Seater vehicle. Seven Critters can fit inside the car and it comes with three cars seats for little baby Critters. Kids can remove the two bench seats, making room for any load the Critters need to transport, such as toys from the Toy Shop. They can also arrange the bench seats and baby seats in any order they want, seating Critters in different ways.

The rear of the car opens, making even more room for accessories to be piled inside. It’s easy to see why this toy is so popular. No child can resist driving their toys around, pretending that they’re all off on a great adventure.

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Why We Like It
  • Compatible with all Calico Critters
  • Good quality
  • Great for creative playtime
Recommended Age
3 years and up
Dimensions
10 x 5 x 4.8 Inches
Our Verdict

The roof is open, so kids can easily place their Critters inside without getting frustrated. We like the little added features, such as the guidebook and maps.

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10. Hopper Kangaroo Family

Hopper Kangaroo Family

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Another Critter family that every child wants is the Hopper Kangaroo family. There’s something so appealing about playing with kangaroo characters. Your kids will love making up stories and playing pretend games with the Hoppers. Included in this family set is mommy Sandy, daddy Richie, big sister Isabella, and Kate, the baby of the Hopper family.

Once kids have one of the Critter families, they’ll want one more, and then one more again! Building a Calico village of Critter families makes for some great playtime as your kids and their friends create a world of their own imagination.

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Why We Like It
  • Great for all ages
  • Heads and tails are jointed for turning
  • Latest of the Critter families
Recommended Age
3 years and up
Dimensions
7.8 x 2.8 x 6.8 Inches
Our Verdict

Calico Critters come out with cuter families all the time. We like the detail on these Kangaroo characters. They’re just as loveable as other Critter families but seem to have an added charm with their big tails and hoppy feet.

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11. Adventure Treasure Ship

Adventure Treasure Ship

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Boys and girls love the Calico Critter Adventure Treasure Ship, maybe because it’s so different from other Calico playsets. The Treasure Ship has a lookout tower that comes with a spinning steering wheel and a crow’s nest where a baby Critter can stand to look out for approaching ships. A slide attached to the ship lets Critters slide down, before climbing back up on to the ship's railing.

Kids love putting the binoculars on Critters to search for treasure. There are over 25 accessories included in the Treasure Ship, such as a fishing net, map, and 4 treasure pieces.

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Why We Like It
  • Over 25 cute accessories
  • Compatible with the Splash and Play Whale
  • Includes 8 card inserts
Recommended Age
3 years and up
Dimensions
11.2 x 5.5 x 5 Inches
Our Verdict

The four secret compartments are a lot of fun for kids to hide the small treasures that are included in this playset. We like that the life saver swing actually swings! This toy is big hit with kids, allowing them to play with their Calico toys on a ship!

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12. Pickleweeds Hedgehog Family

Pickleweeds Hedgehog Family

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Who doesn’t love Hedgehogs! And now the Pickleweeds Hedgehog Family is part of the Calico Critter family lineup. With this set, your kids will love playing with mama Heloise, papa Harold, sister Haley, and brother Harry. Kids like playing with toys that let them be creative.

And they love being able to play with Critter families in the many different Calico Critter playsets that are available. The Hedgehog family and other Critters have been voted as one of the best toys for kids of all ages.

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Why We Like It
  • Moveable arms and legs
  • Cute removeable outfits
  • Promotes imaginative play
Recommended Age
3 years and up
Dimensions
7.8 x 2.8 x 6.8 Inches
Our Verdict

The Pickleweeds Hedgehog family have soft hair and delightful outfits like the other Calico Critter families. But there’s something about the Hedgehogs that makes them even more endearing. Like their bristle heads. We like that if you have more than one child playing with Calico Critters, the four Critters in one family set means that no one needs to be left out of the playing action.

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13. Adventure Treehouse Gift Set

Adventure Treehouse Gift Set

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The Adventure Treehouse is one of the biggest Calico Critters playsets. Its many pieces allow kids to build a treehouse in any way they want. Besides the Adventure Treehouse, other features include a big sundeck, a basket that works as an elevator for baby Critters, and giant slide. The Treehouse comes with three Calico Critters, Faith Silk Cat, Sarah Hazelnut Chipmunk, and Luke Hazelnut Chipmunk.

The many little accessories keep little hands busy for hours as they get their Critters to fish, eat at the picnic table, and slip down the slide.

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Why We Like It
  • Over 60 pieces of furniture and accessories
  • Encourages non-stop play for both younger and older kids
  • Includes 3 Calico Critters
Recommended Age
3 years and up
Dimensions
20.5 x 9.2 x 13.5 Inches
Our Verdict

The Treehouse set comes with an impressive 60 pieces for your kids to play with, which includes furniture and accessories such as a pink table, and cups and cookies. We like that the pieces can all be stored away inside the Treehouse when your kids aren’t playing with it.

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14. Calico Critters Country Tree School

Calico Critters Country Tree School

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Little kids love the idea of going to school…and when they have the Calico Critters Country Tree School it’s easy for them to pretend that they’re right there. The little classroom desks and chairs are designed to fit all Calico Critters. The Tree School has a tower made out of a tree trunk and large rooms for kids to set up the classroom.

Kids love that they can have their Critters sit right in the tree when it’s time for a break. And when the Critters are in school, they’ll be busy with all the little accessories, such as notebooks, the globe, and even a telescope!

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Why We Like It
  • Over 40 pieces
  • Furniture and little books are durable and sturdy
  • Combines with other Critter sets
Recommended Age
3 years and up
Dimensions
15 x 8.5 x 13 Inches
Our Verdict

The Country Tree School allows for a lot of imaginative play for kids of all ages. We like that they can move the gates and tower into different positions. They can also place the school desks in whatever formation they want.

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15. Sunshine Nursery Bus

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The Sunshine Nursery Bus is on the list of every Calico Critter fan. Kids can get right into creative play with the Nursery Bus, with up to 12 baby Critters fitting into the double decker vehicle. The Critters are ready to take a trip wherever your child’s imagination takes them. A simple flip of the bus chairs on the top deck turns them into a seesaw for more play.

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Why We Like It
  • Seats can be removed for more playing area
  • Perfect for young children 5 and under
  • Holds up to 12 Calico Critters
  • Extra stickers for personal decoration
Recommended Age
3 years and up
Dimensions
10.2 x 4.9 x 6.9 Inches
Our Verdict

The Nursery Bus slide can be attached to other Critter houses for Critters to slide down. We love the little hammock and swing the baby Critters can play on, as well as the train that kids can push along a little track.

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16. Caravan Family Camper

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Camping trips make some great memories. Now your kids can take their Critters on a trip to the Caravan Family Camper. When opened, the Camper gives easy access to the living room, kitchen, and bathroom. The Camper sleeps four Critters and comes loaded with everything needed for a trip in the great outdoors.

There are over 35 accessories in this playset, including pots and pans, sleeping bags, and soap and towels. One of the great things about Calico Critters is that all of the Critter families can fit into the Caravan Camper.

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Why We Like It
  • Over 35 camping accessories
  • Secret compartment kids love
  • Made of sturdy materials
  • Encourages make-believe camping roleplay
Recommended Age
3 years and up
Dimensions
17 x 9.5 x 13.5 Inches
Our Verdict

This is a really cute Calico Critter playset. The side swings out to reveal the Camper kitchen, where your kids can open and close the oven, fridge, and cupboards. We like the secret compartment where Critters can store their camping gear.

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Buyer’s Guide

With so many different Calico Critters baby dolls to choose from, it’s never easy deciding which ones to buy for your child. Some of the things to consider include the following:

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Age

Calico Critter toys have a lot of small accessories and are intended for boys and girls ages 3 and older. When buying for younger children choose Calico playsets that have a limited number of small pieces. Children of this age may also enjoy LOL Surprise Dolls or some of these my little pony gifts.

Interests

With so many Critter playsets available, think about your child’s interests. If your child is starting school, the Country Tree School might be a good choice.

Adding to Playsets

Consider the Calico playsets your child already has. Look for other sets that complement those, so you can build up to having a full Calico village.

Have Fun!

Calico Critters are a unique and adorable toy line. Have fun buying these cute toys with your children. You can’t go wrong when it comes to simple toys like this that run on your child’s creativity.

What are Calico Critters?

Calico Critters are a toy brand of small animal characters. Each family of characters has their own unique characteristics, such as the Pickleweeds Hedgehog family with their spiky heads.

Just as popular as the Critters are the homes, furniture, and accessories that are sold in playsets. Calico Critter toys originated in Japan in 1985 and are now sold around the world.

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Conclusion

The cuddly world of Calico Critters is designed for inspiring kids to use their imagination. Through creative interactive play, these furry creatures teach children to appreciate family and friendship within the Critter community. Collecting Calico Critters is just as fun for parents as it is for kids.

Our list of the top 16 Calico toys is a great place to get started when you’re thinking about introducing your kids to this toy line. Don’t forget that many of the Calico playsets can be combined and connected to build up into a Critter village.

Expert Tip

Start with one furry family of Calico Critters and one playset. Choose a playset that your child is interested in, such as the Caravan Family Camper if they’re always talking about going camping.

Did you Know

Based on Amazon sales, the most popular Calico Critter by Sylvanian Families is the Hopscotch Rabbit Family.