Sylvanian Families are a range of collectible anthropomorphic animal figurines made of flocked plastic. They were created in 1985 by the Japanese gaming company Epoch and distributed worldwide. The word sylvan means 'of the forest'. The entire range is set in Sylvania, a fictional village based on 1950s Great Britain. Most families are rural middle-class, with many owning localized but successful family businesses, or having white-collar jobs, such as doctor, teacher, artist, news reporter, carpenter or bus driver. They are designed wearing very 1950s-like fashion. They can live in large, multi-level houses, or own a holiday home. The houses are designed very realistically and can be decorated and redesigned. They can also indulge in many stereotypically middle-class leisure activities such as sailing or horse-riding, and often host garden parties or go on short camping holidays.