I bought my Fontanini starter set about 7 years ago and I’ve never regretted the almost $200 price tag. The detail on these 7 1/2 inch figures is amazing. Absolutely beautiful. The wise men, drummer boy, donkey, and 2 shepherdesses were gifts over the years from my Mother. I still have several pieces I’d like to add someday, but there is always next year. (and if there isn’t next year it won’t matter anyway!)
One reason I picked this size was because the baby Jesus actually had clothes on instead of just a strip of cloth across him. Also I really like the way the baby comes out of the manger. The stuff the figures are made of isn’t breakable so my children can handle it without Mom saying “don’t break it!” When we first set it up it is hard to keep it all on the cupboard, someone is always playing with it.
The Shepherdess with the goose, ‘Deborah’ is a favorite. She has actually been in some display in my house since I got her for my birthday last may. Isn’t she beautiful? I doubt she will get stored away in tissue when the others do, I just have to keep her where I can see her. That is ‘Miriam’ behind her with a sheep in her basket.