What does scale size mean, and how do I determine the size set I have?
The size is based upon the tallest standing human figure.
Meaning... If a straight up standing king is about 5 inches tall, that means you have a 5 inch scale size set.
All the figures are based upon a scale size. A 5 inch scale baby Jesus won't be 5 inches tall, the baby is about 2 inches long.
A kneeling 5 inch scale figure will not be 5 inches tall either. That figure will be proportional to the straight up 5 inch standing figure.
If you have a 5 inch set, you want to stay with all 5 inch stables, animals, buildings, and accessories. If you have the 3 1/2, 5, 7 1/2, 12, 18, 27, 34, 50 inch scale size, you want to purchase all your figures within that scale size set/figures/animals/buildings.
Please note: The Little Shepherd Angel size can be deceiving. For instance... The 5 inch scale Little Shepherd Angel in actually 2 1/2 inches in actual height. All the Little Shepherd Angels are much smaller than what you may expect if you purchase this figure. There's a reason for this smaller size!
The Little Shepherd Angel is the tiniest shepherd. It is the Angel that watches over the sheep so the Angel needs to be smaller.
If you have the 5 inch scale size set, don't purchase a larger Little Shepherd Angel. Stay with the scale size, and purchase the Little Shepherd Angel in the scale size you have.
*The Little Shepherd Angel's are the only figure that allows for the smaller size. All other figures are proportional to their scale sizes.
At one time there were other sizes that were made.
There was the 2 1/2 inch size, the 4 and 4 1/2 inch scale size, and for one year, Fontanini produced a 6 inch scale size set in the year 2000. We're sorry to say that the older/retired sizes are no longer available. The latest size that was retired was the 2 1/2 inch scale size. That size was retired over 7 years ago. The 4 and 4 1/2 inch scale size were retired over 25 years ago.