She loves it. The 3-piece background fits neatly into a slot at the back of the base (so it won't gets knocked down by curious kitties (yes, mine already check it out!). I was lucky.
How thick are the vertical panels? (They look a little flimsy) These are not flimsy at all. It's very thick, sturdy, and can stand on it's own. Are there Wise men for holy family nativity This is the Christmas Story Sanctuary # 27318 Pieces that go with it are 26173 Holy Family, 26206 Gentle Animals 27271 Tree Silhouette. These all fit on the Sanctuary. No Wisemen but I do not see why you couldn't use 26027 The three Wisemen. I would put them on the sanctuary with the Holy Family and the gentle animals placed in front. Hope this helped you out. Is this item made of wood? Yes, this item is made out of wood.