Silly Billy’s 21st Birthday is coming up on the 1st May 2018
Bill Deakin will be celebrating the coming of age of Silly Billy’s Toy Shop in Hebden Bridge, one of the last remaining Independent Toy Shops. On the 1st May 2018 Silly Billy’s Toy Shop will have been established for twenty-one years in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire.
From small beginnings and with great growth until the onset of Internet Shopping, Silly Billy’s has done enormously well to keep going in what are difficult times. With the corporates selling Toys as large competition, Silly Billy’s has eclipsed Toys r Us UK which went into administration in February of this year (2018)
From Tuesday 1st May until Monday midnight 7th May we will have some exciting Competitions and Raffles for everyone to take part in.
Countdown until Silly Billy's is 21
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Today I Found Out lets you discover something out about taste today. Most likely everybody dislikes to consume orange juice after brushing your teeth.
The only thing more unpleasant and horrible: stepping on a LEGO brick. OUCH!
“ You might believe the factor tooth paste makes things like orange juice taste so dreadful is just due to the typical mint taste of tooth paste encountering other tastes, however this isn’t really whats going on here.”
LEGO Minifigures 40th Anniversary Edition – Series 18 – 17 to collect
2018 marks the 40th Anniversary of LEGO Minifigures and in this special edition Minifigures Series LEGO have brought back one of the first ever Minifigures released 4 decades ago. This minifigure is a re-issue of the original LEGO policeman and is limited to one in every box of 60 making it a special collectors Minifigure. The other big change in this special 40th Anniversary Minifigures series is the Orange base-plate, a welcome change to the standard black LEGO Minifigure base-plates.
Some of the hairstyles from Minifigures through the ages and also a couple of other Minifigures we have managed to find in the latest LEGO 40th Anniversary Party Edition are to the right. Images Courtesy of a DK LEGO Publication and Robert A Williams (blog author)
At Silly Billy’s we feel that this series 18 40th Anniversary Edition from LEGO is really exciting and there are seventeen Minifigures to collect in total in what is colloquially named the 40th Anniversary LEGO Minifigure Party series (71021):
Birthday Party Boy The Birthday Party Boy is thrilled about getting to go to the 40th anniversary celebration!
1978 Police Officer Here he is, the birthday boy! The Police Officer was one of the first modern LEGO® Minifigures ever!
Birthday Party Girl The Birthday Party Girl is brand-new so she wasn’t around when the first modern LEGO® Minifigure was made.
Cactus Girl Cactus Girl thought she was making an interesting and one-of-a-kind outfit for the party…
Cake Guy Everyone is surprised when Cake Guy jumps out, instead of a delicious, freshly-baked cake!
Cat Costume Girl The Cat Costume Girl just adores parties. She gets to climb on all of the furniture and make friends!
Cowboy Costume Guy The Cowboy Costume Guy is a total goofball, dressed up as a cowboy riding around on a horse!
Dragon Suit Guy The Dragon Suit Guy loves to make things hot and puts jalapeños or hot sauce on everything. EVERYTHING.
Elephant Costume Girl The Elephant Girl just loves elephants and has been waiting to dance in her costume at the big party!
Who likes countdowns? The Firework Guy likes countdowns!
The Flowerpot Girl thinks that everybody should get to enjoy the colors and beauty of a garden party!
LEGO® Brick Suit Girl
The LEGO® Brick Suit Girl is all about using her unlimited creativity to make whatever she wants!
LEGO® Brick Suit Guy
The LEGO® Brick Suit Guy’s favorite thing to do is put together LEGO sets, one brick at a time!
With his hat full of balloons and fun, the Party Clown is here to bring laughs and be the life of the party!
Race Car Guy
The Race Car Guy likes to do everything fast and wants to be the first one to arrive at the party!
Spider Suit Boy
The Spider Suit Boy isn’t really into parties, but he is totally into scaring people!
Swords! Wizards! Goblins! Glitter! The Unicorn Guy is here with an epic quest for everybody to enjoy…
For other news of exciting developments in Silly Billy’s Toy Shop in March 2018 then please read this post
Silly Billy’s is very Happy to be the
new go-to Stockist for Lottie Dolls
It has taken us a while to get Lottie Dolls in and they have been in our toy shop in Hebden Bridge for a good few weeks now. We feel that the reception customers have given to Lottie has exceeded our initial expectations and we hope that our Lottie Dolls range really sparks the interest of our local community.
Lottie Dolls - What The Creators Say
To date, many of our dolls, outfits, accessories and play-sets have come straight from the amazing and awe-inspiring imaginations of children. Maybe that’s what makes our range of dolls so relatable. Kids have helped to create a range of toys that they actually want to play with.
We recognise how precious childhood is. And in the face of growing pressure – from a variety of sources – how short it can be. We dream of a safe and uncomplicated place where kids can be kids, where the great outdoors is there for the exploring, where curiosity-led discoveries are a daily occurrence, where the imagination can run wild and where the only limit is bedtime.Our vision, when we first created Lottie, was to develop a range of dolls that would empower children to be them-selves, to be imaginative and adventurous and – most of all – to have fun. We believe that childhood should be an inclusive place where every child belongs regardless of gender, ethnicity or ability. And we’ve made it our mission to do our bit – no matter how small – to protect childhood.
Lottie Dolls Compliment our spectacular talking Tammy Doll and our other Doll’s World dolls, you can read more about Dolls World in this post
Lottie Dolls are Award Winning and below is a list of all the many Awards that Lottie has won since they came into being in 2012
(USA) Oppenheim Toy Portfolio 2015 – Platinum Best Toy Award
Stargazer Lottie Doll (USA) Tillywig Gold Top Fun Toy Awards 2015
Rockabilly Lottie Doll (UK) ToyShop UK Independent Toy Awards Silver Medal (in Dolls) 2015
Fossil Hunter Lottie Dolls (UK) Loved By Parents Award 2015 – Best Stimulative Toy (age 3-6)
Muddy Puddles Lottie Doll. (USA) The Toy Insider Top Summer Toy 2015
Muddy Puddles Lottie Doll (USA) Family Choice Awards 2014
Snow Queen Lottie Doll and Autumn Leaves Lottie Doll (USA) Scholastic Parent and Child Gold Star Toy 2014 (USA) Scholastic Gold Star Toy 2013 (Canada) Neighbourhood Toy Stores of Canada Gold Star Award 2013 (USA) Oppenheim Toy Portfolio 2013 – Platinum Best Toy Award
Kawaii Karate Lottie Doll and Robot Girl Lottie Doll (USA) Mom’s Choice Award 2012 Gold Medal (UK) Creative Play Awards 2012 – Winner’s Award in the Imaginative Role Play 4 – 7 years category
Autumn Leaves Lottie Doll (USA) PAL Awards 2012 (Play Advances Learning)
Autumn Leaves Lottie Doll and Pony Flag Race Lottie doll (USA) National Parenting Center’s Seal of Approval
Autumn Leaves Lottie Doll (USA) Tillywig Best Creative Fun Award
Branksea Festival Lottie Doll (USA) Oppenheim Toy Portfolio 2012 – Platinum Best Toy Award
Pony Flag Race Lottie Doll, Spring Celebration Ballet Lottie Doll and Snow Queen Lottie Doll (UK) ToyTalk Awards 2012 – Highly Commended
Snow Queen Lottie doll (UK) ToyShop UK Independent Toy awards 2012
Silver Medal (Dolls) (USA) Creative Child Magazine awards 2012 – Preferred Choice Award
Autumn Leaves Lottie Doll (USA) Creative Child Magazine awards 2012 – Seal of Excellence
Biscuit the Beagle Accessory Pack (UK) Rainbow Awards for Toy Excellence 2012 – Highly Commended
For the past 60 years, we’ve all been building spaceships and castles, experimenting with what head goes on what body, and arguing with our siblings about where the grey 2-by-5 brick went — thanks to Lego.
“The S.S. Awesome can’t have any holes in it, Amanda. I know you have that 1-by-8 somewhere.” Photo by Kent Gavin/Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images, circa 1962.
Though nearly indestructible, Legos aren’t eternal. The bricks your kids or grandkids play with probably won’t be the ones you remember.
Beyond grocery bags and Barbie dolls, Legos might be the most iconic plastic object ever, but making things out of plastic can be problematic.
For the last couple of years, Lego has been experimenting with making their iconic bricks from eco-friendly sources.
In 2015, Lego announced it would invest the equivalent of $155 million into finding a non-oil, smaller-footprint source for the various plastic they need to make all those tires, trees, and movie stars.
Since then, they have been experimenting with different types of bio-plastics, which can be made from plants like corn or wheat and produce less emissions than conventional plastic.
The goal is to find alternatives for 20 types of plastic by the year 2030.
There are hurdles to making something as durable, flexible, and iconic as a Lego, and the company is still experimenting. Whatever they choose, it’ll need to snap together with existing Legos, last just as long, and preserve the aesthetic. Their latest experiment with wheat sugar, for example, failed because it couldn’t hold the right shine, as Quartz reported.
This change won’t eliminate the carbon cost of manufacturing, nor will it address other carbon costs like shipping, but little changes add up. After all, 19 billion new Lego pieces are produced each year. Furthermore, the Lego company has also been reducing its carbon footprint through other means as well, including investing in an offshore wind farm. In fact, it recently met a 100% renewable energy milestone.
I assume the real wind farm contains a bit more, you know, metal and concrete and stuff. Photo from Lego Media Library.
Playing with Legos has been a nearly universal part of childhood for almost 60 years. Our kids will likely continue to build castles and spaceships, but their future creations — and their building blocks — won’t be exactly the same as ours were. And that’s a wonderful, necessary step of progress.
As it says all over the Trip Advisor blurb and elsewhere on the internet, Trip Advisor is the Number One Reviews site. The reasons for this are simple:-
Site layout and mobile application both have great UX (User eXperience)
Internal search is friendly
Incentives to write reviews for reviewers is excellent
Back in 2015 the web manager of Silly Billy’s (Robert A Williams) tried to list Silly Billy’s Toy Shop on Tripadvisor and at the time this was not possible, this was Trip Advisor’s response:
Thank you for submitting this property to TripAdvisor.
We’re sorry, but we were unable to verify that the property meets our listing guidelines from the information provided.
You can review our listings guidelines here:
If you have additional information, please resubmit your listing request here:
The TripAdvisor Support Team
For reference, this was your request:
Address: Bridge Mill, St. George’s Square
Telephone number: +(44)1422 843304
Listing Request ID: XXXXX
However, since 2015 there have been some changes in Trip Advisor listing Criteria and following on from discovering that our lovely neighbours, Homely at Hebden, had managed to create their own Trip Advisor profile, see here, we again submitted a request to Trip Advisor to list our own Toy Shop. This time we were successful ! Here, you can find Silly Billy’s on Trip Advisor
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Lots of New and Exciting Vehicles at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop
We always have lots of exciting Vehicles and always have new vehicles coming in to our toy shop.
Right now we have vehicles from Playmobil in both the 1.2.3 range for younger children and also the standard Playmobil Range.
Also we have LEGO vehicles, die-cast vehicles, Matchbox vehicles and many more, why not check out the Vehicles range at Silly Billy’s this Easter Weekend, we are open all weekend and don’t forget that on Easter Monday 2nd April 2018 we have the amazing Duck Race in Hebden Bridge, organised by the stalwart Hebden Bridge Rotary Club, this year they have gone the extra mile and had a very stable commentating platform built above Duck Island by the guys from Omega Scaffolding.
Easter is always a busy time of year for us at Silly Billy’s and the Easter Holidays start a week earlier in Lancashire than they do in Yorkshire so with Lancashire schools breaking up for Easter at the end of this week.
We have had some large deliveries from our major suppliers including LEGO, TY, Playmobil and Schleich. Not to mention the brand new range of Lottie Dolls that we have now in our fantastic toy shop.
From LEGO we have mainly topped our existing stock, though we also have some new products in the shop which include the amazing LEGO Technic Mack Anthem Truck 42078 with 2595 pieces of LEGO in the box !
LEGO Delivery Easter 2018
10818 Duplo My First Truck
10749 LEGO Friends’ Mia’s Organic Food Market
10754 LEGO Super Heroes Spiderman Vs Scorpion Street Showdown
10401 Rainbow Fun
10402 Fun Future
10713 LEGO Creator Creative Suitcase
10700 Green Baseplate
31073 LEGO Creator Mythical Creatures
31075 LEGO City Outback Adventures
42084 LEGO Technic Hook Loader
42071 LEGO Technic Dozer Compactor
42072 LEGO Technic WHACK !
42073 LEGO Technic BASH !
42078 LEGO Technic Mack Anthem
60170 LEGO City Off-Road chase
60171 LEGO City Mountain Fugitives
60180 LEGO City Monster Truck
75193 Millenium Falcon MicroFighter
75194 First Order TIE Fighter MicroFighter
75195 LEGO Star Wars Ski Speeder
Silly Billy’s Toy Shop is VERY excited to now be the soul distributor of Lottie Dolls in the area. So if your little ones would like one of these marvellous Award Winning Dolls then where better to buy them than Silly Billy’s finest Independent Toy Shop, In Hebden Bridge. This comprises our selection of Lottie Dolls and associated Lottie Doll Products
Lottie Dolls Autumn Leaves – £19.99
Lottie Dolls Forest Friend – £19.99
Lottie Dolls Muddy Puddles – £19.99
Lottie Dolls Pandora’s Box – £19.99
Lottie Dolls Birthday Girl – £19.99
Lottie Dolls Sweet Dreams – £9.99
Lottie Dolls Pandora The Persian Cat – £9.99
Lottie Dolls Raspberry Ripple – £9.99
Lottie Dolls Sirius The Welsh Mountain Pony £19.99
So come to Silly Billy’s Toy Shop in Hebden Bridge this 2018 to see our Wide selection of Lottie Dolls and also to see the amazing Hebden Bridge Duck Race, tickets are available from the Roundtable vendors who have a stall in St George’s Square.
We have some rather marvellous Kaloo Teddy Bears and Soft Plush Rabbits in our shop.
These are being Raffled off in a Weekly Raffle
Very sadly they have not been selling very well in the Year they have been in the shop. Each Bear or Rabbit buddy has a Retail Price of £19.99 – Right now we are selling them for £9.99 at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop and this is not even gaining the lovely plush toys that much interest !
So we have decided to Create A Weekly RAFFLE until ALL the Teddies and Rabbits have left our shop.
We are selecting TWO Winners Each week and whilst stocks last you can chose the colour of plush toy you would like from the Colours and Types in the list below.:
Kaloo K963551 Rabbit Pink
Kaloo K963523 Rabbit Ivory
Kaloo K963521 Rabbit Cocoa
Kaloo K963550 Bear Pink
Kaloo K963547 Bear Blue
Kaloo K963526 Bear Ivory
Kaloo K963525 Bear Cocoa
This Raffle Prize is open to anyone in the UK and we will post your prize out to you free of charge
10% of all the money we make raffling these Kaloo plush rabbits and bears will be gifted to Epilepsy Action
So to take Part, simply buy a Raffle Ticket. They are 50 pence each or you can buy a strip of 5 Tickets for £2.
If you are not near the toy shop then please send us the Raffle Ticket Money Via PayPal which you can do quite simply via the Buttons below.
This Raffle is NOW CLOSED (01/04/2018)
This raffle will be held each week and will be drawn each Sunday until we either run out of Plush Kaloo teddies or get tired of doing it. So it starts today 11th March 2018 with the First Draw Being 18th March 2018
It is very simple either pay 50p or £2 or multiples thereof for the Raffle tickets. 50 pence will get you a single Ticket and £2 will get you a strip of 5
We will take your details, either email or phone and if you win then you can collect your Teddy if local and if you are not local then you can post the Teddy to you FREE OF CHARGE anywhere in standard UK Postal Zones. If you are taking part from Overseas or a non-standard postal zone, e.g the channel islands, and you win, then we will need a financial contribution for Postage.
Also we will donate 10% of the money we take on the Raffle Each Week to Epilepsy Action, Silly Billy’s chosen charity.