Star Wars 8 – The Last Jedi

Star Wars 8 – The Last Jedi

Star Wars Episode 8 – The Last Jedi

Star Wars Episode 8 is due for UK release on the Author of this blog’s birthday. Although the author also expects to be working on his birthday. So what does the next, the eighth Star Wars Movie in the series have in store for us. No doubt there will be some amazing special effects and a story line to follow on from Star Wars Episode 7. Lego are on board again with the Star Wars Franchise and Silly Billy’s received their delivery of Star Wars Episode 8 products from the Danish Toy Company earlier than most, August in fact, prompting one very keen Star Wars and LEGO fan to drive from London to purchase a Resistance Bomber 75188.

It is mentioned that Princes Harry and William have cameo roles in the latest Star Wars movie, the royal pair visited the set of The Last Jedi in April 2016 and were rumoured to have filmed a scene in disguise. Now lead actor John Boyega, who plays reformed stormtrooper Finn, has confirmed that he shared a scene with the royal duo  “wrapped in stormtroopers costumes”

So another date for your diary will be December 15th 2017, not only to buy the author of this blog a birthday present, but also to get to the Cinema and watch the opening of Star Wars Episode 8 – The Last Jedi
Official Trailer Below

Star Wars The Force Awakens 2015, scored a pretty reasonable 8.1 on IMDB and personally I though the return of  Star Wars was pretty impressive. Rogue One (2016), on the other hand slipped a couple of notches at only 7.9 on IMDB and again released on the author’s birthday, 15/12/2016.
As far as the new  Star Wars Episode 8 – The Last Jedi goes it is anyone’s guess as to whether it will be a hit or get massively slated by the critics. A Customer today said of Star Wars Episode 8, “I’m not holding out much hope..”

Personally, as the Film is being released on one of the most auspicious days of the year (the author’s birthday) then we believe it will be a great hit, however only time will tell.

Why not follow  Silly Billy’s Toy Shop on Facebook and Silly Billy’s on Pinterest

96 total views, 6 views today

Kaloo Plush for Christmas 2017

Kaloo Plush for Christmas 2017

Kaloo Plush at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop

Silly Billy’s has been trading in Hebden Bridge for twenty years and for many of those years we have been a stockist of Plush Kaloo cuddly gifts suitable from birth upwards. These specially crafted and very plush teddies and rabbits are lovingly made in France to a super high standard and make for suitable gifts for new-borns, toddlers and even older children.

We would like it if you would come and visit Silly Billy’s to view our amazing range of Kaloo suitable for new borns as birth gifts or christening gifts, suitable for older children as well due to their very plush nature. Kaloo are not the only range we stock of toys or gifts suitable for new borns, we also are a stockist of the amazing Sophie la Girafe, as endorsed by many celebrities and also some members of the author’s own family.

We are very proud to say that we have in fact been stocking Kaloo at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop since Kaloo started their business in 1998, Silly Billy’s Toy Shop starting up in Hebden Bridge one year before.
Kaloo plush

Once upon a time…
A father’s dream to invent different soft toys for his little boy. A little bear, an emotional symbol for all toddlers, was then chosen as the brand’s emblematic animal. Because dreams can come true, Kaloo came to life one beautiful morning in late 1998.

2001 was the next milestone for Kaloo Plush

2001
Kaloo around the world
After a successful launch in the European market with high quality products, Kaloo became a reference brand for upscale birth gifts. The rapid development of the brand was supported by the creation of Kaloo North America in 2001.
Kaloo 123
The range Kaloo 123 was launched in 2001 with the aim of making childhood a little more of a dream. Colorful and mischievous, it was created to awaken baby’s senses.

Kaloo perfumes (please note we do not stock perfumes at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop)
« Kaloo Parfums » was launched in spring 2001, composed of four alcohol free fragrances specially made to stimulate baby’s sense of smell.

Have you followed Silly Billy’s Toy Shop on Facebook yet, lots of products that are new are shown there first ??

 

145 total views, 4 views today

Shop Small 2017 – Small Business Saturday

Shop Small 2017 – Small Business Saturday

Shop Small 2017 and Small Business Saturday 2017

This year Small Business Saturday is on the 2nd December 2017, and Silly Billy’s will happily take AMEX Card payments on that day, or any other day for that matter. Small Business Saturday sees the commencement of AMEX UK’s Shop Small Campaign which means that you just spend £10 or more on your Card in a single transaction at a participating small business, and you’ll get a £5 credit on your statement. Offer runs from 2 – 17 December 2017. There’s no limit to the number of £5 credits you can receive, but you can only claim it once at each small business. To take part, just register your Card – or Supplementary Card – and you’re ready to Shop Small once the offer is live.
For full details click here

So Small Business Saturday is on 2nd December 2017 and you can find Silly Billy’s and many other businesses on the Small Business Finder here

Small Business Saturday was originally founded by American Express in the U.S. in 2010 and it remains the principal supporter of the campaign in the UK, as part of its on-going commitment to encourage consumers to shop small and this is also our message to you, to maintain the high street diversity and have as many businesses open to shop at it is vital that people shop local and Silly Billy’s is immeasurably grateful to the amazing support they have received in their twenty years of trading in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire.

So put the dates in your diary for Small Business Saturday, of 2nd December 2017, and do your best to support your own local small businesses wherever you may be in the United Kingdom and Shop Small.
To read about the funders behind Small Business Saturday please click on this link.

Have you followed Silly Billy’s Toy Shop on Facebook yet, lots of products that are new are shown there first.

Have you seen our amazing Christmas 2017 Competition

 

 

181 total views, 2 views today

Billy’s Travels – A New Facebook Page

Billy’s Travels – A New Facebook Page

As Silly Billy’s have a large following on Facebook we have been approached by an Austrian Graduate Student, Andreas Wild, to help advertise and grow his project.
Silly Billy’s are a premier stockist of LEGO and as we do regularly post about LEGO and LEGO Minifigures, we still have some Ninjago Minifigures left in stock if you are looking to complete your collection, by the way. This is what Andreas writes about his new project, and we will be sharing posts from Billy’s Travel’s Facebook Page on our own Facebook Page as time goes on:

Billy’s Travels

Hello this is Billy!
Billy and his friends love to travel. Now we want to let them travel around the world to get to know the most wonderful places in the world. So help us and let Billy and his Friends travel around the globe! Under “community” you can see all the places, they have already visited!
What do you have to do?
– Like and share our Facebook site
– Get your favourite Lego Figure(s)
– Take a photo with them at any place in the world
– Share the picture on our Facebook site and describe in one or two sentences which adventure they have experienced there!
www.facebook.com/BillysTrip2017
#BillysTrip #Lego #BeLikeBilly #worldtravel
This is a Student’s Group Project at Johannes Kepler Universität – JKU in Linz/Austria. The goal is to reach as many people as possible in a short time. Therefore we choose this solution, because everybody of our group grew up with LEGO and the satisfaction is still great. So please help us, take a few minutes, make a picture and share it with us to support us, and to help Billy to travel the world!! Show us the power of the entire LEGO community. Thank you and best regards!

If you have not done so yet please follow Silly Billy’s on Facebook and why not have a look at Silly Billy’s Pinterest Profile too

Did you know Silly Billy’s is twenty years old this year ?

499 total views, 4 views today

What’s on Christmas 2017 – Coming up in Hebden

What’s on Christmas 2017 – Coming up in Hebden

What’s on Christmas 2017 – Coming up in Hebden Bridge

So there are a few events and other activities happening all around Hebden Bridge in the run-up to to Christmas. We have endeavoured to list as many in and around Hebden Bridge as we can, though if we have missed you out then please get in touch with Silly Billy’s either through our Facebook Page or on this contact form.
Please give us your event details and we will add them to this post.

  • Friday 17th November Christmas Lights switch On in Hebden Bridge

    Christmas 2017 Hebden bridge lights

  • Friday 17th November Christmas Late Night Opening

    To coincide with the Christmas lights switch on this Friday 17th (tomorrow) November both Silly Billy’s Toy Shop and Homely at Hebden will be staying open later so pop along and see us in Old Gate House, across the river, we may even do some Mince Pies !!

  • Saturday 18th November  Mytholmroyd Christmas Market & Lights
    12-5.30pm

    At St Michael’s Square in Mytholmroyd from 12 noon on Saturday 18th November for the Christmas Market and Lights Switch On
    Full day of festive treats includes a local traders and craft market with over 40 stalls, why not pick up a few stocking fillers. There will be entertainment from Hebden Bridge Brass Band, the Peace Artistes, Bazzmatazz and local schools. With free mulled wine and mince pies (courtesy of your Local Coop) activities for children and of course a visit from that very special gent, Father Christmas.
    mytholmroyd christmas lights

  • Saturday 18th November Mytholmroyd Fire Station Open Day
    Between 12:00 and 18:00
    Royd Fire Station
  • Saturday 18th November Christmas Art Fair at The Waterfront Hall,
    The Town Hall, St George’s St, Hebden Bridge
    11am – 4pm
  • Saturday 25 November 2017 Todmorden’s Lamplighter Festival
    Further Details here
  • Saturday 2 December 2017 Christmas Fayre Hope Baptist Chapel. 10 until 4pm.
    Festive stalls, cake, mince pies, tea & coffee.
    Come and join us in the popular Chatty Cafe, and maybe get a Christmas present from our selection of handmade gifts.
  • Monday 11 December 2017 Carol Singing at the Railway Station
    5:15 pm (for about an hour or so).
    This is to raise money for The Railway Children Charity
    Come along and sing or bring an instrument.
  • Friday 15 December 2017 Christmas Carol Service 6-30pm
    St. James’ Church, Church lane, Hebden Bridge, HX7 6DS
    A family friendly service with Hebden Royd Primary School choir; carols and readings.
    Refreshments afterwards including Mulled wine, coffee, mince pies.
  • Sunday 24th December 2017
    Annual showing of “It’s a Wonderful Life” at Hebden Bridge Picture House
  • Sunday 24th December 2017 – Carols in the Square, Hebden Bridge
    From 6 30pm

 

274 total views, 3 views today

Instead of Sitting on Santas Lap

Instead of Sitting on Santas Lap

Instead of Sitting on Santa’s Lap, This 4-Yr-Old Dropped to His Knees at What Santa Did Next

Millions of children go through the Santa line, but how many have you seen do this?
Most 4-year-old’s hop on the big man’s lap to ask for LEGO and race cars and other cool toys.
Not this little guy. Instead, Prestyn Barnette had a much different request for the Santa he encountered in a South Carolina mall. When the 4-year-old finally came face-to-face with the jolly good fella, he asked St. Nick to pray with him for a baby who was very sick.

Through a prayer group that his grandmother belongs to on Facebook, Prestyn found out hat 2-month old Knox Joseph was on life support in a Las Vegas hospital.

Knox’s dad found him in his crib not breathing a couple of weeks ago, and the infant has been in critical condition ever since.
The GoFundMe page set up for Knox says, “We are praying for him to remain stable so that [bringing him] home is a possibility.”

Outside of a teeny request for a Lionel train, the miracle for Knox was the only thing Prestyn wanted from Santa.
And so…they prayed.
Santa got down on his knees and joined hands with the hopeful tot to pray for a Christmas miracle for a baby halfway across the country.
Now that’s the true spirit of Christmas right there. Sometimes it takes a 4-year-old to show us adults how it’s done.
Thanks Prestyn.
If you’d like to support Knox & his family, visit their GoFundMe Page.
The family shared on their page that often times, baby’s like Knox don’t go home, so they have one humble request for all of you: “Keep praying for the miraculous!”

This post is one of many being created by Robert A Williams in the challenge of a blog post per day up until Christmas Eve 2017 which Robert has undertaken for Silly Billy’s Toy Shop. If you would like to know more about Silly Billy’s then you could do no worse than give Silly Billy’s Toy Shop Facebook page a like

229 total views, 2 views today

Toy sellers bet on Christmas as sales dip

Toy sellers bet on Christmas as sales dip


Image copyright PA
Image caption A girl plays with the Fingerlings toy

UK toy retailers are holding out for a busy Christmas after sales fell by 2% in the first nine months of the year.
Analysts and retailers expect a flat full year at best for the industry following two consecutive years of rapid growth.

The industry has unveiled its list of “must-have” toys. – It should be stated at this point that at Silly Billy’s we focus more on the toys that appeal to people in and around our amazing location in Hebden Bridge, where Silly Billy’s have been for twenty years, and surrounding areas and more often than not they are not within these lists.
The only Toy we have, from that particular must-have list,which is quite amazing is the all new LEGO Star Wars BB8 (75187)
LEGO Star Wars BB8

Cheaper collectables feature prominently on the list, alongside more traditional games and film and TV tie-ups
Frederique Tutt, global industry analyst for the NPD Group’s toy division, said that sales had been “sluggish” in the year so far, whereas activity had risen in the other major toy markets in Europe, the US and Russia.
She pointed to a correction following two years of 7% growth in the UK, which had outstripped other markets and had been driven in part by the success of the Star Wars franchise.

Image caption Frederique Tutt with one of the Toy Retailers’ Association’s top toys

Seven of the 10 best-selling toys of the year so far have had a price tag of less than £10, she said.

Toy facts

  • Some 38% of toy purchases in the UK are made online (Editor’s Note: We would obviously much prefer you shop in our retail Toy Shop in Hebden Bridge)
  • Nearly two-thirds (61%) of Christmas toys were chosen by the giver, rather than included on Christmas lists
  • A third (34%) of annual spending on toys is at Christmas

Source: Toy Retailers’ Association/NPD

Alan Simpson, chairman of the Toy Retailers’ Association, which compiles the Dream Toys list, said the weakness of the pound had pushed up prices in the UK as most toys were imported.
The toy market was suffering from the income squeeze of customers as much as other sectors, he added.
“However, the rule book gets thrown away at Christmas, no matter how tough things are [for parents],” he said.


Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption A drone is one toy mirroring the advance of technology

Ms Tutt said that this year’s list of top toys was relatively low-tech, with traditional games playing a more “dynamic” part in the market.
“Parents are saying that too much screen time is not good,” she said.
Only 1% of toys were “connected” via the internet, yet the influence of the web – and particularly social media – was clear from the design of new toys.
One of the expected best-sellers at Christmas is the L.O.L. Surprise – a heavily wrapped toy inspired by “unboxing” videos on YouTube and other social media channels. (Editor’s note, we have had people asking for these L.O.L.  toys and it is not something that we plan on stocking)
Marketing for other toys had been launched on social media rather than TV adverts, she said. and manufacturers were counting on shared videos of youngsters playing with their new toys as another form of advertising

Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-41919610

661 total views, 4 views today

Americans Will Head to Space Again

Americans Will Head to Space Again

Americans Will Head to Space Again, Without a Russian Taxi

Since the Space Shuttle’s retirement six years ago, NASA has been buying spots aboard Russian Soyuz craft to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station. It’s a politically awkward arrangement, to say the least, given more than a decade of strained relations, Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and the dented American pride in having to ask in the first place.
Did you know we sell Space Shuttles at Silly Billy’s, they are pull-back Space Shuttles and will cost a mere £5.99

Space Shuttles £5.99

Space Shuttles £5.99

The situation has understandably increased pressure on NASA, which hired Boeing Co. and Elon Musk’s SpaceX to build a new generation of vessels to shuttle U.S. astronauts to the station. Both companies are scheduled to fly two test flights next year for NASA’s commercial crew program, including one each that will carry two crew members—an ambitious schedule that could slip into

On Thursday, NASA and both companies detailed their progress—and a lengthy list of tests that remain—on the new vessels and their launch rockets.

“I think we have a shot at 2018” for the flights with crew, Kathryn Lueders, NASA’s program manager for the commercial crew program, said in an interview at the International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight in Las Cruces, New Mexico. “There’s a lot of things that have to go exactly right,” she said. “I think the big challenge is to make sure that we give them the time that, if everything doesn’t go exactly right, to be able to fix any problems that we have.”

Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner capsule.
Source: Boeing Co.

When Americans think of flying into space, “they think of human spaceflight,” said Caleb Weiss, a mission manager with United Launch Alliance, which will boost Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner capsule into orbit aboard an Atlas V rocket. “And so, when America doesn’t have a human spaceflight program, a lot of people feel like we don’t have a space program.”

The program’s first flight is set for April and will see SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule launch without humans, followed by a manned mission in August, according to a recent NASA update. (The first Boeing and Crew Dragon flights had originally been planned for this year, but slipped into 2018.) Boeing’s Starliner is set for August and November.

SpaceX, officially Space Exploration Technologies Corp., is assembling multiple Crew Dragon vessels in parallel to help boost production efficiency, said Benjamin “Benji” Reed, who directs the company’s program for NASA. He said SpaceX also plans a third flight for the capsule, between the two for NASA, to test the in-flight abort system that would eject the crew during an emergency. “The No. 1 priority for the company is safe, reliable crew transportation for NASA,” Reed said during a panel discussion at the symposium.

Beyond NASA’s immediate transport needs, the commercial crew program is among the agency’s earliest and largest efforts to integrate private-sector companies into its operations. In theory, NASA personnel could someday fly with a private citizen that has paid for a ride into space.

Both SpaceX and Boeing have discussed future flights to the ISS with customers from other nations, executives said at the conference. “What you don’t want to do is have an ISS program end—and mirror what happened with the Space Shuttle program,” said John Mulholland, Boeing’s commercial crew manager.

The Starliner’s flight schedule will be determined by Boeing and NASA’s reviews of the program. Data gathered from the initial flight will also weigh heavily on how quickly its first passengers will be able to fly the vehicle, Weiss said. “The biggest question mark … is what your data review’s going to end up being? How much time do you need to go crunch the data?” Weiss said. “If it’s a really clean flight, we can go fly right away.”

The Starliner project has been assisted by the track record of the Atlas V rocket, which has marked 73 successful flights, Weiss said. ULA is a joint venture between Boeing and Lockheed Martin Corp.

Earlier this year, the Government Accountability Office said that safety hazards involving Boeing’s parachute testing plans and SpaceX’s engines would probably slow required certifications and could delay the manned flights to 2019.

NASA awarded Boeing and SpaceX the commercial crew contracts in 2014; each company will perform six manned flights to the ISS. Four NASA astronauts are currently training for the test flights. By year’s end, those personnel will be assigned to one of the capsules.

In February, NASA acquired five additional seats on the Soyuz craft for potential use in 2018, via Boeing, which had obtained them through a business deal with a Russian company. The arrangement will allow some cushion in terms of astronaut access to the space station, but it hasn’t affected the pace of work on the commercial crew program, agency officials have said.

“Obviously, we’re buying insurance seats right now to make sure that we’re not hurrying these guys up to fly before they’re ready,” Lueders said. “We don’t want to do that.”

Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-13/americans-will-head-to-space-again-without-a-russian-taxi

Why not follow Silly Billy’s Toy Shop on Facebook and Silly Billy’s on Pinterest

647 total views, 4 views today

Playmobil – A Potted History

Playmobil – A Potted History

Playmobil at Silly Billy’s and the History of Playmobil

History 

Playmobil was invented by German inventor Hans Beck (1929–2009), who is often called “The Father of Playmobil”. Beck received training as a cabinet-maker and was an avid creator of model aeroplanes, a product he pitched to the company geobra Brandstätter. The owner of the company, Horst Brandstätter, asked him to develop toy figures for children instead. Beck spent three years from 1971 to 1974 developing what was to become Playmobil.
Beck conducted research that allowed him to develop a toy that would not be too complex and would nevertheless be flexible. He felt that too much complexity would be obstructive to children’s imaginations, and too much rigidity in design and implementation would cause some inevitable frustration for the child. The toy Hans created, at 7.5 cm tall, would fit in a child’s hand and the figurine’s facial design was based on some children’s drawings – a large head, a big smile, and no nose. “I would put the little figures in their hands without saying anything about what they were,” Beck remarked. “The children accepted them right away … They invented little scenarios for them. They never grew tired of playing with them.”
Hans-Beck-PlaymobilThe 1973 oil crisis enabled  Playmobil to be considered a viable product. The rising oil prices imposed which impacted the production of other toys at geobra Brandstätter, for whom Beck worked as Head of Development, demanded that the company focus on products that required less solid plastic material than the hula hoops and other large plastic toys and playthings that the company had been producing.

In 1974, the company put the first sets of Knights, Native Americans, and construction workers on show in its display rooms. Initial visitors did not really take to the toy. Nevertheless, the plastic toys were displayed proactively at the International Toy Fair in Nuremberg, which was taking place that same year. A Dutch firm agreed to buy a whole year’s production. By the end of the year, geobra Brandstätter had achieved sales of 3 million Deutschmarks with Playmobil – one-sixth of the company’s total sales. Playmobil then began to be sold worldwide in 1975, and has remained a very popular toy ever since.

Playmobil has been a successful toy line for more than 40 years and they have been a major competitor to LEGO toys.
Examples of directly competing toys in both their product line are not hard to find. In the Playmobil toy world, the Playmobil toys are usually realistic, and present accurate representations of arms, armour, costumes, and tools from recognisable time periods. Especially notable for their fine attention to detail are the modern construction and city life toys (cars, cranes, fire-engines, trains, boats, etc.) and the characters that go with them. For Playmobil’s fortieth birthday in 2014 some special products were created and we were lucky enough to have stocked them in our old toy shop

Recently Playmobil have been creating licensed products and we have two of those at Silly Billy’s, both Playmobil Ghostbusters and Playmobil Dragons
DRAGONS_2017

Here at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop we have one of the finest ranges of Playmobil of any toy shop in the North of England. One customer recently stated that they haven’t seen such a wide range of Playmobil anywhere outside of London ! Here at Silly Billy’s we love it when people review us online so please take the time to do so if you have visited and had a good time! We also have in stock, although in ever diminishing quantities, Playmobil Advent Calendars. Both Playmobil “Christmas on The Farm” 6624 (recommended for ages 4+) and Playmobil 9009, also called “Christmas on The Farm” (suitable for ages 1 to 4). As one of the UK’s leading retailers of Playmobil, Playmobil have very kindly let us have only one of two life-size Playmobil Santa’s that are on display in independent Toy Shops in the UK, if you could send us a picture of the other Playmobil Santa we would be quite interested to know where Santa’s Brother is located. You can do that simply by heading over to Silly Billy’s Facebook Page and sending us a message.
Playmobil Santa

For a chance to WIN some Playmobil, and lots of other exciting toys please visit our Christmas Competition 2017 page

So most of this information I have taken from Wikipedia, which is not always the most reputable source, although I think for this blog post it probably suffices.

362 total views, 2 views today

WIN a Stay in the LEGO House !!

WIN a Stay in the LEGO House !!

WIN a Stay in the LEGO House !!

We have just noticed this and thought it worthy of a blog post…
You can WIN a free stay in the new LEGO house in Billund in Denmark for four people on 24th November 2017

This amazing competition from the LEGO House team closes at 11:59PM PST on November 16th which is equivalent to 19:59 GMT, so simply enter by that time to win.
(more…)

453 total views, 6 views today

%d bloggers like this: