Sylvanians for Christmas 2018 at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop
The latest Sylvanians have arrived here at Silly Billy’s with lots of new Families and Accessories available to buy from us in Hebden Bridge. Sylvanian Families are very popular and we have written about them before in our wonderful Toy Blog. Here is an excerpt taken from a Telegraph Article about the Sylvanians
It was decided that the setting would be woodland (‘sylvan’ meaning of woods or forests), Maeda says, because city-dwelling Japanese yearn for the countryside of their ancestors. It would all be set in the past because ‘the old days are always beautiful’. The houses and props would be Westernised because that made the toys seem more exotic – in the 1980s travelling abroad was only a dream for most Japanese. Maeda tells me that the actual setting, like the period in time (a little bit 1950s, possibly earlier), is deliberately non-specific. ‘It is indefinite – somewhere in this world, but no one knows where or when it is.’
Epoch, which still owns and controls the product, decreed that Sylvanian Families should have two unalterable features: every character and product would be rendered in great detail and would look expensive – ‘the quality had to be more than toys,’ Maeda says – and the Sylvanian world would be a utopia. So Sylvania has a policeman – but no crime. A hospital – but no one gets ill. A post office – but it is never in danger of being closed down.
It was a hit from the start in Japan. The Elysian atmosphere and attention to detail attracted an Englishman touring the Tokyo Toy Fair in 1986. Peter Brown was the managing director of the UK arm of the Japanese toy firm Tomy. ‘I happened to see the little faces of a grey rabbit and a brown bear in what looked like a dolls’ house with a huge amount of detail. I’d never seen anything like it. I just knew it would appeal to young girls,’ he says.
From the beginning the input of Brown and his English colleagues at Tomy went far beyond being the Sylvanian Families UK distributor. They began to come up with their own ideas for figures and accessories, a pattern that continues. Brown is fervent about the range and its emphasis on family: ‘With mothers and fathers and sons and daughters and grandparents, it shows the importance of relationships. It’s what everyone imagines families used to be like. Ought to be like.’
Launched in Britain in 1987 (the same year as a short-lived American television show based on the toys), Sylvanian Families won the Toy Retailers Association’s Toy of the Year Award in each of its first three years – still a record. By the late 1990s, however, the toys were losing ground, in part suffering the natural backlash that hits any successful toy, but also, industry insiders say, because Tomy lost its passion for the brand and cut down on product development and marketing.
By this time Brown had left Tomy, and in 1999 had started a new British company, Flair. Short of money to launch new brands, Flair rapidly built up a reputation for taking on established toys considered past their prime. Sylvanian Families was soon returned to Brown’s care. ‘We had to breathe new life into it,’ Brown says. Development and marketing was stepped up with fervour. Some of the original families and accessories that had been allowed to disappear from the shelves were brought back; new products were introduced. Retail turnover since 1999, when Flair took over as Epoch’s Sylvanian UK arm, has grown from £500,000 to £40 million.
Sylvanian Families has become a toy range loved not only by collectors but by retailers large and small. John Lewis in Oxford Street has a permanent display (it has a bespoke Sylvanian department store complete with miniature John Lewis carrier bags). ‘It’s one of our key lines, a real core brand,’ Rachael Larkman, one of the store’s toy buyers, says. At Langleys, a small independent toy shop in Norwich, the owner John Fielding is enthusiastic. ‘It is enormously important to us,’ he says. ‘We always have a large area in a prime location dedicated to it, and it is the only toy range for which we offer our own loyalty card.
In our latest massive Sylvanian delivery here at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop we have the following lines:
Chocolate Rabbit Family
Maple Cat Family NEW 2018
Marshmallow Mouse Family NEW 2018
White Mouse Family
Chiffon Dog Family
Maple Cat Baby NEW 2018
Marshmallow Mouse Baby NEW 2018
Maple Cat Twins NEW 2018
Chocolate Rabiit Twins
Walnut Squirrel Twins
Yellow Labrador Twins
Marshmallow Mouse Triplets NEW 2018
Classic Furniture Set (for Cosy Cottage Starter Home)
All NEW TY Flippables have arrived here at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop. We are one of the First UK Stockists of TY Flippables, which flipped into our Toy Shop on Friday 2nd November 2018.
The TY Flippables are best seen in this video below:
So our TY Flippables are in a brand new TY Flippable Spinner and this is the definitive list of TY Flippables that we have in Store at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop
Malibu Cat Flippable Large
Pinky Flamingo Flippable Large
Tremor Dinosaur Flippable Large
Sparkle Pink Unicorn Flippable Large
Crunch Dinosaur Flippable Large
Moonlight Owl Flippable Large
Stompy Dinosaur Flippable Large
Jewel Fox Flippable Large
Payton Penguin Flippable
Yappy Chihuahua Flippable
Crunch Dinosaur Flippable
Stompy Dinosaur Flippable
Tremor Dinosaur Flippable
Pinky Flamingo Flippable
Diamond White Unicorn Flippable
Sparkle Pink Unicorn Flippable
Moonlight Owl Flippable
Jewel Fox Flippable
Malibu Cat Flippable
We created a small video of our Flippables in our new Display Stand
We have even more TY in our toy shop in Hebden Bridge and also really exciting for all the TY Mini Boos Collectors is that Series 3 of the TY Mini Boos Collectables is also available NOW at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop in Hebden Bridge
Most of us consider LEGO as toys, however there are in fact a great deal of useful methods you can utilize these plastic bricks in your daily life.
LEGO produced their very first plastic brick in 1947, however their endless building abilities motivate individuals to come up with brand-new tasks to this day. One creative instructor even usages LEGO to teach mathematics . The folks at Bored Panda have actually picked a few of the most practical ones and assembled this list to provide you some concepts on ways to enhance your environments with LEGOs. From image frames to essential keepers, these jobs can be done by everybody, even those who do not have an engineering degree. Scroll down to see the styles and do not forget to choose your preferred ones.
Playmobil is one of the best sellers in our fantastic Toy Shop in Hebden Bridge and we are regularly changing the lifesize playmobil figure that is placed outside of our toy shop in Old Gate, Hebden Bridge, HX7 6EN. Our friends at Playmobil supply us with these figures on Loan and they have been a regular feature at our illustrious new shop since the new toy shop’s grand opening in March 2016.
Recently we have had a Playmobil Pirate, and previously we had Hicup from How to Train Your Dragon.
Hicup_How to train a dragon
Playmobil Name the Life Size Figure Competition
The Rules are simple and there are THREE Prizes to be won (the prizes are all the same).
Simply LIKE AND SHARE this post to be in with a chance of Winning and name the “Modern Woman” Playmobil Figure in the post comments.
E.g Comment “I think she should be called Laura”, for example.
Anyone can enter from anywhere in the World and we will post the prize out for Free.
The prize is Three regular Size Playmobil figures which are:
See Image Below
So simply like and share this post will be pinned to the top of Silly Billy’s exciting Facebook Page and also give the Playmobil Modern Woman a name in the Facebook comments below the post. The Winners will be picked randomly on Friday 2nd November 2018
The WInners will be chosen at random from the people who have:
1) Liked the Facebook Post and
2) Given a name in the Facebook Post comments
The Facebook post is also displayed below here
If you are not on Facebook then please take part via this contact form and simply send us a name for the Life Size Playmobil figure which is displayed outside our toy shop, this will also add you to our email mailing list.
We have a special surprise lined up and very soon we will have the brand new TY FLIPPABLES Range in at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop.
To get to be ahead of the game when the TY Flippables are released and available for sale in our Toy Shop then we strongly suggest that you follow Silly Billy’s on Facebook and Silly Billy’s on Instagram.
These are the TY lines that we currently have in store and we are still holding the price of our TY Beanies at £4.99, we have heard that many other retailers are selling TY Beanies now at £5.99 and TY Clips are still ONLY £2.99 only at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop in Hebden Bridge.
LEGO® CIty Advent Calendar 60201
Ring in Christmas season with this fun kids toy advent calendar. There are 24 different buildable presents, one for each day, small toys include a space shuttle, race car, drone, robot, Christmas tree, monster truck and much more. This LEGO city building set includes five LEGO minifigures and a dog figure. It also Includes a chicken leg, two ice elements, two cupcakes and four cookies.
LEGO® Friends Advent Calendar 41353
Open the LEGO® Friends 41353 Advent Calendar each day in December to build a new decoration for your house or Christmas tree.
This calendar has 24 secret compartments, each containing a buildable surprise, including decorations to represent each of the 5 friends from Heartlake City.
Features 24 gifts, including a Christmas tree, candy cane, gingerbread man and a surprise to represent each of the 5 friends from Heartlake City.
Open a new compartment each day and count down to Christmas with buildable gifts!
This year we have extended our LEGO City range immensely and LEGO have re-introduced the LEGO Arctic range which was so popular last time and in the LEGO City Arctic Range we have:
60190 LEGO® City Arctic Ice Glider
Discover incredible things with the LEGO® City 60190 Arctic Ice Glider set, featuring an ice glider with opening cockpit and spinning fan rotor, plus 2 remote tracker beacons, a decorated computer pad, radio, saw and a pair of snowshoes. This cool Arctic Expedition set includes a LEGO minifigure
60191 LEGO® City Arctic Expedition Team This LEGO City Arctic Expedition set features a snowmobile with trailer hitch, trailer and storage box, plus an ice block element holding an insect encased in ice, saw, camera and a pair of snowshoes. Includes 3 LEGO minifigures and a LEGO husky dog figure.
60192 LEGO® City Arctic Ice Crawler Recover incredible things with the LEGO® City 60192 Arctic Ice Crawler, featuring an opening minifigure cockpit, posable legs and an articulated arm with opening claw gripper, plus an ice block with removable translucent-blue section and rodent figure, a mug and a saw. This Arctic Expedition set includes a LEGO explorer minifigure.
60193 LEGO® City Arctic Air Transport Carry precious items with the LEGO® City 60193 Arctic Air Transport, featuring a heavy-duty quadrocopter with 4 spinning rotors, ski landing gear, opening minifigure cockpit and a functioning winch with rope and hook. This fun Arctic Expedition set also includes an ATV with 2 pick axes, saw, translucent-blue ice block with hook latch, opening side and ‘frozen’ saber-toothed tiger figure, plus 2 LEGO explorer minifigures.
In other LEGO CITY sets we have the following:
60170 LEGO® City Off-road Chase
60176 LEGO® City Wild River Escape
60177 LEGO® City Airshow Jet
60178 LEGO® City Speed Record Car
60182 LEGO® City Pick-Up and Caravan
60183 LEGO® City Heavy Cargo Transport
Other LEGO Ranges that have been significantly extended or new lines added:
LEGO® Harry Potter
LEGO® Mythical Creatures
LEGO® DUPLO (for the very young LEGO Builders)
We always have LEGO® Baseplates in stock
A new Edition to our LEGO Range at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop are the LEGO® Brickheadz Range, we are testing these out as a new line to determine how popular they may be in our area so if you are a LEGO Brickheadz Fan then get down to Silly Billy’s Toy Shop in Hebden Bridge to see what we have.
Lastly, we are having a big promotion whilst stocks last on the entire LEGO range in our Toy Shop, simply buy £20 or more of any LEGO and you will receive a FREE, yes completely gratis, LEGO Ninjago Spinner, whilst Stocks last. So come and see Silly Billy’s in Hebden Bridge Today.
We have recently received a whole new selection of creative and colourful Top Model design books and pens created by Depesche.
Top Model is a very popular line at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop and in this delivery we have some new products that have not before been seen in our shop.
Dino World Comes with a Massive 166 Stickers
Top Model – Best Friends
Top Model – Hand Designer
Top Model – Create Your Unicorn
Top Model – Miss Melody
Top Model – Doggy
This represents a small sample of the Top Model product range which we have in store. Please come and visit us in Hebden Bridge to see what amazing toys and games we have for babies, young children and older children, we even have some jigsaws and LEGO sets which would be suitable for Adults. Silly Billy’s Toy Shop is THE INDEPENDENT TOY SHOP in the North of England established in 1997, come and visit us today
As well as our recent Top Model delivery we have also received some exciting new products today and to stay up to date with our new arrivals in the run up to Christmas 2018 please ensure that you Follow Silly Billy’s on Facebook and on Instagram.
Here’s some new products and returning products recently delivered to our shop:
BANANAGRAMS are back
And Scrabble are celebrating their 70th Birthday, Scrabble is the original word game brand. 2018 is the year that we are celebrating the 70th Anniversary of Scrabble. Explore the world of words, and use your new-found vocabulary to outsmart your opponents.
In fact there was a Scrabble Challenge in August in Hong Kong, in fact the Division A Wall chart looks nuts: In other news we would like to give a shout out for the up and coming South Pennines Kite Festival which is happening on Saturday 29th September 2018 between 11am and 5pm for more details visit www.facebook.com/FLYKiteFestival/
Coming Soon To Silly Billy’s Toy Shop – TY FLIPPABLES
SImply stay up to date with Silly Billy’s on Social Media to be notified AS SOON as TY Flippables come to our shop. Follow Silly Billy’s Toy Shop
Also on our Facebook Page you will see a regular Sunday “Guess What’s in the Bag” Competition and we will have a large prize giveaway in the run up to Christmas 2018 as we have had in past Christmas competitions, so please get involved and if you are not a fan of Social Media then simply sign up to our mailing list for major announcements. We only send out infrequent emails, possibly one a month and never anything Spammy.
It has been over a month since we have written a blog post here at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop. Mainly because the Internet Focus has been on our Social Media Channels. We have been promoting Pirates on Social Media and perhaps you are not aware of our current FREEBIE here at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop. All you need do is take a Picture with the life-size Playmobil Pirate that is outside our Toy Shop in Hebden Bridge and TAG Silly Billy’s in it. This is easy enough to do on Facebook or Instagram simply choose your location as Silly Billy’s Toy Shop and either share the image on Silly Billy’s Facebook Page or tag us with #SillyBillys or #SillyBillystoyshop. Silly Billy’s is not on SnapChat but we are happy for you to post there as well, and you can find Silly Billy’s Easily on Instagram
And this is what you can collect for FREE whilst stocks last:
Simply post a picture of a child, a teenager or even an Adult with our Playmobil Pirate on Social Media and tag it with our Toy Shop Location and/or #SillyBillys / #Sillybillystoyshop and you can pick-up a Free Playmobil Activity sheet and also ONE FREE Playmobil Figure if you want.
Part of the Purpose of this post was to list what exciting Pirate Items we have here at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop, and this is the list as it stands in August 2018, for an even better list of toys at Silly Billy’s then why not check out our Alphabet of Toys Page
From Orchard Toys we have the fantastic Pirate Shapes Game suitable for ages 2.5 + and for 2-4 Players:
From Playmobil we have the Amazing 1.2.3 Pirate Set Suitable for 1.5 Years Plus at Only £19.99 And Again From Playmobil, for Older Children we have a Pirates Take-Along Playset 5655 in Other Toys we have Pirate Eye Patches at Only 50 pence each and Pirate Fools Gold Pouches at £1.99
So check out our Amazing Free Giveaways on Silly Billy’s Instagram Feed or Facebook Post:
LEGO Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts Minifgures and More are in Stock Now
Bring wizarding world fun to any LEGO® set with the LEGO Minifigures 71022 Harry Potter™ and Fantastic Beasts™ collection. This lineup of exclusive, Limited Edition collectible characters features an array of new-for-August 2018 accessories and enchanting costumes. Enjoy all-new Fantastic Beasts adventures with
Then take a journey to the world of Harry Potter with
Harry Potter in School Robes,
Ron Weasley™ in School Robes,
Hermione Granger™ in School Robes,
Draco Malfoy™, Harry Potter in Pajamas
Each minifigure comes in a sealed ‘mystery’ bag together with one or more accessory elements, plus a collector’s leaflet and a unique display baseplate.
Every collectible LEGO® minifigure in this series comes with one or more accessory elements, plus a collector’s leaflet and a unique display baseplate.
22 Limited Edition LEGO® Minifigures characters to build and play out your very own magical Harry Potter™ and Fantastic Beasts™ movie scenes!
Includes new-for-August-2018 costumes and accessories, including Harry’s Invisibility Cloak, a Golden Snitch, Voldemort’s snake Nagini and Newt’s Niffler and case.
Combine the Harry Potter™ and Fantastic Beasts™ minifigures with LEGO® building sets for endless play possibilities.
Have fun trading minifigures with your friends to complete your collection.
PLEASE NOTE: Each ‘mystery’ bag contains one of the 22 characters available in this collection.
Very soon we will also be having Collectors Cards back for this LEGO minifgure series and as well as these Minifgures we also have two new sets of LEGO Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts in store now:
75951 Grindewald’s Escape Enter a fantasy realm with LEGO® Fantastic Beasts™ 75951 Grindelwald’s Escape magical showdown between Seraphina Picquery™ and Grindelwald, featuring an articulated carriage with opening doors and removable roof attached to the Thestral figure with hinged wings. Use the shooting spell accessories to make the Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald magic come alive and role-play a mighty battle. Includes 2 minifigures.
Includes Gellert Grindelwald and Seraphina Picquery™ minifigures, plus a Thestral figure with posable wings.
Features a buildable articulated carriage with opening doors and a removable roof.
Flap the Thestral’s wings to make a flying escape!
Also includes shooting spell accessories on the hands of Seraphina and Grindelwald.
Recreate iconic scenes from the Fantastic Beasts™ movie.
Accessory elements include 2 wands.
Carriage with Thestral measures over 3” (8cm) high, 9” (25cm) long and 2” (7cm) wide.
75950 Aragog’s Lair Get set for a spider showdown in the Forbidden Forest with this exciting LEGO® Harry Potter™ 75950 Aragog’s Lair play set, featuring Aragog and his colony of spiders, plus a buildable tree with web shooting function. This fantasy building set recreation from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets includes 2 minifigures and a buildable Aragog spider.
Includes Harry Potter™ and Ron Weasley™ minifigures.
Features a buildable Aragog spider and tree.
Aragog has 8 posable legs and 2 movable fangs.
Tree has a spiderweb shooting function, attached spiderweb and a buildable red and white mushroom.
Fire the tree’s spiderweb shooter to trap Ron and Harry!
Accessory elements include 2 wands, a lantern, candle, spiderweb and 5 spiders.
Tree measures over 3” (8cm) high, 2” (7cm) wide and 1” (5cm) deep.
Aragog measures over 1” (4cm) high, 4” (11cm) long and 4” (11cm) wide.