Japanese photographer Hot.kenobi plays with his action toys and uses photography to tell their entertaining stories. Osaka-based Hot.kenobi creates a universe where box office rivals DC and Marvel comics (sometimes Disney’s Star Wars as well) not only battle each other, but also have some fun in both surreal and everyday situations. Most of his compositions are explosive and feature a lot of movement, perfectly supplemented by special effects and a healthy dose of humor.
Whether it’s Hulk smashing a can of soda, or Spiderman trying to ‘play’ Captain America’s shield on a CD player, these images bring the colorful personalities of unlikely friends and foes.
When thinking about toys from the ’90s, Beanie Babies are probably one of the first things that come to mind, after Gak and Cabbage Patch dolls that got recalled for eating a little girl’s hair. Beanie Babies were so popular that adults even got in on the game, convincing themselves for some reason that these Korean children’s toys that cost like five cents to make could be worth millions of dollars someday. (Side note: if you haven’t seen the photo of the world’s saddest couple dividing up their Beanie Babies in a divorce, stop what you’re doing and look at it right now.) I’d make fun of people for this, but I have like five Kylie Lip Kits so I can’t really say that. As a child, the Beanie Baby was the perfect accessory to your Lisa Frank folder/ Lunchbox/Pocahontas backpack lifestyle, and were basically a requirement for any play date that you were hoping would go well. If things really take off, you’re definitely going to want to have at least one Beanie Baby in your bag for a potential trade situation. But which Beanie Babies were the best? Well, there are a a lot of them, but here is a ranking of the top 10, from back in the days when your biggest concern was how you could fit as many butterfly clips in your hair as the popular sixth grade girl on your bus. Whoever ranked these from 10 to 1 is an unknown factor to us here at Silly Billy’s Toys
10. Pinchers The Lobster (Not visited Silly Billy’s)
Okay Im sorry but what child would choose a lobster Beanie Baby? I feel like on the list of kid-friendly animals, lobster ranks somewhere between an electric eel and one of those fish that has a light on its head. Maybe TY saw and wanted to capitalize on the success of Sebastian, but I think we all know that Sebastian is the exception and not the rule. And also, isn’t he a crab? Just read Pinchers poem. None of the activities listed sound appealing to a child. Oh cool, a toy that is fat, lazy, and pinches people. Sign me the up. Pinchers would only reasonably come into your Beanie Baby collection if you were one of those folk who was like, actually trying to collect Beanie Babies, or when your one uncle, who doesn’t have kids, made an attempt at bringing you a present.
9. Patti The Platypus (Not visited Silly Billy’s)
Okay calm down, Patti. I don’t have time to listen to you blabber on about nonsense all day. This was a stop and chat, but now you’re all up in my grill telling me about how platypuses are the only mammals who lay eggs and I’m like girl, you’ve told me this. You’ve told me this several times. I’m late for work now because of you and your ridiculous beak. Get your act together. Kids who had this Beanie Baby were the ones who were desperate to stand out so instead of doing something cool like developing a skill, they just started saying weird stuff like my favourite animal is the platypus!
8. Humphrey The Camel (Not visited Silly Billy’s)
Wow. Okay, Humphrey. Maybe take some responsibility for yourself? If you don’t want to live somewhere with so much sand, go on google, type in apartments NYC and get yourself a sublet. Its not my responsibility to get you out of your situation. You have to do that for yourself. Also, you’re standing next to one of the literal wonders of the ancient world, so maybe try and count your blessings a little bit. As an animal, camels are cooler than platypuses (I looked it up, its platypuses not platypi) but only barely. They’re kind of like gross misshapen horses that spit on you and don’t look good on folders or pencil boxes or any of the other stuff you’d put a horse on so like…whats the point?
7. Cubbie The Bear (Not visited Silly Billy’s)
Umm excuse me? What is this poem describing? What happened to Cubbie is not funny, its a very serious medical emergency. Fourteen bees?!? Cubbie is lucky he didn’t go into anaphylactic shock. Apart from his brush with death, Cubbie is just meh. He’s a bear, but like not one of the cool special edition bears that sit up straight and have a little patch over their heart. He’s just like…a regular old bear who lays on his stomach. (Though now that I’ve read his horrific poem, I’m thinking that maybe Cubbie doesn’t sit up because his heart was weakened after the bee attack, which is kind of sad.) Cubbie isn’t even a cool colour, he’s just brown. A regular old brown bear that was stung by fourteen bees and has an extremely limited food palate. Not exactly the stuff dreams are made of. Also, I fail to see how getting stung by a swarm of bees correlates with eating broccoli and cheese which is a part of a bear’s healthy diet, BTW. Cubbie, you’re gonna get sick, bro.
6. Spot The Dog (Has visited Silly Billy’s)
Spot is a dog. He likes to run. Its kind of his thing. As far as dogs go, being named Spot and liking to run is as basic as it gets. Like, if Spot was a person his name would be Emily and his interests would include unicorns, frappuccinos, Smartwater, and Michael Kors watches. He’d definitely be wearing Lululemon leggings, a Northface, and Adidas Superstars right now, and his hair would be ombr. When you try to talk to Spot, he’d say things like Oh Em Gee!!! and is perpetually on a juice cleanse. We all know Spot. We all have a Spot in our friend groups. Some days, when the temptation to start a wedding board on Pinterest grows too strong, we are Spot. Spot is like, fine, and a necessary addition to any Beanie Baby friend group, but he’s never going to be anybody’s fave. The other Beanie Babies mostly just keep him around so they don’t have to feel bad when they low-key want to see the next Katherine Heigl movie that comes out ( looks really good, y’all).
5. Chocolate The Moose (Has visited Silly Billy’s)
Chocolate. His favourite treat is chocolate. That’s the answer to the riddle. Takes a pretty high level of self-centeredness to have your favourite food also be your name, and I respect that. While moose (again, I looked it up, the plural of moose is moose) are not necessarily the betchiest animal on the surface, upon further investigation they have some hidden betchy tendencies, like getting wasted off fermented apples and running through town with Christmas lights on their head. Chocolate is also one of the OG beanie babies, which makes him a much hotter commodity among Beanie Baby collectors; which is apparently a group of people who still exist, so like, hes one of the wealthier members of the Beanie Baby friend group. Still, as far as I recall, moose was definitely not at the top of any little girls animal companion wish list, so I doubt a lot of kids were going straight for Chocolate in the toy aisle. Hes more of a I already have all the cute Beanie Babies and now I want to branch out into smellier animals type of purchase.
4. Splash The Orca (Has visited Silly Billy’s, though not in a case!)
Poor Splash. Sure, he had the distinction of coming out in post- America, meaning he was a necessary part of any respectable Beanie Baby collection, but now that we’ve all see , we know that Splash was suffering. Like, sure he can do the 100-yard dash, but does he want to? Is that a victory jump he’s doing, or an attempt to escape to the sea and search for his mother, who he was stolen from at birth? Splash belongs in the ocean with the other orcas, not at the bottom of your toy chest trying to make small talk with a giraffe. And with all that we now know about the horrible conditions in which Orcas are kept, this photo is extremely disturbing:
Still cute, tho.
3. Flash The Dolphin (Has visited Silly Billy’s)
I honestly cant imagine a better time in the little girl-dolphin relationship than the early ’90s. We’ve got Lisa Frank to thank for that. As a 6-year-old, there were like two acceptable favourite animals, and dolphin was definitely one of them. Dolphins had an amazing PR campaign to market themselves as cute, friendly animals, when in reality they’re just really horny. Dolphins are some of the only animals besides humans and bonobos that have sex for pleasure, which raises some serious questions about how this dolphin got the name Flash. Like, I have a feeling its not related to speed. Still, no true child of the ’90’s would have made Flash a top priority for their collection, and her ability to be considered respectable while being a closet freak is something we should all admire.
2. Mystic The Unicorn (Has visited Silly Billy’s)
Mystic the unicorn was the central figure in most little girls Beanie Baby collections. Like, if you did not have Mystic, you def can’t sit with us. Mystic is also one of the only OG Beanie Babies that is not a real animal (later they’d add like, ghosts and such, but much like the Pokemon beyond 150, we do not recognize them as legitimate). There’s really not much else to say about Mystic except that she’s a unicorn, she’s gorgeous, and after about two weeks of hanging out in the bottom of your backpack her white coat would turn a sort of smudge-y grey and your mom would have to run her through the wash, at which point her horn would kind of never be the same. Bummer!!
1. Princess Diana
(Has not visited Silly Billy’s)
There is no question in any one’s mind that the Princess Diana Beanie Baby was basically the Lumee case of Beanie Babies. She was luxury, special edition, and only your friend with rich parents and serious Beanie Baby collections had her. She was so special that, despite being a children’s toy, she was not to be played with. Nope. As soon as you bought this priceless heirloom, your parents would stick her in one of those clear plastic Beanie Baby boxes and put her on a high shelf so no one dare fuck with her. And unlike literally every other member of the Beanie Baby family, she was actually a good investment. A couple in the UK sold their mint condition Diana for $100,000, meaning that a purple bear your parents probably sold at a yard sale in 2001 could have actually paid for your college. I guess I finally understand what that Beanie Baby divorce couple was actually talking about.
Lots of news here at Silly Billy’s, Pokemon Sun and Moon have just arrived in the shop and we have both the Theme Decks at £11.99 and also Pokemon Sun & Moon Additional game cards at £3.99
A sorrowful soul attempted to kick our door in on Tuesday night, we are waiting for the door to be repaired. Currently it is being held together with some chipboard so we would like to apologise for the un-sightlyness of the shop door. For any would-be thieves reading this, we know that the alarm is still working!
Lego Batman sales are on the increase and the Lego Batman Movie is coming out soon, tomorrow, in fact:
If you would like to see how our own Minifgure Collection is going then please have a look here
We have also had an enquiry from Brick Clicker to ask if we can show his video on Batman Movie Minifigures and so to help his profile and also because he pulled exactly the same Minifigure of Vacation Batman as his first minifigure, the same Batman Minifigure as we did, you can view Brick Clicker’s video below:
Messy Mini Movers are having a parent and child (any Age) creative dance event on Wednesday 22nd February, more details below:
Since I am on a bit of a roll with Video’s in this post, here is another one for all the folk who may be coming into the shop and asking for me to search out particular batman collectible minifigures, now you can do it all yourself with tuition from Brick Adjuster
Next week Bill be going to the Spring Fair in Birmingham on another research and buying mission for Silly Billy’s Toy Shop
We have just received some brand new TY Beanies, TY Clips and Teeny Ty’s and you can read about them on Silly Billy’s Facebook page, if you are on Facebook and haven’t liked us yet then please do, it really helps.
All new in Pokémon Evolutions.
The Pokémon legacy evolves with the Pokémon TCG: XY—Evolutions expansion! All Trainers and Pokémon grow and evolve—and this expansion restores the very first Pokémon trading cards to glory. With the exhilarating power of Mega Venusaur-EX, Mega Charizard-EX, and Mega Blastoise-EX, plus some wild surprises like Dragonite-EX, Ninetales BREAK, Machamp BREAK, and Mega Slowbro-EX, the classic hard-battling Pokémon and old-school Trainers are reinvented for a new generation. Ask Professor Oak to get you started, and reach new heights with the Pokémon TCG: XY—Evolutions expansion!
We have been out of Pokemon cards for approximately ten days at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop, such was the popularity of the last X-Y Series and now we have the brand new Pokémon Evolutions X-Y Collectors Series cards in stock.
Come to Silly Billy’s Toy Shop and increase your Pokémon card series growth today, don’t delay.
The Pokémon TCG: XY—Evolutions expansion includes:
Over 100 cards
12 new Pokémon-EX, including 5 Mega Evolution Pokémon
4 new Pokémon BREAK
A reinvention of the very first Pokémon trading cards
Pokémon (ポケモン Pokemon?, /ˈpoʊkeɪˌmɒn/ or /ˈpoʊkᵻˌmɒn/ – poh-kay-mon or poh-ki-mon) is a media franchise managed by The Pokémon Company, a Japanese consortium between Nintendo, Game Freak, and Creatures. The franchise copyright is shared by all three companies, but Nintendo is the sole owner of the trademark. The franchise was created by Satoshi Tajiri in 1995, and is centered on fictional creatures called “Pokémon”, which humans, known as Pokémon Trainers, catch and train to battle each other for sport.
The franchise began as a pair of video games for the original Game Boy, developed by Game Freak and published by Nintendo. The franchise now spans video games, trading card games, animated television shows and movies, comic books, and toys. Pokémon is the second-most successful and lucrative video game-based media franchise in the world, behind only Nintendo’s Mario franchise.
Cumulative sales of the video games (including home console games, such as Hey You, Pikachu! for the Nintendo 64) have reached more than 279 million copies. In November 2005, 4Kids Entertainment, which had managed the non-game related licensing of Pokémon, announced that it had agreed not to renew the Pokémon representation agreement. The Pokémon Company International (formerly Pokémon USA Inc.), a subsidiary of Japan’s Pokémon Co., oversees all Pokémon licensing outside of Asia. As of May 2016, the Pokémon franchise has grossed revenues of ¥4.8 trillion worldwide (equivalent to US$46.2 billion).
We have deliveries regularly here at Silly Billy’s. Our suppliers supply us when they are able although some times we have to disappoint our younger customers when such products as My Little Pony are out of stock further down the supply chain. Quite literally there is nothing we can do.
Today MLP has cantered back into the Toy Shop, Silly Billy’s is the premier independent toy shop in the North of England and My Little Pony is back. MLP is one of many collectibles we have here at Silly Billy’s and they include:
and many other toys to collect. We occasionally have Star Monsters, though again these seem to be beset with supply problems.
As well as My Little Pony returning to us we have, back in stock, the most amazing Lego Classic Boxes, 10695, at a lower price than they were before, now only £19.99 for a staggering 580 pieces of Lego
and we also have the Lego City Fire Utility Truck at an unbeatable price of £24.99 so come to Hebden Bridge and do your shopping in Silly Billy’s best Independent Toy Shop, today.
This is what is written about the Lego Fire Utility Truck on the interweb: “Clean up the city by emptying dumpsters behind the wheel of the LEGO® City Garbage Truck, featuring a lift for picking up containers, trash, container that tilts to open and empty, a broom and other accessories. Includes 2 minifigures: a driver and a garbage truck helper.
Climb in the cab of the garbage truck and get to work! Drive around LEGO® City looking for trash. Pull up to a dumpster and empty it into the truck. Clean up any garbage that falls out, get back in the truck and head to the next container! The hard work is never done!”
Hot Wheels is a brand of 1:64, 1:43, 1:18 and 1:50 scale die-cast toy cars introduced by American toy maker Mattel in 1968. It was the primary competitor of Matchbox until 1997 when Mattel bought Tyco Toys, then-owner of Matchbox. Many automobile manufacturers have licensed Hot Wheels to make scale models of their cars, allowing the use of original design blueprints and detailing. Although Hot Wheels were originally intended for children and young adults, they have become popular with adult collectors, for whom limited edition models are now made available.
Matchbox is a popular toy brand which was introduced by Lesney Products in 1953, and is now owned by Mattel, Inc. The brand was named as the original die-cast Matchbox toys, which were sold in boxes similar in style and size to those in which matches were sold. Subsequently, the brand would encompass a broad range of toys including larger scale die-cast models and various non die-cast lines such as plastic model kits and action figures.
During the 1980s, Matchbox started to switch to the more conventional plastic and cardboard “blister packs”, that were used by other die cast toy brands such as Hot Wheels. The box style packaging was re-introduced for the collectors’ market in recent years. Particularly with the release of the “35th Anniversary of Superfast” series in 2004.