We are happy to announce that we have even more Schleich Animals in store for this Christmas 2017 and a new line of Unicorns, which we hope will be very popular, Unicorns are trending as has been shown by the quick sales of our TY Unicorn range. (Unfortunately, we have no TY Unicorns left now). However you can buy these fantastic Bayala Schleich Unicorns at Silly Billy’s.
We have also started to receive our Schleich Prehistoric Dinosaurs for Christmas, at the moment we have four different sorts of dinosaur, although we are hoping that many more will be delivered soon
Tyrannosaurus Rex – £14.99
Brachiosaurus – £14.99
Brachiosaurus translated means “arm lizard”. It acquired the name, because its front legs were significantly longer than its hind legs. As such, its long neck pointed automatically upwards and it could eat taller plants with less effort.
Dinosaur Fun fact
Brachiosaurus had a very flexible neck that could measure up to nine metres long.
Dunkleosteus – £14.99
The Dunkleosteus was an armoured fish with a length of eight to ten metres, which was unusually large for the Devonian period. It was one of the first giants of the underwater world, together with the Titanichthys.
The Dunkleosteus lived 130-150 million years before the first dinosaurs. It was a fearless hunter who could snap incredibly fast and ate large sharks, and even its own kind if no other prey was to be found. Fossils of fish, which were only half digested, have often been discovered alongside its skeleton. Scientists therefore believe that the armoured fish was not able to chew very well and swallowed it prey in large pieces. It was named after the palaeontologist David Dunkle. The word “osteos” is Greek for “bone”. Dinosaur Fun fact
Instead of teeth, the Dunkleosteus had long, sharp bony plates in its strong jaw.
Velociraptor – £9.99
So increasing our range of Schleich animals meant we had to get another shelf from Schleich for our stand to house all our animals, I am not going to list all the animals we have in stock here in Hebden Bridge, although we have everything from Horses to Sharks and from Sloths Holstein Cows, the range of Schleich at Silly Billy’s is one of the best of any toy shop in the North of England. Hopefully you can see a lot of the Schleich Animals in the image below
Other larger schleich items include the Schleich Horse Club 42346, Pick Up with Horse Box
This box set comes complete with horse, groom, driver and amazing accessories so that you can start playing straight away
Removable roof and two horses can fit in the horse-box.
There is space for saddle and bridle and also space for feed and drinking water.
Lots of moving parts Amazing stickers for decorating
Numerous amazing play functions.
Detailed modelling with many meticulously crafted elements for endless hours of entertainment.
Take a festive tour of the galaxy with the LEGO® Star Wars Advent Calendar. Open up a door each December day to reveal a Star Wars themed minifigure, starship, vehicle or other themed collectible. Once you’ve collected all 24 gifts, unfold the playmat and create your own epic Hoth, Tatooine, Naboo and space-based adventures. This is the perfect holiday gift for any life form. Includes 8 minifigures plus a Battle Droid.
Open a door every day to reveal 24 different LEGO® Star Wars themed gifts.
Features 8 minifigures and a Battle Droid, including an exclusive holiday-themed minifigure.
Vehicles include Slave I, a TIE Interceptor, AAT, T-16 Skyhopper, Sleigh, Republic Cruiser, Droid Gunship, Jedi Interceptor, Skiff and an Imperial Landing Craft.
Weapons include Luke Skywalker’s Lightsaber, 2 blaster pistols, 3 blasters and a snowcaster.
Also includes a foldout playmat.
Collect all the gifts and play out your own Hoth, Tatooine, Naboo and space-based adventures.
For an Opportunity to win a Star Wars Advent Calendar 75146 simply CLICK HERE
There is also Playmobil’s Advent Calendar 6624
The Playmobil Christmas on the Farm Advent Calendar is the ideal way to count down to Christmas. Santa Claus and his Angel are coming to Christmas on the Farm and bringing masses of presents with them. The boy with his tractor is helping to share out the animal feed to the cows, goats, sheep and all the other farm animals. Lots of extra animals are included in the calendar. Every day a suprise being each door.
The Amazing Schleich Bayala Advent Calendar (Only two left in Stock)
Safenja and Femaja, the two star elves, set out on an adventure in the enchanted forest. They quickly get separated and an exciting search begins. How long will it take Safenja to find her best friend again? Find out for yourself! You can win a Bayala Advent Calendar easily just take a look at this post
The Playmobil 1.2.3 Advent Calendar 5497
Playmobil 1.2.3 Advent £19.99
Enjoy an outdoor Christmas with Santa and his forest friends. The 1.2.3 Advent Calendar “Christmas in the Forest” contains twenty-four surprise items for each day of Advent. With a bright and colorful design and large, rounded pieces, this PLAYMOBIL 1.2.3 set is ideal for toddlers. Includes Santa, elf, angel, reindeer, sleigh, gifts, dog, bunnies, fox, forest animals, and other accessories to help complete this woodland Christmas scene.
The period leading up to Christmas is always very busy for us here at Silly Billy’s and this year is our first Christmas in our new Retail Unit at Old Gate House, Old Gate, Hebden Bridge, HX7 6EN. Logistically in our new space we have less storage than we used to which means that we have to be quite prudent with Christmas orders and delivery schedules.
Since our last post we have increased the amount of Playmobil we have and we also have Playmobil 6624 Advent Calendars to compliment the Lego Star Wars Advent Calendars, and for the first time we have Playmobil 5497 Advent Calendars suitable for our very young shoppers.
Christmas in the Forest
Other Playmobil new in are the Playmobil Summer Fun Campers
Summer Camper 6671
Here at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop we believe we have the best range of Playmobil anywhere in the North of England, and this has been verified by customers in the past who have complimented us on our range. So if you are looking for any Playmobil then please give us a call as we can always look to get products in from Playmobil which we may not have in stock.
Hex Bugs are back
The Hex Bugs range is new to us here at Silly Billy’s and has been hugely popular, we were running low and have recently been re-stocked with Nano’s, Nano V2’s and track, everything you need for great Hex Bug Fun and Chaos, more on Hex Bugs here
We also were running low on Orchard Toys and now have been fully replenished, Orchard Toys are a great learning and play toy for the younger audience and we are really happy to stock this great British Manufactured product.
We have been having a lot of deliveries recently here at Silly Billy’s, far too many to list individually so we will pick out what we consider to be some of the best bits:
Schleich, we have even more Schleich horses this year than we have had before and our Schleich range continues to expand. We have a dedicated Sea-life shelf which sees the addition of Sperm Whales and Sea Turtles plus some Sting Rays. We are excited that our Schleich range covers from the North to the South Poles, Penguins down South and Polar Bears up North. We have animals from Africa as well as more local English Farm animals, plus a comprehensive range of horses.
Our Lego wall is continuing to grow and we have some larger Ninjago sets in plus some of the larger Lego Friends sets, so this covers the Lego gender gap. No longer is Lego purely a boys toy and the Danes have been trying hard to get more female gender inclusion, notably this is included in the limited edition Ghostbusters Lego Set 75828 that we have in store.
We have also had some new Top Model lines in and more Playmobil including the Playmobil Space Shuttle 6196 and the Playmobil Space Rocket Playset – 6195 which is part of our Space Range, we also have space represented in Lego Star Wars Orchard Toys have been replenished and their is a continued promotional offer where you can get a free Animal Snap if you spend £15 or over.
We have a few CUT-PRICE items in store as well including Schleich Justice League Characters, now less than half-price plus Lego Star Wars Buildable figures all now at £10 We have extended our Hex Bugs range to include some track which can be used to make your Hex Bugs race in a controlled environment.
So come down to Silly Billy’s new shop today and buy from us to help keep the Independent Shops alive and kicking in Hebden Bridge, the home of Independent Shopping in the North of England.
In our recent Shleich Delivery we received the following Schleich Animals and Figures:
Holstein Bull – £5.99
Simmenthal Calf – £4.49
Rooster – £2.99
Hen – £2.99
Rabbit, sitting – £2.99
Shropshire Lamb – £2.99
Sheep – £4.49
Lamb – £2.99
Lamb, lying – £2.99
Piglet, standing – £2.99
Zebra, Foal – £2.99
Velociraptor – £9.99
Tyrannosaurus Rex – £14.99
Theriznosaurus – £14.99
Gigantosaurus, orange – £14.99
Asian Elephant, male – £6.99
Asian Elephant, calf – £4.49
Hippopotamus – £5.99
Lioness – £4.99
Lion, roaring – £4.99
Tiger – £5.99
Tiger cub – £4.49
Panda cub, playing – £2.99
Cheetah, female – £4.99
Giraffe Calf – £4.49
Sperm whale – £7.99
Tiger Shark – £4.99
Octopus – £5.99
Dragon Fighter – £14.99
Dragon Battering Ram – £14.99
Dragon Warrior – £14.99
Dragon Diver – £14.99
Silly Billy’s has been stocking Schleich for a long time now and it is one of our core lines, it is one of the best places to buy Schleich in Yorkshire. We have written about Schleich before and it is a very popular product in our Toy Shop. After the floods of Boxing Day 2015 and during Silly Billy’s Start-Up we were given a new Schleich Stand and it is illuminated.
We have the lighting on a timer and you can clearly see the stand at night-time in our new shop location.
Some History Of Schleich
Schleich was founded by Friedrich Schleich in 1935 in Schwäbisch Gmünd . Its figurines were first released in the 1950s with the development, production and marketing of comic figurines such as Snoopy and The Smurfs, the Schleich Smurfs are still manufactured today and we have tried stocking them here at Silly Billy’s, although they did not prove too popular, so we stopped!
In the early 1980s Schleich added animal figurines and Muppet characters to their range of products. Until the end of 2006, Schleich was a family-owned business. It was then taken over by the British investment company HgCapital, who paid 165 million euro for an 80% share.
Design, Production and Materials
The design of products and the creation of tooling is mostly in-house. Production is at the German headquarters and in production facilities in foreign countries, with the figures being hand-painted in China. In 2006, Schleich had about 250 employees and a yearly sales figure of around 80 million Euro.
A new species of titanosaur discovered in Argentina is the largest animal ever to walk the Earth.
Silly Billy‘s Specialises in Dinosaurs having many Dinosaurs on sale and some very fantastic scaled dinosaurs as created and hand painted by Schleich.
Hopefully this Gigantic Dinosaur will soon be one recreated bySchleich
How do you eat a skip full of food every day without ever chewing? How do you walk on tiptoes when youre the length of four London buses? How do you have sex when you weigh 70 tons? While the answers to these three questions is probably with great difficulty, scientists are tackling such improbable questions after uncovering what is undoubtedly the biggest dinosaur excavation of all time.
In the spring of 2014, a lone farmer scanned his land, looking for a lost sheep. He thought there was something odd about the rocky ledge his grizzled old sheep was perched on. Dinosaur finds arent uncommon in the area but the outcrop was huge could it really be a bone? He called in the scientists. When they determined that the ledge was in fact the 8ft thigh bone of a dinosaur, this sleepy Argentinian farm became the most important dinosaur dig site for more than 100 years.
Since its discovery, an international team of biologists, Hollywood model makers, a BBC film crew and palaeontologists, led by Dr Diego Pol and his colleagues from the Museum of Paleontology Egidio Feruglio in Argentina, has worked tirelessly and after 40,000 hours work, the results are astounding. The team discovered that not only was this giant herbivore a new species but it was the largest dinosaur ever, dwarfing its closest competitors. Whats more, the team found that seven of these animals actually died in the exact same spot, across at least three different occasions, approximately 101.6 million years ago.
This new dinosaur belongs to a group known as the sauropods, the long-necked, big-bodied beasts usually found roaming around in herds in the background of Hollywood dinosaur blockbusters. If youve seen Dippy at the Natural History Museum in London, then youll know what a sauropod is. Within this fascinating group of large herbivorous dinosaurs, however, a subsection is known as the titanosaurs and, as the name suggests, these are the real giants the ones that literally shook the ground. They followed on from the extinction of smaller sauropods, such as the better-known diplodocids and brachiosauridae, and were found across the world. South America is especially rich in titanosaur fossils and already, true giants such as Puertasaurus and Argentinosaurus have been unearthed there.
Describing any new species can be a delicate subject, so introducing the largest dinosaur to both the scientific community and the wider world will be a huge task. Everyone wants their giant dinosaur to hold the title of biggest and, with multiple methods for assessing size to choose from, the team needed to be certain of what theyd found. Body size estimations can vary according to the technique used and on how much of the skeleton is retrieved. Estimates for the previous biggest dinosaur, Argentinosaurus, are based on fewer than 20 bones and Puertasaurus size estimates on just four vertebrae.
The difference with this newly discovered titanosaur is that much of the skeleton has been found. From the seven individuals, 223 bones have been recovered to date, allowing Pol and his team to use multiple methods to develop a reliable size estimate. Their results show that this dinosaur was 37m in length and weighed 70 metric tons, making it the largest animal ever to walk the face of the planet.
These dinosaurs had to sustain this incredible weight on four specially adapted column-like legs. They were so big they probably used the heavy musculature running from their thighs to halfway down their tails to gain momentum for walking. Whats more, in order to survive the stresses and fractures that could easily result from such extreme weights, these animals not only evolved to reduce the toes in their forelimbs, forcing them to walk on horseshoe-shaped stumps of reduced metacarpal bones, they walked on tiptoes, with huge fleshy pads cushioning the impact as they moved.
Weighing as much as up to 15 African elephants, this new species of dinosaur hasnt even been named yet and although we still cant fully explain why seven animals were found together, the 80 or so giant serrated carnivore teeth from an unknown killer found alongside the bones hint at a murderous end for these gentle giants. However, as a lifesize replica skeleton is unveiled at New Yorks American Museum of Natural History, this super-size discovery is set not only to inspire a new generation of dinosaur fans but will stoke the fires of scientific debate for years to come.