LEGO Star Wars (Rogue One) NEW

LEGO Star Wars (Rogue One) NEW IN Today Just arrived here at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop ALL NEW LEGO STAR WARS Get them whilst you can and all these products are limited supply from Lego so once they are gone from Silly Billy’s then they are gone from Hebden Bridge. Well it’s nearly October when we [ ] The post LEGO Star Wars (Rogue One) NEW appeared first on

LEGO Star Wars (Rogue One) NEW

LEGO Star Wars (Rogue One) NEW IN Today

Just arrived here at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop ALL NEW LEGO STAR WARS

Get them whilst you can and all these products are limited supply from Lego so once they are gone from Silly Billy’s then they are gone from Hebden Bridge.

Well it’s nearly October when we really start to get on the C game, Crimbo C that is. We are starting to fill our new toy shop up with wonderful products like Sophie La Girafe for the very young and Lego Star Wars for the older children (and adults)

We believe this LEGO Star Wars release for the upcoming Star Wars film Rogue One is the best Lego Star Wars production sets  that we have seen to date and there has been a lot of Lego Star Wars products  in stock here at Silly Billy’s in the past :

In this brand new Lego Star Wars order we have received the following Lego Star Wars Sets:-

  • 75152 Imperial Assault Hovertank
  • 75153 AT-ST Walker
  • 75154 TIE Striker
  • 75155 Rebel U-Wing Fighter
  • 75156 Krennic’s Imperial Shuttle

75152 Imperial Assault Hovertank
Help Chirrut battle the Imperial Assault Hovertank as it patrols the streets. This tough urban patrol vehicle has a two-minifigure cockpit and a rotating and elevating turret gun with spring-loaded shooters to target enemies of the Empire. And if the rebel forces hide out of sight, open the storage container, grab the blasters and play out your own mini urban battles!




75153 AT-ST Walker
Go on the hunt for Baze and the Rebel Trooper aboard the All Terrain Scout Transport. Open the top hatch, load up the AT-ST Driver and move the legs to speed into action. When you’ve tracked them down, turn the wheel to rotate the top and prepare to fire the spring-loaded shooters! Can Baze and the trooper escape the advancing AT-ST? That’s for you to decide.







75154 TIE Striker
Play out iconic sky battles with the amazing TIE Striker. With large adjustable wings, minifigure cockpit with top and front access, an opening rear storage hold and dual spring-loaded shooters at the front, this amazing model is the perfect opponent for any rebel starfighter. Includes 4 minifigures.

Includes 4 minifigures: TIE Pilot, Imperial ground crew, Imperial Shoretrooper and a Rebel Trooper in Endor outfit.
Features large adjustable wings, a minifigure cockpit with top and front access, opening rear storage hold and dual spring-loaded shooters.
Weapons include a blaster pistol, blaster rifle and a double-barreled blaster (E-22).
Accessory elements include electrobinoculars and a comlink.
Recreate fantastic scenes from the blockbuster movie, Star Wars: Rogue One.
The perfect addition to any LEGO® Star Wars collection.
This set offers an age-appropriate building experience for ages 8-14.
Measures over 2” (6cm) high, 16” (41cm) long and 9” (24cm) wide.





75155 Rebel U-Wing Fighter
The amazing U-Wing Fighter has all the details you would expect from an authentic Star Wars model, including 4 big engines, an opening minifigure cockpit with transparent lower observation window, opening side doors with pull-out stud shooters, dual spring-loaded shooters at the front, rear storage hold and huge wings that sweep back to create an even bigger model. Includes 5 minifigures.

Includes 5 minifigures: a U-wing Pilot, Bistan, Jyn Erso, Cassian Andor and a Rebel Trooper.
Features 4 big engines, an opening minifigure cockpit with transparent lower observation window, opening side doors with pull-out stud shooters, front spring-loaded shooters, rear storage hold and huge sweep-back wings.
Weapons include 3 blasters and 2 blaster pistols.
Also includes extra ammo.
Recreate fantastic scenes from the blockbuster movie, Star Wars: Rogue One.
The perfect addition to any LEGO® Star Wars collection.
This set offers an age-appropriate building experience for ages 8-14.
Measures over 3” (10cm) high, 17” (44cm) long and 7” (20cm) wide with wings closed, and over 14” (38cm) long and 25” (64cm) wide with wings open.





 75156 Krennic’s Imperial Shuttle
When a tough transport ship is needed, Krennic’s Imperial Shuttle is the perfect choice. Put him into the pilot seat, open out the thick-armor plating and seat the Death Troopers. Lower the ramp and check the blasters are secured, then arm the spring-loaded shooters and seal the hull for takeoff. Raise the landing skids, lower the wings for flight mode and set off on another dangerous mission!






We also have Star Wars Advent Calendars 2016 in Stock Now 


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How this Muppet is changing lives in war-torn Afghanistan

How this Muppet is changing lives in war-torn Afghanistan

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN)When the Afghan Muppet named Zari makes an appearance at an orphanage on the outskirts of Kabul, the faces of the children light up in wonder.

Three-year-old Tahira Sreen keeps interrupting the Muppet, getting up and kissing its fuzzy purple cheeks.
Meanwhile, a five-year-old Sadaf says she wants to let Zari play with her dolls.
“We will also make food for Zari,” Tahira chimes in.
The two young women who take turns bringing Zari to life say these children’s reaction is not unusual.
“When they see Zari they are looking so happy,” says 18-year-old Sima Sultani, the puppeteer who voices the character in the Pashto language, Dari.
“Most of the children they want to hug, they want to touch, mostly they want to kiss Zari,” adds 23-year-old Mansoora Shirzad.

Afghanistan’s first muppet


 After a US-led bombing campaign helped oust the Taliban in 2001, Western-backed governments took steps to improve women’s rights.
Despite some gains, according to the United Nations Development Program, only 12% of Afghan women can read and write. Meanwhile, the UN reports nearly 90% of women have suffered physical, sexual or psychological violence or forced marriage.
“In Afghanistan, girls suffer the most,” explains Massood Sanjer, director general of entertainment at Moby G roup, the parent company of the two privately-owned Afghan TV channels that broadcast “Bahgch-e-Simsim.”
“Creating a girl character to be a hero can get the parents to think that girls and boys can be equal, and that actually girls could be better sometimes in terms of their talents.”

Education through TV

On “Bahgch-e-Simsim,” Zari teaches numbers and letters from the alphabet. She also sings songs and introduces subjects such as art and cooking.
Her segments air alongside appearances by other internationally recognized “Sesame Street” characters.
For the past five years, 26-year old Zubair Ahmad Kakarr has provided the Afghan voices for many of these Muppets, including Cookie Monster, Grover and Bert [of the apartment-sharing duo Bert and Ernie].
In a darkened sound studio, Kakarr growls and yelps in Dari along with a televised recording of Grover, who is on screen introducing viewers to a globe of the world.
As Kakarr puts it, “Bahgch-e-Simsim” has two main goals: education and fun.
Education is important in a country like Afghanistan, which has among the world’s lowest rates of literacy.

Safe haven

One subject the program does not address is the war.
Producers say they are trying to provide a safe haven from the conflict that continues to tear Afghanistan apart.
“We want to give this idea for the children that it’s not just about war in our country,” explains Shirzad. “We want to make them happy and make them laugh.”
But the entire production team struggles with the difficult balance between creating the Sesame Garden fantasy in the television studio, and facing the reality of the dangerous world outside.
Those threats became all too real last January when a Taliban suicide bomber targeted a bus carrying employees home from work at the TV station.
At least seven broadcasters and journalists were killed, including 31-year old program editor Sayed Jawad Hussaini.
“It was like losing a family member,” says Jawed Taiman, executive producer of the program.
“It’s not easy to forget everything… your problems, your country’s problems,” explains Shirzad.
“You just have to focus on Zari, on laughing… on making her alive,” she says.

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Big Jigs Toys and More

Big Jigs Toys

Big Jigs Toys are a range of wooden toys created to a very high standard and suitable for all our younger shoppers. Silly Billy’s Toy Shop has had Big Jigs toys in stock for many years. As a result of some good work on the part of the Big Jigs company in extending their toy range Silly Billy’s have decided to stock a greater range than ever before of Big Jigs Toys.
big jigsWe have in stock:

  • Posting Boxes at £12.99
  • Building Blocks at £12.99
  • Hammer Benches at £12.99
  • Rainbow Stackers at £9.99
  • Safari Animal Toothbrush Timers at £2.99
  • Safari Tooth Holders to compliment the above also at £2.99
  • Wiggly Worms only £2.99
  • Pull-Back Racing Cars also at £2.99
  • Wooden Clock at £7.99
  • Picture Blocks £9.99
  • Shapes Sorters £9.99
  • Figure of Eight Train Set £24.99 (BRIO Compatible)

Also we have recently increased out Top Model range and it is too extensive to list here so we really suggest that you come into Silly Billy’s Toy Shop soon and check out our superb range of Top Model.
big jigs

Some other notable additions are HotWheels Playsets as illustrated below:
big jigsWe have some new products in from our West Country suppliers, British Fossils, who I unwittingly called British fuels today, harking back to a bygone age. (Sarcasm intended)
Big jigs

Back, by popular demand, are the recycled bath toys from Green Toys, a company based in the USA. Green Toys have a very Green, as the name implies, policy in their manufacturing and all their products are made from recycled Plastics and Paper.  Read more at
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his is the time where we start to bring in more stock leading up to Christmas (We are aware it’s a bit early to mention Christmas). Christmas 2016 will be our FIRST CHRISTMAS in Silly Billy’s New Shop in Hebden Bridge and we are really looking forward to serving all our customers, old and new. Don’t forget here at Silly Billy’s we stock Toys for toddlers like Big Jigs; Toys for teenagers like Lego and Top Model; and many other toys for Children of all ages.

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New York’s Star Trek Convention

Star Trek: Mission New York

is a reminder of what has changed and what hasn’t in this nerdy corner of geek culture that finds itself riding a wave of popularity

I went to my first Star Trek convention 15 years ago, when I was 13. It went pretty much exactly how non-Trekkers might imagine a Star Trek convention to go.

My family’s trip to a dimly lit, musty-carpeted convention center in Long Beach, California, was an extreme novelty: we didn’t dress up. Other attendees, though, wore costumes ranging from the handmade to the extremely expensive, ordered weeks in advance.

Every stereotype you can possibly imagine was present in that hall, from public displays of conversational Klingon to earnestly specific questions asked of cast members. One man asked Brent Spiner, who played the android Data in the Next Generation franchise, the real gender of his characters cat Spot. As a result of problems with continuity, you see, it often varied.

Kaitlin and Sarah cosplay at the convention. Photograph: Devon Maloney for the Guardian

Star Trek: Mission New York convention, held at the Javits Center in Manhattan, was a vivid reminder of what has changed and what has not in a particularly nerdy corner of geek culture which has now existed for 50 years.

Organized by Comic-Con promoter ReedPop, by the end of the Labor Day weekend the event will have hosted cast reunions from at least three series; demonstrations of forthcoming mobile and VR games; screenings of a new directors cut of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and For the Love of Spock, a documentary produced by Adam Nimoy, son of late actor Leonard Nimoy; and exhibits and presentations from both Nasa and the Postmaster General.

The halls are filled with easy-order Halloween costumes and mass-produced toys, thanks in large part to JJ Abrams 2009 franchise reboot. Attendees are no longer simply geeks who argue openly about the canon, although such individuals certainly still hold dominion over a place like this, and rightfully so. Some look as though they wouldnt have been caught dead at a convention like this even five years ago, let alone 10 or 15. Star Trek has never been so accessible, or so cool.

Ive been waiting 30 years for this, said Briahna Gray, who came with her mother and brother. Its easier to be a fan now that its become more popular Ive always happily leaned into geek culture, but its easier when everyones seeing posters and advertisements for things you love every year. People get your references more: people used to think we named our dog Mr Woof when his name was Mr Worf.

Elyse Rosenstein, Joyce Yasner, Stuart Hellinger, Linda Deneroff and Devra Langsam were among the organizers of the first Star Trek convention, in 1972.

At a panel on Friday, they recounted underestimating the number of fans who might show up, preparing for 1,600 but welcoming more than double that, thanks to some felicitous press coverage. Totally unpaid, the organizers resorted to DIY, crafting convention badges from basic office supplies.

None of us did this to make money, said Langsam, explaining that they eventually stopped hosting fan-run conventions due to issues affording the cast and crews speaking fees and a refusal to turn them into a legitimate business. I think over the years I made about 12 cents an hour.

Yasner added: In fact, when fanzines were originally published, it was looked down on if you made money your zine. [Conventions] seem to have gotten very commercial, impersonal. We didn’t even think of doing it for profit. We did it for love.

Convention panel: from left, Devra Langsam, Elyse Rosenstein, Stuart Hellinger, Joyce Yasner and Linda Deneroff. Photograph: Devon Maloney for the Guardian

Yasner recounted a moment during one of the first conventions when Leonard Nimoy made a surprise appearance. The guy who was in charge of the [exhibition hall] got up, took the microphone and said, Spocks here! The entire room cleared out in about three seconds flat leaving many sellers with unfinished transactions on their hands.

It was more of a community [then], said Hellinger. Theyre big events now. We came out of general sci-fi fandom, and we applied the community aspect of that, but even that’s changing, and not always for the better.

Of course, commercialisation hasnt destroyed all personal connections in the fan community. It has also strengthened them: during the committees panel, a young woman came to the microphone to explain that she had been on a panel this weekend as well, and pointed out how rare women have been on convention panels at events like Comicon.

Thank you for the tradition you started, for making this visible: women’s participation in Star Trek fandom, she said.

[Fandom] become popular culture, Deneroff said later. It makes it easier to explain to people why you’re interested in weird things. Theres no sense anymore that it’s a lonely thing to be a fan.

The sentiment was shared by many attendees, including Grays mother Leslie, a former psychologist and current employee of the United Nations who remembers watching the original series as a child, even being nicknamed Bones, after the shows doctor, by her father.

Can you imagine what its like to be [a Star Trek fan] experiencing this with your kids? she said. I was all alone in the 60s and 70s. There were so few Star Trek fans, especially in the African-American community, you were extra square, an uber-geek if you liked Star Trek.

But then my kids started watching it; my son became a Star Trek savant, with a Klingon dictionary and everything. We lived in Nairobi in the 90s and people had to send us Betamax tapes they were so precious to us. We all can’t believe were here together now.

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For anyone that hasn’t yet seen the latest Star Trek Beyond Movie then here is a short trailer:

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Bridget Jones’s Baby review: Rene Zellweger excels

Bridget Jones’s Baby Review

Broad gags, choice turns and some terrific slapstick involving a hospital revolving door elevate a possibly opportunistic outing into a solid and satisfying comeback

Sell-by dates don’t mean anything … do they? Bridget Jones is talking about the eco-friendly biodegradable condoms she bought ages ago, and with which she has suddenly ended an aeon-long sex famine by using twice, on getting suddenly lucky with two chaps within a few days: dishy online dating expert (Patrick Dempsey) and her old smoulderer, the unexpectedly single Mark Darcy (Colin Firth). Now 40-something Bridget has ascended the duff and there is a Mamma-Mia!-style mystery about the dads identity. The director is Sharon Maguire, and the writers are Emma Thompson, Dan Mazer and Helen Fielding, author of the original newspaper column and bestselling book.

As for Bridget’s own sell-by date, well, she now joins the conga-line of figures from the late 90s and early noughties making their sheepish comeback: David Brent, AbFab, Cold Feet. But Rene Zellwegers own return after 12 years in the dithery role she created and after a six-year absence from the screen has been overshadowed by a massive media overreaction to cosmetic work which she has evidently had done.
(Editor‘s note “don’t the media overreact to everything anyway and isn’t this after all what sells media such as yours”)

Bridget Jones’s Baby is released 16 September 2016 in the United Kingdom and there is more detail about the film here on IMDB

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My Little Pony – Back to play

My Little Pony (MLP) Blind Bags

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.
my little ponyToday 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!”

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Buckle Your Rubber Band Seat Belt And Ride This Hot Wheels Racetrack

Who says Hot Wheels are just for kids?

A dizzying video shows what it’s like to take a spin inside one of the speeding matchbox-sized Hot Wheels cars as it races along a 200-foot track.

The footage, posted to YouTube Monday, captures the toy car embarking on this “road trip,” which includes a 360-degree loop, jump and dive into a swimming pool.

The video was filmed with a GoPro camera that was mounted on top of a modified 2014 Paradox race car, according to 5MadMovieMakers, which uploaded the video and shared photos on Facebook.

The two-minute video wasn’t shot at one time — or in one location — but was instead edited together.

Other videos produced by the tiny-track videographers include a Lego roller coaster and a pinball marble track.

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Silly Billy’s Toy Shop stocks both Hot Wheels and Matchbox vehicles.

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.
Hot WheelsMatchbox 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.

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Rogue One

Star Wars Rogue One

Rogue One is the new Star Wars Film due to be released for Christmas 2016. As ever the Lego company are releasing new products for this upcoming Star Wars Movie and they will be with us here at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop in October 2016
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Silly Billy’s Toy Shop, the best Independent Toy Retailer in Yorkshire, has Lego Star Wars in stock now, including Lego Buildable figures at only ten pounds.
Star Wars Buildable Figures

Rogue One, A Star Wars Story is due for release in UK on December the 16th according to IMDB coincidentally my eldest son’s birthday.

As well as having Lego Star Wars buildable figures in stock we also have the following Lego Star Wars sets in limited quantities.

Other recent Lego news includes a revelation on BBC Radio 4 that by 2020 the amount of minifigures on planet earth will be greater than the amount of human beings, this shock fact after some research on the internet came from an article written in 2013 that says “Since their introduction in 1978, Lego’s Minifigs have, um, reproduced at a rapid rate. In fact, the toy maker has been making the little fellas at such a pace that they’ll outnumber humans by 2019.

As of 2006, there were 4 billion Minifigs in the world; projecting forward both human and Lego population growth suggests that tiny plastic men will outnumber us by 2019. Imagine that: a world where there are more Minifigs than fellow homosapiens.”
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As we all know the human population has been expanding globally at a terrific rate and so now it seems the same is true for Lego Minifigures ! Here at Silly Billy’s we have the latest Series 16, Lego Minifigures in stock NOW

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