It may sound weird, but Lego is quietly trying to ditch plastics.

For the past 60 years, we’ve all been building spaceships and castles, experimenting with what head goes on what body, and arguing with our siblings about where the grey 2-by-5 brick went — thanks to Lego.

“The S.S. Awesome can’t have any holes in it, Amanda. I know you have that 1-by-8 somewhere.” Photo by Kent Gavin/Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images, circa 1962.

Though nearly indestructible, Legos aren’t eternal. The bricks your kids or grandkids play with probably won’t be the ones you remember.

Beyond grocery bags and Barbie dolls, Legos might be the most iconic plastic object ever, but making things out of plastic can be problematic.

It’s not just that plastic doesn’t break down, though that’s a major issue with some plastic products. It’s also about the carbon footprint to make them. To make a conventional plastic, you have to pump petroleum or natural gas out of the ground, refine it, and mold it. All of these steps take energy and can produce carbon dioxide.

For the last couple of years, Lego has been experimenting with making their iconic bricks from eco-friendly sources.

In 2015, Lego announced it would invest the equivalent of $155 million into finding a non-oil, smaller-footprint source for the various plastic they need to make all those tires, trees, and movie stars.

Fun fact: Lego’s apparently one of the world’s largest tire manufacturers. Photo from Lego Media Library.

Since then, they have been experimenting with different types of bio-plastics, which can be made from plants like corn or wheat and produce less emissions than conventional plastic.

The goal is to find alternatives for 20 types of plastic by the year 2030.

There are hurdles to making something as durable, flexible, and iconic as a Lego, and the company is still experimenting. Whatever they choose, it’ll need to snap together with existing Legos, last just as long, and preserve the aesthetic. Their latest experiment with wheat sugar, for example, failed because it couldn’t hold the right shine, as Quartz reported.

This change won’t eliminate the carbon cost of manufacturing, nor will it address other carbon costs like shipping, but little changes add up. After all, 19 billion new Lego pieces are produced each year. Furthermore, the Lego company has also been reducing its carbon footprint through other means as well, including investing in an offshore wind farm. In fact, it recently met a 100% renewable energy milestone.

I assume the real wind farm contains a bit more, you know, metal and concrete and stuff. Photo from Lego Media Library.

Playing with Legos has been a nearly universal part of childhood for almost 60 years. Our kids will likely continue to build castles and spaceships, but their future creations — and their building blocks — won’t be exactly the same as ours were. And that’s a wonderful, necessary step of progress.

Read more: https://www.upworthy.com/it-may-sound-weird-but-lego-is-quietly-trying-to-ditch-plastics

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Reviews and Exciting News

Trip Advisor Reviews

As it says all over the Trip Advisor blurb and elsewhere on the internet, Trip Advisor is the Number One Reviews site. The reasons for this are simple:-

  • Site layout and mobile application both have great UX (User eXperience)
  • Internal search is friendly
  • Incentives to write reviews for reviewers is excellent

Back in 2015 the web manager of Silly Billy’s (Robert A Williams) tried to list Silly Billy’s Toy Shop on Tripadvisor and at the time this was not possible, this was Trip Advisor’s response:

Hello,
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Address: Bridge Mill, St. George’s Square
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Telephone number: +(44)1422 843304
Website: http://www.sillybillystoyshop.com
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However, since 2015 there have been some changes in Trip Advisor listing Criteria and following on from discovering that our lovely neighbours, Homely at Hebden, had managed to create their own Trip Advisor profile, see here, we again submitted a request to Trip Advisor to list our own Toy Shop. This time we were successful ! Here, you can find Silly Billy’s on Trip Advisor

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In Other News we have received a large delivery of Orchard Toys in the run-up to Easter and here is a list of the exciting and educational toys that came in or that delivery

  • Dinosaur Lotto
  • Look and Find…. Alphabet
  • Look and Find…. Number
  • Look and Find…. Shape
  • Look and Find…. Colour
  • Lots of New Mini Games at only £4.99
  • Shopping List
  • Smelly Wellies
  • Farmyard Heads and Tails
  • The Game of Ladybirds
  • Crazy Chefs
  • Spotty Dogs
  • Scaredy Cat
  • Pigs in Pants
  • Slug in a Jug
  • Catch and Count
  • Match and Spell
  • Dotty Dinosaurs
  • Cheeky Monkeys
  • Bus Stop Game
  • Pirate Snakes and Ladders
  • Alphabet Match
  • Farm Opposite
  • Pets
  • Farmyard
  • Rescue Squad
  • Who’s on the Farm
  • Fairy Cottage
  • Fire Engine
  • BIG Tractor Jigsaw
  • BIG Police Car
  • One, Two, Tree
  • BIG Alphabet Jigsaw
  • Pirate Shape
  • World Map Puzzle and Poster
  •  Great Britain and Ireland Puzzle and Poster

Reviews and Exciting News

Trip Advisor Reviews As it says all over the Trip Advisor blurb and elsewhere on the internet, Trip Advisor is the Number One Reviews site. The reasons for this are simple:- Site layout and mobile application both have great UX (User eXperience) Internal search is…

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Orchard Toys, A Great British Toy Company

Orchard Toys Orchard Toys are made in the UK and are one of the companies that we have stocked in Silly Billy’s Toy Shop since our very inception, over 20 years ago. Orchard Toys have received some great reviews on mumsnet and elsewhere on the internet. They are a…

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Building Up To Christmas 2016

Building Up To Christmas 2016 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…

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What’s New – Hebden Bridge Vintage Weekend

What’s New – What’s On – Hebden Bridge Vintage Weekend We have had a few deliveries this week at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop including more Orchard Toys. Orchard Toys are consistently popular here at Silly Billy’s and suitable for younger children. They are Toys that aid…

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Orchard Toys 2015 Christmas

Orchard Toys are Popular at Silly Billy’s Today we had our large order of Orchard Toys delivered and it was quite a struggle to fit it all onto the shelves. Orchard Toys are very popular at Silly Billy’s and we have an Offer on that if you buy Two Orchard Toys then…

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Must Have Toys 2015

Must Have Toys 2015 Here at Silly Billy’s we do not tend to go with the flow of what is happening in other parts of the Country but here are some of our Top Five products for this year, in no particular order: TY Beanie Boos, always a great seller, and still only…

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Vehicles at Silly Billy’s – Lots of Them

Lots of New and Exciting Vehicles at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop

We always have lots of exciting Vehicles and always have new vehicles coming in to our toy shop.
Right now we have vehicles from Playmobil in both the 1.2.3 range for younger children and also the standard Playmobil Range.
Also we have LEGO vehicles, die-cast vehicles, Matchbox vehicles and many more, why not check out the Vehicles range at Silly Billy’s this Easter Weekend, we are open all weekend and don’t forget that on Easter Monday 2nd April 2018 we have the amazing Duck Race in Hebden Bridge, organised by the stalwart Hebden Bridge Rotary Club, this year they have gone the extra mile and had a very stable commentating platform built above Duck Island by the guys from Omega Scaffolding.

 

Name The Lifesize Playmobil Figure Competition

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Pirates on Social Media

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Half Term 2018 at Silly Billys

New Products at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop We are looking for new products all the time at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop and this year we have some really exciting products coming in at the start of the year, and all of them great value. Don’t forget to check out our recent…

Playmobil 2018 – All NEW

We have taken receipt of our first Playmobil Delivery of 2018 and following on from the amazing success of Playmobil Ghostbusters in 2017 we have the all new Ghostbuster sets: 9346 Ghostbuster Egon Spengler 9347 Ghostbuster Peter Venkman 9348 Ghostbuster Raymond…

Festive Fandango 2017 and More News

The Festive Fandango 2017 sees a wider geographical area coming into play with Mytholmroyd retail shops and restaurants taking part in the glory that is the Festive Fandango. So what’s it all about? Well, The Festive Fandango is an Annual event in Hebden Bridge and…

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…

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Easter 2018 and Hebden Bridge Duck Race

The Hebden Bridge Duck Race 2018 and Easter 2018

Easter is always a busy time of year for us at Silly Billy’s and the Easter Holidays start a week earlier in Lancashire than they do in Yorkshire so with Lancashire schools breaking up for Easter at the end of this week.

We have had some large deliveries from our major suppliers including LEGO, TY, Playmobil and Schleich. Not to mention the brand new range of Lottie Dolls that we have now in our fantastic toy shop.

From LEGO we have mainly topped our existing stock, though we also have some new products in the shop which include the amazing LEGO Technic Mack Anthem Truck 42078 with 2595 pieces of LEGO in the box !

                   

LEGO Delivery Easter 2018

  • 10818 Duplo My First Truck
  • 10749 LEGO Friends’ Mia’s Organic Food Market
  • 10754 LEGO Super Heroes Spiderman Vs Scorpion Street Showdown
  • 10401 Rainbow Fun
  • 10402 Fun Future
  • 10713 LEGO Creator Creative Suitcase
  • 10700 Green Baseplate
  • 31073 LEGO Creator Mythical Creatures
  • 31075 LEGO City Outback Adventures
  • 42084 LEGO Technic Hook Loader
  • 42071 LEGO Technic Dozer Compactor
  • 42072 LEGO Technic WHACK !
  • 42073 LEGO Technic BASH !
  • 42078 LEGO Technic Mack Anthem
  • 60170 LEGO City Off-Road chase
  • 60171 LEGO City Mountain Fugitives
  • 60180 LEGO City Monster Truck
  • 75193 Millenium Falcon MicroFighter
  • 75194 First Order TIE Fighter MicroFighter
  • 75195 LEGO Star Wars Ski Speeder

Lottie Dolls

Silly Billy’s Toy Shop is VERY excited to now be the soul distributor of Lottie Dolls in the area. So if your little ones would like one of these marvellous Award Winning Dolls then where better to buy them than Silly Billy’s finest Independent Toy Shop, In Hebden Bridge. This comprises our selection of Lottie Dolls and associated Lottie Doll Products

  • Lottie Dolls Autumn Leaves – £19.99
  • Lottie Dolls Forest Friend – £19.99
  • Lottie Dolls Muddy Puddles – £19.99
  • Lottie Dolls Pandora’s Box – £19.99
  • Lottie Dolls Birthday Girl – £19.99
  • Lottie Dolls Sweet Dreams – £9.99
  • Lottie Dolls Pandora The Persian Cat – £9.99
  • Lottie Dolls Raspberry Ripple – £9.99
  • Lottie Dolls Sirius The Welsh Mountain Pony £19.99

So come to Silly Billy’s Toy Shop in Hebden Bridge this 2018 to see our Wide selection of Lottie Dolls and also to see the amazing Hebden Bridge Duck Race, tickets are available from the Roundtable vendors who have a stall in St George’s Square.

The Hebden Bridge Duck Race 2018

The Annual Hebden Bridge Duck Race will take place this Bank Holiday Monday on 2nd April 2018 Tickets are for sale now and all weekend in St George’s Square, Hebden Bridge, HX7 and in the run up to the Duck Race 2018 Don’t forget Silly Billy’s big raffle to win Kaloo Plush Toys is still running and you can read more about the raffle here

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Silly Billy’s Amazing Raffle 2018

This Raffle is NOW CLOSED (01/04/2018)

We have some rather marvellous Kaloo Teddy Bears and Soft Plush Rabbits in our shop.
These are being Raffled off in a Weekly Raffle

Very sadly they have not been selling very well in the Year they have been in the shop. Each Bear or Rabbit buddy has a Retail Price of £19.99 – Right now we are selling them for £9.99 at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop and this is not even gaining the lovely plush toys that much interest !

So we have decided to Create A Weekly RAFFLE until ALL the Teddies and Rabbits have left our shop.

We are selecting TWO Winners Each week and whilst stocks last you can chose the colour of plush toy you would like from the Colours and Types in the list below.:

  • Kaloo K963551 Rabbit Pink
  • Kaloo K963523 Rabbit Ivory
  • Kaloo K963521 Rabbit Cocoa
  • Kaloo K963550 Bear Pink
  • Kaloo K963547 Bear Blue
  • Kaloo K963526 Bear Ivory
  • Kaloo K963525 Bear Cocoa

This Raffle Prize is open to anyone in the UK and we will post your prize out to you free of charge

10% of all the money we make raffling these Kaloo plush rabbits and bears will be gifted to Epilepsy Action

So to take Part, simply buy a Raffle Ticket. They are 50 pence each or you can buy a strip of 5 Tickets for £2.

If you are not near the toy shop then please send us the Raffle Ticket Money Via PayPal which you can do quite simply via the Buttons below.

This Raffle is NOW CLOSED (01/04/2018)

This raffle will be held each week and will be drawn each Sunday until we either run out of Plush Kaloo teddies or get tired of doing it.
So it starts today 11th March 2018 with the First Draw Being 18th March 2018

It is very simple either pay 50p or £2 or multiples thereof for the Raffle tickets. 50 pence will get you a single Ticket and £2 will get you a strip of 5

We will take your details, either email or phone and if you win then you can collect your Teddy if local and if you are not local then you can post the Teddy to you FREE OF CHARGE anywhere in standard UK Postal Zones. If you are taking part from Overseas or a non-standard postal zone, e.g the channel islands, and you win, then we will need a financial contribution for Postage.

Also we will donate 10% of the money we take on the Raffle Each Week to Epilepsy Action, Silly Billy’s chosen charity.

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Finally, You Can Make A Lego Person That Looks Like You

Playtime simply got individual for Lego fans all over.

An online organisation called Funky 3D Faces is developing custom-made, 3D-printed Lego heads that appear like you, for $30 a head.

“ EveryBODY likes Lego– this is the chance to have their own head made into mini to fit on to their preferred Lego minifigures, ” the U.K.-based Etsy seller ’ s advertisement says.

funky3Dfaces/Etsy You, too, can fly an X-wing Starfighter from Star Wars. Or a minimum of the Lego variation of you can.

Just like normal Legos, the heads can be popped on and off of the plastic figurines ’ bodies. Consumers should send 2 pictures– one revealing the individual ’ s deal with and one revealing their profile– which are utilized to develop the head.

The mini-me faces are then built from a sandstone product, with a hole at the bottom for head-to-body accessory.

In January, purchasers who buy 2 heads can get one totally free, inning accordance with the seller.

But do not get a head of yourself: The bodies aren’t consisted of.

H/T Mashable

Read more: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2016/01/06/custom-lego-heads_n_8923982.html

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What’s New – March 2018

So what’s new at Silly Billy’s for March 2018 ?

We have received one of our largest Playmobil deliveries outside of Christmas and more can be seen of our Playmobil Posts below.
We are in the midst of gearing up for Easter 2018 at the Toy Shop, Easter sees the annual event of the Hebden Bridge Duck Race, so far we have covered the Hebden Bridge Duck Race in blog posts going back to 2015 and the 2018 Hebden Bridge Duck Race Event is sure to be a big one. The Duck Race will take place on Easter Monday 2nd April 2018 and is organised by the local rotary club, more details on prizes and how to find tickets can be found here.

Name The Lifesize Playmobil Figure Competition

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Pirates on Social Media

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Playmobil 2018 – All NEW

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Silly Billy’s Toy Shop have started a YouTube Channel

It is a work in progress and the author of this blog (Robert A Williams) does not claim to be very versed in Video and is, in fact, just starting learning. However, the incredible power of modern technology means that the ability to shoot relatively good quality video is pretty much accessible to all. You can view the Youtube Channel via the button below and we would really love it if you would subscribe.

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Playmobil Horse Farm and Lots More

We have just received a massive delivery of all new PLAYMOBIL here at Silly Billy’s including the brand new Playmobil Country Horse Farm 6926. where a door for the horses leads straight out into the spacious outdoor paddock from the two lockable stalls. The large tack room is filled with lots of realistic accessories. Dimensions: 69 x 41 x 24 cm (LxDxH). Horse boxes 6934 and 6935 can be added to this set for even greater play and variety.
In the image below you can see the amazing Floor Standing Display for the Playmobil Horse Range, all new for 2018, which we are hoping will prove very popular in Hebden Bridge and beyond.

Playmobil Horse Farm and other Playmobil Horses

  • Playmobil Horses Vaulting 6933 £7.99
  • Playmobil Horse-Drawn Wagon 6932 £14.99
  • Playmobil Horse Stable with Arabian 6934 £16.99
  • Playmobil Horse Show 6930 £24.99
  • Playmobil Horse Grooming Station 6929 £19.99
  • Playmobil Horse Paddock 6931 £14.99
  • Playmobil Horse Transporter 6928 £29.99
  • Playmobil Horse Stable with Appaloosa 6935 £16.99
  • Playmobil Horse Farm 6926 £79.99

Playmobil Horses and Lots More Playmobil at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop
and also a wide range of Playmobil 1.2.3

This is the definitive list of new Playmobil we received:-

  • Pirate Raft Carry Case 5655 £7.99
  • 1.2.3. Airport Shuttle Bus 6773 £14.99
  • Hammerhead Shark with Baby 9065 £9.99
  • Ghosbusters Ecto-1 9220 £39.99
  • Aquarioum 9060 £49.99
  • Pirate Raider Carry Case £9.99
  • Seal with Pups 9069 £4.99
  • Fairy Boat Carry Case 9105 £7.99
  • Bunny Barn Carry Case 9104 £7.99
  • Rescue Ambulance 9122 £14.99
  • Large Tractor 6867 £19.99
  • Penguin Enclosure 9062 £14.99
  • Pirate Ship 9118 £19.99
  • Knight’s Armory Play Box 5637 £19.99
  • Horse Grooming Carry case 9100 £9.99
  • Swordfish with Baby 9068 £9.99
  • Sea Turtle with Babies 9071 £4.99
  • Family Picnic Carry Case 9103 £9.99
  • Knight’s Catapult Carry Case £9106 £7.99
  • Kebab Vendor 9088 £3.99
  • Explorer with Dinos Playmobil 1.2.3 9120 £12.99

Playmobil 6761  Racing Car with Transporter

The transporter trailer can be tilted to load and offload the race car and this Playmobil Race Car Toy is suitable for children from eighteen months and encourages them to discover the world through play.

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