Tyra Banks returns to host America’s Next Leading Model

Tyra Banks made a triumphant return on Tuesday to hosting the America’s Next Top Model show that she created.

The 44-year-old former Victoria’s Secret Angel was back for cycle 24 of the VH1 show in a premiere episode titled The Boss Is Back.

The franchise creator returned as host after being replaced for one cycle by singer Rita Ora, 27.

She’s back: Tyra Banks returned to host America’s Next Top Model during the cycle 24 season premiere on Tuesday on VH1

‘Many people believe I created Top Model to show girls just how to become models. But, no, it was about much more than that. America’s Next Top Model has changed the definition of beauty and empowered women when they needed it the most,’ Tyra said in a voice-over at the start of the season premiere.

‘We celebrate beauty in all of us, all shapes, all sizes and all colors. …The fight continues to show you that you are beautiful, that’s why I’m back,’ Tyra added. 

Tyra revealed the show had its most diverse group of contestants yet and she also had eliminated the 27-year-old age limit on participants.

‘It’s 18 to infinity,’ she proclaimed. 

Timeless beauty: The 44-year-old show creator surprised Erin Green, 42, with a surprise 15th portrait and last spot in the Top Model House

The judges: Celebrity stylist Law Roach, Ashley Graham and Paper magazine chief creative officer Drew Elliot joined Tyra at the judging panel

Tyra was joined at the judging panel by plus-size model Ashley Graham, 30; Paper magazine chief creative officer Drew Elliott, 36, and celebrity stylist Law Roach.

Khrystyana Kazakova, 32, was one of the first to advance with the removal of the age limit after she showed her amateur photo to the judges.

‘You are next level fierce and you are moving on in this competition,’ Tyra told her. 

 New rules: Tyra eliminated the 27-year-old age limit from the show

New addition: Ashley Graham was a new judge on the reality show

After an initial culling the top 18 models participated in an avant-garde photoshoot and runway test before moving into the Top Model House.

Tyra arrived in a short purple dress at the house and informed them there were only 14 spaces for her finalists.

‘The final 14 that are next level fierce and will be competing for America’s Next Top Model are …,’ Tyra said as she pulled a sheet off a wall adorned with 14 portraits from the photoshoot.

English model: Jourdan Dunn will be a guest during the season

Former champ: Eva Marcille who won the third cycle of ANTM also will be a guest on the show

Erin Green, 42, who has five children and three grandchildren was crushed after not seeing her photo on the wall and started packing her bags.

‘My kids would’ve been proud. Mama went for it and didn’t make it. …If Tyra had given me enought time, I know I would have been able to impress her,’ Erin said holding back tears.

Tyra then showed up and offered a hug. 

Feeling blue: Erin Green, 42, fought back tears after she failed to make the cut for the final 14

Getting emotional: Tyra approached Erin and said she was sorry she wasn’t among the finalists

‘I’m so so so sorry. I know this meant a lot to you and I wish you the best,’ Tyra told her.

Erin thanked her for giving older women an opportunity.

‘You’re welcome. You get a picture. There’s 15 girls,’ Tyra said surprising Erin with a photo.

Big hug: Erin and Tyra hugged before the host revealed that she was getting a surprise 15th spot in the Top Model House

‘Tyra stop,’ Erin told her.

‘Beauty knows no age and you deserve this,’ Tyra told her adding that ‘black girls have to work harder’ as she encouraged her to give her all during the show.

‘I believe you can do this,’ Tyra told her.

Too much: Tyra laughed as Erin reacted to learning she was still in the competition

Tyra later declared that she was back and only ‘the fiercest is going to the next level’.

America’s Next Top Model premiered in May 2003 on UPN and later moved to The CW before landing on VH1.

The series spawned the Top Model franchise with more than 30 versions of the series produced internationally and seen in more than 120 countries. 

Lady in black: Tyra showed her taut tummy on Tuesday while promoting ANTM at the Build Series at the Build Studio in New York City

Fierce look: The former Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue model struck poses at the event

The judges: Ashley and Drew joined Tyra at the Build Series event

Popular franchise: Tyra, Drew and Ashley discussed the show at the Build Studio



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Jeffrey Kong: Singapore’s Lego brick artist

Jeffrey Kong develops things using Lego. He says it can be utilized as a type of self-expression

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Goldman: Oscar Snubs to Lego Studs

Editor Jack Goldman discusses his frustration with the Animated Function category of the Academy Awards in this inter-Heights guest column.

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Why Does Toothpaste Make Things Like Orange Juice Taste So Awful?

Today I Found Out lets you discover something out about taste today. Most likely everybody dislikes to consume orange juice after brushing your teeth.
The only thing more unpleasant and horrible: stepping on a LEGO brick. OUCH!

“ You might believe the factor tooth paste makes things like orange juice taste so dreadful is just due to the typical mint taste of tooth paste encountering other tastes, however this isn’t really whats going on here.”

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This is part of recycled content used on Silly Billy’s Toy Shop Blog and presented by Robert A Williams who manages this and many other blogs and websites online

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Lego wonders: World-famous sites rebuilt – BBC News

Media caption Dozens of well-known international sites have actually been developed into Lego designs

Famous landmarks from all over the world have actually been constructed from Lego for a brand-new exhibit.

Stonehenge, the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls and the Great Barrier Reef are amongst 70 widely known websites made with the toy bricks.

Professional Lego home builder Warren Elsmore lags Brick Wonders, on program at Nottinghamshire’s Harley Gallery for the next 3 months.

He stated each of his developments took a number of months to finish.

Image copyright Warren Elsmore
Image caption The exhibit includes natural and manufactured landmarks, such as Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

Mr Elsmore sources a few of the more unknown Lego pieces required for his productions from online sellers.

His previous exhibit at the Harley Gallery including Lego variations of well-known structures was checked out by more than 80,000 individuals in 3 months.

Image copyright Warren Elsmore
Image caption Niagara Falls, made by Warren Elsmore who operated in IT prior to ending up being a full-time Lego home builder
Image copyright Warren Elsmore
Image caption More than 70 well-known websites have actually been adoringly recreated – consisting of the Great Pyramid of Giza
Image copyright Warren Elsmore
Image caption The Grand Canyon is among the natural landscapes produced the exhibit
Image copyright Warren Elsmore
Image caption The Hanging Gardens of Babylon was based upon individuals’s impressions of how the gardens may have looked, discovered online

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Silly Billy is soon to be Twenty One Years Old

Silly Billy’s 21st Birthday is coming up on the 1st May 2018

Bill Deakin will be celebrating the coming of age of Silly Billy’s Toy Shop in Hebden Bridge, one of the last remaining Independent Toy Shops. On the 1st May 2018 Silly Billy’s Toy Shop will have been established for twenty-one years in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire.

From small beginnings and with great growth until the onset of Internet Shopping, Silly Billy’s has done enormously well to keep going in what are difficult times. With the corporates selling Toys as large competition, Silly Billy’s has eclipsed Toys r Us UK which went into administration in February of this year (2018)

From Tuesday 1st May until Monday midnight 7th May we will have some exciting Competitions and Raffles for everyone to take part in.


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LEGO Minifigures Series 18 – 40th Anniversary Edition

LEGO Minifigures 40th Anniversary Edition – Series 18 – 17 to collect

2018 marks the 40th Anniversary of LEGO Minifigures and in this special edition Minifigures Series LEGO have brought back one of the first ever Minifigures released 4 decades ago. This minifigure is a re-issue of the original LEGO policeman and is limited to one in every box of 60 making it a special collectors Minifigure. The other big change in this special 40th Anniversary Minifigures series is the Orange base-plate, a welcome change to the standard black LEGO Minifigure base-plates.

Some of the hairstyles from Minifigures through the ages and also a couple of other Minifigures we have managed to find in the latest LEGO 40th Anniversary Party Edition are to the right. Images Courtesy of a DK LEGO Publication and Robert A Williams (blog author)
At Silly Billy’s we feel that this series 18 40th Anniversary Edition from LEGO is really exciting and there are seventeen Minifigures to collect in total in what is colloquially named the 40th Anniversary LEGO Minifigure Party series (71021):

  • Birthday Party Boy
    The Birthday Party Boy is thrilled about getting to go to the 40th anniversary celebration!
  • 1978 Police Officer
    Here he is, the birthday boy! The Police Officer was one of the first modern LEGO® Minifigures ever!
  • Birthday Party Girl
    The Birthday Party Girl is brand-new so she wasn’t around when the first modern LEGO® Minifigure was made.
  • Cactus Girl
    Cactus Girl thought she was making an interesting and one-of-a-kind outfit for the party…
  • Cake Guy
    Everyone is surprised when Cake Guy jumps out, instead of a delicious, freshly-baked cake!
  • Cat Costume Girl
    The Cat Costume Girl just adores parties. She gets to climb on all of the furniture and make friends!
  • Cowboy Costume Guy
    The Cowboy Costume Guy is a total goofball, dressed up as a cowboy riding around on a horse!
  • Dragon Suit Guy
    The Dragon Suit Guy loves to make things hot and puts jalapeños or hot sauce on everything. EVERYTHING.
  • Elephant Costume Girl
    The Elephant Girl just loves elephants and has been waiting to dance in her costume at the big party!
  • Firework Guy
    Who likes countdowns? The Firework Guy likes countdowns!
  • Flowerpot Girl
    The Flowerpot Girl thinks that everybody should get to enjoy the colors and beauty of a garden party!
  • LEGO® Brick Suit Girl
    The LEGO® Brick Suit Girl is all about using her unlimited creativity to make whatever she wants!
  • LEGO® Brick Suit Guy
    The LEGO® Brick Suit Guy’s favorite thing to do is put together LEGO sets, one brick at a time!
  • Party Clown
    With his hat full of balloons and fun, the Party Clown is here to bring laughs and be the life of the party!
  • Race Car Guy
    The Race Car Guy likes to do everything fast and wants to be the first one to arrive at the party!
  • Spider Suit Boy
    The Spider Suit Boy isn’t really into parties, but he is totally into scaring people!
  • Unicorn Guy
    Swords! Wizards! Goblins! Glitter! The Unicorn Guy is here with an epic quest for everybody to enjoy…

For other news of exciting developments in Silly Billy’s Toy Shop in March 2018 then please read this post

LEGO Minifigures Heads

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LEGO Minifgures More Heads

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LEGO Minifigures Party

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Lottie Dolls at Silly Billy’s

Silly Billy’s is very Happy to be the
new go-to Stockist for Lottie Dolls

It has taken us a while to get Lottie Dolls in and they have been in our toy shop in Hebden Bridge for a good few weeks now. We feel that the reception customers have given to Lottie has exceeded our initial expectations and we hope that our Lottie Dolls range really sparks the interest of our local community.

Lottie Dolls – What The Creators Say

To date, many of our dolls, outfits, accessories and play-sets have come straight from the amazing and awe-inspiring imaginations of children. Maybe that’s what makes our range of dolls so relatable. Kids have helped to create a range of toys that they actually want to play with.

We recognise how precious childhood is. And in the face of growing pressure – from a variety of sources – how short it can be. We dream of a safe and uncomplicated place where kids can be kids, where the great outdoors is there for the exploring, where curiosity-led discoveries are a daily occurrence, where the imagination can run wild and where the only limit is bedtime.Our vision, when we first created Lottie, was to develop a range of dolls that would empower children to be them-selves, to be imaginative and adventurous and – most of all – to have fun. We believe that childhood should be an inclusive place where every child belongs regardless of gender, ethnicity or ability. And we’ve made it our mission to do our bit – no matter how small – to protect childhood.

Lottie Dolls Compliment our spectacular talking Tammy Doll and our other Doll’s World dolls, you can read more about Dolls World in this post
Lottie Dolls are Award Winning and below is a list of all the many Awards that Lottie has won since they came into being in 2012

(USA) Oppenheim Toy Portfolio 2015 – Platinum Best Toy Award
Stargazer Lottie Doll
(USA) Tillywig Gold Top Fun Toy Awards 2015
Rockabilly Lottie Doll
(UK) ToyShop UK Independent Toy Awards Silver Medal (in Dolls) 2015
Fossil Hunter Lottie Dolls
(UK) Loved By Parents Award 2015 – Best Stimulative Toy (age 3-6)
Muddy Puddles Lottie Doll.
(USA) The Toy Insider Top Summer Toy 2015
Muddy Puddles Lottie Doll
(USA) Family Choice Awards 2014
Snow Queen Lottie Doll and Autumn Leaves Lottie Doll
(USA) Scholastic Parent and Child Gold Star Toy 2014
(USA) Scholastic Gold Star Toy 2013
(Canada) Neighbourhood Toy Stores of Canada Gold Star Award 2013
(USA) Oppenheim Toy Portfolio 2013 – Platinum Best Toy Award
Kawaii Karate Lottie Doll and Robot Girl Lottie Doll
(USA) Mom’s Choice Award 2012 Gold Medal
(UK) Creative Play Awards 2012 – Winner’s Award in the Imaginative Role Play 4 – 7 years category
Autumn Leaves Lottie Doll
(USA) PAL Awards 2012 (Play Advances Learning)
Autumn Leaves Lottie Doll and Pony Flag Race Lottie doll
(USA) National Parenting Center’s Seal of Approval
Autumn Leaves Lottie Doll
(USA) Tillywig Best Creative Fun Award
Branksea Festival Lottie Doll
(USA) Oppenheim Toy Portfolio 2012 – Platinum Best Toy Award
Pony Flag Race Lottie Doll, Spring Celebration Ballet Lottie Doll and Snow Queen Lottie Doll
(UK) ToyTalk Awards 2012 – Highly Commended
Snow Queen Lottie doll
(UK) ToyShop UK Independent Toy awards 2012
Silver Medal (Dolls)
(USA) Creative Child Magazine awards 2012 – Preferred Choice Award
Autumn Leaves Lottie Doll
(USA) Creative Child Magazine awards 2012 – Seal of Excellence
Biscuit the Beagle Accessory Pack
(UK) Rainbow Awards for Toy Excellence 2012 – Highly Commended

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