Halloween 2017

It is just over two weeks until Halloween 2017

Straddling the line between fall and winter, plenty and scarceness, life and death, Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. It is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honour all saints and martyrs; the holiday, All Saints’ Day, incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows’ Eve and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a secular, community-based event characterised by child-friendly activities such as trick-or-treating. In a number of countries around the world, as the days grow shorter and the nights get colder, people continue to usher in the winter season with gatherings, costumes and sweet treats.

Some treats we have here at Silly Billy’s are the fantastic Snazaroo Face Paints, as used by Professionals, these Face Paints are only £4.00 each here at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop and are great for Halloween 2017 dress-up and make-up. We have all the major colours for Halloween in stock and you can see the range in the picture below:

Halloween 2017

Snazaroo Face Paints £4

Here are Some Face Paint Ideas for Halloween 2017

 

Other Events At Silly Billy’s Toy Shop

  • Coming up Silly Billy’s Biggest Ever Christmas Competition to be announced on our Facebook Page during Autumn half-term and will also be written about on this blog, if you haven’t done so already then please like and follow Silly Billy’s on Facebook
  • Bonfire Night is on November 5th, the only local bonfire we are aware of is the one at Heptonstall bowling club.
  • Christmas 2017 is coming and as part of our build up to Christmas Robert A Williams is doing a blog post each day on Silly Billy’s Toy Shop Blog so please feel free to join in.
  • Did you know Silly Billy’s celebrated it’s twentieth year of trading in Hebden Bridge this year

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Summer School Holidays

Summer School Holidays are Upon Us All

So the long Summer School Holidays have started and here at Silly Billy’s we have a lot of new toys and games for the young and old, from babies to teenagers we have much to keep you entertained through the Summer School Holidays, so come and visit us at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop, in Old Gate, Hebden Bridge

We have had a delivery from our Lego friends in Denmark, including some new Lego Speed Champions, including the hard to find Speed Champion Audi R18 e-tron quattro 75872 plus some more of the exciting Lego Creator range. Silly Billy’s Toy Shop is one of the premier independent toy shops to sell Lego, so please buy from us and help keep the independent toy trade alive.

For the Summer School Holidays we have a selection of Pocket Travel Games from the House of Marbles including, Pocket Chess, Pocket Ludo, pocket Snakes & Ladders and Pocket Battleships, all of which can be used to while away those long journeys that occur during the Summer School Holidays. We also have Travel Scrabble and Pass the Pigs, as well as quality playing cards and the great card game of UNO.

Magnetic Travel Games

School Summer Holidays

For outdoor play we have Footballs, Hula Hoops, Fishing Nets, Cricket Sets and so much more to keep your children entertained during the school summer holidays.

Here at Silly Billy’s we get some new products in each year for the School Summer Holidays and one thing that has been requested by children and adults alike is SLIME so we have obtained two versions of Slime for your entertainment, new Frogs in Slime and Unicorns in Slime to complement our existing Aliens in Slime. How much more Slime do you need in your life ?

This year we celebrate our twentieth birthday here at Silly Billy’s meaning that we have been serving the children of Hebden Bridge, the Calder Valley and beyond, our furthest customers have come from New Zealand, and during that time we have seen babies grow into adults whilst remaining the best Independent Toy Shop in Yorkshire and probably in the whole of England over the past twenty years.

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New Arrivals Summer 2017

We have some exciting new arrivals at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop for the Summer of 2017. Summer is a time when people go away and travel and to that end we have managed, after some requests and searching of our Suppliers to obtain Original Travel Scrabble which we now have in and costs £17.99, we also have some other travel games in stock from House of Marbles including Travel Ludo, Travel Chess, Travel Sea Battle and Travel Snakes and Ladders all at £4.99.
Magnetic Travel GamesAfter some absence from the shop, the very exciting game of Pass The Pigs returns, as this comes with it’s own travelling pouch this is another great game to take on your summer holiday adventures as are the Mini-Games from Orchard toys as shown below.
Orchard mini gamesPass The Pigs GameThe very popular Playmobil Ghostbusters range was looking quite shabby after being hit hard due to it’s popularity and we now have the full range of Playmobil Ghostbusters back in stock, you can read more about the Playmobil Ghostbusters range here.
Playmobil ghostbustersAs you may or may not be aware, Silly Billy’s have decided to re-stock Doll’s after an absence of a number of years and we have a new doll visiting, carrying on the travelling theme, in her very own car seat is Isabella.
Isabella DollVehicles are always popular at Silly Billy’s and we have increased our range with some die-cast range rovers at £5.99 and light and sound die-cast fighter jet planes as well as some other vehicles which you can view in the post below:

So come to Silly Billy’s Toy Shop today to help your children easily while away their time on those long car journeys and plane trips that make up the Summer Holidays.
As you may have noticed the Weather in Hebden Bridge has not been very summery at all recently and we are really hoping this will improve soon as we have also managed to get in some bat and ball sets that people have been asking for, at only £4.99. If it continues raining they will probably not be sold very quickly

 

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Magic Cards and More

New in Jamie Raven Magic Cards and much much more

For many years we have been asked if we have any Magic Tricks or Magic Cards in our shop and now, after a great deal of searching and Bill finally meeting Jamie Raven at the London Toy Show this year. We are happy to say that we are now Stockists of Jamie Raven Magic Products. We have four lines just arrived: (£9.99)

  • Jamie Raven’s Magic Of The Mind, Magic Set
    Create your very own Magic of the Mind! Learn directly from among one of Britain’s most gifted magicians and impress your family and friends with mesmerising Mind Magic tricks! Developed by the Britain’s Got Talent sensation Jamie Raven, the Magic of the Mind Set not only consists of all the components needed to perform multiple tricks but also includes a secret on-line link! Pick up from the very best and watch as Jamie teaches you how you can perform many astonishing tricks such as Synchronicity and Destination Unknown. As well as demonstrating the secret techniques required to perform the tricks, Jamie also offers plenty of hints and tips along the way to make sure you deliver a spell-binding performance every time! The gifted magician, who wowed audiences and judges alike with his extraordinary magic skills on the 2015 series of Britain’s Got Talent and finished as ‘Top Human’, is one of the most watched magicians in the world with over 300 million online views. Jamie has also appeared on numerous high profile TV shows, headlined the record-breaking West End show ‘The Illusionists’ and has sold out theaters throughout the UK. The Jamie Raven Magic of the Mind Set is ideal for children 8 years and over and makes the perfect gift for anyone fascinated by magic. There are four innovative Magic Sets in the series so budding magicians can advance their skills even further with the Jamie Raven Card Magic, Street Magic and Sleight of Hand sets.
  • Jamie Raven’s Street Magic Set
    Perform your own Street Magic! Learn directly from one of Britain’s most gifted magicians and amaze your loved ones with mind-blowing Street Magic tricks! Developed by the Britain’s Got Talent phenomenon Jamie Raven, Street Magic Set not only contains all the components required to perform multiple tricks but also includes a secret online link! Pick up from the best and watch as Jamie teaches you how to perform many astonishing illusions such as the Jumping Rubber Bands and Currency Destruction tricks. As well as demonstrating the secret techniques required to perform the tricks, Jamie also offers lots of hints and tips in the process to make sure you deliver a spell-binding performance every time! The gifted magician, who wowed audiences and judges alike with his extraordinary magic skills on the 2015 series of Britain’s Got Talent and finished as ‘Top Human’, is one of the most watched magicians in the world with over 300 million online views. There are four ingenious Magic Sets in the series so budding magicians can advance their skills even further with the Jamie Raven Card Magic, Magic of the Mind and Sleight of Hand sets.
  • Jamie Raven’s Card Magic Set
    Card Magic! Learn directly from among one of Britain’s most talented magicians and amaze your friends and family with mind-boggling Card Magic tricks! Developed by Britain’s Got Talent sensation Jamie Raven, the Card Magic Set not only contains all the parts required to perform multiple tricks but also includes a secret on-line link! Learn from the best and watch as Jamie teaches you how to perform many astonishing card tricks, for example, the incredible Four of a Kind and The Joker Knows. As well as demonstrating the secret techniques required to perform the tricks, Jamie also offers plenty of hints and tips along the way to ensure you deliver a spell-binding performance each time
  • Jamie Raven’s Sleight of Hand Magic Set
    Deliver your very own mind-blowing illusions! Learn directly from one of Britain’s most talented magicians and amaze your friends and family with astounding Sleight of Hand Magic tricks! Developed by the Britain’s Got Talent sensation Jamie Raven, the Sleight of Hand Magic Set not only contains all the components required to perform multiple tricks but also includes a secret online link! Learn from the best and watch as Jamie teaches you how to perform many unbelievable illusions such as the Jumping Coins and Magnetic Pen tricks. Additionally demonstrating the top secret techniques required to carry out the tricks, Jamie also offers lots of hints and tips in the process to make sure you deliver a spell-binding performance every time

Magic Cards

Aquabeads

Aquabeads are a product that we have been asked for in the past. “What are aquabeads?” I hear you ask
Aquabeads were developed in Japan, where they have succeeded in the market since 2004. Now they are sold in over 30 countries!
Aquabeads are unique beads that stick together with water. No heat is necessary so children can enjoy the whole process from the beginning to the end which will provide great enjoyment. They are actually a fun and non-toxic product for children to enjoy hours of innovative creativity!
Aquabeads are perfect for children aged 4 years old and upwards.

We have in stock:

  • Aquabeads Complete (£9.99)
  • Four Aquabeads Theme Refills (See image below)
    Aquabeads

Also we have recently replenished our Sylvanians Stocks and now have many many more Sylvanians Familes, Babies and accessories in store.

Why not come and Visit Silly Billy’s Toy Shop in Hebden Bridge Today

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Bath Toys and More

Bath Toys

We are often asked for Bath Toys at Silly Billy’s. Notably some of Playmobil’s 1.2.3 range has toys that float. Also the magic submarine from House of Marbles has been a huge success through the years.

Now we have a dedicated range of Bath Toys from Alex Toys for our younger customers and these include:

  • Colour Changing Ducks
  • Magnetic Boats
  • Stack and Pour Cups
  • Fishing
  • Hoops for the Tub
  • Farm Bath Squirters
  • Shapes for the Tub (1.2.3 and A.B.C), great for learning numbers and alphabet
  • Draw in The Tub crayons, pack of 6
  • Fizzy Tints, colours the bath water

Many years ago, before my time with Silly Billy’s Toy Shop, my children had similar bath toys from Silly Billy’s Toy Shop and I remember the letters being a rip-roaring success. All these bath toys are safe and high quality to ensure safe play whilst in the tub. We hope you will like our new range of bath Toys here at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop
Bath Toys Bath Toys

As it is half-term in Hebden Bridge and will be our second Easter at our new Toy Shop location we are very busy here in Silly Billy’s either receiving orders or selling toys and games to our fantastic customers.
As well as the new Bath Toys collection we have also received the recently released Lego Minecraft Mushroom Island, 21129 which is only £19.99:
21129Our Lego stocks will be building up in the run-up to Easter and we look forward to receiving more new and exciting Lego Products, we hope to have some Lego Batmobiles, 70905 to compliment our current Lego Batman stocks.

Yu-Gi-Oh

Back by popular demand are Yu-Gi-Oh.
Pokemon cards have been extremely popular forever here and now we have Yu-Gi-Oh cards back in stock.
We have not carried any Yu-Gi-Oh cards for some time, in fact not since we opened here at our New Toy Shop location in Hebden Bridge
Yu-Gi-Oh

Posters

We have a selection of new posters in the shop, please come and visit us to see what we have. GB EYE Posters are still an absolute steal at only £3.99

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Spy Pens

Spy Pens

Do you remember Spy Pens?
New from House of marbles we have some fabulous Spy Pens, write in invisible ink and light up the ink with the Ultraviolet Light on the Pen’s Top. A great little gadget
Spy pensAs well as Spy Pens we have also received some other new musical products from House of Marbles, a great English company based in Devon.
We have some Monkey Drums:
It’s impossible not to pick them up and spin. A great musical instrument and sensory experience! Length: 18 cm (7 inches).
They make a great sound and are a fantastic new Toy in Our Range:
Monkey DrumsAlso Toot Flutes, a squawky, noisy novelty! Squeak and honk, hoot and toot to your favourite tune! Comes in a variety of colours.
Toot Flutes compliment to our existing Musical Range which includes:
Harmonicas
This lovely musical instrument is also known as the Mississippi Saxophone or the Tin-Can Tongue Twister! Our harmonica is a nicely made, simple version in the key of C which would be a great place to start for any budding musician. Length: 11 cm (1 1/4 inches). The first step towards your one-man band.

Kazoos
Possibly one of the silliest musical instruments ever invented, but totally brilliant. Length: 12cm – 5 inches.

Train Whistles
Lay down a music track with this nifty Train Whistle. This musical instrument is great for train and music enthusiasts alike. Length: 16 cm – 8 inch.

Hand Bells
Hand-bells with lovely solid handles – a great musical instrument for bringing the sounds of Summer Morris Dancers into your home. Height: 12 cm – 5 inches. Assorted colours available – red, yellow and green.

Back by popular demand and also from The House of Marbles are Clockwork Submarines, we have not had stock of these since our pre-flood days, when they all floated away !
Clockwork SubmarinesSomething else that flew away in the flooding were Pocket Kites and we now have these back in stock as well, these are great little kites really fun and easy to fly. Pocket Kites are Flyaway fun in miniature; the kite in a bag is one of our best sellers. Easy to fly for the amateur and fun for the expert. The kite comes in a bright and colourful bag (a choice of orange, blue or green) for easy storage and transportation. A surprisingly large kite in a small bag. Kite size approximately 50 x 30 cms / 20 x 12 inches, with a super-long tail.
Pocket Kites

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New In at Silly Billy’s

Silly Billy has some new products in Store for You

We have had some deliveries here at Silly Billy’s and back by popular demand are the long awaited pull-back Space Shuttles. These Space Shuttles are die-cast with a pull back action and we have not had any in stock since before the Great Flood.

Space Shuttles £5.99

Space Shuttles £5.99

We have been asked for Bubble Guns in the past and now we have some bubble guns at only £2.50. These are mechanically operated guns and do not require any batteries, the bubble guns come with bubble liquid.

bubble-gun £1.99

Bubble Gun £2.50

Also we have some amazing Flying Rings for only £1

Flying-Rings £1

Flying Rings £1

Lastly we have had some new Top Model in store and recently Silly Billy’s has taken delivery of the following Depesche Items:

  • TopModel Lipstick Eraser, very popular and only £1.35
  • TopModel Glitter Gel pen Set
  • Create Your TopModel Kitty
  • TopModel make-up colouring book
  • Fantasy World Sticker World
  • TopModel Design Book and Video
    Top Model Design Book

 

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J.K. Rowling just announced that she’s publishing this new Harry Potter book

For the many Harry Potter fans who were worried about missing J.K. Rowling‘s new stage play, help is at hand.

On July 31, Rowling will publish the script for Harry Potter and the Cursed Childin print and ebook format, making the story accessible to everyone who can’t make it to the theatrical version in London’s West End.

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Pottermore announced Wednesday that Rowling will publish a “special rehearsal edition” of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which takes place nine years after the seventh Harry Potter book, and stars a new cast of adult actors as Harry, Ron, and Hermione. The first edition comes out shortly after the play’s London premiere, and will later be updated with a “definitive collector’s edition.” (Like most new plays, Harry Potter and the Cursed Childmay go through some minor changes during its preview period, before its official opening.)

For obvious reasons, Harry Potter and the Cursed Childis a hot ticket, and many fans have no chance of seeing it liveat least, not until the play is licensed to be performed elsewhere. And while the London production does offer cheaper tickets for each performance, it’s still nowhere near as accessible as a book.

By publishing the script like this, especially with an ebook edition, Rowling is making sure that the new Harry Potter is available to every fan.

Photo via Pottermore

Read more: http://www.dailydot.com/geek/harry-potter-cursed-child-play-book/

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J.K. Rowling just announced that she’s publishing this new Harry Potter book

For the many Harry Potter fans who were worried about missing J.K. Rowling‘s new stage play, help is at hand.

On July 31, Rowling will publish the script for Harry Potter and the Cursed Childin print and ebook format, making the story accessible to everyone who can’t make it to the theatrical version in London’s West End.

READ MORE:

Everything we know about the 4 new wizarding schools from J.K. Rowling

Pottermore announced Wednesday that Rowling will publish a “special rehearsal edition” of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which takes place nine years after the seventh Harry Potter book, and stars a new cast of adult actors as Harry, Ron, and Hermione. The first edition comes out shortly after the play’s London premiere, and will later be updated with a “definitive collector’s edition.” (Like most new plays, Harry Potter and the Cursed Childmay go through some minor changes during its preview period, before its official opening.)

For obvious reasons, Harry Potter and the Cursed Childis a hot ticket, and many fans have no chance of seeing it liveat least, not until the play is licensed to be performed elsewhere. And while the London production does offer cheaper tickets for each performance, it’s still nowhere near as accessible as a book.

By publishing the script like this, especially with an ebook edition, Rowling is making sure that the new Harry Potter is available to every fan.

Photo via Pottermore

Read more: http://www.dailydot.com/geek/harry-potter-cursed-child-play-book/

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Lego Is A Better Investment Than Gold

All those parents who got their kids Lego for Christmas arewise heads.

The Telegraph are reporting that investors were able to secure a healthier return buying Lego sets over the past 15 years than from the stock market or gold. Lego sets that have been kept in pristine condition have increased by more than 12 per cent each year. Those fools that have invested in poxy gold have only seen a9.6 per cent annual gain.

An example given is the Ultimate Collectors Millennium Falcon. In 2007 you could have snapped it up for 342.49, if you were to sell it on today it would fetch 2,712 provided that its in mint condition and still in its box. So no playing with your toys, thats not what they are for.

This is an extreme example, but there are other sets that are worth a small fortune too. The Caf Corner, a model of a hotel that went on sale back in 2007 has risen in value from 89.99 to 2,096. Thats a return of 2,230 per cent.

Theres even a site specifically for those who wish to invest in kids bricks, BrickPicker.com, which tells you the prices you can expect to get for your set.

So kids, if for some reason youre reading this and are yet to take your Lego out of its box, try and resist temptation as it could be worth quite a bit one day. Or, you know, open your box and go play. In fact, just do whatever you want.

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