Christmas Competition Winner 2017

And the Winner is:

Rebecca Coyle, from nearby Todmorden.

So, VERY WELL DONE and Congratulations to Rebecca.

We are very happy to see a local Winner emerge from this Competition and it was a Credit to our Social Media Manager and blog author, Robert A Williams, that the post on Facebook achieved a massive 400 shares and a reach of over 20,000 people on Facebook. If you are looking for such reach on Social Media then contact Robert.
This massive Christmas Competition was the biggest value Competition that we have held at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop and after it’s huge success and impact we will hold a similarly big Facebook Competition next year. We used an application called WooBox to pick the Winner and below is the screenshot from the pick.
Christmas Competition 2017 WINNER

Christmas appears to be happening quite late this year although in reality there are only 14 More Shopping Days until Christmas 2017. Schools are breaking up extraordinarily late for the Winter Break on Friday 22nd December 2017. Silly Billy’s will be open until 1730 Christmas Eve, and you can view Silly Billy’s opening hours over the Christmas 2017 period on the image below:

Christmas Opening 2017

Silly Billy’s are on target to surpass the 3,000 Page Likes on Facebook as well which is a target Robert A Williams had set to reach prior to Christmas Day 2017, at the time of writing Silly Billy’s Facebook Page likes stand at 2,995 – so if you would like the Silly Billy’s Facebook Page and ask your friends to like it as well that would be great.

Other News

Coming up this week on Friday 15th December is Stubbings School Christmas Fayre

If you are a local school or organisation, and you wish us to mention any event that you have happening at any time of year then please message us through our Facebook Page and we will endeavour to list your event on our amazingly popular Facebook page and perhaps on this fantastic blog as well ! Simply contact Silly Billy’s Toy Shop.

We have sledges at Silly Billy’s and it is snowing today and expected to snow more overnight so please come and get your sledges from us. If you have children at Calder High School then don’t forget to check Calder High School’s website here for details of whether the school will be open in the snowy conditions that may be around tomorrow (Monday 11th December 2017)
Sledges

 

 

 

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Kaloo Plush for Christmas 2017

Kaloo Plush at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop

Silly Billy’s has been trading in Hebden Bridge for twenty years and for many of those years we have been a stockist of Plush Kaloo cuddly gifts suitable from birth upwards. These specially crafted and very plush teddies and rabbits are lovingly made in France to a super high standard and make for suitable gifts for new-borns, toddlers and even older children.

We would like it if you would come and visit Silly Billy’s to view our amazing range of Kaloo suitable for new borns as birth gifts or christening gifts, suitable for older children as well due to their very plush nature. Kaloo are not the only range we stock of toys or gifts suitable for new borns, we also are a stockist of the amazing Sophie la Girafe, as endorsed by many celebrities and also some members of the author’s own family.

We are very proud to say that we have in fact been stocking Kaloo at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop since Kaloo started their business in 1998, Silly Billy’s Toy Shop starting up in Hebden Bridge one year before.
Kaloo plush

Once upon a time…
A father’s dream to invent different soft toys for his little boy. A little bear, an emotional symbol for all toddlers, was then chosen as the brand’s emblematic animal. Because dreams can come true, Kaloo came to life one beautiful morning in late 1998.

2001 was the next milestone for Kaloo Plush

2001
Kaloo around the world
After a successful launch in the European market with high quality products, Kaloo became a reference brand for upscale birth gifts. The rapid development of the brand was supported by the creation of Kaloo North America in 2001.
Kaloo 123
The range Kaloo 123 was launched in 2001 with the aim of making childhood a little more of a dream. Colorful and mischievous, it was created to awaken baby’s senses.

Kaloo perfumes (please note we do not stock perfumes at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop)
« Kaloo Parfums » was launched in spring 2001, composed of four alcohol free fragrances specially made to stimulate baby’s sense of smell.

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What’s on Christmas 2017 – Coming up in Hebden

What’s on Christmas 2017 – Coming up in Hebden Bridge

So there are a few events and other activities happening all around Hebden Bridge in the run-up to to Christmas. We have endeavoured to list as many in and around Hebden Bridge as we can, though if we have missed you out then please get in touch with Silly Billy’s either through our Facebook Page or on this contact form.
Please give us your event details and we will add them to this post.

  • Friday 17th November Christmas Lights switch On in Hebden Bridge

    Christmas 2017 Hebden bridge lights

  • Friday 17th November Christmas Late Night Opening

    To coincide with the Christmas lights switch on this Friday 17th (tomorrow) November both Silly Billy’s Toy Shop and Homely at Hebden will be staying open later so pop along and see us in Old Gate House, across the river, we may even do some Mince Pies !!

  • Saturday 18th November  Mytholmroyd Christmas Market & Lights
    12-5.30pm

    At St Michael’s Square in Mytholmroyd from 12 noon on Saturday 18th November for the Christmas Market and Lights Switch On
    Full day of festive treats includes a local traders and craft market with over 40 stalls, why not pick up a few stocking fillers. There will be entertainment from Hebden Bridge Brass Band, the Peace Artistes, Bazzmatazz and local schools. With free mulled wine and mince pies (courtesy of your Local Coop) activities for children and of course a visit from that very special gent, Father Christmas.
    mytholmroyd christmas lights

  • Saturday 18th November Mytholmroyd Fire Station Open Day
    Between 12:00 and 18:00
    Royd Fire Station
  • Saturday 18th November Christmas Art Fair at The Waterfront Hall,
    The Town Hall, St George’s St, Hebden Bridge
    11am – 4pm
  • Saturday 25 November 2017 Todmorden’s Lamplighter Festival
    Further Details here
  • Saturday 2 December 2017 Christmas Fayre Hope Baptist Chapel. 10 until 4pm.
    Festive stalls, cake, mince pies, tea & coffee.
    Come and join us in the popular Chatty Cafe, and maybe get a Christmas present from our selection of handmade gifts.
  • Monday 11 December 2017 Carol Singing at the Railway Station
    5:15 pm (for about an hour or so).
    This is to raise money for The Railway Children Charity
    Come along and sing or bring an instrument.
  • Friday 15 December 2017 Christmas Carol Service 6-30pm
    St. James’ Church, Church lane, Hebden Bridge, HX7 6DS
    A family friendly service with Hebden Royd Primary School choir; carols and readings.
    Refreshments afterwards including Mulled wine, coffee, mince pies.
  • Sunday 24th December 2017
    Annual showing of “It’s a Wonderful Life” at Hebden Bridge Picture House
  • Sunday 24th December 2017 – Carols in the Square, Hebden Bridge
    From 6 30pm

 

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Stocking Fillers Christmas 2017

Stocking Fillers Christmas 2017

We have written about Stocking Fillers before on this blog, at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop we have a variety of gifts for Stocking Fillers, though the great question would be what is the average cost of a stocking filler present in the UK. So I did some research on this and GoCompare did a survey in 2014 reckoning the average cost of filling a stocking was £37. The author no longer makes stockings for his now teenage children, rightly or wrongly, having a cut-off point when they reached their auspicious youthfulness.

For the benefit of this post I am going to have a stocking filler cut off point of £6 per item, so here are some exciting gifts that you could potentially use as stocking fillers:

These are just some examples of possible stocking fillers that you could purchase from Silly Billy’s Toy Shop in Hebden Bridge. To get a complete idea of what we stock it would be best for you to come and visit us, if you struggle at all with that then there is a very easy to use map of Silly Billy’s on our website.

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Have you seen our amazing Competition for Christmas 2017 

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Mom finds forgotten 30-year-old ‘Star Wars’ Christmas gift in drawer

In 1982, a present went missing from under Reddit user OMG party’s Christmas tree.

His mom had accidentally misplaced the X-Wing Pilot Luke Skywalker action figure the budding Star Wars fan wanted.

Fast forward 33 years later. This year, the redditor’s mom found the gift lurking in the back of a drawer in her house, still in the box she bought it in with the original K-Mart price tag.

Only now, instead of being a cheap kids’ stocking stuffer, it’s a highly sought-after Star Wars collectible that could be worth hundreds if you could ever part with it. Surprise! Merry Christmas!

“My mom bought this back in the 80’s and forgot about it in the back of a drawer,” The redditor wrote on Imgur. “Today she gave it to me as a Christmas gift! I’m amazed! Going to be holding on to this forever!”

In an email to the Daily Dot, he said:

Back in probably 81 or 82 my Mom bought this for me, knowing that I was crazy about Star Wars toys. Most of my childhood memories are of playing with Star Wars figures. For whatever reason my Mom ended up putting it in a drawer and just held on to it all these years waiting for the right time!

Knowing how excited I was for the new Star Wars film, she decided that this was the year!

So that’s the story! I’m pretty surprised, that’s a long time to hold on waiting for the right moment!

In terms of value, someone on my Facebook feed said $500 but I think that’s most likely WAY WAY over inflated. It’s got some weathering that would keep it from being considered “New in the box” to collectors. Not that it matters, there is absolutely NO way that I would ever sell this. No amount of money is worth it’s value to me as a gift from my Mom!

The X-Wing fighter pilot Luke is one of a series of Star Wars action figures produced by the Kenner toy company between 1978 and 1985. Fans refer to this as “the vintage line.” The X-Wing version of Luke originally debuted with Kenner’s X-Wing model before getting his own box and costume in 1979. As action figures go, this one is pretty iconic.

Since OMG party’s gift is still in its original packaging, known as a 20/21 back card, it’s considerably more valuable as a collector’s item than any of the millions of similar X-wing pilot Luke’s that have been taken out and played with. (In collectors’ jargon, these toys are “loose.”) And since it features a special promotion for Return of the Jedi, it could easily be worth several hundred dollars.

Not bad for a mom who left her son’s present in a drawer for three decades. It’s not every day you get to surprise your kid with an amazing vintage action figure; but then that’s what the magic of Christmas and Star Wars at Christmas is all about.

Photo via Imgur

Read more: http://www.dailydot.com/geek/star-wars-fan-vintage-line-action-figure-found-in-drawer/

Did you know at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop we have LEGO Star Wars Advent calendars and more types of Christmas Toy Advent Calendars in store than ever before!

 

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Christmas Competition 2017

Christmas Competition 2017 – The Big One

This is the biggest competition we have run EVER at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop.

Christmas Competition 2017 RULES

We are trying to make the rules as simple as possible, so all you need to do is Like, Share and Tag one friend preceded by the text #SillyBillys on this Facebook Post. So if you are not on Facebook we are afraid you cannot enter.

Names will be drawn at random via an app called Woobox through the Facebook entrants that have followed the correct procedure at approximately mid-day on Sunday 10th December 2017

You can enter from anywhere in the UK and we will post the items to you free of charge if necessary.

This is what you can win, 1 of each of the following:

  • Playmobil Dragons 9247 Astrid & Stormfly
  • LEGO Ninjago 70611 Water Strider
  • LEGO DUPLO 10572 Creative Play All-in-One-Box-of-Fun
  • Altogether with a Total Value at RRP £89.97

We have run Christmas Competitions in the past though none as big as this and we really hope you can take part and enjoy joining in, it really is so simple. In fact Robert A Williams (excluded from this competition as a direct employee of Silly Billy’s) have demonstrated how to take part by commenting on the Facebook Christmas 2017 Competition Post.

Please take part and please tell your friends and help spread the word.


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Kids Advent Calendar 2017

Kids Advent Calendar

Rather than buying chocolate Kids Advent Calendar, why not buy a toy Kids Advent Calendar that you can re-use year after year, or can simply play with after Christmas.

Silly Billy’s is pleased to announce that we have the greatest quantity of Kids Advent Calendar’s here at our magnificent Toy Shop.

Playmobil Kids Advent Calendar
Kids Advent Calendar

From Playmobil we have the amazing Playmobil 6624 Kids Advent calendar which depicts “Christmas on the Farm”. The Playmobil Christmas on the Farm Advent Calendar is the perfect 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 surprise behind each door.

We also have Playmobil 9008 Advent Calendar ‘Royal Ice Skating Trip’ with a Child’s Bracelet. The Playmobil Royal Ice Skating Trip Advent Calendar is the perfect way to count down to Christmas. The magical scene is set for the King and queen to enjoy ice skating in the forest. Many of the forest animals have come out to see the royal couple glide across the pond, whilst the snowman keeps up his cheery smile. The Princess is getting ready for a thrilling sled ride. Includes three Playmobil figures, diorama, animals and lots of accessories including wearable bracelet. Each window has a surprise to build your Playmobil scene.

Neither 6624 or 9008 are suitable for children under three years of age.

For Children Under Three we have the Playmobil 1.2.3 Christmas on the Farm Advent Calendar, which is the perfect way to count down to Christmas. Santa Claus and his Reindeer are coming to Christmas on the Farm and bringing masses of presents with them. The children and their dog are helping to share out the animal feed to the pig, chickens, cows and all the other farm animals. Santa’s bag of presents can be stowed behind the seat. Every day a surprise behind each door. Suitable for children from 18 months of age
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LEGO Kids Advent Calendars

So from LEGO we have the three amazing Advent calendars below

  • LEGO City 60155
  • LEGO Friends 41326
  • LEGO Star Wars 75184

kids Advent Calendar

 

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Some New Products – Christmas 2017

Here are some new Products that we have recently brought in to Silly Billy’s Toy Shop.

After the recent sad demise of the Tree House on Market Street, Silly Billy’s are happy to announce that we now have a greater selection of Wooden Toys and we plan on stocking even more Wooden Toys in 2018.
Wooden toys
Recently we have brought into our Toy Shop, after some customer requests, Modelling Ballons at only £1.50 for 15
Modelling BalloonsWe also now have painting aprons for the younger children and also a wide selection of paints, including Poster Paints in Primary Colours at £2.50, also Finger Paints at £5.99, we also have Crayola Colours in various forms, including an 18 Colour palette of Kids Paint at £4.99 plus various Chunky Crayons and Finger paints for our younger creative audience.
Finger Paints

Painting / Play Apron
Painting Apron

So these craft toys and other toys may not necessarily just be for Christmas 2017, unlike the amazing LEGO Ninjago range which is proving to be immensely popular; although we do tend to sell a lot of toys and crafty gifts like this over the Christmas period, as well as many Pocket Money Toys, did you know we have Toys from 50 pence here at Silly Billy’s. Where else can you buy a gift, fun thing, for 50 Pence (GBP) ?

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This post like all the others in this blog is created by Robert A Williams who is posting one post a day up to Christmas Eve 2017 for Silly Billy’s Toy Shop in an attempt to increase our blog following and Social Media presence. If you haven’t done it already it is definitely worth following Silly Billy’s on Facebook

Other New Products Include a very lovely marble based Solitaire set from The House of Marbles
Solitaire

And an updated version of Bananagrams, the fantastic anagram game which would make a great gift for Christmas.
Bananagrams

Go WILD with the Word race game that drives you Bananas

  • The addictive word game just got WILDER. Introducing BANANAGRAMS WildTiles
  • As players race to build crossword grids, now there are 6 special tiles they can pick up and play as many times as needed, standing in for any letter
  • Suitable for 1 to 8 players.
  • A must for holidays.
  • Bananagrams Wild Tiles is suitable for ages 5 years and over

Other Exciting Games for Christmas 2017 and All Year round:

  • Pass The Pigs
  • Scrabble, Senior, Junior and Travel Scrabble
  • Chess, Draughts
  • Travel Games, Ludo, Sea Battle, Travel Chess, Travel Snakes and Ladders
  • Large Board Snakes and Ladders
  • Solitaire
  • and many more, so pop in and see us at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop in Hebden Bridge

Games at Silly Billys

 

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LEGO Christmas 2017

LEGO Christmas 2017 at Silly Billy’s

I am not going to list all the LEGO that we have at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop as it would take too long and be quite a long read. Instead I am going to list the LEGO themes that we have at Silly Billy’s

  • LEGO Ninjago
  • LEGO Creator
  • LEGO City
  • LEGO Star Wars
  • LEGO Friends
  • LEGO Advent Calendars
  • LEGO Architecture
  • LEGO Technic
  • LEGO Speed Champions
  • LEGO Minecraft
  • LEGO Baseplates and Duplo Baseplates
  • LEGO Duplo

LEGO is one of the most popular toys that we have and our LEGO Stocks for Christmas 2017 are far greater than they were for Christmas 2016 so if you want to know what we have got then please come and visit us at the best independent toy shop in England, based in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire.

If you did not realise, the LEGO Ninjago movie is on general release today and we have a mammoth amount of Ninjago ready for Christmas plus Ninjago Minifigures, which are fast running out. We are also one of the few shops that actually use the LEGO Loyalty Card system for Minifigures, once you buy 5 the Sixth Minifigure comes free, Loyalty Cards are non-transferable between Minifigure series.
LEGO Ninjago Collectors Card

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


LEGO
is one of the top selling toys in the World and we have stocked LEGO since we first opened 20 years ago in 1997. Recently the LEGO house has opened in Billund in Denmark, you can see that we have published this information already on our wonderful Facebook Page. We are aiming to get 3,000 page likes before the end of 2017 so if you could like and share Silly Billy’s Toy Shop Facebook Page that would really be appreciated.

So if you are shopping for Christmas 2017 then please come and visit Silly Billy’s Toy Shop in Hebden Bridge and buy your LEGO Christmas 2017 toys here.

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Buy Schleich for Christmas 2017

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.

Schleich Unicorns

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

    schlecih dinosaurs

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
schleich animals

 

Other larger schleich items include the Schleich Horse Club 42346, Pick Up with Horse Box
schleich 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.

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