Aquabeads were introduced to Silly Billy’s Toy Shop this year (2017), although many many years ago, before the author of this blog started working there, Silly Billy’s were an Aquabead stockist.
So what are Aquabeads, exactly? Aquabeads are a craft toy or gift which can be easily used to create breath-taking designs with the simple addition of water (H2O)
Hints & Tips for using Aquabeads
When beads do not stick properly, spray some more water on the back of the design and leave to dry.
When the back of a bead design is not glossy, spray some more water on the back and leave to dry.
If your bead design starts to bend, place the design under a heavy magazine or book and leave it there for a while.
If the bead design breaks, simply reassemble and spray with water.
These are the Aquabeads Kits that we have in stock at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop
Aquabeads Complete Set Beginners Studio £12.99
Aquabeads Beginners Studio comes complete with 840 beads in 12 colours, more than enough to create whatever your imagination thinks of!
The set comes with a handy place to store all of your beads, a bead peeler, and template sheets as well as a bead pen and sprayer
The Aquabeads Beginners Studio is suitable for those who have just begun their Aqua-beading adventure – it even comes with two double-sided template sheets to inspire you.
Suitable for children aged 4+. “with colourful Aquabeads, beautiful creations are simply a spray of water away”.
Aquabeads Complete Set Rainbow Pen Station £19.99 The Rainbow Pen Station comes with two layout trays, and a bespoke workstation making it perfect for crafting more Aquabeads creations at once. Slot the beads into the Rainbow Pen, and easily switch between the colours when creating your designs. There are 4 templates to help give you creative inspiration, and to top it all off, the handy workstation will help to keep you organised. With colourful Aquabeads, beautiful creations are simply a spray of water away.
Just spray water and the beads will stick together! no ironing required.
Helps to develop hand-eye coordination and memory skills.
Includes two layout trays and a bespoke workstation.
Contains 600 beads that come in eight different colours and four templates.
Not suitable for children under 4 years due to small parts which can be ingested and/or inhaled
Aquabeads Complete Sparkling Jewel Box £19.99 With colourful Aquabeads, beautiful creations are simply a spray of water away!
Pretty in pink, the Sparkling Jewel Box contains 600 beads in 12 colours, all held within a coloured heart-shaped storage station.
The Jewel Box comes with a layout tray, key chain, bead peeler, sprayer, two rings, a parfait cup and a sundae cup as well as 2 double-sided template sheets which comprise beautiful bow, cake and animal designs.
Suitable for children aged 4+
We also have Aquabeads Refills Sets here at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop
Depesche Top Model has been a stock line brought over from our old shop and very popular, we have increased our Top Model selection for Christmas 2017 and the new lines we have are:-
Minimoomis Scented Writing Pads
Miss Melody Mini Gel Pen Set, 5 ink colours
MANGAModel Colouring Book
Create Your Fantasy Model Colouring Book
TOPModel Stickerpad OMG
TOPModel DANCE Colouring Book
Dino World Tattoos
Create your TOPModel Design Studio
TOPModel Diary with Code
TOPModel Friendship book blue
TOPModel Friendship book pink
TOPModel Mobile Notebooks
TOPModel Make-Up Creative Folder
Miss Melody Style Your Horse
TOPModel Design Book and Video
Dino World Light Keychain
TOPModel POPSTAR Colouring Book
Miss Melody Stickerworld
Create your TOPModel Colouring Book
Create your TOPModel Kitty Colouring
Create your TOPModel Doggy Colouring
TOPModel Make-Up Colouring Book
TOPModel Lipstick Eraser
TOPModel T-Shirt Designer Colouring Book
MANGAModel Pocket Colouring Book
Dino World Activity Book
TOPModel Glitter Gelpen Stick
Miss Melody Sticker Fun
TOPModel Pocket Colouring Book 3D
TOPModel Neon Gelpen Set, 6 colours
TOPModel Dress Me Up Stickerbook
TOPModel Fineliner, 10 colours
TOPModel Coloured pencil, 12 colours
TOPModel Coloured Pencil Set
TOPModel Sharpener and eraser
Create your Glamour Special Colouring book
Yivi’s Rubb Off Card
As you can see we have an amazing amount of Top Model at Silly Billy’s for your children to enjoy and Top Model is suitable for the teenage audience as well.
Here are some of the Top model’s that Feature in the Books
If you are interested in some of the Top Model Apps for handheld devices then visit this link
Top Model has Rave Reviews all over the internet and you can see some on Amazon and other places. Here at Silly Billy’s we charge RRP for Top model so please buy your Top Model products from us rather than the corporate entities and help to keep Small Businesses alive. Please don’t forget Small Business Saturday is coming up on 2nd December this year.
And we have had a new shelf unit built by our brilliant carpenter, Johnathan Noble,
Galt in our brilliant shelving unit
which means that we can put out even more toys including a wider range of GALT with the following:
Brilliant Hair-Bands at £9.99
Paint A Tea Set at £9.99
First Sewing at £9.99
Fairy Dressing Up Set at £9.99
Glitter Party Set at £9.99
Four Puzzles in A Box at £5.99
Alphabet puzzles at £5.99
Baby Puzzles at £5.99 (18 months +)
Number Puzzles at £5.99
Magic Puzzle at £9.99
Paint by Numbers at £5.99
Violent Volcano at £5.99
Bonkers Bubbles at £5.99
Colour Changing Pens at £3.99
Various Colouring and Sticker Pads from £1.99
Come into Silly Billy‘s Toy Shop in our new location at Old Gate House, Old Gate, Hebden Bridge, HX7 6EN, we have lots of toys and games to suit from the very young, the next post will contain more information on our new Sophie La Girafe range, the amazing baby teether shaped like a giraffe.
Attempts to trademark the shapes of Kit Kats and London taxis have failed, opening the door for rivals to imitate them. So how come other products get to protect their distinctive shapes?
You know what a four-finger KitKat looks like. A quartet of slim wafer biscuits, linked together by their chocolate coating. Have a break, etc.
And even if you’ve never visited the city, it’s likely you’ll recognise the bulbous contours of a London black cab, which are every bit as much a symbol of the UK capital as Big Ben (although they do ply their trade in some other British cities).
But at the High Court this week, Mr Justice Arnold ruled that neither’s shape is distinctive enough to trademark.
The London Taxi Company, manufacturer of the traditional hackney carriage, had taken action against the makers of the Metrocab, a new hybrid-powered taxi, saying its design had been “substantially copied” from its own.
But the judge dismissed the claim, opening the way for the Metrocab model to appear on London’s streets over the next few years.
Likewise Nestle was denied the right to trademark its four-fingered KitKat in the UK when the court agreed with confectionery rivals Cadbury that its shape was not distinctive enough for consumers to identify all such bars as KitKats.
The existence of a similar bar produced in Norway since 1937 called Kvikk Lunsj (meaning “quick lunch”), which is available in some UK shops, did not help Nestle’s case. The Swiss company says it will appeal.
It’s rare for a three-dimensional object to be granted trademark status, but not unheard of. The shape of a four-finger KitKat may not be judged distinctive enough to qualify as a trademark, but those of Toblerone and Nestle’s Walnut Whip are.
Coca-Cola first received the status for the contours of its bottle from the US Patent and Trademark Office as far back as 1960.
There can be huge benefits for firms that are granted trademark status. Unlike patents, which expire after 20 years, a trademark can potentially last forever – thus effectively conferring a long-term monopoly on a particular shape.
So how exactly do you go about getting one?
Firstly, the law requires that the shape is sufficiently distinctive, says Luke McDonagh, an expert in intellectual property law at City University London.
The point of this is to allow consumer to distinguish between different products – “the idea being that consumers would immediately recognise the shape itself and associate it with a particular brand, apart from any logos or brand name packaging”.
The shape of toasters, for instance, has been judged “devoid of any distinctive character”. A toaster is just a toaster. But a Toblerone is a Toblerone. It’s not always an easy distinction to make, but “people know an elephant when they see one”, says Iain Connor, partner in the intellectual property team at law firm Pinsent Masons.
In 2012 Lindt lost an attempt to trademark its chocolate bunnies because a European court ruled “the combination of the shape, the colours and the pleated ribbon with a small bell are not sufficiently different” from the wrapping of other chocolate rabbits.
In the KitKat case, Nestle cited a survey in which 90% of people shown a picture of the chocolate, without any names or symbols attached to it, mentioned KitKat. But Mr Justice Arnold ruled that the consumer relied “only on the word mark KitKat” and other branding to identify it – the chocolate being sold wrapped in packaging.
Likewise, in the black cab ruling, the same judge said the taxi was “merely a variation of the typical shape of a car” and “devoid of inherent distinctive character”.
There’s a second requirement. A trademark must not effectively give a technical monopoly to one company.
According to the Trade Marks Act 1994 – which implements the EU Trade Marks Directive – the shape must not be required to achieve a technical result, arise from the nature of the product itself, or give the product substantial value.
For instance, in a 2002 case, Philips tried to prevent Remington from marketing a three-headed shaver, which Philips said was its trademark. But the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled that the three-headed shaver was necessary to achieve a technical result, thus could not be protected – as a trademark would effectively give Philips the monopoly on producing that type of shaver.
A similar decision was made by the CJEU in 2010 in relation to the Lego bricks. The court ruled against them being protected, on the basis that this would prevent other companies from manufacturing a basic building toy.
However, in 2015 the court ruled that Lego people (known as mini-figures) were distinctive and their purpose was a human shape, not a technical function. In other words, they were more than just bricks, and thus should be protected.
Another recent case concerned Rubik’s Cubes, which are registered as a trademark in the UK by a company called Seven Towns Limited (STL). A rival toy manufacturer argued trademarking the design gave STL a monopoly.
But the CJEU decided the cube’s distinctive black separating lines were an aesthetic feature, not a technical one, as it would be possible to create a puzzle that did the same job without them.
Nonetheless, the bar for securing a trademark for a shape is “very high” because courts are wary of granting technical monopolies, says Connor.
“What the KitKat and black cab cases show is how difficult it is to gain protection for a three-dimensional shape,” says McDonagh. While this can result in a challenge for designers, the purpose – in theory – is to protect consumers. Regardless of whether or not you can identify a popular chocolate-covered wafer snack at 100 paces.
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