Name The Lifesize Playmobil Figure Competition

Playmobil is one of the best sellers in our fantastic Toy Shop in Hebden Bridge and we are regularly changing the lifesize playmobil figure that is placed outside of our toy shop in Old Gate, Hebden Bridge, HX7 6EN. Our friends at Playmobil supply us with these figures on Loan and they have been a regular feature at our illustrious new shop since the new toy shop’s grand opening in March 2016.

Recently we have had a Playmobil Pirate, and previously we had Hicup from How to Train Your Dragon.

 

Playmobil Name the Life Size Figure Competition

The Rules are simple and there are THREE Prizes to be won (the prizes are all the same).
Simply LIKE AND SHARE this post to be in with a chance of Winning and name the “Modern Woman” Playmobil Figure in the post comments.
E.g Comment “I think she should be called Laura”, for example.

Anyone can enter from anywhere in the World and we will post the prize out for Free.

The prize is Three regular Size Playmobil figures which are:

  • Playmobil Pirate
  • Playmobil Gladiator
  • Playmobil Veteranian

See Image Below

So simply like and share this post will be pinned to the top of Silly Billy’s exciting Facebook Page and also give the Playmobil Modern Woman a name in the Facebook comments below the post.
The Winners will be picked randomly on Friday 2nd November 2018

The WInners will be chosen at random from the people who have:
1) Liked the Facebook Post and
2) Given a name in the Facebook Post comments

The Facebook post is also displayed below here

If you are not on Facebook then please take part via this contact form and simply send us a name for the Life Size Playmobil figure which is displayed outside our toy shop, this will also add you to our email mailing list.

 

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Pirates on Social Media

It has  been over a month since we have written a blog post here at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop. Mainly because the Internet Focus has been on our Social Media Channels. We have been promoting Pirates on Social Media and perhaps you are not aware of our current FREEBIE here at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop. All you need do is take a Picture with the life-size Playmobil Pirate that is outside our Toy Shop in Hebden Bridge and TAG Silly Billy’s in it. This is easy enough to do on Facebook or Instagram simply choose your location as Silly Billy’s Toy Shop and either share the image on Silly Billy’s Facebook Page or tag us with #SillyBillys or #SillyBillystoyshop. Silly Billy’s is not on SnapChat but we are happy for you to post there as well, and you can find Silly Billy’s Easily on Instagram

At the moment we have some FREE Playmobil Figures and also free Playmobil Activity Sheets for you to have, simply by taking a picture with the life size Pirate outside our totally awesome toy shop in Hebden Bridge and actively promote the Silly Billy’s Pirates on Social Media. it is Easy and Fun, an example image is below.
Pirates on Social Media

And this is what you can collect for FREE whilst stocks last:
Pirates On Social media

Simply post a picture of a child, a teenager or even an Adult with our Playmobil Pirate on Social Media and tag it with our Toy Shop Location and/or #SillyBillys / #Sillybillystoyshop and you can pick-up a Free Playmobil Activity sheet and also ONE FREE Playmobil Figure if you want.

Part of the Purpose of this post was to list what exciting Pirate Items we have here at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop, and this is the list as it stands in August 2018, for an even better list of toys at Silly Billy’s then why not check out our Alphabet of Toys Page

From Orchard Toys we have the fantastic Pirate Shapes Game suitable for ages 2.5 + and for 2-4 Players:

Pirate Shapes

From Playmobil we have the Amazing 1.2.3 Pirate Set Suitable for 1.5 Years Plus at Only £19.99
Playmobil_pirates_9133
And Again From Playmobil, for Older Children we have a Pirates Take-Along Playset 5655
Playmobil_Pirate_5655
in Other Toys we have Pirate Eye Patches at Only 50 pence each and Pirate Fools Gold Pouches at £1.99
Pirate_Social_Media

So check out our Amazing Free Giveaways on Silly Billy’s Instagram Feed or Facebook Post:

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June 2018 News & New Flying Products

We have recently received some new and exciting Kites, flying products, for the Summer. We are one of a very few shops in the Calder Valley to stock flying products like kites and we have sourced two really exciting kites for you to compliment our, always in Stock, single string pocket kite from the House of Marbles

The Brookite Shadow

The Shadow Kite is full of vibrant rainbow colours – single line and easy to fly in any wind, this kite will give hours of flying fun. For over 100 years Brookite have been designing and manufacturing high quality kites and outdoor toys. Materials and technology have changed considerably over the years and the company has continued to produce state of the art toys whilst retaining the underlying value for money ethos. The range has expanded gradually from single line kites to dual line sport kites and power kites that are strictly for the extreme market. Single line kites are the number one choice for youngsters and beginners – they are easy to fly and simple to assemble. Get out into the fresh air and enjoy the ultimate in outdoor fun that won’t break the bank.
Brookite Shadow

The Brookite Harrier Sport Kite

The Brookite Harrier kite really knows how to throw some shapes! It’s size make it suitable for a variety of wind speeds generating quite some pulling power in higher winds, so watch out. From simple loops and dives to the more complex stunts the Brookite Harrrier Kite can do them well if you know how! Watch some videos on tricks and have a go with this great entry kite to the fun world on stunt kiting. Enjoy.
brookite harrierLeading along to other items that flap in the Wind, we have some fantastic England Car Flags for the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2018, which are only £2 each. The flags measure 47cm by 30cm and are re-usable. They fit easily to any car door window.
UPDATE Sunday 8th July 2018:
To celebrate England’s entry into the semi-finals (which was in Italia 90 – 28 years ago – when England beat Cameroon 3-2 in the quarter-finals to set up a showdown with West Germany). to face Croatia this Wednesday 11th July 2018, ALL ENGLAND CAR FLAGS ARE NOW £1 Each, yes only ONE POUND EACH
england car flag

To compliment the England Car Flags for the 2018 FIFA World Cup we also have some GB EYE Russia Maxi Posters listing all the teams as a fillable Wall Chart in which you can track the progress of teams in this exciting football tournament.
SP1509-RUSSIA-WALL-CHART-2018

Here is a Full List of all The GB Eye Posters that we recently received at our Toy Shop:

  • PH0464 Zebras
  • GN0214 World Map 2017
  • GN0874 Unicorn Magical
  • SP1509 Russia Wall Chart
  • PH0548 Owl Face
  • FP4300 MINECRAFT Ocelot Chase
  • FP4521 Minecraft World Beyond
  • PH0346 Lion and cub
  • FP4514 Harry Potter Spells And Charms
  • FP2594 Harry Potter 7 Part 2 Teaser
  • GN0860 Emoji Believe in Unicorns (Bravado)
  • GN0843 Emoji Collage (Bravado)
  • GN0581 Educational Alphabet
  • FP4636 Doctor Who 13th Doctor
  • GN0862 UNICORN Amazing
  • FP4506 Attack on Titan Season 2 Key Art
  • FP3952 Harry Potter Crests Poster
  • FP4616 Ready Player One Sheet
  • LP2094 Little Mix Quad
  • FP4360 Pokemon Kanto 151
  • LP2089 Little Mix Glory Days
  • GN08454 Emoji * Know your Emoji
  • FP4316 Rick and Morty group
  • FP4317 Rick and Morty Mr Meeseeks
  • FP4338 Overwatch Characters
  • GN08692 Unicorn Amazing
  • FP4534 Overwatch Battle
  • FP4503 Rick and Morty Action Movie
  • FP4482 The Flash Solo
  • GN0147 UK Map Political
  • FP3829 Pokemon Partner Pokemon

SLIME

As you may or may not know, the popularity of Slime has risen in 2018 and for a limited time we are offering our slime pots at only £1 a pot. This is a remarkable price and probably unobtainable elsewhere so if you would like to buy some Slime or know anyone that would then come and visit our Toy Shop in Hebden Bridge.

SLIME ONLY £1 per POT For a LIMITED TIME

Playmobil Pirates

Have you seen our New Life size Playmobil Figure outside our Toy Shop? Recently delivered, this Playmobil life-size Pirate Captain is a fantastic representation of the Playmobil Pirates Theme
Playmobil Pirate

Take your picture with our Full Size Playmobil Pirate Figure and Tag Silly Billy’s Toy Shop Facebook Page in it ideally with this hashtag of #SillyBillys and then come into the shop and show us the image on Facebook and you can have a FREE Playmobil Figure, this offer is for a limited time or until we run out of Figures.
Examples of Figures you could collect are below:
Playmobil_Figres

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Happy 21st Birthday to Silly Billy’s

Silly Billy’s Toy Shop have been serving Hebden Bridge since 1st May 1997, a massive 21 Years.
First we were in Innovation Mill, or in the shop just next door to the Mill, and recently in 2016 we relocated to Old Gate House following the devastating flooding of 2015
You can easily find Silly Billy’s Toy Shop using the map below:

Now onto our 21st Birthday Week Competitions and more

We will be running a Raffle and Colouring Competitions through our Birthday week from Silly Billy’s Toy Shop opening at 09:30 on Tuesday 1st May 2018 until Silly Billy’s Toy Shop closes on Bank Holiday Monday 7th May 2018 at 17:00

LEGO
Firstly we have a massive LEGO giveaway, all you need to do is make a purchase in the shop of any amount and we will give you a raffle ticket free to enter the LEGO Prize Draw which will take place on Tuesday 8th May, 1st prize is a LEGO Creator Modular Skate House 31081 (RRP £34.99), 2nd Prize is a LEGO Creator Outback Adventures 31075 (RRP £17.99) and lastly for Third Prize we have a LEGO City Mining Power Splitter 60165 (RRP £12.99)
LEGO Raffle

PLAYMOBIL
The Playmobil Competition consists of guessing how many Playmobil Plus Figures there are inside the large Playmobil Pirate inside the entrance to Silly Billy’s Toy Shop. You can submit entries all though our Birthday Week and a Prize Winner will be announced week commencing 14th May and we are leaving the forms in the shop until we close at 17:00 on Sunday 13th May ! Please follow Silly Billy’s on Facebook for Winner announcements,  The prizes in the Playmobil Competition are slit in Gender though if a boy wants the girl’s prize or vice versa then we are fine with that.
Boys prize is a Playmobil Knights’ Armory Play Box 5637 (RRP £17.99)
Girl’s Prize is Playmobil Flower Shop Play Box 5639 (RRP £17.99)
Playmobil Guessing Game

Here is a form for the Playmobil Guessing Game should you wish to download it, print it out and pop it into the shop yourself:
Playmobil-guessing-game

TY
The TY prize is a create your own Beanie Prize and will be drawn week commencing Monday May 14th and there will be a First, Second and Third Prize Winners
First Prize wins a Large Beanie Boo
Second Prize a Medium Beanie Boo
Third Prize a Small Beanie Boo
You can download an image for that here (right click that link and save as) to print yourself; or pick up a paper copy in Silly Billy’s Toy Shop
Please get your beanie colouring entries in to us by Sunday 13th May 2018 at 5pm

The Prize for the TY Beanie Colouring Competition is now revealed simply click the TY LOGO Below to be taken to a picture of the TY Beanie Colouring Competition Prize
TY Competition

Lottie Dolls and Arklu
The Lottie Dolls competition is to design Lottie’s pony flag race outfit. and there will be one Winner of a Lottie Doll, Spring Celebration Ballet (RRP £19.99)
This prize will be drawn week commencing Monday May 14th
Please get your Lottie Doll colouring entries in to us by Sunday 13th May 2018 at 5pm
There is an A4 PDF of the design template here which you can print yourself or you can pick one up in our toy shop.
Lottie Doll

Download a PDF of the design template below if you want:
A4_PonyFlagRace_Template_Retail

Other News during Silly Billy’s Birthday Week

There is a lot going on as the now famous Tour De Yorkshire Men’s Cycle Race will be passing through Hebden Bridge in it’s 4th stage on Sunday 6th May 2018, for the full route and more info check out this link

The Local Elections 2018 are on Thursday 3rd May and there is a good article about why it is important for mum’s and dad’s to vote written by Michael Thrasher, Associate Member, Nuffield College, Oxford here,

Please come and visit Silly Billy’s Toy Shop in Hebden Bridge during our 21st Birthday Week and get involved with our exciting Free to enter competitions.
21st Birthday

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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

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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…

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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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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

Playmobil is one of the best sellers in our fantastic Toy Shop in Hebden Bridge and we are regularly changing the lifesize playmobil figure that is placed outside of our toy shop in Old Gate, Hebden Bridge, HX7 6EN. Our friends at Playmobil supply us with…

Pirates on Social Media

It has  been over a month since we have written a blog post here at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop. Mainly because the Internet Focus has been on our Social Media Channels. We have been promoting Pirates on Social Media and perhaps you are not aware of our current FREEBIE…

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…

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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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 Stantz
  • 9349 Ghostbuster Winston Zeddemore

These All NEW PLAYMOBIL Ghostbusters also feature a neat app, find out more about that at playmogram.playmobil.com (smartphone compatible)
As well as these exciting new Ghostbusters we also have in our independent toy shop in Hebden Bridge the following Playmobil 2018 Sets:

  • 9219 Ghostbusters Firehouse
  • 9220 Ghostbusters Ecto-1 Car
  • 9221 Stay Puft Marshmallow Man
    Playmobil 2018

Other Playmobil 2018 in this delivery, which includes a lot of new toys for this year are listed below:

  • 5376 Young Explorer with Otters
  • 5380 Dog Walker
  • 5381 Tooth Fairy
  • 5385 Wolf Warrior
  • 6140 Rabbit pen with Hutch
  • 6773 1.2.3 Airport Shuttle Bus
  • 6789 Fire Rescue Helicopter
  • 6888 Camp Site with LED Fire
  • 6967 Ladder Unit Fire Truck
  • 9100 Horse Grooming Carry Case
  • 9101 Space Exploration Carry Case
  • 9102 Pirate Raider Carry Case
  • 9104 Bunny Barn Carry Case
  • 9106 Knight’s Catapult Carry
  • 9218 Policeman and Burglar
  • 9235 Firefighter with Car
  • 9236 Policeman with Van
  • 9371 Police Money Transporter
  • 5637 Knights’ Armory Play Box
  • 5639 Flower Shop Play Box
  • 6867 Large Tractor
  • 9060 Aquarium
  • 9061 Aquarium Shop
  • 9062 Penguin Enclosure
  • 9063 Aquarium Enclosure
  • 9065 Hammerhead Shark with Baby
  • 9066 Octopus with Baby
  • 9068 Swordfish with Baby
  • 9069 Seal with Pups
  • 9070 Pelican Family
  • 9071 Sea Turtle with Babies
  • 9084 Beachgoer with Scooter
  • 9085 Children at the Beach
  • 9086 Sky Knight with Jet
  • 9087 Pirate with Treasure
  • 9088 Kebab Vendor

Playmobil was very popular in 2017 here at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop and we are hoping for even greater sales in 2018. As you can see we have targeted an aquatic theme as well. An amusing theme for Hebden Bridge as it is a long way from the seaside !
So come down to Hebden Bridge today and take a look at our amazing and varied range of Playmobil.
Please note we are waiting on Playmobil Catalogues and as soon as we have them there will be a notification on Silly Billy’s Toy Shop Facebook page

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Playmobil – A Potted History

Playmobil at Silly Billy’s and the History of Playmobil

History 

Playmobil was invented by German inventor Hans Beck (1929–2009), who is often called “The Father of Playmobil”. Beck received training as a cabinet-maker and was an avid creator of model aeroplanes, a product he pitched to the company geobra Brandstätter. The owner of the company, Horst Brandstätter, asked him to develop toy figures for children instead. Beck spent three years from 1971 to 1974 developing what was to become Playmobil.
Beck conducted research that allowed him to develop a toy that would not be too complex and would nevertheless be flexible. He felt that too much complexity would be obstructive to children’s imaginations, and too much rigidity in design and implementation would cause some inevitable frustration for the child. The toy Hans created, at 7.5 cm tall, would fit in a child’s hand and the figurine’s facial design was based on some children’s drawings – a large head, a big smile, and no nose. “I would put the little figures in their hands without saying anything about what they were,” Beck remarked. “The children accepted them right away … They invented little scenarios for them. They never grew tired of playing with them.”
Hans-Beck-PlaymobilThe 1973 oil crisis enabled  Playmobil to be considered a viable product. The rising oil prices imposed which impacted the production of other toys at geobra Brandstätter, for whom Beck worked as Head of Development, demanded that the company focus on products that required less solid plastic material than the hula hoops and other large plastic toys and playthings that the company had been producing.

In 1974, the company put the first sets of Knights, Native Americans, and construction workers on show in its display rooms. Initial visitors did not really take to the toy. Nevertheless, the plastic toys were displayed proactively at the International Toy Fair in Nuremberg, which was taking place that same year. A Dutch firm agreed to buy a whole year’s production. By the end of the year, geobra Brandstätter had achieved sales of 3 million Deutschmarks with Playmobil – one-sixth of the company’s total sales. Playmobil then began to be sold worldwide in 1975, and has remained a very popular toy ever since.

Playmobil has been a successful toy line for more than 40 years and they have been a major competitor to LEGO toys.
Examples of directly competing toys in both their product line are not hard to find. In the Playmobil toy world, the Playmobil toys are usually realistic, and present accurate representations of arms, armour, costumes, and tools from recognisable time periods. Especially notable for their fine attention to detail are the modern construction and city life toys (cars, cranes, fire-engines, trains, boats, etc.) and the characters that go with them. For Playmobil’s fortieth birthday in 2014 some special products were created and we were lucky enough to have stocked them in our old toy shop

Recently Playmobil have been creating licensed products and we have two of those at Silly Billy’s, both Playmobil Ghostbusters and Playmobil Dragons
DRAGONS_2017

Here at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop we have one of the finest ranges of Playmobil of any toy shop in the North of England. One customer recently stated that they haven’t seen such a wide range of Playmobil anywhere outside of London ! Here at Silly Billy’s we love it when people review us online so please take the time to do so if you have visited and had a good time! We also have in stock, although in ever diminishing quantities, Playmobil Advent Calendars. Both Playmobil “Christmas on The Farm” 6624 (recommended for ages 4+) and Playmobil 9009, also called “Christmas on The Farm” (suitable for ages 1 to 4). As one of the UK’s leading retailers of Playmobil, Playmobil have very kindly let us have only one of two life-size Playmobil Santa’s that are on display in independent Toy Shops in the UK, if you could send us a picture of the other Playmobil Santa we would be quite interested to know where Santa’s Brother is located. You can do that simply by heading over to Silly Billy’s Facebook Page and sending us a message.
Playmobil Santa

For a chance to WIN some Playmobil, and lots of other exciting toys please visit our Christmas Competition 2017 page

So most of this information I have taken from Wikipedia, which is not always the most reputable source, although I think for this blog post it probably suffices.

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Brothers’ delight at their Playmobil pirate ship cruising to Scandinavia

When brothers Ollie and Harry Ferguson launched their toy Playmobil pirate boat into the North Sea, onlookers might have anticipated it to sink without trace in the choppy grey waters.

Eight-year-old Ollie Ferguson and sibling Harry, five with their toy pirate ship prior to setting it on its way Credit: PA

Instead the plastic Playmobil vessel named Adventure has actually taken a trip hundreds of miles from Scotland to Scandinavia, taking in Denmark, Sweden and Norway. To the great delight of the 2 young boys, those who have actually discovered the boat have sent them a message letting them know the Pirate Ship’s newest location before setting it off on its trip again.The remarkable voyage has brought in interest in the Norwegian press and Adventure is now being taken aboard the Christian Radich, a Norwegian fully-rigged ship, which will transfer it down to Cape Verde to be then introduced throughout the vast Atlantic. The siblings’ daddy, stated:
“Everybody that has picked it up has been truly kind and sent us photos and looked after the ship. People are actually really getting into the spirit of the ship’s adventures.”

The boys have enjoyed it and every time we get a message telling us where it has landed we get on the computer and view where the Pirate Ship went, so they are tracking its development on the map and it provides them an understanding of how huge the world is and further Geographical knowledge. With the aid of their daddy, eight-year-old Ollie and Harry, 5, added a counterweight to assist it remain upright then filled it with polystyrene to assist the plastic Playmobil ship in staying afloat.

Playmobil

The Brothers working on the Ship’s Buoyancy

After the Pirate Ship passed trials in a swimming pool, they took it to the coast and released it into the waves. They then stowed on board a message asking anybody who finds the boat to send them a picture and launch Adventure back into the sea.

They launched the ship from Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, at the end of May and it sailed about 390 miles to Denmark, where it was found by a household who sent it on its way.Its next stop was Sweden, where it ended up in a tree, but a lady who was sailing in her own boat discovered it and re-made its sails. The toy ship then travelled on to Norway, where it was discovered by nature authorities on a vessel, who sent out the young boys some “gorgeous pictures” of it. Mr Ferguson, 44, stated: “I was concerned that the currents along the coast would take it down the north-east coast of Scotland, so I was over the moon when it made a beeline for Scandinavia. ” A simple  toy Playmobil pirate ship which was sent out to sea by eight-year-old Ollie Ferguson and sibling Harry.

The kids introduced the pirate ship as part of their bucket-list of 500 adventures which they are working their way through, with their exploits charted on this Facebook page.They have performed over 207 up to this point, with one highlight being sending Lego figures  into space:-

” with a high-altitude weather balloon which took the characters 20 miles above the Moray Firth, while they have also been bouldering and made tea from snow.”

Parents MacNeill and Vicki Ferguson developed the concept to offer the boys with enjoyment and interesting alternatives to screen time.The couple, from Turriff, Aberdeenshire, have likewise established The Wonderful Experience Club which offers outdoor knowing experiences for grownups and children.

Source

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/09/04/brothers-delight-playmobil-pirate-ship-sailing-scandinavia/
 

We do not have any of those particular Pirate Ships at Silly Billy’s, though you could try to create a similar experience with a Playmobil Dragons 9244, Drago’s Ship, and if filled with Polystyrene balls or a similarly buoyant product (expanding foam, perhaps) could well sail just as well as the Playmobil Pirate Ship in this article

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