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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Black Friday 2017 – BLACK FRIDAY

Black Friday 2017 – BLACK FRIDAY

Whoooa, hold the phone and what’s all this Black Friday hype some may ask?

Black Friday is a US economic invention that has become firmly entrenched in the UK and is like the old (the author is old) January Sales used to be? Remember them? So now it’s like the January sales have arrived pre-Christmas with the advent of the Black Friday sales.
Initially it was a sale on Black Friday, the one day, though due to breakages and server outages from too much online traffic the likes of the corporate identities such as amazon.co.uk and Currys are now starting Black Friday a whole week before the actual Black Friday day which is, this year anyway, tomorrow, (Black) Friday 24th November 2017.
The other factor that is important to consider is that Black Friday was originally more of an online phenomenon it has now made it to the bricks and mortar high street.

So what are Silly Billy’s Toy Shop doing for Black Friday? Answer: absolutely nothing apart from writing this blog post and a little bit of graphic design.
We would be very Happy for you to visit our resplendent Toy Shop this Black Friday to take a look at all the stock we have for Christmas 2017, from Stocking Fillers to LEGO Ninjago, Playmobil How to Train Your Dragon, Sylvanian Families, Schleich and so much more besides. We still have a limited supply of Playmobil and LEGO Advent Calendars in stock as well.kids Advent Calendar

This post is part of one of many, a blog post each day until Christmas Eve, to increase visibility of Silly Billy’s Toy Shop online and in turn also increase our Retail Shop visibility. It is interesting that we are still having people come into our shop realising for the first time that we have moved premises after the events of Boxing Day 2015 !

Have you followed Silly Billy’s Toy Shop on Facebook yet, lots of products that are new are shown there first.

 

 

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WORLD OF WARCRAFT’s Theramore Isle in Lego

WORLD OF WARCRAFT’s Theramore Island Redone in Legendary Lego Style with 55,600 Bricks!

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In the popular Enormous Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Video Game, World of Warcraft, there is a location called Theramore. In accordance with the lore, Theramore was a port town and was “thought about the Alliance’s most martial existence in Kalimdor.” Regrettably, the town was damaged and left in ruin.
Now, Mark Erickson, or Mark of Falworth, has actually restored Theramore in LEGO Bricks. Over 55,600 LEGO bricks were used in the construction of the port town and it looks incredible!
This is an outstanding accomplishment and took approximately six months for Erickson to build.
theramore

Theramore Isle, the capital of the Dustwallow Marsh, was the Alliance’s only human stronghold in Kalimdor. With a population of 9,500 people, it was the home and sanctuary of Jaina Proudmoore.

Theramore is a rocky island east of Dustwallow; the city, which bears the same name as the island, is alternatively known as Theramore Keep. It was originally settled with the sole purpose of survival. Lead by Jaina Proudmoore, a small contingent of the Kul Tiras navy, with what few survivors they could bring, had fled the Eastern Kingdoms during the great Scourge of Lordaeron.

Built primarily as a military fortress, Theramore served as the Alliance’s base of operations against the Burning Legion during the latter part of the Third War. Their bravery and sacrifice during the final battle earned the respect of Warchief Thrall, who decreed that Jaina and her kin would have a home in Kalimdor for evermore. It has since grown into a splendid little town, and serves as a safe harbor and trading port. Approach from the sea is extremely difficult due to the jagged rocks jutting out of Dustwallow Bay, pirates, and ancient beasts that live in the murky depths of the ancient sea.

Source here

Here at Silly Billy’s we stock plenty of LEGO, though no World of Warcraft type products, aside from the occasional poster from GB Eye. The best bet to check our current Poster Stocks and lines would be to come into the Toy Shop and see us.

Original source : geektyrant.com/news/world-of-warcrafts-theramore-isle-redone-in-epic-lego-fashion-with-55600-bricks

Silly Billy’s are very active on Social Media so if you have not already followed  Silly Billy’s Toy Shop on Facebook and Silly Billy’s on Pinterest then please do so. Also worth checking out is this post fro any would-be photographers to get involved in concerning Billy’s Travels

 

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Star Wars 8 – The Last Jedi

Star Wars Episode 8 – The Last Jedi

Star Wars Episode 8 is due for UK release on the Author of this blog’s birthday. Although the author also expects to be working on his birthday. So what does the next, the eighth Star Wars Movie in the series have in store for us. No doubt there will be some amazing special effects and a story line to follow on from Star Wars Episode 7. Lego are on board again with the Star Wars Franchise and Silly Billy’s received their delivery of Star Wars Episode 8 products from the Danish Toy Company earlier than most, August in fact, prompting one very keen Star Wars and LEGO fan to drive from London to purchase a Resistance Bomber 75188.

It is mentioned that Princes Harry and William have cameo roles in the latest Star Wars movie, the royal pair visited the set of The Last Jedi in April 2016 and were rumoured to have filmed a scene in disguise. Now lead actor John Boyega, who plays reformed stormtrooper Finn, has confirmed that he shared a scene with the royal duo  “wrapped in stormtroopers costumes”

So another date for your diary will be December 15th 2017, not only to buy the author of this blog a birthday present, but also to get to the Cinema and watch the opening of Star Wars Episode 8 – The Last Jedi
Official Trailer Below

Star Wars The Force Awakens 2015, scored a pretty reasonable 8.1 on IMDB and personally I though the return of  Star Wars was pretty impressive. Rogue One (2016), on the other hand slipped a couple of notches at only 7.9 on IMDB and again released on the author’s birthday, 15/12/2016.
As far as the new  Star Wars Episode 8 – The Last Jedi goes it is anyone’s guess as to whether it will be a hit or get massively slated by the critics. A Customer today said of Star Wars Episode 8, “I’m not holding out much hope..”

Personally, as the Film is being released on one of the most auspicious days of the year (the author’s birthday) then we believe it will be a great hit, however only time will tell.

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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.

Have you followed Silly Billy’s Toy Shop on Facebook yet, lots of products that are new are shown there first ??

 

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Shop Small 2017 – Small Business Saturday

Shop Small 2017 and Small Business Saturday 2017

This year Small Business Saturday is on the 2nd December 2017, and Silly Billy’s will happily take AMEX Card payments on that day, or any other day for that matter. Small Business Saturday sees the commencement of AMEX UK’s Shop Small Campaign which means that you just spend £10 or more on your Card in a single transaction at a participating small business, and you’ll get a £5 credit on your statement. Offer runs from 2 – 17 December 2017. There’s no limit to the number of £5 credits you can receive, but you can only claim it once at each small business. To take part, just register your Card – or Supplementary Card – and you’re ready to Shop Small once the offer is live.
For full details click here

So Small Business Saturday is on 2nd December 2017 and you can find Silly Billy’s and many other businesses on the Small Business Finder here

Small Business Saturday was originally founded by American Express in the U.S. in 2010 and it remains the principal supporter of the campaign in the UK, as part of its on-going commitment to encourage consumers to shop small and this is also our message to you, to maintain the high street diversity and have as many businesses open to shop at it is vital that people shop local and Silly Billy’s is immeasurably grateful to the amazing support they have received in their twenty years of trading in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire.

So put the dates in your diary for Small Business Saturday, of 2nd December 2017, and do your best to support your own local small businesses wherever you may be in the United Kingdom and Shop Small.
To read about the funders behind Small Business Saturday please click on this link.

Have you followed Silly Billy’s Toy Shop on Facebook yet, lots of products that are new are shown there first.

Have you seen our amazing Christmas 2017 Competition

 

 

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Billy’s Travels – A New Facebook Page

As Silly Billy’s have a large following on Facebook we have been approached by an Austrian Graduate Student, Andreas Wild, to help advertise and grow his project.
Silly Billy’s are a premier stockist of LEGO and as we do regularly post about LEGO and LEGO Minifigures, we still have some Ninjago Minifigures left in stock if you are looking to complete your collection, by the way. This is what Andreas writes about his new project, and we will be sharing posts from Billy’s Travel’s Facebook Page on our own Facebook Page as time goes on:

Billy’s Travels

Hello this is Billy!
Billy and his friends love to travel. Now we want to let them travel around the world to get to know the most wonderful places in the world. So help us and let Billy and his Friends travel around the globe! Under “community” you can see all the places, they have already visited!
What do you have to do?
– Like and share our Facebook site
– Get your favourite Lego Figure(s)
– Take a photo with them at any place in the world
– Share the picture on our Facebook site and describe in one or two sentences which adventure they have experienced there!
www.facebook.com/BillysTrip2017
#BillysTrip #Lego #BeLikeBilly #worldtravel
This is a Student’s Group Project at Johannes Kepler Universität – JKU in Linz/Austria. The goal is to reach as many people as possible in a short time. Therefore we choose this solution, because everybody of our group grew up with LEGO and the satisfaction is still great. So please help us, take a few minutes, make a picture and share it with us to support us, and to help Billy to travel the world!! Show us the power of the entire LEGO community. Thank you and best regards!

If you have not done so yet please follow Silly Billy’s on Facebook and why not have a look at Silly Billy’s Pinterest Profile too

Did you know Silly Billy’s is twenty years old this year ?

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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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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
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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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The Sylvanians

The Sylvanians History

At the start of manufacturing, on March 20, 1985, Sylvanian Families were developed and also launched in Japan, which makes use of the idea of doll houses and also human like animal characters. The very first launches of the doll houses as well as various other play sets were constructed from porcelain with the furnishings being manufactured from timber. Nevertheless, later launches changed the products to plastic as well as steel in the manufacturing. The toys were later on launched in The United States and Canada during the same year (1985), yet with various product packaging as well as small distinctive changes to the Sylvanian personalities themselves. The toy line was initially entitled Pleasant Friends of the Forest

In October 1987, the collection generated a computer animated series created by DIC  Animation City and also TMS Entertainment, which lasted for 13 episodes. The series was prominent in the UK as well as in Spain. The name of the TV collection based upon Sylvanian Families was adjusted in various nations. As an example, in Spain it was called “La aldea el arce”. See video below:

It was additionally screened in the very early 1990’s in the United States on Nick Jr.
Later on that exact same year, the success in these markets brought about growth all the way into Western Europe, starting with the UK subsidiary of Tomy obtaining unique legal rights for the brand name in the UK. Tomy presented Sylvanian Families into the UK market in 1987, and the Sylvanians rapidly came to be a bestseller.
By 1988, Sylvanian Family members had actually ended up being a significant success around the globe, winning the British Organization of Toy Retailers honour for “Toy of the Year” 3 years back to back, in 1987, 1988 and also 1989.

In 1993, Tomy, that had actually been dispersing the toys worldwide, lost the legal rights to the name “Sylvanian Families” in Canada as well as within the UNITED STATES.
Tomy then re-established the line under the brand-new name of Calico Critters of Cloverleaf Corners.
The Calico Critters line is presently retailed in the United States as well as Canada by International Playthings, LLC

Decline and Reinvention

By the late 1990’s, Sylvanian Families had actually been discontinued n the UK,  in 1999, they were re-established by Flair. Ultimately, Sylvanian family members have actually been reestablished in Australia and also are ending up being a lot more extensively offered there. Tomy quit offering Calico Critters, and a brand-new business, International Playthings, got the line.

In 1999, the toyline commemorated its 15th anniversary in Japan, with the opening of the themed dining establishment Sylvanian Woodland Kitchen area (シルバニア森のキッチン Shirubania mori no kitchin), which was run and also handled by Epoch. The dining establishment not just offer food, additionally it sold goods and toys based upon the franchise business. The dining establishment sadly closed in February 2011.

In 2004, the franchise business commemorated its 20th anniversary in Japan with the launch of the Walnut Squirrel Family. In July 2004, EPOCH revealed a brand-new tourist attraction in Grinpa, an amusement park taken care of by Fuji Kyuko. The tourist attraction, initially called Sylvanian Village (シルバニアビレッジ Shirubania Birejji) prior to it was relabelled to Sylvanian Gardens (シルバニアガーデン Shirubania Gāden), started its building with Date’s guidance. In 2005, the franchise business held its initial online occasion labelled Sylvanian Families Musical~The Large Commotion Eve Party (シルバニアファミリーミュージカル ~ パーティーイブは大さわぎ ! Shirubania famirī myūjikaru ~ pātīibu wa dai sawagi!) which was held at the Gekidan Kogumaza Theater. It was later on launched on DVD in 2006.

In 2006, the personalities in the Sylvanian Toy line were opted to be the mascots for the National Federation of Workers and Consumers Insurance Cooperativess national mutual aid. By the end of the year, the toys sold a total of 78 million units.

In 2007, EPOCH coordinated with Itochu, Nippon Columbia and also Shogakukan to create a 3D CGI Original Video clip Computer animation collection based upon the toy line generated by Kōji Kawaguchi as well as Yumiko Muriai and guided by Akira Takamura.
All 3 episodes were launched on June 20, 2007. Inning accordance with EPOCH, extra episodes were prepared, however these episodes were never ever produced for unidentified factors.

In the UK, Flair commemorated the franchise business’s 20th anniversary with a picked variety of brand-new products. The most effective of which was an Otter boat, and a reintroduced of the Dalmatian Family who now wore party hats that read “Happy 20th !”.

In March 2009, the collection commemorated its 25th anniversary in Japan with the opening of the Sylvanian Gardens destination in Grinpa. Taken care of by EPOCH, the destination showcases real-life reproductions of Sylvanian houses and also structures from the Sylvanian Toy Series line along with a gallery including an event concerning the background of the playthings. The tourist attraction additionally has a store which markets products which are special to the park. In 2010, the franchise business once more organized 2 musicals, Sylvanian Family’s Amazing Music (シルバニアファミリーわくわくミュージカル Shirubania famirī wakuwaku myūjikaru) and also Sylvanian Family’s Exciting Musical (シルバニアファミリーわくわくステージ Shirubania famirī wakuwaku sutēji), which both ended up being a staple for advertising the toys at conventions.

On June 28, 2013, Flair confirmed that the rights for the toys in the UK will be transferred to the newly formed Epoch UK, and they began distributing the toys from January 1, 2014 on wards.

In the Gallery Below are just a selection of the Sylvanian Families Sets and Accessories that we have for Christmas 2017 at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop.

Click to view slideshow.

We probably have the largest range of Sylvanian Familes and Sylvanian Accessories of any toy shop outside of the Sylvanian Shop itself in Central London, (quite close to where the author of this blog lived at one point in his life)

Also at Silly Billy’s we have a Sylvanian’s loyalty card so if you spend over £15 on Sylvanian Families at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop you will receive a stamp and when the card is filled you will receive a special White Mouse Family for free:
Sylvanians Promotion

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