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.

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…

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…

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. Instead the plastic Playmobil vessel named Adventure has actually taken a trip…

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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Valentines 2018 Competition

An Amazing Competition for Valentines 2018

Win a Pair of Kaloo Plus Teddy Bears, a Pink Teddy Bear and a Blue Teddy Bear.
You can enter from anywhere on the planet and we will post the Bears out to you should you win !

The Draw for the Winner will take place via Facebook WooBox App on Sunday 18th February 2018

Rules are easy, simply 1) LIke, 2) Share and 3) Tag a Friend in the Facebook Post below:

If you like Silly Billy’s Toy Shop on Facebook and have visited our amazing Independent Toy Shop in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire then why not take a few minutes to review Silly Billy’s?
Reviews really help small businesses like ours with our online presence. Thanks so much

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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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London Toy Fair and Other News

The London Toy Fair was on at full swing when we started to write this post and Bill was down South hunting out new brands.
It seems deathly quiet in Hebden Bridge and this in part could be attributed to the outrageously long lasting roadworks on the main road at Mytholmroyd.

Despite conscientious work being undertaken by Robert A Williams and also Visit Hebden Bridge in promoting the independent shops in and around Hebden Bridge, we can do little more as independents to increase footfall and this time of year can be especially quiet for trade around here, so any spend, no matter how small, really helps us.

Bill is hunting for new and exciting products, plus being interviewed for the Toy Fair magazine, article below. At this time of year in Silly Billy’s we look at changing products around and one product we are interested to know your opinion on is Dolls. Dolls at SIlly Billy’s made a good start though their sales have not been what we expected so if you would fill out this form it would really help us to better gauge how popular Dolls may be


Time moves on and now Bill is at Spring Fair in Birmingham, this is an annual visit, although this time he has gone with our neighbours, Homely at Hebden, to source out some new and exciting suppliers for 2018.

As promised here are the articles from Bill Deakin that were written in the London Toy Fair News:
London Toy Fair 2018 Bill Deakin

Perhaps you would like to look at some of our exciting and popular posts:
Hebden Bridge Flooding 2015
Hebden Bridge Duck Race 2017
Pumpkin Carving festival


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New Posters and Lots More News

We have recently had a new Poster Delivery from our friends at GB Eye which have included the amazingly Crash Bandicoot, do you remember the Video Game first released on PlayStation in 1996?
I remember playing it with my eldest on his First Play Station console ! Crash is back, well he’s never been away really, though it seems the Console Game is now growing in popularity.
Business Owner Bill Deakin took a picture of Crash which we put on Silly Billy’s Facebook Page about a week or so again. Here it is:
crash bandicoot

In other news we have another amazing Competition happening on our Facebook Page, simply click here to find out more

Despite Christmas being our busiest time of year we are still quite well stocked for after Christmas so if any boys or girls, mums or dads have any Christmas money left to spend we still have lots of LEGO and PLAYMOBIL in store plus many other Toys and Games so why not come and visit Hebden Bridge to see us?
For your delectation today here is a random Gallery of just some of the GB Eye posters that we have in our Toy Shop in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire

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Calder High are releasing the Mock GCSE results to students tomorrow, so for many of us, me included, we will start to have an idea of what subjects may need more focus for our children in Year 11.

And even more News, the Teeny TY brand which was introduced before Christmas 2017 is going from strength to strength and the Teeny TY collections are growing all around.
Teeny TY
We have seen a marked increase in calls and visits to our websites since listing on the amazing Visit Hebden Bridge website, so if you are a local Calder Valley Business and want to increase your visibility online you could do well by investing the small amount Dave asks for to create a listing on the Visit Hebden Bridge Site. Alternatively, if you are after some more bespoke media strategies or looking to increase web presence through Natural Organic Search ranking then contact Robert A Williams through his Facebook Page

This Year marks Silly Billy’s coming of age at 21 Years Old ! More about that later and we will be creating some free to enter Competitions for you over the coming year so if interested in staying in touch then please subscribe to this blog or like Silly Billy’s on Facebook

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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)




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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!


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 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

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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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