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An Independent Toy Shop in Hebden Bridge Since 1997

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Calderdale Rising Crowdfund on the Up and Up!

Calderdale Rising Crowdfund on the Up and Up!

A collective crowdfunding campaign, called Calderdale Rising, which was only launched on Friday 15th January 2015, is trending as the most popular campaign on, which currently hosts over 1,000 other live projects, and has already raised almost £110,000.

Led by Business for Calderdale and supported by other business groups in the area, it was created to help support around 100 businesses across Calderdale that were heavily affected by the 2015 Boxing Day floods.  The businesses taking part in the scheme, range from high street shops to professional services and companies in the industrial sector, many of which are still unable to open. The vast majority of these businesses are small, independent and family owned, and many have had to make redundancies whilst they rebuild their premises and purchase new equipment and stock.

Crowdfunding initiatives differ from traditional charity fundraising, as they allow people to not only donate, but also to buy rewards, which may be products or ‘money can’t buy’ experiences. For example, the most popular reward on the page is the Hebden VIP Card, which at £25 to purchase then provides a range of discounts in a number of shops in the town, which is one of the most unique shopping destinations in the country. 74 of these cards have already been sold.

Bridestones Brewery, whose bar and micro-brewery “drink?” was badly hit in the floods, have also offered 3 ‘Beer Lovers Ultimate Gift’ which costs £500 each and allows the purchaser to create, produce and name one of their new ‘Flood Range’ of real ales, alongside the Head Brewer. One of these has already been sold, so there are only 2 remaining.

Plus for visitors to the area, the ‘Grand Day Out’ offered by The Bicycle Den, who also provide details of the iconic routes of the Tour de France for the riders to follow, with a bit of help to power up those hills with electric bikes, is available for £65 (or £50 for the first 10 purchases).  And Hebden Bridge Cruises is selling its Cream Tea afternoon cruises for £20 through the site.

The money raised by the scheme will be shared between all the businesses taking part in the campaign, and with a range of rewards for all pockets, the organisers hope that is will raise a substantial amount of money to help these businesses recover a little more quickly.

For more information, or to donate, please visit: 


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Lego Is A Better Investment Than Gold

All those parents who got their kids Lego for Christmas arewise heads.

The Telegraph are reporting that investors were able to secure a healthier return buying Lego sets over the past 15 years than from the stock market or gold. Lego sets that have been kept in pristine condition have increased by more than 12 per cent each year. Those fools that have invested in poxy gold have only seen a9.6 per cent annual gain.

An example given is the Ultimate Collectors Millennium Falcon. In 2007 you could have snapped it up for 342.49, if you were to sell it on today it would fetch 2,712 provided that its in mint condition and still in its box. So no playing with your toys, thats not what they are for.

This is an extreme example, but there are other sets that are worth a small fortune too. The Caf Corner, a model of a hotel that went on sale back in 2007 has risen in value from 89.99 to 2,096. Thats a return of 2,230 per cent.

Theres even a site specifically for those who wish to invest in kids bricks,, which tells you the prices you can expect to get for your set.

So kids, if for some reason youre reading this and are yet to take your Lego out of its box, try and resist temptation as it could be worth quite a bit one day. Or, you know, open your box and go play. In fact, just do whatever you want.

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Finally, You Can Make A Lego Person That Looks Like You

Playtime just got personal for Lego fans everywhere.

An online business called Funky 3D Faces is creating custom, 3D-printed Lego heads that look like you, for $30 a head.

“EveryBODY loves Lego — this is the opportunity to have their own head made into miniature to fit on to their favourite Lego minifigures,” the U.K.-based Etsy seller’s ad says.


You,too, can fly an X-wing Starfighter from Star Wars. Or at least the Lego version of you can.

Just like ordinary Legos, the heads can be popped on and off of the plastic figurines’ bodies. Customers must submit two photographs — one showing the person’s face and one showing their profile — which are used to create the head.

The mini-me faces are then constructed out of a sandstone material, with a hole at the bottom for head-to-body attachment.

In January, buyers who order two heads can get one for free, according to the seller.

But don’t get ahead of yourself: The bodies aren’t included.

H/T Mashable

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Toy Fair 2016

London Toy Fair 2016

Despite everything that has happened post the Boxing Day Floods we are striving to start our new retail shop in Hebden Bridge in the most spectacular way possible and hopefully to be open in March 2016.

After the devastation caused to us and many business in the Calder Valley during and after the Boxing day floods, we have been petitioning our suppliers for assistance and much to our surprise Lego have come out on Top, the writer and his middle son have a penchant for Lego and we were very surprised when the Toy Making Giant decided to write off our last invoice AND send us some stock for gratis to sell on. So thanks so much Lego, you will be featured well in Silly Billy’s New Toy Shop pictured below.

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Silly Billy’s Proposed New Shop

As well as thanking Lego, there have been some other suppliers that have treated us well, you will know who you are, and we would like to thank you too. Bill is travelling down to the Toy Fair in London in one week’s time, as he does every year, to elicit some more support for Silly Billy’s as one of the last Independent Toy Shops in the UK and personally thank the suppliers that have helped us out.

Additionally we are involved in #calderdalerising and any support that could be shown towards that crowdfunding project would really help us and all the other affected businesses that are involved.
If you wish to show your support for this project through Crowdfunder:

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Dan Haggerty, ‘Grizzly Adams’ star, dies at 74 – RIP

(CNN)Dan Haggerty, who played mountain man Grizzly Adams in a hit movie followed by a TV show in the 1970s, has died. He was 74.


Haggerty died Friday morning at a Burbank, California, hospital after battling cancer for five months. Doctors discovered the cancer after he had surgery for back pain, Haggerty’s family said in a statement.


Haggerty died surrounded by his family, said his manager, Terry Bomar.

The actor started taking chemo last summer for a spinal tumor, said Bomar, who was friends with the star for nearly 20 years and had been his manager most of that time.. Haggerty thought his condition was improving, but doctors later found a spot on his lung, he said.

“I talked to him yesterday and told him we’re praying for him,” Bomar said. “I told him ‘I love you, man.’ The last thing I heard him say was “I love you.’ “


With his long hair, full beard and 6-foot-1 build, Haggerty seemed born to play Adams, who was based on a 19th-century frontiersman. The character was a wrongly accused man who saves and raises a grizzly bear cub. The bear becomes his constant companion as Adams travels the West, caring for wild animals he finds.

“The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams,” made for a low six-figure budget, became one of the biggest movie hits of 1974. Three years later NBC turned it into a TV show with the same name.

“The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams” lasted two seasons, but the show’s unique subject and Haggerty’s rugged looks gave the star a name.

Haggerty said he got the job after another actor didn’t work out.

A producer saw him in a movie and asked his secretary — who happened to be Haggerty’s wife — if he was available.

“I came down from Canada, met this guy and he said, I made this movie called ‘Grizzly Adams’ but I’m not crazy about it. How would you like to be Grizzly Adams?” Haggerty recalled. The film grossed more than $50 million worldwide.

The character later returned in a 1982 TV movie.

Haggerty was friendly with wild animals in real life as well. As a Malibu, California-based stuntman and performer before the show started, he had a leopard, a cougar and a tiger on the ranch he shared with his wife and daughters.

Haggerty started his career in beach pictures and biker flicks. After “Grizzly Adams,” he made horror movies and outdoorsy flicks. He also opened a Los Angeles restaurant in 1991.

He suffered a motorcycle crash in 1991. In 2008, a crash claimed the life of his wife, Samantha, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Haggerty is survived by five children, two grandchildren, two sisters and three brothers.

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The BBC Are Bringing Back Robot Wars – ROBOT WARS ROCK

Robot Wars was awesome. A bunch of amateur robot makersgetting obliterated by Matilda or Sir Killalot was a fine way to spend a Friday night.

Well, it’s soon to be making a welcome comeback to our screens after the BBC confirmed six new one hour episodes will be made. The show will have a new structure, which will mean more robots and more battles.

BBC Two and BBC Four controller Kim Shillinglaw said:

“Robot Wars is an absolute TV classic and Im thrilled to be updating it for the next generation of viewers.With new technological advances making for an even more exciting and immersive experience this is a fantastic example of the kind of content-rich factual entertainment that BBC Two excels at.”

The show last appeared on the BBC in 2003, and we can only imagine how much more impressive those mega-machines will be with advanced technology.No official date for the new series has been confirmed as yet, but we do know that battle will commence in Glasgow.

So, what are you waiting for guys, get building! Here’s some inspiration from the top ten Robot Wars battles of yesteryear.

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SLEDGES – It is Snowing


Silly Billy’s is one of the few places in and around Hebden that has sledges. It is snowing now and may well continue overnight, if you want a sledge then please get in touch with us.
Sledges will cost you £10
and we can meet you in Hebden Bridge tomorrow (Sunday 17th Jan 2016) with a sledge should you want one.

To get in touch and get your sledge then please either contact us through the form below or through Silly Billy’s Facebook page:

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It is great fun to have a sledge in the snow and these robust sledges have been provided by Silly Billy’s to the local children in the winter for the past 5 years or so with no complaints.

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Star Wars Characters Reimagined As Winnie The Pooh And Friends

Florida based illustrator and artist James Hance just combined Star Wars with Winnie the Pooh. Titled “Wookie the Chew,” Hance’s illustrations reimagine Chewbacca as Pooh Bear and Eeyore as an Imperial Walker, along other crossovers.

But that’s not all. Hance has also just released an audio book of the story! Be sure to check out his website to see more of his work, or Etsy, where you can buy some of these unique, “Wookie the Chew” prints.

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Calderdale Rising




Silly Billy’s Toy Shop takes part in Calderdale Rising

Silly Billy’s Toy Shop, An Independent Toy Shop, is taking part in Calderdale Rising, a crowdfunding campaign to help support a number of the 1,250 businesses across Calderdale that were heavily affected by the 2015 Boxing Day floods.

Launching today (Friday 15th January 2015) at 12:26pm, the campaign is headed up by Business for Calderdale and supported by other business groups in the area. Over 70 businesses are taking part in the scheme, ranging from high street shops to professional services and firms in the industrial sector, many of which are still unable to open.

Crowdfunding initiatives are different from traditional charity donations as they allow people to not only donate, but also to buy rewards. The rewards will include products showcasing the businesses involved, “money can’t buy” experiences, alongside a Hebden Supporters Card offering a 20% discount in a number of shops in the town, and various other perks.

The money raised by the campaign will be shared between all the businesses taking part in the scheme.

Bill Deakin, Proprietor, at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop, said, “The Boxing Day floods have massively impacted on our business as well as many others in the area. We received great support during the clean up operation but now we need funding to get back on our feet. We are pleased and thankful to be taking part in the Calderdale Rising Crowdfunding scheme and we hope that many people will get behind ourselves and our fellow businesses to help raise the funds we so desperately need.”

The Calderdale region, particularly areas such as; Todmorden, Hebden Bridge, Copley, Brighouse, Elland, Sowerby Bridge and Mytholmroyd were devastated by the flooding and still require funds and services to help them re-establish. So far, fundraising for the 2,573 residents, co-ordinated through Community Foundation for Calderdale, has exceeded £700,000, which is expected to be matched, pound for pound, through the Government’s match funding scheme.

For more information, or to donate, please visit

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