LEGO Minifigurs Series 18 – 40th Anniversary

The 40th Anniversary Edition of LEGO Minifigures 71021 has arrived at Silly Billy’s

2018 marks the 40th Anniversary of LEGO Minifigures and in this special edition Minifigures Series LEGO have brought back one of the first ever Minifigures released 4 decades ago. This minifigure is a re-issue of the original LEGO policeman and is limited to one in every box of 60 making it a special collectors Minifigure. The other big change in this special 40th Anniversary Minifigures series is the Orange base-plate, a welcome change to the standard black LEGO Minifigure base-plates.

At Silly Billy’s we feel that this series 18 40th Anniversary Edition from LEGO is really exciting and there are seventeen Minifigures to collect in total in what is colloquially named the 40th Anniversary LEGO Minifigure Party series (71021):

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It may sound weird, but Lego is quietly trying to ditch plastics.

For the past 60 years, we’ve all been building spaceships and castles, experimenting with what head goes on what body, and arguing with our siblings about where the grey 2-by-5 brick went — thanks to Lego.

“The S.S. Awesome can’t have any holes in it, Amanda. I know you have that 1-by-8 somewhere.” Photo by Kent Gavin/Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images, circa 1962.

Though nearly indestructible, Legos aren’t eternal. The bricks your kids or grandkids play with probably won’t be the ones you remember.

Beyond grocery bags and Barbie dolls, Legos might be the most iconic plastic object ever, but making things out of plastic can be problematic.

It’s not just that plastic doesn’t break down, though that’s a major issue with some plastic products. It’s also about the carbon footprint to make them. To make a conventional plastic, you have to pump petroleum or natural gas out of the ground, refine it, and mold it. All of these steps take energy and can produce carbon dioxide.

For the last couple of years, Lego has been experimenting with making their iconic bricks from eco-friendly sources.

In 2015, Lego announced it would invest the equivalent of $155 million into finding a non-oil, smaller-footprint source for the various plastic they need to make all those tires, trees, and movie stars.

Fun fact: Lego’s apparently one of the world’s largest tire manufacturers. Photo from Lego Media Library.

Since then, they have been experimenting with different types of bio-plastics, which can be made from plants like corn or wheat and produce less emissions than conventional plastic.

The goal is to find alternatives for 20 types of plastic by the year 2030.

There are hurdles to making something as durable, flexible, and iconic as a Lego, and the company is still experimenting. Whatever they choose, it’ll need to snap together with existing Legos, last just as long, and preserve the aesthetic. Their latest experiment with wheat sugar, for example, failed because it couldn’t hold the right shine, as Quartz reported.

This change won’t eliminate the carbon cost of manufacturing, nor will it address other carbon costs like shipping, but little changes add up. After all, 19 billion new Lego pieces are produced each year. Furthermore, the Lego company has also been reducing its carbon footprint through other means as well, including investing in an offshore wind farm. In fact, it recently met a 100% renewable energy milestone.

I assume the real wind farm contains a bit more, you know, metal and concrete and stuff. Photo from Lego Media Library.

Playing with Legos has been a nearly universal part of childhood for almost 60 years. Our kids will likely continue to build castles and spaceships, but their future creations — and their building blocks — won’t be exactly the same as ours were. And that’s a wonderful, necessary step of progress.

Read more: https://www.upworthy.com/it-may-sound-weird-but-lego-is-quietly-trying-to-ditch-plastics

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Reviews and Exciting News

Trip Advisor Reviews

As it says all over the Trip Advisor blurb and elsewhere on the internet, Trip Advisor is the Number One Reviews site. The reasons for this are simple:-

  • Site layout and mobile application both have great UX (User eXperience)
  • Internal search is friendly
  • Incentives to write reviews for reviewers is excellent

Back in 2015 the web manager of Silly Billy’s (Robert A Williams) tried to list Silly Billy’s Toy Shop on Tripadvisor and at the time this was not possible, this was Trip Advisor’s response:

Hello,
Thank you for submitting this property to TripAdvisor.
We’re sorry, but we were unable to verify that the property meets our listing guidelines from the information provided.
You can review our listings guidelines here:

If you have additional information, please resubmit your listing request here:

Best regards,

The TripAdvisor Support Team
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For reference, this was your request:
Name:
Address: Bridge Mill, St. George’s Square
Address continued:
Telephone number: +(44)1422 843304
Website: http://www.sillybillystoyshop.com
Listing Request ID: XXXXX

However, since 2015 there have been some changes in Trip Advisor listing Criteria and following on from discovering that our lovely neighbours, Homely at Hebden, had managed to create their own Trip Advisor profile, see here, we again submitted a request to Trip Advisor to list our own Toy Shop. This time we were successful ! Here, you can find Silly Billy’s on Trip Advisor

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In Other News we have received a large delivery of Orchard Toys in the run-up to Easter and here is a list of the exciting and educational toys that came in or that delivery

  • Dinosaur Lotto
  • Look and Find…. Alphabet
  • Look and Find…. Number
  • Look and Find…. Shape
  • Look and Find…. Colour
  • Lots of New Mini Games at only £4.99
  • Shopping List
  • Smelly Wellies
  • Farmyard Heads and Tails
  • The Game of Ladybirds
  • Crazy Chefs
  • Spotty Dogs
  • Scaredy Cat
  • Pigs in Pants
  • Slug in a Jug
  • Catch and Count
  • Match and Spell
  • Dotty Dinosaurs
  • Cheeky Monkeys
  • Bus Stop Game
  • Pirate Snakes and Ladders
  • Alphabet Match
  • Farm Opposite
  • Pets
  • Farmyard
  • Rescue Squad
  • Who’s on the Farm
  • Fairy Cottage
  • Fire Engine
  • BIG Tractor Jigsaw
  • BIG Police Car
  • One, Two, Tree
  • BIG Alphabet Jigsaw
  • Pirate Shape
  • World Map Puzzle and Poster
  •  Great Britain and Ireland Puzzle and Poster

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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.

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Easter 2018 and Hebden Bridge Duck Race

The Hebden Bridge Duck Race 2018 and Easter 2018

Easter is always a busy time of year for us at Silly Billy’s and the Easter Holidays start a week earlier in Lancashire than they do in Yorkshire so with Lancashire schools breaking up for Easter at the end of this week.

We have had some large deliveries from our major suppliers including LEGO, TY, Playmobil and Schleich. Not to mention the brand new range of Lottie Dolls that we have now in our fantastic toy shop.

From LEGO we have mainly topped our existing stock, though we also have some new products in the shop which include the amazing LEGO Technic Mack Anthem Truck 42078 with 2595 pieces of LEGO in the box !

                   

LEGO Delivery Easter 2018

  • 10818 Duplo My First Truck
  • 10749 LEGO Friends’ Mia’s Organic Food Market
  • 10754 LEGO Super Heroes Spiderman Vs Scorpion Street Showdown
  • 10401 Rainbow Fun
  • 10402 Fun Future
  • 10713 LEGO Creator Creative Suitcase
  • 10700 Green Baseplate
  • 31073 LEGO Creator Mythical Creatures
  • 31075 LEGO City Outback Adventures
  • 42084 LEGO Technic Hook Loader
  • 42071 LEGO Technic Dozer Compactor
  • 42072 LEGO Technic WHACK !
  • 42073 LEGO Technic BASH !
  • 42078 LEGO Technic Mack Anthem
  • 60170 LEGO City Off-Road chase
  • 60171 LEGO City Mountain Fugitives
  • 60180 LEGO City Monster Truck
  • 75193 Millenium Falcon MicroFighter
  • 75194 First Order TIE Fighter MicroFighter
  • 75195 LEGO Star Wars Ski Speeder

Lottie Dolls

Silly Billy’s Toy Shop is VERY excited to now be the soul distributor of Lottie Dolls in the area. So if your little ones would like one of these marvellous Award Winning Dolls then where better to buy them than Silly Billy’s finest Independent Toy Shop, In Hebden Bridge. This comprises our selection of Lottie Dolls and associated Lottie Doll Products

  • Lottie Dolls Autumn Leaves – £19.99
  • Lottie Dolls Forest Friend – £19.99
  • Lottie Dolls Muddy Puddles – £19.99
  • Lottie Dolls Pandora’s Box – £19.99
  • Lottie Dolls Birthday Girl – £19.99
  • Lottie Dolls Sweet Dreams – £9.99
  • Lottie Dolls Pandora The Persian Cat – £9.99
  • Lottie Dolls Raspberry Ripple – £9.99
  • Lottie Dolls Sirius The Welsh Mountain Pony £19.99

So come to Silly Billy’s Toy Shop in Hebden Bridge this 2018 to see our Wide selection of Lottie Dolls and also to see the amazing Hebden Bridge Duck Race, tickets are available from the Roundtable vendors who have a stall in St George’s Square.

The Hebden Bridge Duck Race 2018

The Annual Hebden Bridge Duck Race will take place this Bank Holiday Monday on 2nd April 2018 Tickets are for sale now and all weekend in St George’s Square, Hebden Bridge, HX7 and in the run up to the Duck Race 2018 Don’t forget Silly Billy’s big raffle to win Kaloo Plush Toys is still running and you can read more about the raffle here

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