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.
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.
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.
Silly Billy’s is very Happy to be the new go-to Stockist for Lottie Dolls
It has taken us a while to get Lottie Dolls in and they have been in our toy shop in Hebden Bridge for a good few weeks now. We feel that the reception customers have given to Lottie has exceeded our initial expectations and we hope that our Lottie Dolls range really sparks the interest of our local community.
To date, many of our dolls, outfits, accessories and play-sets have come straight from the amazing and awe-inspiring imaginations of children. Maybe that’s what makes our range of dolls so relatable. Kids have helped to create a range of toys that they actually want to play with.
We recognise how precious childhood is. And in the face of growing pressure – from a variety of sources – how short it can be. We dream of a safe and uncomplicated place where kids can be kids, where the great outdoors is there for the exploring, where curiosity-led discoveries are a daily occurrence, where the imagination can run wild and where the only limit is bedtime.Our vision, when we first created Lottie, was to develop a range of dolls that would empower children to be them-selves, to be imaginative and adventurous and – most of all – to have fun. We believe that childhood should be an inclusive place where every child belongs regardless of gender, ethnicity or ability. And we’ve made it our mission to do our bit – no matter how small – to protect childhood.
Lottie Dolls Compliment our spectacular talking Tammy Doll and our other Doll’s World dolls, you can read more about Dolls World in this post Lottie Dolls are Award Winning and below is a list of all the many Awards that Lottie has won since they came into being in 2012
(USA) Oppenheim Toy Portfolio 2015 – Platinum Best Toy Award Stargazer Lottie Doll (USA) Tillywig Gold Top Fun Toy Awards 2015 Rockabilly Lottie Doll (UK) ToyShop UK Independent Toy Awards Silver Medal (in Dolls) 2015 Fossil Hunter Lottie Dolls (UK) Loved By Parents Award 2015 – Best Stimulative Toy (age 3-6) Muddy Puddles Lottie Doll. (USA) The Toy Insider Top Summer Toy 2015 Muddy Puddles Lottie Doll (USA) Family Choice Awards 2014 Snow Queen Lottie Doll and Autumn Leaves Lottie Doll (USA) Scholastic Parent and Child Gold Star Toy 2014 (USA) Scholastic Gold Star Toy 2013 (Canada) Neighbourhood Toy Stores of Canada Gold Star Award 2013 (USA) Oppenheim Toy Portfolio 2013 – Platinum Best Toy Award Kawaii Karate Lottie Doll and Robot Girl Lottie Doll (USA) Mom’s Choice Award 2012 Gold Medal (UK) Creative Play Awards 2012 – Winner’s Award in the Imaginative Role Play 4 – 7 years category Autumn Leaves Lottie Doll (USA) PAL Awards 2012 (Play Advances Learning) Autumn Leaves Lottie Doll and Pony Flag Race Lottie doll (USA) National Parenting Center’s Seal of Approval Autumn Leaves Lottie Doll (USA) Tillywig Best Creative Fun Award Branksea Festival Lottie Doll (USA) Oppenheim Toy Portfolio 2012 – Platinum Best Toy Award Pony Flag Race Lottie Doll, Spring Celebration Ballet Lottie Doll and Snow Queen Lottie Doll (UK) ToyTalk Awards 2012 – Highly Commended Snow Queen Lottie doll (UK) ToyShop UK Independent Toy awards 2012 Silver Medal (Dolls) (USA) Creative Child Magazine awards 2012 – Preferred Choice Award Autumn Leaves Lottie Doll (USA) Creative Child Magazine awards 2012 – Seal of Excellence Biscuit the Beagle Accessory Pack (UK) Rainbow Awards for Toy Excellence 2012 – Highly Commended
LEGO Minifigures 40th Anniversary Edition – Series 18 – 17 to collect
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.
Some of the hairstyles from Minifigures through the ages and also a couple of other Minifigures we have managed to find in the latest LEGO 40th Anniversary Party Edition are to the right. Images Courtesy of a DK LEGO Publication and Robert A Williams (blog author) 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):
Birthday Party Boy The Birthday Party Boy is thrilled about getting to go to the 40th anniversary celebration!
1978 Police Officer Here he is, the birthday boy! The Police Officer was one of the first modern LEGO® Minifigures ever!
Birthday Party Girl The Birthday Party Girl is brand-new so she wasn’t around when the first modern LEGO® Minifigure was made.
Cactus Girl Cactus Girl thought she was making an interesting and one-of-a-kind outfit for the party…
Cake Guy Everyone is surprised when Cake Guy jumps out, instead of a delicious, freshly-baked cake!
Cat Costume Girl The Cat Costume Girl just adores parties. She gets to climb on all of the furniture and make friends!
Cowboy Costume Guy The Cowboy Costume Guy is a total goofball, dressed up as a cowboy riding around on a horse!
Dragon Suit Guy The Dragon Suit Guy loves to make things hot and puts jalapeños or hot sauce on everything. EVERYTHING.
Elephant Costume Girl The Elephant Girl just loves elephants and has been waiting to dance in her costume at the big party!
Firework Guy Who likes countdowns? The Firework Guy likes countdowns!
Flowerpot Girl The Flowerpot Girl thinks that everybody should get to enjoy the colors and beauty of a garden party!
LEGO® Brick Suit Girl The LEGO® Brick Suit Girl is all about using her unlimited creativity to make whatever she wants!
LEGO® Brick Suit Guy The LEGO® Brick Suit Guy’s favorite thing to do is put together LEGO sets, one brick at a time!
Party Clown With his hat full of balloons and fun, the Party Clown is here to bring laughs and be the life of the party!
Race Car Guy The Race Car Guy likes to do everything fast and wants to be the first one to arrive at the party!
Spider Suit Boy The Spider Suit Boy isn’t really into parties, but he is totally into scaring people!
Unicorn Guy Swords! Wizards! Goblins! Glitter! The Unicorn Guy is here with an epic quest for everybody to enjoy…
For other news of exciting developments in Silly Billy’s Toy Shop in March 2018 then please read this post
Silly Billy’s 21st Birthday is coming up on the 1st May 2018
Bill Deakin will be celebrating the coming of age of Silly Billy’s Toy Shop in Hebden Bridge, one of the last remaining Independent Toy Shops. On the 1st May 2018 Silly Billy’s Toy Shop will have been established for twenty-one years in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire.
From small beginnings and with great growth until the onset of Internet Shopping, Silly Billy’s has done enormously well to keep going in what are difficult times. With the corporates selling Toys as large competition, Silly Billy’s has eclipsed Toys r Us UK which went into administration in February of this year (2018)
From Tuesday 1st May until Monday midnight 7th May we will have some exciting Competitions and Raffles for everyone to take part in.
Countdown until Silly Billy’s is 21
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