One Year on and a Hexbug Competition

Competition Time is here Again – Hexbug Competition

To celebrate Silly Billy’s being in it’s new location for just over one year now and also to review how the past year has been for us we have decided to have a competition on Facebook where you can win our demo HexBug Track, all you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is to interact on Facebook with the Post below, simply like it, share it or comment on it. Any one of those actions will guarantee you entry into the competition and we will send the HexBug Track and accompanying Hexbug Nano V2 to anywhere in the world for free. Simply like, share or comment on the Facebook post below.

It is a real help to small businesses like ours if you like and follow our Social Media profiles, Silly Billy’s Toy Shop is active on Twitter and Pinterest as well as Facebook simply search for us there.

This competition will end at Midnight on Wednesday 31st May 2017

So what can we say about the last year.

It has been great, we are reaally enjoying our new location and new Toy Shop, it is similar in size to the old shop and we have changed some of our product ranges and brought in some new and exciting products like Jamie Raven’s Magic Sets and Ballon Bijoux Jewellery.
We still have all the major lines that we carried at our old location and we find that our top sellers are still Lego, Playmobil, Sylvanians and TY; with Orchard Toys and Schleich bringing up the rear. We have introduced a range of bath toys and we have done our best to vary our stock over the past year and have some exciting new products like Fidget Spinners.

As we have some outdoor space at our new shop we have a regularly changing human-size Playmobil figure, presently a Knight that we have named Arthur. We have also put our footballs (£4.66 / £2.50), fishing nets (£1), umbrellas (£3.99), hula-hoops (£1.99) and windmills (£1) outside, giving us more room to stock the inside of the shop with all our exciting new and innovative products.

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Fidget Spinners – You asked for them?

Fidget Spinners – You asked for them?

Thanks to my chiildren in the first instance for drawing our attention to Fidget Spinners, it has taken a while for us to source some high quality Fidget Spinners also known as Finger Fidgets or Finger Spinners.

Could Fidget Spinenrs be as big as the last massive craze at Silly Billy’s which was Loom Bands. Loom Bands took off like the proverbial forest fire in the Summer of 2014 and we could not literally keep up with demand.
Our Phone has been ringing already this morning with enquires about Fidget Spinners and whether we have them in stock and yes we certainly do and they are priced very competitively at only £3.99 each.
We have high quality fidget spinners with decnt bearings  priced at only £3.99, when comparing this to the ones I bought at a major online retailer ten days ago for my teenage children at £7.99 I now feel relatively ripped off by the online retailer in question. (Begins with an A)
Fidget Spinners

“What are Fidget Spinners ?” I hear you ask

At the most basic a fidget spinner is very easy to use. It is, as you can likely guess, a little widget that spins. Usually the mechanism for this is a single bearing with a bigger balanced structure that extends out around the outside of that bearing. So, when you put the bearing on your finger, you can spin it freely- this is all stabilized with help from the gyroscopic action. Obviously if you want to keep things simple, just pinch the bearing and spin with ease. It keeps your hands hectic, and it’s fantastic if you are of a fiddly disposition. My teenage son reckons that having a fidget spinner helps him with the non-biting of his nails.

Fidget Spinners have taken off in production and they range in price from the quite absurd versions made of Titanium like the Rotablade Stubby (also doubles as a cigar stand!) which retails at around £110 to cheaper plastic versions. We have one such high quality plastic version here at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop at the excellent price of only £3.99 and available in blue, red and black colours.
Finger SpinnerFidget Spinners and some feet !

More history on Fidget Spinners

So you may not know that this craze is stems from a Kickstarter project which had aimed to raise a realtively small amount of capital for a Fidget cube project for adult use in the office and has now raised $6,465,690 with 154,926 backers pledged!! For more details about this project take a look here:
www.kickstarter.com/projects/antsylabs/fidget-cube-a-vinyl-desk-toy

Some Other things you can do with Fidget Spinners

 

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Lego Batman Minifigures Collection Complete at Last

Lego Batman Minifigures Collection Complete at Last

WOW, it has taken some quite considerable time, probably because Lego made this series 20 collectible minifigures rather than the usual 16, and at last our Lego Batman Minifigures collection is complete, with some help from Chris of Rogue Robot who luckily helped the author (Robert A Williams) find the last minifigure required which was number 15 called Zodiac Master
Lego Batman Minifigures Zodiac MasterSo how has this Lego Batman Minifigures Collection been received, overall good we would say though perhaps lacking some of the buoyancy that went with the first Lego Movie that was released in 2014 and the Lego Minifigure Movie Series which accompanied that.

Here’s a short review of each Batman Movie Minifigure in the Lego Batman Minifigures Collection:

Holiday Batman

Exactly what does Batman love finest in life? To squash his enemies, and see them owned before him, while he sits in a rubber ducky afloat in a pleasant swimming pool. I mean, it cannot all be late nights perching on high structures and looking moody, right? Giving a whole new significance to “Batsuit,” Batman has actually worn black swimwear embellished with small yellow bats on both front and back.

Commissioner Gordon

The grizzled ally of the Dark Knight, Commissioner Gordon’s got a fantastic old-school investigator appearance with a shoulder holster and a leather badge holder hanging from his belt. He carries a standard radio and a wanted poster for Gotham’s well-known prankster, The Joker.

Nurse Harley Quinn

Nurse Harley Quinn wears a white lab coat with fantastic red highlights. Her pink gloves extend as much as printing onto the sleeves, and she’s got laced red boots through double molded legs.

Harley’s hair is a complicated red and black double mold, and her nurse’s hat is a separate piece which utilizes the basic plume connection. She brings a chart for Arkham Asylum on which she’s been doodling love notes to the Joker in between seeing clients..

Glam Metal Batman

Have you ever wondered exactly what Batman’s side pastime is? Well, question no more. Batman plays in a KISS cover band, inning accordance with this figure. He’s got a basic serrated cape, and dark grey legs with black and silver printing, and a substantial bat-buckle, and naturally, giant black wrist bands.

Dick Grayson

The junior member in Batman’s band of crime-fighters, Dick Grayson will play a large role in The LEGO Batman Movie, where he’ll be voiced by Micheal Cera. Dressed in a wise red sweater (adorned with a duck theme front and back) and traditional blue jeans, Dick carries a can of shark-b-gone, with the dark blue 1 × 1 round brick printed with a No Sharks emblem on one side and “Shark Repellent” emblazoned on the other.

Arkham Asylum Joker

The master villain has been committed to Arkham Asylum, which includes a set of smart orange jumpers. His one accessory is handcuffs, due to the fact that he cannot be wandering about loose.

Few figures in the series have double-sided heads, however the Joker’s snaggle-tooth pout and pitiful frown pairing make this figure definitely worthwhile.

Barbara Gordon

Daughter of Commissioner Gordon, Barbara (voiced by Rosario Dawson) is a design policeman, looking exceptionally clever in her dress blues. She brings a bat signal and a pair of handcuffs for the miscreants who seem to be so commonplace in Gotham.

Catman

Intense as the night, prepared to catch unwary prey, it’s CATMAN! No, this isn’t actually Batman as Wolverine. Catman is a Batman villain initially presented in 1963, where he was a huge game hunter.

Orca

A bad guy with a marine propensity, Orca shape moves his way through criminal offense. This white and black figure is easy, without any accessories.

Fairy Batman

Due to the fact that in some cases Batman simply has to feel quite pink.

Fairy Batman’s got a pink leotard and tutu over top of his black bat armor. The intense pink tutu initially appeared in white in the Collectible Minifigures Series 15 Ballerina. The torso and helmet are brilliant pink, and the ballet slippers are dark pink (courtesy of the double molded legs). Fairy Batman has trans-pink insect wings, and brings a trans-pink wand.

Red Hood

A well-known villain by another name, Red Hood is the Joker’s pre-acid-vat-dunk guise. Using a red bell jar (a new color for that piece), Red Hood has a handsome bow tie and a serrated red cape, and brings double gatling gun.

Beneath the bell container hood, Red Cape bears more than a passing similarity to Deadpool.

Pink Power Batgirl

Batgirl (aka Barbara Gordon) takes the Dark Knight mindset and turns it completely. Dayglow pink is the method to go! Her upper body, skirt, and boots are dark pink, and she wields a dark pink Batarang.

Clan of the Cave Batman

If you’ve ever desired a Neolithic Batman minifig, LEGO’s got your back. With a bring leopard-print toga and stone-carved batbrooch, Clan of the Cave Batman carries a big club.

Zodiac

Zodiac is a criminal mastermind with misleading prowess, skilled at tricking the criminal world into believing he can inform the future. Zodiac has an intense light blue body and legs covered in astrological indications, and a small various shade head (medium blue) with a Z on it.

The Calculator

Similar to Batman, the Calculator depends on shrewd to outmaneuver his opponents. Nevertheless, the Calculator utilizes algorithms, not mental skill, to evaluate challengers and determine an optimal technique. With white power-armor and a timeless white helmet over a lavender upper body, the Calculator doesn’t have any devices beyond his wearable computer.

King Tut

Nothing states fearsome extremely bad guy like “rampaging Egyptologist.” King Tut has an elaborate dark red Egyptian bathrobe with dark blue and gold fringes, and bears a dour expression.

Eraser

The Eraser is here to chew gum and eliminate things, and he’s all out of gum. Seldom has a super villain’s objectives been so well lined up with their guise. Dressed like an enormous #2 pencil in a bright light orange pinstriped fit

The Eraser’s head is a new piece. It’s a dual molded bright light orange and flat silver 1 × 1 round brick that’s 4 plates high, with detail rings around it. The eyes are printed on.

The Mime

A deadly but quiet bad guy, The Mime is a martial arts master with a flair for the theatrical. She wields two lightning bolts, and sports a dark blue mohawk (a brand-new color for that piece).

Lobster-Lovin’ Batman

Often, late at night, Batman gets starving hungry. When you’re as rich as Batman, you don’t opt for a piece of string cheese and remaining pizza; no sir. You choose lobster. Batman has actually been taking it easy in your home, lounging about in his dark red robe which almost matches the wallpaper in the 1966 Batcave. Batman’s expression is special to this figure.

March Harriet

March Harriet is an unexpected addition for The LEGO Batman Movie, given that she’s an escort by sell her introductory comic in 2008. Her strapless bunny suit is medium dark flesh, with light flesh arms and head.

Lego Batman Minifigures Collection

There ends a short piece about each Lego Batman minifigure and we hope you made it to the end and enjoyed this post.

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