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Over the years, Norfolk has been a haven for any child in search of the latest toys, with a plethora of large independent toy stores across the county.

From old favorites like Kerrison’s and Langley’s to new additions like Hamley’s, Norfolk still has some great options for buying everything from plush toys to action figures.

But what was your favorite toy store as a kid and is it featured in the images from our archive below?


Watched by family members, a youngster sits on a tricycle in the toy section of the Arnolds store in Great Yarmouth in 1967.
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Do you still have stuffed animals from your childhood like this monkey in a toy store in Stalham? Dated: December 4, 1975.
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Local stores sold toys of all shapes and sizes, from this young boy in 1967 trying out a tricycle to this creepy monkey in a Stalham toy store in 1975.


Brandon toy shop - young girl enjoying the rocking horse photo taken November 24, 1966 EMBARGO 10174-4

Brandon toy shop – young girl enjoying the rocking horse photo taken November 24, 1966 10174-4 EMBARGOED FOR USE FROM OUR ARCHIVES DEC 2016


Mother and child looking at dolls in a toy store.  Dated: November 16, 1959.

Mother and child looking at dolls in a toy store. Dated: November 16, 1959.
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Langley in 1978

Langley in 1978.
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Mother and daughter looking at the Tiny Tears doll in a Beccles toy store.  Dated: December 1, 1967.

Mother and daughter looking at the Tiny Tears doll in a Beccles toy store. Dated: December 1, 1967.
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Beccles Toy Store – Mother and Daughter! looking at Tiny Tears doll – photo taken December 1, 1967 m6571-11a photo for use in Let talks dec 2015
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King's Lynn - Kids Shops Alan Hemmings is the envy of his friends as he models King's Lynn

King’s Lynn – Kids Shops Alan Hemmings is the envy of his friends as he models the King’s Lynn boys number 1 Christmas toy … a Batman outfit. Also at the top of the list of wanted items in that Lynn’s toy store that year were James Bond’s gadgets and gadgets from the TV series “The Man from Uncle”. Dated November 1966 Photograph C6304 Photograph and caption used in the 1996 book “Images of King’s Lynn” published by the Eastern Daily Press – Christmas Time chapter, page 153
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Norwich Buildings KKerrisons Toy Shop on Aylsham Road dated 23 November 1988 Photograph -

Norwich Buildings K Kerrisons Toy Shop on Aylsham Road dated 23 November 1988 Photograph – C2234
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Kerrison’s has been in the city for over 40 years, while Langley’s has been a Norwich icon since 1883.


Langleys, Royal Arcade in 1976. Photo submitted

Langleys, Royal Arcade in 1976. Photo submitted
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Toy store boss warns of Christmas shortages, tells parents if they “see it, buy it” https://play-fair.org/toy-store-boss-warns-of-christmas-shortages-tells-parents-if-they-see-it-buy-it/ Mon, 20 Sep 2021 17:37:38 +0000 https://play-fair.org/toy-store-boss-warns-of-christmas-shortages-tells-parents-if-they-see-it-buy-it/

The boss of a popular toy show has warned of Christmas shortages – telling parents if they “see it, buy it.”

Geoff Sheffield, chief commercial officer of The Entertainer, spoke on This Morning on Monday as companies continue to grapple with supply chain issues.

With less than 100 days to go to Christmas, Mr Sheffield urged parents to plan early to avoid disappointment when December 25 rolls around.

He cited various issues causing the supply chain problems, including the lack of sea containers from Asia and the current shortage of heavy truck drivers.

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Demand for shipping containers has skyrocketed during the pandemic as demand for PPE equipment increased around the world.

“Since then we’ve never been able to replace that number of containers, so there has been a shortage,” he told hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield on This Morning.

“Combine that with blockages at ports due to the Covid outbreaks, blockages at factories due to Covid, demand not declining since the lockdown.

“Consumer demand continues to be high in the toy industry and therefore the demand for these spaces on ships has not diminished.



Geoff Sheffield spoke to Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield about the issues businesses face

“As a result, we are seeing delays and ever increasing costs to get water costs to the UK on time.”

Mr Sheffield said the other challenge facing retailers is the shortage of truck drivers, which means stores are struggling to push back incoming goods.

In a warning to parents, Mr Sheffield said: “The reason we’re speaking to you today is to make sure our customers at The Entertainer, whom we love and welcome since stores reopened, understand [to] plan early and if you see it, buy it.

“The reality is that we are running out of days to get things on the water and on time for the UK.”

He added, “My advice is to get out early. The kind of stuff you’d expect to be popular has been popular all year round. Things like Barbie, LOL

“Then you have to watch some of the movie content that we got recently, the Paw Patrol movie which is doing really well.”

A survey suggested that more than a quarter of UK consumers have already started Christmas shopping and 45% plan to avoid large online retailers this year as the pandemic and supply chain issues affect consumer behavior. ‘purchase.

Nor has the Transport Secretary guaranteed that there will be enough trucks on UK roads this Christmas to deliver all the gifts on time.

Grant Shapps told the Commons it was “not in the hands” of the government to make the guarantee as he answered questions about the shortage of heavy truck personnel last week.

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Toy Shop UK reveals 2021 Independent Toy Awards winners – ToyNews https://play-fair.org/toy-shop-uk-reveals-2021-independent-toy-awards-winners-toynews/ Thu, 26 Aug 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://play-fair.org/toy-shop-uk-reveals-2021-independent-toy-awards-winners-toynews/

STEAM-inspired play, sustainability and pop culture licensing have become key themes among the winners of this year’s Independent Toy Awards, revealed this week by awards organizer, Toy Shop UK.

The 14th annual coveted awards, ITA was created to showcase what the nation’s independent toy retailer population considers some of the best products on the market.

The awards are unique in the industry as they are the only ones voted on by independent toy retailers nationwide, who register for free on the popular online directory.

Gold, silver and bronze medal logos were awarded in each of the 30 categories, with a number of suppliers receiving a “recommender” logo for products that narrowly missed out on third place.

Among this year’s gold medal winners, STEAM gaming, sustainability, and pop culture licensing all emerged as strong trends. In the construction category, Arckit’s Greenscape Village took home gold, awarded for providing a building design tool that allows budding architects to explore their own creations while learning about the architecture and the environment. . Meanwhile, it was the Build Your Own Mini Build range that took the win in the Eco category.

Wow! Stuff took another win in the Collectibles category, where its Wow! Pods received praise for allowing kids and fans to build their own collection and connect with other Wows! Pods characters in seconds, while Kidicraft’s Harry Potter Plush & Puzzle won Gold in the Jigsaws & Puzzles category.

In the licensed category, Ginger Fox’s Top Gear board game took top prize, while a solar-powered space exploration kit from Funtime Gifts won in the STEAM category.

Toy Shop UK Founder Michael Hawkins said: “This year’s winning toy list showcases a truly diverse mix of products that in my opinion perfectly reflect the lives, characters and sometimes the eclectic nature of retailers across Canada. independent toys that bring so much to this industry. . “

The gold medal winners at this year’s Independent Toy Awards are:

Advent calendar: 1,2,3 Advent Calendar of the Nativity Scene – Playmobil

Babe: Family hugs photo book – ses creative

Gifts for children: Bath Time Unicorn World – Buddy and Barney

To collect: Wow! Pods – Wow! Thing

Creative: Illusion cubes – The Happy Puzzle Company

Construction: Arckit Greenscape Village – Arckit

Dolls: Sparkle Girlz Hair Dreams – Zuru

Eco: Build your own mini-build – Build your own

Educative: Toniebox – Tonies

Electronic: Marble Rush Adventure Set – VTech

Games (Action): The sock game – Asmodée

Games (Table): Go For Broke – John Adams

Games (Card): Quiz on the best assets of the stars of world football – winning shots

Educational games) : Memory matching game (Behive Toy Factory)

Puzzles and puzzles: Harry Potter plush and puzzle – kidicraft

Authorized: Top Gear Board Game – Ginger Fox

Music: Mi Mic Mini Disco Cube speaker – Wilton Bradley

Novelty: Magic Stories Pots – Adventure Theme – Magic Stories Pots

Outside: JumpKing 8’x12 “Rectangular Combo Pro Trampoline – YJ Europe

Pocket money: Galaxy Slime Play – Zimpli Kids

Preschool: Stick-O City Set – Magformers

Carrier : TP Trike 4 in 1 – Mookie

Roleplay: Doll Nursing Set – Le Toy Van

Soft, tender: Blues Clues & You Peek A Boo Blue – Flair

Special needs: Creative pack of 100 pieces – Connetix Tiles

TO SMOKE: Solar Space Exploration – Fun Gifts

Vehicles: Fresh Metal Emergency Force Playset with Playmat – H Grossman

In wood: London wooden bus – Jacques de Londres

The full list of silver and bronze medalists can be found here, as well as the list of companies that received this year’s Commendation.

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Toy store owners warn of stockouts as Christmas approaches https://play-fair.org/toy-store-owners-warn-of-stockouts-as-christmas-approaches/ Tue, 24 Aug 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://play-fair.org/toy-store-owners-warn-of-stockouts-as-christmas-approaches/

Toy store owner Donald Nairn has been warned to expect stockouts as Christmas approaches.

Suppliers told the Edinburgh businessman that a shortage of truck drivers, among other Brexit and Covid issues, could have an impact.

He hopes he will have plenty of Christmas stock if he places orders now.

But business groups are calling for government action.

Pressure groups in the retail and transport sectors have jointly written to UK Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng, warning that the impact on supply chains is worsening.

They say a shortage of 90,000 truck drivers “is putting increasingly unsustainable pressure on retailers and their supply chains.”

Mr Nairn, who has run Toys Galore at Morningside since 2005, said nearly all of his suppliers have emailed them warning of stockouts as Christmas approaches.

“At least half of them have increased the prices they charge us and although we do our best to absorb it, there will invariably be price increases, I think, in the second half of the year. year, ”he said.

Mr Nairn said they told him they were having problems with the container ships as their prices had “multiplied”.

“They also have issues with delivery drivers and other ripple effects from Covid and Brexit,” he added.

He predicted that the shortages would be in toys from Asia because “the supply chain is so much longer.”

“We’re basically ordering as much stock as possible right now, so we have things to sell over Christmas,” he said.

“Some of the things that I foresee will be incredibly rare, like the Barbies for example.

“It’s very difficult to determine exactly where the problem is going to be, but I think if we do as much as possible now, we should be in a reasonably good position before Christmas, that said, there will be shortages.”

Similar issues are affecting brewers as well and last week the Scottish Licensed Trade Association warned that some pubs in Scotland were on the verge of running out of beer due to distribution issues.

image caption Scottish Retail Consortium’s Ewan MacDonald-Russell raises concerns before it becomes a big deal
The shortage of truck drivers was in part caused by the pandemic, when recruitment and training were halted, according to Ewan MacDonald-Russell of the Scottish Retail Consortium.

He said around 25,000 EU-national heavy truck drivers had also left the UK since Brexit.

“This is why we are seeing strange deviations appearing [on shop shelves],” he added.

“There is a bit of disruption but it’s important not to overdo it – there is a lot of supply right now but it’s getting more and more difficult all the time.

“We are raising concerns about this now before it becomes a huge issue.”

Temporary work visa

He said the industry wanted temporary work visas to be granted to EU drivers to close the gap in the short term.

They also want to see improvements in support for truck driver training and better Covid testing facilities so that drivers can be tested on a daily basis.

A UK government spokesperson said: ‘We recently announced a package of measures to help tackle the shortage of heavy truck drivers, including plans to streamline the process for new drivers to obtain their weight licenses. heavy and increase the number of tests that can be performed.

“We have also temporarily relaxed the rules on driver schedules to allow truck drivers to make slightly longer journeys, but these should only be used when needed and should not compromise safety. drivers. “


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Titans Return Sky Shadow Up On Hasbro Toy Shop https://play-fair.org/titans-return-sky-shadow-up-on-hasbro-toy-shop/ Mon, 23 Aug 2021 02:07:05 +0000 https://play-fair.org/?p=276

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Seibertronian Azt has let us know that the highly sought after Sky Shadow figure is now available at the Hasbro Toy Shop! The figure is selling for $44.99 and is available for free shipping. You can find the listing HERE but make sure you buy him fast, as he has been flying off the shelves wherever he has been seen!

And for those looking for one of those HTS deals, fellow Seibertronian stealyourgoats found the following way to get a %20 off coupon:

steals_your_goats wrote:You can also sign up for their emails and get a 20% off coupon. I got him for $38 shipped.

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Posted by steve2275 on April 18th, 2017 @ 1:06am CDT

he looks cool

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Posted by Terrsolpix on April 18th, 2017 @ 1:28am CDT

Literally the day after I preorder him. :BOOM: :BANG_HEAD: #-o

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Posted by steals_your_goats on April 18th, 2017 @ 4:42am CDT

You can also sign up for their emails and get a 20% off coupon. I got him for $38 shipped. Not a spectacular deal but still better than full price.

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Posted by william-james88 on April 18th, 2017 @ 7:47am CDT

D-Maximus_Prime wrote:Unless you really really really want a Sixshot just cause, avoid him. Place him lower on the priorities. the mold is a disappointment, easily the weakest leader I’ve ever handled, and I have many.

Wow, thats a far cry from the times you said he was close to being perfect. Now he’s the worse leader of all time? It looks like your opinion on him is lowering by the hour :lol:

And trust me, there are worse leaders. The seekers, for example. And I dont find sixshot so much worse than the other Titans Return leaders aside from Sky Shadow. The leaders have all been a bit ho hum for me due to them all being similar to other leader figures, and quite simple compared to the more ingenious deluxes.

Terrsolpix wrote:Literally the day after I preorder him. :BOOM: :BANG_HEAD: #-o

How is that so bad, is it because you preordered him for a heftier price?

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Posted by Bumblebee21 on April 18th, 2017 @ 8:15am CDT

william-james88 wrote:

D-Maximus_Prime wrote:Unless you really really really want a Sixshot just cause, avoid him. Place him lower on the priorities. the mold is a disappointment, easily the weakest leader I’ve ever handled, and I have many.

Wow, thats a far cry from the times you said he was close to being perfect. Now he’s the worse leader of all time? It looks like your opinion on him is lowering by the hour :lol:

And trust me, there are worse leaders. The seekers, for example. And I dont find sixshot so much worse than the other Titans Return leaders aside from Sky Shadow. The leaders have all been a bit ho hum for me due to them all being similar to other leader figures, and quite simple compared to the more ingenious deluxes.

Terrsolpix wrote:Literally the day after I preorder him. :BOOM: :BANG_HEAD: #-o

How is that so bad, is it because you preordered him for a heftier price?

i dont see whats wrong with sixshot.. i havent opened him yet.
whats wrong with the seeker mold. i do think that by the skywarp mold things were harder to keep tabbed in. like the shoulders.
of course i like galvatron where everyone else hate him. so theres that

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Posted by william-james88 on April 18th, 2017 @ 8:18am CDT

Bumblebee21 wrote:whats wrong with the seeker mold. i do think that by the skywarp mold things were harder to keep tabbed in. like the shoulders.
of course i like galvatron where everyone else hate him. so theres that

There isnt so much wrong with the seeker mold, my problem is how it is reused from a mold that I would have preferrerd remained unique.

But there are still problems with it like the holes at the back end of the jet mode that are left from jetfire, and how the wings look like cheese graters. The seekers always have colours on the wings that we can see in robot mode, it adds to the colour variance.

While Jetfire looked awesome, the seekers come off as cheap reuses with not as much colour variance.

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Posted by Cobotron on April 18th, 2017 @ 8:29am CDT

Thanks for the heads up on Black shadow at HTS!

TRIGGER PULLED! :michaelbay:

:D

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Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on April 18th, 2017 @ 8:41am CDT

william-james88 wrote:

D-Maximus_Prime wrote:Unless you really really really want a Sixshot just cause, avoid him. Place him lower on the priorities. the mold is a disappointment, easily the weakest leader I’ve ever handled, and I have many.

Wow, thats a far cry from the times you said he was close to being perfect. Now he’s the worse leader of all time? It looks like your opinion on him is lowering by the hour :lol:

And trust me, there are worse leaders. The seekers, for example. And I dont find sixshot so much worse than the other Titans Return leaders aside from Sky Shadow. The leaders have all been a bit ho hum for me due to them all being similar to other leader figures, and quite simple compared to the more ingenious deluxes.

Well he is close to being good, but is frustratingly not there. The weak knees are a real let down since he can only stand straight upright, the arms are not very movable, and those stickers. Plus all the modes feel close to alright, but they just aren’t good. The wolf and tank modes are the only ones I feel are worth it, and those are the only 2 I really use. Sub/gun mode is yeck, car mode is not impressive, and the jet mode just won’t work because of the wings and the way the arms are supposed to stay in place but don’t. plus his guns are weak and he is just…. too simple.

I really like the leader seeker mold, and I find it better than Sixshot. Thundercracker has loads more presence, personality, and at least he can hold his poses.

IDK, the wave 3 Megatron and Sixshot were major disappointments for what I had hoped for, and they are very much overshadowed by deluxes and titan masters(!!!). Blaster was a good mold too, and one that I would enjoy more if it was a mobile alt mode instead of a boombox.

And compared to Jetfire, Thundercracker, Blaster, Ultra Magnus, and Megatron, he just doesn’t feel up to their snuff. I know your opinion on Megatron, but I love him to death, so there is some slight bias there, but I still find him a better figure.

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Posted by william-james88 on April 18th, 2017 @ 8:51am CDT

D-Maximus_Prime wrote:And compared to Jetfire, Thundercracker, Blaster, Ultra Magnus, and Megatron, he just doesn’t feel up to their snuff. I know your opinion on Megatron, but I love him to death, so there is some slight bias there, but I still find him a better figure.

CW Leader Megatron has a waaaaay better deco than TR Sixshot I will give you that ;)^

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Posted by o.supreme on April 18th, 2017 @ 9:22am CDT

I signed up for HTS months ago, so unless they have a promo, there’s no way to get Sky Shadow at a reduced price currently for me. I’ll wait. Its amazing that after months of never seeing a Soundwave to the point that I ordered with my HTS coupon back in Feb, now ‘m seeing him everywhere. In fact many stores have all 3 leaders (PM Prime, Blaster & Soundwave). I guess the one Sixshot I saw and obtained was a freak accident, but glad I did…I still don’t quite get why a store that at one time got *newer* leaders would later be restocked with older ones?…

I mean there is still a Wal-Mart store that back in December had Leader Prime & Blaster (which obviously sold), but now they have 4 CW Skywarps…???

I’m slowly starting to see wave 4 but its all kinds of Random… Krok & Quake at Walgreens, Broadside at Target, and the TM’s at Target & Wal-Mart months ago (which are all gone now). Still have yet to see Perceptor, Topspin, the Legends, or Sky Shadow (the only wave 4 character I want) at B&M.

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Posted by RodimusConvoy13 on April 18th, 2017 @ 9:28am CDT

o.supreme wrote:I signed up for HTS months ago, so unless they have a promo, there’s no way to get Sky Shadow at a reduced price currently for me. I’ll wait. Its amazing that after months of never seeing a Soundwave to the point that I ordered with my HTS coupon back in Feb, now ‘m seeing him everywhere. In fact many stores have all 3 leaders (PM Prime, Blaster & Soundwave). I guess the one Sixshot I saw and obtained was a freak accident, but glad I did…I still don’t quite get why a store that at one time got *newer* leaders would later be restocked with older ones?…

I mean there is still a Wal-Mart store that back in December had Leader Prime & Blaster (which obviously sold), but now they have 4 CW Skywarps…???

I’m slowly starting to see wave 4 but its all kinds of Random… Krok & Quake at Walgreens, Broadside at Target, and the TM’s at Target & Wal-Mart months ago (which are all gone now). Still have yet to see Perceptor, Topspin, the Legends, or Sky Shadow (the only wave 4 character I want) at B&M.

Sign up with a different email address. If you don’t have one, go create a quick Gmail account and use that for to get the promo code.

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Posted by o.supreme on April 18th, 2017 @ 9:31am CDT

^ That was going to be my next plan actually, but I actually signed up again with the same e-mail address and I still got the promo code…whatever works ;)

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Posted by Sabrblade on April 18th, 2017 @ 10:51am CDT

Hey guys, you know how Broadside’s carrier mode has pegs for the little Aerialbot jets on it? I just found out that Broadside’s jet mode also has pegs for those little jets, some of these pegs are only found in Jet Mode. Meaning you can put the little Aerialbots all over Broadside’s Jet Mode in addition to his Carrier Mode, which means that if the Aerialbots are meant to represent the sizes of normal jets, then Broadside’s Jet Mode ain’t no normal-sized jet. His Jet Mode’s a biggun!

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Posted by o.supreme on April 18th, 2017 @ 11:00am CDT

Of course we know way back when the original series Fort Max was the pinnacle of Transformers “Bigness”. But for GI Joe fans it was the USS Flag. I often think about this in comparison with Broadside (which I know is completely unfair)…but man, if they could have modified that into a Transformer, what an amazing monstrosity it would have been :lol:

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Posted by Sabrblade on April 18th, 2017 @ 11:05am CDT

o.supreme wrote:Of course we know way back when the original series Fort Max was the pinnacle of Transformers “Bigness”. But for GI Joe fans it was the USS Flag. I often think about this in comparison with Broadside (which I know is completely unfair)…but man, if they could have modified that into a Transformer, what an amazing monstrosity it would have been :lol:

A monumental behemoth who… gets seasickness and is terrified of heights.

Heh, his own massive height alone from just standing up right might make him faint. :P

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Posted by RiddlerJ on April 18th, 2017 @ 11:06am CDT

o.supreme wrote:Of course we know way back when the original series Fort Max was the pinnacle of Transformers “Bigness”. But for GI Joe fans it was the USS Flag. I often think about this in comparison with Broadside (which I know is completely unfair)…but man, if they could have modified that into a Transformer, what an amazing monstrosity it would have been :lol:

That’ll be the next crossover San Diego Comic-Con exclusive. The Flag repainted to represent Broadside.

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Posted by Evil Eye on April 18th, 2017 @ 11:09am CDT

To be honest I think my Broadside will be FP Warbot Assaulter. He’s one of the few early 3P pieces that’s aged really well, and the change from actual aircraft carrier into a kind of space-cruiser-thing makes a lot more sense to me.

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Posted by Cobotron on April 18th, 2017 @ 11:14am CDT

Sabrblade wrote:Hey guys, you know how Broadside’s carrier mode has pegs for the little Aerialbot jets on it? I just found out that Broadside’s jet mode also has pegs for those little jets, some of these pegs are only found in Jet Mode. Meaning you can put the little Aerialbots all over Broadside’s Jet Mode in addition to his Carrier Mode, which means that if the Aerialbots are meant to represent the sizes of normal jets, then Broadside’s Jet Mode ain’t no normal-sized jet. His Jet Mode’s a biggun!

I’ll have to try that out! Wasn’t sure what to do with the tiny buggers in bot mode so I put them in the jet cockpit. :lol:
Now Broadside has spurs that jingle jangle jingle.

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Posted by Sabrblade on April 18th, 2017 @ 11:19am CDT

Black Hat wrote:the change from actual aircraft carrier into a kind of space-cruiser-thing makes a lot more sense to me.

That’s how I see TR Broadside’s jet mode. To me, it’s less of a one-man single-piloted small aircraft and more of a gigantic, multi-personnel, space cruiser/warship/starship-type spacecraft with jet-like attributes in its design, while the Carrier Mode is a “Space Carrier” akin to Space Battleship Yamato, but with the dual purpose of functioning both in space and on planetary oceans. 8-)

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Posted by o.supreme on April 18th, 2017 @ 11:23am CDT

I at first thought it would be cool if Broadsides carrier mode was like Marvel/SHIELDS Helicarrier, and then I thought…what’s the plane mode for?? :lol:

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Langleys Norwich toy store sees worker retire after 50 years https://play-fair.org/langleys-norwich-toy-store-sees-worker-retire-after-50-years/ Fri, 06 Aug 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://play-fair.org/langleys-norwich-toy-store-sees-worker-retire-after-50-years/

Since the age of 15, Linda Ashwood has been the smiling face of the historic Norwich Langleys toy store.

But after 51 years with the company, Ashwood announced her retirement, with colleagues calling the news “bittersweet.”

Ms Ashwood, 66, said: “I remember about a week after we started working at Langleys someone from the government came in and announced that we were moving to decimal – pounds and pennies instead of shillings.


Linda Ashwood is retiring from Langleys after 51 years. Byline: Sonya Duncan
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“I had learned it in school a few weeks before, so I had to teach everyone how to do it – things have really changed since the 70s.

“We were worried about the Internet when it first came in, but when you do this job long enough, you learn to adapt.”


Linda Ashwood is retiring from Langleys after 51 years.  Byline: Sonya Duncan

Linda Ashwood is retiring from Langleys after 51 years. Byline: Sonya Duncan
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Ms Ashwood, from Brundall, has worked in virtually every unit on one side of the Royal Arcade as Langleys has moved shops over the years and shared her expertise with the “young” on the team.

She said: “I always made an effort to take the younger ones under my wing – I remember what it was like. It makes me proud to see them teaching other team members what to do with them. I learned. I didn’t have children of my own, so they became my family.


Linda Ashwood holds a photo of her 15-year-old in the same location when she started working at Langleys

Linda Ashwood holds a photo of her 15-year-old in the same location when she started working at Langleys
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“The highlight for me is seeing kids come in who’ve never been to a real toy store. Their eyes light up – and over the years you see them bring their own kids.”

“My advice to anyone who wants a long and happy career is to enjoy it. It sounds very simple, but just try to appreciate what you do and the people you work with, so when you get home to the end of the day when you’ll know you’ve done a good day’s work. “


Linda Ashwood is retiring from Langleys after 51 years.  Byline: Sonya Duncan

Linda Ashwood is retiring from Langleys after 51 years. Byline: Sonya Duncan
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Langleys owner Steve Scott said: “I’ve been with Langley’s for five years and it’s just a nod to working with the same company every day.

“It’s bittersweet to see Linda go and we wish her the best.”

Ms Ashwood added: “Langleys has been in operation for about 130 years – I was asked the other week if I had worked here since their launch.”

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Hamleys, the world’s oldest and largest toy store, to open branch in Aberdeen https://play-fair.org/hamleys-the-worlds-oldest-and-largest-toy-store-to-open-branch-in-aberdeen/ Wed, 14 Jul 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://play-fair.org/hamleys-the-worlds-oldest-and-largest-toy-store-to-open-branch-in-aberdeen/




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Cheers! The ambitious Fraserburgh pub toy store buyout https://play-fair.org/cheers-the-ambitious-fraserburgh-pub-toy-store-buyout/ Tue, 29 Jun 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://play-fair.org/cheers-the-ambitious-fraserburgh-pub-toy-store-buyout/







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New ‘Carefully Organized’ Toy Store Prism Playgoods Opens in Ann Arbor https://play-fair.org/new-carefully-organized-toy-store-prism-playgoods-opens-in-ann-arbor/ Wed, 09 Jun 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://play-fair.org/new-carefully-organized-toy-store-prism-playgoods-opens-in-ann-arbor/

ANN ARBOR, MI – Amber Bowman had no idea she would be invited to open her own toy store when she started looking for new toys for her daughter.

Bowman, 38, is the founder and owner of Prism Playgoods, an Ann Arbor toy store aimed at providing open-ended wooden toys – toys that don’t have a specific function and can be played in different ways.

Bowman found open toys after the birth of her youngest, Lively, 14 months old. She said she wanted to be intentional with the toys she bought for her children.

Bowman, a former elementary school music teacher, said she came up with the idea after seeing her two children, Lively and Sawyer – born 10 years apart – playing with the same toys in different ways .

“Literally, every item I brought in for her, Sawyer was obsessed with,” Bowman said.

Bowman took maternity leave just as schools began closing due to the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, but ultimately quit her job. She launched Prism Playgoods on March 29, about a year after the birth of her youngest child.

Bowman said she has always had kid-centric jobs, so opening a toy store was “a natural fit” for her.

Prism Playgoods offers a variety of wooden, soft, and sensory toys, as well as arts and craft supplies.

“I wanted her to sell LEGOz, too,” said Sawyer, 11.

While there is no LEGO, Prism Playgoods does offer “specific toys in the store that were Sawyer’s choices,” such as a series of plastic dragons, Bowman said.

Bowman’s partner Ellen Williams, 33, said she was motivated to open the store after seeing Bowman’s reaction to new toys.

“I could see how excited and passionate Amber was about toys,” Williams said.

While Bowman manages the content and the creative side of the store, Williams created the website and serves as technical support and delivery person for the Ann Arbor area.

“Totally, completely my idea, but I couldn’t have done it without Ellen’s help,” Bowman said. “She’s my super support.”

In addition to providing open-ended toys, Prism Playgoods is also dedicated to transporting inclusive toys, such as dolls in a variety of skin tones.

“We want the toys we carry to look like our world,” Bowman said.

Bowman also appreciates the beauty of wooden toys, saying that “they don’t look like the typical mess of children.”

Liisa Lusk, a mother of three, said she liked the toys to be “neatly organized”.

“It’s the opposite of the spectrum of an unboxing toy,” Lusk said.

Lusk bought his children, ages 5, 9 and 11, each a set of the Big Little Pocket Pals Craft Kit.

“Not only was the end result a charming and cute little sultry, but they made it themselves,” Lusk said.

There has been a learning curve to opening a toy store, Bowman said. She initially wanted to price her products – which range from $ 5.50 to $ 178 – more competitively, but found she was limited by the manufacturer’s requirements.

Bowman and Williams are hoping Prism Playgoods, named as a nod to their LGBTQ family, can grow to fill a void left by the closure of Learning Express, a toy store previously located in Westgate Mall in Ann Arbor. .

“We love the idea of ​​being connected to the community,” said Williams.

Prism Playgoods is currently only available online. Find the site here.

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LadBaby closes Hamleys toy store for son’s third birthday https://play-fair.org/ladbaby-closes-hamleys-toy-store-for-sons-third-birthday/ Wed, 02 Jun 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://play-fair.org/ladbaby-closes-hamleys-toy-store-for-sons-third-birthday/

LadBaby gave his son the ultimate surprise for his third birthday: he closed the Hamleys toy store.

Last year, Mark Ian Hoyle, also known as LadBaby, built Legoland in the back garden for his son Kobe’s birthday after a planned trip to the theme park was canceled due to restrictions. to coronaviruses.

But this year he has gone one step further.

Mark, along with his wife Roxanne, aka LadBaby Mum, and their two sons Phoenix and Kobe, had the opportunity to shut down the Hamleys toy store in London, giving the children management of the entire site.

“It’s not every day that you get the chance to have the most famous toy store in the world,” Mark said.

“I don’t know who was more excited, the kids or us,” The Sun reports.

It was not just the children who were delighted with the surprise, while Roxanne was able to live her childhood dreams.

He added, “I had to stop Rox from playing with absolutely everything and remind him that the day was all about the kids.”

The British lifestyle blogger and YouTuber from Nottingham, England shared the heartwarming moment he revealed his secret plans on his social media, where he can be heard saying, “Are you all excited for the surprise of a lifetime? ” to which they all shout, “yeah” in response.



Roxanne didn’t believe it

“I arranged the best thing in the whole world for his birthday,” he continued, as they unknowingly walked towards the store.

When he finally appeared, Roxanne’s jaw dropped as she exclaimed, “Oh my god, are we going to Hamleys? Tell me we’re going to Hamleys.”

“Yes, we are going to Hamleys,” he reveals before adding, “I have another surprise for you… I closed it.”



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They were treated to games and all kinds of entertainment

Baffled, Roxanne asks: “What did you stop?” Before Mark said they were running the entire store with no one else on site.

“Shut up,” Roxanne said, “like we’re the Kardashians? “

For the next hour, the family received the undivided attention of the staff there, dealing with magic tricks, games, and all kinds of unique occasions.



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The family looked like they had a good afternoon

But for his 34th birthday this year, Mark took a much more laid back approach by enjoying a pint at his local pub, the Bierkeller – although he celebrated in true LadBaby style as he dressed like a pint. of beer.

“It doesn’t get any better than this – my birthday the day they decide to let us out for a beer,” he told Nottinghamshire Live.

“We always love coming here and saw a photo on Facebook of this great outdoor space so it felt like a good place to come.”

Adding that he only goes out for “the best occasions”.

He ended the special day with a haircut, a hamburger-shaped cake and a family dinner.

Mark rose to fame in 2016 after starting his LadBaby blog while Roxanne was pregnant with their first child, in which he documented the daily lives of his wife and himself as they became parents.

Today, they have amassed a global audience of 11 million people.

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