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Very exciting news here at toy central – Melton Toys has been nominated for Independent Toy Retailer of the Year!!
See the full list of finalists over at Toy World:
Melton Toys Becomes First Business in Melton Mowbray to let Google Street View Inside.
Today Melton Toys becomes the first business in Melton Mowbray town centre to benefit from Google’s Street View technology and allow Internet users to fully explore a snapshot of the interior and exterior of Melton Mowbray’s independent toy shop.
James Colclough, owner of Melton Toys said “It’s fantastic to be the first business in Melton Mowbray to launch with this new service. It will allow our customers to get a feel for the shop before they come in store as well as raising our profile online. The snapshot in time was taken in August but we’re already planning to have another shoot done when we have our Christmas ranges on display.”
To launch the service, Melton Toys is running a competition with three £20 toy shop vouchers up for grabs. To enter, you need to take a virtual walk around the store and answer the following 5 questions. Send your entries to firstname.lastname@example.org.*
The Street View service can be seen in action at http://www.meltontoys.co.uk.
Walk around Melton Toys and see if you can answer the following questions:
Q1. There is LEGO floor to ceiling somewhere – but how many shelves exactly?
Q2. Look down for a Playmobil horse rider – buy what colour is her jersey?
Q3. I’m a baby doll in the corner wearing a pink hat – but what’s my name?
Q4. How many hanging baskets are attached to the front of Melton Toys?
Q5. Somewhere there is a dot-to-dot book – but what’s on the cover?
Melton Toys had their Google Street View implemented by Jay Pickersgill of Point Blank Photography in Melton Mowbray who said “It’s great to find forward thinking local businesses in Melton Mowbray who can really take advantage of the Google Business Photos service which we supply. It’s a new concept from Google, to link Street View to the high street. It’s perfect for people to promote their businesses virtually with a 360-degree panoramic tour allowing customers to view the interior of your shop/premises. It’s potentially the biggest historical mapping project since Street View and I’m very proud to have been selected by Google to run the project in Melton Borough and Nottingham”.
Point Blank are currently running an Introductory Offer to the Google Business Photos service and the next 15 businesses to sign up will qualify for a significant discount.
If you require further information or have a business which would benefit from this service please find full details at www.pointblankphotography.co.uk or email email@example.com.
*Competition closes at midnight on 30th September 2012. Winners will be notified by email by 7th October 2012.
This week we are lucky to have a guest blogger at Melton Toys. Matt is one of our regular customers and has been since the day we opened. He has a keen eye for detail and his latest purchase was a Star Wars Ultimate FX Lightsaber. We asked him to record his thoughts, which he did – but also gave us a video!
Please remember that all opinions in the text and video are Matt’s so here goes:
So I walked into Melton toys the other day and I saw that they were selling the ultimate FX lightsaber and I thought to myself “I got to get one of those”. I went in, bought one and to be completely honest I wasn’t getting my hopes up about the item because the item had such a low price, I thought the quality wouldn’t be too good.
I couldn’t have been more wrong. This Lightsaber is absolutely brilliant. It has full power up effects, movement effects, clashing effects and powering down effects. It also has a blade power up and down and flashes when hit.
It’s brilliant! It’s the closest you will get to buying one of the force effects Lightsabers (which cost one heck of a lot more). The item as stated on the packaging is the closest you will get to the film.
One of my favourite features of the lightsaber though is how sturdy it is. If you were planning on buying your little one this and are worried about the item breaking, DON’T WORRY! The plastic is very strong and will last hundreds of fights against the Jedi or Sith. So whether you’re a parent wanting to buy it for your child, a collector or a cosplayer, this item is well worth buying. It truly is worth the money in which you pay for it.
In case you want a more detailed review of this product I have attached a link to my review of the item on YouTube:
Packed with new products, the Playmobil 2012 Catalogue is now available to pick up from Melton Toys!
The latest series of LEGO Minifigures has arrived and this time it’s white packets that everyone will be carefully feeling to identify their favourite!
There are once again 16 new characters thoughtfully designed by LEGO and they are set to remain a packet money favourite, still priced at just £1.99.
Here at Melton Toys we have operated a ‘swaps’ system since Series 1 was launched and this time is no different. So feel free to open your pack right here in the shop and if you don’t like what you get – or you already have it, you can trade straight away!
Minifigures makes a great part bag gift and are much more appreciated than some of the throwaway toys found in post-party handouts.
See you in the toy shop!
Happy New Year!
Our January sale is well underway, with discounts applied right accross the store! Call in soon to see reductions of the following brands and more:
Over the next few days we’ll be blogging our top 5 Christmas toys for boys, girls and infants to give the people struggling with Christmas ideas a bit of help! If our top 5 toys don’t quite hit the mark, feel free to come in to the shop for a look or take one of our flyers, showing our key ranges for Christmas. We’re here to help!
Starting from this Sunday, October 30th, Melton Toys will be opening on Sundays for the run up to Christmas. The opening times will be 10am till 4pm each Sunday, in addition to the regular opening times of 9am till 5.30pm from Monday to Saturday. With the days drawing closer to December 25th, Melton Toys are here seven days a week to help with any questions or queries, so feel free to come in and chat to us or simply give us a call!
Melton Mowbray is hosting a Civic Day on Wednesday 29th June 2011 (Booking is required for some events, see below for details). Melton Toys resides in the oldest secular building in the town and we are happy to be part of the guided tour.
Join with us and hundreds of heritage groups throughout the UK to celebrate pride in our place.
Timetable of events:
10am – 2.30pm Information stalls on the Market Square
10.30am Guided tour of a Grade II* listed building (Melton Toys, 7 King Street) with Richard Spooner, Melton Borough Council Conservation officer. BOOKING REQUIRED. To book, contact the Town Centre Manager on 07919 330 849 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2.00 – 3.00pm A browse around the Melton Mowbray Carnegie Museum. Objects from Melton Mowbray’s history with John Plumb, one of our local historians. BOOKING REQUIRED. To book contact the Carnegie Museum on 01664 569 946
2.00 – 3.00pm Walk round some of the Town Estate gardens with Marie Walters, the designer of the flower beds for Melton In Bloom. Meet at St. Mary’s Church porch.
3.45pm Unveiling of three Blue Plaques in St. Marys Church.
7pm – 8.30pm Discover how St. Mary’s church has changed over the centuries with Keith Wilson. Meet at the church porch.
7pm – 8pm Historic tree walk with John Rudman. Meet in Town Estate Wilton Road car park.
See http://www.civicday.org.uk for more information on Civic Day and what’s going on in other towns.