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Top-10 Most-Wanted Wooden Toys
Go back to basics with these high-quality wooden toys, sure to be hits with kids and the grown-ups who actually buy them...

3/1/2016



Top-10 Most-Wanted Wooden Toys
With additional reporting by Chris Lundy and Brenda RuggieroThis month, we're going back to basics! TDmonthly Magazine interviewed specialty retailers to find out which wooden toys are hot. From classic trains to modern blocks, check out their Top-10 best-selling wooden toys below.*No manufacturer paid to be included in this list...

3/1/2015



Top-10 Most-Wanted Wooden Toys
In a February 2014 survey about wooden toys, retailers told TDmonthly Magazine that the best-selling wooden toys in their stores tend to be classics, like wooden train sets, puzzles, and marble runs...

3/1/2014



Pedal to the Mettle: The Unbelievable True Story of Automoblox
The story of how Automoblox made their product dream a reality - Updated with advice on working with Hong Kong based trading companies and factories from Trendex Group LTD...

2/1/2014



Top-10 Most-Wanted Wooden Toys
When TDmonthly Magazine interviewed retailers in February of 2013, we learned that the Pound and Tap Bench from Hape is still flying off of specialty store shelves. Other favorite wooden toys included simple classics, like puzzles and trains...

3/1/2013



Q&A With Matthew Hiebert from Aroundsquare Ltd.
TDmonthly loves hearing the stories behind the toys. So, we were excited to speak with Matthew Hiebert from Aroundsquare Ltd., the creator of the wooden block toy Twig...

1/1/2013



Q&A With Will Haughey, Co-Founder of Tegu
Will Haughey and his brother Chris grew up volunteering for several international charities, so when they decided to go into business together in Honduras, they knew that they wanted their company to help drive the local economy and make life better for the people living in the community...

1/1/2013



Q&A With Cheryl Shaw from Little Colorado, Inc
The founders of Little Colorado, Inc, had no idea that they would wind up making high-quality children's furniture and playthings...

1/1/2013



Eco-Friendly Toys
Take a closer look at these recently added specialty and mass-market eco-friendly toys...

7/1/2012



TDmonthly Top Toy Award Winners July 2012
TDmonthly Magazine is excited to announce our TDmonthly Top Toy Award winners for July 2012. We've selected these toys to feature to our 14,600 retailer subscribers for a number of reasons, including their top quality, high play value, and/or status as a proven best seller...

7/1/2012



Magicforest Balanced Learning With Play
Magicforest Ltd. donated a combined total of 50 Sevi Instrument Sets and Balance Games through TDmonthly’s "2012: A Year of Charity." The company is well known by specialty toy retailers for importing unusual and high-quality toys and games from Europe...

6/1/2012



Hape Cooked up a Storm
Founded in 1995 by Peter Handstein, Hape has always had a mission to create beautiful and engaging toys with minimal impact on the environment and with maximum benefit to its workers. Peter is also committed to ensuring that everyone who works for him has benefits and becomes a member of their extended family...

6/1/2012



Hape Launches Summer Toy Collection
Leading toy manufacturer Hape North America has announced a Sneak Peak of its summer introductions...

6/1/2012



Hape Announces Two Winners for Trip to China Exclusive to ASTRA Retailers
Hape, a leading worldwide toy manufacturer, has announced the winners of their trip to China for ASTRA retailers...

6/1/2012



Top-10 Most-Wanted Wooden Toys
Wooden toys are a staple of specialty toy stores, so TDmonthly Magazine interviewed retailers to find out which ones were selling the best...

3/1/2012



Wooden Toys
Check out these recently added specialty and mass-market wooden toys...

3/1/2012



Wooden Toys
See these recently added specialty and mass-market wooden toys...

11/1/2011



Classic Company Navigates High-Tech Market
In a recent interview, the president of HABA USA stressed the importance of brand-management and tech-savvy business moves in today's ever fluctuating market...

6/1/2011



Maple Landmark Woodcraft: The Classic Wooden Toy
Maple Landmark Toys, a Vermont-based wood toy manufacturer, has grown from a small business to a large award-winning company...

5/1/2011



Top-10 Most-Wanted Wooden Toys
In early 2011, TDmonthly Magazine's regional correspondents spoke with 12 specialty toy retailers from around the country about their best-selling wooden products...

3/1/2011



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (10/11/10 - 10/15/10)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store! Check this space every weekday to see brief video clips of new and specialty products...

10/1/2010



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (9/27/10 - 9/30/10)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store! Check this space every weekday to see brief video clips of new and specialty products...

9/1/2010



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (9/20/10 - 9/24/10)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store! Check this space every weekday to see brief video clips of new and specialty products...

9/1/2010



Holiday Preview: Wooden Toys
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7/1/2010



My Best Sellers: Key West Toy Factory
At Key West Toy Factory in Key West, Fla., shoppers are seeking fun vacation toys that are easy to take on a cruise ship and then on a plane back home...

6/1/2010



Take 2: Wooden and Construction Toys
Construction toys are building up and up with tower-friendly pieces from Hape International and Fat Brain Toy Co., and Holztiger's wooden semi trucks have trade-out parts...

6/1/2010



Puzzles & Preschool Toys Come Together on Video
Kids can make a cup of coffee or grill up a burger with Hape's new Educo sets, and they're sure to be delighted when pieces of puzzle pictures and constructions fall into place...

6/1/2010



Videos: Baby Toys Engage With Color and Texture
O.B. Designs' quirky DINGaRINGs double up as a plush rattle and a teether, and HABA's new line of sheep softens baby's world with a gentle palette and eco-friendly materials...

5/1/2010



April Staff Picks
This month in TDmonthly Magazine's Staff Picks, brinca dada gives the dollhouse family modern appeal, used crayons find a second life, and classic wooden blocks adopt a unique attraction in a line called Tegu...

4/1/2010



In This Issue
The toy industry may not break any big records for the decade in 2010, but things are definitely looking up this year...

4/1/2010



Video: ASTRA Talks Holiday Sales & Social Media
TDmonthly Magazine's Julie Jones caught up with Kathleen McHugh, president of the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association, at Toy Fair 2010. ASTRA is encouraged by 2009 holiday sales in the specialty market...

4/1/2010



Top-10 Most-Wanted Wooden Toys
Melissa & Doug. We could almost stop there, based on responses from 38 specialty toy stores across the United States, but there are other top-selling wooden toys, too...

3/1/2010



ASTRA’s Top-30 Toys from Toy Fair 2010
During the American Specialty Toy Retailers Association’s Share the Fair event at Toy Fair 2010, more than 80 representatives from specialty toy stores gathered to discuss the toys and games they’d been most impressed with...

3/1/2010



TDmonthly Goes Inside… The Acorn Store, Santa Monica, Calif.
The Acorn Store is the only retail shop on its block, but a sidewalk display of toys and trikes pulls in passersby who are strolling or cruising the Santa Monica area of Los Angeles...

1/1/2010



The Acorn Store's PLAN Showroom
Behind the Acorn Store is another store, and another one, too ... three separate showrooms help give this little toy store a big presence in kids' imaginations...

1/1/2010



2010 Outlook: Toymakers Introduce Organic, Creative Playthings
Some of the specialty market’s favorite vendors recently shared with TDmonthly Magazine how they’re innovating and staying fresh as we enter 2010...

12/1/2009



Wooden & Construction Toys
Go back to main article: "Award-Winning Toys for a Hassle-Free Holiday"...

12/1/2009



TDmonthly's September Staff Picks
Little kids can don a high-quality cape to become a big hero, toss a golden coin to solve sibling conflict, or paint their nails with polish that's as "natural as mud."...

9/1/2009



TDmonthly's Fall 2009 Top Toy Award Winners
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9/1/2009



Holiday Preview - Wooden Toys
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7/1/2009



Eco and Active-Play Toys for the Holidays
As you’re planning for your final holiday orders, take a look at some product categories that largely define the specialty market today...

7/1/2009



My Best Sellers: At Once All Agog
Owner Candace Gooch of At Once All Agog in Limerick, Maine, encourages her customers to play with the toys in her store and experience their craftsmanship. Here are the items she told TDmonthly Magazine shoppers want most...

7/1/2009



Retailer Spotlight: Child’s Play and Green Frog Toys
In January 1982, Patricia Fiedler saw a need for a new variety of store in her hometown and decided to act on the opportunity...

5/1/2009



My Best Sellers: Green Frog Toys
An atmosphere of friendliness and fun is a key element of business at Green Frog Toys in Portland, Ore...

5/1/2009



In This Issue
The trade show circuit continued into March, and TDmonthly Magazine hit the Fairplex in Pomona, Calif., to capture dozens of new toys on video at the Western States Toy & Hobby Show...

4/1/2009



Balance Bikes: A Comparison of Styles and Sales
When it comes to parents picking bikes for their kids and manufacturers specifying which design is best, there are some strong opinions out there. And the latest bike innovation to make its way to the U.S. — the balance bike — is no exception...

4/1/2009



TDmonthly’s Top-10 Most-Wanted Wooden Toys
Classic and durable wooden toys have been a mainstay for generations, and in today’s market the focus is shifting to sustainable, environmentally friendly, and safe more than ever before, TDmonthly Magazine learned during a survey of 56 specialty retailers...

3/1/2009



Ultimate Spinner Spins Hours of Fun, Panel Says
After TDmonthly Magazine's Grade School Roundtable spun fun for all ages with the Ultimate Spinner from Robbins Toy, reviewers reported that the contents met the promises on the box, offering a variety of games appealing to all ages...

3/1/2009



Regional Reports: What’s Selling … And Where
No name came up more frequently for wooden toys than Melissa & Doug. Whether it’s play food or art supplies, this company led the pack...

3/1/2009



“Woodman” Roundtable Proud of Vehicle Construction
TDmonthly Magazine’s Boys Roundtable went back to the basics with a woodworking kit from Woodland Magic Imports...

1/1/2009



Munipals Puts Fay Graphic on Track
Incentive to get the wheels in motion for a line of wooden toy trains modeled after the New York subway came from a son’s question at the dinner table...

12/1/2008



In This Issue
Ready to watch? Check out TDmonthly’s toy video demos, with highlights on one of our featured categories...

7/1/2008



Call in the Elves for These Holiday Toys
There’s always something new in the world of toys, and that playset you didn’t see just might end up a top seller this holiday season. So while you’re sizzling with summer sales, beat the fall rush, too...

7/1/2008



In This Issue
Know what? TDmonthly Magazine wants you to have a good year!...

6/1/2008



Wooden Toys Take Pomona
Just a few weeks after Toy Fair, West Coast shoppers hit up the Western States Toy & Hobby Show in Pomona, Calif., where natural wooden offerings reflected the marketplace’s penchant for all things safe and eco-friendly.....

4/1/2008



Wooden Toys Are the Hot Old Thing
While the furor over the recalls last summer has simmered down a bit, wooden toys are still enjoying a resurgence...

3/1/2008



TDmonthly’s Top-10 Most-Wanted Wooden Toys
Wooden toys are staging quite a comeback, accounting for up to 50 percent of the stock in some retail stores...

3/1/2008



Carving Out Simple Play
Many of the games that were popular around this time last year are still ringing up the most sales in specialty stores, 63 retailers reported to TDmonthly Magazine...

3/1/2008



Toddler Roundtable: Nuchi Train Rolls Out Fun
The Little Little Little Toy Company’s Nuchi™ 15-Piece Circle Train Set delighted TDmonthly Magazine’s Toddler Roundtable with a simple layout, interlocking tracks and magnets that link the colorful cars and accessories...

2/1/2008



Wooden Toys Catch Fire
If you haven’t stocked up on wooden toys, you may be missing out! Spooked by the recalls from China, holiday buyers are raiding specialty stores for wooden toys, particular those made stateside...

12/1/2007



KB Toys Recalls Wooden Toys Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of wooden blocks sold at KB Toys...

10/1/2007



Guidecraft Inc. Recalls Children’s Puppet Theaters Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission today announced a voluntary recall of Tabletop Puppet Theaters by Guidecraft Inc...

10/1/2007



Is "Made In China" the Kiss of Death?
Mattel’s recall of more than 10 million toys this month has made parents and retailers rethink buying and stocking decisions, sources told TDmonthly Magazine...

8/1/2007



Made in the USA Toys
American toy companies can save 50 percent or more on manufacturing costs by taking production outside U.S. borders. And yet, some refuse to set sail...

7/1/2007



Plastic Is Passe
Rising petroleum prices and sustainable forests give wooden toys more appeal than ever...

6/1/2007



Kapla: A Childhood Dream Fulfilled
In the 1980s, 25-year-old art historian Tom van der Bruggen left his home country of Holland and the antique shop he owned, and relocated to southern France to pursue his childhood dream of building a castle...

3/1/2007



Traditional Blocks and Trains Keep Selling
Fifty-one retailers nationwide said specialty toy stores are keeping up with the grand tradition of wooden toys, selling blocks, trains, puzzles and games from companies HABA, Learning Curve and others...

3/1/2007



A Fresh Cut of the Tree
Wooden toys are traditionally known — and trusted — for their quality...

3/1/2007



TDmonthly's Top-10 Most-Wanted Wooden Toys
Melissa & Doug is leading the wooden toys category with three toys in our top-10 list...

2/1/2007



Wooden Sales Grow Stronger
Wood — the first wholesale toy-making material. Durable, beautiful ... expensive...

11/1/2006



Liberty Puzzles Fought for Freedom
Christopher Wirth had what many would consider a great job making good money as a corporate attorney for a financial firm. But after eight years .....

10/1/2006



Wooden Toys Need to Stay Fresh
Wooden toy makers know they can’t just reproduce the same products year in and year out and still keep customers coming back for more...

6/1/2006



Why Wood? It's Not Cheap and It's Not Modern
Wooden toys may not always fit mass market needs, but some shoppers seek out these unique pieces, especially when choosing a gift...

3/1/2006



Internet Helps Sell Wooden Baby Toys
"It appears as if classic wooden toys are making a true comeback," Deborah Gallagher, president of Smart Start Baby, told TDmonthly Magazine...

3/1/2006



Building High With High-End Blocks
Specialty blocks — many of them manufactured in Europe — are where it’s at these days...

3/1/2006



Wooden Toys Find Favor With Conscientious Crowd
Classic wooden toys are back in style, partly due to their availability on the Web...

2/1/2006



Pedal to the Mettle: The Unbelievable True Story of Automoblox
Many of us can recall the pride we felt the first time we spotted a product that we had a hand in designing sitting on a store shelf. And this pride turns to absolute nirvana when that product is your product — something that you’ve brought to market completely born of your vision and manufactured by your own company...

12/1/2005



Growing HABA Feels No Pain
The flagship Fifth Avenue FAO Schwarz store includes a room devoted to HABA products. HABA, the maker of high-end European maple and beech wood toys, didn’t subsidize this prime piece of toy real estate; the placement was driven by customer demand...

8/1/2005



Wooden Toys in the Modern Age
While they may look like the same wooden blocks or trucks of 50 years ago, some of today’s wooden toys are going high tech. Several companies are using technology to improve safety measures or to create more unusual products...

8/1/2005



Wooden Toy Roundtable
The wooden toys category is unusual in that it encompasses products made of a similar material, rather than a similar mode of play. For that reason, this month’s selection of roundtable participants bring products to retailers that range from play sets to games to pianos...

8/1/2005



Wooden Toys Are Sturdy Sellers
Who would have thought that being environmentally conscious and marketing products as quality buys that stand the test of time would generate sales in this high-tech era?...

8/1/2005



TDmonthly´s Top 10 Most Wanted Wooden Games and Puzzles
Many retailers have pointed out the appeal of wooden games and puzzles: Unlike cardboard games, wooden games won’t tear and can be passed down through generations...

8/1/2005



New & Notable Toys: Wooden Toys
Check out these new and noteworthy toys...

7/1/2005



Guidecraft: Wooden Art and Educational Design
When Jason Fein´s father started Guidecraft in 1964, the small woodworking company offered ten products designed for schools. Forty years later, the line has grown to over 160 toys and furnishings that appeal both to school supply and consumer markets...

10/1/2004



Wooden Toys
Kapla “Through building, one builds character” states Tom van der Bruggen, inventor of Kapla. A previous winner of the Parent’s Choice Award and Dr. Toy’s Top 10 Most Creative Toys, Kapla produces wooden building planks that stimulate the imagination and artistic side of everyone. Made of high-quality marine pine,...

10/1/2004



Wooden Toys Offer High Quality, Strong Design, Environmental Edge
Some companies are offering heirloom-quality, educational toys that will hold a child’s interest, stand the test of time and protect the earth for the next generation...

8/1/2004



Batteries Not Included – And Not Needed!: Wooden Toys That Stand the Test of Time
Not all the great new toys out there have flashy lights, electronic sounds, or synthetic materials...

8/1/2004



Automoblox: Modern Wood Design
When it comes to being a car enthusiast, Patrick Calello, founder of Automoblox has used his passion for cars to develop a new twist on toys made of wood...

8/1/2004



Wooden Games and Collectables are Artistic Classics
There is purity about wooden toys - a minimalism that is eternally attractive...

8/1/2004



Maple Landmark Woodcraft: The Classic Wooden Toy
Maple Landmark, a Vermont-based wood toy manufacturer, has grown from a small business to an award-winning company...

7/1/2004




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