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2014 ABC Must-Sees
If you're planning on going to the 2014 ABC Kids Expo (September 7-10 in Las Vegas, Nev.), look no further! Leading up to the show TDmonthly Magazine will be sharing information on exciting new products that will be shown at the Expo, along with ordering specials for our readers...

9/1/2014



2012 ABC Kids Expo: Products to Watch
The 2012 ABC Kids Expo is running from October 14-17th in Lousiville Kentucky. What can retailers expect to see this year at the Kentucky Exposition Center? TDmonthly Magazine wanted to know, so we asked manufacturers to share some of the products they'll be featuring at the show...

10/1/2012



Review: The SWIMTRAINER "Classic" from FREDS SWIM ACADEMY
Summer is here, and with warmer weather, lots of kids will be playing in the water, whether it be a pool, lake, or the ocean. Enter the SWIMTRAINER "Classic" from FREDS SWIM ACADEMY...

7/1/2012



Facebook: the Anti-Social Network?
Social media sites like Facebook connect users with old friends, new acquaintances and everyone in between. However, studies are revealing an inverse link with online connections and deeper, face-to-face relationships...

7/1/2012



Q & A With Jim Tomaszewski, Founder of Lil' Iguana
Some people make children's products to bring fun and happiness into a kids lives. And some, like Jim Tomaszewski, start making children's products to prevent tragedy...

10/1/2011



Toys in the News: 6-29-10
TOMY Corporation has announced plans to introduce TOMICA, a best-selling die-cast car and train brand in Japan, to North America...

6/1/2010



To Litigate or Not to Litigate?
In the June issue of TDmonthly Magazine, attorney Susan Pan wraps up a three-part series on patents in the toy and game industry, helping manufacturers determine the value of patent damages...

5/1/2010



U.S. Government Unveils New Design for $100 Note
Government officials unveiled Wednesday the new design for the $100 note, to be issued Feb. 10, 2011. Complete with advanced technology to combat counterfeiting...

4/1/2010



Patents in the Toy and Game Industry: Part I
The commercial success of iconic toys and today’s hottest-selling electronic games is helped or hindered by intellectual property (IP). In the United States, IP rights include trademarks, copyrights and patents. Each has an appropriate role in protecting toymakers from unscrupulous imitators...

4/1/2010



Summary of Online Toy Reviews
TDmonthly Magazine’s Review Scout scours the Web weekly for reviews of new and hot products so you don’t have to spend your time searching...

3/1/2010



Toys in the News: 2-24-10
An overseas shipment tagged as "toys and parts" that arrived in Tacoma, Wash., was discovered to contain 30 rifles similar to those used by the U.S. military...

2/1/2010



Lead and Testing Under the CPSIA
If you’re a toy manufacturer, you know the regulatory landscape for your business was dramatically altered in summer 2008 with the enactment of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA)...

1/1/2010



Toys in the News: 7-31-09
Amid a harsh economic climate, Reed Elsevier has put multiple Reed Business Information trade publications, including Playthings and Kids Today, up for sale...

7/1/2009



Submissions Open for 2009 TDmonthly Awards
TDmonthly Magazine is excited to announce open submissions for its annual awards program, which recognizes superior products in the toy industry via TDmonthly’s Top Toy, Top Seller, Classic, Innovations and In the Lab awards!...

6/1/2009



Toys in the News: 5-29-09
Today marks the long-awaited U.S. debut of the Disney/Pixar animated feature "Up," reported Variety. It's booked at 3,766 theaters, including 1,530 that project in 3-D...

5/1/2009



Submit Your Products for TDmonthly Awards
TDmonthly Magazine is excited to announce open submissions for its annual awards program, which recognizes superior products in the toy industry...

5/1/2009



Toys in the News: 4-30-09
Hasbro and Discovery Communications are joining forces to create a television network and Web programming featuring educational and entertaining shows for kids...

4/1/2009



ToyDirectory Launches Retailer Blog
Want to know what's on the minds of specialty toy-store owners?...

4/1/2009



Access Safety COCs Here
Now that the Feb. 10 effective date regarding important requirements under the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act has come and gone, you may be left wondering which products on your shelves or on order are in compliance...

3/1/2009



What Does the CPSIA Stay Really Mean?
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission voted Jan. 30 to issue a one-year stay on select testing and certification requirements outlined in paragraphs 14 (a) (1), (2) and (3) of the Consumer Product Safety Act...

2/1/2009



Stay on Tests Provides No Rest
The Consumer Product Safety Commission's one-year stay of testing and certification requirements under the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act has received largely disgruntled reactions from the toy industry...

2/1/2009



Toy Fair 2009 Overcomes Doom and Gloom
Toy Fair 2009, Feb. 15-18, managed a decidedly positive buzz despite recession woes and admitted hardships over compliance with the lead- and phthalate-restricting CPSIA...

2/1/2009



"Law of the Land" Forces Compliance Amid Confusion
"Well-intentioned laws sometimes end up having unintended consequences." That statement, made by Chairman Nancy Nord of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, embodied the reason for this year's Toy Safety Update Seminar at Toy Fair 2009...

2/1/2009



Guidelines for Certificates of Compliance
The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 requires that manufacturers and/or importers provide Certificates of Compliance to distributors and retailers for products manufactured on or after Nov. 12, 2008...

1/1/2009



Retailers and Manufacturers Scramble for Safety
As the Dec. 12 deadline approaches for online retailers to post specific warnings alongside select children’s products under requirements in the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008...

12/1/2008




Concerns about chaotic testing of toys to determine compliance with as yet to be implemented phthalate restrictions under the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) have prompted TIA to issue this bulletin...

12/1/2008



Guidelines for Certificates of Compliance
The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 requires that manufacturers and/or importers provide Certificates of Compliance to distributors and retailers for products manufactured on or after Nov. 12, 2008...

12/1/2008



Toys in the News: 12-31-08
Bratz-maker MGA Entertainment was given permission to continue producing their star product until February 11, 2009...

12/1/2008



Toys in the News: 11-26-08
Eighty migrant laborers demanding more severance pay after a layoff at Kai Da toy factory in Dongguan, China, sparked a 500-protestor-strong riot outside the factory Wednesday...

11/1/2008



New Standards, New Expenses
The high cost of testing is just one challenge manufacturers are facing under the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act that passed in August...

11/1/2008



Controlling Holiday Chaos
In the December issue of TDmonthly Magazine, find out what specialty toy-store owners said has been their biggest obstacle ever to a successful holiday season...

11/1/2008



Toys in the News
To see the most recent toy industry news in TDmonthly Magazine...

10/1/2008



Toys in the News: 10-31-08
Ganz announced it is now contracting with Brandwise to use its SalesOptimizer program, which will allow the maker of Webkinz to access key sales data, including purchasing trends on a Google map...

10/1/2008



One Year Later: Beyond China, Beyond Lead
Despite an onslaught of scientific reports, enacted legislation and consumer calls-to-action since the 2007 toy recalls for lead hazards and defective designs, hard statistical data on the effect and risks of phthalates is still being gathered and assessed...

9/1/2008



Obama and McCain: Different Plays on Toy Safety
Senators Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) are entering the home stretch of a grueling election year...

9/1/2008



Innov-X XRF Systems Detect More Than Lead
Lead is not the only thing to worry about when it comes to toys and other products for children. The August 2007 lead scare and series of toy recalls was the beginning.....

8/1/2008



Weekly Toy Newscast: 8-17-08
The much-anticipated toy safety bill lowering acceptable lead limits in children's products and overhauling the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has been signed into law. Find out the major provisions...

8/1/2008



How to Prepare for Stricter Safety Legislation
In January, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Chairwoman Nancy Nord scolded the toy industry for widespread failure to comply with safety laws, particularly violations of the 600 parts-per-million (ppm) federal limit on lead in surface paints and coatings...

5/1/2008



Toys in the News: 5-29-08
Emily the Strange, the surly tween pop-culture icon who started "life" as a tee-shirt design, is being pushed toward the big screen by Dark Horse Entertainment president Mike Richardson...

5/1/2008



Toys in the News: 4-29-08
Ghorban Ali Dori Najafabadi, the prosecutor general of Iran, has denounced the smuggling of Barbie, Harry Potter items and other toys from the West, warning that such products will harm the country's culture...

4/1/2008



Wal-Mart Steps Up Safety
MEGA Brands’ most recent recall came on top of a slew of others — one from Hobby Lobby, two from Battat and one from Infantino...

4/1/2008



Toys in the News: 3-31-08
GameStop Corp. has announced plans to acquire 49 Free Record Shop locations in Norway...

3/1/2008



NITON Has the Edge
After the recall of millions of lead-contaminated toys last summer and fall — some of which had been purchased as far back as 2003 — parents are understandably concerned about toy safety...

2/1/2008



Toys in the News: 2-28-08
CNNMoney featured the following products/lines as breakout hits at Toy Fair 2008: Karito Kids by KidsGive, which broke its single-day sales record at this year's show; Pressman Toy, for its licensed offerings The Office Trivia Game, ESPN Jeopardy and Disney Wheel of Fortune...

2/1/2008



Lead Scares Trigger Testing Expansion
This year’s long list of toy recalls hasn’t just affected the bottom line for toy manufacturers, retailers and consumers. It’s also turning the tide for testing laboratories that, before now, had next-to-nothing to do with the toy industry, TDmonthly Magazine learned...

1/1/2008



Toys in the News: 1-31-08
Fueled by activists' concern over the safety of children's products, Connecticut lawmakers assembled Wednesday to put forth a bill to ban lead in toys...

1/1/2008



These Bills Affect Toy Safety
The following 2007 and 2008 Congressional bills relating to toy safety are listed in order of introduction, from the most recent. They are accompanied by a brief summary...

1/1/2008



Tips to Prevent Lead Exposure
Lead poisoning is entirely preventable. The key is stopping children from coming into contact with lead and treating children who have been poisoned by lead...

12/1/2007



Toys in the News: 12-31-07
Walt Disney and Warner Brothers plan to soon launch several virtual worlds as interactive online sites for children such as Webkinz World and Club Penguin continue to gain popularity...

12/1/2007



Lead Is All Around Us
It’s in our car batteries, on our bridges, lining electric cables and peeling from old walls. It used to be in canned food containers and gasoline and toy soldiers. And it’s in our children’s toys...

12/1/2007



Lead: How Much Is Too Much?
Recalls over the last quarter have activated consumers and spurred legislative efforts demanding better systems to ensure toy safety. But groups haven’t been able to agree...

12/1/2007



NITON Gives Lead Testing a Hand
It was after a young boy fatally swallowed a lead-tainted charm in 2006 that Thermo Fisher Scientific began screening toys for lead — expanding its specialization in analytical science to a new industry...

11/1/2007



Toys in the News: 11-30-07
Sudanese protestors rallied for an hour in Martyrs Square Friday against the sentence given to British school teacher Gillian Gibbons, whose students at Khartoum's Unity High School named a teddy bear Muhammad...

11/1/2007



Spin Master Recalls Aqua Dots – Children Became Unconscious After Swallowing Beads
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Spin Master, today announced a voluntary recall of Aqua Dots...

11/1/2007



Keep Children Safe From Fire
Children under age 5 are twice as likely as the rest of us to die in a fire. Each year, thousands of children are injured or killed in home fires, and 40 percent of them are under age five...

11/1/2007



New and Notable Toys: Safety
Check out these noteworthy toys...

7/1/2005




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