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Article Archive: Action Figures
Toy Fair flashback: Vin Diesel sells Street Sharks at the 1994 NYTF
You know him for his action filled rolls in movies like the Fast and Furious franchise and XXX...

2/1/2016



Activision is undergoing fundamental change – and none too soon!
Activision’s core business – video games played on consoles – has been struggling for the past four years...

2/1/2016



Don't Lose Tween Cusomers to Video Games and Computers - Games Workshop Can Help
Your store is set for infants & toddlers, has preschool toys galore, and your customers couldn't ask for a better selection of toys for tween girls. But when it comes to tween boys, many specialty toy store owners struggle...

2/1/2015



Interview with Alexandre Pariente, CEO of Safari Ltd®
Alexandre Pariente recently took over as CEO of Safari Ltd®, a third-generation educational toy company...

11/1/2014



Top-5 Most-Wanted Action Figures
Action figures aren't huge sellers in specialty, according to half the retailers TDmonthly Magazine interviewed in August 2014. However, for some, these toys do generate sales...

9/1/2014



Games Workshop Captures Big Brothers & Dads
"If you've got the teens coming into the store, if you're carrying Rio Grande or Mayfair, or any of the Eurogames, then you've got the demographic," said George. "That's when you want Games Workshop."...

6/1/2014



Action Figures in the Doldrums
Action Figures represent about 6% of the U.S. toy market and are completely dominated by Hasbro. This is how the picture has developed since 2007...

11/1/2013



Relativity Halts Stretch Armstrong Production
Relativity Media has announced that the Stretch Armstrong movie, slated to come out April 11, 2014, is no longer moving forward with production...

10/1/2013



Action Figure Sales are Up - But Not in Specialty
As we reported last month, The NPD Group has found that action figures are one of the only toy categories showing significant growth in 2013...

9/1/2013



Diamond Comic Distributors' Top-10 Toys
As we recently reported, action figure sales are up. But what products are top-sellers...

9/1/2013



Summer Blockbusters Give Licensed Toys a Boost
Sales of licensed action figures have increased 20 percent, fueling the 4 percent increase in sales of licensed toys overall...

8/1/2013



TDmonthly's Toy Fair Videos: Dolls, Plush, and Figures
TDmonthly Magazine was at Toy Fair, scouting out the newest toys and hottest trends of 2013. Our videographer captured these new toys on tape, so that retailers who couldn't visit their booths can still get a taste of what these new toys have to offer...

3/1/2013



Movies and Toys 2013
Movies are big business. Here are the box office estimates over the past few years...

2/1/2013



Activision Skylanders vs. Disney Infinity
Activision/Blizzard, the world’s largest provider of video games, has been in the news lately. Firstly, their Call of Duty: Black Ops II game was not only the #1 game for the month of December; it was the #1 game for the whole of 2012. Secondly, their 2011 entry Skylanders has just broken the $500 million barrier at U.S. retail...

2/1/2013



Safari Ltd® Supports Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation’s Holiday Toy Drive
PRESS RELEASESafari Ltd®, a worldwide distributor of quality, hand painted animal replicas, donated more than 2,000 of its toys to Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation’s annual Holiday Toy Drive last week.The Holiday Toy Drive benefits children spending their holidays in the hospital. On Christmas morning, patients will wake up to a...

12/1/2012



Safari Ltd® Announces New Glow-in-the-Dark Collection
Safari Ltd®, manufacturer and worldwide distributor of museumquality, educational toy collections, will be releasing 15 new glow-in-the-dark replicas due to popular demand in January 2013...

11/1/2012



Spin Master Ltd. Acquires Key Brands from Wild Planet
"We are very excited with the acquisition of Spy Gear and other key Wild Planet assets," states Anton Rabie, Co-CEO and Founder of Spin Master Ltd...

11/1/2012



Top-4 Most-Wanted Action Figures
When TDmonthly Magazine asked specialty retailers about their best selling action figures, seven out of 10 said they don't sell them at all...

9/1/2012



Licensed Toys Bring Superheroes and Villains to Life
Licensed products are frequently a "bright spot" for the U.S. toy industry – in 2011, licensed toys and games represented 26% of total industry sales, up 2% over 2010...

9/1/2012



QUO VADIS HASBRO?
Hasbro, the world's second largest toy maker, is encountering very choppy waves. Firstly, the Battleship movie sank without a trace and with it, their latest hope to rescue the Board Games business. Secondly, G I Joe went AWOL into 2013, further weakening their 2012 movie offering. Meanwhile, their preschool business is facing a massively strengthened Fisher Price. What does this all mean for their business this year and in 2013?...

6/1/2012



Hasbro Strikes Back: Q&A with Wayne Charness, SVP of Corporate Communications at Hasbro
In light of the recent sharp downturn in Battleship movie audience numbers and the postponement of GI Joe into next year, analyst Lutz Muller decided to dive deeper into Hasbro's prospects for 2012 and beyond — and what he found wasn't pretty. Of course, there are two sides to every story, so Muller reached out to Wayne Charness, senior vice president of corporate communications at Hasbro, to hear his take...

6/1/2012



Obituary: Richard O'Brien, Toy Expert and Author
Richard O'Brien, author and expert on collectible toys, died in a North Carolina hospice today at age 78...

5/1/2012



Movie Related Toy Sales in 2012
There is a stellar line-up of toy-related movies this year, probably the best in a long time...

5/1/2012



Top 10 Boys Toys at 2012 New York International Toy Fair
The predominant trend for boys toys at this year's Toy Fair seemed to be the integration of technology with entertainment properties...

3/1/2012



Top-7 Most-Wanted Action Figures
When TDmonthly Magazine interviewed retailers for a Summer 2011 survey about best-selling action figures, four out of the 14 said that figurines from Papo were their best-sellers...

9/1/2011



Solving the Mystery of Composition Soldiers, Part II
The composition of Playwood’s soldiers consisted of triple zero wood flour from Wisconsin (very fine-ground, almost like talc), 20 Mule Team Borax, unbleached white flour (condemned by food inspectors who had marked the inedible flour with chicken blood), and water...

9/1/2011



Solving the Mystery of Composition Soldiers, Part I
Tracking down the composition soldiers made in the United States during World War II had been next to impossible...

8/1/2011



The Women Behind Toy Soldiers: Part III
According to Jeannette Vrancken, who was a ward of Olive Kooken's, toys were the artist's “bread and butter”...

5/1/2011



Top-5 Most-Wanted Action Figures
A June 2010 survey conducted by TDmonthly Magazine found that 34 percent of specialty toy retailers don't stock figurines based on popular characters...

9/1/2010



Holiday Preview: Action Figures and Animal Replicas
Warriors, fairies and plain ol’ folk from popular action-figure lines Safari Ltd., Schleich and Hotaling Import’s Papo give kids plenty of opportunity to create their own imaginative scenes. And Pretty Ugly’s rolled out a pretty cute new series of wonderfully quirky Uglydoll figurines. See TDmonthly’s Holiday Preview of Action Figures...

6/1/2010



Take a Look at These Holiday Toys
There’s always the challenge of deciding what to order for the Christmas season, and once you do, where to store it! For that first part, TDmonthly Magazine wants to ensure that you don’t miss out...

6/1/2010



In This Issue
Solid branding, testimonials and engaging in-store media educate and improve customer experience...

5/1/2010



Toys in the News: 5-28-10
Toys "R" Us Inc., which went private in a 2005 purchase by a private-equity consortium, plans to return to the public markets, aiming to raise $800 million in an initial stock offering...

5/1/2010



Animals and Action Figures Act Out on Camera
-Safari Ltd. is keeping kids informed with intricately detailed animal replicas both large and small. Figurines by Kiz Toys, Schleich and Party Animal also make appearances...

5/1/2010



Why Toy Sales Will Strengthen But Won’t Beat ‘03
During this year’s Toy Fair and its aftermath, it became very clear that the buyers on my retail panel are taking a much more positive view of the U.S. toy market than they did a year ago...

4/1/2010



April's Toy Videos Build on Fun
This month, TDmonthly Magazine brings you videos from some of the leaders in the specialty toy industry...

4/1/2010



TDmonthly's Top-10 Toys: Western States Show
Manufacturers and reps at the 2010 Western States Toy & Hobby Show showed off plenty of playthings for indoor activity, outdoor fascination and environmentally minded kids. Can You Imagine's Big Bang Rocket turns heads...

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



How to Leverage Your Patent Portfolio
In TDmonthly Magazine's April issue, Susan Pan, partner at global intellectual property firm Sughrue Mion PLLC, will offer practical scenarios and tips on protecting your company's innovations...

2/1/2010



Toy Fair 2010's Hottest Products: Day 4
VTECH has a plethora of new products coming out in 2010 with technologically advanced toys while Mattel is focusing on a plethora of different types of action figures...

2/1/2010



A Safari Into the Imagination
What do dragons, dinosaurs and pirates have in common? Along with dozens of other intricately detailed plastic figures from Safari Ltd., they’re the stars of collections designed to promote education and imagination...

2/1/2010



Schleich Worlds of Play Capture the Globe
Schleich produces realistic, high-quality animal, historical and fantasy toys. The fun and beautiful figurines appeal to both children and collectors...

1/1/2010



Tween Toys Get Taped: Watch Bakugan and MORE
Tweens may be too cool for princess gowns and police uniforms, but they won't be able to resist fake mustaches...

12/1/2009



Action Figures & Playsets
Go back to main article: "Award-Winning Toys for a Hassle-Free Holiday"...

12/1/2009



Top-10 Most-Wanted Action Figures
In July 2009, TDmonthly Magazine interviewed 49 specialty retailers around the country concerning their sales of play and action figures...

9/1/2009



Disney Makes Defensive Move With Marvel Acquisition
The news that Disney was acquiring Marvel hit the entertainment industry like a thunderbolt. Yes, there had been plenty of rumors about a large Disney acquisition, but the betting by insiders had been on Electronic Arts...

9/1/2009



TDmonthly Goes Inside ... Sideshow Collectibles
Unlike other manufacturers who rely exclusively on laser scans and digital-wax outputs to create character likenesses, Sideshow Collectibles still hires artists to individually sculpt 90 percent of the faces and bodies for its action figures and collectibles...

8/1/2009



Transformers and Classic Superheroes Rule Action Figure Lineups
This year's action figure offerings are full of classic favorites and fresh faces. Many of the anticipated best sellers are coming to stores by way of the big or small screen, promising to captivate children and adult collectors even in a tight economy...

8/1/2009



From the Big Screen to the Toy Aisle
Just as a movie starring an A-list celebrity will bring in big bucks opening weekend, toys tied to famous licenses can also have smashing premieres. Experts warn, however, that it’s important to be smart when buying...

6/1/2009



Holiday Preview - Action Figures
Elves and crocodiles ready for battle could be the perfect addition to a child’s toy box this year. TDmonthly’s Holiday Preview of Action Figures also boasts other non-traditional collectible figurines, including tween characters tied to a virtual world, critters that place emphasis on diversity, and designer figurines that can spruce...

6/1/2009



Why the Recession Is Good for Kids … and Toys
“The recession could be the best thing that's ever happened to children's toys,” Dr. Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, a child development expert and professor at Temple University, told TDmonthly in late January...

2/1/2009



Watch Toy Fair 2009 Videos
Whether you flew to New York or stayed snug at home, you can still see some of the best new products from the 2009 American International Toy Fair...

2/1/2009



Harry Potter Movies Will Lead in Toys
Most of the very successful toys in 2008 were driven by movies — “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” “The Dark Knight,” Wall-E” and “Iron Man” – and it hence behooves us to look at what films are awaiting us this year and next...

1/1/2009



Retailers Predict Top Mass-Market Holiday Toys
I recently asked my retailer panel friends — seven mass-market and three specialty stores — to tell me which toys are likely to do the best this Christmas. Here are their rankings...

10/1/2008



Regional Reports: What’s Selling … and Where
Only interested in what’s going on in your market? Take a peek by region to see what to stock and when to think twice:...

10/1/2008



Toys in the News: 9-30-08
RC2 Corporation has announced its withdrawal from an agreement to purchase Publications International's Children's Publishing Division...

9/1/2008



TDmonthly’s Top-10 Most-Wanted Action Figures
Which action figures are the last ones standing? Knights, pirates, dinosaurs and mythical creatures are strongest in battle, 55 retailers told TDmonthly Magazine, with Papo figures by Hotaling Imports dominating...

7/1/2008



Indiana May Trump Iron Man at Toy Sales
When I first wrote about toy-related films roughly six weeks ago, I overlooked the fact that there is yet another entrant into the toy sweepstakes — “Wall-E” by Pixar.....

6/1/2008



Sports Action Figures Cast a Spell
Sports fanatics don’t just go out and wear their favorite team jerseys or add to their baseball card collection anymore. Sports action figures are becoming a popular way for fans to support their local teams on and off season, sources told PlayZak, and just as kids are with Pokémon, many have to collect them all...

9/1/2007



Spidey's Special, But Knights Still Rule
OK, knights still KO most other action figures in the specialty market, but a mass-market arachnid has caught kids in its web...

7/1/2007



Safari Ventures Into Fantasy
For more than a quarter century, Safari Ltd. has been unwaveringly dedicated to toys that are both educational and fun for children...

7/1/2007



TDmonthly's Top-10 Most-Wanted Action Figures
Knights, pirates and even dragons rule, a recent survey of 34 specialty retailers told TDmonthly Magazine...

7/1/2007



Oh, Holy Knights!
Pirates and knights are the action figures of choice, say specialty retailers, and are just right for stocking stuffing...

7/1/2007



Safari Grows Fearlessly
Since 1980, Safari Ltd. has been making all types of realistic animal figures...

2/1/2007



TDmonthly's Top-10 "Toys I Didn't Have"
No specialty toy-store owner has ever admitted to stocking MGA's Bratz...

1/1/2007



How to Get Boys Buying
Action is as action does...

11/1/2006



TDmonthly's Top-10 Most-Wanted Mini-Toys
Manhattan Toy's Groovy Girl Minis are tied with Papo Knights as the best-selling teeny toy, each getting a top-selling nod from 10 of 45 specialty toy-store owners surveyed...

9/1/2006



TDmonthly's Top-10 Most-Wanted Animal Figurines
This month, TDmonthly Magazine polled 24 retailers to discover what were among their best selling animal figures...

8/1/2006



Boys Venture Into Doll Shops
At Dolls by Jerree in Kingsport, Tenn., the customer demographic has suddenly shifted in the last three months to include boys and men age 10 to 40...

7/1/2006



New Action Figures Get Going
Action figures encompass such a broad category of toys that they appeal to almost any age...

7/1/2006



Papo and Schleich Kick Hasbro off the Shelf
Boys and dads sweep shelves clear of Papo and Schleich knights, and then drop to the floor for a jousting match before bringing the figures home...

7/1/2006



Toy Knights Kick Jedi Butt
Unlicensed figures prove big fish in the small pond of specialty toy stores...

6/1/2006



Toy Knight Jousting Match
Medieval-themed figures and accessories have become a hit in toy stores across the country, and three major players are “jousting” for the top spot...

12/1/2005



Tween Girls Kick Butt
Are action toys for girls the future as action toy sales flatten out for boys?...

11/1/2005



TDmonthly’s October Recommendations
What’s hot in the shops, now that the weather’s started to cool? TDmonthly Magazine spoke with 16 retailers across the country to find out...

10/1/2005



New & Notable Toys: Action Figures
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7/1/2005



Toypresidents Honors a Different Kind of Hero
Founded in 2003 by Jesse Combs, Toypresidents, Inc. has met with tremendous success crafting collectible, battery-operated talking president action figures. This year, Combs expands the concept to include other historical figures by opening Timecapsule Toys...

5/1/2005



A Niche for Unique Action Figures
As a child, Clark Gray was a fan of G.I. Joe. Then came eBay, which renewed his collector’s spirit...

5/1/2005



Age Compression Challenges Action Figure Sales
Age compression, the idea that kids are getting older younger, is a term used often among toy manufacturers, retailers and other industry insiders...

5/1/2005



Action Figures Drive Sales Without a License
Without a licensed tie-in to popular media, an action figure faces a challenge that is far more formidable than battling the forces of evil — the battle for the consumer’s dollar...

5/1/2005



TDmonthly´s Top 10 Most Wanted Action Figures
This summer is chock-full of potential blockbusters with action figure tie-ins...

5/1/2005



Before the Films, There Were Figures
As the summer is the season of the blockbuster, and action figures precede blockbusters like thunder before rain, toy stores will be literally packed this spring with licensed figures from soon-to-be released feature films...

5/1/2005



Lights, Camera, Action Figures Hit Market
As summer nears, action figures are hitting store shelves...

5/1/2005



Todd McFarlane Opens Showroom and Store in Tempe, Arizona
In October 2004 Todd McFarlane, who has an 11-year history in the sports and movie licensing markets, held the official grand opening of a showroom and store in Tempe, Ariz. With Phoenix the hub of his business and his family living in the outlying area, Tempe seemed the most logical location...

1/1/2005



Top Five Television Sources for Licensed Toy Products
As licensed products prove to be bigger business than ever before, television has become an ever-growing source of hit characters. According to ratings supplied by the A.C. Nielsen Company, the top five television sources for hit toy tie-ins are as follows:...

1/1/2005



Play to Meet Profit at Toy Fair 2005
As retailers begin stocking shelves for 2005, the big question remains, what will be a hot sell in the new year? Of the many resources available, one good place to commence research on toy trends is at the Jacob K. Javitz Convention Center this February 20-23rd, where once again the Toy Industry Association, Inc. returns with its annual American International Toy Fair...

1/1/2005



TDmonthly´s Top 10 Most Wanted Action Figures for Collectors
Collecting is an established sub-culture within the 1.2 billion dollar toy industry...

12/1/2004



TDmonthly’s Top 10 Most Wanted TV Action Figures
There is no question that kids love to grab a bowl of cereal and watch their morning cartoons...

12/1/2004



The Boys´ Share of the Tween Market
In the toy and hobby world, the tween market has become a hot commodity for retailers. Reyne Rice, toy trend specialist for the Toy Industry Association, explains that the industry focus for the last few years has been to retain that particular age group in toy products...

11/1/2004



TDmonthly´s Top 10 Most Wanted Pop Culture Action Figures
Watching I Love the 80s, reading People magazine religiously and playing with a Pet Rock are not the only gateways to today’s pop culture icons...

11/1/2004



TDmonthly's Top 10 Most Wanted Sports Action Figures
Every sports fan has fantasized about running towards the end zone to score the winning touchdown, delivering a bone-crushing blow in a WWE title bout, or hitting a grand slam in the bottom of the ninth to win the World Series...

11/1/2004



TDmonthly's Top 10 Most Wanted Female Action Figures
Can action figures be fashionable and fight evil at the same time? Toymakers are breaking down traditional categories and mixing genres in the female action figure market...

11/1/2004



TDmonthly's Top 10 Most Wanted Mini Action Figures
Just in time to stuff stockings, action figures shrink this season...

11/1/2004



TDmonthly´s Top 10 Most Wanted Political Playthings
Get out to the polls and, while you’re at it, vote with your dollars for your favorite political toys. The presidential contest has been on everyone’s mind this year and will continue to generate interest as the election draws closer...

10/1/2004



TDmonthly´s Top 10 Most Wanted - Action Figures for the Holiday Season
There isn´t a kid alive who hasn´t dreamt of the scene in the Two Towers when Legolas...

9/1/2004



TDmonthly´s Top 10 Most Wanted - Film Inspired Action Figures for the Holiday Season
Take two…. A spree of summer hits including “Spider-Man 2,” “Shrek 2” and “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” rocked the action figure business...

9/1/2004



Toys Inspired By the U.S. Troops
Dusty Trails Toys has come out with a set of action figures which remarkably commemorate the heroic efforts of America’s troops abroad...

8/1/2004



Collectors Bid Top Dollar for Film Based Action Figures
NPD Funworld Senior Industry Analyst Mike Redmond watches the annual summer movie market closely – especially those that involve licensed characters...

7/1/2004



What A Geek!
There is a new super hero action figure hitting the toy markets. He doesn’t have a cape, doesn’t carry a gun or a light saber, isn’t the subject of some popular show or cartoon, and he doesn’t transform into something...

7/1/2004



TV Toys
Couch potatoes of all ages may be glad to learn their televisions are good for more...

6/1/2004



Reality-based Action Figures Find Room to Grow
There’s no shortage of historical figures, periods, and events in the world, so there should be endless niches to tap with reality-based action figures...

5/1/2004



HuckDoll: Go to the Extreme
Founded by professional extreme athletes in North Lake Tahoe, NSM Resources/HuckDoll is one of the leading companies specializing in athletic figures...

5/1/2004



East Meets West In A Street Battle For Today´s Action Faction
The post-Eisenhower era still deeply venerated the WWII military in 1964 when Hasbro introduced America to G. I. Joe...

5/1/2004



Lights, Cameras, Action Figures
What makes a particular line of action figures successful?...

5/1/2004




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