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Article Archive: General Toys
Ubisoft – short term outlook good; long-term prognosis cloudy
Ubisoft is expected to break for the first time the €1.5 billion revenue mark this year, driven by a whole host of strong games – of which Far Cry Primal and The Division, both in the first calendar quarter, are the prime contributors.The Company’s market share in the U.S. as...

5/1/2016



Beetlejuice by Mezco
Beetlejuice 8inch Plush The afterlife's leading bio- exorcist is back and the manic Beetlejuice is bringing the creepy and the crazy! Beetlejuice stands 8inches tall and features his black and white striped suite and tangled mass of mossy green hair. His sardonic grimace reveals his trademark...

4/1/2016



SOCIAL MEDIA STRATEGIES AT ASTRA MARKETPLACE & ACADEMY
SOCIAL MEDIA STRATEGIES IN THE SPOTLIGHT. AT ASTRA’s MARKETPLACE & ACADEMY. EDUCATIONAL SESSIONS TO HELP RETAILERS DEEPEN CONNECTION WITH CUSTOMERS AND STAFF...

4/1/2016



KIDSTUFF PR: NEW CLIENTS
A BABY RATTLE, A MESSAGING APP & A PIGGIES PUZZLE WALK INTO KIDSTUFF PR JOINING ITS CLIENT CAROUSEL!...

4/1/2016



2016 Toy Fest West Toy Videos
You didn't make it to the 2016 Toy Fest West show in Las Vegas?  We are happy to share with you a collection of Toy Fest West videos, featuring exciting new products from exhibitors at the show.Founded in 1961, WTHRA is a non-profit organization that is most recognized for producing...

4/1/2016



Craig McCracken's animation on Cartoon Network has now started a new craze on the web!
Craig McCracken's animation for Cartoon Network has now started a new craze on the web!  "Powerpuff Yourself" is now the most twitted term. A few sample tweets: My Friday night just went off the hook. Yep. I Powerpuffed myself. cc @sheenanotsheila #PowerpuffYourself pic.twitter.com/0WaOiHpZt6  by Helenography (@Helenography)...

4/1/2016



Spin Master – an interesting performance
While Spin Master had a very choppy performance in the fourth quarter and would have been in negative territory had it not been for the Cardinal acquisition, the management explained this by saying that they had this year shipped the bulk of their fourth quarter purchase orders early – in...

4/1/2016



Toy Fair Exhibitor Guidelines Broadened
The Toy Fair booth space renewal requirements have been broadened for 2017...

4/1/2016



March Staff Picks
From building kits to new STEM-skill building games, these are the toys that caught our eyes this month...

3/1/2016



Retail Management Tips: 15 Ways to Increase Profit Margins
A few years ago, it seemed everyone was tacking on a gas surcharge for most any product...

3/1/2016



Is Electronic Arts wedded to the video game dinosaur – the consoles?
In a market place that has been very dynamic over the past five years, Electronic Arts, long the underdog to its arch rival Activision, began to catch up by 2014 and pretty much stayed the course throughout 2015...

3/1/2016



Top Toy Trends of 2016 Announced by TIA
Top Toy Trends of 2016 Announced by Toy Industry Association (TIA), the Official Voice of Toy Fair...

3/1/2016



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
See all the new specialty toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

3/1/2016



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

3/1/2016



Why And How To Do An Employee Review
Employee reviews are one of the most neglected tools a retailer can use to alter their fate...

2/1/2016



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
See all the new specialty toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

2/1/2016



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

2/1/2016



February Staff Picks
From arts and crafts to construction kits, these are our February staff picks...

2/1/2016



Toy Fair 2016 - New Toys
Toy Fair 2016 is here, and toy manufacturers are showing off their latest and greatest toys...

2/1/2016



2016 Toy Fair Videos
TDmonthly was on the ground at Toy Fair 2016, scouting for the latest and greatest specialty toys...

2/1/2016



2016 Toy Fair Booths to Visit
It's hard to believe another year has come and gone, but it's time to start preparing for the toy industry's yearly pilgrimage to the Javits Center in New York for the American International Toy Fair...

1/1/2016



Brick and Mortar Retail Stores' Best Asset Is Alive And Well
This is a post about why brick and mortar retail stores still rule in a world of omnichannel...

1/1/2016



GameStop – can they build a bridge before they hit the abyss?
We all are familiar with the problems GameStop is facing...

1/1/2016



January Staff Picks
Looking for new toys to fill your shelves after a busy holiday season?...

1/1/2016



Toys in the News: 12-31-2015
Mattel to offer diabetes kits for American Girl dolls...

1/1/2016



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

1/1/2016



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
See all the new specialty toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

1/1/2016



Why We Go To Toy Fair - Or Stay Home!
New York International Toy Fair may be the biggest toy event in the US - but is it the most important? TDmonthly Magazine interviewed several specialty retailers to get the inside scoop on why so many attend the show (starting today, February 16th) - and why others opt out...

1/1/2016



Preparing For Toy Fair - Tips and Tricks for Retailers!
TDmonthly Magazine has been covering New York Toy Fair for almost two decades. Over the years, retailers and experts have shared their top tips for making the most out of trade shows with TDmonthly...

1/1/2016



6 Tips for Finding Hot New Toys
It's the beginning of the new year, and after the holiday season has left your shelves bare, it's important to start thinking about what new toys you want to bring in to your store...

1/1/2016



Preparing For Toy Fair - Tips and Tricks for Manufacturers!
TDmonthly Magazine has been covering New York Toy Fair for almost two decades. Over the years, exhibitors, experts, and media gurus have shared their top tips for Toy Fair success with TDmonthly...

1/1/2016



The Role of IP When Growing Your Business by Going Overseas
Whether attracted by the lure of new market potential or reduced production costs, American businesses of all sizes have considered expansion overseas, especially in China. For businesses that rely upon brand recognition, that have know-how or technical advances, or that have a product with a unique appearance, intellectual property is a must to keep copycats and competitors in check...

12/1/2015



Want to know how to close a retail sale? Take your time.
Steve was a very good salesman...

12/1/2015



Toys in the News: 12-10-2015
Amazon wants to use its new drones...

12/1/2015



How to Bring a STEM Toy to Market: Q & A with iQube's Joshua de la Llana
How hard is it really to bring a STEM toy to market?...

12/1/2015



Barnes & Noble – will they learn the Sears lesson?
Barnes & Noble is the only remaining brick-and-mortar mass retailer of books and the company has had a very tough time...

12/1/2015



Top-10 Most-Wanted Toys
Just in time for the holidays, we asked retailers about their best-selling toys. See the products that are raking in sales below...

12/1/2015



December Staff Picks
Looking for some top-notch specialty toys? Then check out these products, our favorites from the past month...

12/1/2015



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

12/1/2015



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
See all the new specialty toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

12/1/2015



November Staff Picks
The holidays are coming, and TDmonthly's Staff Picks for November are all about great gifts...

11/1/2015



Toys to Talk About: General toys
These cool new toys may deserve a spot in your store - take a look...

11/1/2015



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

11/1/2015



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
See all the new specialty toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

11/1/2015



Hello Kitty – a cat on life support?
Hello Kitty has been a doll icon for the past forty years but her reign may slowly come to an end unless some fearless knight comes riding to her rescue...

11/1/2015



Should You Decorate Your Retail Store For The Holidays? If So, How?
Various seasonal times and holidays can inspire retailers to create magic for their customers. And decorations go far beyond a demonstration of a new skillet or an invitation-only event...

11/1/2015



Toys in the News: 11-24-2015
The Future Businesses Set To Impact Retail Deliveries...

11/1/2015



Toys in the News: 10-29-2015
Genius Brands International Announces $4.3 Million Private Placement...

10/1/2015



Is ToysRUs getting ready for an IPO?
Ever since TRU was taken private by Bain, KKR and Vornado in 2005, the investment community has been asking when, not if, TRU was going to go public again. Recent developments suggest that it could be as soon as early next year...

10/1/2015



Do You Recognize These 6 Early Warning Signs Of Losing A Retail Sale?
A lot has been written on closing a sale, but what if you could see the warning signs you were going to crash and burn? Would that be valuable to your sales team?...

10/1/2015



October Staff Picks
This month's staff picks features a variety of high-quality toys, from scientific superstars to fluffy plush puppets...

10/1/2015



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

10/1/2015



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
See all the new specialty toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

10/1/2015



Our Top Ten Toys of 2015
TDmonthly Magazine is excited to announce our Top 10 Toys of 2015...

10/1/2015



2015 Holiday Gift Guide
The Back-to-School countdown has begun, which means one thing to retailers - the holidays are right around the corner too!...

10/1/2015



Toys in the News: 9-30-2015
Kids Learn STEM Through Fashion Design...

9/1/2015



September Staff Picks
School is back in session, and the holidays are right around the corner...

9/1/2015



Top-10 Best-Selling Toys Overall
With additional reporting by Chris Lundy and Brenda RuggieroIn August 2015, TDmonthly Magazine interviewed retailers to find out about their best-selling toys across all categories. From ride-on toys to plush, there are the products that are flying off retailers' shelves.*No manufacturer paid to be included in this list. All products...

9/1/2015



The changing toy landscape in the U.S.
Gurus and experts – there is this talk about how the toy space is changing. You have to give the consumer a new narrative, says one. No, you have to address the fact that mothers now hate the toys they loved as children, says another. Smart phones are taking over...

9/1/2015



How To Reach Retail Customers In Spite Of Their Cocoons
Let's admit it, we are now a society of individual planets...

9/1/2015



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

9/1/2015



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
See all the new specialty toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

9/1/2015



The WalkCar is like a magic carpet that fits in your laptop bag
Forget the bulky Segway - could the next big innovation in mobility be the WalkCar?...

8/1/2015



Sales Training: The 5 Stupidest Questions To Ask Retail Shoppers
People who sell retail have to up their game, or their brick and mortar stores will bleed customers...

8/1/2015



5 Backyard Toys That Are Totally Worth The Money
Many parents wish that their kids would spend more time outdoors and less time in front of a screen of some sort...

8/1/2015



Hispanic consumers – a neglected major factor in the toy space
When you walk down the toy aisles of any major retailers you will get the impression that North America's population is totally white...

8/1/2015



August Staff Picks
This month, TDmonthly's favorite toys included science kits, arts & crafts, and a bouncy ride-on toy...

8/1/2015



TDmonthly Magazine Presents: Award Winners
TDmonthly Magazine is pleased to announce our latest award winners...

8/1/2015



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
See all the new specialty toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

8/1/2015



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

8/1/2015



Toys in the News: 8-31-2015
Why Hasbro wants to crowdfund a gaming hit...

8/1/2015



TDmonthly's Kid reporters explore ASTRA
TDmonthly's Kid reporters were out in force at the ASTRA Marketplace, looking for 2015's hottest new toys...

7/1/2015



Toys in the News: 8-5-2015
Few Women Make The List of Retail's 25 Top Execs...

7/1/2015



Spin Master – Playing in the big league
Spin Master, the premier Canadian toy company, just made two major announcements...

7/1/2015



How To Avoid Hearing A Customer's "No, I'm Just Looking" Ever Again
Were you ever picked by a teacher to come up in front of class when you weren't prepared to speak?...

7/1/2015



Spotlight on: Women in Toys
This month, we're putting the spotlight on women who have invented toys or started their own toy companies...

7/1/2015



TDmonthly Magazine Presents: Award Winners
TDmonthly Magazine is pleased to announce our latest award winners...

7/1/2015



July Staff Picks
From board games to arts & crafts, this month's staff picks will keep kids occupied when it's just too hot to get outside...

7/1/2015



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

7/1/2015



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
See all the new specialty toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

7/1/2015



2015 ASTRA Marketplace Videos - Kid Reporters have a blast playing with new toys!
This June, TDmonthly's Kid Reporters had the chance of a lifetime. They got to go to the ASTRA Marketplace and get a sneak peak at what could be some of this holiday season's hottest toys!...

7/1/2015



Toys to Talk About
TDmonthly researches hundreds of products each month, but some of them deserve extra attention...

7/1/2015



RedwoodVentures Sues to Protect its IDO3D Brand of 3D Drawing Products
RedwoodVentures, Ltd., an innovator in the toy and 3D Drawing categories, today announced that it has filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas against Irwin Toys, Ltd. and Tech 4 Kids, Ltd. and their affiliates.The suit seeks to prevent the continuing infringement...

7/1/2015



How To Reduce Retail Employee Turnover
For CEOs and hiring managers, retail employee turnover can quickly turn into a black hole that devours profits...

6/1/2015



June Staff Picks
Summer is here, and with it, a new selection of our favorite specialty toys...

6/1/2015



TDmonthly Magazine Presents: Award Winners
TDmonthly Magazine is pleased to announce our latest award winners...

6/1/2015



Top-10 Most-Wanted Construction Toys
Blocks are a fundamental toy that all kids should own...

6/1/2015



Top-10 Most-Wanted Licensed Toys
From construction sets to sticker puzzles, check out the Top-10 licensed toys according to retailers interviewed by TDmonthly...

6/1/2015



Shop Talk: Our Favorite Toys of All Time
Thousands of new toys are released every year, but now and then one comes along that remains a favorite idea...

6/1/2015



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

6/1/2015



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
See all the new specialty toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

6/1/2015



Toys in the News: 6-30-2015
Disney Merges Consumer Product and Interactive Units...

6/1/2015



TDmonthly introduces our 2015 ASTRA Kid Reporters
For the second year in a row, TDmonthly Magazine is getting kids' perspectives...

6/1/2015



May Staff Picks
TDmonthly Magazine is always on the lookout for the best specialty toys. You can see our top toys each month in our Staff Picks. This May, we fell in love with train games, mosaic blocks and more! You can learn more about these and all of our favorites below...

5/1/2015



7 Critical Things Your Retail Employees Won’t Tell You
One of my earliest retail consulting clients was a coffee house...

5/1/2015



The Hobby Market – a Force in Toys
Mary Couzin, CEO of the Chicago Toy & Game Group, read a recent article of min...

5/1/2015



Retailers Share Why ASTRA is Essential
Why do independent toy retailers love going to ASTRA?...

5/1/2015



Toys in the News: 6-11-2015
Hasbro CEO hints Bumblebee could get Transformers spin-off film...

5/1/2015



TDmonthly Magazine Presents: Award Winning Toys
TDmonthly Magazine is pleased to announce our latest award winners...

5/1/2015



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
See all the new specialty toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

5/1/2015



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

5/1/2015



TDmonthly Magazine Presents: Award Winner
TDmonthly Magazine is pleased to announce our latest award winner...

5/1/2015



2015 Astra Marketplace & Academy Booths to Visit
The Astra Marketplace & Academy is nearing, and we want you to be prepared...

4/1/2015



Retailers, Use These 39 Spring Cleaning Tips For Your Business
One of my favorite stories as a kid was the Sorcerer’s Apprentice...

4/1/2015



April Staff Picks
Every month we research hundreds of products...

4/1/2015



LeapFrog has lost its way
In the past six years I have written five articles in this space chronicling the ups and downs of LeapFrog...

4/1/2015



Toys in the News: 4-29-2015
Video Game Hall of Fame...

4/1/2015



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
See all the new specialty toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

4/1/2015



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

4/1/2015



4 Essential Tips for Boosting Springtime Sales
Warmer weather is rolling in, and you're waiting for sales to heat up too...

3/1/2015



The Current State of the U.S. Toy Space
Some, particularly those not too familiar with the U.S. toy market, are confused by the fact that there are three very distinctly different ways of assessing it...

3/1/2015



March Staff Picks
Toy Fair has come and gone, and there are a ton of great new toys headed your way in 2015...

3/1/2015



Best Cross Selling Sales Tips for Retailers
Cross selling is the art of suggesting additional, complementary items to someone who has already decided on a purchase...

3/1/2015



Mr. Fubs Reports on Hot Toys at Toy Fair 2015
Priscilla Moore of Mr. Fubs Party/Toys and More in Yellow Springs, Ohio...

3/1/2015



Toys in the News: 3-31-2015
Amazon Launches A Dedicated STEM Toy Shop...

3/1/2015



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

3/1/2015



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
See all the new specialty toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

3/1/2015



On the Park Reports on Hot Toys at Toy Fair 2015
Fred and Karen Rosenberg of Toys & Candy On the Park in Kingwood, Texas, were on the floor at New York Toy Fair 2015...

3/1/2015



Dollhouse and Toy Store Too on Hot Toys at Toy Fair 2015
Sari Powazek of Dollhouse and Toy Store Too in Scottsdale, Ariz., has been in business since 1977...

3/1/2015



Kidstop Toys Reports on Hot Toys at Toy Fair 2015
Kate Tanner of Kidstop Toys & Books in Scottsdale, Ariz., is a former president of ASTRA...

3/1/2015



Toys for Thought Reports on Hot Toys at Toy Fair 2015
"I'm very excited!" Harold Herskowitz, owner of Toys for Thought in Lakewood, N.J...

3/1/2015



Jack & Jill Reports on Hot Toys at Toy Fair 2015
Barbara Vininsky of Jack & Jill in Montreal, Quebec is a second-generation owner of a clothing and toy store that's been in business since 1945...

3/1/2015



2015 Toy Fest West Booths to Visit
TDmonthly Magazine will be at the 2015 Toy Fest West show in Las Vegas, March 8-11, where we'll be on the hunt for the latest and greatest in specialty...

3/1/2015



Hot New Toys from Toy Fest West 2015
TDmonthly Magazine was at the 2015 Toy Fest West show in Las Vegas, NV, scouting the floor for the hottest new specialty toys...

3/1/2015



Hot Toy Videos from Toy Fest West 2015
TDmonthly Magazine was at the 2015 Toy Fest West show in Las Vegas...

3/1/2015



Retailers Speak: All I Want for Toy Fair Is...
It's Toy Fair season, and who knows better what to look for at the show than experienced retailers?...

2/1/2015



The Western Toy Market
This review of 2014 will look at the two largest toy markets – the United States and Europe; for the latter, the focus will be on the four keystone countries France, Germany, Spain and the UK...

2/1/2015



February Staff Picks
2015 is underway, Toy Fair is almost here - it's an exciting time for specialty toys!...

2/1/2015



4 Ways To Improve Your Retail Customer Experience and Sales
Many retail stores offer the same or similar products as you do, and anything is available online...

2/1/2015



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

2/1/2015



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
See all the new specialty toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

2/1/2015



TDmonthly Magazine Presents: Award Winning Toys
TDmonthly Magazine is pleased to announce our latest award winners...

2/1/2015



Meet TDmonthly's Retailer Reporters for Toy Fair 2015!
Follow us on TWITTER and FACEBOOK during Toy Fair 2015, starting Saturday, February 14, and you will get great feedback on the newest toys and best deals from the best of your peers...

2/1/2015



TDmonthly LIVE Toy Fair Coverage 2015 - Day 1
You can follow us on TWITTER and FACEBOOK for more up-to-date coverage, and you can see more Toy Fair articles and a live feed of our videos on the TDmonthly homepage. 2/14/2015 12:48 PM PST Mattel and Google have finally unveiled their new product - the View-Master® Sizzle. The new...

2/1/2015



TDmonthly LIVE Retailer Reporter Coverage 2015 - Day 1
TDmonthly's Retailer Reporters (meet them here!) are on the floor at Toy Fair, scouting out the best new toys in specialty. See their feedback below! You can also follow us on TWITTER and FACEBOOK for more up-to-date coverage, and you can see more Toy Fair articles and a live feed...

2/1/2015



TDmonthly LIVE Toy Fair Coverage 2015 - Day 2
You can follow us on TWITTER and FACEBOOK for more up-to-date coverage...

2/1/2015



TDmonthly LIVE Retailer Reporter Coverage 2015 - Day 2
TDmonthly's Retailer Reporters (meet them here!) are on the floor at Toy Fair, scouting out the best new toys in specialty. See their feedback below! You can also follow us on TWITTER and FACEBOOK for more up-to-date coverage, and you can see more Toy Fair articles and a live feed...

2/1/2015



TDmonthly LIVE Toy Fair Coverage 2015 - Day 3
You can follow us on TWITTER and FACEBOOK for more up-to-date coverage, and you can see more Toy Fair articles and a live feed of our videos on the TDmonthly homepage. 2/16/2015 11:19 AM PST Alex Toys announced that they won a 2015 Family Fun Award for their Shrinky...

2/1/2015



TDmonthly LIVE Retailer Reporter Coverage 2015 - Day 3
TDmonthly's Retailer Reporters (meet them here!) are on the floor at Toy Fair, scouting out the best new toys in specialty. See their feedback below! You can also follow us on TWITTER and FACEBOOK for more up-to-date coverage, and you can see more Toy Fair articles and a live feed...

2/1/2015



Toy Fair Videos 2015 - Hot toys from Toy Fair 2015
TDmonthly is on the floor at Toy Fair so you don't have to be!...

2/1/2015



TDmonthly LIVE Retailer Reporter Coverage 2015 - Day 4
TDmonthly's Retailer Reporters (meet them here!) are on the floor at Toy Fair, scouting out the best new toys in specialty. See their feedback below! You can also follow us on TWITTER and FACEBOOK for more up-to-date coverage, and you can see more Toy Fair articles and a live feed...

2/1/2015



TDmonthly LIVE Toy Fair Coverage 2015 - Day 4
You can follow us on TWITTER and FACEBOOK for more up-to-date coverage, and you can see more Toy Fair articles and a live feed of our videos on the TDmonthly homepage. 2/17/2015 1:10 PM PST There have been a lot of calls for Hasbro to release more female character...

2/1/2015



January Staff Picks
With a new year comes a new batch of TDmonthly Staff Picks...

1/1/2015



TDmonthly's Top Toys of 2014
2014 has come and gone, and here at TDmonthly we saw a lot of great toys throughout the year. From Toy Fair debuts to best-selling favorites, our Top Toys of 2014 were selected from our Staff Picks, Top-10 Most-Wanted toy lists, and awards program. Take a look at our favorite...

1/1/2015



TDmonthly Magazine Presents: Award Winning Toys
TDmonthly Magazine is pleased to announce our latest award winners...

1/1/2015



Toys in the News: 1-29-2015
LEGO Announces Video Games Based on Avengers, Jurassic World...

1/1/2015



Tencent and Alibaba are invading each other’s turf in China
Alibaba’s recent IPO generated a lot of hoopla for the company. However, there is another Chinese entity that is a bigger technical company, much more diversified and much more profitable - Tencent, Inc...

1/1/2015



Three Tips to Maximize Retail Sales
If you’ve felt meeting your retail sales projections depends solely on the number of shoppers who show up at your door, then you’re leaving a lot of money on the table...

1/1/2015



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

1/1/2015



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
See all the new specialty toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

1/1/2015



Prohibition of Children's Toys and Child Care Articles Containing Specified Phthalates
The proposed rule would establish a new regulation on the use of specified phthalates in children’s toys and child care articles...

1/1/2015



Gamestop – how long can they defy the odds?
Gamestop has turned in another disappointing quarter and it behooves us to ask whether this is a short-term glitch or whether it is a signpost for things to come...

12/1/2014



Top-10 Most-Wanted Toys
The holidays are upon us, and toys like Elf on a Shelf are back and selling big in specialty...

12/1/2014



December Staff Picks
Holiday cheer is in the air and TDmonthly Staff is excited to present our December Staff Picks...

12/1/2014



Retailing tips: 11 ways to thrive this holiday season
It's the most wonderful time of the year - and the most stressful, if you work in retail!...

12/1/2014



5 tips for keeping your cool when the weather gets cold
The holiday season is upon us, and if you're like many US retailers, you're expecting to make 20-40% of your yearly sales in the next few weeks alone...

12/1/2014



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
See all the new specialty toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

12/1/2014



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

12/1/2014



TDmonthly Magazine Presents: Award Winning Toys
TDmonthly Magazine is pleased to announce our latest award winners...

12/1/2014



How To Make Sure Your Holiday Retail Sales Are Up
I purchased a turkey mask the other day...

12/1/2014



Toys in the News: 12-31-2014
Play-Doh will exchange phallic-shaped toy...

12/1/2014



Sexting Among Teens Linked with Porn Use, Study says
Following the recent influx of research exposing the harms of pornography consumption, another new study, published in Belgium, found that sexting among teens is "significantly associated with pornography use."...

12/1/2014



Toy Fair 2015 Booths to Visit
Winter is coming...and so is the American International Toy Fair in NYC!...

11/1/2014



Has Jakks Pacific turned around – finally?...Perhaps!
After unremitting sales declines every single year since 2008 it appears that Jakks has finally turned the corner...

11/1/2014



November Staff Picks
Whether you're finishing up your holiday buying or getting ready to stock your shelves for 2015, check out these toys...

11/1/2014



This Advanced Retail Selling Technique Could Save Your Store
One of the most basic elements of any retail sales training program is covering product features and benefits...

11/1/2014



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
See all the new specialty toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

11/1/2014



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

11/1/2014



Toys in the News: 12-5-2014
Meet the pint-sized toy reviewers making king-sized money...

11/1/2014



2014 Hot for Holidays Toy Roundup
TDmonthly Magazine sees thousands of new products each year. These are some of our favorites...

11/1/2014



Alibaba – where is the company today and where is it going?
Now that the Alibaba IPO – arguably the largest in history – has been accomplished, two crucial questions remain unanswered: Why did Jack Ma do it in the first place and where is he going from here?...

10/1/2014



October Staff Picks
Every month, we share with you our favorite new toys...

10/1/2014



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

10/1/2014



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
See all the new specialty toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

10/1/2014



Specialty Retailers Predict Hot Holiday Toys of 2014
4th quarter is almost here so we asked retailers: What do you think will be the hot holiday toys of 2014...

10/1/2014



Toys in the News: 10-30-2014
Former Toys 'R' Us exec named to lead Fairfield toy company...

10/1/2014



Get Ready for the Holidays: How to De-Clutter Your Retail Store
Merchandise, like food or like alcohol, can be great...Until you have too much...

10/1/2014



Two Top Retailers Win Chance to Be TDmonthly Reviewers
TDmonthly is excited to announce the winners of our Retailer Reviewer Contest...

10/1/2014



Specialty Toy Reviews from Toys for Thought and Children's World
Harold Herskowitz is the owner of Toys for Thought, one of the largest independent toy stores in the USA and the recent winner of TDmonthly Magazine's Retailer Reviewer Contest...

10/1/2014



Specialty Toy Review: Schoenhut Fancy Baby Grand Piano
"Awesome" – that's the word my 6 year old daughter Bali gave me when I asked her to describe the Schoenhut Fancy Baby Grand Piano in one word...

10/1/2014



Holiday Dream Toys for Retailers
The holidays are fast approaching, and it's time to start odering the products that will end up being great gifts for your customers to leave under the tree. But what types of toys do you want in your store?...

9/1/2014



Top-10 Most-Wanted Toys
TDmonthly Magazine interviewed retailers in August 2014 to see which specialty toys were flying of store shelves...

9/1/2014



Top-10 Most-Wanted Collectible Toys
When TDmonthly Magazine interviewed retailers in August 2014 about their best-selling collectibles, we learned that licensed toys featuring Star Wars, Frozen, and Thomas the Tank Engine were all popular...

9/1/2014



September Staff Picks
This month, TDmonthly's staff picks are chock-full-o-fun!...

9/1/2014



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

9/1/2014



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
See all the new specialty toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

9/1/2014



6 Smart Ways to Spend $1000 (Or Less) To Attract More Retail Customers
Smart retailers are always looking for how they can invest in their future long-term success. They know that finding out how to attract customers and close the sale are priorities...

9/1/2014



Toys in the News: 9-29-2014
Amazon's Grand Plan to Avoid Holiday Delivery Snafus Again...

9/1/2014



The Wii U is sinking – will it drag Nintendo down with it?
When the Wii was first released on November 19, 2006, people were a little sceptical...

9/1/2014



Videos from the 2014 ABC Kids Expo
Didn't get to the ABC Kids Expo this year? Don't worry! TDmonthly Magazine was on the show floor...

9/1/2014



GameStop is Between a Rock and a Hard Place
Video game retail sales in the U.S. have been in the doldrums ever since they hit a high point back in 2009...

8/1/2014



Top-10 Most-Wanted Toys
TDmonthly Magazine wants to keep you up to date on all of the hottest specialty toys. That's why this month we interviewed retailers about their best-selling toys from all categories...

8/1/2014



Toys in the News: 8-28-2014
Mattel intros new American Girls line...

8/1/2014



August Staff Picks
In this month's staff picks we cover all manner of specialty toys, from puppets to puzzles to play tents and more...

8/1/2014



Developing STEM Skills: Education Through Play
The rise of technology and an increasingly interconnected, global world has made it more important than ever for children in the United States to be given a top-notch education - especially in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields...

8/1/2014



Take These 9 Actions In Summer For Successful Winter Holiday Sales
Here are my top nine actions you need to take to have a successful holiday season in 2014...

8/1/2014



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

8/1/2014



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
See all the new specialty toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

8/1/2014



Toys in the News: 8-1-2014
Film world's cast of toys teleport into digital playground...

7/1/2014



July Staff Picks
Summer is here and kids are clamoring to spend time outdoors. But what happens when it rains?...

7/1/2014



American Girl Goes on Travels
Maplelea may be Canada's answer to Mattel's American Girl Dolls...

7/1/2014



For Retailers on the Edge of Adding Commission as Incentive
Every time I hear that somehow, retail employees who receive no commission deliver better customer service, I want to puke...

7/1/2014



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
See all the new specialty toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

7/1/2014



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

7/1/2014



And the 2014 Top Toy Debut Awards Go To...
Forty-six retailers voted to pick the 2014 TDmonthly Top Toy Debut Awards...

7/1/2014



STICKMAN STEW® Sticks It to Bullies (But Kindly!)
Bullies, your time has passed! Vampires and other beasts, you may be immortal, but you're irrelevant now. There's a new wave of compassion sweeping the toy industry, and it's being led by a three-dimensional and quite compassionate stick figure...

7/1/2014



Are Fashion Dolls Old Hat?
Fashion Dolls have dominated the U.S. doll market since Barbie came onto the scene back in 1959 and they have reigned pretty much without challenge since then...

6/1/2014



Why Your Customer Service Has To Include Selling
Instead of worrying about getting new customers, why not sell more to the ones you already have?...

6/1/2014



June Staff Picks
Want to liven up your store shelves? Then check out these nine toys...

6/1/2014



2014 Holiday Preview: Arts & Crafts, Construction, Ride-On and Classic Toys
Over the next few months TDmonthly Magazine will be sharing exciting toys in our Holiday Preview articles that could be hits for your store in the 4th quarter...

6/1/2014



In This Issue
See brief article summaries from the June issue of TDmonthly Magazine...

6/1/2014



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
See all the new specialty toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

6/1/2014



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

6/1/2014



Toys in the News: 6-27-2014
Mattel to make 'Beautiful and Bald Barbie' dolls for patients...

6/1/2014



ASTRA 2014 Live Retailer and Kid Reporter Coverage
This year TDmonthly Magazine is reporting to you live from the 2014 ASTRA Marketplace floor, along with the help of our trusty retailer and talented kid reporters...

6/1/2014



TDmonthly Kid Reporters Dig the Dirt (& Dino Poop) at ASTRA
For the first time in its 18-year history, ToyDirectory.com and TDmonthly Magazine used Kid Reporters to cover a major American toy trade show – the ASTRA Marketplace 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona...

6/1/2014



2014 ASTRA Kid Reporter Videos
This year, TDmonthly worked with four talented Kid Reporters at ASTRA Marketplace, where they were on the hunt for the year's most exciting, innovative and FUN toys!...

6/1/2014



TDmonthly 2014 Top Toy Debut Award WINNERS - Just Fun: 45 Retailers Have Made Their Picks!
The following outstanding toys have been nominated for Top Toy Debut Awards based on editorial review and retailer feedback...

5/1/2014



TDmonthly 2014 Top Toy Debut Award Winners: Construction
The following outstanding toys have been nominated for Top Toy Debut Awards based on editorial review and retailer feedback...

5/1/2014



TDmonthly 2014 Top Toy Debut Award Winners: Classic Toys
The following outstanding toys have been nominated for Top Toy Debut Awards based on editorial review and retailer feedback...

5/1/2014



May Staff Picks
Looking for new specialty toys for your store? You're in luck...

5/1/2014



Connect With Your Customers on Pinterest
Pinterest, the social networking site that is easy to use and easy on the eyes, is quickly becoming a common marketing tool for companies looking to reach women and Moms...

5/1/2014



Are Your Employees Putting Your Retail Brand At Risk?
If you read my recent posts on my shopping experience at Nordstrom and Radio Shack, you know there is a lot going on at the customer level that most brands simply aren’t acknowledging...and it comes down to how little retail salespeople really want to make a sale...

5/1/2014



Toys in the News: 5-29-2014
Reeves International offers shopping spree to one lucky ASTRA attendee...

5/1/2014



ToysRUs Has Major Problems
ToysRUs has basically three main businesses in the United States – toys, video games and baby products. Neither has done particularly well...

5/1/2014



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

5/1/2014



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
See all the new specialty toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

5/1/2014



In This Issue
See brief article summaries from the May issue of TDmonthly Magazine...

5/1/2014



2014 ASTRA Marketplace & Academy Booths to Visit
The 2014 ASTRA Marketplace & Academy will take place this year from June 8-11th at the Phoenix Convention Center in Arizona. The annual ASTRA show is one of specialty toy retailers' favorite places to commune with other storeowners and scout out the best new specialty kids products...

5/1/2014



Top-10 Best-Selling Toys Overall
In a March 2014 survey, TDmonthly Magazine asked retailers about their overall best-selling toys...

4/1/2014



What To Do When You Don’t Like To Sell
Independent retailers with one location represent 95% of all retailing in the US; yet many don’t like to sell their own merchandise...

4/1/2014



April Staff Picks
This month's Staff Picks features new toys that we think would do well in specialty toy stores. From games to arts & crafts, these unique toys are worth a second look...

4/1/2014



Toys in the News: 4-29-2014
China Exclusive: Time to say farewell to Barbie...

4/1/2014



In This Issue
See brief article summaries from the April issue of TDmonthly Magazine...

4/1/2014



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

4/1/2014



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
See all the new specialty toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

4/1/2014



A Broader View's Round Table Puzzles Give Every Kid a Chance to Play
Roger Andresen, founder of A Broader View, is a problem solver. When he thought about how families and friends put together jigsaw puzzles, he realized that at least one person is always working upside down or sideways, craning his neck to see the main picture being assembled. As an engineer, he knew there had to be a better way...

4/1/2014



Mattel buys Mega – what is the likely impact?
In a flat to declining U.S. toy market place, Building toys have been a very noticeable exception. Between 2003 and 2013, the total market went from $22.9 billion down to $21.7 billion whereas the Building category more than tripled from $600 million to now $2 billion...

4/1/2014



The Preschool Toy Category in the United States
According to NPD, Infant and Preschool toys were at $3.66 billion and with a 16.8% share of the total of the largest Toy category last year...

3/1/2014



Toys in the News: 3-28-2014
GE Capital Provides $75 Million Credit Facility to JAKKS Pacific...

3/1/2014



15 Retailing Tips for Boosting Springtime Sales
The seasons are changing, and while much of the country is still covered in snow, spring is just around the corner. With that in mind, TDmonthly Magazine recently interviewed retailers about their top tips for boosting retail sales in spring. See their tips below...

3/1/2014



8 Reasons Why Your Retail Employee Turnover Is So High
When employees leave – either because you fired them or they quit by choice – their absence leaves a hole. Retailers hate holes… in merchandise, in displays and in schedules...

3/1/2014



March Staff Picks
In this month's Staff Picks, we are featuring some of our favorite science and educational products we recently saw at the 2014 American International Toy Fair...

3/1/2014



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
See all the new specialty toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

3/1/2014



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

3/1/2014



In This Issue
See brief article summaries from the March issue of TDmonthly Magazine...

3/1/2014



2014 Toy Fest West Booths to Visit
The 2014 Toy Fest West show, "The Largest Toy Show in the West," will run March 9th-12th this year in Las Vegas. TDmonthly's reporters will be on the floor scouting out the hottest new toys of the year...

3/1/2014



2014 Toy Fest West Toy Report
Our reporters were on the floor of the recent 2014 Toy Fest West show in Las Vegas, learning more about toys we love and discovering new products for the year ahead...

3/1/2014



2014 Toy Fest West Toy Videos
If you didn't make it to the 2014 Toy Fest West show in Las Vegas, you're in luck! TDmonthly Magazine is happy to share with you our Toy Fest West videos...

3/1/2014



TDmonthly 2014 Toy Fair Videos
If you didn't make it to the 2014 American International Toy Fair in New York, or if you went to the show and weren't able to see all that you wanted, you're in luck! TDmonthly Magazine is happy to share with you our Toy Fair videos featuring exciting new products from exhibitors at the show...

3/1/2014



TDmonthly 2014 Toy Fair Retailer Report
Today is the last day of the 2014 American International Toy Fair, and our retailer reporters have been busy telling us about all of their favorite products on the show floor...

3/1/2014



New Trends Are the Talk of Toy Fair 2014!
This year, more than 10,000 buyers from 5,000 retail stores walked the floor of the 2014 American International Toy Fair to see 1,153 exhibitors demonstrating more than 150,000 toys. While it's hard to see every toy on display at the show, by tracking the overall trends one can get a better idea of what products will be hot in 2014...

3/1/2014



Top-10 Best-Selling Toys Overall
When TDmonthly Magazine interviewed retailers about their best-selling toys in a January 2014 survey, we found that many of the toys mentioned had graced the list before...

2/1/2014



February Staff Picks
The new year is here and TDmonthly is excited to share with you some new, eye-catching toys for 2014...

2/1/2014



The Latest Video Game Consoles Have Launched – Now What?
With recent console launches, the hardcore gaming fanatics lined up around the block to buy the new shiny gizmos and the majority continued to stay away. If this is the case then not only console sales but also game sales will be affected...

2/1/2014



THE NPD GROUP REPORTS ON U.S. TOY INDUSTRY RETAIL SALES FOR 2013
According to retail sales data from global information company, The NPD Group, 2013 US retail dollar sales of toys experienced a decline of 1 percent when compared to 2012...

2/1/2014



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
See all the new specialty toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

2/1/2014



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

2/1/2014



Retailers Report: What we want in 2014
With Toy Fair just around the corner and the holidays behind us, it's time to start looking for new toys to stock store shelves. TDmonthly Magazine interviewed retailers to learn more about the products they're excited to bring in for 2014...

2/1/2014



In This Issue
See brief article summaries from the February issue of TDmonthly Magazine...

2/1/2014



Toys in the News: 2-28-2014
Mattel to buy Mega Brands to build up against Lego...

2/1/2014



Your Local Store Owners Are About to Do Something Extraordinary!
You know your local mom-and-pop toy store has toys and gifts that you can’t find anywhere else. You know that each time you venture into their doors, whether for a playtime event or just to shop for gifts, they have something you’ve never seen before on their shelves. Did you ever wonder how it got there?...

2/1/2014



Toy Fair 2014 Booths to Visit - Show Specials, New Toys
The 2014 New York International Toy Fair is only a few weeks away, so TDmonthly Magazine is sharing the following ordering specials and new toys from select manufacturers...

2/1/2014



Figpickels Gets Kids to Prove That Specialty Toys ARE Special
As if their annual Holiday Board of Directors Toy Testing event and Birthday Bash weren't enough, Figpickels Toy Emporium in Coer D'Alene, Idaho ran a customer-based TDmonthly toy testing and giveaway, thanks to Schoenhut Piano Company, Hohner, HABA USA and Gymnic (Toy Marketing International)...

2/1/2014



TDmonthly's Comprehensive Coverage of the American International Toy Fair 2014
The 2014 American International Toy Fair kicks started today Sunday, February 16. TDmonthly Magazine's reporters are at the fair, bringing our readers updates of new products, toy videos, and industry news each day...

2/1/2014



Day 1 - TDmonthly's Live Retailer Reporter Coverage of American International Toy Fair 2014
2014 American International Toy Fair opened this morning at the Javits Center in New York City, and our retailer reporters are already chiming in with some of their favorite moments at the show...

2/1/2014



Meet TDmonthly's Retailer Reporters for Toy Fair 2014!
Follow us on TWITTER and FACEBOOK during Toy Fair 2014, starting TODAY, Sunday, February 16, and you will get great feedback on the newest toys and best deals from the best of your peers...

2/1/2014



111th American International Toy Fair Opens Today in New York City
New York City was transformed into a magical playground this morning when hundreds of thousands of innovative playthings were unveiled at the opening of the 111th American International Toy Fair – the largest toy marketplace ever held in the Western Hemisphere – taking place February 16-19, 2014...

2/1/2014



Mattel(R) Unveils 2014 Toy Portfolio for Pre-School, Boys and Girls Brands at New York International
This week, at the New York International Toy Fair, leading toymaker Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAT) will showcase its new toy lineup for power-house brands Fisher-Price®, Thomas & Friends®, Hot Wheels®, Barbie®, Monster High® and newcomer, Ever After High®...

2/1/2014



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

1/1/2014



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
See all the new specialty toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

1/1/2014



Q & A With Betty Morris, Creator of Shrinky Dinks
Betty Morris was a housewife and mother of three when she and her Cub Scout troop co-leader (Kate Bloomberg) came up with a fun arts & crafts activity for their troop...

1/1/2014



6 Retail Pricing Mistakes to Avoid
Retail pricing mistakes happen when the customer is charged the wrong price. You need to charge a price you can make a profit on. Of course, this means that a retailer must be extremely aware of their pricing strategy to ensure that their pricing is done accurately and in a timely manner...

1/1/2014



2014 Hot or Not? Retailers Weigh In
The new year is here, so TDmonthly Magazine asked specialty toy retailers which toys they think are going to be HOT in 2014 - and which are not...

1/1/2014



Figpickels Knows How to Make Their Holidays Bright
Last Christmas was the most profitable in the 8-year history of Figpickels Toy Emporium, www.figpickels.com thanks in part to their phenomenal publicizing of a TDmonthly Charity Giveaway...

1/1/2014



Disney – is Infinity leading the way?
Disney is the largest media conglomerate in the world and its avowed goal is to be a major player in every sphere of endeavor in which it operates. The company is engaged in four distinct Segments and is dominant in three of them. The question is – what about the fourth?...

1/1/2014



January Staff Picks
The new year is here, and while you're restocking your shelves after the busy holiday season, TDmonthly is scouting out out the latest and greatest specialty toys...

1/1/2014



In This Issue
See brief article summaries from the December issue of TDmonthly Magazine...

1/1/2014



Toys in the News: 1-29-2014
Former supervising artist sues Hasbro over firing...

1/1/2014



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

12/1/2013



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
See all the new specialty toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

12/1/2013



Toys to Talk About
These toys didn't make this month's Top-10 Most-Wanted lists, but were mentioned by at least one retailer as being a best-seller...

12/1/2013



Top-10 Most-Wanted Toys
This month TDmonthly Magazine surveyed retailers who named the Rainbow Loom as a number one seller yet again...

12/1/2013



Event Marketing Guru’s Corner: Where Networking Nets
The value of networking is one of the greatest benefits of the entire exhibition medium...

12/1/2013



Big Events Test Toys
Figpickels Toy Emporium in Coer D’Alene, Idaho – two-time winner of TDmonthly’s Charity Giveaway contests – was selected this year for a special thank-you promotional giveaway to reward its customers for supporting specialty toys and toy stores...

12/1/2013



Retailing Tips: Keeping the Job Fun
Working in a Toy Store can be rewarding - but exhausting. That's why TDmonthly asked retailers: "What are your top tips for keeping the job fun, even when it can be stressful?"...

12/1/2013



Specialty Retailers Report on Top Holiday Toys
If you're wondering which toys are going to be holiday hits this year for specialty toy store owners, you're in luck!...

12/1/2013



Retailing Tips: Keep Customers’ Spirits Light
Equally as important as the months-ahead preparation for the holiday season is the ability to maintain a positive store spirit throughout the month of December...

12/1/2013



December Staff Picks
This month's staff picks include arts and crafts projects, musical toys, and other fun products that will spark kids' imaginations...

12/1/2013



Christmas 2013 Hot Toys Unveiled
The holidays are almost here, and TDmonthly Magazine is excited to unveil our picks for the hot toys for Christmas 2013...

12/1/2013



Toys in the News: 12-26-2013
How Consumers Contributed to the Shipping Nightmare on Christmas...

12/1/2013



In This Issue
See brief article summaries from the December issue of TDmonthly Magazine...

12/1/2013



Big Events Test Toys
Figpickels Toy Emporium in Coer D’Alene, Idaho – two-time winner of TDmonthly’s Charity Giveaway contests – was selected this year for a special thank-you promotional giveaway to reward its customers for supporting specialty toys and toy stores...

11/1/2013



Top-10 Most-Wanted Toys
The holidays are approaching, and it seems like the Rainbow Loom is poised to be a huge hit this season...

11/1/2013



The Role of IP When Growing Your Business by Going Overseas
Whether attracted by the lure of new market potential or reduced production costs, American businesses of all sizes have considered expansion overseas, especially in China. For businesses that rely upon brand recognition, that have know-how or technical advances, or that have a product with a unique appearance, intellectual property is a must to keep copycats and competitors in check...

11/1/2013



Retailers: How To Handle A Customer Complaint in 6 Steps
Have you ever tried to make a customer complaint but been unable to?...

11/1/2013



10 Tips For Increasing Holiday Sales
It can be tricky to navigate the holidays. That's why TDmonthly Magazine asked experienced store owners for their best retail tips for the holidays...

11/1/2013



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

11/1/2013



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
See all the new specialty toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

11/1/2013



Holiday Merchandising & Sales Tips – Part 2
Looking for ways to boost sales this holiday season? Toy merchants and sales experts took time to share their insights with TDmonthly Magazine...

11/1/2013



November Staff Picks
This month's Staff Picks features a mix of old and new toys that make great holiday gifts...

11/1/2013



Toys in the News: 11-27-2013
Is Black Friday a little less frenetic this year?...

11/1/2013



In This Issue
See brief article summaries from the November issue of TDmonthly Magazine...

11/1/2013



In This Issue
See brief article summaries from the October issue of TDmonthly Magazine...

10/1/2013



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
See all the new specialty toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

10/1/2013



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

10/1/2013



Activision Files Lawsuit Against Worlds Inc.
Activision Publishing, creator of Skylanders and World of War Craft, has announced that they have filed a patent infringement lawsuit against competitor Worlds Inc...

10/1/2013



New Emphasis on Tech Toys Helps Classic Companies Stay Relevant
It is well known that the use of computers, smartphones, and tablets is on the rise among kids (according to the NPD Group, more than half of kids ages 2-14 are using some kind of smart device at home). With that in mind, this August classic toy company Lionel (maker of Lionel Trains) rolled out an iPad game called "Lionel Battle Train."...

10/1/2013



Accenture Predicts 11% Holiday Sales Increase
While ShopperTrack predicted a 2.4 percent increase in sales this holiday season, and the NRF a 3.9 percent increase, Accenture Retail says that holiday shoppers plan on spending 11% more this year than last...

10/1/2013



Will The Government Shutdown Affect Holiday Retail?
With the government shutdown already lasting longer than anticipated, some are now speculating that the repercussions could well travel into the retail sector...

10/1/2013



Hasbro Off The Hook in Patent Fight with MiTile
A judge ruled on Monday that Hasbro was not guilty of infringing on a patent for an electronic game held by UK company MiTile Ltd...

10/1/2013



Mattel Announces Playground Productions
Variety is reporting that Mattel will begin creating original content for its many brands under new company Playground Productions. This new division will be in charge of all aspects of creating entertainment for the company's brands, across all platforms. Many Mattel brands have already seen success with various animated releases;...

10/1/2013



Happy Birds: May the Force be With You!
Latest data from The NPD Group, a global information company, reveals Angry Birds Star Wars as the best new toy license in the big five* European toy markets in 2013 so far (year to date July 2013)...

10/1/2013



Kaleidoscope Toys Gives Toys to Two Charities
Thanks to Safari Ltd., Infinitoy, Glide Bikes, Terry Myers of Kaleidoscope Toys in Round Rock Texas, Children at Heart Ministries and TDmonthly Magazine, some children who have never experienced a birthday or Christmas will have special gifts this year...

10/1/2013



Doll House & Toy Store Get Even More Than They Give
For Sari and Sam Powazek, the husband and wife team who own the fun-loving and always cheerful Doll House & Toy Store in Scottsdale, Ariz., one of the purest joys of owning and operating a children’s toy store is knowing how happy and excited children get when they receive a new toy...

10/1/2013



Top-10 Most-Wanted Science and Nature Toys
For most retailers TDmonthly surveyed in September 2013 about their best-selling science and nature toys, listing their top-sellers was a snap...

10/1/2013



October Holiday Preview
There's still time to stock up for the holidays! These specialty toys from a variety of categories - from plush to construction and more - could be the perfect fit for your store...

10/1/2013



October Staff Picks
The holidays are approaching, and colder weather is here. That's why this month's staff picks focuses on gift-worthy toys and products that make staying inside a joy, not a pain...

10/1/2013



Toys in the News: 10-30-2013
Target Recalls Children’s Sitting Stools Due to Fall Hazard...

10/1/2013



Retail Shoppers – Your 50 Pet Peeves About Retail Employees
Review this list of 50 retail shopper pet peeves, then look at your training program. How are you committed to removing these obstacles to purchase?...

10/1/2013



Holiday Merchandising & Sales Tips
Creatively merchandising your store for the holidays can help boost sales, toy merchants and marketing experts told TDmonthly Magazine...

10/1/2013



4 Common Patenting Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
As is commonly known, patent rights confer a limited monopoly. It affords the patent holder the exclusive right to make, use, sell or offer for sale any patented toy for a period of 20 years from the earliest filing date of the patent...

9/1/2013



Toy Advertising – The Differing Perspectives
I have asked two friends of mine – a leading ad agency and a prominent toy manufacturer – to tell me how they each see the same issues. David Becker of Blue Plate Media Services, LLC was kind enough to give me the ad agency perspective, and the CEO of a medium sized toy company (who asked not to be identified) gave me his view held on the same subjects...

9/1/2013



7 Tips for Managing Cash Flow in September
Retailers have always been at the mercy of the yearly calendar. As the seasons change, so does the climate of the market, which can mean that your cash flow varies drastically from month to month...

9/1/2013



September Holiday Preview
The holidays are right around the corner, and experienced retailers know they need to finalize their buying decisions now...

9/1/2013



September Staff Picks
This month's Staff Picks focuses on high play-value specialty toys across several key categories...

9/1/2013



Toys in the News: 9-27-13
Negative Award "Plagiarius" sheds public light on unscrupulous counterfeits...

9/1/2013



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



Holiday Staffing - 10 Tips for Specialty Stores
What's the best way for specialty stores to boost their sales this holiday season? Stand out from the mass-market competition! This means having high-quality specialty products — but a knowledgeable, friendly, and reliable staff is just as important...

9/1/2013



Top-5 Most-Wanted Collectibles
In an August 2013 survey, TDmonthly discovered that many specialty retailers just aren't that interested in selling collectible items...

9/1/2013



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

9/1/2013



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
See all the new specialty toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

9/1/2013



In This Issue
See brief article summaries from the September issue of TDmonthly Magazine...

9/1/2013



Figpickels' Towers of Toys Benefit Multiple Charities
When Brett and Susan Sommers of Figpickels Toy Emporium in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho won TDmonthly's Charity Giveaway contest for the second time, they knew they had to do something different to attract the attention of their local press...

9/1/2013



Children's World Showers Local Charities With Attention & Toys
Tim & Cynthia Holliday of Children's World and Uniform in Sarasota, Florida, were once again able to give their local children's charities the double gift of donated toys and much-needed free publicity...

9/1/2013



Top-Selling Specialty Toys by Category
This compilation of TDmonthly Magazine's Top-10 Most-Wanted Lists will give you a quick overview of the toys that you absolutely must have...

9/1/2013



Top-10 Most-Wanted Toys
When TDmonthly interviewed retailers in July 2013 about their overall best-selling toys, the top products were arts & crafts activities...

8/1/2013



Top-10 Most-Wanted Puzzles
TDmonthly Magazine interviewed retailers in July 2013 to find out about their best-selling puzzles. RAVENSBURGER was the most popular puzzle manufacturer, followed closely by MELISSA & DOUG...

8/1/2013



It’s Not Child’s Play: A Handbook for Toy Inventors
A toy inventor’s path to success today requires hard work, slavish attention to detail, foolhardy tenacity, a bit of luck and above all, an appreciation of the unique market forces that shape the toy industry...

8/1/2013



27 Things You Need To Know Before Starting a New Business
Starting a new business can be one of the most rewarding experiences of a lifetime. It can also be the most demanding...

8/1/2013



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

8/1/2013



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
See all the new specialty toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

8/1/2013



Children Sad That Parents Won't Sit Down and Play
Looking at a display of dolls, puzzles, and balls, most people simply see toys. But what your customers might not realize is that for children, toys and play are serious business...

8/1/2013



Children's World Showers Local Charities With Attention & Toys
Tim & Cynthia Holliday of Children's World and Uniform in Sarasota, Florida, were once again able to give their local children's charities the double gift of donated toys and much-needed free publicity...

8/1/2013



Construction Toys - LEGO vs. Everyone Else
The construction toy category continues on its phenomenal growth path. This is extraordinary because all the other toys – with the exception of the Electronic Learning segment of Preschool – continue to flag...

8/1/2013



"Toys Across America" Donates to Kids in All 50 States
Toys help kids in so many ways - developmentally, socially, and emotionally. That's why TDmonthly Magazine was touched to read about The Toy Bank's recent Toys Across America giveaway...

8/1/2013



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



August Staff Picks
This month's Staff Picks focuses on new, high-quality arts & crafts products and hands-on kits that could be a good fit for your store...

8/1/2013



Toys in the News: 8-29-13
Toys"R"Us® Expands Year-Round Education Product Selection...

8/1/2013



In This Issue
See brief article summaries from the August issue of TDmonthly Magazine...

8/1/2013



July Staff Picks
This month, the TDmonthly staff took a closer look at high-quality specialty toys, educational kits, and innovative construction toys...

7/1/2013



Toys in the News: 7-31-13
Safari Ltd® Announces New, Permanent Showroom...

7/1/2013



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

7/1/2013



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
See all the new specialty toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

7/1/2013



In This Issue
See brief article summaries from the July issue of TDmonthly Magazine...

7/1/2013



2013 ASTRA Videos
TDmonthly Magazine was at the 2013 ASTRA Marketplace taking videos of exciting new toys and games...

7/1/2013



Tweens and Toys
There are basically three "toy" stages – Baby, Preschool and Tween. This article will focus on the Tween category – arguably the most important of the three...

7/1/2013



2013 ASTRA Videos - Page 2
Return to Page 1Go to Page 3Yoga Spinner by Upside Down GamesReading Game by Allsaid & Dunn, LLC5ive Straight by WINNING MOVES GAMESSketch-Foam Print Making Kit by EYE CAN ARTLife On The Farm by WE R FUN</iframe<br /><br /><br /><br /><b>Flutterby Faries</b> by <b>SPIN MASTER LTD</b><iframe width="450" height="253" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/g3Ri0sW0978" frameborder="0"...

7/1/2013



2013 ASTRA Videos - Page 3
more ASTRA videos...

7/1/2013



Q & A With Michael McGinnis, Inventor of Perplexus
TDmonthly had the chance to interview Michael McGinnis, inventor of the popular Perplexus 3-D maze game and a 2011 TAGIE Awards Rising Star nominee...

7/1/2013



Greeting A Customer: Should A Smile Be Required?
Sales managers can tell you one thing has remained constant for generations: a friendly salesperson sells more than an unfriendly salesperson...

7/1/2013



TDmonthly Giveaways Gain Speed
This summer will be extra special for needy kids in Coer d’Alene, Idaho; Sarasota, Florida; Scottsdale, Arizona and Round Rock, Texas: Their local toy stores won the TDmonthly Charity Giveaway contest earlier this year and are about to bestow the bounty on local charities and schools...

7/1/2013



Retailing Tips - When to Buy for 4th Quarter
The holiday season is the busiest of the year for most retailers. That's why TDmonthly Magazine asked a panel of experience specialty store owners when they start their holiday buying. See their answers, and advice, below...

7/1/2013



Schoenhut's Warmth Flows Generously
Strong relationships are at the root of success for Len and Renee Trinca, CEO and President of the 140-year-old Schoenhut Piano Company...

7/1/2013



Retailing Tips: Holding Events in Your Store
Drawing potential customers into your store can take a little more cunning than just putting a product out for sale...

7/1/2013



5 Retail Sales Mistakes That Cost You Business
Marketing brings customers to the door, but these five retail selling mistakes send them out empty-handed...

6/1/2013



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

6/1/2013



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
See all the new specialty toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

6/1/2013



2013 ASTRA Preview
When heading to trade shows, it's always best to plan ahead. That's why we've asked select manufacturers to share their ASTRA booth numbers, special offers, and products with our readers...

6/1/2013



June Holiday Preview
The holidays are the busiest time of year for most retailers, and planning ahead can help you make the most of this profitable season...

6/1/2013



Using Barter to Boost Sales
Toy businesses can utilize barter to boost sales production. It’s easy, it’s smart and it works like a charm...

6/1/2013



How to Cut Taxes Using Your Excess Inventory
Excess, nonmoving toy inventory is a common business problem that, fortunately, contains its own solution...

6/1/2013



June Staff Picks
For our June Staff Picks, we chose toys that are perfect for sunny days — or summer storms...

6/1/2013



Toys – The Cultural Divide
The large toy manufacturers in the U.S. and Europe do not agree on too many things but they do agree on one point – while the business today is in the U.S. and Europe, the long-term potential is elsewhere...

6/1/2013



Toys in the News: 6-28-13
Jeff Bunker: The Man Behind The 'Disney Infinity' Toy Design...

6/1/2013



In This Issue
See brief article summaries from the June issue of TDmonthly Magazine...

6/1/2013



Top-10 Most-Wanted Infant and Toddler Toys
TDmonthly recently interviewed retailers to find out about their current best-selling infant and toddler toys...

5/1/2013



2013 Holiday Toy Preview
The skies are blue, the weather is getting warmer...and savvy retailers know that this means it’s time to start planning for the Holidays...

5/1/2013



Retailers Share Anticipated Summer Hits
There's still time to stock up on hot new summer toys, so TDmonthly asked retailers to share which products they think will be best-sellers this season...

5/1/2013



Retail Management: Are You Thinking Like A Customer Or Merchant?
Whenever I look at a business that is not making money, it's usually because the owners or managers are thinking like a customer or employee rather than a merchant...

5/1/2013



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

5/1/2013



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
See all the new specialty toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

5/1/2013



May Staff Picks
This month's staff picks include highly rated toys, from bikes to construction toys to furniture. Indoors or outdoors, these toys are sure to please...

5/1/2013



Retailers Lavished With Amazing Toys for Local Charities
Dozens of needy kids across the country are about to get a memorable treat: toys from Safari Ltd., Glide Bikes and Infinitoy, brought to them by their local specialty toy stores...

5/1/2013



The Toy Industry – Jobs, Jobs, Jobs
Execunet, which is basically a job board for senior executives, saw a clear improvement in the number of high-level management jobs in the most recent years...

5/1/2013



Toys in the News: 5-30-13
Teen Angst: Retailers Fight for Relevance...

5/1/2013



In This Issue
See brief article summaries from the May issue of TDmonthly Magazine...

5/1/2013



GameStop better watch out – Galaxy 4 is coming to upset the video game applecart
Samsung is launching its Galaxy 4 smart phone with an unprecedented effort designed to wrest market dominance from the IPhone. Normally, this would not be something to worry GameStop...but the Galaxy 4 will pair with a game pad that has the potential of revolutionizing the video game space...

5/1/2013



20 Top-Selling Mass-Market Toys
You may sell specialty, but it's important to watch the mass-market to keep abreast of new trends. See our list of mass-market best-sellers, updated weekly...

5/1/2013



Top-10 Most-Wanted Toys
When TDmonthly Magazine interviewed retailers about their best selling toys in a March 2013 survey, we spotted an ongoing trend: Blue Orange's Spot It! is still the overall best selling product for 25% of retailers surveyed...

4/1/2013



2013 Retail Outlook - Are Things Looking Up?
When TDmonthly Magazine asked specialty retailers about their sales figures for the first few months of 2013, the news wasn't bad...

4/1/2013



Retailers: How To Beat A Lower Priced Competitor: Your Vendor
Many retailers ask this question: what do you do when you are directly competing with one of your vendors?...

4/1/2013



April Staff Picks
This month's "Staff Picks" focuses on outdoor toys, now that warmer weather is making its way across the country. But, for those rainy Spring days, we've also included a couple of unique toys that will entertain indoors...

4/1/2013



Hot New Toys of 2013
We know that retailers are always looking for the "next big thing" - new products that will be exciting to returning and new customers alike. That's why we asked manufacturers to share with us their 2013 products that they think will make the biggest splash in specialty...

4/1/2013



Toys in the News: 4-30-13
Hasbro Continues To Lay Off Workers Despite Expansion Plans...

4/1/2013



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

4/1/2013



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
See all the new specialty toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

4/1/2013



In This Issue
See brief article summaries from the April issue of TDmonthly Magazine...

4/1/2013



Veterans and Newcomer Are Finalists in TDmonthly Charity Giveaway!
Thank you to everyone who entered TDmonthly's Charity Giveaway contest! We have chosen four finalists for the latest giveaway, which will take place in late spring — just before the ASTRA Marketplace...

4/1/2013



Get Ready for ASTRA: 11 Retailer Trade Show Tips
Trade show season is full swing, with the ASTRA Marketplace and Academy coming up in June...

4/1/2013



ToysRUs - Where are They Going?
There have been three pieces of news about ToysRUs lately – sales slipped both in the U.S. and internationally; the IPO awaited since 2010 has been postponed indefinitely; and Jerry Storch is relinquishing his position as CEO...

4/1/2013



Two single brand toy retailers – one success, one failure
Two companies entered the retail market with a single toy brand – American Girl and Build-A-Bear. And this is just about where the similarities end...

4/1/2013



Top-Drawer Educational Sessions for Toy Inventors Added at ASTRA's Marketplace & Academy
The American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA) announced today that it is collaborating with the Chicago Toy & Game Group (ChiTAG) to provide toy inventors and specialty manufacturers with strategies for bringing new toy innovations to market...

3/1/2013



Training Retail Employees to Ask for the Sale
"Always be closing" is an overused phrase retail sales managers have used for years. It sounds great, and if everyone were Alec Baldwin, it would work...

3/1/2013



In This Issue
See brief article summaries from the March issue of TDmonthly Magazine...

3/1/2013



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

3/1/2013



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
See all the new specialty toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

3/1/2013



Retailing Tips for Boosting Springtime Sales
Now that the holidays are over, what's the best way to keep customers coming in your doors? We asked a few seasoned retailers to share their top tips for boosting springtime sales...

3/1/2013



Top Toy Fair Trends 2013
We have selected the toys below as representative of categories that are expected to do well in the coming year. Take a look and decide which trends would fit best with your store...

3/1/2013



March Staff Picks
This month, TDmonthly Magazine decided to take a more in-depth look at the toys we feature in our Staff Picks, so that we can present you with more information about the toys that we think really stand out from the rest of the herd - and why...

3/1/2013



Hot New Toys of 2013
Which products will be the Hot New Toys of 2013? Retro and non-electronic toys are expected to be a bit hit this year, according to the Toy Industry Association, which is good news for specialty retailers...

3/1/2013



Toys in the News: 3-29-13
New York Court Upholds Sales Tax for Online Retailers...

3/1/2013



TDmonthly's Charity Promotion Can Make Your Store a Star
We knew we could get news coverage for manufacturers and retailers by running a program that donated almost 2,000 toys worth $60,000+, but even we didn't know how extensive and powerful TDmonthly's 2012: A Year of Charity promotional giveaway program would be for sales...

3/1/2013



How is the toy space shaping up for 2013?
few days ago, TDmonthly ran an article "2013 Toy Fair – a Review by Lutz Muller" in which I reported the impressions that five national buyers for very large retail chains, three from the U.S. and two from Europe, took away from Toy Fair. I just now went back and asked them how they saw things shaping up for the leading North American public companies for 2013...

3/1/2013



TDmonthly's Toy Fair Videos: Games and General Toys
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



Children's World Grabs Public Eye With TDmonthly Giveaways
Tim and Cynthia Holliday of Children's World in Sarasota Florida used their considerable expertise in publicity and marketing to capitalize on winning TDmonthly's 2012: A Year of Charity promotion...

3/1/2013



2013 Toy Fair – a Review by Lutz Muller
This year’s Toy Fair was again a resounding success. I received feedback from three national buyers at large U.S. retailers and from two sent by large European stores. According to them, there was both good news and bad news...

3/1/2013



2013 New York Toy Fair Toy Trends, Toy Buzz, and Toy News
TDmonthly Magazine is keeping track of the latest Toy Industry news during the 2013 New York International Toy Fair and closely monitoring the hot new trends being spotted on the floor of the Javits center...

3/1/2013



TDmonthly's Comprehensive Coverage of the New York International Toy Fair 2013
The 2013 New York International Toy Fair kicks off on Sunday, February 10. TDmonthly Magazine's reporters are at the fair, bringing our readers updates of new products, toy videos, and industry news each day...

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



Preparing For Toy Fair - Tips and Tricks for Manufacturers!
TDmonthly Magazine has been covering New York Toy Fair for almost two decades. Over the years,...

2/1/2013



Q&A with Debbie Sterling, creator of GoldieBlox
Stanford University-educated engineer Debbie Sterling was frustrated by how few women pursued careers in engineering. In a toy store, when she noticed a glaring lack of science and math-based toys made for girls, she knew it was a gap in the toy industry she was destined to fill...

2/1/2013



Toys in the News: 2-28-13
MGA's Trade-Secret Claim Against Mattel to Proceed...

2/1/2013



In This Issue
See brief article summaries from the February issue of TDmonthly Magazine...

2/1/2013



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

2/1/2013



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
See all the new specialty toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

2/1/2013



February Staff Picks
TDmonthly Magazine selected the following toys and games as our Staff Picks. Learn about these top quality toys with high play value below,...

2/1/2013



5 Time Management Tips For Retailers
Time management isn’t just for accountants — it’s for everyone. Managers and independent retail owners are pushed and pulled in dozens of ways — it’s the nature of the business...

2/1/2013



How to Find and Develop Your Company's Non-Traditional Trademarks
It will come as no surprise to anyone that brand names can have staggering value. Forbes reported in 2011 that the GOOGLE mark was worth over 44 billion and APPLE was worth almost 30 billion...

2/1/2013



2013 Promotions to Remember
After the holidays, finding new products for your store needs to be a priority. Below, manufacturers have shared with us some of their newest products, along with ordering specials for TDmonthly readers...

2/1/2013



Toy Fair 2013: Booths To Visit
Going to Toy Fair can be overwhelming. That's why TDmonthly Magazine compiled this list of booths you should make time to visit when you're scouting out new products at the 2013 New York International Toy Fair...

2/1/2013



Preparing For Toy Fair - Tips and Tricks for Retailers!
TDmonthly Magazine has been covering New York Toy Fair for almost two decades. Over the years, retailers and experts have shared their top tips for making the most out of trade shows with TDmonthly...

2/1/2013



TDmonthly Giveaway Blasted Figpickels' Biz to Stratosphere
The skyrocketing business experienced by Brett and Susan Sommer of Figpickels Toy Emporium in Couer D'Alene, Idaho -- one of the winners in the last leg of the Year of Charity giveaway -- by far exceeded any of our wildest hopes for the kind of impact the TDmonthly's 2012: A Year of Charity could have...

2/1/2013



Schoenhut's Warmth Flows Generously
Strong relationships are at the root of success for Len and Renee Trinca, CEO and President of the 140-year-old Schoenhut Piano Company...

2/1/2013



New Year, New Toys: 2013 Product Launches
The new year is here, and toy companies of all kinds are rolling out their latest products...

2/1/2013



Toy Fair 2013 Toy Videos - DAY 1
Couldn't make it to the 2013 New York International Toy Fair? Not to worry! TDmonthly Magazine is scouring the show floor and the web for the latest and greatest product at the fair. You can see some videos from the show below...

2/1/2013



Toy Fair 2013 Toy Videos - DAY 2
Couldn't make it to the 2013 New York International Toy Fair? Not to worry! TDmonthly Magazine is scouring the show floor and the web for the latest and greatest product at the fair. You can see some videos from the show below, and stay tuned for TDmonthly's exclusive toy video demos...

2/1/2013



Toy Fair 2013 Toy Videos - DAY 3
Couldn't make it to the 2013 New York International Toy Fair? Not to worry! TDmonthly Magazine is scouring the show floor and the web for the latest and greatest product at the fair. You can see some videos from the show below, and stay tuned for TDmonthly's exclusive toy video demos...

2/1/2013



What We Want From Toy Fair 2013
It's important to keep up with the latest products in specialty, and TDmonthly Magazine wanted to find out what new toys retailers are excited to find at Toy Fair and bring into their stores for 2013...

2/1/2013



110th American International Toy Fair Transforms NYC into Massive Playground
An estimated 33,000 toy industry insiders from 100 countries gathered in anticipation at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center this morning...

2/1/2013



WTHRA Announces 2013 Hall of Fame Inductees
WTHRA is pleased to announce its 2013 Hall of Fame Inductees and Retailer of the Year as follows...

1/1/2013



Safari Ltd® Introduces More than 100 Educational Toys
Safari Ltd®, family-owned manufacturer and worldwide distributor of museum-quality, educational toys, expanded its collections with more than 100 new hand-painted products for 2013...

1/1/2013



Donated Games Help Santa Teach
TDmonthly's "2012: A Year of Charity" educational giveaways sleighed straight into the holiday season as the last of the winning retailers wound up her charity events...

1/1/2013



Winning Retailers Extend Holidays
The last winning retailers in TDmonthly's "2012: A Year of Charity" promotion — Brett and Susan Sommer of Figpickels Toy Emporium in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho, and Tim and Cynthia Holliday of Children's World in Sarasota, Fla. — began their charitable giving just before the holidays, but are stretching it out to last through the new year...

1/1/2013



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
See all the new specialty toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

1/1/2013



In This Issue
See brief article summaries from the January issue of TDmonthly Magazine...

1/1/2013



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

1/1/2013



January Staff Picks
Ring in the new year (and re-stock after the holidays!) with these high-quality specialty toys and games...

1/1/2013



Hot or Not? 2013's Toy Trends...According to Specialty Retailers!
The world of specialty retail doesn't always follow the toy trends of the mass market. That's why TDmonthly Magazine asked specialty toy store owners what products they think will be hot - or not - for their stores in 2013...

1/1/2013



TDmonthly Top Toy: Seal of Approval Winners
TDmonthly Magazine is excited to announce our new recognition program for outstanding toys, the TDmonthly Top Toy: Seal of Approval. Over the course of each year our staff researches thousands of toys. We've selected our favorites from 2012 to be honored in our very first TDmonthly Seal of Approval awards, to share with our 31,700+ unique monthly visitors...

1/1/2013



TDmonthly Seal of Approval - General Toys
See the TDmonthly Seal of Approval winners for the General Toys category...

1/1/2013



January Toy Fair Preview
The 2013 New York International Toy Fair is just a month away (February 10-13th), and one of the best ways to prepare for the show is to research products and companies you might be interested in visiting before you get to New York...

1/1/2013



Toy Companies Give Back!
TDmonthly Magazine loves hearing about how different companies within the Toy Industry are contributing to their communities. That's why we asked toy makers what charities they are involved in, and how they hope their products affect kids...

1/1/2013



Toy Fair 2013 - To Go, Or Not To Go?
Going to Toy Fair can require a big investment of time and money from specialty retailers. That's why we asked retailers to share with us the reasons why they attend the annual New York International Toy Fair - or, why they stay home...

1/1/2013



6 Tips for Finding Hot New Toys
It's the beginning of the new year, and after the holiday season has left your shelves bare, it's important to start thinking about what new toys you want to bring in to your store...

1/1/2013



Toys in the News: 1-31-13
Holograms Coming to the Toy Deparment...

1/1/2013



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (1/14/2013-1/18/2013)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store...

1/1/2013



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (1/7/2012-1/11/2013)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store...

1/1/2013



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (12/31/2012-1/4/2013)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store...

1/1/2013



Will Online Shopping Follow the Path of Catalogs?
Considering the huge success of this year's Cyber Monday and Black Friday online sales, I thought it would be interesting to see how the online shopping industry of today compares to the catalog shopping industry of 2001...

1/1/2013



The Indian Toy Market – a Growing Giant
Even though entering the Indian toy market for a newcomer will continue to be challenging, there are a number of very positive signs that suggest that such an entry should not be delayed too long...

1/1/2013



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (12/10/2012-12/14/2012)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store...

12/1/2012



Kathleen McHugh Named "Global Toy News Person of the Year"
The American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA) announced today that its president, Kathleen McHugh, has been named the Global Toy News Person of the Year...

12/1/2012



20 Top-Selling Mass-Market Toys
You may sell specialty, but it's important to watch the mass-market to keep abreast of new trends. See our list of mass-market best-sellers, updated weekly...

12/1/2012



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (12/3/2012-12/7/2012)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store...

12/1/2012



ASTRA Builds Consumer Engagement With "Woo Hoo Them!" Campaign
The American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA) announced today that it has launched the “Woo Hoo Them!” campaign to generate social media buzz among moms and other toy buyers during the holiday season...

12/1/2012



ABC KIDS EXPO, CMBE ASIA AND BPA/ HARROGATE NURSERY FAIR FORGE ALLIANCE
As a result of high level meetings during the 2012 ABC Kids Expo in Louisville, KY, USA, the ABC Kids Expo, Children’s Baby Maternity Expo (CBME) and the Harrogate Nursery Fair/Baby Products Association have formed an alliance of mutual cooperation and reciprocal pavilions in each other’s shows...

12/1/2012



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (12/17/2012-12/21/2012)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store...

12/1/2012



Retailers: 7 Tips For a Successful Toy Fair
Toy Fair is one of the biggest events of the year for many retailers – but every one of them has different strategies for making their time at the show a success...

12/1/2012



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (11/26/2012-11/30/2012)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store...

12/1/2012



Educational Giveaways Impact Thousands
Part II of TDmonthly’s "2012: A Year of Charity" got more than 1,000 unique educational toys into the hands of teachers and students across the country, thanks to generous donations from Crossen Creations, FindIt Games, b. dazzle inc., PlayMais Canada Inc., Amazing Science!, Moving Picture Books, Education Outdoors, We R Fun Games, Uncle Skunkle and The Spelling Bee Game...

12/1/2012



Holiday Giveaway Is Ready to Go!
Now that Safari Ltd.® has signed onto the final TDmonthly's "2012: A Year of Charity" giveaway, we have two returning companies – the other is Schoenhut Piano Company (both took part in this year's first giveaway and Schoenhut did something similar in 2010)...

12/1/2012



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
See all the new specialty toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

12/1/2012



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

12/1/2012



ToysRUs, Walmart, and Target Top Holiday Toy Lists
ToysRUs, Walmart, and Target have all released their lists of hot holiday toys. You may sell specialty, but it's important to watch the mass-market to keep abreast of new trends...

12/1/2012



Holiday Shopping List: Great Gifts for Girls
As busy parents, you don't have time to research toys with the best play-value and quality—especially since most of them are not widely advertised! TDmonthly has compiled a series of alternative holiday shopping lists by age...

12/1/2012



Holiday Shopping List: Great Gifts for Boys
As busy parents, you don't have time to research toys with the best play-value and quality—especially since most of them are not widely advertised! TDmonthly has compiled a series of alternative holiday shopping lists by age to take the guesswork out of finding unique, fun toys...

12/1/2012



Holiday Shopping List: Great Gifts for All Kids
You want to be sure each of your holiday dollars is well spent. Following are tried and tested toys that appeal to both girls and boys of every age...

12/1/2012



5 Reasons Part-Time Employees Could Undermine Your Retail Store
I read a disturbing article today in the New York Times called A Part-Time Life, as Hours Shrink and Shift about the trend of retailers and restaurants to cut or limit hours of their part-time employees...

12/1/2012



December Staff Picks
Whether you're looking for last minute Christmas gift ideas, or toys to stock your store with once the holiday shopping season is over, TDmonthly's December Staff Picks include high-quality toys and games for kids of all ages...

12/1/2012



Toy Fair 2013 Preview - New Exhibitors
It's never too early to start preparing for Toy Fair! That's why TDmonthly Magazine has started our 2013 Toy Fair coverage — we want to help retailers like you get ready for one of the biggest buying events of the year...

12/1/2012



Toy Fair 2013 Preview - Returning Exhibitors
To kick off our 2013 Toy Fair coverage, we asked seasoned manufacturers to share with us the products they're most excited about presenting to retailers at the show...

12/1/2012



In This Issue
See brief article summaries from the December issue of TDmonthly Magazine...

12/1/2012



Toys in the News: 12-31-12
The retail industry has temporarily avoided a shut down of 14 ports...

12/1/2012



You Coulda Been First — Toy Fair Debuts That Keep on Selling
Not sure whether you should trek to Toy Fair 2013? Watch the following TDmonthly videos to see what types of great new toys you could be missing by nestling home in February...

12/1/2012



Q & A With Dane Scarborough of Uberstix
TDmonthly Magazine had the chance to interview Dane Scarborough, creator of Uberstix. Below, he shares how he got started, how his product encourages kids to up-cycle, and what sets his product apart from the rest...

12/1/2012



SPECIALTY TOY RETAILERS GEAR UP FOR NEIGHBORHOOD TOY STORE DAY
Hundreds of independent toy retailers in the United States and Canada will celebrate Neighborhood Toy Store Day on Saturday, November 10...

11/1/2012



In This Issue
See brief article summaries from the November issue of TDmonthly Magazine...

11/1/2012



Q&A with Andrea Barthello, Co-Founder and COO of ThinkFun
When Andrea Barthello was young, she was always asking, "why?" As she grew older, this natural curiosity and desire to find solutions to problems eventually led her to co-found ThinkFun...

11/1/2012



5 Tips to Make Your Store a Holiday Success
For most retailers, the 4th quarter and holiday season are when the real money is made. With that in mind, TDmonthly Magazine asked specialty retailers, “What are your top tips for boosting sales and ensuring success during the holiday season?” See their advice...

11/1/2012



Toys in the News: 11-30-12
CPSC & CBP Working at U.S. Ports to Protect Families...

11/1/2012



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
See all the new specialty toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

11/1/2012



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

11/1/2012



20 Top-Selling Mass-Market Toys
You may sell specialty, but it's important to watch the mass-market to keep abreast of new trends. See our list of mass-market best-sellers, updated weekly...

11/1/2012



The Best in the West: ToyFest West, March 10-13, 2013
ToyFest West offers a playground of buying activity featuring many exhibitors showcasing their products in a familiar, relaxed, and friendly environment...

11/1/2012



Walmart's Top 20 Holiday Toys
See Walmart's Top 20 Holiday Toys...

11/1/2012



Target's Top 20 Holiday Toys
See Target's Top 20 Holiday Toys...

11/1/2012



November Staff Picks
Looking for cool new toys and games for your store? Then check out the high-quality products below, our November staff picks!...

11/1/2012



Top-10 Most-Wanted Toys: November 2012
TDmonthly interviewed retailers in a Fall 2012 survey about their overall best selling toys. From the cute and cuddly Squishables to fun family games like Tenzi, you can see all of the Top-10 Most-Wanted Toys below...

11/1/2012



Approaching customers in a "Good" Way
In my role as a retail consultant I’m often asked, "How should I approach a customer?"...

11/1/2012



Feel The Fun at Buyer Friendly Toyfest West 2013 at South Point Hotel, Las Vegas
Buyers attending ToyFest West, 2013, will waste no time navigating the trade show as the South Point Hotel offers a new and improved floor plan...

11/1/2012



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (11/13/2012-11/16/2012)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store...

11/1/2012



ABC Kids Expo 2012 Post Show Report
All Baby & Child Corporation, the non-profit parent corporation of the ABC Kids Expo, announced that nearly 800 manufacturers exhibited in just under 3,000 booth locations at the annual event held last month in Louisville, Kentucky...

11/1/2012



CEO BRYAN G. STOCKTON NAMED CHAIRMAN OF MATTEL
Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAT), the world's largest toy company, today announced that the Board of Directors has named CEO Bryan G. Stockton, 59, as Chairman of the Board effective January 1, 2013...

11/1/2012



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (11/19/2012-11/21/2012)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store...

11/1/2012



ASTRA’s Neighborhood Toy Store Day Generates Robust Consumer Media Coverage
The American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA) announced today that media coverage about the advantages of specialty toys reached a reading audience of over 90 million consumers in the ramp-up to this year’s Neighborhood Toy Store Day...

11/1/2012



Specialty Retailers Report Black Friday Boost
According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), Black Friday sales this year raked in an estimated 59.1 billion dollars — and specialty toy store owners were more than happy to take home a piece of the pie...

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



Watch a Heartwarming Charity Giveaway!
Dan and Jill Driver of Jake's Toy Box in Arvada, Colorado have a unique story — that's why they were chosen as one of the winners of TDmonthly's first "2012: A Year of Charity" giveaway...

11/1/2012



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (11/5/2012-11/9/2012)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store...

11/1/2012



Winning Retailers Ready to Promote YOUR Toys
For TDmonthly's final "2012: A Year of Charity" giveaway promotion, two outstanding specialty toy and education stores have been chosen to distribute the specialty products to their local schools and charities during the holiday season...

11/1/2012



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (10/29/2012-11/2/2012)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store...

11/1/2012



Charity Is "Instrumental" to Schoenhut Piano Company
Renee Trinca, President of Schoenhut Piano Company and her husband Len, CEO of Schoenhut, have signed on for a third TDmonthly Charity promotion – the second in 2012. What makes the program so appealing to the Trincas is that it is in perfect alignment with their company's mission and their personal goal to bring the joy of making music to as many people as possible. In her own words, Renee shares her passion for Schoenhut's finely crafted instruments...

11/1/2012



SCHOOLS GET AUTUMN BOOST FROM SPECIALTY TOYS
Reports from the first educational giveaways in TDmonthly’s “2012: A Year of Charity” suggest that the toys are making an even bigger impact than expected...

11/1/2012



DISNEY TO ACQUIRE LUCASFILM LTD.
ontinuing its strategy of delivering exceptional creative content to audiences around the world, The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) has agreed to acquire Lucasfilm Ltd. in a stock and cash transaction. Lucasfilm is 100% owned by Lucasfilm Chairman and Founder, George Lucas...

10/1/2012



The Chinese Toy Market – Monumental Opportunities, Gigantic Challenges
We all know that China is making pretty much all the toys the rest of the world buys, but few realize that China is also a major toy market in its own right. Equally significant, China today is probably the fastest growing major toy market in the world...

10/1/2012



FINAL GIVEAWAY CONTEST FOR 2012!
TDmonthly Magazine is excited to announce the FINAL leg in its "2012: A Year of Charity" giveaway promotion! This time, retailers will compete for the chance to give away toys just in time for the holidays!...

10/1/2012



FINAL GIVEAWAY CONTEST FOR 2012!
TDmonthly Magazine is excited to announce the FINAL leg in its "2012: A Year of Charity" giveaway promotion! This time, retailers will compete for the chance to give away toys just in time for the holidays!...

10/1/2012



DONATED EDUCATIONAL TOYS MAKING IMPACT ON COUNTRY
Part II of TDmonthly’s “2012: A Year of Charity” is in full swing, raising spirits of educators across the nation...

10/1/2012



Safari Ltd® Supports Neighborhood Toy Store Day
Safari Ltd®, manufacturer and worldwide distributor of award-winning replica collections, is providing free giveaway items throughout October to support local toy stores in honor of Neighborhood Toy Store Day...

10/1/2012



Retailers: Get Holiday-Ready with Mystery Shoppers
Have you heard of the runaway success of the burger franchise Five Guys? What's one of the big reasons Five Guys is wildly successful? They send mystery shoppers out twice a week to all locations...

10/1/2012



Toys to Talk About: Holiday Gifts
Check out these recently added mass-market and specialty holiday gifts...

10/1/2012



Brand Planning: Protect Your Trademarks and Intellectual Property
Toy manufacturers generally have very large trademark portfolios, which tend to accrete over time. Therefore, it is valuable to take time to view them from 30,000 feet to find out what to prune, what to add, and where to focus marketing energy and dollars...

10/1/2012



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
See all the new specialty toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

10/1/2012



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

10/1/2012



ToysRUs – 2 Strategic Imperatives + 1 Major Potential Problem
A few weeks ago I said in this space that “ToysRUs has gained market share in the overall U.S. toy space – online and total retail - on a continuous basis since 2009"...This prompted me to look more closely into the factors driving TRU’s product strategy...

10/1/2012



Q&A w/ Neil Kay, Creator of Digi-Piggy®
Today's kids are digital natives growing up in a down economy. Cisco Sales Corp, creators of the Digi-Piggy®, recognized the unique need for a product that satisfied the modern child's digital aesthetics, while teaching them the increasingly important skill of saving money...

10/1/2012



October Staff Picks
Looking for fun new products for your store? Then check out our October Staff Picks, a selection of fun toys and games for kids that share one thing in common: quality...

10/1/2012



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (10/22/2012-10/26/2012)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store...

10/1/2012



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (10/15/2012-10/19/2012)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store...

10/1/2012



Social Media Networks and Toys
Toy executives can be slotted into two groups – those who think that Social Media is a passing fad mainly indulged in by teenagers and of very little commercial value, and those who consider it an absolutely essential tool for building relationships with the total existing and prospective consumer universe...

10/1/2012



In This Issue
See brief article summaries from the October issue of TDmonthly Magazine...

10/1/2012



Toys in the News: 10-31-12
Retailers hit hard by superstorm, economy expected to rebound...

10/1/2012



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (10/8/2012-10/12/2012)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store...

10/1/2012



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (10/1/2012-10/5/2012)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store...

10/1/2012



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (9/24/2012-9/28/2012)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store...

10/1/2012



20 Top-Selling Mass-Market Toys
You may sell specialty, but it's important to watch the mass-market to keep abreast of new trends. See our list of mass-market best-sellers, updated weekly...

10/1/2012



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
See all the new specialty toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

9/1/2012



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

9/1/2012



Hurting Schools Receive Relief--$20,000+ Specialty Educational Toys For Free from Specialty Toy Stor
For the first time in the history of the specialty toy industry, toy-store owners, manufacturers and a trade magazine have teamed up to provide educational products to thousands of students across the nation...

9/1/2012



Holiday Preview: 15 Gift Ideas for Kids
The holidays are fast approaching, and your customers will soon be searching for the perfect gifts...

9/1/2012



Top-10 Most-Wanted Toys: September 2012
TDmonthly Magazine wants to help you learn about products that are selling well in specialty, in case they could be a good fit for your store. So, this month we interviewed specialty retailers to find out about their overall best selling toys and games...

9/1/2012



Avoid Holiday Burnout with these 7 Retailing Tips
With all the demands of retail during the holiday season, including longer hours, employees calling in sick, and dealing with gift returns, it is easy to throw up your hands and become the Grinch. But you can’t let that comfortable old “grinchy” feeling in or it will cost you sales...

9/1/2012



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (9/17/2012-9/21/2012)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store...

9/1/2012



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (9/10/2012-9/14/2012)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store...

9/1/2012



The Latin American Toy Market
Marketing executives often look upon the Latin American toy market – comprising of all of South America, Central America and Mexico – as small potatoes when compared to North America and Europe, and it tends to be neglected as a result...

9/1/2012



September Staff Picks
Looking for unique, fun toys and games? Then check out our September staff picks, featuring high-quality products for kids of all ages...

9/1/2012



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (9/4/2012-9/7/2012)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store...

9/1/2012



In This Issue
See brief article summaries from the September issue of TDmonthly Magazine...

9/1/2012



Toys in the News:9-28-12
Captain Cutlass Pirate Toy Guns Recalled by Dillon Importing...

9/1/2012



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (8/27/2012-8/31/2012)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store...

9/1/2012



Little David is Threatening the Dollar Goliaths
In April this year, in this space, I talked about the inexorable advance of the Dollar stores. Well, they continue to do very well indeed, but they now have a new competitor – Five Below Inc...

9/1/2012



California Gift Show Concludes with Strong Performance and High-Volume Order-Writing
Unique Regional Offerings, On-Trend Innovations and National Brand Favorites Coupled with CGS’s California-Centric Theme Continue to Deliver Buyers from Across the Country and Around the Globe...

8/1/2012



Regulatory Compliance of Aquatic Toys and Aquatic Equipment
Aquatic toys, life preservers and aquatic equipment are all designed for use in or on the water. To ensure regulatory compliance and thereby consumer safety, manufacturers need to make sure to define their products accordingly...

8/1/2012



PlaSmart Inc. Signed as Exclusive North American Distributor for DoodleArt
PlaSmart Inc., a global toy company specializing in fun, innovative and engaging toys that bring families together, has been signed as the exclusive North American distributor for mass and specialty retailers for the well-known colour-it-yourself poster kit brand The Original DoodleArt...

8/1/2012



Retail Sales Training: 9 Ways To Improve Your Selling
You’ve probably heard it said of someone, “They could sell (snow, ice, a refrigerator) to an Eskimo,” or something similar to that. But how did they get that way? Is the ability to excel at retail selling an instinctive talent that one has to be born with, that can’t be learned?...

8/1/2012



August Staff Picks
Our August Staff Picks include high quality toys and games for kids of all ages...

8/1/2012



18 Retailing Tips: Dealing with Toy and Game Trends
Keeping up with toy and game trends is essential to many specialty retailers, but knowing when to bring a toy in - or ditch it - can be difficult...

8/1/2012



August Holiday Preview: 18 Gift Ideas for Specialty Retailers
It's a lot of work to track down the elusive "perfect gift," but TDmonthly Magazine is making the search a little easier by asking manufacturers of all different kinds of toys and games about their anticipated holiday hits...

8/1/2012



Retailers Speak: What We Want for Christmas
When TDmonthly Magazine asked retailers about when they do their holiday buying, four out of 12 said that they start their ordering at Toy Fair or ASTRA...

8/1/2012



Holiday Savings: 17 Specialty Gifts Under $15
TDmonthly Magazine believes that specialty toys are essential tools for a happy childhood, helping kids develop various cognitive and interpersonal skills all while having fun. This makes them ideal, thoughtful gifts to carry in your store for the holiday season...

8/1/2012



Let the Giveaways Begin: 1,025 Specialty Toys Go to School!
Uncle Skunkle, Crossen Creations, FindIt Games,b. dazzle inc., PlayMais Canada Inc., Amazing Science!, Moving Picture Books, Education Outdoors, We R Fun Games and The Spelling Bee Game Improve Education for Thousands...

8/1/2012



20 Top-Selling Mass-Market Toys
You may sell specialty, but it's important to watch the mass-market to keep abreast of new trends. See our list of mass-market best-sellers, updated weekly...

8/1/2012



Toys in the News: 8-31-12
Lego Earnings 2012: Profits Jump 35 Percent...

8/1/2012



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
See all the new specialty toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

8/1/2012



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

8/1/2012



In This Issue
See brief article summaries from the August issue of TDmonthly Magazine...

8/1/2012



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (8/20/2012-8/24/2012)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store...

8/1/2012



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (8/13/2012-8/17/2012)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store...

8/1/2012



The European Toy Market – a Challenge in Many Languages
In spite of the many problems that Europe faces at this point – Euro issues, recession, cutbacks, and unemployment – it continues to be a very important toy market...

8/1/2012



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (8/6/2012-8/10/2012)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store...

8/1/2012



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (7/30/2012-8/03/2012)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store...

8/1/2012



18 New Chemicals Targeted for Risk Assessment by US EPA
18 chemicals have been selected for risk assessment during 2013 and 2014, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) just announced. Part of the agency's existing chemicals management program, the Work Plan Chemicals has listed these 18 as stipulated under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)...

7/1/2012



ToyFest West, March 10-13, Offers the Only Sure Bet in Vegas
WTHRA has announced the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa in Las Vegas as the vibrant new site for ToyFest West “The Buyers’ Playground” - March 10 -13, 2013 (Sunday-Wednesday)...

7/1/2012



ASTRA's 20th Anniversary Marketplace & Academy Sets New Attendance Records
ASTRA’s 2012 Marketplace & Academy, held June 10-13 in Baltimore, shattered all previous attendance records, the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA) announced today...

7/1/2012



20 Top-Selling Mass-Market Toys
You may sell specialty, but it's important to watch the mass-market to keep abreast of new trends. See our list of mass-market best-sellers, updated weekly...

7/1/2012



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
See all the new specialty toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

7/1/2012



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

7/1/2012



In This Issue
See brief article summaries from the July issue of TDmonthly Magazine...

7/1/2012



Toys in the News: 7-31-12
Liberty Mountain Recalls VAUDE Kenta Child Carriers Due to Fall Hazard...

7/1/2012



Four Toy-Store Owners to Donate 1,025 Products to Schools!
As a way of taking the sting out of the recession and state budget cuts, four new specialty toy-store owners will have the chance to give away hundreds of toys to their local school systems, Headstart programs, and children's charities via TDmonthly's ''2012: A Year of Charity'' latest giveaway promotion...

7/1/2012



4 Common Patenting Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
As is commonly known, patent rights confer a limited monopoly. It affords the patent holder the exclusive right to make, use, sell or offer for sale any patented toy for a period of 20 years from the earliest filing date of the patent...

7/1/2012



18 Tips on Creating Killer Retail Window Displays
Visual Merchandising is something many retailers feel challenged by. What to put in the store window? What to put with it? How much merchandise should be in the window? These are great questions to ask yourself. After all, your window is your brand...

7/1/2012



July Staff Picks
TDmonthly Magazine's July Staff Picks feature a wide range of high-quality products — from Puzzles to Dolls and more!...

7/1/2012



45 Toy Videos from the 2012 ASTRA Marketplace & Academy
Didn't make it to the 2012 ASTRA Marketplace & Academy? Not to worry! TDmonthly Magazine's reporters were on the trade show floor in Baltimore, taking 45 videos of exciting products that you can check out below...

7/1/2012



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (7/23/2012-7/27/2012)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store...

7/1/2012



Holiday Preview: 20 Toys and Gifts for Specialty Stores
TDmonthly Magazine is dedicated to letting you know about products that could be holiday hits in your store...

7/1/2012



Holiday 2012 Toy Trend Spotting: Save ‘n’ Splurge
Trends identified by Toy Industry Association (TIA) experts at the 109th American International Toy Fair are piping hot this summer and expected to sizzle well into the 2012 holiday shopping season...

7/1/2012



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (7/16/2012-7/20/2012)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store...

7/1/2012



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (7/9/2012-7/13/2012)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store...

7/1/2012



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (7/2/2012-7/6/2012)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store...

7/1/2012



Interview with Kathleen McHugh, President of ASTRA
If the success of the 2012 ASTRA Marketplace & Academy was any indication, the toy industry can look forward to a lucrative holiday season...

7/1/2012



UPDATED: See All 21 of ASTRA's Best Toys For Kids Winners!
ASTRA has announced the 21 winners for the 2012 "Best Toys For Kids" awards...

7/1/2012



LeapFrog Announces LeapPad 2™ And Leapster GS™
LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc., the leader in educational entertainment, today announced two revolutionary new platforms: LeapPad2, the next generation of the #1 kid’s learning tablet LeapPad™, and LeapsterGS, the ultimate learning video game system...

6/1/2012



Saban Brands and Mattel Partner to Produce Power Rangers Hot Wheels Cars
Saban Brands and Mattel have partnered to produce a line of Power Rangers inspired Hot Wheels vehicles, targeted for release in 2013, that capture the action and excitement of the Power Rangers series...

6/1/2012



2012 Tokyo Toy Show Highlights
The Tokyo Toy Show opened June 14th with an explosive, record-breaking display of 10,000 "stick bombs".....

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



Diamond Announces Top Comic Book Product Sales For May 2012
The battle between Marvel Comics' top teams reaches the surface of the moon in the publisher's Avengers Vs. X-Men #4, the best-selling comic book to specialty retailers in May 2012, according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors...

6/1/2012



20 Top-Selling Mass-Market Toys
You may sell specialty, but it's important to watch the mass-market to keep abreast of new trends. See our list of mass-market best-sellers, updated weekly...

6/1/2012



Safari Ltd.® Let Imaginations Swim
This year, Safari Ltd.® joined TDmonthly's "2012: A Year of Charity" promotion and gave away 50 Wild Safari Sealife Flippers, Fins & Fun gift sets and 50 Frontier Land Safari River Ranch gift sets to three winning specialty toy retailers, who then donated them to their local charities...

6/1/2012



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



Schoenhut Piano Company Tuned In
Schoenhut Piano Company was thrilled with the outcome of their second big TDmonthly charity giveaway. This year, Schoenhut participated in TDmonthly's "2012: A Year of Charity" giveaway promotion where specialty retailers vied for the chance to give to their local charities more than 100 high-quality toys and instruments from specialty manufacturers...

6/1/2012



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
See all the new specialty toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

6/1/2012



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

6/1/2012



Retailing Tips: 5 Keys to Unlocking Your Competition
When I do a business makeover, I invite the owner to visit the competition with me. It can be a little like trying to get a child to want to go to the dentist to get a cavity filled. The stress. The doubting. The excuses. But why? What is there to be afraid of?...

6/1/2012



Holiday Preview: 22 Toys, Games and Gifts for Kids of All Ages
It's almost time to get serious about your holiday buying, so TDmonthly Magazine compiled this list of 22 great gifts for you to consider when deciding what to stock your shelves with during the busiest time of the year...

6/1/2012



18 Summer Toys for Rainy Days
Kids want to be outside in the summer, but mother nature can be unpredictable. That's why TDmonthly Magazine has compiled this collection of toys that are perfect for parents looking for things to do with kids on rainy days...

6/1/2012



Contest: Will YOU Donate 100s of Educational Products to YOUR Local Schools?
In the latest leg of TDmonthly's "2012: A Year of Charity" giveaway promotion, ten specialty manufacturers (and counting) have signed on to give away 100 educational products each to help this nation's school systems and children's charities during these trying economic times...

6/1/2012



June Staff Picks
TDmonthly Magazine's staff picks for June include new games, eco-friendly arts & crafts items, and wooden toys...

6/1/2012



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



In This Issue
See brief article summaries from the June issue of TDmonthly Magazine...

6/1/2012



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (6/18/2012-6/22/2012)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store...

6/1/2012



Toys in the News: 6-29-12
Domestic toy makers seek clarity over tax structures (India)...

6/1/2012



Survey Finds Consumers Using Pinterest To Engage With Retailers More Than Facebook, Twitter
Never before has social media been so attractive to consumers, literally. According to the 2012 Social and Mobile Commerce Study, a joint research project by Shop.org, comScore and The Partnering Group, the visually-appealing social media site Pinterest has become a big player in an even bigger arena...

6/1/2012



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (6/11/2012-6/15/2012)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store...

6/1/2012



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (6/4/2012-6/8/2012)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store...

6/1/2012



Toy Industry Association's PlayCon 2012 Explores "Business of Play"
Leaders from the toy, play and entertainment industries joined together from May 16-18 in Washington, DC to hear from expert panelists, take part in interactive workshops, and network with colleagues at the Toy Industry Association's (TIA) PlayCon 2012...

6/1/2012



Jake's Toy Box Giveaways Create Giant Smiles
Dan Driver, owner of Jake's Toy Box in Arvada, Colorado and one of the winning retailers in TDmonthly's "2012: A Year of Charity" giveaway contest has an extra reason to smile today...

6/1/2012



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (5/29/2012-6/1/2012)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store!...

6/1/2012



ASTRA's Best Toys For Kids Nominees - Classic Play - 0-7 yrs
Take a closer look at ASTRA's Best Toys For Kids Nominees in the Classic Play - 0-7 yrs category...

6/1/2012



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (6/25/2012-6/29/2012)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store...

6/1/2012



ASTRA's Best Toys For Kids Nominees - Classic Play - 8 yrs+
Take a closer look at ASTRA's Best Toys For Kids Nominees in the Classic Play - 8 yrs+ category...

6/1/2012



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
See all the new specialty toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

5/1/2012



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

5/1/2012



Holiday Preview: 24 Manufacturers Share Anticipated Holiday Hits
Christmas may seem like it's ages away, but most retailers start ordering for the holidays between April and October...

5/1/2012



Toys in the News: 5-31-12
The Avengers' Success Bodes Well For Hasbro...

5/1/2012



20 Top-Selling Mass-Market Toys
You may sell specialty, but it's important to watch the mass-market to keep abreast of new trends. See our list of mass-market best-sellers, updated weekly...

5/1/2012



2012 ASTRA Preview: 28 Toy Makers Share Products for Specialty
For years, retailers have told TDmonthly Magazine that the ASTRA Marketplace & Academy show is one of the most important events of the year for specialty toy store owners...

5/1/2012



Q & A With Mia Galison, President of eeBoo Corp.
Mia Galison, President & Creative Director of eeBoo Corporation, launched her first product while mothering three infants and working a full time publishing job, taking on freelance work at night to raise the capital for her first products...

5/1/2012



Q & A With Steven Kay, President of The Orb Factory
Steven Kay, President of The Orb Factory Limited, created his first product to raise money so he could visit his long-distance girlfriend. Rising from those humble beginnings, The Orb Factory now produces award-winning products that are sold in more than 50 countries worldwide...

5/1/2012



TDmonthly Top Toy Award Winners May 2012
TDmonthly Magazine is excited to announce our TDmonthly Top Toy Award winners for May 2012. TDmonthly has selected four high-quality, innovative specialty toys...

5/1/2012



7 Tips to Make Retail Displays Work For You
There are a lot of ways in which displays can be a silent salesperson. The trick is to keep in mind these seven basic, yet essential, tips...

5/1/2012



May Staff Picks
TDmonthly's May Staff Picks include new toddler toys, new specialty toys, eco-friendly toys, and more...

5/1/2012



Connect With Your Customers on Pinterest
Pinterest, the new social networking site that is easy to use and easy on the eyes, is quickly becoming a common marketing tool for companies looking to reach women and Moms...

5/1/2012



Retailers! You Can Give 100+ Specialty Toys to Your Local Schools!
TDmonthly's "2012: A Year of Charity" promotional program is ready for its next round! This time, Retailers, you'll be competing to give away 100+ top-quality educational toys to your local schools, Headstart programs and children's charities! Already, eight terrific manufacturers have signed up: b. dazzle, inc., FIND IT GAMES, EDUCATION OUTDOORS, MOVING PICTURE BOOKS, CROSSEN CREATIONS, AMAZING SCIENCE DVDs, UNCLE SKUNKLE and now PLAYMAIS!...

5/1/2012



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (5/21/2012-5/25/2012)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store!...

5/1/2012



Amazon: E-book Pricing, Sales Tax, and Growth
An Amazon is defined as a tall, aggressive, strong-willed woman. This aptly describes the company of the same name. There is little doubt about its size. With an estimated $65 billion in sales this year, Amazon is expected to be in the top 40 of Fortune’s 500 largest American Companies this year...

5/1/2012



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (5/14/2012-5/18/2012)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store!...

5/1/2012



Kazoo Toys' Donations Thrilled Kids and Families
To get incredible toys from Hape, Safari Ltd., Schoenhut Piano Company,and Magicforest Ltd. straight into the hands of needy kids, Diana Nelson of Kazoo Toys in Denver timed her donations with events her charities had already planned...

5/1/2012



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (5/7/2012-5/11/2012)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store!...

5/1/2012



Doll House & Toy Store Finds Far-Reaching Charities
On Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at 2:00 pm, the front of The Doll House & Toy Store in Scottsdale, Arizona was piled high with boxes of incredible, high-quality specialty toys and children's instruments. That may not be unusual for a toy store, but the stacks of toys donated by Schoenhut Piano Company, Hape, Safari Ltd., and Magicforest Ltd. were being given away to two local children's charities, Devereaux House and The Crisis Center, as part of TDmonthly's "2012: A Year of Charity" giveaway event...

5/1/2012



Doll House & Toy Store Finds Far-Reaching Charities
On Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at 2:00 pm, The front of The Doll House & Toy Store in Scottsdale, Arizona was piled high with boxes of incredible, high-quality specialty toys and children's instruments. That may not be unusual for a toy store, but the stacks of toys donated by Schoenhut Piano Company, Hape International, Safari Ltd., and Magicforest Ltd. were being given away to two local children's charities, Devereaux House and The Crisis Center, as part of TDmonthly's "2012: A Year of Charity" giveaway event...

5/1/2012



Doll House & Toy Store Finds Far-Reaching Charities
On Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at 2:00 pm, The front of The Doll House & Toy Store in Scottsdale, Arizona was piled high with boxes of incredible, high-quality specialty toys and children's instruments...

5/1/2012



Doll House & Toy Store Finds Far-Reaching Charities
On Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at 2:00 pm, The front of The Doll House & Toy Store in Scottsdale, Arizona was piled high with boxes of incredible, high-quality specialty toys and children's instruments...

5/1/2012



Doll House & Toy Store Finds Far-Reaching Charities
On Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at 2:00 pm, The front of The Doll House & Toy Store in Scottsdale, Arizona was piled high with boxes of incredible, high-quality specialty toys and children's instruments...

5/1/2012



Doll House & Toy Store Finds Far-Reaching Charities
On Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at 2:00 pm, The front of The Doll House & Toy Store in Scottsdale, Arizona was piled high with boxes of incredible, high-quality specialty toys and children's instruments...

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



Travel Toys
Family vacations can be a blast - but getting there is another story entirely! Keep kids occupied and happy while traveling with these mass-market and specialty travel toys and games...

5/1/2012



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (4/30/2012-5/4/2012)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store!...

5/1/2012



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (4/16/2012-4/20/2012)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store!...

4/1/2012



Kazoo Toys' Giant Giveaway Aligned with Two Giant Events
Diana Nelson, one of the winning retailers of TDmonthly's "2012: A Year of Charity" giveaway event has amazing plans for the 115 toys she will be receiving...

4/1/2012



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (4/23/2012-4/27/2012)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store!...

4/1/2012



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
See all the new specialty toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

4/1/2012



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

4/1/2012



The Doll House & Toy Store Brings Families Together
When Sari Powazek entered to win TDmonthly's "2012: A Year of Charity" giveaway, it was clear that she had genuine concern for homeless children and families in her neighborhood...

4/1/2012



Kazoo & Company Plays it Big
When Diana Nelson heard about TDmonthly's "2012: A Year of Charity" giveaway event, it immediately resonated with her...

4/1/2012



20 Top-Selling Mass-Market Toys
You may sell specialty, but it's important to watch the mass-market to keep abreast of new trends. See our list of mass-market best-sellers, updated weekly...

4/1/2012



Retailing Tips: Handling Rowdy Kids
Excited children are an everyday component of operating a specialty toy store, but occasionally a child goes out of control — becoming dangerous to a business and its profit margin...

4/1/2012



Jake's Toy Box Provides for All
When we announced "TDmonthly's 2012: A Year of Charity" event, Holley Anver, manager of the former Ages and Stages toy store, now owned by Dan and Jill Driver and renamed Jake's Toy Box, was one of the first to enter...

4/1/2012



Retailers: Increase Your Sales by Juggling Customers
Slow sales have produced a retail sales force that is used to working with just one person. It’s like a juggler who can only keep one ball in the air. That can cost you sales – big time...

4/1/2012



Top-5 Overall Best Selling Toys
Each month, TDmonthly brings you categorical Top-10 lists so you can keep track of what's selling well in specialty. In order not to miss out on the hot sellers that aren't in this month's categories, TDmonthly interviewed retailers to find out what their overall best selling products were...

4/1/2012



April Staff Picks
Learning games for preschoolers, funky arts & crafts, and affordable die-cast items, along with other interesting high-quality toys, made this month's Staff Picks...

4/1/2012



30 Product Videos from Toy Fest West 2012
TDmonthly was at WTHRA's Toy Fest West show in Long Beach, Calif., and captured 30 videos of new and high-quality specialty products...

4/1/2012



Interview with Carter Keithley, President of the Toy Industry Association
TDmonthly Magazine had the great honor of conducting an interview with Carter Keithley, president of the Toy Industry Association...

4/1/2012



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (4/9/2012-4/13/2012)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store!...

4/1/2012



America Invents Act: Challenging Patents, Post Grant Review, and More
The next wave of the newest patent laws (America Invents Act (“AIA”)) rolls into effect September 16, 2012. In preparation, the USPTO recently announced proposed rules for implementation. The proposals bring a mix of good news and bad news...

4/1/2012



In This Issue
See brief article summaries from the April issue of TDmonthly Magazine...

4/1/2012



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (4/2/2012-4/6/2012)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store!...

4/1/2012



The Dollar Stores –a factor in toys?
The three Dollar Store chains in the United States are becoming an increasingly important factor in the toy space, against a backdrop of stagnating toy sales and a dismal economy...

4/1/2012



28 Manufacturers' Best Selling Toys at Toy Fair
We've covered the toys that got the most buzz at Toy Fair, but we wanted to know which products were hot sales-wise, too...

4/1/2012



Designing and Submitting Toy Inventions
I once pitched an idea for a wearable racetrack to a toy company. I thought it would be a great fit. It wasn’t. Turns out the product wasn’t themed correctly and the cost was too high. Luckily, I was able to talk with the manufacturer and redesign and simplify the product, and then execute a viable idea for the company that would fit...

4/1/2012



Toy Expert Reyne Rice Remains Cautiously Optimistic for 2012
Reyne Rice, toy trend expert, sat down with TDmonthly to give us some insight into the trends that will be big this year, as well as a general outlook for the toy industry in 2012...

4/1/2012



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (3/26/2012-3/30/2012)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store!...

4/1/2012



Toys in the News: 4-30-12
Is Mr Potato Head to blame for 'pester power' ads?...

4/1/2012



Get Ready For the Holidays - Now!
At Toy Fair, manufacturers showcase their latest, hottest products, many of which won't be released till Fall, just in time for the holidays. But when do retailers really start ordering?...

3/1/2012



20 Top-Selling Mass-Market Toys
You may sell specialty, but it's important to watch the mass-market to keep abreast of new trends. See our list of mass-market best-sellers, updated weekly...

3/1/2012



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
See all the new specialty toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

3/1/2012



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

3/1/2012



TDmonthly Announces Winning Retailers of "2012: A Year of Charity" Contest
Congratulations to Diana Nelson of Kazoo and Company in Denver, Colorado, Sari Powazek of The Doll House & Toy Store in Scottsdale, Arizona, and Dan and Jill Driver of Jake's Toy Box in Arvada, Colorado. They are the winners of TDmonthly's "2012: A Year of Charity" contest...

3/1/2012



3 Tips for Dealing With Merchandise That Won't Sell
Think of your inventory like you would fresh milk. Unless you look at it, you end up with spoiled, stained and unsellable merch...

3/1/2012



Top-10 Most-Wanted Games
There were a lot of familiar titles mentioned in this month's Top-10 Most-Wanted Games...

3/1/2012



March Staff Picks
Looking for high-quality, well designed toys? Search no further...

3/1/2012



Optimism, Innovation Characterize 2012 New York Toy Fair
Didn't make it to Toy Fair? Not to worry! TDmonthly Magazine kept track of the latest Toy Industry news during the 2012 New York International Toy Fair and closely monitored the hot new trends being spotted on the floor of the Javits Center...

3/1/2012



Social Media: Choosing a Platform, Using Apps, and Giving Customers What They Want
For better or for worse, social media is here to stay. According to “State of the Media: The Social Media Report – Q3 2011,” by The Nielsen Company, social networks and blogs reach nearly 80 percent of active U.S. Internet users, and account for nearly a quarter of their total time online...

3/1/2012



Top 10 Toys of 2012 New York International Toy Fair
We've been to the fair, we've seen the toys, and now we need to know - which will be the breakaway hits of 2012?...

3/1/2012



In This Issue
See brief article summaries from the March issue of TDmonthly Magazine...

3/1/2012



Watch Toy Video of the Day (3/19/2012-3/23/2012)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store!...

3/1/2012



Toy Videos from 2012 New York International Toy Fair
TDmonthly Magazine went to Toy Fair to hunt down toys that were high-quality, high-play value, and bound to do well in specialty stores...

3/1/2012



Toys in the News: 3-30-12
Apple labor plan to ripple through China factories...

3/1/2012



Top 10 Girls Toys of 2012 New York International Toy Fair
Technology was the biggest buzzword at this year's Toy Fair, and the tech influence can be seen in many of the most talked about girls toys from the fair...

3/1/2012



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



THQ – Digital Gaming's First Victim?
January was another terrible month for video games in the United States, at least at retail, confirming that not only will all future growth in the video game software space going to be in the digital area, but that retail sales of software, hardware and accessories will in fact decline...

3/1/2012



Watch Toy Video of the Day (3/12/2012-3/16/2012)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store!...

3/1/2012



News from The NPD Group - The Hottest New Things for Kids
Following are the results from The NPD Kids Industry Data Service (KIDS) survey that was fielded for four weeks in February 2012 in response to the unaided, open-end question: , "What would the kids you know say is the hottest new thing these days?"...

3/1/2012



Watch Toy Video of the Day (3/5/2012-3/9/2012)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store!...

3/1/2012



New York Toy Fair 2012 - New Toys For All Kids
TDmonthly Magazine's reporters were at the 2012 New York International Toy Fair, getting the scoop on the toys that could be 2012's hits...

3/1/2012



New York Toy Fair 2012 - New Boys Toys
When TDmonthly Magazine asked our reporters to find the most exciting new products for boys at the 2012 New York International Toy Fair, they delivered...

3/1/2012



Specialty Toy Videos from 2012 New York International Toy Fair
TDmonthly Magazine's reporters were on the floor of the Javit's Center at the 2012 New York International Toy Fair, scouting out interesting new specialty products and uploading videos each day...

3/1/2012



New York Toy Fair 2012 - New Toys for Girls
TDmonthly Magazine's reporters got the scoop from the floor of the Javits Center in New York on the hottest upcoming toys and games for girls in 2012...

3/1/2012



Mass-Market Toy Videos from 2012 New York International Toy Fair
TDmonthly Magazine sent our videographers and reporters to the floor of the Javits Center for the New York International Toy Fair 2012, where they took videos of new products every day...

3/1/2012



TDmonthly's Comprehensive Coverage of the New York International Toy Fair 2012
TDmonthly Magazine's reporters were at the fair, bringing our readers updates of new products, toy videos, and industry news each day...

2/1/2012



New and Hot Toys at the 2012 New York International Toy Fair
TDmonthly Magazine is helping you stay ahead of the curve with our comprehensive coverage of the 2012 New York International Toy Fair...

2/1/2012



2012 New York Toy Fair Toy Trends, Toy Buzz, and Toy News
TDmonthly Magazine kept track of the latest Toy Industry news during the 2012 New York International Toy Fair and closely monitored the hot new trends being spotted on the floor of the Javits center...

2/1/2012



Top Toys and Games of the Year Unveiled at “OSCARS®” of the Toy Industry
Recognizing an outstanding toy that is distributed primarily through specialty toy retailers, the Specialty Toy of the Year was presented to HEXBUG® Nano® Hive TM Habitat Set by Innovation First Labs, Inc...

2/1/2012



New York Toy Fair 2012 Hot and Buzzworthy Toys
The 2012 New York International Toy Fair is over, and media outlets are buzzing over which toys will be 2012's biggest hits...

2/1/2012



New Year, New Look: 5 Signs Your Store Needs a Makeover
When you opened your business however many years ago, everything was fresh, but that once shiny layer of paint is now faded, the shelves are chipped, and the merch isn’t looking too good.....

2/1/2012



Q&A with Scott Jochim, Creator of Popar Toys
Imagine reading a book about bugs...then seeing one spring to life from the pages of the book itself. Popar Toys is using Augmented Reality to help kids experience just that...

2/1/2012



Event Marketing Guru’s Corner: Selling Too Much
The pure, anecdotal sales pitch is dead, and few observers are mourning its passing. Have you noticed how difficult it is for anyone with the word “sales” in his or her title to get a simple appointment?...

2/1/2012



Sustainability and Toys
Environmental technology is one of the most important movers of the 21st century. But today too little is being done by us in the toy industry...

2/1/2012



US Toy Retail Sales Generate $21.18 Bil in 2011
According to leading market research company, The NPD Group, U.S. retail sales of toys generated $21.18 billion in 2011 compared to $21.68 billion in 2010, a decline of 2 percent...

2/1/2012



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
See all the new specialty toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

2/1/2012



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

2/1/2012



Q&A With Dax Logue, Creator of Sqwishland LLC
Entering or leaving a toy store can provide an unbearable temptation for children - there, at the entrance, several small machines dispense candy, stickers, and even small toys, all at kid-friendly prices...

2/1/2012



Retailers Speak: 2012's Hot New Toys
It's the New Year, and there is one question on everyone's mind - what will be the hot toy of 2012? TDmonthly had the opportunity to ask retailers what toys they want to bring into their store the most, and how they go about hunting for the best new products...

2/1/2012



February Staff Picks
Parents won't have to worry about losing their marbles with Boikido's Wooden Marble Game to keep kids occupied. See this and the other TDmonthly Magazine Staff Picks — new toys we're suggesting for specialty stores — inside...

2/1/2012



Schoenhut® Stays In Tune With Children’s Needs
Because charitable giving continues to be a top priority for Schoenhut’s owners, Len and Renee Trinca, this year they wanted to give again and were the second company to sign up to TDmonthly’s new “2012: A Year of Charity” program...

2/1/2012



Realism and Altruism Fuel Safari Ltd.®
Safari Ltd. creates astonishing replicas of Nature’s most fascinating and beautiful creatures by hiring expert sculptors with acute observational powers...

2/1/2012



In This Issue
See brief article summaries from the February issue of TDmonthly Magazine...

2/1/2012



Toy Fair Preview - Manufacturers' Anticipated Hits
Whether you're looking for new toys from your favorite company, or searching for up-and-comers with the next big thing, doing research for Toy Fair ahead of time with TDmonthly's Toy Fair Previews can help your quest go smoothly...

2/1/2012



How to Demo Your Toy on Video
If you've signed up for a TDmonthly Magazine Toy Video demonstration at Toy Fair 2012, there's no need for a script and no need to be nervous!...

2/1/2012



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (2/6/2012-2/10/2012)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store!...

2/1/2012



Toys in the News: 2-29-12
Consumer Confidence up Dramatically in February...

2/1/2012



Hape Makes the World a Family
Multi-award winning Hape began in 1986 as Hape GmbH, which sold educational wooden toys directly into German kindergartens...

2/1/2012



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (1/30/2012-2/3/2012)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store!...

2/1/2012



Safari Ltd., Schoenhut, MagicForest and Hape Donate 100s of Quality Toys for YOU to give to Charity
TDmonthly's exciting new "2012: A Year of Charity," program builds on our successful 2009 TDmonthly Charitable Kid promotion...

2/1/2012



20 Top-Selling Mass-Market Toys
You may sell specialty, but it's important to watch the mass-market to keep abreast of new trends. See our list of mass-market best-sellers, updated weekly...

2/1/2012



Requirements and Caveats of the AIA's "Prior User Rights"
Many new AIA provisions will be phased in over the next fifteen months, and implementation details are currently under study to make the transitions go as smoothly as possible...

1/1/2012



2012 Toy Movie Scene – Will it Differ from 2011?
Are the factors that caused a 5.3% drop in movie attendance going to repeat themselves in 2012? Given the incredible importance of films for the toy industry, it is important that we ask ourselves this question now...

1/1/2012



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
See all the new specialty toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

1/1/2012



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

1/1/2012



20 Top-Selling Mass-Market Toys
You may sell specialty, but it's important to watch the mass-market to keep abreast of new trends. See our list of mass-market best-sellers, updated weekly...

1/1/2012



Weathering the Storm: 9 Tips on Selling Through the Snow
Weather can negatively affect retail business in many ways, but snow is especially bad...

1/1/2012



Q&A With Blake English, Inventor of Air Swimmers
When TDmonthly saw the Air Swimmers at Toy Fair 2011 in New York they were already generating a buzz. Now, nearly a year later, Air Swimmers inventor Blake English has won the Rising Star Inventor of the Year TAGIE Award...

1/1/2012



Four Ways to Boost Employee Morale
In the current economy, some of your best employees may be working out of necessity, not passion. How can you keep them motivated and enthusiastic about their daily tasks?...

1/1/2012



How to Find Your Soul Employees, Part I: Hiring
Looking for a way to improve sales in the new year? Ask Creative Kidstuff CEO Roberta Bonoff what the key to success is and she can boil it down to one word: staff...

1/1/2012



How to Find Your Soul Employees, Part II: Training
Once you've found the right people, how do you teach them all they need to know about toys?...

1/1/2012



QR Codes: What They Are and How to Use Them
QR codes offer an exciting marketing opportunity for manufacturers and retailers alike...

1/1/2012



Toy Fair Preview 2012 - Toys and More
TDmonthly Magazine wanted to know which toys would be the biggest hits at Toy Fair 2012 - so we asked!...

1/1/2012



30 Products From First Time Exhibitors
TDmonthly Magazine has the scoop on products from first time exhibitors at American International Toy Fair 2012...

1/1/2012



TDmonthly Top Toy Award Winners January 2012
TDmonthly Magazine is excited to announce our TDmonthly Top Toy Award winners for January 2012...

1/1/2012



January Staff Picks
As Toy Fair approaches, new products keep rolling in! You can see TDmonthly's staff picks below...

1/1/2012



In This Issue
See brief article summaries from the January issue of TDmonthly Magazine...

1/1/2012



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (1/23/2012-1/27/2012)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store!...

1/1/2012



Toys in the News: 1-31-12
U.S. Toy Industry Retail Sales Generated $21.18 Billion in 2011...

1/1/2012



Watch Toy Video of the Day (1/15/2012-1/20/2012)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store!...

1/1/2012



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (1/9/2012-1/13/2012)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store...

1/1/2012



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (1/2/2012-1/6/2012)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store...

1/1/2012



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (12/26/2011-12/30/2011)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store...

1/1/2012



20 Top-Selling Mass-Market Toys
You may sell specialty, but it's important to watch the mass-market to keep abreast of new trends. See our list of mass-market best-sellers, updated weekly...

12/1/2011



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
See all the new specialty toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

12/1/2011



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

12/1/2011



You Coulda Been First — Toy Fair Debuts That Keep on Selling
If you were at Toy Fair from 2006 to 2010, your store could have been the first to feature such award-winning and hot-selling products as Hexbugs, Air Swimmers, ZipBins, Zoobies and Wild Creations' Eco-Aquariums...

12/1/2011



Holiday Shopping List for Girls
As busy parents, you don't have time to research toys with the best play-value and quality...

12/1/2011



Holiday Shopping List for Boys
Tired of TV toys that break the next day? TDmonthly has compiled a series of alternative holiday shopping lists by age to take the guesswork out of finding unique, fun toys that let your little boy really play...

12/1/2011



Holiday Shopping List for All Kids
You want to be sure each of your holiday dollars is well spent. Following are tried and tested toys that appeal to both girls and boys of every age...

12/1/2011



Holiday Shopping List for Babies
TDmonthly has compiled a shopping list to make finding that perfect gift for Baby just a little easier this holiday season...

12/1/2011



7 Tips on Selling After Christmas
You have one mission after the holidays: to minimize returns to grow sales...

12/1/2011



Top-10 Most-Wanted Aircraft and Flying Toys
When TDmonthly interviewed retailers in November of 2011 about their top selling flying toys and aircraft, the answers varied from simple balsa wood gliders to the explosive Stomp Rocket...

12/1/2011



Exhibition Guru Gives Tips for Toy Fair
If you’re attending Toy Fair for the first time, you may have questions about exhibitor dos and don’ts...

12/1/2011



Exhibitor Tips: Maximize Your Toy Fair ROI
Exhibiting at the American International Toy Fair can be overwhelming ... and expensive! TDmonthly Magazine's videos and articles can help prepare you and even show you what it's like. Here's what one newbie vendor told us...

12/1/2011



25+ Tips on Becoming Essential to Your Customers
It's not only toy-store owners who have no time. The more you do for your customers, the more they won't want to live without you...

12/1/2011



Retailing Tips: 10 Ways to Survive Toy Fair
How do you navigate the year's largest toy trade event? Systematically...

12/1/2011



Holiday Merchandising & Sales Tips – Part 2
Looking for ways to boost sales this holiday season? Toy merchants and sales experts took time to share their insights with TDmonthly Magazine...

12/1/2011



December Staff Picks
See the TDmonthly Staff's favorites for the month of December...

12/1/2011



Toy Manufacturing Costs are Rising – what are the choices?
I predicted earlier this year that toys produced in China were going to be more expensive this year, and I said in the August issue of this magazine that overall, including the effect of the rising Renminbi, the increase would be in the neighborhood of 20%...

12/1/2011



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (12/19/2011-12/23/2011)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store...

12/1/2011



Toys R Us, Walmart, and Kmart's Holiday Toy Hot Lists
News outlets are abuzz with the release of Toys R Us, Kmart, and Walmart's holiday toy must-have lists for 2011...

12/1/2011



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (12/12/2011-12/16/2011)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store...

12/1/2011



Toys in the News: 12-30-11
Wimpy Kid Wins Restraining Order Against Comics Parody...

12/1/2011



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (12/5/2011-12/9/2011)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store...

12/1/2011



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (11/28/2011-12/2/2011)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store!...

12/1/2011



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (11/14/2011-11/18/2011)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store!...

11/1/2011



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (11/21/2011-11/25/2011)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store!...

11/1/2011



Robert Eckert Retires as Mattel CEO
Mattel, Inc., the world's largest toy company, today announced that Robert A. Eckert, 57, has informed the Board of Directors of his decision to retire as chief executive officer...

11/1/2011



Serious Falls Continue from Bumbo Baby Seats
Due to the serious risk of injury to babies, CPSC and Bumbo International Trust of South Africa ("Bumbo International") are urging parents and caregivers to never place Bumbo Baby Seats on tables, countertops, chairs...

11/1/2011



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (11/7/2011-11/11/2011)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store!...

11/1/2011



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
See all the new specialty toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

11/1/2011



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

11/1/2011



Toys"R"Us Acquires Existing Operations in SE Asia
Toys"R"Us, Inc. and Li & Fung Retailing today (11/01/2011) announced they have entered into a joint venture agreement for the Toys"R"Us(R) business in Southeast Asia and Greater China...

11/1/2011



Q & A With Michael McGinnis, Inventor of Perplexus
TDmonthly had the chance to interview Michael McGinnis, inventor of the popular Perplexus 3-D maze game and a 2011 TAGIE Awards Rising Star nominee...

11/1/2011



Toys R Us, Walmart, and Kmart's Holiday Toy Hot Lists
News outlets are abuzz with the release of Toys R Us, Kmart, and Walmart's holiday toy must-have lists for 2011...

11/1/2011



Holiday Merchandising & Sales Tips
Creatively merchandising your store for the holidays can help boost sales, toy merchants and marketing experts told TDmonthly Magazine...

11/1/2011



9 Manufacturers Share: The Best Advice, Worst Advice, and Biggest Mistakes
The opinion of others - industry peers, friends, and family - can hold a lot of stake when you're trying to grow a fledgling business...

11/1/2011



Q & A With Wendy Bryan, Creator of I Heart Guts
We had the opportunity to speak with Wendy Bryan, the creator of I Heart Guts...

11/1/2011



Sea Change in Toy Land - Mattel Acquires HIT
The announcement that Mattel had bought HIT Entertainment came as a major surprise to many, and was a very ominous piece of news to a number of Mattel’s competitors...

11/1/2011



Q & A With Jason Cohen, President of Smart Gear Toys
What do you do if you can't find the perfect product for your child? When Jason Cohen was faced with such a predicament, he decided to just go ahead and create his own...

11/1/2011



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (10/31/2011 - 11/4/2011)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store...

11/1/2011



American International Toy Fair: The Media Event of the Year
This will be my 18th year attending Toy Fair, so I was excited to be invited to share some insights with TDmonthly readers...

11/1/2011



16 Tips to Reduce Theft in Your Store
Several retailers recently told TDmonthly that theft is a problem at their stores. Here are some tips on how to minimize the problem...

11/1/2011



20 Top-Selling Mass-Market Toys
You may sell specialty, but it's important to watch the mass-market to keep abreast of new trends. See our list of mass-market best-sellers, updated weekly...

11/1/2011



Convert More Sales During the Holidays With These 5 Tips
The average customer only goes into three stores on an average shopping visit, and an intriguing window display can ensure that they will include yours...

11/1/2011



November Staff Picks
From technological innovation to deceptive simplicity, November's staff picks offer something for everyone...

11/1/2011



In This Issue
See brief article summaries from the November issue of TDmonthly Magazine...

11/1/2011



Toys in the News: 11-30-11
McDonald's will charge for Happy Meal toys in SF...

11/1/2011



Spin Master to Pay $1.3 Million Fine for Aqua Dots Violation
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced today that Spin Master, Inc. of Los Angeles, California, and Spin Master Ltd. of Toronto, Canada, ("Spin Master") have agreed to pay a civil penalty of $1,300,000...

10/1/2011



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (10/24/2011 - 10/28/2011)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store...

10/1/2011



2011 ABC Kids Expo Video Highlights
This month, TDmonthly Magazine saved you the burden of airfare and hotel fees by traveling for you to the ABC Kids Expo...

10/1/2011



20 Top-Selling Mass-Market Toys
You may sell specialty, but it's important to watch the mass-market to keep abreast of new trends. See our list of mass-market best-sellers, updated weekly...

10/1/2011



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
See all the new specialty toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

10/1/2011



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

10/1/2011



October Holiday Preview - Manufacturers' Favorite 15 Products
With the holidays just around the corner, manufacturers told TDmonthly Magazine they have ramped up both the fun and the educational factors in the products they think will be their best sellers for the season...

10/1/2011



Retailing Tips: Storing Holiday Inventory
One of the biggest challenges of managing a retail store during the holidays isn't deciding what to order — it's finding somewhere to put the merchandise once it's delivered...

10/1/2011



October Holiday Preview - Specialty Retailers' 15 Anticipated Hits
Big box stores around the country are releasing their hot toy lists for the 2011 holiday season, but if you sell Specialty, lists featuring high-ticket mass-market items aren't helpful for your store...

10/1/2011



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



It's Unanimous: Manufacturers Say ABC Expo Is Essential
The ABC Kids Expo commenced in Louisville, Ky. September 23-26. TDmonthly was there to take videos of exciting new products, and we got to speak with manufacturers about what they thought about this year's show...

10/1/2011



The Shrinking Toy Space
There are increasing indications that U.S. retail, particularly the super store chains [Wal-Mart, Target, and ToysRUs], are engaged in an ongoing process designed to reduce the retail space devoted to toys...

10/1/2011



America Invents Act of 2011: Considerations for the Toy and Game Industry
On September 16, 2011, President Obama signed the Leahy-Smith Act and enacted the most significant change to the U.S. patent laws in almost 60 years...

10/1/2011



The New EU Toy Directive and its Impact on Manufacturers and Importers
New and more stringent EU legislation on toys is presently being phased in. It places greater transparency on manufacturers, requiring them to write detailed documentation about their products, their components and ingredients, and to provide safety/risk assessments...

10/1/2011



Getting Ready for the Holidays: 5 Tips To Help Your Store
By the time you’re in the thick of the Holiday season, you’ll be too busy to deal with any big issues that arise...

10/1/2011



Top-10 Most-Wanted Novelty Items
When TDmonthly asked retailers about their best selling novelty items in a September 2011 survey, they listed everything from portable Pocket Volcanoes to a toy Broom and Dustpan...

10/1/2011



Q & A With Kate Nicolson, co-Founder of O.B. Designs
Kate Nicolson started O.B. Designs with her business partner Leesa Hallahan when they realized there was a lack of unique, high-quality baby toys on the market...

10/1/2011



Are You Really Ready For PR? Part 1
Many toy or game companies see others using public relations successfully, whether they are companies with a full-time, in-house employee managing their PR, working with an outside PR agency or freelancer, or both...

10/1/2011



Trial and Error - Are You Really Ready For PR? Part 2
In the 17 years that I’ve been a toy publicist, I’ve learned a lot from the missteps, mistakes and troubles of clients...

10/1/2011



October Staff Picks
Our October Staff Picks are Mmm Mmm Good, including the new Campbell Soup Alphabet Dice Game from TDC GAMES INC...

10/1/2011



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (10/17/2011 - 10/21/2011)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store...

10/1/2011



In This Issue
See brief article summaries from the October issue of TDmonthly Magazine...

10/1/2011



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (10/10/2011 - 10/14/2011)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store...

10/1/2011



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (10/3/2011 - 10/7/2011)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store...

10/1/2011



Toys in the News: 10-31-11
Toys"R"Us today unveiled its 2011 holiday advertising campaign...

10/1/2011



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (9/26/2011 - 9/30/2011)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store...

10/1/2011



Letter From The Editors - Exciting New Updates
Updates to our newsletter, website, and more...

9/1/2011



Letter From The Editors - Exciting New Updates
Updates to our newsletter, website, and more...

9/1/2011



Top-10 Most-Wanted Collectibles
When TDmonthly interviewed 14 retailers about their best-selling collectibles in Summer 2011 five named dolls from Alexander Doll Co. (Madame Alexander) as their best-sellers...

9/1/2011



Giving Feedback to Your Retail Employees
Creating a culture of exceptional experiences for customers can happen only when we give exceptional thought to how we give feedback and train our employees...

9/1/2011



13 Dos and Don'ts of Recruiting and Retaining Employees
The upcoming Holiday season can be a stressful one for retailers. So what’s the key to navigating this busy time smoothly and coming out on top?...

9/1/2011



Q & A With Jon Capriola, Creator of Laser Pegs
We had the chance to speak with Capriola, creator of Laser Pegs, about their creation, as well as what projects they have on the horizon...

9/1/2011



10 Manufacturers on the Challenges Faced in the Toy Industry
TDmonthly asked manufacturers about the obstacles they’ve had to overcome on the road to success on the road to success...

9/1/2011



Holiday Preview: 6 Toymakers Share Their Anticipated Hits
Many retailers do their holiday buying between April and October, so we’re sharing with you seven new products that manufacturers told TDmonthly Magazine will be their best sellers for the Holiday season...

9/1/2011



Toys in the News: 09-30-11
Shermag Recalls to Repair Drop-Side Cribs Due to Entrapment, Suffocation and Fall Hazards...

9/1/2011



20 Top-Selling Mass-Market Toys
You may sell specialty, but it's important to watch the mass-market to keep abreast of new trends. See our list of mass-market best-sellers, updated weekly...

9/1/2011



11 Manufacturers Speak: What Inspired Me to Create My First Product
Have you ever looked at a toy and wondered (for better or for worse!), "how did someone think that up?" These 11 manufacturers tell us how they came up with their first product idea...

9/1/2011



Q & A With David Schreiber, President of Uncle Skunkle
David Schreiber, president of Uncle Skunkle, came up with the idea for his first game when he was in 6th grade. 20 years later he saw his idea become a reality...

9/1/2011



Q & A With Betty Morris, Creator of Shrinky Dinks
Betty Morris was a housewife and mother of three when she and her Cub Scout troop co-leader (Kate Bloomberg) came up with a fun arts & crafts activity for their troop...

9/1/2011



September Staff Picks
The TDmonthly staff has been on the lookout for the most promising, interesting, and innovative new toys...

9/1/2011



Top-10 Most-Wanted Toys: September 2011
When TDmonthly interviewed retailers in Summer 2011 about their overall best-selling products, there were a few products that really stood out...

9/1/2011



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



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (9/19/2011 - 9/23/2011)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store...

9/1/2011



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (9/12/2011 - 9/9/2011)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store...

9/1/2011



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (9/6/2011 - 9/9/2011)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store...

9/1/2011



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (8/29/2011 - 9/2/2011)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store...

9/1/2011



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (8/22/2011 - 8/26/2011)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store...

8/1/2011



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
See all the new specialty toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

8/1/2011



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

8/1/2011



TDmonthly Classics Award Winners Part I
From more than 32,000 products in TDmonthly's database, the following toys were selected for being some of our all-time favorites...

8/1/2011



TDmonthly Classics Award Winners Part II
From more than 32,000 products in TDmonthly's database, the following toys were selected for being some of our all-time favorites...

8/1/2011



New Venue, New Perks at the 2011 ABC Kids Expo
The 9th annual ABC Kids Expo, Sept. 23-26, will take place in Louisville, Ky., for the first time...

8/1/2011



10 Manufacturers Share Their Keys To Success In the Toy/Juvenile Products Industry
If you're thinking about getting into the toy business or are looking for some guidance, who better to get advice from than people already in the industry?...

8/1/2011



TDmonthly Top Toy Award Winners August 2011
TDmonthly Magazine is excited to announce our TDmonthly Top Toy Award winners for August 2011...

8/1/2011



20 Top-Selling Mass-Market Toys
You may sell specialty, but it's important to watch the mass-market to keep abreast of new trends. See our list of mass-market best-sellers, updated weekly...

8/1/2011



Q&A With Maureen Farinella, CEO of Mark-My-Time
Maureen Farinella tells TDmonthly how a careful balancing of priorities, as well as strong customer service, have helped her company thrive...

8/1/2011



Q&A With Ross Richardson, Founder of Worx Toys
Ross Richardson, the founder of Worx Toys Inc., tells us how his own son’s curiosity inspired the creation of the company...

8/1/2011



U.S. Toy Market Outlook 2011
The two weeks leading up to Easter this year had been better for toys than the national buyers had expected and this led them to believe that this was a harbinger of things to come...

8/1/2011



Q & A With K. S. Hong, President of Aurora World Inc.
We recently got in touch with Aurora World Inc. to find out how the company has weathered new toy safety regulations, improved on old products, and branched out into television...

8/1/2011



Top-10 Most-Wanted Puzzles
When TDmonthly Magazine interviewed 12 retailers about their best-selling puzzles in Summer 2011, items from Melissa & Doug and Ravensburger were far and away the favorites...

8/1/2011



What Makes a Toy Educational?
Do “educational toys” actually deliver what they promise? A psychologist slices through the hype and offers words of wisdom for the discerning parent...

8/1/2011



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



9 Manufacturers Speak: What It Takes to Bring A Product to Market
Bringing a new toy or game to market can be incredibly daunting. TDmonthly Magazine talked with manufacturers and asked them what it took, time-wise and money-wise, to get their products on store shelves...

8/1/2011



10 Things You Must Know to Run a Great Toy Store
To determine verified sales and business strategies, you need the advice of hundreds of retailers and experts...

8/1/2011



Top-10 Must-Have Toys
Lots of toys come and go, but these toys have remained on our Top-10 lists for years...

8/1/2011



August Staff Picks
August's Staff Picks feature a wide variety of items, including the affordable Venomous Creatures Toob from SAFARI LTD and "What She Said!" from SHAINSWARE, an innovative bracelet making game for tweens...

8/1/2011



In This Issue
See brief article summaries from the August issue of TDmonthly Magazine...

8/1/2011



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (8/8/2011 - 8/12/2011)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store...

8/1/2011



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (8/1/2011 - 8/5/2011)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store...

8/1/2011



Toys in the News: 08-31-11
Toys R Us to Open Fewer Pop-up Stores This Year...

8/1/2011



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (7/25/2011 - 7/29/2011)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store...

8/1/2011



28 Product Videos From the ASTRA Marketplace & Academy
With more than 600 exhibitors and between 500 and 600 retailer attendees, the 2011 ASTRA Marketplace in Anaheim, Calif., was the largest and most successful show yet since its inception in 2004...

7/1/2011



E3 Wrap-up and Outlook for the Video Game Industry
Without a total game changer in the technological space, video game retailers and video game hardware manufacturers seem to be looking at a very tough decade...

7/1/2011



Top-10 Most-Wanted Furniture and Play Houses
In a Summer 2011 survey of 14 retailers, 50% of those TDmonthly spoke to said they didn't carry furniture or playhouses at all...

7/1/2011



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
See all the new specialty toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

7/1/2011



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

7/1/2011



20 Top-Selling Mass-Market Toys
You may sell specialty, but it's important to watch the mass-market to keep abreast of new trends. See our list of mass-market best-sellers, updated weekly...

7/1/2011



Top-10 Most-Wanted Plush and Puppets
When TDmonthly interviewed 15 retailers about their best-selling Plush and Puppets in late Spring 2011, more than half of respondents said animal puppets from Folkmanis were their best-sellers...

7/1/2011



Expert Advice For Specialty Retailers
When you're busy managing employees, ordering product, dealing with toy reps, traveling to trade shows, keeping track of inventory, updating your web site and otherwise being swamped by the million tasks that accumulate each day when running your business, you sometimes don't have the personal resources to deal with yet another problem...

7/1/2011



When to Close Your Specialty Store - 36 Tips
Successful people fail more than others, so if you're facing a lot of red ink, don't despair...

7/1/2011



18 Tips on Expanding Your Specialty Store
Success can bring a new set of stresses...

7/1/2011



Connect With Your Store's Customers - How Attitude Affects Sales
When a customer comes into your store, you need to connect to that person standing in front of you who has their own feelings, needs, and desires...

7/1/2011



July Staff Picks
We've been sorting through our recent product submissions to find the best, high-quality, and innovative products to share in our July staff picks...

7/1/2011



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (7/18/2011 - 7/22/2011)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store C...

7/1/2011



Q & A With John Shelley, Creator of the Bag-O-Loot Card Game
When TDmonthly Magazine spoke with John Shelley, creator of the up-and-coming card game Bag-O-Loot, he had lots of advice to share with aspiring game designers, based on his recent venture into the toy and game industry...

7/1/2011



In This Issue
See brief article summaries from the July issue of TDmonthly Magazine...

7/1/2011



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (7/11/2011 - 7/15/2011)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store...

7/1/2011



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (7/5/2011 - 7/8/2011)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store...

7/1/2011



Toys in the News: 07-28-11
Kids play like scientists work, according to research at MIT and Stanford University...

7/1/2011



10 Questions With Greg Zima, President of GaZima Games, Inc.
TDmonthly Magazine had a chance to speak with Greg Zima of GaZima Games, Inc., creators of the award-winning game Stomple!. He shared with us his insight on the game development process...

7/1/2011



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (6/27/2011 - 7/1/2011)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store...

7/1/2011



TDmonthly Top Toy Award Winners June 2011
TDmonthly Magazine is excited to announce our 8 TDmonthly Top Toy Award winners for June 2011...

6/1/2011



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
See all the new specialty toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

6/1/2011



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

6/1/2011



The Ups and Downs of LeapFrog
Leapfrog has had its ups and downs since the company was founded in 1995, and it appears they on their way up again- but are they really?...

6/1/2011



Get Online Before It's Too Late
Customers searching for a nearby toy store more likely turn to Google, Yahoo or Bing than the phone book, so if you're not on the web, you're losing foot traffic as well as online sales...

6/1/2011



How to Maintain Your Website
There's a misconception that you just put up a website and sales come in and it's easy...

6/1/2011



How to Close Up Shop ... For Good
The end is inevitable. When it comes, will you be ready?...

6/1/2011



How to Expand Your Business
When your business is booming, it's tempting to want to build on the momentum...

6/1/2011



13 Hot Products For The 2011 Holiday Season
It's time to start buying for 4Q, so TDmonthly Magazine asked manufacturers what they have in store for the Holiday season...

6/1/2011



How Survivor Guilt Prevents Sales
Survivor’s guilt plays out by projecting our worries onto our customers. It’s like the salesperson adopts a losers limp. On an irrational level, these individuals wince at their privileged escape from death’s clutches or worry they are next...

6/1/2011



ASTRA Marketplace & Academy Preview
ASTRA's Marketplace & Academy is taking place June 19-22 in Anaheim, Calif., and TDmonthly Magazine tracked down specialty retailers who had previously attended to find out why it's an event not to be missed...

6/1/2011



June Staff Picks Part I
TDmonthly searched high and low to find these exciting products to share with you in our first installment staff picks...

6/1/2011



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (6/20/2011 - 6/24/2011)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store...

6/1/2011



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (6/13/2011 - 6/17/2011)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store...

6/1/2011



June Staff Picks Part II
Our second installment of staff picks features a variety of high-quality products...

6/1/2011



Top-10 Most-Wanted Construction Toys
When TDmonthly Magazine interviewed 12 retailers around the country about their best-selling construction toys in Spring 2011, building sets from LEGO topped most lists...

6/1/2011



June Staff Picks Part III
The 13 products showcased in this third installment of June Staff Picks include cooperative games, talking monkeys, and more...

6/1/2011



Top-10 Most-Wanted Licensed Toys
In late Spring 2011, TDmonthly interviewed 12 retailers about their best-selling licensed toys. There was one property that was mentioned almost across the board: Star Wars...

6/1/2011



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (6/6/2011 - 6/10/2011)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store...

6/1/2011



In This Issue
See brief article summaries from the June issue of TDmonthly Magazine...

6/1/2011



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (5/31/2011 - 6/3/2011)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store...

6/1/2011



Top-Selling Mass-Market Toys
You may sell specialty, but it's important to watch the mass-market to keep abreast of new trends. See our list of mass-market best-sellers, updated daily...

6/1/2011



Toys in the News: 06-30-11
ASTRA has announced their 2011 Best Toys for Kids list...

6/1/2011



ASTRA Preview: Educational and Developmental Toys
View Educational and Developmental toys from companies who will be attending the ASTRA Marketplace & Academy...

6/1/2011



ASTRA Preview: Fun For Under $20
These cost-effective toys from companies attending the 2011 ASTRA Marketplace & Academy don't skimp on the fun...

6/1/2011



ASTRA Preview: New Twists on Classic Toys
These new products put a fun spin on classic toys and games...

6/1/2011



ASTRA Preview: Outdoor Fun and Action Toys
These toys from companies who are exhibiting at the ASTRA Marketplace & Academy encourage kids to exercise their bodies and minds...

6/1/2011



ASTRA Preview: Plush Toys
View Plush toys from companies who will be attending the ASTRA Marketplace & Academy...

6/1/2011



ASTRA Preview: New Companies
Check out products from some of the newer companies who will be exhibiting at this year's ASTRA Marketplace & Academy...

6/1/2011



Schoenhut Toy Pianos: History in Music
Founded in 1872 by Albert Schoenhut, the award-winning Schoenhut Toy Piano Company has moved into the 21st century with finesse...

5/1/2011



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-Selling Mass-Market Toys
You may sell specialty, but it's important to watch the mass-market to keep abreast of new trends. See our list of mass-market best-sellers, updated daily...

5/1/2011



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
See all the new specialty toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

5/1/2011



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

5/1/2011



Get These Toys BEFORE They’re Hot!
What’s a one-word explanation of the difference between 2010 and 2011? Excitement...

5/1/2011



Top-10 Most-Wanted Bath Toys
When TDmonthly Magazine asked retailers what their best-selling bath toys were, 11 of the 12 surveyed mentioned products by ALEX-PANLINE USA INC...

5/1/2011



Top-5 Most-Wanted Travel Toys and Games
Summer vacation is approaching, so TDmonthly asked retailers about their best-selling Travel Toys and Games...

5/1/2011



Top-10 Most-Wanted Infant & Toddler Toys
TDmonthly surveyed retailers in late Spring 2011 to find out what the hottest toys were in the infant & toddler category...

5/1/2011



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



How to Deal With Studs and Duds
Whether you've picked a stud or a dud, hit toys and flops can each cause problems...

5/1/2011



Manage Your Time, Part I: Create More Time
The holidays are coming, there are 400 boxes to unpack, payroll is due, a trade show is around the corner, and your manager just came down with the flu...

5/1/2011



Manage Your Time, Part II: Preparation & Vacation
One of the prime reasons to take time to organize is so that you'll avoid some of the costliest mistakes of running a toy store: over-ordering, under-ordering and ordering too late or too early...

5/1/2011



How to Maximize Your Online Presence
If you're not online yet, you know you should be. If you are online, you're probably not getting as much out of it as you could be...

5/1/2011



How to Create a Commission Structure That Motivates
I believe in commissioning sales. Whether that means employees get an hourly rate and a % of sales they make like Sandy, a bonus at the end of the month or a chance to win at trip. Call it what you want but the best bosses share the wealth, not hoard it...

5/1/2011



The Hub Channel And Its Competitors
The Hub Channel is a very interesting new venture from the side of Hasbro and very much inline with their strategy to reach the consumer directly- their fourth link after video games, movies, and their own website...

5/1/2011



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (5/23/2011 - 5/27/2011)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store...

5/1/2011



May Staff Picks
TDmonthly Magazine's May Staff Picks brings you new toys from the WTHRA show and beyond...

5/1/2011



How to Turn Motherhood Into Money
Added to the challenges of parenthood are the myriad small problems that complicate your daily routine. Some moms turn those problems into solutions and the solutions into products...

5/1/2011



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (5/16/2011 - 5/20/2011)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store...

5/1/2011



In This Issue
See brief article summaries from the May issue of TDmonthly Magazine...

5/1/2011



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (5/9/2011 - 5/13/2011)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store...

5/1/2011



Toys in the News: 05-27-11
Disney Interactive Studios is developing Disney Universe, a multiplayer action adventure game, for PlayStation3, Xbox 360, Wii and Windows PC/MAC...

5/1/2011



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (5/2/2011 - 5/6/2011)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store...

5/1/2011



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (4/25/2011 - 4/29/2011)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store...

5/1/2011



What Is an Eco-Friendly Baby Toy?
Most manufacturers claim to have eco-friendly baby toys. But what does that mean for kids and the environment?...

4/1/2011



The Worst Advice Ever ...
Opening and running a small business not only creates anxiety in the proprietors, but in family, friends and total strangers. Sometimes, this superfluity of emotion erupts in well-meant advice that doesn't really do anyone any good...

4/1/2011



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
See all the new specialty toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

4/1/2011



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

4/1/2011



Top-10 Most-Wanted Outdoor Toys
When TDmonthly Magazine quizzed 15 specialty retailers about their best-selling outdoor toys, the results were clear...

4/1/2011



Top-10 New Toys at the WTHRA Show
The WTHRA Show in Long Beach this year was marked by innovation. From plastic potato-chip-shaped pieces that can be used to build kickable balls and sets of armor to a dollhouse that folds into a small cardboard box to a doll that mimics parents...

4/1/2011



Toy Fair Wrap-Up
TDmonthly's seasoned toy experts were on the floor at Toy Fair 2011, and on the lookout for the latest trends, hottest toys, and intriguing newcomers...

4/1/2011



Toy Fair 2011 Top Trends
TDmonthly Magazine's toy experts went to the American International Toy Fair to scope out the year's hottest trends...

4/1/2011



Let's Get Physical
Some speculated that the number of toys encouraging movement and outdoor fun were a result of Michelle Obama's “Let's Move” campaign...

4/1/2011



Mass-Market Madness
Every year there are mass-market manufacturers who put out toys that get lots of attention, even before Toy Fair...

4/1/2011



Specialty Standouts
Of course the mainstream, mass-market toys caught a lot of buzz at Toy Fair in New York. But what about the little guys?...

4/1/2011



Toy Fair And The Year Ahead
This year, several specialty items caught attendees' attention by the merits of their design and execution alone...

4/1/2011



How to Pick a Winner
Nobody intentionally buys a dud toy. But it happens!...

4/1/2011



How to Survive a Hit or a Flop
Most specialty toy-store owners aren't ready for a major toy craze when it hits...

4/1/2011



Get More Out of Less Time
Is your day too busy to think about what you're doing next...

4/1/2011



Want to Find a Good Retail Location? Check the Trash
If you want to open a retail business because you, “think it will be fun,” “want something to do,” or feel a need for “a change,” don’t do it. It would be like going into a bar at closing time, finding the worst possible person for you and then marrying them. If you think a divorce could be messy, wait until you see what happens to get out of a five or ten-year lease...

4/1/2011



April Staff Picks
TDmonthly Magazine's April Staff Picks is full of unique finds. Use mosaics to create fun toy crowns— for boys— with Sticky Mosaics Crowns of Kings. Get a much closer look at nature with the MicroViewer 200x, or snuggle up with the self-assured Squaredy Cats from Gund...

4/1/2011



The Nintendo 3DS – Will It Rescue the Video Game Space?
Hand-held game consoles have been in the doldrums for a good while, and the advent of the Nintendo 3DS is widely expected to change all this. But will it?...

4/1/2011



Video Report From the WTHRA Show
Once again, TDmonthly Magazine sent its video crew to the WTHRA show — the west coast's favorite toy-trade event...

4/1/2011



In This Issue
See brief article summaries from the April issue of TDmonthly Magazine...

4/1/2011



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (4/18/2011 - 4/22/2011)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store...

4/1/2011



Toys in the News: 04-29-11
The Encore Group, currently holder of the license to use the Russ Berrie brand name, has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy...

4/1/2011



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (4/11/2011 - 4/15/2011)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store...

4/1/2011



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (4/04/2011 - 4/08/2011)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store...

4/1/2011



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (3/28/2011 - 4/01/2011)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store...

4/1/2011



WTHRA Coverage
TDmonthly Magazine will be traveling to Long Beach later this month to cover the Western Toy & Hobby Representatives Association trade show...

3/1/2011



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
See all the new specialty toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

3/1/2011



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

3/1/2011



How to Pick a Winner
Learn a strategy for determining whether a game will be fun enough and involving enough to keep your customers' interest. Find out how hit movies can affect toy sales...

3/1/2011



Stay Ahead of the Holidays
Since the Christmas holiday season is the busiest of the year for toy-store owners, how you handle it can make or break your year...

3/1/2011



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



How to Spot a Bully
All of us who are parents believe that our child, who is sweet and lovable at home, behaves and shows the utmost respect while at school...

3/1/2011



Toy Videos From Toy Fair 2011
Watch new videos of games from Buffalo Games, Silly Slapz from Silly Bandz, RC toys from Wild Creations and more...

3/1/2011



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (3/21/2011 - 3/25/2011)
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...

3/1/2011



March Staff Picks
Bring the carnival to your backyard with the new Cycle Fly'r, teach kids about animal rescue with a game from Petsapalooza, or use one of six trillion card combinations to create a story with The Storymatic...

3/1/2011



Top New Specialty Tech Toys at Toy Fair
Although specialty toy manufacturers and retailers are devoted to products that stimulate learning and imagination through active rather than passive play, some companies were able to integrate these trends into their low-tech concepts...

3/1/2011



In This Issue
See brief article summaries from the March issue of TDmonthly Magazine...

3/1/2011



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (3/14/2011 - 3/18/2011)
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...

3/1/2011



Toy Fair Coverage 2011
Visit our Blog for Exclusive Daily Videos and Pictures of the Hottest Toys of Toy Fair...

3/1/2011



Avoid Redundancy in Your Toy Store
For a retailer, redundancy is costly – that’s your money sitting there! How many redundant products do you have on your shelf?...

3/1/2011



Toys in the News: 03-31-11
Consumer Alert: CPSC Warns of Deadly Danger with Water Walking Balls...

3/1/2011



Top-10 Toys at Toy Fair 2011
Out of the thousands of toys presented by more than 1,000 exhibitors at the American International Toy Fair in New York, several hotly anticipated toys have emerged into the media spotlight...

3/1/2011



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (3/7/2011 - 3/11/2011)
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...

3/1/2011



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (3/1/2011 - 3/4/2011)
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...

3/1/2011



Top-10 Girls Toys at Toy Fair 2011
Over 1,000 exhibitors showed their products at the American International Toy Fair in New York this week- these toys for girls were the standouts...

3/1/2011



Top-10 Boy Toys at Toy Fair 2011
One of the most prevalent trends this year at the American International Toy Fair in New York was the huge amount of movie-tie ins. This seemed to be especially true of the most talked about boys' toys...

3/1/2011



2011: The Year of Social Toys
In an exclusive video interview with TDmonthly Magazine, Reyne Rice, Toy Trend Specialist for the TIA, confirmed early suspicions that 2011 is the year of the app...

3/1/2011



Most Anticipated Toys of 2011
When TDmonthly’s regional correspondents asked 14 specialty toy retailers what toys they most anticipated for 2011, three mentioned Perplexus by Plasmart...

2/1/2011



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (1/31/2011 - 2/4/2011)
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...

2/1/2011



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

2/1/2011



Toy Fair Videos!
Whether you made it to Toy Fair or not, TDmonthly is coming back with dozens of videos of the latest and greatest toys for you to peruse...

2/1/2011



Addict Customers With Pricing and Knowledge
Nobody needs a toy to live, but you need to sell as many as possible to keep up your livelihood...

2/1/2011



How to Make Your Store Special
While sex appeal may seem out of place in a toy store, most paying customers and staff are adults and are at least subliminally aware of some sort of attraction...

2/1/2011



The Holidays Are Coming ... Sooner Than You Think
Successful retailers don't leave anything to chance...

2/1/2011



What Every Retailer Ought to Know About Five-Finger Discounts
Yes, employees stealing. Oh, I know, not yours. I used to think so myself until…I was working with a small boutique hotel...

2/1/2011



A Taste of Toy Fair
Get ready for Toy Fair 2011 by acquainting yourself with some of the newest companies and products...

2/1/2011



February Staff Picks
Leave a new personalized message every day in your child's lunchbox with Princess Linens' Doodlebugz Crayola Chalkboard Lunchbox, customize classic board games from I Built It Games, and create music with instruments by Zither Heaven made from sustainable wood...

2/1/2011



In This Issue
See brief article summaries from the February issue of TDmonthly Magazine...

2/1/2011



Disney and Warner – who is winning?
In September 2009, just after the acquisition of Marvel by Disney, I suggested that this acquisition was a defensive move from the side of Disney because they saw Time Warner encroaching upon their territory. Where are the two companies now, 16 months later?...

2/1/2011



Products from Toy Fair 2011 Exhibitors
Braving New York snow this year? Get your reward by playing with new and best-selling items at the booths below:...

2/1/2011



Toys in the News: 02-28-11
Pillow Pets has launched a new interactive website...

2/1/2011



Toy Market 4Q and 2011
The toy space in the fourth quarter 2010 was an interesting place. One upside factor was online toy sales which, to judge what I hear from friends in the industry, were up by some 10%...

1/1/2011



How We Reel 'Em In (and Keep 'Em)
If you own a specialty toy store, you know you have to scour the globe for unique merchandise...

1/1/2011



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
See all the new specialty toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

1/1/2011



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

1/1/2011



January Staff Picks
Kids construct a fun day with new LaQ Zodiac Collection and Nanodots magnetic constructors...

1/1/2011



What We Want From Toy Fair
When TDmonthly Magazine's regional correspondents first surveyed retailers across the country about their Toy Fair plans in 2006, roughly half said they were planning to brave potential blizzard in their quest to find something new and different...

1/1/2011



Innovations of 2010
According to 16 specialty toy store owners during 4Q 2010 by TDmonthly Magazine, the most notable trend last year was a move away from innovation and technology toward simplicity and value...

1/1/2011



Top Halloween Gifts
Of 23 specialty retailers interviewed by TDmonthly Magazine's regional correspondents about their top-selling Halloween items, only 14 saw sales that were specific to that holiday...

1/1/2011



In This Issue
See brief article summaries from the January issue of TDmonthly Magazine...

1/1/2011



Toys in the News: 1-28-11
MAC Cosmetics to Launch Wonder Woman Line...

1/1/2011



Keep Cash Flowing Freely
Poorly managed cash flow and inventory can suck a store under, especially when business slumps...

1/1/2011



Make Inventory Work for You
By its very nature, inventory restricts cash flow...

1/1/2011



How to Buy at a Trade Show
Information is power. Lew Platt, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, once famously said: “If HP knew what HP knows, we would be three times as profitable!” Information is all around us but the trick is, what to do with it...

1/1/2011



Stop Managing Time, and Start Managing Yourself
You can’t manage time. Time just is...

1/1/2011



You Coulda Been First — Toy Fair Debuts That Keep on Selling
If you were at Toy Fair from 2006 to 2010, your store could have been the first to feature such award-winning and hot-selling products as Hexbugs, ZipBins, Zoobies and Wild Creations' Eco-Aquariums...

1/1/2011



Get Ready for Xmas!
You haven't even replenished your shelves from the 2010 holidays yet, but it's not too soon to start planning for 4Q 2011...

1/1/2011



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (1/24/2011 - 1/28/2011)
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...

1/1/2011



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (1/17/2011 - 1/21/2011)
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...

1/1/2011



Toy Fair at Your Door
Whether you're braving the NYC cold or staying home this year, TDmonthly Magazine will bring Toy Fair to you once again via our on-site video coverage...

1/1/2011



Price High, Sell More
The trick to pricing isn't to find the lowest price, but to find the price the excites the customer. From perceived bargains to perceived quality, it's all a matter of psychology and numbers...

1/1/2011



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (1/10/2011 - 1/14/2011)
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...

1/1/2011



How to Hook Your Customers
It's wonderful when a new customer walks in your door. But how do you make sure he or she returns...

1/1/2011



Set Your Store Apart
With all the online toy stores competing for your customers' dollars, it's more essential than ever that your brick-and-mortar presence be unforgettable...

1/1/2011



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (1/3/2011 - 1/7/2011)
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...

1/1/2011



The House Jakks Built - Sequel
Eighteen months ago I wrote an article in this space on "The House that Jakks built". I then postulated that Jakks had two major skills...

12/1/2010



Toys in the News: 12-30-10
'Toy Story 3' named highest-grossing film of 2010...

12/1/2010



Why Gambling Is Good
What do dogs and arks and gambling have to do with toy sales?...

12/1/2010



In This Issue
See brief article summaries from the December issue of TDmonthly Magazine...

12/1/2010



What You Miss By Missing Toy Fair
Thinking about saving a few bucks and staying home in February? January's TDmonthly Magazine will SHOW you why that decision might not be financially wise...

12/1/2010



See What's Coming in 2011 — Toy Fair Preview
Do you wish they had an Advent Calendar for adults, so you could count down the days to Toy Fair?...

12/1/2010



How and What to Buy at Trade Shows
You've spent a lot of time and money to make it onto the show floor: Now find out how to make that investment profitable...

12/1/2010



December Staff Picks
New craft kits allow kids to batik their own shirts and bake their own cups...

12/1/2010



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
See all the new specialty toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

12/1/2010



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

12/1/2010



How to Organize Your Workspace
We often get questions about personal work areas: “What is the best way to organize a desk space, bookshelves, and my whole office? What special gadgets or tools can help me organize the work most efficiently?...

12/1/2010



Ostriches Never Win
Remember how Kirstie Alley famously lost weight the same time as Valery Bertinelli in 2007? Valerie has kept the weight off, Kirstie has put on more than ever...

12/1/2010



Our Best Sellers: 26 Nationwide Retailers
In the autumn of 2010, TDmonthly Magazine interviewed 26 retailers across the nation about their three top sellers...

12/1/2010



How to Have the Hottest Holiday Toys
While parents battle each other over the last Lalaloopsy doll at the big-box store, or fill their pockets with Squinkies, you can offer simliar items to moms and dads on a search for something just a little different...

12/1/2010



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (12/27/10 - 12/31/10)
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...

12/1/2010



How to Find Your Soul Employees, Part I: Hiring
Ask Creative Kidstuff CEO Roberta Bonoff what the key to success is and she can boil it down to one word: staff...

12/1/2010



How to Find Your Soul Employees, Part II: Training
Once you've found the right people, how do you teach them all they need to know about toys?...

12/1/2010



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (12/1/10 - 12/3/10)
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...

12/1/2010



In This Issue
See brief article summaries from the November issue of TDmonthly Magazine...

11/1/2010



Toys in the News: 11-30-10
If Pretty Ugly LLC has its way, 2011 may be the year of the Ugly Doll...

11/1/2010



Watch Videos from the ABC Kids Expo 2010
This month, TDmonthly brings you highlights from the ABC Kids Expo in Las Vegas...

11/1/2010



How to Be Irresistible and Unforgettable, Part II: Become Essential
It's not only toy-store owners who have no time. The more you do for your customers, the more they won't want to live without you...

11/1/2010



How to Manage Your Time in Three-D
For many years I have been teaching about the horizontal and vertical aspects of productivity. “Horizontal” represents the ability to quiet distractions and maintain a complete and total inventory of things to do across the whole spectrum of our day-to-day engagements...

11/1/2010



Retailers Tell You How to Find Your Niche
For more than a year, TDmonthly has been interviewing specialty retailers about how they carved a place for themselves in their communities...

11/1/2010



Face Reality and Get Organized
In December, TDmonthly Magazine enlists two guest experts -- David Allen and Bob Phibbs...

11/1/2010



November Staff Picks
MAYFAIR GAMES INC celebrates the 15th anniversary of it's award winning Settlers of Catan while Silly Bandz spooks its fan with a Halloween pack...

11/1/2010



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
See all the new specialty toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

11/1/2010



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

11/1/2010



VIDEOS: Retailers Talk Up Top Sellers - The Newcomers
This time of year, you don't have time to talk to every customer about every toy. That's why TDmonthly Magazine lets other specialty toy-store owners from across the country do the selling for yo...

11/1/2010



VIDEOS: Retailers Talk Up Top Sellers - The Classics
Use the following TDmonthly Magazine videos and let other storeowners train your holiday staff about toys that have made your holidays bright for 5 years or more...

11/1/2010



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

11/1/2010



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (11/22/10 - 11/30/10)
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...

11/1/2010



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (11/15/10 - 11/19/10)
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...

11/1/2010



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (11/8/10 - 11/12/10)
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...

11/1/2010



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (11/1/10 - 11/5/10)
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...

11/1/2010



What's HOT: Toys That Draw the Masses
What are the most buzzed-about toys right now? Online sales show Squinkies from Blip Toys and Sing-a-ma-Jigs from Fisher Price to be the hottest...

10/1/2010



Finding Toys for Kids on the Autistic Spectrum
Engaging children on the autistic spectrum is often challenging for teachers, therapists and parents. Although the techniques and particular toys vary, experts agree...

10/1/2010



TDmonthly Goes Inside ... Kazoodles, Vancouver, WA
Bob and Mary Sisson had to drive all the way from Vancouver, Wash., to Portland, Ore., to buy toys for their grandchildren because there were no quality toy stores in their hometown. That's when they had an epiphany:...

10/1/2010



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

10/1/2010



Will Thomas the Train Rescue Mega Brands?
Mega Brands has for the first time in years had two consecutive growth quarters in their toy sector. This comes after a grim struggle to get out of the hole dug by their RoseArt acquisition back in 2005 and the subsequent recalls of Magnetix...

10/1/2010



Toys in the News: 10-29-10
Using the glowing blue and black color scheme from the movie, Disney's new Tron toys include headphones, a mouse, a keyboard, Xbox and Wii controllers, a pen set and an iPod dock surrounded by a glowing blue disc...

10/1/2010



In This Issue
See brief article summaries from the October issue of TDmonthly Magazine...

10/1/2010



Stop Micro-Managing Your Mind
One of the greatest traps in growing a business is also a pitfall for self management: if you don’t trust your system, you can’t let go of operational details and you’ll limit your ability to create at a bigger level...

10/1/2010



October Staff Picks
Aurora World Inc. adds a Halloween twist to its much-loved YooHoo & Friends line, and O.B. Designs rolls out a whimsical plush carryall...

10/1/2010



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
See all the new specialty toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

10/1/2010



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

10/1/2010



How Groupons Can Bust Your Business
Just because millions of merchants have fallen under the spell of Groupon, a PR juggernaut, and their like, it doesn’t mean you should. It’s a killer alright, a profit-killer...

10/1/2010



Design a Buying Space, Part I: Start Outside
Your toy store may be filled with child-friendly murals and even an open play area, but if customers walk out empty-handed, the store's design is not doing its job...

10/1/2010



Design a Buying Space, Part II: Be Buyer Friendly
Though you may want to cram your store full of wonderful products and ingenious displays, Tom Moseman of Envirosell, Inc. — a company that videotapes shoppers to see what they buy or avoid and why — said customers want to be able to find a product quickly and be on their way...

10/1/2010



Design a Buying Space, Part III: Analysis
When analyzing your sales per square foot, you can try comparing it to equivalent stores to evaluate your success. Jonathan Brandow, principal of BizMiner, an industry reporting agency, recommends requesting 10K reports from the Securities Exchange Commission on publicly traded toy stores...

10/1/2010



How to Handle a Man
Men buy differently than women. For one thing, they're apt to wait until the last week before the holidays before they get serious and show up in your store...

10/1/2010



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (10/25/10 - 10/29/10)
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 (10/18/10 - 10/22/10)
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



How to Hire and Keep Your Dream Staff
Find out why you might want to offer new hires money to quit...

10/1/2010



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 (10/1/10 - 10/8/10)
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



Top-10 Most-Wanted Toys and Games
Toy sales are experiencing a radical shift as summer turns to fall, an August 2010 survey of 43 specialty retailers revealed...

9/1/2010



What's HOT: Toys That Draw the Masses
What are the hottest toys on the market? Online sales reveal that Vtech, Baby Einstein, Munchkin and Manhattan Toy are among the most sought-after brands...

9/1/2010



How to Use Mommy Blogs to Promote Your Products
In August, the sixth annual BlogHer Conference was hosted in New York City with sold-out attendance...

9/1/2010



Don't Sabotage Your Business With Busy-ness
Recently while coaching a leader, I discovered another level of the busy trap — the syndrome: “If I can just do something that feels like I’m working with focus, I don’t have to deal with the angst about all the other stuff I should be doing.”...

9/1/2010



Toys in the News: 9-29-10
Chorion has introduced a new Little Miss character, Little Miss Princess, in honor of the Mr. Men and Little Miss brands' 40th anniversary in 2011...

9/1/2010



Design a Buying Space
In the October issue of TDmonthly Magazine, experts in retail flow, fixture design and even feng shui will help you learn about how a retail environment can make customers buy more...

9/1/2010



How to Be Irresistible and Unforgettable
This November, you'll see for yourself why certain logos work and others don't...

9/1/2010



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
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9/1/2010



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
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9/1/2010



Kids Get Pampered at California Gift Show
TDmonthly Magazine sent its video crew to the California Gift Show this summer to sleuth around for new toys and products for kids and babies...

9/1/2010



Retailing Tips: How to Get Rapid Turnover for Quick Profits
Quick turnover and tight inventory control help you stay afloat in a bleak economic climate...

9/1/2010



TDmonthly Goes Inside: Toy Castle, Jonesboro, Ark.
TDmonthly Magazine sent its video crew all the way to Jonesboro, Ark. to take a peek inside Toy Castle...

9/1/2010



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

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



Retailer Spotlight: Figpickels Toy Emporium
For Figpickels Toy Emporium, the name came first. “The name Figpickels came from Granny’s cookbook!” Proprietors Brett and Susan Sommer...

9/1/2010



My Best Sellers: Figpickels Toy Emporium
At Figpickels Toy Emporium in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, “please don’t touch” is never part of the vocabulary. Customers are encouraged to play with toys and shoot each other with rubber band guns...

9/1/2010



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (9/1/10 - 9/10/10)
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



How to Start a Toy Store, Part I: Locations, Teams and Business Plans
Whether you're a long-time toy retailer considering a second or third location, or a newbie starting out, a few steps can't be omitted if your goal is continued success in the toy business...

9/1/2010



How to Start a Toy Store, Part II: Find the Right Toys
If you're opening a toy store, you probably love toys, and so you might assume that choosing the right ones for your store would be easy...

9/1/2010



August Staff Picks
Mishidesign transforms play with an adaptable wooden baby walker that later converts to a ride-on and even a trolley for older children's playtime...

8/1/2010



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
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8/1/2010



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
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8/1/2010



Roundtable Reviewers Paint Positive Reviews of Young Picasso Kit
TDmonthly Magazine’s Grade School Roundtable created masterpieces with Noodle Head Inc.’s Young Picasso Art Kit...

8/1/2010



Retailer Spotlight: Totally Thomas' Toy Depot
In 1992, Totally Thomas Toy Depot in San Diego, Calif., became the first store devoted to Thomas the Tank Engine...

8/1/2010



How to Research, Patent and Pitch Your Idea
So you want to invent the next great idea? One thing to keep in mind: “Do what you love, and write what you know,” or so I have been told...

8/1/2010



Top-10 Most-Wanted Toys: August 2010
BCP Imports’ Silly Bandz remains the top seller for specialty stores, a July 2010 TDmonthly Magazine survey of 38 retailers revealed...

8/1/2010



Toys in the News: 8-30-10
Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products and Claire's are teaming to launch an exclusive "Glee"-inspired jewelry collection...

8/1/2010



Place Holiday Orders With Rebates & Discounts
The following six vendors are members of the newly instituted TD Rebate Program! Mention the Rebate Code and get 1% to 4% cash back on your wholesale orders...

8/1/2010



What's HOT: Toys That Draw the Masses
Want to know the hottest toys out there? Online buying activity reveals that Silly Bandz from BCP Imports, LeapFrog, LEGO and Melissa & Doug are among the most popular playthings...

8/1/2010



What's HOT: Toys That Draw the Masses, Part 2
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8/1/2010



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (8/23/10 - 8/30/10)
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...

8/1/2010



The National Parenting Center Announces Seal of Approval Winners
The National Parenting Center has released the full list of its 20th Fall Seal of Approval recipients...

8/1/2010



Experience Comic-Con 2010 — on Video!
Comic-Con 2010 was filled with fun characters, new exhibitors and Hollywood celebs — "Twlight" screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg and indy animator Bill Plympton — sharing their plans with attendees. TDmonthly Magazine's video crew was there, too, to bring you back a taste of the show...

8/1/2010



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
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7/1/2010



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
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7/1/2010



WATCH VIDEOS: ASTRA Marketplace 2010
Equating Rhode Island's "intimate setting, and its celebration of self-determination and reinvention" with the specialty toy market's top qualities, organizers at ASTRA chose the smallest state to host their biggest event...

7/1/2010



Careers in Toy Design: Freelance vs. Full Time
Almost everyone in toy and entertainment design asks himself at some point, “Should I work full time for a toy company, or freelance and start my own thing?”...

7/1/2010



Mayfair Games Plays to Hobbyists and Families
The world’s largest publisher of railroad games is building a bridge between families and hobby gamers. Mayfair Games hopes to make titles such as Hey, That's My Fish appeal to both uber-gamers and...

7/1/2010



Place an Order, Get a Rebate!
The 4th-quarter rush is coming! Throughout the month of August, multiple vendors will be presented as an extension of TOYDIRECTORY and TDmonthly Magazine's new Retailer Rebate Program...

7/1/2010



Steps to the Next Great Idea
In the August issue of TDmonthly Magazine, toy designer Peter Wachtel, who's created playthings for Hasbro, Mattel and MGA Entertainment, shares the ins and outs of inventing...

7/1/2010



WATCH VIDEOS: TDmonthly Goes Inside ... Thinker Things, Calif.
Jane Naisbitt, an elementary school teacher, opened Thinker Things toy store in Del Mar, Calif., in 1974, when son John was still in high school. Jane chose educational and fun toys to stock her shelves...

7/1/2010



WATCH VIDEOS: TDmonthly Goes Inside ... Aunt Jean's Toys & Treats
When Jeanette Lature opened Aunt Jean's Toys and Treats in 2007, she looked for toys that she'd want to play with herself and those that allowed kids to bring their imaginations to the game...

7/1/2010



Retailer Spotlight: Dancing Bear Toys Ltd.
The Evers family dubs Dancing Bear Toys Ltd. an “upside-down” family business. In 1989, Sarah Evers began working for the store’s previous owner, and four years later the shop went on the market...

7/1/2010



Retailing Tips: Buying for the Holidays
With the economy still a giant question mark, toy retailers head into the Christmas buying season unsure of how much inventory they will need...

7/1/2010



In This Issue
See brief article summaries as you dive into the July issue of TDmonthly Magazine...

7/1/2010



Toys in the News: 7-30-10
Stevanne Auerbach, PhD, known as Dr. Toy, has revealed the winners of the fourth annual Dr. Toy Best Green Product Awards...

7/1/2010



All Baby & Child Turns to Moms and Social Media
For All Baby & Child, Inc., founders of the All Baby & Child Spring Education Conference and the fall ABC Kids Expo, 2010 is shaping up to be another successful year...

6/1/2010



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



Visit Aunt Jean's Toys & Treats
Take a trip to Aunt Jean's Toys & Treats in Montclair, N.J., in the July issue of TDmonthly Magazine. Owner Jeanette Lauture explains on video what makes her store unique...

6/1/2010



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
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6/1/2010



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
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6/1/2010



June Staff Picks
Kids can practice fine-motor skills while exercising the brain with Twisterz Toys' line of ring-turning tubes that build words, tell stories and match letters to colorful images...

6/1/2010



Patents in the Toy and Game Industry: Part 3
Sometimes, rights to exclusivity are simple to enforce. In a straightforward case, an infringer may simply not be aware of the patent...

6/1/2010



Retailer Spotlight: Key West Toy Factory
In 2005, as the Gonzon family was planning to move from Lewes, Del., to Key West, Fla., to open a new toy store, nature intervened...

6/1/2010



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



Retailing Tips: How and When to Upsell Customers
Specialty toy retailers walk a fine line when it comes to upselling customers...

6/1/2010



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
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5/1/2010



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

5/1/2010



Patents in the Toy and Game Industry: Part 2
Regardless of a toy’s path, strategic use of the patent system can help toy companies of any niche and size...

5/1/2010



Embracing the Art of Upselling
Some storeowners believe upselling is a questionable practice — a way of forcing customers into buying something they might regret...

5/1/2010



Retailer Spotlight: Jillie Beans Toys & More
Owner Valerie Elsea of Jillie Beans Toys & More in Westminster, Colo., has found that the store’s namesake, her 9-year-old Jillian, is a terrific buying assistant for products for tween girls...

5/1/2010



Retailing Tips: What Matters in Merchandising
Thirty-eight specialty toy retailers across the nation were asked about the best merchandising tip they’ve ever received, or an approach that’s been the golden ticket for their store. Let customers play, they told TDmonthly, and don’t be afraid to shake things up...

4/1/2010



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
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4/1/2010



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
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4/1/2010



Retailer Spotlight: Club Tabby
Club Tabby lets little girls’ dreams come true for a day. Whether they want to be a movie star, rock star or princess, they can feel pampered and be the center of attention with parties and makeovers, or while shopping in a boutique that offers everything...

4/1/2010



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



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



Western States Toy Show Gets a Boost in New Venue
The Western States Toy & Hobby Show isn't known for high traffic or bustling activity ... But this year, ditching its 20-year post at the fairgrounds in Pomona, Calif., for the more tourist-friendly shores of Long Beach, the expo regained momentum...

4/1/2010



In This Issue
This issue is rather dark, given reports of a gothic haze over the IDEX doll convention, a review of a vampire guide that's sure to keep fans of Twilight's Edward and Bella in the know, and Kamhi World's crazy-cute, blood-thirsty Vamplets...

3/1/2010



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
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3/1/2010



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
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3/1/2010



WTHRA Show Wows the WEST
The annual Western States Toy and Hobby Show is heading to the Long Beach Convention Center at the end of March, and so are we! TDmonthly Magazine's crew will be there to get updates...

3/1/2010



Watch Videos From Toy Fair 2010!
These passionate toymakers braved the Northeastern weather and forewent a traditional Valentine's Day to bring their dreams to market at Toy Fair 2010...

3/1/2010



Retailer Spotlight: Shenanigans
In 1973, Kai Rady was a new mom in a new town. She and her husband had just moved to Charlottesville, Va., and discovered there was a shortage of good toys available in the area to stimulate and entertain their young son...

3/1/2010



TIA President Predicts Surge of Creativity in Toys
The fourth quarter of 2009 took the toy industry by surprise as customers swept clean the shelves of toy stores across the nation. The lead-paint and safety scares of 2007 had mostly faded from memory, and even recession fears began to recede...

3/1/2010



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



More Toy Videos to Beat the Cold
Snow and rain can keep kids inside during February, so take a look at some toys that will make home feel cozy and fun...

2/1/2010



Toy Fair 2010's Hottest Products: Day 1
Come fall, puppy dogs will join the Twitter revolution with a special Puppy Tweets collar attachment from Mattel, and word-loving Scrabble fanatics will...

2/1/2010



Toy Fair 2010's Hottest Products: Day 2
See TDmonthly Magazine's day-by-day coverage of Toy Fair 2010 and follow-up videos and reports in our March 2010 issue. Hasbro is planning on a Fall 2010 release of new Transformers Battle Ops toys, bringing them to life with electronic lights and sounds while 1 Bakugan and 6 Bakugan Traps band...

2/1/2010



Toy Fair 2010's Hottest Products: Day 3
See TDmonthly Magazine's day-by-day coverage of Toy Fair 2010 and follow-up videos and reports in our March 2010 issue. With upcoming kid and teen movies How to Train Your Dragon from Dreamworks, Pixar's Toy Story 3, and Disney's Tangled come a massive collection of licensed action figures, play sets, and...

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



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
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2/1/2010



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
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2/1/2010



Event Marketing Guru's Corner: Copywriting Skills for Success, Part I
A fundamental skill for all businesses and organizations is to use language effectively in sales and marketing materials. ... The purpose of copywriting is to persuade the reader to act...

2/1/2010



February's Toy Videos Are All Heart
While kids are scribbling their Valentine's cards, they can take a look at these new toys, which are sure to set off a spark of love...

2/1/2010



TDmonthly Goes Inside ... Sparrow, Los Angeles
When Terrie Owen became pregnant with her daughter and couldn't find the kinds of eco-friendly, organic toys and products she wanted, she realized she'd stumbled onto a business...

2/1/2010



Mission-Minded Toymakers Touch Lives Around the World
Some toy companies practice charity all year long. Whether their mission is focused on social efforts or one that engages in specific charitable projects, they are wonderful examples of the importance of reaching out to make the world a better place...

1/1/2010



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
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1/1/2010



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

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



What You Won't Miss at Toy Fair
You aren't alone in your quest to find the best products at Toy Fair. TDmonthly Magazine's pre-show research and booth visits will yield daily reports Feb. 14-17 to guide you in the right direction...

1/1/2010



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



Retailing Tips: How to Tackle Toy Fair
If you’ve been in the toy industry long enough — or in any field that banks on multi-day market extravaganzas — you know the No. 1 rule for attending Toy Fair is to … yes, wear comfortable shoes!...

1/1/2010



Toy Fair: From the Exhibit Hall
Come Feb. 14, New York City's Javits Center will be abuzz with the latest toys and games from hundreds of exhibitors. To help you sort through the plethora of options, TDmonthly Magazine will provide daily updates...

12/1/2009



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
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12/1/2009



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
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12/1/2009



In This Issue
Before you drop everything and jump into next year’s research full force, make sure your store is on track with December inventory by searching our Holiday Roundup for great finds...

12/1/2009



Event Marketing Guru’s Corner: Where Networking Nets
The value of networking is one of the greatest benefits of the entire exhibition medium...

12/1/2009



X-Ball’s Magnetic Pieces Attract Creative Teens
TDmonthly Magazine's Teen Roundtable families had a blast with the X-Ball from Creative Whack Company...

12/1/2009



Hot Properties and Toys for the Ages
Go back to main article: "Award-Winning Toys for a Hassle-Free Holiday"...

12/1/2009



Retailing Tips: Crushing the Competition
About 25 percent of 40 specialty retailers polled by TDmonthly Magazine indicated this fall that the impact of mass-market stores on their business is greater than it was five years ago...

12/1/2009



TDmonthly's Greedy Grown-ups Xmas List
Here at TOYDIRECTORY and TDmonthly Magazine, we try not to let the kid in us come out too much...

12/1/2009



Retailer Spotlight: The Parent-Teacher Store & Toys Too
When self-professed “shopaholic” and preschool teacher Kimberly Kopatz learned last year that The Parent-Teacher Store & Toys Too in Louisville, Ky...

12/1/2009



My Best Sellers: The Parent-Teacher Store & Toys Too
At The Parent-Teacher Store & Toys Too! in Louisville, Ky., kids are happy to check out the “Toy Testing Area” in the back of the store, which includes a huge school house...

12/1/2009



Rubber Band Wars Break Out in Specialty
If you think dolls fight dirty, then you haven't been zapped by a silicone animal band...

12/1/2009



Specialty Items for your Specialty Store
Find some last-minute ideas for your retail store from our list of select vendors below. Many of the following new and notable products have special discounts...

12/1/2009



Specialty Items for Your Specialty Store
Find some last-minute ideas for your retail store from our list of select vendors...

11/1/2009



Wal-Mart Enters Holidays With Three-Tiered Toy Strategy
About a month ago I wrote in this space that Wal-Mart had embarked upon a dual-level product strategy as far as its toy department was concerned...

11/1/2009



Rubber Band Animals and Novelty Erasers Are Hot for the Holidays
With such gloomy economic forecasts, specialty storeowners must work even harder to differentiate their gift supply from the “hot” mass-market toys this holiday season...

11/1/2009



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
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11/1/2009



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
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11/1/2009



Event Marketing Guru’s Corner: The Seven Deadly Sins of Exhibit Selling
Event marketing professionals, beware these seven deadly killers of buying cycles. If you’re guilty of any combination of them, Danté might have prepared his own special place for you...

11/1/2009



Sharks Show Up on Holiday Videos
From a football game in a deck of cards to a pool table that welcomes sharks, these surprising games and toys encourage family fun...

11/1/2009



Zhu Zhu, Bakugan and Fashion Dolls Heat Up Holiday Toy Lists
There's no shortage of gloomy economic forecasts, nor is there a shortage of creativity, value and, yes, affordability coming from today's toymakers...

11/1/2009



Holiday Price Wars: Toys for $10 and Under
Wal-Mart, Target, Kmart, Toys “R” Us and other mass merchandisers have embarked on their usual seasonal price cuts on toys and other items for holiday sales...

11/1/2009



Top-10 Most-Wanted Novelties
If your specialty toy or gift store doesn’t carry Iwako erasers from BC Industries, you should take a second look at the sales of these tiny, collectible, puzzle erasers...

11/1/2009



TDmonthly Goes Inside … Can You Imagine
If you’re looking for boys’ toys, tween items, novelties and things that are just plain fun and imaginative, you might want to step into the Can You Imagine showroom...

11/1/2009



Safe and Eco-Friendly Shine at ABC Kids
Folkmanis was one of the many toy vendors at this year’s ABC Kids Expo in Las Vegas — a show that over the past several years has progressively attracted an audience beyond the traditional juvenile products market...

10/1/2009



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
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10/1/2009



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
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10/1/2009



In This Issue
Once again, TDmonthly Magazine brings you a video-focused issue, so you don't have to make buying decisions based on text and images alone...

10/1/2009



Holiday Toy Lists: What's Hot This Year
In the November issue of TDmonthly Magazine, see which toys and games are dominating the hot holiday lists for Christmas...

10/1/2009



Toy Fair Preview: Take 1
Get a head start on the 2010 American International Toy Fair, scheduled for Feb. 14-17 in New York City! TDmonthly Magazine's December issue will launch our annual Toy Fair Preview...

10/1/2009



Toys in the News: 10-30-09
All Baby & Child announced today that the ABC Kids Expo, held at the Las Vegas Convention Center in September, saw a 2.2-percent increase in buyer attendance this year...

10/1/2009



Private Labels Are Coming to Toy Land
A Nielsen report from late November 2008 states that sales of private-label brands in the United States in all categories grew to $81 billion in 2008, a 10.2 percent year-on-year increase versus 2007...

10/1/2009



Retailing Tips: Riding Out the Recession
There’s no time like a recession to try new things. At least that’s what the majority of 38 specialty retailers told TDmonthly Magazine about how they’ve approached 2009...

10/1/2009



Retailer Spotlight: Golden Apple Learning Store
When Barbara Hartman MacDougall opened The Golden Apple Learning Store in San Ramon, Calif., 30 years ago,...

10/1/2009



Resilience in the Recession
Recessions call for creativity, do they not? Many of the specialty toy-store owners who have spoken with TDmonthly Magazine have shown they're up to the challenge...

9/1/2009



Top-10 Most-Wanted Die-Cast Vehicles
In July 2009, TDmonthly Magazine interviewed 49 specialty retailers around the country about their sales in die-cast vehicles...

9/1/2009



September Videos Preview a Happy Holiday
This month’s videos give you a preview of how much fun kids will have during the holidays this year...

9/1/2009



Event Marketing Guru’s Corner: Marketing for Time’s Sake
Impressions — the number of people who see a marketing message — have traditionally been the metric used when selling sponsorships in the events and tradeshow industry...

9/1/2009



Toys in the News: 9-29-09
The Toy Industry Association and American International Toy Fair were honored at Trade Show Executive Magazine's "Gold 100" awards recognizing the largest U.S. trade shows...

9/1/2009



Fresh Videos Take Flight
Now's the time to order, so this month TDmonthly has a new batch of toy videos to help you make decisions for fourth quarter...

9/1/2009



In This Issue
Since holiday ordering may be more difficult than ever this year, TDmonthly Magazine has boosted its video coverage of new and best-selling toys, so you can see them up close and in action...

9/1/2009



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
See all the new specialty toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

9/1/2009



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
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9/1/2009



Retailer Spotlight: The Tutoring Toy
A desire to work together as a family first led Diane and Bill Sartain to investigate opening a toy store, and the opportunity to help parents understand the value of play clinched the deal in 1988...

9/1/2009



Retailing Tips: Revising Your Business Plan
A business plan is a living document, meant to be revised periodically. It is your one-, three- and five-year plan, which, at any given time, should reflect your plans for the next few years...

9/1/2009



My Funniest Toy Store Stories
Shortly after we started our Awesome Bucks reward program, a little boy came into the store. He was so small he couldn’t see over the counter...

9/1/2009



FREEBIES: No-Cost, High-Value Add-Ons
TDmonthly Magazine offers lots of unique, free ways for specialty retailers to help their customers learn more about what makes their toys an incredible value. This month marks TDmonthly's first-ever in-house VIDEO BLITZ...

9/1/2009



TDmonthly’s 2009 Award Finalists!
Toys, games and baby items poured in for the fall installment of TDmonthly Magazine’s 2009 awards program. The submissions have been narrowed by about 40 percent...

8/1/2009



My Funniest Toy Store Stories
Here are this month’s toy store stories, told by retailers just like you...

8/1/2009



August Videos Get You Moving
This month's videos let kids dance to their own music, learn on the fly, and play on the move...

8/1/2009



Toys in the News: 8-31-09
The Walt Disney Company and Marvel Entertainment have reached agreement for Disney to purchase the company of superheroes in a stock and cash deal...

8/1/2009



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
See all the new specialty toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

8/1/2009



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

8/1/2009



Event Marketing Guru’s Corner: Harvesting Leads for Sales
In TDmonthly Magazine’s July issue, Part I of this article series covered setting measurable objectives and creating a lead system that will allow event staff to collect the right information in preparation for follow-up with potential clients...

8/1/2009



Get Ready to Order: Holiday Specials
Below is a list of discounts and specials available to you from select toy and hobby suppliers who have been screened and are recommended by ToyDirectory.com, Inc...

8/1/2009



Top-10 Most-Wanted Baby Gifts
Recently, TDmonthly Magazine spoke to 47 specialty retailers about the most in-demand baby gifts at their stores...

8/1/2009



California Gift Show Specialty Products on Video
In July, TDmonthly Magazine's video crew headed for the L.A. Mart and California Gift Show, which combined forces to attract more than 22,000 buyers from across the nation...

8/1/2009



My Best Sellers: Moon Rabbit Toys
At Moon Rabbit Toys in Santa Fe, N.M., the focus is fun for all ages, and customers are encouraged to try out products before they buy them...

8/1/2009



Why Twitter May Be Worth the Time
Near the end of July, Flying Pig Games was celebrating its first order via Twitter — direct from a toy store that had recently been introduced to the new Jukem football card game during an in-store demo by the inventor...

8/1/2009



TDmonthly Goes Inside … Three Cheeky Monkeys, Los Angeles
Wallace Harvey bought Three Cheeky Monkeys in Los Angeles from the original owner seven years ago, after having worked as an employee in the store, he told TDmonthly Magazine...

8/1/2009



Top-10 Most-Wanted Puzzles
In June 2009, TDmonthly Magazine asked 47 specialty retailers about their best-selling puzzles...

8/1/2009



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
See all the new specialty toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

7/1/2009



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

7/1/2009



13-Year-Old Kimberly Is the TDmonthly Charitable Kid
Thirteen-year-old Kimberly of South Carolina has been named the TDmonthly Charitable Kid and will give away 100 Schoenhut My First Piano IIs to needy children in her community...

7/1/2009



Watch and Learn With July's Videos
Help your customers turn the lazy days of summer into fun and challenging learning experiences...

7/1/2009



In This Issue
This month in TDmonthly Magazine, find out how BANDthology and Restoration Gallery’s Global Green Pals fared with reviews and ratings from our Roundtable families, in addition to gaining some tips for business-boosting events...

7/1/2009



Top-10 Most-Wanted Dolls
“All of a sudden, we've had a surge on dolls,” Bill Rayment, owner of Toy Crossing in Harbor Beach, Mich., told TDmonthly Magazine during a recent survey of 43 specialty toy stores...

7/1/2009



Video Highlights of ASTRA 2009
The 2009 ASTRA Marketplace & Academy in St. Paul, Minn., had plenty to offer in terms of creative plush, fun games, cool ride-ons and inventive accessories — and TDmonthly Magazine caught more than 150 toys on tape!...

7/1/2009



TDmonthly Goes Inside ... The Dinosaur Farm, South Pasadena, Calif.
Step inside The Dinosaur Farm in South Pasadena, Calif., and you'll be transported back to the Jurassic Age ... or not, depending which room you're stepping into...

7/1/2009



Retailer Spotlight: At Once All Agog
Since September 2006, Candace Gooch has been working to ensure that her toy store, At Once All Agog in the Upper Limerick Village Historic District of Maine, lives up to its name...

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



Bigfoot & Pickle Face Creations Stamp For Fun
Developing a product that encourages creativity and can grow with a child presented an exciting challenge for Cheryl Marchek, owner and founder of Bigfoot & Pickle Face Creations...

6/1/2009



Top-10 Most-Wanted Construction Toys
In April 2009, TDmonthly Magazine surveyed 49 specialty retailers about their sales of construction toys for children. This foundational category continues to provide strong sales in independent stores...

6/1/2009



TDmonthly’s Book Expert
This month, TDmonthly Magazine’s Book Expert followed a pirate on a search for his peg leg, watched as the whimsical kiss of a mother blew around the world, and learned that imaginary gardens can be as inspirational as the real thing...

6/1/2009



HDS Technology Offers Practical Alternative for Lead Testing Toys
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recently reconfirmed use of ICP-OES as the gold standard for determining lead content in paint and painted surfaces, approving the paint-scrape and chemical analysis method for laboratory testing of toys and other children’s products...

6/1/2009



Toys in the News: 6-26-09
The Canadian Toy Association has announced that its annual toy and hobby trade show will now be held alongside the Canadian Gift and Tableware Association's Show at the Toronto International Centre each January/February...

6/1/2009



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
See all the new specialty toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

6/1/2009



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

6/1/2009



Watch Magical June Videos
June's videos are full of magic and surprises: rocks that melt into toys, wishes that fly through the air and fairytales that kids make up themselves...

6/1/2009



Event Marketing Guru's Corner: Selling to Qualified Prospects
Eighty percent of your competition spends exhaustive and futile time presenting to prospects that are never going to buy, yielding extremely poor "return on objectives" (ROO) by spending exhibit time inefficiently...

6/1/2009



Just Jump It Offers Perfect Twist of Fun and Safety
In 1992, 17 years after the founding of Cressline Rope Works, a sales rep for the bulk-rope purveyor suggested to Owner Darrel Cresswell that the company create a jump rope. Darrel and his partner at the time, Don Meeker, jumped at the opportunity to give it a try...

6/1/2009



Blog Entry Leads to Buy-Local Blitz
Cinda Baxter calls the 3/50 Project a “happy accident” that started with a March 11 blog she wrote for her AlwaysUpward.com website. In the entry, she asks readers to pick three of their favorite independent retailers and spend a total of $50 a month among those stores...

6/1/2009



How to Increase Your Website's Visibility
How much of an edge does your online toy store have over all the others out there in cyberspace? How well is your brand-building web page really working? And how crucial is that SEO thing...

6/1/2009



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



TDmonthly Goes Inside … Puzzle Zoo, Santa Monica, Calif.
Since 1993, Puzzle Zoo has been tempting pedestrians on Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade to release their inner children and buy something cool...

6/1/2009



Retailer Spotlight: Melody’s Choices
When Steve Melody got into the specialty toy business, he was no stranger to the retail world, having owned a gift and collectible store in Fayetteville, Ark., for 39 years...

6/1/2009



My Best Sellers: Melody’s Choices
Steve Melody, owner of Melody’s Choices in Fayetteville, Ark., shared with TDmonthly Magazine which companies are responsible for the top sellers in his store...

6/1/2009



TDmonthly Goes Inside … Puzzle Zoo, Part II
If you venture down the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, Calif., you'll find the first of six Puzzle Zoos. Here are a few more of the products you'll see inside:(View the main article) Get my toy on TDmonthly's Toy Videos! Broadcast TDmonthly Toy Videos From Your Website!...

6/1/2009



Retailing Tips: Ordering What Customers Want
All retailers are faced with an inventory dilemma. Spend a lot of money now to have fully stocked shelves and a great product selection, with no guarantee that customers are going to want what was purchased, or go with products known to sell and take customer requests, possibly driving away shoppers...

6/1/2009



Regional Reports: What's Selling … And Where
Magformers by Rainbow Products are hot sellers for Mike DiAndrea of Hardware Centre Inc. in Paoli, Pa. He noted that between the brick-and-mortar store and the website, they sell about 100 to 150 sets per month. “I’m reordering every three weeks,” he told TDmonthly Magazine...

6/1/2009



Followup: Toy Space at Wal-Mart
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. recently denied “new plans to reduce allocated shelf space for toys companywide” as a statement of response to a TDmonthly Magazine article, “Wal-Mart Cuts Toys and Crafts in Clean-Up Campaign,” written by TDmonthly contributor Lutz Muller...

5/1/2009



Kid Reviewers Applaud Eco-friendly Craft Barn
TDmonthly Magazine’s Roundtable of 12 children from five families enjoyed coloring, decorating and assembling the Paintable Barn from Imagination Box Co...

5/1/2009



Event Marketing Guru’s Corner: Why the CIA Is Your Friend
For the purpose of this article, CIA does not stand for Central Intelligence Agency. Rather, it stands for Competitive Intelligence Advantage. Your CIA must be kept current at all times and requires a clear strategy for application...

5/1/2009



Wal-Mart Cuts Toys and Crafts in Clean-Up Campaign
Wal-Mart is in the throes of a major change in its store layout. Earlier this year, management promulgated a policy called “fast, friendly, clean.”...

5/1/2009



Top-10 Most-Wanted Infant & Toddler Toys
Infants and toddlers, or at least the consumers who buy for them, especially love Rhino Toys’ Oball and Taggies blankets, a TDmonthly Magazine survey of 64 specialty retailers revealed...

5/1/2009



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
See all the new specialty toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

5/1/2009



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

5/1/2009



Naughty Birds and Other Toys Caught by Camera
Summer's coming soon and kids are dreaming of vacation and all the playing they'll be doing. Put these videos on your website to give them even more to dream about...

5/1/2009



Steps for Supporting Shop Local
Have you heard of The 3/50 Project? In TDmonthly Magazine's June issue, find out how specialty storeowners are grabbing on to this and other shop-local initiatives...

5/1/2009



Biz in the Twitterverse
This issue offers some insight into the experiences of avid — and brand new! — bloggers and Facebookers who are using online platforms to promote their toy stores...

5/1/2009



ASTRA Video - Straight to Your Store!
In addition to keeping you posted on the manufacturers exhibiting at this year's ASTRA Marketplace & Academy, June 14-17 in Minnesota, TDmonthly Magazine's video crew will hit the show floor...

5/1/2009



Watch Videos From Toy Fair 2009 by Category
2009 American International Toy Fair videos listed according to product category...

5/1/2009



More Than 180 Videos From Pomona by Category
Product videos from the 2009 Western Toy and Hobby Representatives Association listed according to product category...

5/1/2009



Watch Toy Videos From 2009 Trade Shows by Category
If you're placing orders and have already forgotten what you saw at Toy Fair or Pomona, take a look through these two categorical video articles...

5/1/2009



TDmonthly’s Charitable Kid Contest #1: Schoenhut Piano Co. Inc.
Will YOUR Customer Give Away 100 Schoenhut Pianos? TDmonthly Magazine is teaming up with manufacturers, specialty retailers and kids to bring joy – and toys! – into the lives of needy children...

5/1/2009



Benefiting From Business in the Blogosphere
You barely have time to design or sell product, fill orders, and market your business in all the traditional ways, so why blog? Because the benefits of successful blogging are many...

5/1/2009



Toy Businesses Create Buzz on Facebook
Social networking online is a lot like old-fashioned, face-to-face networking, only at a greater speed to a broader audience...

5/1/2009



Retailing Tips: Marketing for the Most Return
When I saw that we only received three coupons back from a particular newspaper advertisement that cost $300 … it was easy to see that it still wasn't worth the cost when the newspaper discounted the advertisement...

5/1/2009



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



Retailers Take Home Extras in Toy Giveaway
Want to score some great samples for your store, or really get to check out new toys by having them in hand? TDmonthly Magazine's new Weekly Toy Giveaway Sweepstakes for Storeowners gives your store the chance to bring in extra product...

5/1/2009



Is Another Toy Retailer Biting the Dust?
After the demise of KB Toys, the only second tier, year-round toy retailer left is Kmart. More and more insiders are whispering that Kmart, and its owner, Sears, could hit the dust this year...

5/1/2009



TDmonthly's Top-10 Most-Wanted Toys: April 2009
This month, there are some exciting breakthrough additions to the traditionally steady list of best sellers for the specialty toy industry — namely, sustainable Eco Aquariums from Wild Creations and the HEXBUG Micro Robotic Creatures from Innovation First...

4/1/2009



More Than 180 Videos From Pomona!
Looking for toy videos to increase conversions on your selling site? TDmonthly Magazine went to the Western States Toy & Hobby Show in Pomona, Calif., and filmed more than 180 toy and game videos...

4/1/2009



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

4/1/2009



Social Networking for the Virtually Impaired
You've heard about timely tweets on Twitter, "friending" on Facebook, and marketing on Myspace. But why would any businessperson take time out of a busy schedule to "chirp" online ... daily?...

4/1/2009



Timing Your Marketing for the Most Return
Have you ever had a great promotion that just didn't catch attention, or a full-fledged marketing effort that fell on its face? In TDmonthly Magazine's May issue, tap into other storeowners' experiences...

4/1/2009



Event Marketing Guru’s Corner: Green Means Go
Buying signals are all around us. We just have to learn to recognize them. They’re very much like a traffic light — red, yellow and green signals to stop, proceed with caution, or continue...

4/1/2009



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
See all the new Specialty Toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

4/1/2009



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

4/1/2009



TDmonthly's Top-10 Most-Wanted Sports and Outdoor Toys
Stomp Rockets by D&L Company continue to be favorites in the category of sports and outdoor toys, a recent TDmonthly Magazine survey of 60 specialty retailers revealed...

4/1/2009



TDmonthly's Top-10 Most-Wanted Ride-On Toys
Whether it's toddlers just learning to make full use of their growing legs, or adolescents racing their friends around the park, riding toys in a variety of shapes and sizes can provide hours of healthy, active entertainment indoors and outdoors...

4/1/2009



New ABC Conference Aims to Inform
The ABC Kids Expo is in its seventh year, with plans to take over the Las Vegas Convention Center again this September. But this year, All Baby & Child is also offering something completely new...

4/1/2009



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



Retailing Tips: How to Interact With Customers
There is nothing wrong with letting customers browse your store and spend time looking, touching, and playing with the merchandise...

4/1/2009



View Play Set, Play Tent and Action Figure Videos
Watch the newest play sets, play tents and action figures from Toy Fair 2009. Go to Egypt, go green ... there's a world of possibilities to choose from...

4/1/2009



Video Lessons From Educational Toys
TDmonthly went to Toy Fair 2009 and brought back videos of learning toys so you could learn more about them before you order. From books to kits, these products help kids expand their horizons...

4/1/2009



See Teenies to Tweenies Product Videos
Babies don't know anything and tweens don't like anything, but these new products will tempt both ends of the child-age spectrum...

4/1/2009



Multimedia Sounds Off at Toy Fair on Video
From musical instruments to DVDs, these multimedia products may ring the right notes for your store...

4/1/2009



"Just for Fun" Toys Show Off on Video
Novelties and odd skills catch the fancies of even the most jaded kids...

4/1/2009



Toy Fair 2009 Wrap-Up
With more than 1,100 exhibitors and in excess of 100,000 products to see in the four days of Toy Fair that overtook New York City, TIA's annual toy show issued a high calling for the 10,000+ retail buyers who walked the aisles of the Javits Convention Center...

3/1/2009



Toys in the News: 3-30-09
Former Massachusetts employees of Toys "R" Us and Babies "R" Us will receive their overdue pay for earned vacation time in a $100,000+ settlement resulting from a self-audit...

3/1/2009



The Toy Market Stages a Turnaround
As a rule, the first quarter represents about 15 percent of the year in terms of U.S. toy sales. The first two months of 2009 were, to say the least, very challenging...

3/1/2009



Watch Videos of the Toys You Missed at the WTHRA Show
If you missed the WTHRA this year, held for the last time in Pomona, Calif.(next year: Long Beach, CA), don't worry ... TDmonthly went for you...

3/1/2009



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



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
See all the new Specialty Toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

3/1/2009



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

3/1/2009



New Toys at Pomona
Though not near the size of Toy Fair, the annual Western States Toy & Hobby Show consistently delivers a broad selection of creative toys and games for the specialty market...

3/1/2009



Communicating With Customers
How do you turn a “hello” into a sale?...

3/1/2009



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



Hasbro Bares Its Teeth; Will Mattel Bite Back?
Recent numbers demonstrate that Hasbro has once again narrowed the gap between itself and the No. 1 toy company in the world, Mattel...

3/1/2009



Watch Videos From Toy Fair 2009!
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 by watching TDmonthly Magazine's demonstration videos. You even get to meet Stephan Pastis, creator of the nationwide cartoon sensation "Pearls Before Swine," as he demonstrates his new plush line by Aurora World...

3/1/2009



ASTRA's Top Toy Fair Picks
During a gathering of more than 100 members of the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association at Toy Fair 2009, specialty toy-store owners shared their favorite finds, highlighting must-see new products among the thousands at the show...

3/1/2009



Retailing Tips: How to Revive Your Inventory
Nothing is worse than seeing a returning customer browse your shelves and look bored...

3/1/2009



See Post-Toy Fair Specials - Limited Time!
If you didn't make it to Toy Fair, or are still deciding what to order, don't worry: You haven't missed out on Show Specials yet! TDmonthly Magazine gathered show specials for you in one video...

3/1/2009



Event Marketing Guru’s Corner: Change Your Mindset to “Win”
There are many important topics relating to successful selling, but none is as critical as the state of your current mindset...

2/1/2009



These New Toys Know How to Move
Spinning seals, crawling bugs and a bunny that looks so realistic it could just hop away — February's toys are all about action...

2/1/2009



Film from the Fair
During the four days of Toy Fair, February 15-18, TDmonthly Magazine’s video crew will capture hours of exciting show footage, including product demonstration videos performed by manufacturers themselves...

2/1/2009



Retailing Tips: Researching New Toys
In the March issue of TDmonthly Magazine, find out what your fellow specialty toy-store owners and experts have to say about finding the best new products...

2/1/2009



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



Economy Puts Toy Sales on Clearance
January typically accounts for about 5 percent of yearly toy sales. If these first 31 days are any guide for the future, we are looking at a really difficult year...

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



TDmonthly's Top-10 Most-Wanted Toys: February 2009
This month, the story is much the same with best-selling specialty toys. In short, PlaSmart's PlasmaCar is still on the list (joined by the EzyRoller), Legos are still making their mark in the construction category after decades of success...

2/1/2009



Retailer Spotlight: HobbyTown USA
HobbyTown USA got its start in 1980 when Merlin Hayes and Thom Walla purchased a single store in Lincoln, Neb., and launched into franchising five years later...

2/1/2009



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
See all the new Specialty Toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

2/1/2009



Toy Fair 2009 Products of the Day
TDmonthly Magazine's editorial team brings you highlights on the most exciting toys, games and gifts at the show, researching hundreds of booths and pinpointing the items that are most likely to be solid matches for specialty stores...

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



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

2/1/2009



Get Your Toy Fair Toys Here!
Whether you're at the show, or snug at home with your laptop, you can access the best specialty toys from Toy Fair right here at TDmonthly Magazine...

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



Sales Tracking - End of January 2009
Bananagrams keeps getting stronger. Though Quadrilla still sold fairly well for some, even Christmas didn't totally rev up this former star. Ruckus, a big hit in some stores, isn't impressing other owners...

2/1/2009



Find Out What Other Retailers Looked at in 2008
Are you curious about what new products other retailers and consumers were looking at on TDmonthly Magazine in 2008? Following is a list of the 30 most-viewed 2008 products...

2/1/2009



Toy Fair 2009 Show Specials
Company Booth # Category Special...

2/1/2009



Predictions for ’09: The Big Get Bigger and the Small Go Away
Right now, we are looking back on the worst fourth quarter in toy history and are looking forward to an even worse first quarter...

1/1/2009



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



HEXBUGs Trio Plays With Technology
If a robot toy were crossed with an insect, what would you get? A HEXBUG! For Innovation First, the result has been a sellout, with demand overwhelming supply in the products’ first year...

1/1/2009



Event Marketing Guru’s Corner: Selling Too Much
The pure, anecdotal sales pitch is dead, and few observers are mourning its passing. Have you noticed how difficult it is for anyone with the word “sales” in his or her title to get a simple appointment?...

1/1/2009



Multipurpose Goes to the Multiplex
Blankets that turn into balls or dragons. Toy carts that are mobile libraries. Necklaces that make wishes come true: These TDmonthly Toy Videos demonstrate that 2009 will be bringing plenty of innovative products into retailers' and kids lives...

1/1/2009



Toys in the News: 1-30-09
Jacabee Inc. is releasing the first book in a 12-title series inspired by the American paintings of artist F. Luis Mora...

1/1/2009



In This Issue
It's a fresh, new year ... and time to think about how your 2009 is shaping up...

1/1/2009



Playmobil Offers Foundation for Kids’ Creative Play
Introducing between 80 and 100 themed playsets, accessories and figures every year, Playmobil toys help to stimulate children’s imaginations and create endless adventures...

1/1/2009



Hollywood ToyBoy: Heavy Metal
It’s finally happened: my assistant went on vacation. Once a year, I’m thrown into confusion by this and swear I’m going to automate...

1/1/2009



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
See all the new Specialty Toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

1/1/2009



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

1/1/2009



Good Co./Bad Co.: Who’s Fair to Specialty?
In late 2008, TDmonthly Magazine asked 52 specialty retailers to share their preferences for vendors. Which companies can they not live without?...

1/1/2009



Talk of the Fair
Four days of the latest offerings from companies big and small — plush, games, construction toys, science kits, educational products and more! Will you be able to see it all?...

1/1/2009



How to Demo Your Toy on Video
If you've signed up for a TDmonthly Magazine Toy Video demonstration at Toy Fair 2009, there's no need for a script and no need to be nervous...

1/1/2009



Loyal Customers Kept Specialty Afloat for Holidays
Despite the gloomy economy, only two of eleven specialty toy-store owners told TDmonthly Magazine that their holiday sales were significantly lower than last year's. Everyone else's responses ranged from "okay, considering ... " to "much better than expected."...

1/1/2009



My Best Sellers: Piccolo Mondo Toys
One of the goals at Piccolo Mondo Toys in Portland, Ore., is to bring a little bit of the world to customers...

1/1/2009



Exhibitor Tips: Maximize Your Toy Fair ROI
Exhibiting at the American International Toy Fair can be overwhelming ... and expensive! TDmonthly Magazine's videos and articles can help prepare you and even show you what it's like. Here's what one newbie vedor told us...

1/1/2009



Good Co./Bad Co.: Vendors That Bring You Down
Under condition of anonymity, 52 specialty retailers were asked by TDmonthly Magazine in fall 2008 which suppliers are their least favorite to work with...

1/1/2009



Wisdom for the Web
How does your website compare to those of other specialty retailers? Find out in the ShopTalk section of TDmonthly Magazine's February issue, where former retailer Adeena Mignogna will reveal what storeowners are doing right...

1/1/2009



Retailing Tips: Allocating Post-Holiday Cash
In my retail store, there were several holiday seasons where sales exceeded our expectations. If you don’t have a plan for this situation ahead of time, you can find yourself spending wildly and blindly — to the detriment of your business...

1/1/2009



Retailing Tips: What to Do With Stock That Won’t Move
Ideally, your store has the perfect balance of merchandise that flows in and out the door at just the right time according to customers’ wishes...

1/1/2009



Hollywood ToyBoy: Points for Publicity
“Do I look good, or what?” I declaim as I put the finishing touches on my black tie and turn to my assistant...

12/1/2008



TDmonthly's Greedy Grown-ups Xmas List
The job of a TDmonthly Magazine staffer is to analyze and evaluate each new toy that passes through our office. Some of them we write about; some we dismiss. Here are the ones we'd like to keep...

12/1/2008



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



Hot Holiday Sellers - 2008
You've seen other Top-10 lists, but they don't have much to do with your store...

12/1/2008



WINNERS of 5-Sec Video Offer Post-Show Specials
Even after Toy Fair, the bargains will continue! These 20 manufacturers won 5 seconds of free airtime on TDmonthly Magazine...

12/1/2008



My First Toy Fair: New Exhibitors
In addition to visiting your tried-and-true vendors at Toy Fair 2009, you'll also want to catch the companies whose products are just making it onto the market...

12/1/2008



Top-10 Holiday Toys on VIDEO!
Ever wonder why most top-10 hot toys lists show you the same old things over and over? Many of the biggest toy companies pay spokespeople to inundate the media with their products during the holiday season...

12/1/2008



What to Expect When You're Exhibiting
You've spent months, years and sometimes decades devising, designing, refining and producing your new toy or game. You've visualized yourself cashing that first big check and "seen" your baby on toy-store shelves all across America...

12/1/2008



We’ll Track the Toys for You
During the four days of Toy Fair, February 15-18, TDmonthly Magazine will provide daily updates and new product lists from the show floor in New York’s Javits Center...

12/1/2008



Retailing Tips: Extra Product or Extra Cash?
Whether your holiday season brings in far more money than you expected, or leaves with you surplus that you simply can’t keep in your store long-term...

12/1/2008



The Value of Vendors
Who are specialty toy-store owners’ favorite vendors?...

12/1/2008



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
See all the new Specialty Toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

12/1/2008



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

12/1/2008



Holiday Roundup: Keep on Ordering
Get your last-minute holiday orders from these great companies, sorted by category...

12/1/2008



Retailing Tips: Keep Customers’ Spirits Light
Equally as important as the months-ahead preparation for the holiday season is the ability to maintain a positive store spirit throughout the month of December...

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



Six Predictions For the Toy Industry for 2008 … Revisited
On Jan. 1, 2008, I made certain predictions for the toy market in the United States...

11/1/2008



Don't Miss These Holiday Discounts!
Whether you're still holding out for great holiday deals or need to replenish stock that's flown out the door thanks to early shoppers, don't miss out on these specials...

11/1/2008



Place Your Last-Minute Orders Here
Several specialty toy-store owners have told TDmonthly Magazine that they are ordering later than usual this holiday season, owing to the uncertain economic climate...

11/1/2008



Watch Before You Buy
You've heard about SpinMaster's Bakugan Battle Brawlers, but are they right for your store? Now you can see for yourself. TDmonthly's videos let you try out toys without meeting a rep or boarding a plane...

11/1/2008



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



Event Marketing Guru’s Corner: How to Handle Objections
One of the most overlooked and under-valued areas of professional selling is the mastery of addressing and effectively handling the real reason sales do not occur...

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



Conquer Toy Fair 2009!
Don't leave the most important U.S. toy show of the year to chance...

11/1/2008



Top-20 Holiday Toys on Video
If you're expecting good value for your holiday dollars, TDmonthly can show you 20 great toys that kids will play with long after the celebrations are over...

11/1/2008



Holiday Roundup: Quality Comes First
Prepare for the holiday season by looking through these great toys, sorted by category...

11/1/2008



Positive Toys for a Promising Future - Free Report!
The Consumer Version of the 2008 TDmonthly Specialty Toys Report: Positive Toys for a Promising Future is now available for free to moms, dads, grandparents and anyone else looking for detailed information on the newest and most exciting toys on the market, including eco-friendly and American-made...

11/1/2008



November Staff Picks
From colorful paper constructions to useful items for babies and toddlers, the products in TDmonthly Magazine's Staff Picks this month offer fun ways to decorate, educate and play...

11/1/2008



Hollywood ToyBoy: No Downturn for Toys
“I don’t care if the economy’s in the crapper!” I screamed into my phone, my no-news-is-good-news accountant to the stars (and me) on the other end of the line...

11/1/2008



Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
See all the new Specialty Toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

11/1/2008



Early Edition: Toy Fair
Find out which hot, new toys will be on display at the American International Toy Fair in New York with TDmonthly Magazine’s Toy Fair Preview in December and January. Before February rolls around...

11/1/2008



Notable and New Toys by Category — All
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

11/1/2008



Adding On: Generating Revenue Beyond Toy Sales
The right complementary products and services can generate extra revenue for a store and keep customers returning regularly...

11/1/2008



Retailing Tips: Networking for Holiday Success
Working with other retailers, taking advantage of traffic during special area-wide holiday events, and embracing creative ideas may attract new customers for the holidays...

11/1/2008



Stuff Those Stockings!
Wondering how to fill customers' stockings this year? Take some advice from a few dozen specialty toy-store owners who recently gave their recommendations...

11/1/2008



Top-20 Holiday Toys on Video
If you're expecting good value for your holiday dollars, TDmonthly can show you 20 great toys that kids will play with long after the celebrations are over...

10/1/2008



Notable and New Toys by Category
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

10/1/2008



ABC Kids Expo Booths Needed Help!
At the ABC Kids Expo in Las Vegas last month, Charles W. Allen of the C. W. Allen Group was shocked by the uninspired booth designs that prevented great companies from attracting the kind of traffic they deserved...

10/1/2008



Branding Toys: Perception
To wrap up our series on Branding Toys, this month we look at the last of the 4Ps: perception...

10/1/2008



Event Marketing Guru’s Corner: Sell With Integrity
I vividly remember captivating conversations with my paternal grandfather, F.M. Allen, when I was in junior high...

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




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10/1/2008



Don't Miss These Holiday Discounts!
As you're finalizing your list of must-have products for the holiday season, remember to take a look at the ordering specials below...

10/1/2008




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Alison Marek, Managing EditorPhone: (310) 979-4330 E-mail: alison@toydirectory.comwww.tdmonthly.comwww.toydirectory.com FREE SPECIALTY TOYS REPORT OFFERS SOUND INVESTMENTS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON...

10/1/2008



October Staff Picks
As you welcome all that exciting holiday fare into your store, be sure to keep your radar out for new and interesting products...

10/1/2008



Hollywood ToyBoy: Keep Connecting
I love the new technology, even if I’m a little out of the demographic. That’s a good thing for me, because Hollywood is all about the new technology ... even if they don’t understand it worth a byte...

10/1/2008



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

10/1/2008



Attracting New Customers
You know your primary customer base, but what about those who don't frequent — or even know about — your store already?...

10/1/2008



Retail Solutions: Optimizing Websites and Staff
TDmonthly Magazine’s new feature, Retail Solutions, flies over to the East Coast this month to see what challenges specialty toy-store owners in that region are facing...

10/1/2008



Retailing Tips: Hosting Happenin’ Holiday Events
Holiday shoppers are intent on finding the right gift for the special people in their lives, and sometimes, hosting a special event can encourage them toward that perfect gift … right in your own store...

10/1/2008



Event Marketing Guru’s Corner: Knowing “No”
An exhibition industry supplier friend of mine recently explained to me how dejected she felt after hearing “no” so many times while conducting sales calls...

9/1/2008



TDmonthly's Top-10 Most-Wanted Gifts for Girls
While some of the 66 specialty toy retailers recently polled by TDmonthly Magazine reported a dip in arts and crafts sales, that category, along with dolls, dominates when it comes to girly gifts...

9/1/2008



TDmonthly’s Top-10 Most-Wanted Toys
Playmobil and Ganz’ Webkinz are still tops at many toy stores, a summer survey of 66 specialty retailers revealed. And through the summer months, indoor games as well as outdoor toys for active play made a big impression on the bottom line...

9/1/2008



Sales Tracking - End of August 2008
TDmonthly Magazine surveys toy-store owners throughout the country to find out which steady sellers are still doing well...

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



Don't Miss These Holiday Discounts!
As you're finalizing your list of must-have products for the holiday season, remember to take a look at the ordering specials below...

9/1/2008



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



TDmonthly 2008 Awardees Get Moving
See for yourself why these products won awards over the thousands of toys and games that TDmonthly staff evaluated over the past year...

9/1/2008



TDmonthly Classics and 2008 Innovations Awards
The new and the old fit perfectly together as these toy videos of TDmonthly's Classics and 2008 Innovations award winners make clear...

9/1/2008



Hollywood ToyBoy: “Net”works Target Kid Spenders
“What do you mean the server is down? How can I Google anyone’s credits?” I scream at my ever-patient assistant as she brings in my sixth mocha-java-special and the bad news...

9/1/2008



Notable and New Toys by Category
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

9/1/2008



Preview Holiday Play
As wallets warm up for holiday spending, take some time to browse through what other retailers believe will be the season's hottest items...

9/1/2008



Retailing Tips: Hiring for the Holidays
Many of the 68 specialty retailers who spoke with TDmonthly Magazine said their part-time employees just work more hours to cover the busy holiday season.....

9/1/2008



Retailer Spotlight: The Santa Claus House
When a retailer owns a store at the North Pole, the choice of a focus is simple: Santa Claus!...

9/1/2008



Get a Glimpse of 2009
In TDmonthly Magazine's November issue, check out the latest innovations from mass-market (and some specialty) manufacturers, see which big trends may be coming your way...

9/1/2008



Big Sellers Turn into Big Disappointments
What’s hot one year may not be the next, and even some of the market’s most popular items — Learning Curve’s Thomas & Friends and HaPe’s Quadrilla — can end up destined for a last-chance markdown in some stores, TDmonthly Magazine learned...

9/1/2008



Have Virtual Playgrounds Played Out?
At the beginning of the year, I said in my article “Is All This Talk About Webkinz Good?” that the top six virtual playgrounds were beginning to face challenges.....

8/1/2008



Top-10 Toys at the ASTRA Marketplace
TDmonthly's video and editorial crew have picked out the top-10 toys and games from June's ASTRA Marketplace show...

8/1/2008



Event Marketing Guru’s Corner: 5 Steps That Sell
Each of us is bombarded with more than 5,000 promotional and marketing messages daily. To be more effective in communicating in today’s marketplace, your message must cut through informational and promotional clutter...

8/1/2008



Branding Toys: Personality
Continuing from last month’s article, “Branding Toys: The Position,” we now look at the third of the 4Ps of branding: personality...

8/1/2008



Catch a Break With These Discounts!
As you continue to prepare for the holiday season and order the best specialty toys for your customers, be sure to take a look at these holiday specials...

8/1/2008



Notable and New Toys by Category
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last few months to make your ordering easier...

8/1/2008



See What Attendees Said About ASTRA 2008
At the end of June, ASTRA retailers converged at the Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut to see some of the newest products from specialty toy manufacturers, and TDmonthly was there with our camera crew...

8/1/2008



Watch ASTRA Marketplace Videos on TDmonthly
Even if you were at the ASTRA Marketplace at the end of June, you can still use the videos TDmonthly Magazine shot to introduce your customers to new products by putting the videos on your website...

8/1/2008



Retailing Tips: Secrets of Discriminating Sales
Approximately two-thirds of the 64 specialty storeowners interviewed told TDmonthly Magazine they hold at least one sale a year to increase traffic and sell off unpopular items...

8/1/2008



Final Nominees Announced!
Submission forms and product samples rolled into our offices throughout the month of June, and evaluations have yielded a new crop of nominees for Positive Toys for a Promising Future: TDmonthly Magazine's 2008 Report on Specialty Toys...

8/1/2008



Retail Solutions: How to Draw Customers to Your Store
TDmonthly Magazine’s new feature, Retail Solutions, will follow groups of specialty toy-store owners in specific regions throughout the country to see how their businesses improve over the next year...

8/1/2008



Sales Tracking - Summer 2008
TDmonthly Magazine surveyed 12 specialty retailers throughout the country to find out which hot sellers were still doing well...

8/1/2008



Retailer Spotlight: Aunt Jean’s Toys & Treats
Frustrated by a long commute and determined to fill a need for quality children’s toys in her community, Jeanette Lauture opened Aunt Jean’s Toys & Treats in Montclair, NJ, in March 2007...

8/1/2008



Toys in the News: 8-29-08
The state court of Connecticut has dismissed anti-trust and bribery claims levied against JAKKS Pacific by World Wrestling Entertainment...

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



What Not to Turn Down in a Downturn
Tempting as it may be, a potential economic downturn is not the time to turn tail and run. As my Granddad always told me, “You’ll never win the kitty if you sit out the hand.”...

7/1/2008



Hollywood ToyBoy: The French Connection
“Why did it have to be the French?” Yeah, yeah ... we all joke about Parisians’ rich food and snooty attitudes, but who doesn’t want to see the City of Lights? Me, that’s who...

7/1/2008



Event Marketing Guru’s Corner: Activate the Hot Buttons
Last month’s column focused on purging platitudes from your strategic marketing. Today’s marketers use almost identical marketing messages, so “outside perception” reads all things as equal...

7/1/2008



Conversations With Keithley: Toys Will Survive
Between fighting for a national toy safety standard and educating presidential candidates, the Toy Industry Association’s agenda has been a lot more about politics than play these days...

7/1/2008



Branding Toys: The Position
Picking up from May’s article on the branding promise, we’ll now look at the second of the 4Ps of branding: positioning — the compact and clear definition of what your company offers...

7/1/2008



Why Retail May Be More Challenging Today
Achieving success in retail today is more challenging than it was 10 years ago, four of 10 toy-store owners and experts told TDmonthly Magazine...

7/1/2008



Retailing Tips: Ordering By Customer Request
Most specialty toy-store owners told TDmonthly Magazine they get requests for items they don’t carry quite often, even daily — but they don’t bring all the toys in...

7/1/2008



Final Nominees for Specialty Toys Report!
Submission forms and product samples rolled into TDmonthly Magazine's offices throughout the month of June, and evaluations have yielded a new crop of nominees for the 2008 Specialty Toys Report...

7/1/2008



July Staff Picks
Coasting through the summer? Ringing up lots of sales? Well, here's a chance to see some toys you might've missed...

7/1/2008



Notable and New Toys by Category
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

7/1/2008



Get Ready to Order!
To help you prepare for the 2008 holiday season (really, it’s just around the corner!), TDmonthly’s August Get Ready to Order Issue will feature hundreds of new products in addition to multiple manufacturer specials...

7/1/2008



TDmonthly’s Top-10 Most-Wanted Die-Cast Vehicles
Which die-cast vehicles are to-die-for in the specialty market? A TDmonthly Magazine survey of 55 specialty retailers revealed that public service vehicles, such as school buses...

7/1/2008



Sales That Sell
Is it a good idea to hold sales in your specialty store? Find out what other retailers say about the when, why and how of marking down items.....

7/1/2008



ASTRA Comes to You
Visit the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association’s annual Marketplace & Academy after the show!...

7/1/2008



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



See Your ASTRA Colleagues on Video!
Meet your colleagues before you hit the ASTRA Marketplace floor by watching these videos TDmonthly Magazine shot during ASTRA's Party With the Stars at FAO Schwarz during Toy Fair 2008...

6/1/2008



First Nominees for TDmonthly Report and Awards
TDmonthly Magazine has gone through hundreds of toys to come up with this first list of nominees for our 2008/2009 Specialty Toys Report...

6/1/2008



Products Submitted for 2008/2009 Specialty Toys Report
Following is a list of all products received so far as submissions for TDmonthly's Specialty Toys Report 2008/2009...

6/1/2008



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



Hollywood ToyBoy: Shows Set Stage for Toy Sales
Predictions are an odd thing. In Hollywood, they’re based on commercial success — the production driving the toys, not the other way around...

6/1/2008



Yesterday’s Marketing is Dead: Part 3
Today, we're witnessing a collage of poor marketing that seemingly duplicates one another's unoriginal poor marketing. The culprit? Platitudes.....

6/1/2008



ASTRA Trade Show Highlights
The American Specialty Toy Retailing Association’s annual Marketplace & Academy is set for June 22-25 in Mashantucket, Conn...

6/1/2008



What Toys to Stock
Not quite sure which products will do well in your store for ‘08?...

6/1/2008



Get Ready to Order!
TDmonthly Magazine’s July Holiday Preview issue will continue to highlight the newest products for the 2008 holiday season...

6/1/2008



Notable and New Toys by Category
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

6/1/2008



Deadline Extended for Specialty Toys Report!
A number of manufacturers pointed out to TDmonthly Magazine that they never received our initial email requesting samples for the TDmonthly Specialty Toys Report and TDmonthly Top Toy Awards...

6/1/2008



Toys in the News: 6-30-08
Disney/Pixar's "Wall-E" was well received at the domestic box office this weekend, pulling in $62.5 million and beating Universal's "Wanted,"...

6/1/2008



Weekly Toy Newscast: 6-15-08
Which cartoon characters are due for a makeover? And how is Mattel's case against MGA Entertainment shaping up? Find out in TDmonthly's Weekly Toy Newscast...

6/1/2008



How Wal-Mart’s Beating Target at Toy Placement
It is now pretty clear that we are looking at the worst year this century for the U.S. toy market. Why? Three reasons: gasoline prices, housing implosion and run-away inflation. We all know about the first two, but the third deserves a closer look...

6/1/2008



How to Get the Time You Need
If you’re feeling stressed and not very playful, you’re not alone...

6/1/2008



Bumpy Ride Ahead, Economists Predict
The country’s in recession or it’s not, claim economists as they continue to debate the strength and depth of our current financial woes...

6/1/2008



Retailing Tips: How to Be a Famous Store
Think you’ve tried every marketing technique around? What about using your own customers as photo models?...

6/1/2008



Submissions Open for TDmonthly Toy Awards
Manufacturers: Do you want your product to be in the running for a 2008 TDmonthly Top Toy Award?...

5/1/2008



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



Get Ready for the Holidays Now
Fourth-quarter sales are the game-breaker for independent retail businesses, but the other 75 percent of the year is just as critical, because that's when decisions are made about what product will be there for the crush of holiday shoppers...

5/1/2008



'08 Films are a Match for Merch
This year brings an unprecedented lineup of films designed to affect toy sales — seven in the action figure arena and two in other toy categories:...

5/1/2008



Weekly Toy Newscast: 5-25-08
TDmonthly Magazine's Weekly Toy Newscast for the week of May 25, 2008, covers the newest Indiana Jones film, rodent trouble at New York City's FAO Schwarz...

5/1/2008



When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get an Endcap
There is little doubt that things are tough in toy land. By the end of April, my retailer panel reported declining sales by 5 percent over all categories compared to the same period last year...

5/1/2008



New Toys for Boys
Toys in the mass market aimed at boys are still heavy with super powers...

5/1/2008



New Toys for Girls
What's up in the mass market for girls? Lots of dolls and pink, of course...

5/1/2008



In This Issue
TDmonthly Magazine's May Issue is full of marketing tips, product reviews and trend coverage of baby products, travel toys and bath items.....

5/1/2008



Marketing Your Store
Retailers: How might you compel customers to step into your store time and time again?...

5/1/2008



What’s Hot at ASTRA?
The ASTRA Marketplace & Academy in June is a great place for specialty retailers to hook up with specialty toy makers. TDmonthly Magazine will be there, too...

5/1/2008



Saying Goodbye to Yesterday's Marketing
Marketing evolves as quickly as the next car design. In TDmonthly Magazine’s June issue, learn how to leverage your marketing momentum by following a simple equation.....

5/1/2008



Get Ready for the ASTRA Marketplace
Looking for amazing new toys and games by small, inventive companies that no one's discovered yet?...

5/1/2008



Notable and New Toys by Category
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

5/1/2008



Branding Toys: The Promise
Picking up from last month’s article, “Branding Toys Isn’t a Game,” we will now look at one of the 4Ps of branding:...

5/1/2008



Hollywood ToyBoy: Will Blockbuster Toys Sell?
“Where’s my new AirBook? Did you take it again?” I yell to my shell-shocked assistant, who is looking for my super-thin notebook yet again...

5/1/2008



Yesterday's Marketing is Dead: Part 2
The reason most strategic advertising and marketing does not work today is that most companies’ inside reality and outside perception do not match...

5/1/2008



Retailing Tips: Finding New Toys
Staying up-to-date with current trends, finding innovative manufacturers who’ve just hit the market, and looking for the toys your customers request are necessary parts of business, but retailers often feel they don’t have time...

5/1/2008



Store Closings Hit Specialty Market
A mid-April “New York Times” article reported that midsize retailers such as Sharper Image and Levitz have declared bankruptcy thanks to falling sales and overwhelming debt. The winds of change are sweeping the toy world, too...

5/1/2008



How to Close Your Store and Move On
Optimism can cure a slew of predicaments, but how do you know when it’s time to shut the “Glad Book” and face the facts?...

5/1/2008



How to Survive a Fallen Economy
Despite reports of store closures and economic challenges, many stores are surviving, and even thriving, as mid-year approaches. Several toy-store owners gave TDmonthly Magazine these eight tips for making it through rough waters:...

5/1/2008



Which Movies Will Win?
Consensus among my retailer panel and the buyers I speak with has it that the nine movies in the table below will be instrumental in providing growth in a variety of toy categories this year.....

4/1/2008



Notable and New Toys by Category
See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...

4/1/2008



TDmonthly's April Staff Picks
Need some fresh stock to go along with springtime renewal? Check out these offerings culled from the hundreds of products recently added to TDmonthly Magazine...

4/1/2008



Toys That Got Us Hot
The 2008 orders are in and more than half of 45 storeowners surveyed by TDmonthly Magazine are revved up about the new toys coming their way...

4/1/2008



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



Get These Toys!
A new hot item to watch for may be the Bakugan Battle Brawlers line of strategic card games and marbles that transform into robots...

4/1/2008



Easter Sales Hopped Up and Down
Easter sales were all over the place at 17 specialty stores across the country, TDmonthly Magazine learned, with five stores reporting an increase or numbers in line with last year, and others suffering from the infamous recession, still-wintry weather and vacant towns due to Spring Break...

4/1/2008



2008 Specialty Toys Report and Awards Announced
TDmonthly Magazine is excited to announce the opening of submissions for its 2008 Specialty Toys Report and Awards...

4/1/2008



Retailer Spotlight: Puzzle Zoo
Although he didn’t intend to get into the toy business, Puzzle Zoo Co-owner Jay Demircift is living his dream, he told TDmonthly Magazine...

4/1/2008



My Best Sellers: Puzzle Zoo
According to Co-owner Jay Demircift, excellence in merchandise and customer care work together to create a successful environment at Puzzle Zoo toy stores...

4/1/2008



Hollywood ToyBoy: Toying With Kiddie Films
Everyone thinks toys are easy. Toys aren’t easy for movie people, but they think they are. Hubris...

4/1/2008



Retailing Tips: Handling Rowdy Kids
Excited children are an everyday component of operating a specialty toy store, but occasionally a child goes out of control — becoming dangerous to a business and its profit margin...

4/1/2008



How to Sell Without Being a Jerk
Earning respect and earning money are similar, in that everyone loves to have both, yet not everyone is willing to do what is required to earn them. Selling without being a jerk means that you earn both simultaneously.....

4/1/2008



In This Issue
Busy with spring cleaning? Then just browse through highlights of TDmonthly Magazine’s April issue:...

4/1/2008



Branding With Promise
Manufacturers: What is it that keeps customers coming back for your products? In the May issue of TDmonthly Magazine, find out how your brand promise can support a consistent customer experience and retain strong employees...

4/1/2008



Finding New Toys
Trade shows, catalogs, the Internet, sales reps, retailer networks … there are a lot of ways to find new products!...

4/1/2008



Running on Ratings
Read “TDmonthly’s Psychologist Mom” in our May issue to get an expert mom’s opinion on some of the newest toys and DVDs on the market. And see how Zoobies fared.....

4/1/2008



Watch More Than 40 Videos from WTHRA!
Thanks to TDmonthly and the web, almost anyone can see the hottest new toys from the WTHRA show in Pomona last month...

4/1/2008



Toy Fair 2008 Videos - Arranged by Category
Quickly find the toys you need from Toy Fair when you search by category...

4/1/2008



Challenged Economy = Opportunity
Talk of recession and comparisons to the Great Depression in the media fuel consumer anxiety, but most experts predicted to TDmonthly Magazine that toy stores will fare well in a challenged economy...

4/1/2008



Geospace Skyrockets to Success
After Magnetic Marbles launched into space aboard a U.S. Space Shuttle as part of NASA’s 1993 “Toys in Space II” program, the toy received a much-deserved name change: Geospace® Magnetic Marbles.....

4/1/2008



TDmonthly’s Top-10 Picks from Pomona
At the Western States Toy & Hobby Show in Pomona, Calif., in March, artful clowns balanced, toothpicks got “jig”gy and the classic sock monkey acted like a yo-yo...

4/1/2008



TDmonthly’s Top-10 Most-Wanted Puzzles
Specialty retailers shared with TDmonthly magazine that the most popular selling puzzles were wooden puzzles, floor puzzles and wooden floor puzzles. Melissa & Doug and Ravensburger managed to produce all three...

4/1/2008



TDmonthly’s Top-10 Most-Wanted Ride-Ons
Plasmart’s Plasma Car continues to ride the popularity wave in specialty stores. Over 28 percent of retailers singled out the Plasma Car as their absolute best-selling ride-on toy...

4/1/2008



Toy Fair: Acquisitions in the Aftermath
In my January article, “Six Predictions for the Toy Industry in 2008,” I stated the following: “A number of small- to medium-sized toy manufacturers will be bought out or shut down in 2008 because of disappointing 2007 results...

3/1/2008



Notable and New Toys by Category
In addition to more than 120 video demonstrations we've brought you of the best toys at Toy Fair 2008, we've uploaded hundreds more to make your new year ordering a breeze...

3/1/2008



Toy Fair 2008 Videos - 180+ Toys Move It
TDmonthly Magazine sent three video crews to Toy Fair to find out what's really going on with specialty toys...

3/1/2008



In the Spotlight: Toy Fair 2008
It’s more than 320 days until Toy Fair hits again, so while you wait, check out TDmonthly Magazine’s extensive coverage of the latest toy show that, once again this year, took New York by storm...

3/1/2008



TDmonthly’s Expert Mom
TDmonthly Magazine's Expert Mom, Sibylla Nash, is reminded of a mother’s love for a newborn baby, gets out to explore nature with Hello Kitty, and questions the utility of a simple craft kit...

3/1/2008



Retailing Tips: Dealing with Insurance
Deciding on insurance to ensure your business doesn’t go down the tube after theft or fire — or even an accident that results in a lawsuit — isn’t a job for the faint of heart...

3/1/2008



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

3/1/2008



TOY FRENZY! Update: Flu Storms the Fair
Kleenex packs, not galoshes, were the accessories of choice at Toy Fair 2008...

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



TDmonthly's March Staff Picks
You may be exhausted from all the products you encountered at Toy Fair, so TDmonthly Magazine has compiled a “short list”...

3/1/2008



In This Issue
Chances are you’re busy placing orders from Toy Fair or getting in more new products for ‘08!...

3/1/2008



Picks from Pomona
Toy Fair may be over, but there are plenty of other shows to explore!...

3/1/2008



Watch Toy Fair Documentary
Perhaps you’ve already seen some of the product demo videos from Toy Fair 2008 in the March issue of TDmonthly Magazine...

3/1/2008



Retailer Spotlight: Kazoodles
After Bob and Mary Sisson became grandparents, they discovered they were making a lot of interstate trips to buy toys for their grandchildren...

3/1/2008



My Best Sellers: Kazoodles
Co-owner Mary Sisson of specialty toy store Kazoodles in Vancouver, Wash., was so excited about ordering toys when her store first opened that the stock nearly overtook her home!...

3/1/2008



TDmonthly's Psychologist Mom
Once she took a break from keeping a beat, learning Spanish and brushing-up on her ABC’s, Dr. Wright, TDmonthly Magazine’s Psychologist Mom, rated five products with 1 to 5 TD stars (for TDmonthly!)...

3/1/2008



Is it Time for RFID?
Radio-frequency identification (RFID) first emerged as a concrete issue when Wal-Mart unveiled the new technology as its technological super weapon in 2003...

3/1/2008



Hollywood ToyBoy: Sell Your Toys in Movies
In the middle of the writers’ strike, we’re eating old scripts, barricading ourselves in against the zombie hordes outside...

3/1/2008



Retailer Spotlight: Clever Kids Toy Shop
A good number of businesses are started by everyday people who see a need and decide to fill it. Such was the case for Michelle Beyer, owner of Clever Kids Toy Shop in Rochester, Minn...

2/1/2008



Our Favorite Videos
We're about to bring back a whole documentary from Toy Fair '08, so we thought it was time to look back through the history of TDmonthly's Toy Videos...

2/1/2008



Tips: Finding Space for Success
Two related challenges for successful toy-store owners are finding sufficient storage space when the trucks roll up to their doors and deciding what to do with merchandise that won’t budge from the shelves...

2/1/2008



Notable and New Toys by Category
Stock up those bare shelves with the hundreds of new toys TDmonthly uploaded since last month...

2/1/2008



TDmonthly’s Top-10 Most-Ordered Items of 2007
The year 2007 demonstrated the diversity in kids’ tastes — they wanted everything from plush to dolls to play vehicles to educational games...

2/1/2008



Top-10 Toy Fair Picks
Sorting through the offerings of the more than 1,300 exhibitors at Toy Fair may seem a daunting task — whether you’re at the show or not!...

2/1/2008



TOY FRENZY! Hits the Fair
Not only will TDmonthly Magazine be shooting its signature demo videos of new products at Toy Fair this year; we’ll also be shooting our first-ever documentary, “TOY FRENZY! Only the Fun Survive.”...

2/1/2008



Oodles of Kazoodles
A few years ago, grandparents Bob and Mary Sisson took the plunge to open a specialty toy store in their long-time community of Vancouver, Wash...

2/1/2008



Celebrities Love Specialty Toys
Smart Mom LLC and Alpha Source International each found gaggles of celebrities to go ga-ga over their offerings...

2/1/2008



Hollywood ToyBoy: Do Oscars Predict Toy Sales?
“Barricade the doors! Board up the windows! It’s the end of the world as we know it!” Yup, it’s the time of year we vote for those little golden statues that mean so much to our egos and so little to the world in general...

2/1/2008



TDmonthly's Psychologist Mom
TDmonthly Magazine’s Psychologist Mom recently became a baby frog, learned the origins of common expressions, threw an “X” through the park and more...

2/1/2008



My Best Sellers: Clever Kids Toy Shop
Owner Michelle Beyer of Clever Kids Toy Shop in Rochester, Minn., is picky when it comes to choosing products, and her customers seem to appreciate the extra attention she gives to a small space...

2/1/2008



TOY FRENZY! — We’ve Found Our Subjects!
Every year, toy manufacturers and retailers clamor to get inside the Javits Center in New York City, host to the annual American International Toy Fair...

2/1/2008



Exhibitor Tips: How to Connect at Trade Shows
Marketing before and after a trade show is just as crucial as the exhibition itself when it comes to attracting the right booth traffic and increasing sales, Charles W. Allen, chairman and CEO of The C.W. Allen Group and co-founder of the Trade Show News Network, told TDmonthly Magazine...

2/1/2008



Exhibition Guru Gives Tips for Toy Fair
If you’re attending Toy Fair for the first time, you may have questions about exhibitor dos and don’ts...

2/1/2008



TDmonthly’s Top 10: Lower Level
You’ve seen games, stuffed animals, arts and crafts, hobby products and some great items for the specialty market...

2/1/2008



TDmonthly’s Top 10: Upper Level
Every year at Toy Fair, the “big hall” in Javits Center packs in thousands upon thousands of exciting new toys — novel electronics, realistic and cuddly plush, fun family games, and playsets with every piece one could ever need...

2/1/2008



In the Spotlight: Toy Fair 2008
Check out TDmonthly Magazine’s extensive coverage of the toy show that, once again this year, took New York by storm...

2/1/2008



In This Issue
Get your new Toy Fair toys and monthly news in video form...

2/1/2008



TDmonthly's Top 10: Specialty Source
Toy Fair's Specialty Source and new Fundamentals section went all out this year, playing up the show's green theme with battery-free toys and natural materials...

2/1/2008



50 Winners of Free TDmonthly Video at Toy Fair
TDmonthly Magazine offered free toy demonstration videos to the first 50 Toy Fair exhibitors who responded to our email...

2/1/2008



TDmonthly's February Staff Picks
Even before you hit the show, you’ll need to know what new companies are out there and the latest offerings from vendors you trust. TDmonthly Magazine looked through this month’s nearly 500 uploaded products...

2/1/2008



TDmonthly’s Top Toys Before Toy Fair
With so many new products being introduced in preparation for Toy Fair, it’s easy to get buried underneath them all...

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



Storeowners Step Out for Toy Fair
Two-thirds of the 24 specialty retailers surveyed by TDmonthly Magazine this month said they’ll be attending the American International Toy Fair in New York City next week.....

2/1/2008



ASTRA's Top-20 Toy Fair Picks
Retail members of the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association know well that there's a lot to see at Toy Fair!...

2/1/2008



TDmonthly Visits Toy Fair Booths
See pictures of some of the booths TDmonthly visited at Toy Fair 2008!...

2/1/2008



Is All This Talk About Webkinz Good?
Virtual playgrounds are a fairly recent phenomenon. While there are now hordes of them out there, there are really only six that matter as far as the toy space is concerned...

1/1/2008



Still Innovative
Though these products debuted up to two years ago, they're still fresh and deserve a closer look...

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



Notable and New Toys by Category
Stock up those bare shelves with the hundreds of new toys TDmonthly uploaded since last month...

1/1/2008



Six Predictions for the Toy Industry in 2008
Here’s a glimpse of what the toy industry can expect in 2008 — a year of increasing costs and decreasing demand that may favor innovation within the specialty market, but squelch risk-taking in the industry overall...

1/1/2008



TOY FRENZY! Candidates Tell Their Stories
At Toy Fair 2008, TDmonthly Magazine will follow up to new companies debuting their products...

1/1/2008



TDmonthly's January Staff Picks
When restocking shelves, be sure to check out these new or unusual companies and products, picked by TDmonthly Magazine staff for specialty stores...

1/1/2008



My Best Sellers: Dark Delicacies
Best-selling items at Dark Delicacies in Burbank, Calif., have that extra touch of scary that’s just right for the only book and gift store in the United States dedicated exclusively to horror...

1/1/2008



Toys for Just Plain Fun
Children who need a break from having their brains challenged can relax with these new toy toys...

1/1/2008



Retailing Tips: Is “Hot” Too Hot for You?
Specialty toy stores aren’t the traditional place to find the “hot” toys seen in TV commercials and plastered throughout holiday advertisements, but every once in awhile, a toy will steam up in even the most sedate mom-and-pop store (anyone heard of Webkinz?)...

1/1/2008



Hollywood ToyBoy: Starz in Their Eyes
The new year. What a drag. Come off two months of nothing but lying by the pool and drinking piña coladas (Hollywood doesn’t do anything in November and December), and now the bright, shiny future is whacking me over the head with a two-by-four called production...

1/1/2008



In This Issue
Stop reading! TDmonthly Magazine is highly scannable this issue, so you can grab the points you need and then get back to your orders and Toy Fair plans...

1/1/2008



TDmonthly Goes to Toy Fair 2008
TDmonthly Magazine's video and editorial crews are setting out for Toy Fair for the third year in a row...

1/1/2008



January Toy Videos
Old slumber-party games, such as Truth or Dare and fortune telling, have cropped up in vendable forms for 2008...

1/1/2008



Conversations With Keithley
Toy Fair is just around the corner, as is a new program for product testing standards and — sooner or later — legislation granting CPSC reform...

1/1/2008



Retailer Spotlight: Dark Delicacies
A 13th anniversary is a significant milestone for any store, but the number is particularly fitting for one that specializes in horror...

1/1/2008



TOY FRENZY! Only the Fun Survive
Toys may be fun, but they don’t always start out that way...

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



Top-10 Best-Selling Holiday Toys for Boys
What boys’ toys took off like a rocket during the 2007 holidays? According to 27 retailers who spoke with TDmonthly Magazine from Dec. 26 to 28, planes and rockets...

1/1/2008



Top-10 Best-Selling Holiday Toys for Girls
Six of 27 toy-store owners reported to TDmonthly Magazine Dec. 26 to 28 that Calico Critters by International Playthings were the most-bought girl toy for the holidays 2007...

1/1/2008



Top-10 Most-Anticipated Toys for 2008
Christmas is over, so let the ordering begin! Based on fairly spectacular holiday sales, specialty retailers told TDmonthly Magazine Dec. 26 to 28 that they’re eager for more...

1/1/2008



Get These Toys!
Suddenly out of out-of-door toys and have to order fast? This month, two retailers spontaneously mentioned...

12/1/2007



What’s Selling Now!
Dec. 13, 2007 – With the holiday season in full swing, TDmonthly Magazine spoke with 23 specialty retailers to find out the latest in sales news...

12/1/2007



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



If We Were Kids ... Xmas List
If you're caught in a bind of last-minute-I don't know what I wanna get, here's a list from TDmonthly and Playzak staffers...

12/1/2007



The Best Gifts for Christmas and the Holidays
Nobody wants to give a forgettable gift. To find toys and games that kids of all ages will remember and treasure for years to come, check out TDmonthly Magazine's Holiday Gift Guide...

12/1/2007



TDmonthly’s Top-10 Stocking Stuffers
Cuddly and interactive is the way to go when it comes to holiday stocking stuffers. Of 58 retailers who shared their thoughts with TDmonthly Magazine, 14 believed Webkinz by Ganz would fare best...

12/1/2007



TDmonthly’s Top-10 Wow Toys
As retailers gear up for the holiday season, they’re stocking their shelves with items that are sure to wow their customers. Among 58 retailers who spoke with TDmonthly Magazine, 16 mentioned play kitchens as their ultimate consumer attention-grabber...

12/1/2007



Toy Fair 2008 Attracts Attendees Early
Toy Fair 2008 looks great, according to Marian Bossard, vice president of meetings and events for the Toy Industry Association...

12/1/2007



Dr. Toy Urges Awareness in the World of Toys
TDmonthly Magazine recently caught up with child development expert Dr. Stevanne Auerbach, known as “Dr. Toy,” on her way to Washington D.C. to kick off the annual “Toys for Tots” program. She gave her thoughts on the troubled toy industry and child’s play today:...

12/1/2007



Our First Toy Fair: Toys and Gifts
Going to Toy Fair, but don't have much time? Decided to stay home this year? Either way...

12/1/2007



Order the 2007 TDmonthly Specialty Toys Report
If you or your customers want to know more about where specialty toys are made and how they're tested, the 2007 TDmonthly Specialty Toys Report can help...

12/1/2007



Retailer Survey: Holiday Sales Soar High
The majority of the 79 retailers TDmonthly Magazine surveyed in early November anticipated a strong holiday selling season: 59 percent believe sales will be better than last year, 24 percent think sales will be the same, and 9 percent fear they’ll be worse...

12/1/2007



What the Kids Like
Emmy Award-winning actress Nancy Cartwright is best known as the voice of spike-headed underachiever Bart Simpson, but also gives voice to Ralph Wiggum, Nelson Muntz, Todd Flanders and various others in the town of Springfield...

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



Hollywood ToyBoy: Nick Grows Up
There comes a time when every Hollywood-ite must decide if he or she is going to grow up. Because in Hollywood, you don’t have to...

12/1/2007



My Best Sellers: Brain Station & Tree Town Toys
Co-owner Hans Masing of online store Brain Station and brick-and-mortar location Tree Town Toys in Ann Arbor, Mich., told TDmonthly Magazine that vendor reps can be helpful...

12/1/2007



TDmonthly's December Staff Picks
With any luck, your shelves will be bare by the end of the month! What should you restock them with for January...

12/1/2007



Retailer Spotlight: Brain Station & Tree Town Toys
When Hans and Tricia Masing started their lives together, they each worked in fields completely unrelated to toys. Tricia was an engineer in the auto industry and Hans was in information technology, they shared with TDmonthly Magazine...

12/1/2007



Selling “Time” Pays Off
The first prototype for a Mark-My-Time digital bookmark came out of Maureen Farinella’s constant struggle to track her children’s required reading times, she told TDmonthly Magazine...

12/1/2007



Parents Still Shy Away from China
Given the millions of “Made in China” toys recalled this year, some parents are opting for products made in Europe and the United States, retailers and manufacturers told TDmonthly Magazine...

12/1/2007



Retailing Tips: Create a Profitable Mix
Mixing toys with other merchandise is a method used by several specialty toy-store owners to help increase traffic, customer base and sales, they told TDmonthly Magazine...

12/1/2007



This Issue's Highlights
Specialty retailers are predicting a better-than- average holiday season, which means you'll be busy, busy, busy! So get your news in a flash with TDmonthly's issue highlights...

12/1/2007



TDmonthly's Toy Videos
All of the following toys were among 300+ nominees for TDmonthly Magazine's first-ever toy awards — see them in and out of the box in full motion!...

12/1/2007



Toy Fair 2008 Preview
If you're going to Toy Fair, you might want a quick glimpse at some of the newest companies to exhibit. If you're not going, you'll still want to know what's new...

12/1/2007



TDmonthly Top Toys 2007 on VIDEO!
The 2007 TDmonthly Toy Awards have been announced and the first-ever TDmonthly Specialty Toys Report is out! Now all of the TDmonthly Top Toy 2007 and TDmonthly Innovations 2007 products also have videos attached...

12/1/2007



Toy Sleuth: Playing It Cool With RC
TDmonthly Magazine’s December Toy Sleuth looked about for what's hip, what's happening and what's "Charlie," and lo-and-behold, all sorts of interesting things popped up...

12/1/2007



Notable and New Toys by Category
Start your Christmas orders by browsing through the more than 650 toys TDmonthly Magazine uploaded since last month...

12/1/2007



Notable and New Toys by Category
Start your Christmas orders by browsing through the more than 650 toys TDmonthly Magazine uploaded since last month...

11/1/2007



Hollywood ToyBoy: Walt Goes Wild
“Get thee to a toy store!” I yell at my assistant as she brings me my mocha latte. “I can’t keep track of all of this.”...

11/1/2007



TDmonthly's November Staff Picks
Want to wade through more than 400 new products we uploaded since last month? How about 30 TDmonthly Magazine picked for you?...

11/1/2007



Toy Fair Preview
Get the scoop on what will be on view at the American International Toy Fair in New York with TDmonthly Magazine’s Toy Fair Preview articles coming in December and January...

11/1/2007



Videos From New York
For the third year in a row, TDmonthly Magazine’s ToyTV video crew will be at the American International Toy Fair in New York … We're also hoping to get some hot footage from the Spielwarenmesse International Toy Fair in Nuremburg, Germany!...

11/1/2007



American and European Toys Rule
Even without the recent toy recalls, savvy shoppers have been looking for products that are well made and environmentally sound...

11/1/2007



Don’t Stop at Toys
Perhaps you’ve toyed with the idea of expanding your store, or offering something a little different to give it that extra edge...

11/1/2007



Holiday Gift Guide: Hot Toys for Christmas
While every other shopper in America is standing on line, waiting for a "hot" toy that will lose its appeal 5 minutes after opening...

11/1/2007



This Issue's Highlights
Click on TDmonthly Magazine’s ToyTV newscast for a glimpse at this month’s features:...

11/1/2007



TDmonthly's Toy Videos
TDmonthly Magazine's Toy Videos give you instant access to toy demos so you can evaluate a product before you buy it...

11/1/2007



Carter Keithley Speaks Out on Toy Fair
At the Fall Toy Preview in Dallas last month, TIA President Carter Keithley shared with TDmonthly Magazine the top three reasons specialty retailers should attend Toy Fair in 2008...

11/1/2007



TDmonthly's Top-10 Most-Wanted Gifts for Girls
What will girls want from Santa this year? Webkinz by Ganz are sure to stick around, retailers told TDmonthly Magazine, and younger girls are likely to clutch onto the latest dolls from Corolle and Madame Alexander...

11/1/2007



TDmonthly's Top-10 Most-Wanted Gifts for Boys
Specialty retailers recently told TDmonthly Magazine that popular holiday gifts for young boys this year should include Learning Curve's Percy and Carnival Set as well as action figures from Playmobil and Papo...

11/1/2007



Brass Ring: Poppo Pops Out Awards
Family games by Poppo Brands took off with a "pop" when they hit the market in February 2007. Since then, the word puzzle games, Poppo! and Zotto, have collectively earned 12 awards...

11/1/2007



Toy Sleuth: It’s a Big, Big World
TDmonthly Magazine’s Toy Sleuth got a yen for travel, so we scoured the globe for the latest and greatest toys, some of which are so “latest” they’re still on the drawing boards...

11/1/2007



Holiday Roundup
Prepare for Christmas by looking through these great toys, sorted by category...

11/1/2007



Twelve Toys of Xmas
Technological wizardry and creative diversity are going to top the list of toys for British kids this Xmas, according to a survey carried out by Playzak...

11/1/2007



Laugh & Learn™ Kitchen Toys Recalled by Fisher-Price Due To Choking Hazard
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Fisher-Price Inc., today announced a voluntary recall of about 155,000 Laugh & Learn™ Learning Kitchen™ Toys...

11/1/2007



Watch Fall Toy Preview VIDEOS!
TDmonthly Magazine's camera crew wound its way through the maze of the Dallas Marketplace exhibit rooms, seeking some of the coolest new toys for 4Q and 2008...

11/1/2007



Get These Toys!
What, besides Webkinz, is heating up for the holidays? Dolls and trucks, retailers told TDmonthly Magazine...

11/1/2007



Find Out WHY Toys Are Great in 2007 TDmonthly Specialty Toys Report
If you're still struggling over which toys to buy this holiday season, the 2007 TDmonthly Specialty Toys may help...

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



First-Ever TDmonthly Awards and Report Now Available
Answer your customers' questions about the best and best-selling specialty toys and decide what to order in 2008 by consulting one simple document: the 2007 TDmonthly Specialty Toys Report...

11/1/2007



Barbie Wins Doll Wars, But Boys Like Transformers
The BIGresearch company has concluded that Barbie is the top doll in the land and that robot cars rule...

11/1/2007



Brown Sues Toy Companies For Lead
LOS ANGELES — California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. and Los Angeles City Attorney Rockard J. Delgadillo today sued twenty companies for manufacturing or selling toys with “unlawful quantities of lead.”...

11/1/2007



Fall Toy Preview Makes a Friendly Impression
For the first time, Dallas Market Center in Dallas served as a hub for the mass-market toy biz during Toy Industry Association’s Fall Toy Preview, Oct. 9-12...

11/1/2007



Retailing Tips: Winning Windows Entice Customers
Specialty retailers and Donna Geary, founder and executive director of Impact Visual Merchandising and author of “Maximizing Store Impact: A Retailer's Guide to Profitable Visual Merchandising” shared with TDmonthly Magazine 11 tips for creating attractive — and often profitable — window displays:...

11/1/2007



Retailing Tips: Turn Mass-Market Fiends Into Specialty Lovers
Kids might be crazy for the licensed products they see on TV cartoons, but they’re not likely the same toys found in your specialty toy store...

11/1/2007



21st Century Toy Store: Sell Online and Stay Sane
Launching a website is only the first hurdle you must clear to sell online. What are you going to do when the orders start to roll in?...

11/1/2007



Retailer Spotlight: Juggles
It was during her early ‘80s quest to begin a children’s bookstore that mother and teacher Idanna Smith, along with a friend, discovered a toy store for sale and took the plunge into ownership...

11/1/2007



My Best Sellers: Juggles
At Juggles in Wakefield, R.I., owner Idanna Smith has noticed that kids like to build. Anything!...

11/1/2007



TDmonthly's Psychologist Mom
This month, TDmonthly Magazine’s Psychologist Mom watches gladiators fight in a Roman arena, marvels over a diaper change kit, scrambles to have the last word and more, rating each product with 1 to 5 TD stars (for TDmonthly!); 5 is the top mark...

11/1/2007



Retailer Spotlight: Silly Goose
Ten years ago when Diane Robinson first saw the Essex, Mass., building that now houses Silly Goose toy store, she immediately knew the location was perfect for starting her retail business, she told TDmonthly Magazine...

11/1/2007



TDmonthly's Multimedia Expert
TDmonthly Magazine’s Multimedia Expert has devoted her career to watching and listening to imaginative creations in a variety of media. Here she shares her opinions on multimedia products for kids, rating each one with 1 to 5 TD (for TDmonthly!) stars; 5 is the top mark...

11/1/2007



My Best Sellers: Silly Goose
“Wondrous, Whimsy, and Worldly Wares for kids of all ages” is the motto for Silly Goose toy store in Essex, Mass. So it’s not surprising to find some unusual items for both kids and adults among the toy store’s 10 best sellers...

11/1/2007



TDmonthly's Expert Mom
Sibylla Nash, mother and author of parenting and entertainment articles, shares her views on the latest toys with TDmonthly Magazine readers, rating them with 1 to 5 TDs (for TDmonthly!); 5 is the top rating...

11/1/2007



Watch More Than 70 Toy Videos From ABC
It's the next best thing to being at a trade show: Manufacturers demonstrate their toys for you on TDmonthly Magazine...

10/1/2007



Get These Toys!
If you're just starting your toy store and don't know what to stock, here's what successful specialty retailers say are musts...

10/1/2007



Kid and Youth Marketing Power Conference, Madrid
Seventeen experts in youth marketing and 15 specialist businesses came together in Madrid, Spain, last month for a three-day conference organized by IQPC to offer cutting-edge marketing advice to companies ... and TDmonthly Magazine was there...

10/1/2007



Hollywood ToyBoy – China Out? Time Out!
Everyone in La-La Land has jumped on the get-the-lead-out bandwagon. Even the most SUV-loving, oil-guzzling, strip-mining movie moguls have seen the anti-lead-in-toys light. “Think of the children!”...

10/1/2007



This Issue's Highlights
Really don't have time to read? Now you don't have to! TDmonthly Magazine's ToyTV brings you a monthly newscast with quick article summaries...

10/1/2007



TDmonthly's Psychologist Mom
This month, TDmonthly Magazine’s Psychologist Mom goes head to “headz” at a loud baseball game, parties in the swamp with Shrek and much more, rating each product with 1 to 5 TD stars (for TDmonthly!); 5 is the top mark...

10/1/2007



Holiday Gift Guide Brings Great New Toys to You
If you've been searching for gifts that are new, different and of better quality than usual, you've come to to the right place...

10/1/2007



"Best-for-Kids" Toys
Each year, the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA), releases a list of the best play products for children...

10/1/2007



Toys in the News: 10-31-07
The Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the companies named below, has announced voluntary recalls of the following products due to high levels of lead...

10/1/2007



Get These Toys!
If you want to get the hottest specialty toys for the holidays, check these out...

10/1/2007



Conversations With Keithley
President Carter Keithley of Toy Industry Association recently took time out from his demanding schedule to speak with TDmonthly Magazine about a topic that’s on everyone’s minds this fall — toy safety...

10/1/2007



CKI Recalls Children's Decorating Sets 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 Children's Toy Decorating Sets sold at Toys "R" Us stores...

10/1/2007



Eveready Battery Co. Recalls Toy Flashlights 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 "Pirates of the Caribbean" medallion squeeze lights...

10/1/2007



Hot Toys for Christmas 2007
Get the toys that no one else has by shopping in TDmonthly's Holiday Gift Guide...

10/1/2007



Good Company/Bad Company: Who Plays Nice With Toys
Via phone and email, 129 specialty toy- and gift-store owners named for TDmonthly Magazine their favorite and least favorite toy companies. If you're interested in supporting quality toys and games...

10/1/2007



The 2007 TDmonthly Specialty Toys Report
The 2007 TDmonthly Specialty Toys Report will be offered to the general public, retailers and the press at the end of October 2007. Its mission is to help consumers make informed buying decisions for the holidays and to introduce them to companies and products they will not find in mass-market outlets...

10/1/2007



TDmonthly's Toy Videos
TDmonthly Magazine's Toy Videos give you instant access to toy demos so you can evaluate a product before you buy it...

10/1/2007



TDmonthly's Top-10 Toys: ABC Kids Expo
Cookie doll clothes, crazy French plush and plaster baby feet? These are just a few of the toys that TDmonthly Magazine captured on tape at the ABC Kids Expo...

10/1/2007



Innovations of 2007
Play isn't just about play anymore, according to manufacturers who've spoken to TDmonthly Magazine. Even fashion dolls are educational...

10/1/2007



Notable and New Toys by Category
Start your Christmas orders by browsing through the more than 500 toys TDmonthly Magazine uploaded since last month...

10/1/2007



TDmonthly's Top-10 Most-Wanted Collectible Toys
Not surprisingly, Webkinz leads the pack in yet another toy category...

10/1/2007



My Best Sellers: Red Wagon Toy Company
Owner Kim Smith of Red Wagon Toy Co. in Woodstock, Vt., told TDmonthly Magazine that an important part of her retail success has been “figur[ing] out what I want to be, and what my customer wants me to be.”...

10/1/2007



Fall Toy Preview Coverage
By special invitation from companies attending TIA’s Fall Toy Preview in its new location — Dallas, Texas! — TDmonthly Magazine will be shooting the latest toys...

10/1/2007



TDmonthly's October Staff Picks
Last month, we uploaded more than 500 new toys! Since you don't have time to look at them all, we looked at them for you...

10/1/2007



Retailer Spotlight: Red Wagon Toy Co.
After returning to her hometown of Woodstock, Vt., in 2001 after living in Florida for a few years, Kim Smith realized that her surrounding community lacked any kind of children’s shop, she told TDmonthly Magazine...

10/1/2007



Magnolia Floats Above the Competition
President and Owner Qi Liu of Magnolia Trading Company revealed to TDmonthly Magazine that she did not have a background in toys before starting the business and importing Chinese toys...

10/1/2007



TDmonthly's Top-10 Most-Wanted Science and Nature Toys
Elenco still snaps up the top prize for best sellers with its Snap Circuits, but Insect Lore and Little Kids Inc. are hovering close by with their butterfly and bug projector offerings, respectively...

10/1/2007



Show Them the Way
What do you do when a mass-market customer walks into your specialty toy store...

10/1/2007



TDmonthly Specialty Toys Report: WINNERS
It's finally time to announce the deserving recipients of TDmonthly Magazine's 2007 toy awards...

10/1/2007



TDmonthly Specialty Toys Report: FINALISTS
TDmonthly Magazine's staff has had a tough couple of weeks, testing everything from one-eyed "gags" to ride-on toys, trying to whittle down our Top Toy award nominees to the finalists' list...

10/1/2007



Open Windows of Opportunity
It never hurts to have a savvy window display, and there’s no better time than the holiday season to attract customers from the outside in...

10/1/2007



Toy Recalls Shake Up Shoppers
As the holiday season approaches on the heels of a slew of toy recalls, U.S. consumers have gone on the defensive, and toy manufacturers are proactively seeking to pledge product safety, sources told PlayZak...

9/1/2007



Finding Safe Toys
Even as Congress investigates toy safety in the wake of massive recalls of toys made by Mattel and others in China, consumers appear to be taking matters into their own hands by buying more playthings made in Europe or America &#8213; even if they cost more...

9/1/2007



How to Find the Coolest Christmas Toys
If you want to know how to find the best quality, most innovative toys in the market, take some tips from the people who do that for a living: specialty toy-store owners...

9/1/2007



This Issue's Highlights
Really don't have time to read? Now you don't have to! TDmonthly Magazine's ToyTV brings you a monthly newscast...

9/1/2007



Retailer Spotlight: Boing! JP's Toy Shop
Before Elaine Hackney plunged into opening her own toy store, she tested the waters by asking nearby storeowners to talk about their businesses...

9/1/2007



TDmonthly's Toy Videos
TDmonthly Magazine's Toy Videos give you instant access to toy demos so you can evaluate a product before you buy it...

9/1/2007



My Best Sellers: Boing! JP's Toy Shop
Since her store opened in Jamaica Plain, Mass., six years ago, Owner Elaine Hackney of Boing! JP’s Toy Shop has learned lots of lessons about inventory...

9/1/2007



Discounts for TDmonthly Readers
Need free shipping to make your budget work? These specialty toy companies may give you a break if you mention ToyDirectory or TDmonthly Magazine...

9/1/2007



Specialty Stores Stock Up on Sharing
Mary Horne made a drastic career change when she purchased J. Christopher Toys in Jonesboro, Ark., in March 2007...

9/1/2007



Play Goes Green
“Going green” is the catchphrase of the new millennium, and more than the auto industry is finding it profitable to “save” our planet...

9/1/2007



TDmonthly's Top-10 Most-Wanted Gifts
Specialty retailers are selling a wide and eclectic array of gift items to their customers...

9/1/2007



TDmonthly's Top-10 Most-Wanted Musical Toys
Kids are hitting and banging their way to musical joy...

9/1/2007



Toys, Games and Gifts for $10 and Under
Need last-minute gifts, stocking stuffers and things that kids can buy with their holiday money? TDmonthly Magazine picked out 30 new toy and gift items for you...

9/1/2007



Toys, Games and Gifts for $10 to $20
If your customers are looking for affordable gifts for their nieces, nephews and kids, here's a list of toys and games from $10.00 to $20.00 that will still impress the little ones...

9/1/2007



Toys, Games and Gifts From $20 to $50
The holidays are the time to splurge, so be sure to provide your customers with plenty of pricier, though still reasonable, new toys and games. Here are some that TDmonthly found for you...

9/1/2007



Toys for the Big Wow: $50 and Up
Frugal parents and grandparents may be enticed to blow their budgets when they see these instant child-pleasers...

9/1/2007



Hollywood ToyBoy: Cartoon Network
My ol’ pappy used to say, “Nothing creative ever comes out of a committee.” And since Hollywood is one big committee ... where does that leave everyone who depends on its toys?...

9/1/2007



Homeschoolers Go Loco
This month, our Homeschool Roundtable participants found that the way to win is to prevent others from getting ahead in Buffalo Games’ Nacho Loco...

9/1/2007



Nostalgia Never Fades
Nostalgia and retro are all the rage, according to owners of specialty shops and chain stores in the southeastern United States...

9/1/2007



Hot Toys for the Holidays
Are Webkinz worn out? Will baby dolls walk out the door?...

9/1/2007



Notable and New Toys by Category
Start your Christmas orders by browsing through the more than 650 toys TDmonthly Magazine uploaded since last month...

9/1/2007



Retailer Spotlight: Toys in the Attic
Lynn Robillard knew from 16 years of running a custom jewelry store in Manchester, Vt., that in retail, it’s crucial to “always to look for quality, and to have unique things that you don’t find everywhere else”...

9/1/2007



TDmonthly's Expert Kid
TDmonthly Magazine uses experts from all facets of the toy business to review the products that come our way every month. With this guest reviewer, we go straight to the horse’s mouth, or, in this case, the kid’s mouth...

9/1/2007



TDmonthly's September Staff Picks
Last chance for Holiday orders! If your catalogs are so dog-eared you can't read the fine print, take a look at this list...

9/1/2007



My Best Sellers: Toys in the Attic
Although Owner Lynn Robillard of Toys in the Attic in Manchester, Vt., had a hard time pinning down individual best-selling items, there’s no shortage of customer excitement for many of the brands in her store...

9/1/2007



Get These Toys!
It's no surprise that Webkinz is the hottest selling line in specialty stores across the country...

9/1/2007



Retailing Tips: Prepping for the Holidays
Preparing for the holidays requires a lot of work, so start early! Whether it’s hiring additional staff, ordering or organizing holiday events...

9/1/2007



2007's Innovations
Water construction toys, charitable dolls, flying disks that talk, and MP3s for infants...

9/1/2007



The 2007 TDmonthly Specialty Toys Report
The 2007 TDmonthly Specialty Toys Report will be offered to the general public, retailers and the press in mid-October 2007. Its mission is to help consumers make informed buying decisions for the holidays and to introduce them to companies and products they will not find in mass-market outlets...

9/1/2007



ABC and Madrid Come to TDmonthly
TDmonthly Magazine’s editorial and video crews hit the road in September to bring you trade-show coverage in October...

9/1/2007



How to Make Your Store a Destination
Becoming “the place to be” takes more than cool products and good customer service...

9/1/2007



TDmonthly's Psychologist Mom
Dr. Wright doesn’t just look at toys; she analyzes them. In and out of the box, she scrutinizes them for playability, appropriateness and educational value...

9/1/2007



Toy Sleuth: The Final Frontier
TDmonthly Magazine’s September Toy Sleuth looks high, low and even under rocks this month, gathering glimpses of toys and games that will call up fond memories and watery Armageddon in a single bound...

9/1/2007



TDmonthly's Expert Mom
Each month, Sibylla Nash shares her views on the latest toys with TDmonthly Magazine readers,...

9/1/2007



Mattel Recalls 9.5 Million More Toys
August 14, 2007 – Washington, D.C. – In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Mattel Inc. announced today a voluntary recall of more than 9 million toys...

8/1/2007



Check Out These Holiday Discounts!
If you’re looking for a break while ordering, check out the companies below. Just for mentioning ToyDirectory or TDmonthly Magazine you may get anything from free shipping to 10 percent discounts!...

8/1/2007



Roundtable Roundup: Our Favorite Toys
What makes a great toy? More than anything, it depends on whether the kids still play with it after the rush of the new is gone...

8/1/2007



Roundtable Roundup: When New Toys Get Old
To determine which toys have lasting play value, our Roundtable moms and kids looked back at the products they evaluated from March to July 2007...

8/1/2007



This Issue's Highlights
Skim these TDmonthly Magazine stories to find out what you need to know for the ordering season...

8/1/2007



Gifts for Real Kids (5 to 7 Years)
Take a peek on this page to see what specialty toys you might need to order for kids 5 to 7...

8/1/2007



Gifts for the Jaded (Kids 8 to 12)
Ordering for tweens can be difficult. Take a look at these specialty toys...

8/1/2007



Retailing Tips: Brand Your Store
Branding, whether it’s burning a ranch symbol into the hides of cattle or slapping a designer’s name on a pair of jeans, is nothing new...

8/1/2007



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



How to Survive a Monster Hit
You dream of it and dread it: A specialty toy explodes into the mainstream consciousness. Your sales skyrocket, your foot traffic becomes a stampede, and then ... you run out of the toy...

8/1/2007



TDmonthly Toy Video Crew Finds New Toys at ASTRA
If you missed the ASTRA show in Las Vegas, don't despair! TDmonthly's ToyTV picked up some of the greatest new companies and toys for the specialty market...

8/1/2007



TDmonthly's Top-10 Most-Wanted Plush
It's a zoo in the plush and puppet category, and the Lil'Kinz Gorilla is leading a wild display of exotic animals...

8/1/2007



Notable and New Toys by Category
Start your Christmas orders by browsing through the more than 650 toys TDmonthly Magazine uploaded since last month...

8/1/2007



Thank You, Canada!
In recognition of the importance Canada plays in the specialty toy market, TDmonthly Magazine spoke with retailers, manufacturers and experts north of the border to find out how much of their business is U.S.-driven, and what the pluses and minuses are...

8/1/2007



TDmonthly's Toy Videos Top-10 ASTRA Picks
TDmonthly Magazine's own Julie L. Jones demonstrates our top picks from the newest companies at the ASTRA Marketplace...

8/1/2007



TDmonthly's August Staff Picks
TDmonthly Magazine uploaded more than 650 new toys and games last month! To make your job easier, we sifted through them and selected the ones we think might do well in specialty stores...

8/1/2007



TDmonthly's Top-10 Most-Wanted Dolls
Baby dolls are cute and cuddly, of course, but realism and detail are in demand, too...

8/1/2007



Retailers Speak Out at ASTRA
TDmonthly Magazine asked specialty toy-store owners to pick their favorite toys at the ASTRA Marketplace in Las Vegas...

8/1/2007



Toy Sleuth: Opposites Attach
This month, TDmonthly Magazine’s Toy Sleuth got taken up with some odd juxtapositions...

8/1/2007



Watch ASTRA Marketplace Symposia
In addition to networking with peers and discovering new manufacturers, retailers at trade shows have a great opportunity to learn or review skills that increase the bottom line...

8/1/2007



TDmonthly's Toy Videos
TDmonthly's Toy Videos give you instant access to toy demos so you can evaluate a product before you buy it...

8/1/2007



ASTRA Marketplace: Specialty at Its Best
With “specialty” in sharp focus, the 2007 ASTRA Academy & Marketplace, June 24 to 27 at Las Vegas’ SouthPoint Hotel & Casino, proved to be an upbeat and successful show...

7/1/2007



Get Ready to Order!
In August and September, TDmonthly will have special Get Ready to Order issues to facilitate your holiday purchasing...

7/1/2007



Notable and New Toys by Category
TDmonthly Magazine has more than 11,000 products in our searchable database and adds hundreds more each month, so you can increase your chances of finding this Holiday's Hits .....

7/1/2007



TDmonthly's Toy Videos
TDmonthly's Toy Videos give you instant access to toy demos so you can evaluate a product before you buy it...

7/1/2007



TDmonthly Toy Video Crew Shoots ASTRA Marketplace
Didn't make it to Las Vegas to network and find new companies? Don't despair! TDmonthly's ToyTV videotaped specialty retailers and new companies...

7/1/2007



NuOp Design Thrives on Originality
In 2005, Frank Frisari and John McCoy pooled their talents to create geometric magnets and the flexible plastic Q-Man. Two years later, they have a line of colorful novelties...

7/1/2007



TDmonthly's Psychologist Mom
Dr. Wright doesn't just look at toys; she analyzes them. This month, TDmonthly Magazine’s Psychologist Mom packs up a fuzzy backpack, puzzles out an alphabetical dragon and more...

7/1/2007



TDmonthly's July Staff Picks
From an optical-illusion construction kit to books that reach the underserved audience of biracial kids, July's toys are all about relationships...

7/1/2007



This Issue's Highlights
If you don't have time for the whole issue of TDmonthly, check out the companies specialty retailers say are fair...

7/1/2007



How to Manage a Monster Hit
Some store owners smell a hit and go for it. Others keep away. What could be wrong with a best-selling toy?...

7/1/2007



Thank You, Canada!
Canadian toy companies and retailers have a close relationship with their counterparts across the border...

7/1/2007



Dolls on the Uprise
Over the past couple of months, several retailers have told TDmonthly that baby dolls are enjoying renewed popularity...

7/1/2007



My Best Sellers: Henry Bear's Park
After 31 years in business, Owner Sally Lesser of Henry Bear’s Park in Massachusetts, knows that staple items and best sellers go hand in hand...

7/1/2007



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



Toys for the Old Folks
Toymakers and retailers may complain about age compression, but some say the market’s opened up on the other end: The way to lure kids back to toys is to sell to the adults...

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



TDmonthly's Top-10 Most-Wanted Novelty Toys
Play Visions keeps stretching the limits of wackiness with the Flower Inside-Out Ball and Flex Net additions to its Hyperflex line...

7/1/2007



Toy Sleuth: A Summer of Transformation
July's Toy Sleuth goes from the primitive to the high-tech, taking familiar ideas and turning them on their heads...

7/1/2007



UPDATE: TIA's Member Code of Conduct
As reported in prior issues of TDmonthly Magazine, a committee headed by Stevanne Auerbach, Ph.D. (aka Dr. Toy), and Marshall Gavin (b. dazzle, inc.) among others, has worked assiduously to develop...

7/1/2007



Trish Garlock
There are a lot of sad children in La Grange, Ky., this spring...

6/1/2007



TDmonthly's Toy Videos
If a picture's worth 1,000 words, a video's worth volumes. Use TDmonthly's Toy Videos to get a better look (and listen) at some of the latest toys on the market...

6/1/2007



This Issue's Highlights
No leisure? Get the gist with these story summaries, and then click the links to read on...

6/1/2007



TDmonthly's June Staff Picks
What could be cuter than a bucketful of dachsunds...

6/1/2007



Awesome Kids Adds Animation
Animation targeted to children aged 5 to 8 is gradually becoming one of Awesome Kids’ biggest successes...

6/1/2007



TDmonthly's Top-10 Most-Wanted Licensed Toys
Most specialty retailers don't carry licensed toys, but which select few do some of them allow?...

6/1/2007



TDmonthly's Top-10 Most-Wanted Construction Toys
The Star Wars invasion continues, as retailers told TDmonthly Magazine that LEGO remains on top of the construction-toy universe...

6/1/2007



TDmonthly's Top-10 Most-Wanted Playsets
The Playmobil Pirate Micro World rules the high seas of the playset world...

6/1/2007



Esco Imports Imports Great Fun
Jack Steinfeld, president of Esco Imports, knows a lot about the toy business: His family founded and has been successfully running toy importer and distributor Esco Imports since 1946...

6/1/2007



Notable and New Toys by Category
If you're ready to order for the holiday season, or if you're just getting ready to think about it, click on the categories to find the hundreds of toys TDmonthly Magazine has uploaded since last month...

6/1/2007



Homeschoolers Go for Fantasy
This month, our Homeschooling Roundtable participants met an imaginary creature named Freddy in Once Upon a Blue Moon, and took a break on the collectible, adoptable and customizable Big Freddy Chair...

6/1/2007



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5/1/2007



TDmonthly's Developmental Expert
Christina Liu uses toys to help kids with or at risk for developmental delay reach their full potential. This month, her kids put it together big time, learn to chase words, hop through the Amazon and more...

5/1/2007



Tradeshow Videos
Want to know what your favorite specialty vendors are up to in 2007? See them demonstrate their newest games and toys by clicking on the links...

5/1/2007



TDmonthly Toy Videos
Want to know what a toy's really like before you order?...

5/1/2007



How to Keep Your Toy Store Thriving
Running a toy store isn't easy. High costs and competition snuffed out at least one neighborhood specialty store within the past two years...

5/1/2007



Easter Brought Bucks
Despite a dearth of Ganz’s Webkinz, 12 specialty toy-store owners told TDmonthly that Easter 2007 was...

5/1/2007



Retailer Spotlight: All Things Fun!
After spending a decade opening stores for others, Dina and Ed Evans decided it was time do something for themselves...

5/1/2007



TDmonthly's Top-10 Most-Wanted Bath Toys
The Alex navy patrols the high seas of bathtubs everywhere...

5/1/2007



Notable and New Toys by Category
Get ready for the Holidays by getting a jump on your orders. TDmonthly has hundreds of new toys sorted by category...

5/1/2007



TDmonthly's Top-10 Most-Wanted Infant /Toddler Toys
This month, retailers told TDmonthly Magazine that pull toys are pulling their weight in the infant category...

5/1/2007



TDmonthly's May Staff Picks
Magic is the theme this month, as brush strokes dissolve on a Buddha Board...

5/1/2007



The Few, the Proud, the Award-Winning Toys
Thousands of products are introduced to the toy industry every year, but only a limited number are good enough, playable enough and innovative enough to garner an award...

5/1/2007



TDmonthly's Top-10 Most-Wanted Travel Toys
Specialty retailers told TDmonthly that magnets attract attention in the backseats of cars across America...

5/1/2007



Award-Winning Toys
Don't have time to test every toy yourself? Luckily, there are plenty of others who want to do it for you...

4/1/2007



Holiday Preview
Now that Toy Fair is over, all those new toys seem just so … old. So what’s next?...

4/1/2007



Convergence and Culture
Ever wonder how changing media patterns and cultural experience could affect your business?...

4/1/2007



This Issue's Highlights
Want to know what other specialty retailers look like? And sound like? And what they want in their stores for 2007?...

4/1/2007



TDmonthly's Top-10 Pomona Picks
From an a-maze-ing marble-run construction kit to a whack-y ball that exercises the mind, the WTHRA show took buyers and reps into a creative realm of fun and interactivity...

4/1/2007



TDmonthly's April Staff Picks
While we were looking for special toys for kids of all ages, the following products came across our desks at TDmonthly Magazine...

4/1/2007



Toy Sleuth: 8-Year-Old Birthday Boy's Picks
This month, Toy Sleuth ran his finds by a birthday boy turning 8...

4/1/2007



TDmonthly's Psychologist Mom
Dr. Wright doesn't just look at toys; she analyzes them. In and out of the box, she scrutinizes them for playability, appropriateness and educational value...

4/1/2007



Hollywood ToyBoy: Bad Breath, Taxes and Toons
April 15! Even in La La Land, the cold, bad breath of the taxman sweeps the land...

4/1/2007



TDmonthly's Top-10 Most-Wanted Outdoor Toys
TDmonthly Magazine asked retailers what toys are hot when the weather is, too...

4/1/2007



My Best Sellers: G. Willikers, N.H.
The Breneman family has been in the toy business since 1978. Almost 30 years of success have taught them a thing or two about toys, dolls and games...

4/1/2007



Preschoolers: Unpuzzling the Puzzles
Roundtable participants liked the analytical challenge and sense of accomplishment that comes with doing puzzles regardless of whether they are small and done individually or large and worked on cooperatively...

4/1/2007



Homeschoolers Puzzle Over Football
This month, TDmonthly Magazine’s Homeschool Roundtable played new kinds of ball games with Top Toss Pro and BlongoBall, scored with K and T Toys’ Touchdown, and got an eyeful of prehistoric creatures with Safari’s Dinosaur Panorama Puzzle...

4/1/2007



Notable and New Toys by Category
Last Easter, specialty toy retailers saw Ganz's Webkinz explode. What toys will overflow the Easter baskets this year?...

4/1/2007



Watch Games Expo VIDEOS!
More than 200 exhibitors showed off their new games at the debut of Games Expo last month in Las Vegas...

4/1/2007



Cool Toy VIDEOS From Pomona
The TDmonthly Magazine video crew moseyed out to Pomona to capture manufacturers demonstrating their new toys at the annual WTHRA show...

4/1/2007



Watch Pomona and Toy Fair TOY VIDEOS by Category!
Want to know what your favorite specialty vendors are up to in 2007?...

4/1/2007



Retailers Speak Out at Toy Fair
While at Toy Fair 2007, TDmonthly Magazine interviewed specialty toy retailers about new products they've spotted...

4/1/2007



Videos From WTHRA Bring New Toys to You
Winter is almost over and Spring toys are ready to bloom...

3/1/2007



TDmonthly's March Staff Picks
Pencils and cameras ready, TDmonthly Magazine trolled the aisles of Toy Fair for special toys for specialty shops. Lucky for us, other toys came straight to our office, too...

3/1/2007



Specialty Stores Share Toy Fair Favs
TDmonthly Magazine spoke with specialty retailers during and after Toy Fair TDmonthly Magazine spoke with specialty retailers during and after Toy Fair to find out which toys they liked the most...

3/1/2007



How HABA Stays Fresh
Lea Culliton started in retail and worked her way up to become the vice president of sales and marketing at HABA USA...

3/1/2007



Notable and New Toys by Category
Now that all the toys you saw at Toy Fair are jumbled together into one big toy blur, sort them out by category...

3/1/2007



Homeschoolers: Think to Win
Think, think, think! Games that entertain while exercising the brain were the focus of this month's Homeschooling Roundtable...

3/1/2007



Toy Sleuth: It's Granny by a Nose
Sometimes what's bubbling under the surface can be revolutionary. Sometimes it can be evolutionary. And sometimes, it's just plain weird and wonderful...

3/1/2007



TDmonthly's Top-10 Specialty Toy Fair Toys
Specialty toy retailers had hundreds of booths to browse at this year’s American International Toy Fair in New York...

3/1/2007



Watch Toy Fair VIDEOS Here!
We've now uploaded all of the 150-plus product demonstrations TDmonthly Magazine shot at Toy Fair 2007...

3/1/2007



TDmonthly's Top-10 Coolest Toy Fair Toys
TDmonthly was at Toy Fair, too, and here are some of the toys we think kids of all ages, backgrounds and sensibilities would have a hard time resisting:...

3/1/2007



My Best Sellers: Kaleidoscope Toys
Michelle Deutschmann had to overcome well-meaning naysayers when she first contemplated opening a toy store...

3/1/2007



Toy Fair New Toys Videos by Category
Don't have time to watch dozens of videos? Then click on the category you most need to fill...

3/1/2007



This Issue's Highlights: Revisit Toy Fair
Toy Fair's over ... so now what?...

3/1/2007



TDmonthly's Developmental Expert
Christina Liu uses toys to help kids with or at risk for developmental delay reach their full potential. This month, her kids make up new animals, break secret codes, learn story structure and more...

3/1/2007



Report on the Survey on the Code of Ethics
For the past two years, a committee of concerned members of the toy and game industry has been studying and discussing a proposed Code of Ethics. The Proposed document has been accepted for review by the Toy Industry Association...

3/1/2007



Retailing Tips: Pricing for Profit
In a Toy Fair Session sponsored by the Toy Industry Association, Nick Morolda ... offered nine tips on how to build and support a successful toy store...

3/1/2007



Infant/Toddler: Babies Like Good Design
The wooden Curvino Push Toy by Selecta became a favorite with moms and babes alike because of its craftsmanship and flexibility...

3/1/2007



Preschool/Early School: Wooden Toys Rule
While investigating blocks, games and frames for little kids, TDmonthly’s Preschool/Early School Roundtable participants favored products...

3/1/2007



TIA Snubs New York and Heads West
New York is out and Texas is in. After months of controversy, the Toy Industry Association announced after a meeting of its Executive Committee on Tuesday that this year’s Fall Toy Show will be in Dallas, October 8 to 11...

3/1/2007



Cool Toy VIDEOS from Pomona
The TDmonthly Magazine video crew mosied out to Pomona to capture manufacturers demonstrating their new toys at the annual WTHRA show...

3/1/2007



TDmonthly's Psychologist Mom
This month, TDmonthly Magazine's Psychologist Mom takes her kids to the races, prepares them for retirement and more...

3/1/2007



Notable and New Toys by Category
Not everybody is going to Toy Fair, so if you want to see all of the latest toys that have come TDmonthly's way...

2/1/2007



Retailer Spotlight: Playmatters
A milestone birthday and a visit to the Nuremburg Toy Fair helped nudge Michael Ziegenhagen to launch Playmatters in Cleveland in the early 1990s...

2/1/2007



My Best Sellers: Playmatters
In this issue of TDmonthly, Michael Ziegenhagen, owner of Playmatters in Cleveland, Ohio, shares some of his best-selling toys...

2/1/2007



Toy Fair 2007 Preview
Before you get out your parka and Ugg boots to prepare for another trek to the Javits Center...

2/1/2007



TDmonthly's February Staff Picks
TDmonthly Magazine is always on the lookout for new and exciting toys and games that might do well in specialty toy stores...

2/1/2007



February Videos
If you want to know what a toy will look like on your shelf, TDmonthly Magazine lets you see it before and after it comes out of the box...

2/1/2007



This Issue's Highlights
This month in TDmonthly Magazine, innovation is the keyword...

2/1/2007



Toy Fair Frenzy!
Get ready ... get set ... go get new toys!...

2/1/2007



Preschool Roundtable Knocks Their Blocks Off
If you want to know what kids think about toys, you've got to hear it from the kids themselves...

2/1/2007



Spider-Man Turns Mean
"Spider-Man 3," "Shrek the Third" and, yes, "Pirates of the Caribbean" (Part 3) are predicted to be the monster hits of 200 ... 7...

2/1/2007



Toy Sleuth: February
Take something commonplace, look at it from a new angle and …Voila! The next big toy...

2/1/2007



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



TDmonthly's Developmental Expert
Christina Liu uses toys to help kids with or at risk for developmental delay...

2/1/2007



Simple Toys Teach Best
Two-thirds of the retailers TDmonthly surveyed indicated that educational purchases begin with ages 4 and younger...

2/1/2007



Homeschoolers: Crafty Play
Playing is learning, TDmonthly's Homeschool Roundtable agreed...

2/1/2007



Top Trends of Toy Fair
The American International Toy Fair in New York City brought together hundreds of the industry's biggest and smallest players...

2/1/2007



On-the-Floor Toy Fair Coverage
To help specialty retailers get the most out of Toy Fair, TDmonthly Magazine provided daily tradeshow updates...

2/1/2007



Toy Fair 2007 Toys
While sitting in the airport, waiting for your plane to New York, or back in the hotel after a day working the aisles, take a look at the toys...

2/1/2007



VIDEOS: See Toy Fair Toys in Action
The more than 150 product demonstrations TDmonthly Magazine shot at Toy Fair 2007 are a great way to revisit products before you place that final order...

2/1/2007



TDmonthly's Psychologist Mom
Dr. Wright doesn't just look at toys; she analyzes them...

2/1/2007



Innovation Carries Over: Beware the Biker Tot
Three-year-olds can now flaunt tattoos and then ride off on their motorcycle-sleek wooden "Moto Kid"...

2/1/2007



Innovations of 2007
What's coming up at Toy Fair and beyond?...

1/1/2007



TDmonthly's January Staff Picks
Every month, TDmonthly staff evaluate the toys that pass through our hands...

1/1/2007



Retailing Tips: How to Survive Toy Fair
How do you navigate the year's largest toy trade event? Systematically...

1/1/2007



This Issue's Highlights
This month, TDmonthly Magazine is all about communication: books, DVDs, online, offline...

1/1/2007



Toy Sleuth: Making the Future Friendly
The push for new technology in all walks of life, from techno-phones to TIVO TVs, has created a backlash...

1/1/2007



January Videos
If you want to know what a toy will look like on your shelf, TDmonthly Magazine lets you see it before and after it comes out of the box...

1/1/2007



Innovations of 2006
TDmonthly Magazine asked manufacturers about their most notable and innovative toys from 2006...

1/1/2007



Retailer Spotlight: Treehouse Toys
Creative merchandising, quality product, and excellent service have enabled Treehouse Toys to "become a destination."...

1/1/2007



My Best Sellers: Treehouse Toys
In this issue of TDmonthly, Kathleen Tutone, owner of Treehouse Toys in Portsmouth, N.H. and Portland, Maine, and co-owner of Magicforest, shared some of the qualities that have made her specialty toy stores a success for more than 10 years...

1/1/2007



Hollywood ToyBoy: Specialty Toys Can Save Hollywood
Hollywood's in a rut. Just look at the trailers: action, action, explosions and screams... and those are for the comedies...

1/1/2007



Notable and New Toys by Category
It's time to reorder, so check here first to see all of the toys that have come our way via manufacturers' or retailers' recommendations...

1/1/2007



TDmonthly's Top-10 Holiday Sellers
Webkinz by Ganz led the movement for interactive toys, according to 30 specialty toy retailers...

1/1/2007



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



TDmonthly's Expert Mom
She's taught kids. She's raising kids. She knows what's good for them...

1/1/2007



TDmonthly's Psychology Expert
Want an expert's opinion on toys kids will love? This month, Dr. Carroll examines a book that aids with grieving, puts together a crystal radio, spins a web and more...

1/1/2007



Why Your Toys Should Speak Spanish
Mainstream marketing is no longer a sufficient approach to the Spanish-speaking demographic in the United States...

12/1/2006



TDmonthly's Psychology Expert
Want an expert's opinion on toys kids will love?...

12/1/2006



What Makes an Award-Winning Toy
TDmonthly Magazine is happy to congratulate the dozens of honorees whose names appear on lists for this year’s toy awards...

12/1/2006



Toy Industry Code of Ethics
Recurring headlines in the toy industry reflect continuing agitation and the escalation of the costs of legal issues, as one company after another files copyright infringement suits...

12/1/2006



December Videos
If you want to know what a toy will look like on your shelf, TDmonthly Magazine lets you see it before and after it comes out of the box...

12/1/2006



TDmonthly's Expert Mom
She’s taught kids. She's raising kids. She knows what’s good for them ... and what they like...

12/1/2006



Homeschoolers Glide Into History
Five homeschooled families ventured back into history as they built a replica of a Wright glider, jammed with legendary jazz greats, rode into the outlaw West with Billy the Kid, and revisited Troy...

12/1/2006



TDmonthly's Greedy Grown-ups Xmas List
Every day the staff at TDmonthly Magazine thinks about, talks about and writes about brand new toys for the specialty toy market...

12/1/2006



This Issue's Highlights
Overloaded this holiday season? We've summarized some of our top stories to help you make the most of your time at TDmonthly Magazine...

12/1/2006



TDmonthly's December Staff Picks
TDmonthly staff members are always looking at new toys, hoping to find something that will sit well (for a very short time) on specialty retailers' shelves...

12/1/2006



Ho-Hum Predictions Haven’t Squashed Xmas Hopes
Christmas comes early every year at the U.S. Customs Seaport in Long Beach, Calif., where the annual bulk of holiday imports docks between late August and November...

12/1/2006



Hot Toys for Christmas
If you've shopped 'til you dropped at your local specialty toy stores and still haven't found the perfect gift for the perfect people on your list, you've come to the right place...

12/1/2006



Reasons to Keep on Celebrating
As our 10th anniversary celebration officially winds down, we look back over the years with a sense of satisfaction...

12/1/2006



Notable and New Toys by Category
All of the toys, games, dolls and gift products that have come our way in the last three months have been gathered into one place...

12/1/2006



Trains Leave Models on the Slow Track
Parents are doing the hobby how-do-you-dos, 10 of 13 specialty toy retailers told TDmonthly Magazine...

12/1/2006