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Article Archive: Plush
Toys to Talk About: Plush
These cozy, cuddly plush items are sure to be a winner in your store...

3/1/2016



Toys to Talk About: Cuddly Plush
These cuddly plush toys might deserve a place in your store...

1/1/2016



Learn how one family worked together to bring their toy to market
When my three-year-old daughter, Lyla, drew a picture of a monster and asked me to “help make it real” for her Daddy’s holiday gift, I didn’t hesitate to pull out a box of fabric for her to rummage through and thread up my sewing machine. But when my husband received the monster and suggested we make a business out of it, I thought he might be crazy...

9/1/2015



Top-10 Most-Wanted Plush and Puppets
Cuddly, sweet, and full of personality, there's a reason why plush toys and puppets are some of kids favorite classic toys...

7/1/2015



Q & A with Halie Fulton, creator of Dream Frenz®
We reached out to Halie Fulton, president of MAF Industries, LLC and creator of the Dream Frenz, to learn more about the journey of bringing a toy to market...

1/1/2015



Will American Kids Want Some Tsum-Tsum?
If there's one thing Disney's great at, it's integrating experience (whether digital or physical) with merchandise - and they just might have another hit on their hands...

9/1/2014



2014 Holiday Preview: Dolls, Plush & Puppets, Infant & Toddler, Electronics and Play Houses
Summer vacation may be in full swing, but in retailers' minds winter break is right around the corner...

7/1/2014



Top-10 Most-Wanted Plush and Puppets
When TDmonthly Magazine interviewed retailers about their best-selling plush and puppets in a June 2014 survey, we learned that high-quality brands like Folkmanis, Douglas and Jellycat remain favorites...

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



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

5/1/2014



Top-10 Most-Wanted Plush and Puppets
When TDmonthly interviewed retailers in June 2013 about their best-selling plush and puppets, one name was mentioned above all the rest: FOLKMANIS...

7/1/2013



Q&A with Gloria Mecca for Heavenly Hug Dolls
It's easy for some people to brush off toys as mere entertainment. But as those of us in the industry know, and as any child (or adult!) with a beloved teddy bear or doll can tell you, for so many people toys are more than just a product to be pushed...

4/1/2013



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

3/1/2013



TDmonthly Seal of Approval - Dolls & Plush
See the TDmonthly Seal of Approval winners for the Dolls / Plush Toy category...

1/1/2013



Q&A With Mary Beth Minton, CEO of Zylie the Bear
Mary Beth Minton had one child who loved dolls, and another who preferred to dress up her teddy bears as dolls. After searching for, and not finding, a bear designed to be dressed up and played with as a doll, Mary Beth and her son Matt set out to create their own...

1/1/2013



Q&A With DeNay Thomas-Ramsey, President of Tag Along Teddy
When DeNay Thomas-Ramsey's daughter wanted to carry her plush animals with her everywhere, DeNay was struck with an idea. What if there was a way for kids to bring their plush toys with them, without the toys getting bedraggled and dirty? Tag Along Teddy was born...

10/1/2012



Top-10 Most-Wanted Plush and Puppets
In a late Spring 2012 survey about plush and puppets, retailers told TDmonthly Magazine that their best sellers for the category were rooted in reality. Mini Monarch Butterfly finger puppets from FOLKMANIS look almost like the real thing, and were joined at the top of the list by GUND's Boo...

7/1/2012



Interview with Jennifer Telfer, Creator of Pillow Pets and CEO of CJ Products
TDmonthly Magazine recently interviewed Jennifer Telfer, creator of Pillow Pets and CEO of CJ Products. Below, Telfer discusses how learning from past mistakes, "going with the flow", and perseverance brought Pillow Pets from just a dream to one of the most popular plush toys on the market...

7/1/2012



Plush & Puppets
Check out these recently added specialty and mass-market plush and puppets...

7/1/2012



Plush Toys
Check out these recently added mass-market and specialty plush toys...

4/1/2012



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



Plush Toys
See these recently added specialty and mass-market plush toys...

11/1/2011



Holiday Preview: 9 Plush Gifts
Need a meaningful gift to offer your customers or young family members this Holiday season? Look no further!...

9/1/2011



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



Q & A With Carol Fenster, CEO of Baby Abuelita Productions
Some people told Fenster that no one would ever want to buy a grandparent doll, but by its second year of business the company was making over $1 million a year...

8/1/2011



Video Interview With Christine Andrews, VP of Design at Douglas Cuddle Toys
Christine Andrews, VP of Design at Douglas Cuddle Toys, tells how branching out into more fashionable and modern fabrics has helped Douglas Cuddle Toy expand their customer base...

8/1/2011



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



Noodle Head's Purr-fect Plush Gifts Will Bow-Wow Your Customers
Noodle Head Inc's popular Pawparazzi sets will be available just in time for the holidays in a new value line, perfect for customers who've had to pinch their pennies in the recent tough economy...

7/1/2011



ASTRA Preview: Plush Toys
View Plush toys from companies who will be attending the ASTRA Marketplace & Academy...

6/1/2011



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

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 (12/6/10 - 12/10/10)
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...

12/1/2010



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 (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



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



Pawparazzi Pets Take Center Stage
In a marketplace where plush animals aren’t typically seen as collectible items, Noodle Head Toys has made the Pawparazzi line trendy and coveted...

9/1/2010



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (9/13/10 - 9/17/10)
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



Roundtable Reviewers Fall in Love With New Vibrant, Cuddly Fuzzles
TDmonthly Magazine’s Girls Roundtable went dotty over Ida, a monkey from Douglas Cuddle Toys’ new Fuzzles line. Moms and kids alike raved over the bright color and eye-catching design...

8/1/2010



My Best Sellers: Totally Thomas' Toy Depot
At Totally Thomas Toy Depot in San Diego, Thomas rules! Fans enjoy the mecca of train products and can, at the same time, enjoy shopping for a variety of other products...

8/1/2010



Top-10 Most-Wanted Gifts for Infants and Toddlers
Vulli’s Sophie the Giraffe and Cloud B’s Twilight Ladybug and Twilight Turtle are, by far, top sellers among infant and toddler gifts...

8/1/2010



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (8/16/10 - 8/20/10)
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



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (8/9/10 - 8/13/10)
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



Top-10 Most-Wanted Plush and Puppets
Folkmanis tops the list of most-wanted plush toys for the third year in a row, with about one-third of 43 retailers citing it as their best-selling plush in a TDmonthly Magazine survey...

7/1/2010



Top-10 Toys at ASTRA 2010
Games were a hit with buyers at the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association's annual Marketplace in June, a post-show TDmonthly Magazine survey revealed...

7/1/2010



Watch Toy Videos of the Day: Week 2 (7/12-7/16)
July's Videos of the Day for Week 2 feature the creepy, yet cute, Vamplets by Kamhi World along with eco-friendly products...

7/1/2010



Watch Toy Videos of the Day: Week 1 (7/1-7/9)
July's Videos of the Day for Week 1 included games such as YAMSLAM by Blue Orange, Pirate vs. Pirate by Out of the Box, and Do Tell from Do Tell Enterprises...

7/1/2010



Holiday Preview: Infant & Toddler
Toysmith may help drum up holiday tunes with a musical set from its B. line, and Magicforest introduces the Moulin Roty of plush animals from France. See rattles, blankets, onesies and more in TDmonthly’s Holiday Preview of Infant & Toddler gifts below.For products that interest you, click "Add to my...

6/1/2010



Plush and Puppets Get Cuddly Up Close
Ben Kachoo from Fierce Fun Toys sneezes as much as he snuggles, and the Curtain Critters are ready to add the finishing touches to a child's room...

6/1/2010



Toy Videos of the Day: 5-27-10
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...

5/1/2010



My Best Sellers: Club Tabby
At Club Tabby in Lake Charles, La., tween girls can be a princess for a day … and shop to their heart’s content. Co-owner Natalie Comeaux told TDmonthly Magazine what little princesses (and their parents) are buying up...

4/1/2010



Watch Videos: Toys Play at WTHRA
TDmonthly Magazine recently captured more than 150 demo videos of toys and games — including many NEW products — at the annual Western States Toy & Hobby Show...

4/1/2010



Toy Videos of the Day: 4-29-10
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 specialty products...

4/1/2010



Zoobies Unfold With New Themes and Licenses
Ryan Treft, vice president of marketing for Zoobies, is straightforward about his learning experiences in bringing products to market: “I’ve found that nothing can take the place of a face-to-face meeting...

3/1/2010



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

3/1/2010



Toy Videos of the Day: 3-31-10
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 specialty products...

3/1/2010



Inside the LA Mart
In January, the LA Mart and California Gift Show opened their doors to wholesale buyers...

2/1/2010



TDmonthly Retailer Spotlight: The Toy Shop of Concord
The Toy Shop of Concord in Concord, Mass., has a different feel than most other toy stores. It’s based on Owner David Hesel’s “shop within a shop” branding concept, which he counts as one of his biggest successes...

1/1/2010



My Best Sellers: The Toy Shop of Concord
At the Toy Shop of Concord in Massachusetts, the customer is always right, Owner David Hesel told TDmonthly Magazine...

1/1/2010



January Staff Picks
Whether it be poodle, pug or pomeranian, find your favorite pooch in Manhattan Toy's line of Fuzzy Nation dog-fashioned purses and wristlets...

1/1/2010



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

1/1/2010



December Staff Picks
Any storyteller can impart endearing tales with Muddy Cloud's new character finger puppets, and teens can authentically encounter the basics of electricity...

12/1/2009



Dolls, Plush & Puppets
Go back to main article: "Award-Winning Toys for a Hassle-Free Holiday"...

12/1/2009



Toy Fair: First-Time Exhibitors
If you don’t know what an “oomfy” is or can’t wait to share messages with friends via secret code, you don’t want to miss the freshest vendors at the Toy Industry Association’s Toy Fair this February!...

12/1/2009



Hello, Zhu Zhu Pets, Goodbye Webkinz
I was widely derided when I wrote in August 2008 that: “I must conclude that the growth of the virtual playground concept has, at least in the United States, slowed in terms of traffic and interest.”...

12/1/2009



TDmonthly's November Staff Picks
Ideopolis' Alphabotz line decks out robots to give whimsical character to phonetics, and stainless steel becomes more present...

11/1/2009



In This Issue
In TDmonthly Magazine's top-10 most-wanted articles this month, find out which products are selling best for the infamous tween set (boys and girls)...

11/1/2009



TDmonthly's August Staff Picks
Stylish, foot-long roadsters from a British company are zooming into the United States, eco-friendly baby toys are being primed with pink, and the H1N1 virus (Swine Flu) has gone plush...

8/1/2009



Retailer Spotlight: Moon Rabbit Toys
For Shana Hack, owner of Moon Rabbit Toys in Santa Fe, N.M., the desire to open a toy store came slowly...

8/1/2009



Top-10 Most-Wanted Plush and Puppets
In May 2009, TDmonthly Magazine surveyed 43 specialty retailers about their sales of plush and puppets. More than half of the storeowners said Folkmanis accounted for their top sales...

7/1/2009



Cloud B Soothes Children to Sleep
Created with the desire to help children sleep and simplify parents’ lives, Cloud B’s award-winning plush and apparel products are delivering what everybody wants: a better night’s sleep...

7/1/2009



Virtual Playgrounds See Gradual Decline
About a year ago, I wrote an article in the UK Toy News Magazine that said that there were really only five virtual playgrounds worth talking about – Mattel’s Barbie Girls, Ganz’s Webkinz, Disney’s Club Penguin (toy license: Jakks Pacific), Neopets (toy license: Jakks Pacific) and Russ Berrie’s Shining Stars...

7/1/2009



ASTRA Toy Show Maintains Specialty Loyalty in Hard Times
“This year's ASTRA show did not disappoint,” Joe Mitchell, owner of YoYo Joe’s Toys & Fun in Wilmington, Del., told TDmonthly Magazine. “Despite an economy that's still in trouble, it was clear that there were more attendees to the show...

7/1/2009



TDmonthly's June Staff Picks
From baby shoes with crazy attitude to cute comics for little kids, there are plenty of exciting new releases to keep your eye on as you sail through the summer and prepare for autumn...

6/1/2009



In This Issue
TDmonthly Magazine has more Holiday Preview articles for you this month, including new launches of dolls, plush and construction toys. Additionally, there's a Shop Talk story on Melody’s Choices...

6/1/2009



Top-10 Most-Wanted Licensed Toys
In April 2009, TDmonthly surveyed specialty toy retailers around the country about their sales of licensed product. Here are the top-10 best-selling licensed toys...

6/1/2009



Holiday Preview - Plush and Puppets
If Regal Elite’s Rollo doesn’t get kids laughing this Christmas, maybe the smiles of sock monkeys will. See everything from microwaveable plush for bedtime to mini versions of whimsical stuffed friends in TDmonthly’s Holiday Preview of Plush and Puppets...

6/1/2009



Kids' Gifts for the Holidays
Last month in TDmonthly Magazine’s Holiday Preview, you got a glimpse of some eco-friendly art projects, exciting books and costumes fit for a princess. See this month’s featured categories...

6/1/2009



Regional Reports: What's Selling … And Where
The best-seller category was different for all the storeowners interviewed this month. For some, lines with broad numbers of small product, such as Lego or the Iwako erasers by BC Industries, soared...

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



TDmonthly's Top-10 Picks From Pomona
The aisles of the Western States Toy & Hobby Show, held March 7-10 in Pomona, Calif., boasted an array of eco-friendly wooden toys, creative play sets and activities, and plenty of great toys for boys...

4/1/2009



TDmonthly's April Staff Picks
Have you seen these toys? From cuddly creatures and exciting art projects to self-sustaining aquariums and bags for kids on the go...

4/1/2009



Bye Bye Monster Banishes Fears for Some
TDmonthly Magazine’s Early Elementary Roundtable tried Your Thyme Inc.’s Bye Bye Monster Gift Set to soothe bedtime fears...

4/1/2009



Regional Reports: What’s Selling … And Where
Best sellers in the New England region are a who's who of well-known toys, with Thomas the Tank Engine, Playmobil and Sticky Mosaics from the Orb Factory among the names given...

4/1/2009



In This Issue
You’ve nearly made it through the first quarter of a year burdened by recession and challenged by the implementation of new safety standards … so keep trekking!...

3/1/2009



TDmonthly's Top-10 Most-Wanted Toys: March 2009
Yep, kids are still cuddling with Ganz's Webkinz, battling with Bakugan from Spin Master, and collecting Iwako Japanese erasers...

3/1/2009



Recession Gives Way to Retro Resurgence
Quality. Simpler times. Hands-on play. According to retailers, buyers and industry experts who spoke with TDmonthly Magazine, these are some of the key reasons retro toys continue to enjoy a resurgence among consumers...

3/1/2009



My Best Sellers: Kazoo & Company
At Kazoo & Company in Denver, a well-built team and outstanding customer service are the store’s key elements of success...

3/1/2009



Retailer Spotlight: Kazoo & Company
With a background in Fortune 500 companies, Diana Nelson had a lot going for her when it came time for a fresh start. In 1998, she was facing a divorce and needed to support her sons, a 2-year-old and a 10-month-old...

3/1/2009



Classics and Creativity Make Their Way to Toy Fair
The toys manufacturers are bringing to the Toy Industry Association’s 2009 Toy Fair, Feb. 15-18, are as high profile as the show itself. Here’s a glimpse of what to expect among the hundreds of mass-market and specialty items debuting at the show...

2/1/2009



February Staff Picks
You'll soon be making your own picks from the hundreds of new products debuting at the American International Toy Fair and other trade shows early this year. In the meantime, we've put together a brief list of specialty options...

2/1/2009



In This Issue
Whether you’re running the show circuit or tidying things up in-store to make room for exciting new products, grab the scoop on what’s new via our Notable & New Toys articles...

2/1/2009



Panel Finds TC Pets Functional and Fun
TDmonthly Magazine's Girls’ Roundtable recently reviewed three TC Pets, the Media Chest Bear, Accessory Chest Dog and Treasure Chest Monkey. Since the monkey’s review in 2008, the company has revamped its line of plush animals with hidden compartments,...

2/1/2009



TDmonthly’s Psychologist Mom
TDmonthly Magazine’s Psychologist Mom bestowed a top rating (5 out of 5 stars!) to all three of the products she most recently reviewed...

2/1/2009



Innovations of 2009
From plush and blankets that turn inside out to multi-use furniture inspired by animals, there are plenty of fun, new products to ring in the New Year...

1/1/2009



Good Co./Bad Co.: Feel the Love
What attracts specialty retailers to long-term relationships with their suppliers? Everything from excellent customer service and return-friendly policies to fast, free shipping and broad product selection...

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



Retailer Spotlight: Piccolo Mondo Toys
Michelle Smith, who owns Piccolo Mondo Toys in Portland, Ore., with her husband, Merrick, tries to bring a piece of the world to her customers...

1/1/2009



When Play Is Work: What Toys Teach Families
It sounds too good to be true: Get free toys by giving us your opinion. That’s toy testing in a nutshell...

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



In This Issue
If you’re going to Toy Fair in February, prepare with TDmonthly Magazine’s videos and tips here...

12/1/2008



Retailer Spotlight: Pun’s Toy Store
For Joe Berardoni Sr., owning a toy store came as a natural outcome of a job he landed 28 years ago...

12/1/2008



My Best Sellers: Pun’s Toy Store
Pun’s Toy Store is a family business that offers unusual products and exceptional customer service to the surrounding community of Bryn Mawr, Pa...

12/1/2008



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

12/1/2008



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

11/1/2008



TDmonthly’s Top-10 Most-Wanted Toys – November 2008
Kanoodle by Educational Insights has made its way on to TDmonthly Magazine’s most recent top-10 list, joining other games Blokus, also by Educational Insights, and Bakugan Battle Brawlers from Spin Master Toys...

11/1/2008



When Play Is Work: What Families Learn About Toys
It sounds too good to be true: Get free toys by giving us your opinion. That’s toy testing in nutshell...

11/1/2008



Retailer Spotlight: Where’d You Get That!?
For Michele Gietz, owning a toy store with her husband Ken was the realization of a lifelong dream. “From the time I was very young, I said someday I’d own a toy store,”...

11/1/2008



My Best Sellers: Where’d You Get That!?
Where’d You Get That!? is a specialty toy, game and gift store on the elite Williams College campus in the Northern Berkshires of Massachusetts...

11/1/2008



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

10/1/2008



TDmonthly’s Top-10 Most-Wanted Collectible Toys
TDmonthly Magazine recent surveyed 64 retailers across the country about collectibles sales in their stores...

10/1/2008



A Taste of Toy Fair
You may not be gearing up for North American's biggest toy show yet, but manufacturers have long been planning and priming their releases...

10/1/2008



Retailer Spotlight: The Gifted Child
For the first 17 years of her business, Owner Randy Austin of The Gifted Child in Lenox, Mass., lived in New York City and was only at her store — three hours away — on the weekends...

10/1/2008



My Best Sellers: The Gifted Child
Playsets, figurines, outdoor toys and select plush are customer favorites at The Gifted Child in Lenox, Mass., where toys, clothing and baby gear are all organized by category...

10/1/2008



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



Zoobie Pets Invade 1,100 Stores in Under 2 Years
Two years ago, at the age of 23, JC Smoot developed a stuffed animal that could serve as a pillow and blanket when the occasion called for it. He teamed up with his older brother Reid ... and started a company...

9/1/2008



My Best Sellers: The Santa Claus House
For the Santa Claus House in North Pole, Alaska, the focus is simple: Christmas-related items, Alaskan-themed items, and custom toys. Here is a list of the store’s best-selling items...

9/1/2008



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

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



Round Up Those Ratings
Are you considering a product for your store, but want to first know what consumers think?...

8/1/2008



Watch Dolls and Plush
Some dolls have magnetic appeal; others are just adorable...

8/1/2008



TDmonthly Top Toy 2008 Awards
It's not easy deciding which toys deserve the most prestigious of TDmonthly Magazine's awards...

8/1/2008




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8/1/2008



TDmonthly's 2008 Award WINNERS!
This year, more than 200 specialty products are featured in TDmonthly Magazine's 2008 Specialty Toys Report: "Positive Toys for a Promising Future."™ Forty-four superior toys received one of five 2008 TDmonthly awards...

8/1/2008



In This Issue
If it feels like summer is flying by and holiday orders will soon be upon us, well ... that sounds about right!...

8/1/2008



TDmonthly’s Top-10 Most-Wanted Plush and Puppets
TDmonthly Magazine recently talked to more than 60 specialty retailers about one of the industry's most standby product categories: puppets and plush toys...

8/1/2008



Why That Awful Toy Deserves a Second Look
It’s natural to be hesitant about a toy you don’t know much about. But are you missing big sales by being too cautious?...

7/1/2008



Webkinz Chicken “Coming Home to Roost”
I have a lot of friends among small toy retailers. I sold to them when I ran a toy company in the late ‘90s, and always felt that many large manufacturers were taking advantage of them just because they were small...

7/1/2008



TDmonthly’s Top-10 Most-Wanted Novelty Toys
When it comes to novelty items, consumer interest ranges from wind-ups to plush to yo-yos to erasers.....

7/1/2008



Warm Whiskers Get Warm Welcome From Reviewers
Lavender-scented and buckwheat-filled, Warm Whiskers aren’t typical stuffed animals, TDmonthly Magazine’s Homeschool Roundtable discovered...

7/1/2008



Girls Give Language Littles Doll an “A” in French
TDmonthly Magazine’s Dolls Roundtable participants recently reviewed Language Littles’ French doll, Jolie. While the two storeowners had several suggestions for improvement, the girls were intrigued by Jolie and enjoyed trying out another language...

7/1/2008



Snuggly Monkey Stores Treasures But Needs Grooming
TDmonthly’s Girls’ Roundtable reviewers were intrigued with the secret compartment they found in Treasure Chest Pets, a combination of a treasure box and stuffed animal.....

7/1/2008



Therapeutic Stuffed Animals Offer Function and Style
When David Sternlight and his wife, Kyna, purchased Kits N’ Kaboodles from Founder Amy Ryan back in 2007, they knew what they were getting into...

6/1/2008



Get These Toys!
A TDmonthly Magazine survey of 66 specialty retailers last month showed that many of the toys and games that have topped best seller lists for months are, in fact, still right at the top.....

6/1/2008



Preschool Reviewers Give 3-in-1 Stuffed Animals Three Cheers
With Zoobie™ Pets, what seems to be a simple stuffed animal opens to a pillow and detachable blanket. Did the moms and kids in TDmonthly Magazine’s Preschool/Early School Roundtable fall for Zoobies’ patented three-in-one concept?...

5/1/2008



Toddler Roundtable: Horseplay Brings Smiles
The Knee-Rider by Danoco Corp. gained yeas and neighs from TDmonthly Magazine’s Toddler Roundtable with its innovative, interactive concept and realistic sound effects...

5/1/2008



TDmonthly’s Top-10 Most-Wanted Infant & Toddler Toys
When TDmonthly Magazine spoke with 40 specialty retailers about infant and toddler products, one sentiment was echoed again and again: parents and caregivers want products that are safe...

5/1/2008



My Best Sellers: Creative Kids Toy Shop
At Creative Kids Toy Shop in Columbia, S.C., the Lee Middleton Newborn Doll Nursery is a main attraction, according to Owner Melodie Ingwersen.....

5/1/2008



Retailer Spotlight: Creative Kids Toy Shop
Although Melodie Ingwersen has childhood memories of playing “toy store” with her sisters, she didn’t aspire to be a toy-store owner, she told TDmonthly Magazine...

5/1/2008



Webkinz Speaks
At Toy Fair 2008, George Kacic, vice president of sales and marketing for Ganz, said he felt TDmonthly Magazine hadn’t covered his company’s point of view about the Webkinz shortage last year...

4/1/2008



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



TDmonthly's Top 10: Plush
From web-friendly pets to ailments in a petri dish, Toy Fair '08 isn't short on plush friends that are fun for both play and display. Cute and cuddly converged with crazy and ultra-artistic...

2/1/2008



Webkinz Get Sued!
Dec. 11, 2007 — From the "could it get any worse" department comes the news that toy-store owners are suing Ganz, Ganz may be returning the favor, Wal-Mart is...

12/1/2007



Competing With Computers
Given the craze over computers and obsessions for being online, thanks in part to Ganz’s Webkinz, it may seem that children have lost interest in good, old-fashioned toys...

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



Ty Girlz Spanked and Webkinz Whipped
Clean up your act, was the message Ty’s Ty Girlz got from irate consumers and retailers, who told TDmonthly Magazine they disapproved of the plush-online doll’s Bratz-like face and skimpy clothing...

12/1/2007



Diversity Roundtable: Ishababies® Draw Smiles
TDmonthly Magazine’s brand new Diversity Roundtable recently reviewed Aisha & Co.’s Ishababies, a line of soft plush dolls available in a range of “flavors” designed to represent the global village we live in today...

12/1/2007



Kookeys Aim for Webkinz Jugular
Think plush is cute? What about the hungry creators behind it? Kids may be playing with KinzCash, but Ganz is raking in real millions, and manufacturers want in...

10/1/2007



Uglydolls Sit Pretty in 3,000 Stores
Uglydoll plush toys are so ugly they’re cute. The first Uglydoll was handmade by Sun-Min Kim as a present for David Horvath in 2001...

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



Pitch Your Product to the Biz
Quality, not quantity, is the golden rule when pitching products. Equally important are research and preparation...

9/1/2007



This One Goes to the Dogs
Sixty-two specialty retailers recently gave TDmonthly Magazine the scoop on plush and puppets in their stores, where domesticated animals rule and where (sometimes) a plush sell is a hard sell...

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



Good Co./Bad Co. – Who Makes You Burn?
None of the 129 retailers surveyed by TDmonthly Magazine had much good to say about the following three companies ... except they’ve made a lot of money with some of their products!...

7/1/2007



Cuddle a Rat
When it came to vermin, great grandma reached for her broom, but kids nowadays just stick them on their hands...

7/1/2007



Webkinz: Boom, Bust or Both?
Now that the Webkinz boom has made the mainstream press, and rumors of a mass-market sellout are flying, specialty retailers who built the brand are telling TDmonthly Magazine they’re frustrated with shortages and angered by Ganz’s silence...

5/1/2007



Micro Blow Revitalizes Plush
The introduction of first-generation motion-sensing toys more than 10 years ago created market demand for more intelligent, less expensive and easier-to-operate animated products...

3/1/2007



Dolls: Move Over PlayStation!
Being a doll just isn't enough anymore...

2/1/2007



Cute, Cuddly and ... Considerable
Amidst Ganz's Webkinz and all the penguins ambling around toy stores, hip little girls can still combine fashion with cuddles...

12/1/2006



Teddy Bear Stuffers Knows Its Stuff
Annette Block owned a successful corporate gift basket company when she and her husband Stanley saw their first bear stuffer...

11/1/2006



TDmonthly's Top-10 Most-Wanted Plush Toys
There's nothing cuddlier than a ... penguin?...

10/1/2006



Webkinz Knows What Kids Want
Sales of Webkinz, the plush pet toys with virtual online lives, have topped the one-million mark after only 14 months on the market, with weekly totals surpassing 10,000...

9/1/2006



Personalized Plush Boosts Sales
Custom plush products have found a front seat on retailers' shelves...

8/1/2006



Fiesta Sees Growth in Plush Manufacturing
Fiesta Toy's growth in the amusement, gift and toy industries may be attributed to the popularity of plush, but the experience of the company's president Michael Lauber along with the dedication of long-term employees has brought this manufacturer high sales...

8/1/2006



Bears and Penguins on the Catwalk
This month, TDmonthly Magazine spoke with retailers across the country to determine what’s selling in the squeezable land of plush and why...

8/1/2006



Plush and Puppets Play and Go
Even kidults need cuddly friends, manufacturers of plush and puppets told TDmonthly Magazine...

7/1/2006



Plush: Fashionable Fake Fur
Plush pets in purses continue to dangle from young fashionistas' arms while shopping for other animal companions...

7/1/2006



Hand Stuffing Plush Is a Party Sensation
What you may not know is that hand stuffing is where it’s at, and parties are sustaining the market...

5/1/2006



Webkinz Are Exploding, Retailers Report
Ganz’s new Webkinz are on fire all over the country, specialty retailers told TDmonthly...

5/1/2006



Aurora World USA Makes Plush Irresistible
How does a company expand its horizons without taking a financial plunge?...

1/1/2006



Animaland Sees Growth Through Simplicity
Stuart Scheinman, president of Animaland, allows potential business owners the opportunity to get into the market by creating a portable, animal-stuffing kiosk that makes the business more accessible...

1/1/2006



Kids Want Their Plush to Go
Girls on the go don’t have to go it alone, according to manufacturers and retailers of plush products. Kids’ve been zipping up their fake furry friends in fuzzy knapsacks and taking them to school, to play … wherever...

12/1/2005



Barbie's Building a Bear
Barbie shops at Build-A-Bear Workshop in January 2006...

11/1/2005



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

7/1/2005



Wild Heart Ranch Rides with the Big Boys
The little company Wild Heart Ranch is making quite a ripple in the sea of toy manufacturers...

6/1/2005



Plush Materials
Plush manufacturers are in the business of making toys that are often described as “cuddly,” “soft” and even “cute.”...

6/1/2005



Selling Memories
Nostalgic plush toys are on the rise for several reasons...

6/1/2005



TDmonthly´s Top 10 Most Wanted Interactive Plush Products
Twenty years after Teddy Ruxpin first hit the market, plush producers are still at it, developing cuddly buddies with increasingly advanced levels of artificial intelligence...

6/1/2005



TDmonthly´s Top 10 Most Wanted Plush Baby Toys
Cuddly stuffed bears have been a hit with children since they first appeared in the 1890s...

6/1/2005



Stuff It! How a Simple Machine Changed the Toy Industry
It took a combination of forced air, white fluff, and imagination to change the teddy bear industry. Why settle for someone else’s design? Make your own...

4/1/2005



The Bear Mill: The Secret is in the Stuffing
When The Bear Mill, an Idaho-based company, opened its doors for business in 2000, it was initially involved in the design and manufacture of pillow stuffing machines. Yet things changed in a dramatic fashion in 2001...

3/1/2005



Plush Keep it Fresh Yet Familiar
While many toy makers are using licensed products to deliver soft, familiar pals to young children this year, others are reaching deeper into their imagination to create new friends from scratch. Either way, the following assortment of huggable buddies remain eye-catching and supportive, hard for young hands to resist...

1/1/2005



TDmonthly's Top 10 Most Wanted Girls´ Plush
The hottest toys of previous seasons have successfully combined interaction and cuddliness and created rage sensations among tots and parents alike. According to Michelle McLaughlin, director of retail development for Nickelodeon Consumer Products, interactive plush is on the rise. This year, these toys are tackling some difficult tasks including singing, walking, dancing, and even potty training...

12/1/2004



Plush Licensing--Strong Sales of Hokey Pokey Elmo & New Products Such as Potty with Elmo
Licensing, particularly licensing tied to big name movies, continues to be a hot trend. Getting a seat aboard the gravy train on monster hits such as “Shrek 2,” “Spider Man II,” the “Incredibles” and “Shark Tales” proves to be a daunting task...

12/1/2004



Plush
Mary Meyer Teach your child animal sounds with Yakety Yaks by Mary Meyer, cuddly animals that talk back! Use these floppy animals during imaginative play and watch your child giggle with delight! Sounds are clear and crisp, easy to recognize to aid learning. Animals in this collection include, Yakety...

10/1/2004



Plush
Eurpsville Entertainment Your child will have tons of fun learning the first letters of the alphabet with the new ABC Plush Set by Eurpsville Entertainment. Each cuddly letter is 9-inches tall, with adorable, embroidered faces and upper and lowercase letters on the feet. Included is an entertaining pop-up Eurps...

9/1/2004



Puppets
Merrymakers Inc. (ToyDirectory) Make the naughty monkeys from Eileen Christelow’s best-selling book series come to life with the Five Little Monkeys Finger Puppet Playset by Merrymakers Inc. Put these cute and soft finger puppets on each finger to enliven a story or to entertain your child with! Pave way for...

9/1/2004



Applause CEO Solomon Dies
Robert G. Solomon, chairman and CEO of Applause LLC died Friday, August 20 from a self-inflicted gun shot wound to the head...

8/1/2004



PLUSH
Wild Republic Wild Clingers™ are inspired by Wild Republic’s best selling line of hanging plush monkeys. The new Wild Clingers™ combine the fun of magnets and plush! These 7” animals include very strong magnets in their hands and feet which can be used to stick to most metal surfaces including...

8/1/2004



Ugly Never Looked So Good
What began as a series of wacky sketches from a guy to his girlfriend has resulted in a brilliant contribution to the collectibles market...

7/1/2004



PLUSH
Frontier Designs Frontier Designs designs and manufactures custom business embroidered plush for your event. They can convert a design into custom manufactured plush animals. These designs offer excellent opportunity to expand sales and promote your company, event or idea! Funny Friends Although Clyde the Polar Bear and all...

7/1/2004



Applause: Licensed Plush and a Dream
Coming from a man who´s been on the pop culture pulse for two decades, his spontaneity is refreshing...

6/1/2004



PLUSH & STUFFED
Meet the Scushies Following last year´s successful debut of the award-winning DEEDLE DUDES, Imagiix (ToyDirectory) is showcasing SCUSHIES, a full line of soft, supple animals in a kaleidoscope of vibrant colors. Their uniquely huggable, spongy filling-in essence, their "scushiness"-makes them almost impossible to put down. Plus, their virtual weightlessness makes...

3/1/2004




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