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WATCH VIDEOS: ASTRA Marketplace 2010

New Toys Make Big Splash in Smallest State


Equating Rhode Island's "intimate setting, and its celebration of self-determination and reinvention" with the specialty toy market's top qualities, organizers at the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association chose the smallest state to host their biggest event of the year: ASTRA Marketplace & Academy, June 13-16 in Providence. The show hosted 270 specialty manufacturers demonstrating their products for approximately 600 retail buyers — 20 percent more than last year.
Manufacturers were willing to break up cases and waive minimums, they said, because they know ASTRA attendees are serious, long-term business owners who will order again. The Marketplace also offered retailers a chance to meet manufacturers face to face and have more in-depth conversations than they would at a less intimate show.

Didn't have a chance to travel East? Already forgot what you saw? No worries! TDmonthly Magazine was there for you, and we've brought back a slew of videos for you to peruse so you can make informed buying decisions. Be sure to scroll to the bottom to watch all of the videos:

Activity Kit by
1-2-3 PRESCHOOL PROJECTS LLC
Activity Kit watch video
Triple Action Yo Yo by
ACTIVE PEOPLE
Triple Action Yo Yo watch video
Erudition by
ACUMEN ASSOCIATES LLC
Erudition watch video
Bunny and Duck Puppets by
APPLE PARK LLC
Bunny and Duck Puppets watch video
Creativity Class Pack by
ARTERRO
Creativity Class Pack watch video
Party in a Box by
ARTISANDS
Party in a Box watch video
Alice Bunny by
BEEPOSH
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Humphrey Moose by
BEEPOSH
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Jumbos by
BEEPOSH
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Little Tees by
BEEPOSH
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Pajamas by
BEEPOSH
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Ricky Monkey by
BEEPOSH
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Roxy Moose by
BEEPOSH
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Scooter Frog and Candy Bear by
BEEPOSH
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Sleeping Bag by
BEEPOSH
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Spot It by
BLUE ORANGE GAMES
Spot It watch video
Molly and Glamour Chick by
BRAIN NOODLES
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Dinosaurs and Dragons by
BRAIN NOODLES, LLC
watch video
Ears and Tails by
BRAIN NOODLES, LLC
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Puppy Kit by
BRAIN NOODLES, LLC
Puppy Kit watch video
LEGO Architecture by
BrickStructures
LEGO Architecture watch video
Crane Truck by
BRUDER TOYS AMERICA INC.
Crane Truck watch video
Plate by
CONSTRUCTIVE EATING
Plate watch video
Tidoo by
COROLLE DOLLS
Tidoo watch video
Y Ball by
CREATIVE WHACK COMPANY
Y Ball watch video
Friendship Bracelet Maker by
CROREY CREATIONS
Friendship Bracelet Maker watch video
Organic Holiday Toys by
DANDELION
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Ringling Brothers Classic Card Set by
DISCOVERY BAY GAMES
Ringling Brothers Classic Card Set watch video
Metal Drifter by
DUNCAN TOYS
watch video
Peak-a-Boo Eebee by
EEBEES ADVENTURES
Peak-a-Boo Eebee watch video
Play Mat and Activity Playhouse by
EEBEES ADVENTURES
Play Mat and Activity Playhouse watch video
Elf Magic Book by
ELF MAGIC
Elf Magic Book watch video
Red Hair Elves by
ELF MAGIC
Red Hair Elves watch video
Travel Suitcase by
ELF MAGIC
Travel Suitcase watch video
SES Arts and Crafts by
EVEREST
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Glitz and Glamour by
FIND IT GAMES
Glitz and Glamour watch video
Alpaca by
FOLKMANIS INC.
Alpaca watch video
Baby Chimp by
FOLKMANIS INC.
Baby Chimp watch video
Dachsund by
FOLKMANIS INC.
Dachsund watch video
Garden Snail by
FOLKMANIS INC.
Garden Snail watch video
Mini Firefly by
FOLKMANIS INC.
watch video
Mini Turtle by
FOLKMANIS INC.
watch video
Red Fox by
FOLKMANIS INC.
Red Fox watch video
Red Squirrel by
FOLKMANIS INC.
Red Squirrel watch video
Sheep by
FOLKMANIS INC.
Sheep watch video
Turtleneck Turtle by
FOLKMANIS INC.
watch video
Super Zeros by
GEARED FOR IMAGINATION
Super Zeros watch video
Mad Mouse by
GOLIATH GAMES
Mad Mouse watch video
Blocks by
GREEN TOYS INC.
Blocks watch video
Eco Saucer by
GREEN TOYS INC.
Eco Saucer watch video
Stacker by
GREEN TOYS INC.
Stacker watch video
Tugboat by
GREEN TOYS INC.
Tugboat watch video
Chronicles of the Mind by
GRIDDLY GAMES INC.
Chronicles of the Mind watch video
Flower Match Garden Patch by
GUIDECRAFT
watch video
Augie and Philbin by
GUND INC.
Augie and Philbin watch video
Educo Fresh Food Market Set by
HAPE INTERNATIONAL INC.
Educo Fresh Food Market Set watch video
Zippies by
HOLDENONE LLC
Zippies watch video
Cobi by
IMEX MODEL CO.
Cobi watch video
Nature Doodles Charm Bracelet Kit by
JOOBLI STUDIO
Nature Doodles Charm Bracelet Kit watch video
Sports Action Figures by
KASKEY KIDS
Sports Action Figures watch video
Big Wheelie Cycle by
KID GALAXY INC.
watch video
Drifter by
KID GALAXY INC.
watch video
Ripcord Flyer by
KID GALAXY INC.
watch video
Liz Reversible Handbag by
LILLIPUTIENS
Liz Reversible Handbag watch video
Ophélie Activity Musical by
LILLIPUTIENS
watch video
Ophélie and her chicks by
LILLIPUTIENS
Ophélie and her chicks watch video
The Discovery Duck by
LILLIPUTIENS
The Discovery Duck watch video
Notecards, Hair bows, Bracelets by
M3 GIRL DESIGNS LLC
Notecards, Hair bows, Bracelets watch video
Disodo Dragon by
MANHATTAN TOY
Disodo Dragon watch video
Chess by
MAPLE LANDMARK
Chess watch video
Name Trains by
MAPLE LANDMARK
Name Trains watch video
Seven Card Samurai by
MINDTWISTER USA
Seven Card Samurai watch video
Rainbow Skirts by
MY PRINCESS ACADEMY
watch video
Hot Wheels Tool Box by
NEAT-OH! INTERNATIONAL LLC
watch video
Wits and Wagers by
NORTH STAR GAMES
Wits and Wagers watch video
Ogo Build Pod by
OGOSPORT
watch video
Jack Straws by
PERISPHERE & TRYLON INC.
Jack Straws watch video
Science Construction Kits by
PERISPHERE & TRYLON INC.
watch video
Steeple Chase by
PERISPHERE & TRYLON INC.
watch video
Tailless Donkey by
PERISPHERE & TRYLON INC.
Tailless Donkey watch video
Gelli Baff by
PLASMART INC.
Gelli Baff watch video
Pip the Positive Platypus by
POSITIVE EXPRESS
Pip the Positive Platypus watch video
Ugly Bot, Midge, Toodaloo, and Flat Woodsy by
PRETTY UGLY LLC
Ugly Bot, Midge, Toodaloo, and Flat Woodsy watch video
Tracker: Santa's Puppy by
RHODE ISLAND NOVELTY
watch video
Tub Sponges by
RICH FROG INDUSTRIES
Tub Sponges watch video
Apatosaurus by
SAFARI LTD.
watch video
Chinese Horned Dragon by
SAFARI LTD.
Chinese Horned Dragon watch video
Kentrasaurus by
SAFARI LTD.
Kentrasaurus watch video
Life Cycle of a Frog Set by
SAFARI LTD.
Life Cycle of a Frog Set watch video
Mythical Realms Toob by
SAFARI LTD.
Mythical Realms Toob watch video
Orangutan by
SAFARI LTD.
Orangutan watch video
Septoys by
SEPTOYS INC.
Septoys watch video
Manner Mats by
SUCCESSFUL KIDS INC.
Manner Mats watch video
Tag Ball and Rattle by
TagsMania, LLC
Tag Ball and Rattle watch video
Remote Controlled Machine by
THAMES & KOSMOS
Remote Controlled Machine watch video
Think-Ets by
THINK-A-LOT TOYS
Think-Ets watch video
Solitaire Chess by
THINKFUN
Solitaire Chess watch video
Bags by
TOPTRENZ.COM
Bags watch video
Velcro Kids by
VELCRO CANADA, INC.
Velcro Kids watch video
Lexigo by
WIGGLES 3D
Lexigo watch video
Lightbeam Yo Yo by
YOMEGA
Lightbeam Yo Yo watch video

The next ASTRA Marketplace & Academy will be held in Anaheim, Calif., in June 2011.
Videography and editing by Mike Moore.



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