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August 2010 | Vol. IX - No. 8
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TDmonthly’s 2010 Award Winners: Top-Selling Toys & Games

17 Playthings Receive Honor for Performance in Specialty Market


When it comes down to the bottom line in the toy industry, we have to ask: Which products do kids LOVE? and Which items help retailers’ businesses THRIVE?

The answers are one and the same — best-selling products that fly off shelves, repeatedly bringing smiles to children and parents. This year, TDmonthly Magazine is proud to present the 2010 TDmonthly Top Seller award to 17 products or lines that have shown exceptional sales performance in independent toy stores in 2010. Please look back to previous awards to see other top sellers, including some that continue to ring up sales today: 2009, 2008, 2007.

No manufacturer paid to be considered or selected for this award.

MANUFACTURER / DISTRIBUTOR AWARD-WINNING PRODUCT OR LINE
BCP IMPORTS LLC Silly Bandz
BLUE ORANGE GAMES Spot It
CLOUD B Twilight Turtle
INNOVATION FIRST INC. Hexbug Nano Micro Robotic Creatures
INSECT LORE Butterfly Garden
INTERNATIONAL PLAYTHINGS LLC Calico Critters
LEGO LEGO Sets
M3 GIRL DESIGNS LLC Snap Caps®
MARKY SPARKY TOYS Blast Pad® Advanced Missile Launch System
PRIME TIME TOYS Max Liquidator Eliminator
PUMPONATOR INC. Pumponator Balloon Pumping Station
SET ENTERPRISES INC. Quiddler
SET ENTERPRISES INC. Set
THE ORB FACTORY LIMITED Sticky Mosaics
THINKFUN Rush Hour
TOYSMITH Tin Can Robot
VULLI FRANCE/CALISSON INC. Sophie the Giraffe


Winners met one or more of the following criteria:

· Featured in a TDmonthly top-10 most-wanted article (or multiple top-10 articles), based on monthly surveys of 30 to 60 specialty retailers across the United States
· Recommended by retailers during interviews conducted at trade shows or in-house via phone or email, and data gathered online from store websites, blogs, Facebook, Twitter and other industry platforms
· Indicated as a best-selling product on Amazon.com, FatBrainToys.com or other selling sites online
· Product or line is not a previous winner of a TDmonthly Top Seller award
· In a summer 2010 survey of 31 specialty retailers regarding a list of 53 TDmonthly Top Seller award nominees:
- received an average sales assessment of at least 3.5 out of 5
- stocked by at least 38 percent of the survey respondents
- received no negative comments from any respondent

Winners will receive the following, free of charge:
· A digital TDmonthly award seal for use on websites, product packaging, stickers and printed materials
· An email broadcast announcing the winners sent to TDmonthly’s 14,600 retailer subscribers
· Possible in-house video demonstration of the product, subject to editorial discretion

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Julie L. JonesWriter's Bio: Julie L. Jones has written articles for both newspapers and magazines. Before joining the staff of TDmonthly Magazine, she worked as a communications writer and provided editorial support for a market research company. Read more articles by this author

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