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Toy Videos of the Day: 2-25-10 (2/1/2010)
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

Toys in the News: 1-27-10 (1/1/2010)
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Regal Lager Inc., has announced a voluntary recall of about 1,100 CYBEX Strollers in the United States and 90 in Canada because when opening or closing, the hinge mechanism may amputate a child's fingertip

Toys in the News: 6-26-09 (6/1/2009)
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.

TDmonthly's Top-10 Picks From Pomona (4/1/2009)
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

TDmonthly's Top-10 Toy Fair Toys (3/1/2009)
Among the tens of thousands of products on display at Toy Fair, there's always a select few that stand out, especially in terms of their promise for the specialty market. This year, TDmonthly Magazine was pleased to find an even broader variety of eco-friendly goods

Toys in the News: 2-27-09 (2/1/2009)
Marvel's beloved superhero Spider-Man will soon have a new stage on which to strut his stuff. "Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark" will debut at NYC's Hilton Theatre Feb. 18, 2010

Multipurpose Goes to the Multiplex (1/1/2009)
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

Innovations of 2009 (1/1/2009)
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

Toys in the News: 1-30-09 (1/1/2009)
Jacabee Inc. is releasing the first book in a 12-title series inspired by the American paintings of artist F. Luis Mora

Top-20 Holiday Toys on Video (11/1/2008)
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

Early Edition: Toy Fair (11/1/2008)
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

Find More Positive Toys in TDmonthly's Report (11/1/2008)
Kathy Mabry of The Village Toy Shop in North Easton, Mass., recently told us how TDmonthly Magazine's 2008 Specialty Toys Report, "Positive Toys for a Promising Future," benefited her business

Positive Toys for a Promising Future - Free Report! (11/1/2008)
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

Top-20 Holiday Toys on Video (10/1/2008)
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

Watch Dolls and Plush (8/1/2008)
Some dolls have magnetic appeal; others are just adorable

Final Nominees Announced! (8/1/2008)
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

Weekly Toy Newscast: 8-17-08 (8/1/2008)
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

Final Nominees for Specialty Toys Report! (7/1/2008)
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

Watch Novelty Toys (7/1/2008)
What do you say to a toucan and a toilet paper roll that talk back? Watch TDmonthly's toy videos and find out

Products Submitted for 2008/2009 Specialty Toys Report (6/1/2008)
Following is a list of all products received so far as submissions for TDmonthly's Specialty Toys Report 2008/2009

Watch Playsets and Licensed Toys (6/1/2008)
This month's toy video demos include playsets, construction kits and licensed toys

Deadline Extended for Specialty Toys Report! (6/1/2008)
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

Toys in the News: 6-30-08 (6/1/2008)
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,"

Weekly Toy Newscast: 6-15-08 (6/1/2008)
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

First Nominees for TDmonthly Report and Awards (6/1/2008)
TDmonthly Magazine has gone through hundreds of toys to come up with this first list of nominees for our 2008/2009 Specialty Toys Report

What’s Hot at ASTRA? (5/1/2008)
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

Infant and Toddler Toy Video Demos (5/1/2008)
Need to fill up your baby section and looking for the best new products to do the job? Watch these product videos

Submissions Open for TDmonthly Toy Awards (5/1/2008)
Manufacturers: Do you want your product to be in the running for a 2008 TDmonthly Top Toy Award?

In This Issue (4/1/2008)
Busy with spring cleaning? Then just browse through highlights of TDmonthly Magazine’s April issue:

TDmonthly’s Top-10 Picks from Pomona (4/1/2008)
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.

12 Reasons Not to Miss ABC Kids Expo 2008 (4/1/2008)
Not sure the ABC Kids Expo is right for you? Take a look at the great new companies TDmonthly Magazine's video crew found last year

2008 Specialty Toys Report and Awards Announced (4/1/2008)
TDmonthly Magazine is excited to announce the opening of submissions for its 2008 Specialty Toys Report and Awards

Picks from Pomona (3/1/2008)
Toy Fair may be over, but there are plenty of other shows to explore!

Top-10 Toy Fair Picks (2/1/2008)
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!

TOY FRENZY! Hits the Fair (2/1/2008)
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.”

TDmonthly Goes to Toy Fair 2008 (1/1/2008)
TDmonthly Magazine's video and editorial crews are setting out for Toy Fair for the third year in a row

January Toy Videos (1/1/2008)
Old slumber-party games, such as Truth or Dare and fortune telling, have cropped up in vendable forms for 2008

Tips for Toy Fair 2008 - VIDEO! (1/1/2008)
This brief video will help you weather whatever storms Toy Fair 2008 — and New York in February — may send your way

Order the 2007 TDmonthly Specialty Toys Report (12/1/2007)
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

Wooden Toys Catch Fire (12/1/2007)
If you haven’t stocked up on wooden toys, you may be missing out! Spooked by the recalls from China, holiday buyers are raiding specialty stores for wooden toys, particular those made stateside.

TDmonthly's Toy Videos (12/1/2007)
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!

Toy Fair 2008 Preview (12/1/2007)
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

TDmonthly Top Toys 2007 on VIDEO! (12/1/2007)
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

Toy Fair Preview (11/1/2007)
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.

TDmonthly's Toy Videos (11/1/2007)
TDmonthly Magazine's Toy Videos give you instant access to toy demos so you can evaluate a product before you buy it.

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.

Good Company/Bad Company: Who Plays Nice With Toys (10/1/2007)
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

The 2007 TDmonthly Specialty Toys Report (10/1/2007)
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.

Fall Toy Preview Coverage (10/1/2007)
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

Innovations of 2007 (10/1/2007)
Play isn't just about play anymore, according to manufacturers who've spoken to TDmonthly Magazine. Even fashion dolls are educational.

TDmonthly's Toy Videos (10/1/2007)
TDmonthly Magazine's Toy Videos give you instant access to toy demos so you can evaluate a product before you buy it

Top-10 Toys at the ABC Kids Expo - More Info (10/1/2007)
You've watched the videos. Now you want to learn more.

Watch More Than 70 Toy Videos From ABC (10/1/2007)
It's the next best thing to being at a trade show: Manufacturers demonstrate their toys for you on TDmonthly Magazine

TDmonthly Specialty Toys Report: FINALISTS (10/1/2007)
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

Toys in the News: 10-31-07 (10/1/2007)
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

2007's Innovations (9/1/2007)
Water construction toys, charitable dolls, flying disks that talk, and MP3s for infants

Hot Toys for the Holidays (9/1/2007)
Are Webkinz worn out? Will baby dolls walk out the door?

This Issue's Highlights (9/1/2007)
Really don't have time to read? Now you don't have to! TDmonthly Magazine's ToyTV brings you a monthly newscast

TDmonthly's Toy Videos (9/1/2007)
TDmonthly Magazine's Toy Videos give you instant access to toy demos so you can evaluate a product before you buy it.

ABC and Madrid Come to TDmonthly (9/1/2007)
TDmonthly Magazine’s editorial and video crews hit the road in September to bring you trade-show coverage in October

Build a Better Brain (7/1/2007)
When babies read and kids blow up their own skeletons, you know something's going on

Cuddle a Rat (7/1/2007)
When it came to vermin, great grandma reached for her broom, but kids nowadays just stick them on their hands

The Doll Next Door (7/1/2007)
Now any little girl can find a doll that (almost) looks like her ... and her friends

Families Conquer the World (7/1/2007)
Families who play together can now kidnap cows, train a horse, or just vanquish the enemy

A Good Deal for Stockings (7/1/2007)
Card games are a quick, fun impulse buy that can be used as a last-minute gift, stocking stuffer or a self-treat for having suffered through the holiday shopping

Collect Them All (7/1/2007)
Why settle for one when you can have a slew

Fast, Cheap and Under Control (7/1/2007)
Harried holiday shoppers who want a unique present that won't break their budgets or take much time can pick up these fun toys

Jingle Bell Rocks (7/1/2007)
Kids and the old folks can get their groove on with everything from zithers to electric axes

Easy Ride-ons (7/1/2007)
Little ones with a restless spirit can tool the sidewalks on their very own Vespa

Trucks and Trains and Autos and Planes (7/1/2007)
Children whose imaginations can't stay still will find plenty of places to go

Oh, Holy Knights! (7/1/2007)
Pirates and knights are the action figures of choice, say specialty retailers, and are just right for stocking stuffing

Good Co./Bad Co. – Who's Fair to Specialty Stores? (7/1/2007)
Via phone and email, 129 specialty toy- and gift-store owners named for TDmonthly Magazine their favorite and least favorite suppliers.

Good Co./Bad Co. – Who Makes You Burn? (7/1/2007)
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!

Good Co./Bad Co. – Those Love/Hate Relationships (7/1/2007)
Although TDmonthly Magazine’s recent survey of 129 specialty toy and gift retailers yielded black-and-white lists of “good” and “bad” suppliers, it also left a few in the gray.

TDmonthly Toy Video Crew Shoots ASTRA Marketplace (7/1/2007)
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

Get Ready to Order Issues (7/1/2007)
In August and September, TDmonthly will have special Get Ready to Order issues to facilitate your holiday purchasing

Get Ready to Order! (7/1/2007)
In August and September, TDmonthly will have special Get Ready to Order issues to facilitate your holiday purchasing

Million-Dollar Contracts (6/1/2007)
Future Derek Jeters and Maria Sharapovas will appreciate the chance to flex their muscles

Figure It Out (6/1/2007)
Kids been forgetting things lately?

Listen and Learn (6/1/2007)
These CDs use songs and stories to keep kids amused at home, in their SUVs or while shopping in your store.

It's Not Just a Story (6/1/2007)
Whether it's story-hour in your store, or time-out at home, these new books and DVDs feature stories and lessons to keep kids in the know:

Plastic Is Passe (6/1/2007)
Rising petroleum prices and sustainable forests give wooden toys more appeal than ever.

Bring Outer Space Indoors (6/1/2007)
Kids who want to star gaze without a telescope or grow their own aromatherapy plants will get a hand with these new kits.

Make a Mess Nicely (6/1/2007)
If Arts & Crafts are a big seller in your store, here's what's in store for the Holidays

That Towering Feeling (6/1/2007)
Any kid unsatisfied with the status quo can build a new world to order.

Kids Get Buzzed for Christmas (6/1/2007)
What kid doesn't want to be grown up ... yesterday? These new electronics let them call friends, form a rock band, groove to tunes ... and still play like little kids.

The Few, the Proud, the Award-Winning Toys (5/1/2007)
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.

June Holiday Preview (5/1/2007)
June marks the official start of TDmonthly Magazine’s Holiday Preview issues, with articles on the newest and coolest toys for kids in 2007

TDmonthly's Top-10 Specialty Toy Fair Toys (3/1/2007)
Specialty toy retailers had hundreds of booths to browse at this year’s American International Toy Fair in New York.

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