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Articles by Stacey Kirsch


Play to Meet Profit at Toy Fair 2005 (1/1/2005)
As retailers begin stocking shelves for 2005, the big question remains, what will be a hot sell in the new year? Of the many resources available, one good place to commence research on toy trends is at the Jacob K. Javitz Convention Center this February 20-23rd, where once again the Toy Industry Association, Inc. returns with its annual American International Toy Fair.

Gaming is Relative at The Five of Us (12/1/2004)
The Five of Us, Inc. is a team of veteran storytellers turned game developers. Their product? Narrative driven play in a “world of whimsy and wonder.” Their logo? A hand; each finger representing the three brothers, one sister and her husband that make up the company.

TDmonthly´s Top 10 Most Wanted Action Figures for Collectors
Collecting is an established sub-culture within the 1.2 billion dollar toy industry

TDmonthly’s Top 10 Most Wanted TV Action Figures
There is no question that kids love to grab a bowl of cereal and watch their morning cartoons.

Poker Has Breakout Year in 2004 (11/1/2004)
Without a doubt, Poker has emerged as the hottest game of the year and the trend is directly reflected in this season´s new products. For the 50 million-plus poker players in the US and another 100 million around the world (according to About.com), No Limit Texas Hold ´Em appears to be the most popular version of the game; meanwhile, many manufacturers are drawing their licenses from popular cable shows and even the actual games deployed on the casino floor

TDmonthly´s Top 10 Most Wanted Pop Culture Action Figures (11/1/2004)
Watching I Love the 80s, reading People magazine religiously and playing with a Pet Rock are not the only gateways to today’s pop culture icons

TDmonthly's Top 10 Most Wanted Interactive Games (11/1/2004)
The future of toys is now, as today's interactive playthings incorporate components like invisible data streams, voice activation and color recognition technology.

TDmonthly's Top 10 Most Wanted Sports Action Figures (11/1/2004)
Every sports fan has fantasized about running towards the end zone to score the winning touchdown, delivering a bone-crushing blow in a WWE title bout, or hitting a grand slam in the bottom of the ninth to win the World Series.

TDmonthly´s Top 10 Most Wanted Casino Games (11/1/2004)
For the home player and casino game enthusiast, one of the most desirable formats is the portable, stand-alone hand-held game, which combines the thrill of the tables with faster-than-life action.

TDmonthly's Top 10 Most Wanted Female Action Figures (11/1/2004)
Can action figures be fashionable and fight evil at the same time? Toymakers are breaking down traditional categories and mixing genres in the female action figure market.

TDmonthly's Top 10 Most Wanted Mini Action Figures (11/1/2004)
Just in time to stuff stockings, action figures shrink this season.

Delta Enterprise Brings the Magic Home (10/1/2004)
Delta Enterprise Corporation has built an imaginative world around its licensed characters. There´s a magical enthusiasm kids experience when they see Delta Enterprise´s licensed furniture.

TDmonthly´s Top 10 Most Wanted Political Playthings (10/1/2004)
Get out to the polls and, while you’re at it, vote with your dollars for your favorite political toys. The presidential contest has been on everyone’s mind this year and will continue to generate interest as the election draws closer

TDmonthly´s Top 10 Most Wanted Plug and Play Games (10/1/2004)
Many 30-year olds have a fond memory of their eighties childhood, when Tang was the rage, leg warmers were in style and Atari was arguably the hottest system on the market. "Old school" or retro games are popular with this demographic and now, Gen-X parents are introducing their kids to the classics. “There is a nostalgia factor for mom, but they are new for kids today,” says Genna Goldberg, vice president of Corporate Communications for JAKKS Pacific.

TDmonthly's Top 10 Most Wanted Boys´ Back To School Accessories (10/1/2004)
Boys will be boys and recesses always takes precedent over fashion, but don´t think these little ones are non-chalant about their back-to-school attire. Media is the most significant influence on their marketplace and this trend is reflected in top products. Spongebob remains a top draw, and Spidey has been flying off the accessory shelves and the webbed hero has morphed into an array of lunchboxes, stationary and backpacks.

TDmonthly's Top 10 Most Wanted Girls´ Back To School Accessories (10/1/2004)
For mini fashionistas, picking the right outfit on the first day of school is as stressful as finding a dress for the prom.

Licensed Products Drive Back To School Market (10/1/2004)


Retro Games Make Their Mark in 2004 (10/1/2004)


TDmonthly´s Top 10 Most Wanted - Film Inspired Action Figures for the Holiday Season (9/1/2004)
Take two…. A spree of summer hits including “Spider-Man 2,” “Shrek 2” and “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” rocked the action figure business

TDmonthly´s Top 10 Most Wanted - Exergaming Video Games for the Holiday Season (9/1/2004)
Let your gym membership expire and work-out without turning off the television. It may seem like an oxymoron, but video games and exercise actually go together. There is a new interactive trend emerging in the gaming industry and even a sub-culture called “exergaming.”

Magic Mini´s: Mini Doll Phenomenon (9/1/2004)
According to a report "What to Watch in 2004" by the NPD Group, “another area of strength in 2003 that will continue this year is the mini doll category.”

TDmonthly´s Top 10 Most Wanted - Mini Dolls for the Holiday Season (9/1/2004)
Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Best Friends 5.5 ” ($8.99, 4+) by Bandai. Yum! Each girl is back with her little signature scent

TDmonthly´s Top 10 Most Wanted - Dolls for Tweens for the Holiday Season (9/1/2004)
Straight from the runway…manufacturers have stepped it up a notch this retail season making tween girls more fashion conscious, technology savvy, and realistic then in years past. This age group is big business

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