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Collectible Cards Taking Charge
Ask a boy between ages 8 to 14 what he wants for a birthday or Christmas gift, you are as likely to hear clamors for “Yu-Gi-Oh Exodia!” as for old assorted favorites like Monopoly or Hot Wheel playset....READ MORE
A Miniature World of FortuneFrom Waterloo to Gettysburg, the Alamo to Normandy, these and other famous military encounters have long been fought and re-fought in miniatures games. A miniatures game is essentially armies of shrunken metal “action figures,” traditionally 15-28 millimeter tall, sweeping across a tabletop in tactical formations to engage and battle each other....
Top Five Television Sources for Licensed Toy Products
As licensed products prove to be bigger business than ever before, television has become an ever-growing source of hit characters. According to ratings supplied by the A.C. Nielsen Company, the top five television sources for hit toy tie-ins are as follows: ...READ MORE
Licensing Trends for Infants and ToddlersNew vast and varied licensed products will please just about any baby or toddler. The following innovative toys are designed to stimulate the senses....
TOY FAIR 2005
Toy Fair 2005 Preview & Review Articles
It’s time once again for TDmonthly Magazine’s Toy Fair 2005 Preview & Review articles. They include product information on some of the newest and most unique items offered by toy manufacturers presenting at this year’s Toy Fair 2005....READ MORE
Play to Meet Profit at Toy Fair 2005As 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....
What You Should Know to Protect Your DesignsSo, you’ve come up with the next best toy design since the Yo-Yo. Hello tropical adventures! But wait: The idea is so good that it’s bound to spawn similar designs from other well financed, but less clever, competitors. What can you do to protect your design?...
Tips on How to Compete With Wal-Mart
Holiday shopping seasons have seen the growing trend of consumers turning to stores like Wal-Mart and Target to make toy purchases, due in large part to lower prices. But that doesn’t mean toy stores can’t bounce back. After all, selling toys is their business....READ MORE
Getting the Word Out: Advice from MouseShoppeMouseShoppe is an Internet-based store that carries low-end licensed Disney mechandise, while its physical counterpart, CharmingShoppe, is a brick and mortar store that sells high-end Disney collectibles. Strategically located near Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix may have an edge on her competitors, but even this experienced retailer must advertise to draw sales....
Monogram International: Batman BeginsMonogram International is known for movie collectibles; everything from items based on animated tales to their newest licensing contract with Warner Brothers for the live action film “Batman Begins.”...
TDMONTHLY COOL COMPANY
Todd McFarlane Opens Showroom and Store in Tempe, Arizona
In October 2004 Todd McFarlane, who has an 11-year history in the sports and movie licensing markets, held the official grand opening of a showroom and store in Tempe, Ariz. With Phoenix the hub of his business and his family living in the outlying area, Tempe seemed the most logical location....READ MORE
Jay and Silent Bob´s Secret Stash: Kevin Smith Opens Westwood Store
Bob Chapman, co-owner of the new Jay and Silent Bob´s Secret Stash in Westwood, Calif., has worked with cult figure and partner Kevin Smith for the last six years on movie licensing. He produces T-shirts and toys for the comic book market with Graphitti Designs, a business he started in 1982. Though he has friends in the retail business, Chapman never thought he would open a store....READ MORE
TDMONTHLY BRASS RING
Making A Fun Geometric Connection
Whether you love geometry, science or just like having fun, Roger’s Connection Construction System is a unique building toy that will keep children thinking about how to create an architecturally sound structure....READ MORE
TDMONTHLY MOMīS PERSPECTIVE
Seems like only yesterday our family crouched in the crawl space beneath the stairs, anticipating the bedlam that was prophesied to accompany the arrival of Y2K. Yet, five years later, here we still are. Time sure flies....READ MORE
WHATīS HOT IN 2005 SELECTED BY MANUFACTURERS
What’s Hot: Fresh Manufacturers´ Picks for the Rapidly Evolving Toy Industry
At this minute, toy makers around the world are devising fresh, exciting products to wow the young and invigorate the old. Why wait until every retailer in town hears about them? Preview these hot items now before they become yesterday’s news....READ MORE
TDMONTHLY TOP-10 MOST-WANTED LISTS
TDmonthly Top 10 Most Wanted Lists
The TDmonthly Top 10 lists are mostly used by specialty retailers to better anticipate market demands and trends. These lists are based on thorough research and interviews....READ MORE
TDmonthly's Top 10 Most Wanted DollsThe research for this article was compiled by December 10, 2004. Interactivity and electronics are the season’s buzz words -- dolls are incorporating both these trends to encourage play. Movie tie-ins are also a huge trend. As parents pick up the first “American Girl” movie or Barbie’s big screen adventure, children are desperate to add these new characters to their collections....
TDmonthly's Top 7 Most Wanted Board GamesThe lasting appeal of board games makes them a profitable item for retailers to have in stock....
TDMONTHLY UPCOMING ISSUES
Advanced Schedule of Articles
Check out what you’ll find over the next couple of months in TDmonthly Magazine....READ MORE