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New Video Game Consoles to be Released in Late 2005, Early 2006

A new generation of video game consoles are waiting to be born, as both Sony and Microsoft are expected to introduce their new game consoles at the 2005 E3 Expo in Los Angeles, which begins on May 17 (Microsoft is expected to air an MTV special showcasing its product on May 12). ...READ MORE







ACTION FIGURES

Age Compression Challenges Action Figure Sales

Age compression, the idea that kids are getting older younger, is a term used often among toy manufacturers, retailers and other industry insiders....READ MORE






TOY CANDY

Toy Candy Fills Sweet Spot in Stores

The novelty candy category is rarely absent from any retail venue since it can boast impressive penetration statistics. Ninety-eight percent of households in the United States purchase candy every year....READ MORE





TRAVEL TOYS

Simple, Interactive Creativity—To Go!

As warm weather lures families back out on the road, mom and dad will want to find ways to help pass the time for their children during travels. ...READ MORE






TDMONTHLY HOT TOPIC

The Counterfeiting Epidemic

For years the most popular items for counterfeiters to rip off were handbags, designer clothes, music, movies, and jewelry, but toys and trading cards are becoming increasingly prevalent....READ MORE


TDMONTHLY POPULAR STORIES

Small Companies Enter Licensing Arena

Though licensed products have been hot for at least 20 years, gone are the days when only the oldest and largest toy companies had a shot at top titles. Today, fledgling companies are crafting toys that feature characters from hit shows like "SpongeBob SquarePants." ...READ MORE





TDMONTHLY TOY BUZZ

Laughing Pizza Serves Up Fun

Laughing Pizza doesn’t come with pepperoni or sausage. Instead, the name refers to a family musical group that serves up a flavorful blend of pop, country and Motown-style tunes. ...READ MORE


RETAILING TIPS

Wrestling with Wal-Mart: How Small Retailers Can Compete Against the Mega Store

TDmonthly Magazine is preparing a report for specialty toy retailers. The TDmonthly report will help the retailers by covering specific ways to turn Wal-Mart´s and other discount mass merchandisers´ weakest points into opportunities....READ MORE


TDMONTHLY COOL COMPANY

Toypresidents Honors a Different Kind of Hero

Founded in 2003 by Jesse Combs, Toypresidents, Inc. has met with tremendous success crafting collectible, battery-operated talking president action figures. This year, Combs expands the concept to include other historical figures by opening Timecapsule Toys....READ MORE


RETAILER SPOTLIGHT

A Niche for Unique Action Figures

As a child, Clark Gray was a fan of G.I. Joe. Then came eBay, which renewed his collector’s spirit....READ MORE


TDMONTHLY BRASS RING

A Sensible Dream: elogIQ

Dror Rom began designing his own puzzles long before he could afford to bring his ideas to fruition. Twenty years later, he is realizing his dream....READ MORE


TDMONTHLY MOM´S PERSPECTIVE

Collecting Memories in the Toy Box

A recent article warned people not to make the mistake of selling valuable collectibles at their annual yard sales: signed pottery, war souvenirs, banana seat bikes. Yes, those vintage kid-movers from the ´70s routinely bring $500 a banana!...READ MORE


TRADE SHOWS

Toys, Toys and More Toys!

Manufacturers have developed many new and innovative products for 2005....READ MORE


TDMONTHLY TOP-10 MOST-WANTED LISTS

TDmonthly´s 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










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New Video Game Consoles to be Released in Late 2005, Early 2006  Age Compression Challenges Action Figure Sales  Toy Candy Fills Sweet Spot in Stores  Simple, Interactive Creativity—To Go!  The Counterfeiting Epidemic  Small Companies Enter Licensing Arena  Laughing Pizza Serves Up Fun  Wrestling with Wal-Mart: How Small Retailers Can Compete Against the Mega Store  Toypresidents Honors a Different Kind of Hero  A Niche for Unique Action Figures  A Sensible Dream: elogIQ   Collecting Memories in the Toy Box  Toys, Toys and More Toys!  TDmonthly´s Top 10 Most Wanted Lists 

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