If you want to know what a toy will look like on your shelf, TDmonthly Magazine lets you see it before and after it comes out of the box. Among this month's new toy videos are a trip back in time to the American Civil War, a pair of squeaky shoes, and a hippo that likes to wrap itself around cell phones.
And if you're wondering which trade event to attend, manufacturer demos from the 2006 Toy Fair and WTHRA may help you decide. Just click on the links below and watch away.
Videography and editing by Alison Marek.
*Video of the month *
The American Civil War by AWESOME KIDS. All of the excitement of the War Between the States comes to life in this box. Here's a collection of the most significant men and machines of the war. Kids and adults can stage land battles (such as Gettysburg) with infantry, horsemen and artillery. They can even re-enact the great first battle of the ironclad ships. (Watch Video)
Click here to watch manufacturers demonstrate their products at tradeshows
ALISON MAREK is an award-winning writer, director and cartoonist whose work has been published by Fairchild Publications and DC Comics (Piranha Press), broadcast on Showtime and other cable networks, and viewed worldwide in film festivals. See her short films and print work on www.alisonmarek.com. Watch her nefarious villains in the web series www.MuggsMovers.com. Get inspired by her cartoons "Daily ARFFirmations to Unleash Your Inner Fido" at www.ARFFirmations.com. Phew! And then ... Read more articles by this author