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The opinion of others - industry peers, friends, and family - can hold a lot of stake when you're trying to grow a fledgling business...


2.5 Manufacturers Answer: Why Go Green?
TDmonthly spoke with five manufacturers and asked them: Why is it important for children to play with "green," eco-friendly toys?...


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If you're thinking about getting into the toy business or are looking for some guidance, who better to get advice from than people already in the industry?...


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8.Woodstock Chimes Rings True
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The unique and lifelike Masterpiece Dolls by Blackall Associates were an instant success when Shirley Blackall introduced them in 1998...


10.NuOp Design Thrives on Originality
In 2005, Frank Frisari and John McCoy pooled their talents to create geometric magnets and the flexible plastic Q-Man. Two years later, they have a line of colorful novelties...


11.Out of the Box Makes Its Own Rules
Word games, board games, dice games, card games. Party games, skill games, family games … Out of the Box Games makes every type of game imaginable...


12.Only Hearts Club Keeps Growing
Soft yet poseable, wholesome yet cool, Only Hearts Club dolls are an appealing alternative to the typical dolls marketed to girls ages 8 to 12...


13.Bling Bling Scores!
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14.Secrist Shares Secrets, Gains Sales
Reborning — disassembling a doll and rebuilding it into a lifelike baby — has turned the business model upside down...


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Since 1980, Safari Ltd. has been making all types of realistic animal figures...


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A flying dog, a fish that walks on elephant legs, a seal with a lizard tail. Children can make these fantastic creatures with Zoomorphs...


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