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TDmonthly’s Top-10 Most-Wanted Action Figures (7/1/2008)
Which action figures are the last ones standing? Knights, pirates, dinosaurs and mythical creatures are strongest in battle, 55 retailers told TDmonthly Magazine, with Papo figures by Hotaling Imports dominating

TDmonthly’s Top-10 Most-Wanted Die-Cast Vehicles (7/1/2008)
Which die-cast vehicles are to-die-for in the specialty market? A TDmonthly Magazine survey of 55 specialty retailers revealed that public service vehicles, such as school buses

TDmonthly’s Top-10 Most-Wanted Novelty Toys (7/1/2008)
When it comes to novelty items, consumer interest ranges from wind-ups to plush to yo-yos to erasers...

U.S.-Made Buffalo Games Grow With Good Marketing (7/1/2008)
Buffalo Games began in 1986 as a family business. When Mark Predko, now director of sales and marketing, joined Buffalo Games in 1994, there were only seven people running the company, he told TDmonthly Magazine.

Therapeutic Stuffed Animals Offer Function and Style (6/1/2008)
When David Sternlight and his wife, Kyna, purchased Kits N’ Kaboodles from Founder Amy Ryan back in 2007, they knew what they were getting into.

TDmonthly’s Top-10 Most-Wanted Construction Toys (6/1/2008)
Of the 50 specialty retailers who spoke with TDmonthly about construction toys, more than 30 percent named LEGO as their best-selling construction toy.

TDmonthly’s Top-10 Most-Wanted Licensed Goods (6/1/2008)
Most of the 50 specialty retailers who spoke with TDmonthly Magazine revealed that licensed products — more common in the mass market — make up at least 1 percent of their merchandise...

TDmonthly’s Top-10 Most-Wanted Activity Kits and Playsets (6/1/2008)
A TDmonthly Magazine survey of 50 specialty retailers revealed that while best-selling playsets are typically gender-neutral...

New Toys for Boys (5/1/2008)
Toys in the mass market aimed at boys are still heavy with super powers

New Toys for Girls (5/1/2008)
What's up in the mass market for girls? Lots of dolls and pink, of course

TDmonthly’s Top-10 Most-Wanted Infant & Toddler Toys (5/1/2008)
When TDmonthly Magazine spoke with 40 specialty retailers about infant and toddler products, one sentiment was echoed again and again: parents and caregivers want products that are safe

TDmonthly’s Top-10 Most-Wanted Bath Toys (5/1/2008)
TDmonthly Magazine spoke with 40 specialty retailers to find out which bath toys are making the biggest splash. More than 62 percent of retailers named products by Alex-Panline USA Inc. as the most popular in their stores.

TDmonthly’s Top-10 Most-Wanted Travel Toys (5/1/2008)
TDmonthly Magazine spoke with 40 specialty retailers to find out which items are on their must-have list when it comes to travel items

TDmonthly’s Top-10 Most-Wanted Puzzles (4/1/2008)
Specialty retailers shared with TDmonthly magazine that the most popular selling puzzles were wooden puzzles, floor puzzles and wooden floor puzzles. Melissa & Doug and Ravensburger managed to produce all three.

TDmonthly’s Top-10 Most-Wanted Ride-Ons (4/1/2008)
Plasmart’s Plasma Car continues to ride the popularity wave in specialty stores. Over 28 percent of retailers singled out the Plasma Car as their absolute best-selling ride-on toy.

Get These Toys! (4/1/2008)
A new hot item to watch for may be the Bakugan Battle Brawlers line of strategic card games and marbles that transform into robots.

TDmonthly’s Top-10 Most-Wanted Games (3/1/2008)
Most of the 63 specialty retailers recently surveyed by TDmonthly Magazine said their best-selling games are those that are educational

TDmonthly’s Top-10 Most-Wanted Wooden Toys (3/1/2008)
Wooden toys are staging quite a comeback, accounting for up to 50 percent of the stock in some retail stores.

TDmonthly’s Top-10 Most-Wanted Arts & Crafts (2/1/2008)
TDmonthly spoke with 62 retailers about their success with arts and crafts products. While the amount of each particular product sold varied, one thing was consistent:

TDmonthly’s Top-10 Most-Ordered Items of 2007 (2/1/2008)
The year 2007 demonstrated the diversity in kids’ tastes — they wanted everything from plush to dolls to play vehicles to educational games.

TOY FRENZY! — We’ve Found Our Subjects! (2/1/2008)
Every year, toy manufacturers and retailers clamor to get inside the Javits Center in New York City, host to the annual American International Toy Fair.

TDmonthly’s Top Toys Before Toy Fair (2/1/2008)
With so many new products being introduced in preparation for Toy Fair, it’s easy to get buried underneath them all.

TDmonthly’s Top-10 Stocking Stuffers (12/1/2007)
Cuddly and interactive is the way to go when it comes to holiday stocking stuffers. Of 58 retailers who shared their thoughts with TDmonthly Magazine, 14 believed Webkinz by Ganz would fare best

TDmonthly’s Top-10 Wow Toys (12/1/2007)
As retailers gear up for the holiday season, they’re stocking their shelves with items that are sure to wow their customers. Among 58 retailers who spoke with TDmonthly Magazine, 16 mentioned play kitchens as their ultimate consumer attention-grabber.

TDmonthly’s Top-10 Grown-up Gifts (12/1/2007)
Although most specialty retailers don’t carry products geared specifically towards adults, there are a few gifts that are popular among kids of all ages — especially games that require thinking.

What’s Selling Now! (12/1/2007)
Dec. 13, 2007 – With the holiday season in full swing, TDmonthly Magazine spoke with 23 specialty retailers to find out the latest in sales news

Cool Female Action Figures Get Moving (11/1/2007)
Dolls aren’t just for sitting on the shelf or dressing pretty anymore. They can be just as cool and exciting as action figures, if given moveable joints.

TDmonthly’s Fashion Dolls War - Update 2007 (11/1/2007)
After its inception in March of 1959, Mattel Inc.’s Barbie doll dominated the fashion doll market. Barbie’s accessories — everything from play homes to cars to clothes — helped make Barbie a worldwide phenomenon.

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