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Articles by Lisa Durante

Trends In Die-Cast Vehicles: A Boys Paradise To A Collectors Obsession (3/1/2005)
Die-cast vehicles have been hugely popular in the toy market since 1947 when Lesney Products of England produced the first 1:64 cars.

Tokyopop is Homegrown Japanimation (2/1/2005)
Tokyopop, the #1 largest publisher of manga in America, opened its Los Angeles home office in 1996 and branched out to Germany and the United Kingdom in 2004.

Making A Fun Geometric Connection (1/1/2005)
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.

Heritage Puzzles: A Beacon of an Idea (12/1/2004)
If there is a special landmark in your memory, there is a good chance that it has been made into a quality puzzle by some local artists and Karen Everhart. She searches out some of the best works by well known local artists and makes them into jigsaw puzzles for the sophisticated puzzler. Heritage Puzzle Inc., with a distinguished eye for marketing, works very hard to stand out from other puzzle makers by using well-known local artists to depict historical landmarks.

TDmonthly´s Top 10 Most Wanted Vehicles for Boys
Boys will be boys and cars and trucks will be their toys. Fueling the highest vehicle sales for boys 6- to 10-years-old are 1:64 die-cast cars. Larger models of heavy duty metal construction trucks and machines are near the top of the list for 3- to 6- year-old boys.

Playground Kids Forever (10/1/2004)
In 1999, three toy professionals who had worked together previously in developing and selling toys targeted at mass-market accounts, decided they were disillusioned with the direction of the toy industry, so they decided to alter it. Jeff Alward, Susan McDonnell and Jim Fink are the creators of Playground Enterprises

Containing Children´s Play Places (9/1/2004)
Most parents know that young children have an abundance of energy and the more we encourage exercise, the healthier our children will be

Automoblox: Modern Wood Design (8/1/2004)
When it comes to being a car enthusiast, Patrick Calello, founder of Automoblox has used his passion for cars to develop a new twist on toys made of wood

Masterpieces Puzzles: Works of Art (8/1/2004)
When you think of spending time with the family, puzzles are among the top activities

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