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TDMONTHLY MUST READS
January Staff Picks
Whether it be poodle, pug or pomeranian, find your favorite pooch in Manhattan Toy's line of Fuzzy Nation dog-fashioned purses and wristlets...READ MORE
In This IssueIs it 2010 already? OK, now it’s really time to start planning for Toy Fair, thinking about your open-to-buy, considering new trends, and exploring opportunities to keep your store fresh....
Toys in the News: 1-27-10The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Regal Lager Inc., has announced a voluntary recall of about 1,100 CYBEX Strollers in the United States and 90 in Canada because when opening or closing, the hinge mechanism may amputate a child's fingertip...
Did You Order the Right Toys for Christmas?Twelve of 32 specialty toy retailers told TDmonthly Magazine their 2009 Christmas sales were up over last year’s, seeing anywhere from 4- to 40-percent increases, with the majority in the 10- to 20-percent range. ... What products did the trick?...
TDMONTHLY TOY VIDEOS
January Toy Videos Go Traveling
This month's toys have legs. Pull-along elephants, a world explorer kit and travel-friendly pacifiers let kids trot the globe...READ MORE
TDMONTHLY SHOP TALK
TDmonthly Goes Inside… The Acorn Store, Santa Monica, Calif.
The Acorn Store is the only retail shop on its block, but a sidewalk display of toys and trikes pulls in passersby who are strolling or cruising the Santa Monica area of Los Angeles....READ MORE
The Acorn Store's PLAN ShowroomBehind the Acorn Store is another store, and another one, too ... three separate showrooms help give this little toy store a big presence in kids' imaginations...
Retailing Tips: How to Tackle Toy FairIf you’ve been in the toy industry long enough — or in any field that banks on multi-day market extravaganzas — you know the No. 1 rule for attending Toy Fair is to … yes, wear comfortable shoes!...
TDmonthly Retailer Spotlight: Toy Shop of ConcordThe Toy Shop of Concord in Concord, Mass., has a different feel than most other toy stores. It’s based on Owner David Hesel’s “shop within a shop” branding concept, which he counts as one of his biggest successes....
My Best Sellers: The Toy Shop of ConcordAt the Toy Shop of Concord in Massachusetts, the customer is always right, Owner David Hesel told TDmonthly Magazine...
TDMONTHLY TOY FAIR PREVIEW
Toy Fair Preview: The Toys YOU Want to See
There’s a LOT to see at Toy Fair, so we’re giving you the chance to preview vendors in some of the most popular categories now...READ MORE
TDMONTHLY TRADE SHOW COVERAGE
Kids Come to Play at CHITAG
The Chicago International Toy & Game Fair (CHITAG), which took place at Navy Pier Nov. 21-22, is one of the few toy trade shows that encourages kids to come test the toys on display themselves...READ MORE
TDMONTHLY TOP-10 MOST-WANTED LISTS
Top-10 Most-Wanted Children's Books
HarperCollins continues to give book sales high-end flair with "Fancy Nancy" titles that make kids and cash registers smile, according to a TDmonthly Magazine survey of 44 specialty retail stores...READ MORE
Toy Stores Go Light on Fright
Most specialty toy-store owners told TDmonthly Magazine Halloween just isn't a big deal for them. They might do a spooky window display or make sure dress-up is in stock, but customers shouldn't expect all-out decor...READ MORE
TDMONTHLY TOY REVIEWS
Eco-Aquariums Struggle, But Kids Still Enjoy Frogs
TDmonthly Magazine’s Roundtable Families reviewed Wild Creations’ Classic Water Garden Starter Kit Eco-Aquarium for the September 2009 issue of TDmonthly. Five months later, the reviewers lowered their collective rating...READ MORE
TastyTalk and PetTalk Spur Fun Family ConversationThis month, TDmonthly Magazine’s Grade School Roundtable families got talking with two TableTalk Conversation Card games. TastyTalk and PetTalk, from U.S. Games Systems, encouraged all sorts of conversation among participants....
TDmonthly’s Psychologist MomTDmonthly Magazine’s Psychologist Mom recently got her tween- and teenaged sons excited about doing their chores, played a strategic pattern game for hours, and enjoyed some historical reenactments with educational paper dolls....
Summary of Online Toy ReviewsTDmonthly Magazine’s Review Scout scours the Web weekly for reviews of new and hot products so you don’t have to spend your time searching....
TDMONTHLY TOY BUZZ
Schleich Worlds of Play Capture the Globe
Schleich produces realistic, high-quality animal, historical and fantasy toys. The fun and beautiful figurines appeal to both children and collectors....READ MORE
TDMONTHLY POPULAR STORIES
Mission-Minded Toymakers Touch Lives Around the World
Some toy companies practice charity all year long. Whether their mission is focused on social efforts or one that engages in specific charitable projects, they are wonderful examples of the importance of reaching out to make the world a better place....READ MORE
TDMONTHLY MANUFACTURER'S CORNER
Lead and Testing Under the CPSIA
If you’re a toy manufacturer, you know the regulatory landscape for your business was dramatically altered in summer 2008 with the enactment of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA)....READ MORE
TDMONTHLY NEW TOYS
Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only
See all the new specialty toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...READ MORE
Notable and New Toys by Category — AllSee all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier...
Innovations of 2010Coins jump into bracelets, a dollhouse goes super modern, pacifiers take a new shape, and baby food benefits from a safe storage solution in stylish silicone....
TDMONTHLY UPCOMING ISSUES
What You Won't Miss at Toy Fair
You aren't alone in your quest to find the best products at Toy Fair. TDmonthly Magazine's pre-show research and booth visits will yield daily reports Feb. 14-17 to guide you in the right direction...READ MORE