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Plastic Prices Disturb Toy Industry

Seventy-one percent of all toys are made of plastic. Seventy-one percent! Why? Plastic is safe, easy to work with, and above all … cheap. Not anymore....READ MORE







VEHICLES - RIDING

Taking the Wheel

Although the NPD Group reports that last year’s toy vehicle sales dropped nearly 9 percent, some say the trend is reversing....READ MORE





TRAINS

Model Railroading for Beginners

Unlike many childhood hobbies, model railroading is something that can carry on into adulthood....READ MORE





WOODEN TOYS

Wooden Toys in the Modern Age

While they may look like the same wooden blocks or trucks of 50 years ago, some of today’s wooden toys are going high tech. Several companies are using technology to improve safety measures or to create more unusual products. ...READ MORE





RETAILING TIPS

Five Ways to Tell a Product Will Be a Winner

If you could recognize a product destined for success before your competitors, you’d be rich by now, right? While there’s no recipe for identifying toy glory, we’ve culled the advice of industry experts to determine what to look for when stocking your shelves....READ MORE




TDMONTHLY POPULAR STORIES

Licensed vs. Unlicensed: The Battle Begins

Are the latest media-driven toys unhealthy for children? Do they stifle their mental growth and socialization skills?...READ MORE








TDMONTHLY COOL COMPANY

Growing HABA Feels No Pain

The flagship Fifth Avenue FAO Schwarz store includes a room devoted to HABA products. HABA, the maker of high-end European maple and beech wood toys, didn’t subsidize this prime piece of toy real estate; the placement was driven by customer demand....READ MORE


RETAILER SPOTLIGHT

Everybody Needs a Laugh

Instead of trying to compete with mega stores by offering the same crap as they do, Valerie Pontbriand of Four Eyes Joke Shop throws her crap on the ceilings and around her bright geometric carpets....READ MORE


TDMONTHLY BRASS RING

LIKEaBIKE Gives Wheels to Children’s Feet

LIKEaBIKE USA introduced a new concept to America: the running bike. Running bikes, familiar vehicles in Europe, use the feet to propel and stop the vehicle, which makes it an excellent way for children ages 2 to 5 to develop balance and motor skills. ...READ MORE


TDMONTHLY MOM´S PERSPECTIVE

Double the Alpha Toy, Double the Fun

Children come in pairs. If they don’t have a sibling sharing their toy box, they have an endless schedule of play dates....READ MORE


TDMONTHLY TOP-10 MOST-WANTED LISTS

TDmonthly´s Top 10 Most Wanted Die-cast Cars

Die-cast cars have always been solidly made and solidly sold. But lately, there’s a lag at the smaller retail levels. Certain stores are having slow sales, or even getting out of the die-cast arena altogether. Yet, on the Internet and at the higher end, TDmonthly is getting reports of sold-out shelves....READ MORE







"PEEKS" OUR INTEREST

August Peeks

These products are either unexpectedly great sellers or something we just think is cool. Take a look: Maybe they’ll work for you!...READ MORE


TDMONTHLY UPCOMING ISSUES

Get Real, Baby

The lifelike baby doll trend that exploded the collector’s market is moving to the local department store. The Uneeda Doll Company is working on a line of mass-market lifelike baby dolls meant for play instead of collection....READ MORE








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