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TOY FAIR 2006 HIGHLIGHTS
Watch New Toys From Toy Fair
TDmonthly Magazine sent its camera crew to Toy Fair and has brought back some of the best toys and interviews with manufacturers, presented in alphabetical order....READ MORE
Serious Buyers Braved the BlizzardDespite the blizzard, the retailers who showed up to Toy Fair 2006 were ready to buy, most vendors told TDmonthly Magazine....
Toys Blended Together, but Quality Stood OutRetailers were unanimous in their assessment of Toy Fair 2006: nothing was mind-blowing, but high-quality got them high....
Retailers Give Buying Strategies via VideoTrade shows can be overwhelming, but a retailer with a plan can emerge from the chaos with the best products for her particular store. At the ASTRA Party With the Stars event at FAO Schwarz, held in conjunction with Toy Fair 2006, specialty retailers spoke with TDmonthly Magazine about strategies for stocking toy shelves....
TDMONTHLY NEW TOYS
Now that Toy Fair's over, what new toys are hopping into the stores for spring? Here are our picks of the fresh new crop....READ MORE
View New and Unique ToysTake a look at a few new and new-to-you toys that may not have made it onto your radar screen....
Retailers Talk About Fav Toy Fair ToysWhile at Toy Fair 2006, TDmonthly Magazine interviewed several retailers on the floor about what new products they planned to bring into their stores for 2006, or what had been some of their best sellers for 2005....
TDMONTHLY HOT TOPIC
Pomona Toy Show 2006 Video Roundup
The compact size of the Western States Toy and Hobby Show, held annually in Pomona, Calif., allows smaller manufacturers to shine without being overwhelmed by the shadows of the Big Boys....READ MORE
In Tenth Year, ToyDirectory Introduces ForumsToyDirectory celebrates its 10th Anniversary with a special section designed to spark communication between manufacturers, retailers and other people in the toy game....
Hollywood ToyBoy: Is the Internet Friend or Foe?With the rapid change in distribution of television shows and movies, will the toy industry again be left behind by the paradigm shift, as they were when video games emerged?...
TDMONTHLY TOY VIDEOS
Toys Caught on Tape
Watch Mr. TOYDIRECTORY's 10- to 20-second videos that reveal product size relation, dimensions and playability....READ MORE
Internet Helps Sell Wooden Baby Toys
"It appears as if classic wooden toys are making a true comeback," Deborah Gallagher, president of Smart Start Baby, told TDmonthly Magazine....READ MORE
Building High With High-End BlocksSpecialty blocks — many of them manufactured in Europe — are where it’s at these days....
Why Wood? It's Not Cheap and It's Not ModernWooden toys may not always fit mass market needs, but some shoppers seek out these unique pieces, especially when choosing a gift....
Sudoku Popularity Not So Puzzling
The popularity of the one-digit Sudoku electronic puzzles, developed from the forerunning puzzles that appear in newspapers, is just beginning to grow in the United States....READ MORE
Classic Games Maintain EdgeDespite the growth of video and computer games, classic board and card games still attract a large audience....
Exercise: The Latest Addition to Game TimeThe industry is delivering on a demand for more exercise with several different types of indoor activity games....
When the Tools of the Trade Are Toys
Schools, hospitals and other groups involved with children purchase toys on a regular basis....READ MORE
TDMONTHLY POPULAR STORIES
CHA Craft-User Study Surprises Industry
The Consumer Usage and Attitude Study, released in January by the Craft and Hobby Association (CHA) at its 65th winter convention and trade show in Las Vegas, produced surprising results....READ MORE
TDMONTHLY TOY BUZZ
The World of Fascinations
Fascinations, a manufacturer of high-tech novelty gifts and toys, has adapted to a constantly changing industry....READ MORE
Wagadoogoo! Makes a Game of TravelDistant places seem just a little bit closer, thanks to the game Travel Mania, created by Paul Mistor, president and founder of a company with a name like no other — Wagadoogoo! Inc....
Unique Toy Car Finds DistributorAs enthusiastic retailers and dealers found out at the recent New York Toy Fair, although the Super Silly Ride N Glide is classified as a ride-on toy car, it is unique from others in the marketplace....
TDMONTHLY COOL COMPANY
Romancing the Past With Dolls
Carpatina Dolls are meticulous creations that showcase president and lead designer Mihaela Hinkle's talent....READ MORE
Steve Spangler Science Has the Magic Touch
Steve Spangler, Emmy Award-winning television personality, “teacher’s teacher” and authority on “inquiry-based learning” (not to mention toy maker) came upon his love of science via … magic?...READ MORE
Learning Express CEO Discusses E-CommerceSharon DiMinico recently shared details of her successful business model with TDmonthly Magazine....
TDMONTHLY BRASS RING
Skullduggery Digs in Deep
Skullduggery emerged as a mail order company in 1978 to fill a niche for educators and collectors, specializing in museum-quality fossil replicas....READ MORE
TDMONTHLY MOMīS PERSPECTIVE
March Toys in the Hand: TDmonthly’s Expert Mom
A mom and child development specialist shares her impressions of new toys with TDmonthly Magazine....READ MORE
Zoomorphs and Lonpos Go to SchoolThe homeschoolers had their creativity and nimbleness tested with new puzzles, games and construction toys....
Homeschoolers Rate ToysFive homeschooling families in Western North Carolina evaluated four new toys, rating them on a scale of 1 to 10, with “1” being the worst and “10” being the best....
TDMONTHLY TOP-10 MOST-WANTED LISTS
TDmonthly’s Top 10 Most Wanted Playsets
Retailers pick what they think will be top selling playsets in 2006....READ MORE
TDmonthly’s Top 10 Toy Fair 2006 ToysThis month, TDmonthly searched the booths at Toy Fair with a 3-chip video camera to find the best 10 toys available....
TDmonthly’s Top 10 Whacked-Out Toy Fair ToysWe mean whacked-out in a good way: These are the toys that TDmonthly staffers want to play with....
TDMONTHLY UPCOMING ISSUES
These Horses Rock the Cash Register
Say "hi-ho" to sales with artistic rocking horses....READ MORE
WTHRA Show RecapHeld March 11-14, the Western Toy and Hobby Representatives Association Show attracts a unique audience to those that appear in New York....