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TDMONTHLY MUST READS
ToyDirectory: Where Would You Be Without Us?
Lost in Cyberspace. That’s where most toy industry business owners were back in 1996, when ToyDirectory.com first came online....READ MORE
This Issue's HighlightsThis month, TDmonthly Magazine examines award winners, finds out what's up with dolls, gives kids' furniture a once-over, and discovers what's new in plush and puppets....
TDMONTHLY NEW TOYS
The following new toys caught the attention of TDmonthly staffers....READ MORE
TDmonthly's Toy SleuthThe search for the "new" is all-encompassing. TDmonthly Magazine scoured the globe for the latest and greatest....
TDMONTHLY HOT TOPIC
Hollywood ToyBoy – Hooray for Indiamation
Children’s entertainment is heading to India....READ MORE
TDMONTHLY TOY VIDEOS
Toys Strut Their Stuff: Video Demos
See the Toys strut their stuff in front of the camera....READ MORE
Keeping Specialty Dolls Special
Are there any specialty dolls left for the specialty market?...READ MORE
Silly Collectors, Dolls Are for KidsThe start of the 21st century has seen a decline in the collectible doll market, and many manufacturers and retailers are once again focusing their products toward children....
Fairies Fly Back On — and Off — the ShelvesThe Fairies are back. Everyone from Disney to OOAK (one-of-a-kind) artists are in on the game ......
Today’s Furniture Grows With Kids
Retailers told TDmonthly Magazine that many parents who are trying to get the most for their money are opting for “evolving furniture,” or pieces that will grow as the child grows, eliminating the need to purchase a separate crib, toddler bed, and “big kid” bed....READ MORE
Mi Casa Es Doll's CasaDollhouses date back at least 400 years, and although times may have changed and prices come down somewhat (the original dollhouses, according to the Hampshire Museum Services, could only be afforded by wealthy patrons, usually titled) the idea behind them has stayed the same. So what has changed?...
PLUSH & PUPPETS
Peculiar Puppets on Hand
When it comes to being the master of puppets, these manufacturers aren’t pulling your strings....READ MORE
Personalized Plush Boosts SalesCustom plush products have found a front seat on retailers' shelves....
Bears and Penguins on the CatwalkThis month, TDmonthly Magazine spoke with retailers across the country to determine what’s selling in the squeezable land of plush and why....
TDMONTHLY POPULAR STORIES
iParenting Media Awards Innovation
We at TDmonthly Magazine would like to congratulate the following innovative toy manufacturers....READ MORE
Awards Bring Kudos to Deserving Toys: Part IITDmonthly Magazine congratulates iParenting Media award winners....
Globe Warms to Environmentally Conscious ToysThe push for eco-consciousness is evident even in the toy industry....
TDMONTHLY TOY REVIEWS
TDmonthly’s Psychology Expert
Beth Carroll, Psy.D., is a professional psychologist who specializes in child intervention and development....READ MORE
TDmonthly's Developmental ExpertChristina Liu has a B.A. in Child Development and Family Studies from California State University and has worked for more than three years as an early intervention specialist ......
TDMONTHLY MOMīS PERSPECTIVE
Roundtable Roundup: Homeschooled Tweens' Top-5 Toys
If you want to keep a tween girl’s interest, give her a problem to solve....READ MORE
August Toys in Hand: TDmonthly's Expert MomEmilie Hill has taught kids of all ages everything from swimming to physics for more than 15 years...
TDMONTHLY SHOP TALK
Personalizing the Shopping Experience
It shouldn’t take a new study claiming social isolation to be at an all-time high to remind us that people appreciate a little one-on-one....READ MORE
Mulberry Turns Cedar but Keeps Spirit IntactWhen Phil Hueber purchased the Mulberry Tree toy store this past March and renamed it Cedar Chest Kids, he did so with a strong sense of community spirit....
TDMONTHLY COOL COMPANY
Uberstix Taps Kids’ Unlimited Potential
Dane Scarborough founded Überstix so he could answer "yes" next time his son asks him if he loves his job....READ MORE
TDMONTHLY TOY BUZZ
Fiesta Sees Growth in Plush Manufacturing
Fiesta Toy's growth in the amusement, gift and toy industries may be attributed to the popularity of plush, but the experience of the company's president Michael Lauber along with the dedication of long-term employees has brought this manufacturer high sales....READ MORE
TDMONTHLY BRASS RING
On the Road With Asmodee
Asmodee Editions LLC is an established French company that’s been around for 15 years and takes in over 17 million Euro a year. Having conquered the Continent, they were getting a volume of requests for their product in the U.S....READ MORE
TDMONTHLY MANUFACTURER'S CORNER
From the Minds of Babes
In the 1880s, a teenager founded his own toy company based on a game he invented. Over 100 invented games later, George Parker and his company, Parker Brothers, were an institution....READ MORE
Game and Toy Creation - Part 2Before bringing a new toy or game to market, legal protection in the form of a copyright, patent and/or trademark is essential ......
The CSI Guy Did ItAnthony Zuiker is best known as the creator and executive producer of the mega-hit television franchise CSI....
TDMONTHLY TOP-10 MOST-WANTED LISTS
TDmonthly's Top-10 Most-Wanted Toys With Interchangeable Parts
Specialty toy storeowners normally don’t like to carry big-box items, but LEGOs and Playmobil were mentioned eight times when ......READ MORE
TDmonthly's Top-10 Most-Wanted Animal FigurinesThis month, TDmonthly Magazine polled 24 retailers to discover what were among their best selling animal figures....
TDmonthly’s Top-10 Most-Wanted Cars & TrucksKids love cars ... and "Cars," too, 24 retailers from across the country reported to TDmonthly Magazine....
TDMONTHLY UPCOMING ISSUES
Throw Out the Yellow Blankies
Green is the new fave color for tiny tots, retailers across the nation told TDmonthly....READ MORE
Turning Toilets Into ToysTen days on a toilet with a bout of food poisoning transformed Joe Lalicata's life....
What Does a Book Author Think of a Book?With almost 15 years of experience in the children's publishing industry, Dorothea Wang has a more critical eye than most....
What Kids Want ... and Want and WantCooler than cool collectors might be distressed to find their urban vinyl in the hands of innocent babes....