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TDMONTHLY MUST READS
TDmonthly's November Staff Picks
Ideopolis' Alphabotz line decks out robots to give whimsical character to phonetics, and stainless steel becomes more present...READ MORE
In This IssueIn TDmonthly Magazine's top-10 most-wanted articles this month, find out which products are selling best for the infamous tween set (boys and girls)...
Toys in the News: 11-29-09A report from the National Retail Federation shows that shoppers spent about $41.2 billion over Black Friday weekend, up from an estimated total of $41 billion...
TDMONTHLY TOY VIDEOS
Sharks Show Up on Holiday Videos
From a football game in a deck of cards to a pool table that welcomes sharks, these surprising games and toys encourage family fun...READ MORE
TDMONTHLY SHOP TALK
Retailer Spotlight: Pufferbellies Toys & Books for Children
At Pufferbellies Toys & Books for Children in Staunton, Va., Owners Susan Blanton and her daughter Erin are gearing up for the Christmas season by introducing something new: a personal shopper program called “Your Own Elf.”...READ MORE
My Best Sellers: Pufferbellies Toys & BooksAt Pufferbellies Toys & Books for Children in downtown Staunton, Va., customers can find a distinctive blend of the “good old days” along with some fresh and innovative toys....
TDmonthly Goes Inside … Can You ImagineIf you’re looking for boys’ toys, tween items, novelties and things that are just plain fun and imaginative, you might want to step into the Can You Imagine showroom...
TDMONTHLY TOP-10 MOST-WANTED LISTS
Top-10 Most-Wanted Items for Tween Girls
These days, if it’s not a craft to be made, an accessory to be worn or a cute animal to be admired, it’s probably not at the top of tween girls’ want lists....READ MORE
Top-10 Most-Wanted Jewelry and AccessoriesA fun piece of jewelry or a cute accessory is a great way for a kid to make a statement, especially if they’ve made it themselves....
Top-10 Most-Wanted Toys for Tween BoysNotoriously difficult to select products for, boys in their pre and early teens may not be so fixated on electronics and video games after all...
Top-10 Most-Wanted NoveltiesIf your specialty toy or gift store doesn’t carry Iwako erasers from BC Industries, you should take a second look at the sales of these tiny, collectible, puzzle erasers...
TDMONTHLY CHARITABLE KID CONTEST
14-Year-Old Kimberly Makes Music for Needy Kids
Dozens of special needs and foster children are unexpectedly making music on high-quality toy pianos, thanks to the Schoenhut Piano Company and TDmonthly Magazine's Charitable Kid, 14-year-old Kimberly from South Carolina....READ MORE
TDMONTHLY TOY REVIEWS
TDmonthly’s Music Expert
TDmonthly Magazine’s Music Expert appreciated the vocal and musical attributes of “Teaspoon at a Time,” “Martian Television Invasion” and "American Heroes #3," while also applauding the pertinent messages...READ MORE
TDMONTHLY HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE
Holiday Price Wars: Toys for $10 and Under
Wal-Mart, Target, Kmart, Toys “R” Us and other mass merchandisers have embarked on their usual seasonal price cuts on toys and other items for holiday sales....READ MORE
Rubber Band Animals and Novelty Erasers Are HotWith such gloomy economic forecasts, specialty storeowners must work even harder to differentiate their gift supply from the “hot” mass-market toys this holiday season....
TDMONTHLY POPULAR STORIES
Video Games: Year-End Projections
February 2009 was the last month in which the video game industry in the United States showed growth. That is why everybody was eagerly anticipating September as the first month in which this negative spell would be broken,...READ MORE
Zhu Zhu, Bakugan & Dolls Heat Up Holiday Toy ListsThere's no shortage of gloomy economic forecasts, nor is there a shortage of creativity, value and, yes, affordability coming from today's toymakers...
Wal-Mart Enters Holidays w/ 3-Tiered Toy StrategyAbout a month ago I wrote in this space that Wal-Mart had embarked upon a dual-level product strategy as far as its toy department was concerned...
Specialty Items for Your Specialty StoreFind some last-minute ideas for your retail store from our list of select vendors...
TDMONTHLY MANUFACTURER'S CORNER
Event Marketing Guru’s Corner: The Seven Deadly Sins of Exhibit Selling
Event marketing professionals, beware these seven deadly killers of buying cycles. If you’re guilty of any combination of them, Danté might have prepared his own special place for you....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...
TDMONTHLY UPCOMING ISSUES
How the iPod is Changing Kids' Lives
Will Apple's iPod come to rule the world — even for kids? With an increasing number of books, music and games for children created as iPhone apps, and parents who aren't afraid to hand over their "toy"...READ MORE
Toys to Replenish Your StockShould aggressive shoppers leave your store looking picked over early in the season, just have a look at TDmonthly Magazine's Holiday Roundup in the December issue, for suggestions of great specialty toys, games and other gift items...