Indiana Gazette (Indiana, Pennsylvania) - 17 October 2000, Page 34

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Indiana Gazette (Indiana, Pennsylvania) - 17 October 2000, Page 34 - 1980 Lines Shown Toymakers Already Get Ready...
1980 Lines Shown Toymakers Already Get Ready For Christmas By The Associated Press While most Americans are just recovering from Christmas past, the country's toymakers already are in the middle of Christmas future. The manufacturers have gathered in New York City to show their 1980 lines, offering thousands of old and new items which they hope will wind up under the tree some 10 months from now: The Toy Manufacturers of America, Inc., an industry association, association, estimates that 1979 sales reached $5.8 billion at the retail level, an increase of about 13 percent from the year before. Prices last year were 15 percent higher, on the average, than they were in 1978 and the trade group predicts they will go up another 15 percent this year. '• The fourth-quarter of the year is still the biggest selling season for toys, but the manufacturers manufacturers say the introduction and popularity of electronic games has widened the market. People buy the games all year long and they seem willing to pay higher and higher prices. '. Among those on hand for the toy exhibition was .Margaret Truman, daughter of the late president, who has been touring touring the country on behalf of the manufacturers to talk about toy safety and selection. She said she urged consumers to check toy labels for the symbol "PS 72-76," indicating that the product product conforms to the voluntary Christina Ford Sues Ex-Friend DETROIT (AP) — The estranged estranged wife of Henry Ford II has slapped a former friend . with a $10 million slander suit. ; Christina Ford alleges that Rosemarie Kanzler Marcie: Marcie: Riverie, a European socialite, slandered her by telling acquaintances acquaintances that Mrs. Ford was . ••'committing the crime of - blackmail" against Ford in .their divorce proceedings. ' •. The divorce trial of Mrs. .Ford and the Ford Motor Co. •chairman begins Tuesday in Wayne County Circuit Court. Mrs. Marcie-Riviere introduced introduced Ford and the former Christina Austin 20 years ago in Paris. '.. The slander suit, filed Friday in Wayne County Circuit Court, gives few details on the alleged slander and Mrs. Ford's attorney, attorney, A. Robert Zeff, refused to give specifics. safety standards established by the industry. Ms. Truman praised the manufacturers for their efforts in the safety field, but she said some companies need to improve improve labels to make it easier for people to figure out exactly what they are getting. Buyers should not have to squint at the fine print, for example, to find out what is — and is not — included included in a given package. The annual toy fair offers something for everyone: traditional traditional favorites like blocks and dolls, spin-offs from movies and television shows' — particularly particularly those with space themes, and electronics to challenge you at every level. The manufacturers estimated that 3,600 new items were on display this year, but some of the so-called "new" products are simply variations, on existing existing lines. Mattel Toys of- Hawthorne, Calif., the biggest toymaker in the world, listed 241 products as new. Among them were new accessories for the "Birbie" doll, now in its 21st year. The "Barbie Dream Furniture" collection collection now includes bathroom items. "The commode can be filled with water and has realistic realistic flushing action," says the company. The doll-size bathtub also "can be filled with water and drained realistically — the water going into a storage tank in the bottom half of the tub to be drained later." Going from beauty to the beast, Mattel offers "Gre- Gory," the vampire bat. "Press Gre-Gory bat's back," explains Mattel. "'Blood' surges into his see-through belly." In case you'e worried, the company is quick to point out that the "belly" "belly" is tightly sealed. Kenner Products of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, a division of General Mills, Inc., described 85 of its offerings as new. Like Mattel, however, Kenner, is sticking with success and that means "Star Wars." Sales of "Star Wars" toys, introduced in 1978, increased by 30 percent last year alone. Included in the 1980 line are 23 toys linked to the upcoming upcoming movie, "Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back." Tom Clark, Kenner's "Star Wars" product manager, indicates indicates there is little relief in sight for parents who tired of the force being with them. "There are 12 written scripts for movies, offering endless possibilities for new toys." The Ideal Toy Corp. offered several items based on popular toys abroad. Among them: "The Generals," an electronic version of a game which the company says is a big hit in the Philippines. Armed with soldiers ranging from private to general, each player tries to get his or her flag across the board or to capture the opponent's flag. From Milton Bradley Co. of Springfield, Mass., the people who brought you "Simon," there is "Milton." Describing the new electronic game, which involves completing phrases correctly by pushing buttons, the company says: "'Milton' not only talks, he talks back." Dedicated to provide finest quality in to every family we 965 Philadelphia PENN Now, thanks lo our yard of this level back. Choose from room size rugs. Hurry, Regular 7.95 Sq.Yd. Check These Low Prices Including

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