Industry: Visions of Dollars Dance in Their Heads

Christmas comes to a certain area of Manhattan in mid-March. There, in the New Yorker Hotel and in the 23rd Street showrooms near Broadway, most of the nation's 1,500 toymakers gathered last week to show off some 200,000 toys that will hit the U.S. market next Christmas season. From plush lions that roar to vinyl dolls that burp, the toys are designed to win the notoriously fickle attention of U.S. children and, toymakers hope, to hike this year's toy sales 20% to $1.3 billion. The prospect of all these toys makes visions...

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