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Happy Holidays!!

Well, the year that was 2001 is coming to a close and we'll feature a short denouement on it next week just in time to finish it out. But before that, we'd like to offer some holiday wishes and thanks.

While Christmas is not celebrated universally, the sentiments from it are universal. No, I don't mean the raw capitalism but the thought of exchanging gifts with friends and loved ones. This year has been dramatic, trying, triumphant and tragic, but some of these events have helped us give one gift that is more precious than any other - our time. A short visit or phone call to someone who is important in your life is worth more than any material object.

This is also a time when our collective hobby is often moved to the forefront. We are deluged with thousands of 'amateurs' hunting for gifts and depleting the toy shelves. But it also shows the power of the hobby when you see everyone heading out to get toys. Yep, toys are cool, and don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

This is the first holiday season for Bobbi and myself at RTM and we want to thank all the loyal readers of the site. You stayed through tough times (and you told all your friends, and they told their friends, and so onů) and now your faith has (hopefully!) paid off. We really do appreciate all the comments and compliments and we try to listen and we'll keep doing our best to make the site the best it can be.

Into the new year we'll still keep our covenant with the readers - we'll keep working if you'll keep reading. We have the post-holiday sales to enjoy, and a brand new year. In February we'll be covering Toy Fair, and in January we'll start getting everything in order as well as a surprise or two. Toy Fair runs from Feb 10-14 in New York City, just like it always has.

And next year looks to be good for toys! From everyone at RTM we wish you the best holiday wishes. Be safe, enjoy friends and family and play with some toys!!!

-Rob and Bobbi

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