Bated Breath In Toyland

Toymakers are praying for another Star Wars megahit

As retailers flock to New York City this month for the annual International Toy Fair trade show, they'll need an official escort to see the biggest attraction. In a restricted area of the Hasbro Inc. showroom will be stacks of the first four-inch likenesses of young Anakin Skywalker and archvillain Darth Maul. They're part of the next generation of Star Wars toys, and never mind saving the galaxy. On the shoulders of this plastic army rests the fortunes of the toy industry in 1999.

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