Trade Resources

Hobby Manufacturers Association

HMA’s mission is to stimulate the growth of the model hobby industry and to offer unique benefits to members and affiliated companies, including providing industry statistics and legislative information when appropriate and necessary. Info at

American Specialty Toy Retailers Association

ASTRA develops and supports a membership of independent toy retailers, manufacturers, and sales representatives to advance industry growth. Info at

Game Manufacturers Association

The essential nexus for new and experienced game industry professionals, The Game Manufacturers Association (GAMA) serves to promote its member’s common interest- to increase the adoption of and engagement with hobby games. GAMA fosters networking, sharing of best practices and innovations, and the pooling of resources toward common goals. GAMA achieves this through hosting trade and consumer shows, industry events, providing an information and resource hub, marketing activities, and interfacing with other trade organizations in adjoining industries. Info at

National Retail Hobby Stores Association

We are the national organization that represents the retail hobby stores. We are the link that connects the hobby industry–manufacturers, distributors, publishers, and retail hobby shops. Info at

Toy Industry Association

Founded in 1916, The Toy Association™, Inc. is the not-for-profit trade association representing all businesses that design, produce, license, and deliver toys and youth entertainment products for kids of all ages. Our 950+ members drive the annual $27 billion U.S. domestic toy market, and our organization has a long history of propelling the health and growth of the toy industry, which has an annual U.S. economic impact of $109.2 billion. Info at



HobbyTown® is widely regarded as a leader in the retail hobby industry. A nationally registered franchise, we are ranked annually in the Entrepreneur 500, and Success Magazine has listed us as one of their top 100 franchises. The HobbyTown story begins in Lincoln, Nebraska (where our national headquarters remains today), founded in 1985 and opened the first franchise store in 1986. Today, with stores in 41 states, making us the leader in the retail hobby and specialty toy industry. In 2016, AMain and HobbyTown formed a partnership to give our owners more depth in the RC market. More recently, HobbyTown signed a deal with RadioShack to open express stores within existing HobbyTown franchises. More information at