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Cargo and Passenger Aircraft Soars to New Heights, Named One of American Specialty Toy Retailing Association’s 2013 “Best Toys for Kids”

CRANBURY, NJ – July 2013 – The Cargo and Passenger Aircraft, manufactured by PLAYMOBIL, has been honored with a 2013 Best Toys for Kids award by the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA), PLAYMOBIL USA announced.

Representing specialty toy retailers nationwide, ASTRA takes pride in honoring products through its Best Toys for Kids awards that inspire creativity, develop cognitive and social skills, nurture the imagination and offer endless hours of fun.

“PLAYMOBIL is honored to receive recognition from a such a well-respected organization within the toy industry,” said John Skrajewski, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for PLAYMOBIL USA. “PLAYMOBIL continues to develop high-quality products, such as the Cargo and Passenger Aircraft, that offer classic play value and foster endless imaginative play.”

"Congratulations to PLAYMOBIL for being named among the ASTRA Best Toys for Kids award for 2013,” said Kathleen McHugh, President of ASTRA. “The Cargo and Passenger Aircraft made the list of the best toys for kids because it offers children hours of open-ended creative play that is so important to a child's physical and emotional development."

"The Best Toys award is significant because the true toy experts in the play world, toy store owners around the country who see children play with toys every day, picked this toy out of hundreds of submissions," continued McHugh.

Parents, grandparents and others can find the 2013 Best Toys for Kids award list along with an easy-to-use Toy Store Finder to locate independently-owned toy stores in their area at

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PLAYMOBIL, Germany’s largest toy manufacturer, is headquartered in Zirndorf, Germany and has been producing and distributing toys for more than 36 years. The company distributes its toys in more than 70 countries and employs more than 3,000 people and has subsidiaries in the United States, France, UK, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Italy, Greece, Northern Europe, Spain, Canada, Mexico, Austria and Switzerland.

PLAYMOBIL USA toys are distributed in more than 2,200 stores nationwide including the FunPark play center in West Palm Beach, Florida.

About the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA)
With more than 1300 members, the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA) is the largest association for companies in the toy and children’s products arenas. ASTRA and its member companies promote the growth of the toy industry by delivering products that serve children’s best interests. For more information, visit

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