DAYTON, N.J. -- November 3, 2004 -- Just in time for the holidays and winter weather, PLAYMOBIL, the toy company dedicated to enriching the lives of children by encouraging them to use their imaginations, is opening a PLAYMOBIL FunStore at the Woodbridge Center in Woodbridge, N.J. The store brings children's favorite PLAYMOBIL toys to life in fun and engaging areas where kids are free to play!
The store's official Grand Opening will be held Wednesday, November 3, at 3:30 p.m. and will feature a PLAYMOBIL Pirates and Princesses Parade where children ages four to 10 are invited to dress as their favorite princess or pirate and show off their costume. Celebrated New Jersey entertainer Mr. Ray will act as Grand Marshal of the parade and a ribbon cutting at 4:30 p.m. will officially open the store. Children associated with Stand for Children, a local grassroots organization, will participate in the grand opening and toys used for the grand opening day will be donated to the charity.
"The PLAYMOBIL brand really invites imaginative play with our wide range of classic and new themes," said PLAYMOBIL Vice President John Skrajewski. "With our new FunStore, we're inviting children and families to come and play in a giant play world. We're excited to provide this opportunity to families in New Jersey and New York."
The FunStore features two play areas for children to have a hands-on experience with the PLAYMOBIL worlds. Web kiosks invite parents to visit the PLAYMOBIL Web site and dive into the PLAYMOBIL world. Kids can also try out the only version of a video game of the Noah's Ark play set on a giant plasma screen!
PLAYMOBIL's Coming Home for the Holidays
In addition to opening a new FunStore, PLAYMOBIL is introducing six new toys for kids' holiday wish lists - Blackbeard's Pirate Ship, the Pirate Treasure Chest, Noah's Ark, the PLAYMOBIL Zoo, a Construction Crane and Tree House.
"The great appeal of PLAYMOBIL is the pretend play opportunities they provide," said Stephanie Oppenheim, co-publisher of the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, www.toyportfolio.com, which awarded two Platinum Awards to PLAYMOBIL's Zoo and Crane earlier this year. "They really involve the parents in the imaginative play, which can only add to the fun."
NEW PRODUCT DETAILS
-- PLAYMOBIL Pirate Treasure Chest. This chest offers three exciting playscapes to provide fun and exciting imaginative play experiences. With one side opened, the chest reveals the pirates' cove, an inlet that needs to be protected from invading enemies. With both sides open, the chest reveals a treasure island. The chest is a first for PLAYMOBIL, providing three uses in one toy - it's a playscape that also acts as a storage container with a carrying handle that children can take with them wherever they go. Moms will appreciate it as much as their kids! Suggested retail price is $19.99. Available nationwide at Target, Toys 'R Us and specialty retailers.
-- PLAYMOBIL Noah's Ark. Perfect for the holidays, Noah's Ark recreates the legendary story of Noah building his ark to save the world's animals. The play environment features 22 animals - of course in two-by-two formation. The Ark floats in water and provides a great way to teach children about different animals as well as counting. Noah's Ark has a suggested retail price of $69.99 and is available at specialty retailers and Toys R' Us Times Square.
-- PLAYMOBIL Blackbeard's Pirate Ship. Ahoy! This ship features three pirates who hoist up the sails and set out in search of buried treasures. A ladder to the crow's nest lookout and sails complete the ship's look. Blackbeard's ship comes with wheels to roll through a sea of carpeting, but it also floats on water! Suggested retail price is $29.99, available at Target and Toys 'R Us.
-- PLAYMOBIL Zoo. Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award 2004, Dr. Toy Top 100 Best Children's Products 2004. Kids love the Zoo! Children can imagine themselves as the zookeeper or as one of the 13 animals in this creative play world. The set also features a family of six PLAYMOBIL figures and a pond. Suggested retail price is $99.99, available at specialty retailers and Toys R' Us Times Square.
-- PLAYMOBIL Crane. Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award 2004. An operable Crane helps little ones play "construction" by moving the Crane six different ways. Two construction figures come equipped for with their own cell phones. The crane has a retail value of $69.99, requires three AA batteries and is available at specialty retailers and Toys R' Us Times Square.
-- PLAYMOBIL Tree House. This play set takes adventure to a whole new level - up into the trees! The PLAYMOBIL Tree House features a secret trap door and a treasure. Children can imagine themselves relaxing in the hammock or grilling up breakfast that hungry wolves threaten to steal. Retails for $39.99 and is available at specialty retailers, Target, Toys R' Us, and Toys R' Us Times Square.
WHAT MAKES PLAYMOBIL TOYS UNIQUE
The cornerstone of all PLAYMOBIL activities is the two and three quarter inch figure which can bend, sit, stand, turn its head and move its arms. The hands, which can grasp, rotate and carry accessories, are what make realistic play possible. The figures also have a smiley face that suits just about any play situation. All PLAYMOBIL men, women, children and animals are compatible will all other PLAYMOBIL vehicles, accessories and environments. The bright colors and rounded edges are appealing to children. And, the unique construction features locking-grid building pieces that allow children to quickly and easily change their play worlds by creating new buildings. With hundreds of themes to choose from in a variety of age-appropriate settings, PLAYMOBIL is dedicated to enriching the lives of children by encouraging them to use their imaginations. PLAYMOBIL - the World to Play.
ABOUT PLAYMOBIL INC.
PLAYMOBIL is headquartered in Zirndorf, Germany and distributes its toys in over 60 countries. The company employs more than 2,200 people and has subsidiaries in the United States, France, Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Italy, Greece, Spain, Canada and the Czech Republic. PLAYMOBIL USA toys are distributed in more than 2,200 stores nationwide including the PLAYMOBIL Fun Park play centers in West Palm Beach and Orlando, Florida.