Playmobil Nose and Mouth Mask

Following the release of a detailed video that explains the coronavirus and the spread of COVID-19 to kids, Playmobil is in full production with a reusable mask that will help protect wearers from the spread of COVID-19.

Designers at the Brandstätter Group created the Playmobil Nose and Mouth Mask in an effort to reduce the risk of droplet-based infections. The initial production run was shipped to the company’s employees around the world, and beginning this week the masks will be available for sale to the public. According to Playmobil, “new injection molding tools for the complex design were created in record time” to get the masks to market as quickly as possible.

The plastic mask requires the use of a fresh filter element before each use. Due to the varied availability of filters globally, the mask works with standard paper handkerchiefs and comes with enough material to create up to 40 filters. The plastic mask can be cleaned with soap and hot water and should be worn for no more than 10 hours before cleaning. Playmobil says that wearers should still practice recommended social distancing guidelines, allowing at least 6 feet between others.

Masks will be available for shipping worldwide beginning April 14 through the Playmobil website. The company will donate $1 from each $4.99 EUR (approximately $5.44 USD) purchase price to the German Red Cross’ Corona Emergency Aid Fund and the existing “Heroes of the Everyday” campaign to support coronavirus relief efforts.

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James Zahn

James Zahn

James Zahn, AKA The Rock Father, is Editor-in-Chief of The Toy Book, a Senior Editor at The Toy Insider and The Pop Insider, and Editor of The Toy Report, The Toy Book‘s weekly industry newsletter. As a pop culture and toy industry expert, Zahn has appeared as a panelist and guest at events including Comic-Con International: San Diego (SDCC) Wizard World Chicago, and the ASTRA Marketplace & Academy. Zahn has more than 30 years of experience in the entertainment, retail, and publishing industries, and is frequently called upon to offer expert commentary for publications such as Forbes, Marketwatch, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, USA Today, Reuters, the Washington Post, and more. James has appeared on History Channel’s Modern Marvels, was interviewed by Larry King and Anderson Cooper, and has been seen on Yahoo! Finance, CNN, CNBC, FOX Business, NBC, ABC, CBS, WGN, The CW, and more. Zahn joined the Adventure Media & Events family in 2016, initially serving as a member of the Parent Advisory Board after penning articles for the Netflix Stream Team, Fandango Family, PBS KIDS, Sprout Parents (now Universal Kids), PopSugar, and Chicago Parent. He eventually joined the company full time as a Senior Editor and moved up the ranks to Deputy Editor and Editor-in-Chief.