Hotaling Earns Spot on Best Toys List That Highlights Quality Toys of Lasting Value

Aug 10, 2017

Djeco Blocks for Infants - Topanifarm manufactured by Djeco, has been honored with a 2017 Best Toys for Kids award by the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA), Hotaling Imports annouced last week.


The Best Toys for Kids Award list features toys that stretch a child’s imagination, toys that invite discovery and exploration, toys that get little ones moving, toys that help kids build creativity, toys that fascinate and delight babies, and even toys that will help preteens unplug from electronic games and rediscover the joy of play.

“ASTRA’s top picks are different.  Instead of being financed by the companies that make the toys, ASTRA's list is chosen by a community of people who care deeply about quality toys,” said Kimberly Mosley, President of ASTRA.  “Winners are selected by neighborhood toy store owners around the country who watch kids play in their store all day long and talk with parents about which toys sustain their child’s attention and become beloved additions to their toy box.”

"Djeco Blocks for Infants - Topanifarm along with the others on the Best Toys for Kids Award list, go way beyond the pre-programmed, ho-hum play of so many heavily advertised toys and gives kids play that truly challenges their imagination, creativity, and other skills," continued Mosley. 

Larry Hotaling of Hotaling Imports says that what makes Djeco Blocks for Infants - Topanifarm unique is that it is a fun variation of a traditional toddler stacking cubes game. Topanifarm has 6 stacking cubes with one side open so children match the nesting animals in their house. The beautifully illustrated blocks are in bright, appealing colors with images, giving children plenty to look at! "This may not be the toy the TV commercials tell your kids to bug you about, but it will be one they play with over and over again. Rather than scripting everything for your kids, Djeco Blocks for Infants - Topanifarm lets them make up the play themselves," notes Larry Hotaling. 

About Hotaling Imports, Inc
Since 1998, Hotaling Imports, Inc, has taken pride in distributing fine European specialty toys designed to inspire creative, imaginative play amoung children of all ages. Hotaling Inc. believes that in a world full of too many passive play options, children should be encouraged to engage in self driven three dimensional play. 

Hotaling is the exclusive distributor for Papo, Le Toy Van, Djeco, Play and Go and Liontouch in the United States. All Le Toy Van toys are designed in the UK with high play value & stylish aesthetics as key criteria for a child's development. Papo figurines are hand painted & include a wide range including knights, animals, pirates, fantasy as well as many others. Djeco's artistic designs across many different categories inspire children's imaginations and artistic potential. Liontouch has many different role playing and dress up themes with bright colors and detailed design. Play & Go is a very practical and fun way of playing and storing toys. All lines are safety tested and carry appropriate certification and box labeling. 

About the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA) 
Founded in 1992, the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA) is an international not-for-profit trade organization that serves more than 1,800 independent retailers, manufacturers and sales representatives in the specialty toy industry. ASTRA is a community of dedicated professionals committed to providing children with healthy, quality play materials that have high play value and are designed with a focus on what the child can do, rather than what the toy can do. ASTRA members are leaders who, through their businesses, make a positive impact on the economy and culture of the communities they serve. For more information, visit

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