There are a lot of great toys out there, but the best toys are those that can stand the test of time. Toy Insider Mom Laurie Schacht met with NBC Dallas to show us these special toys that’ll keep children interested for the long run!


Jumbo JamboreeToddler Toys Jumbo Jamboree (TOMY)

  • Jumbo Jamboree has so many surprise play options all in one toy. It will keep toddlers happy and engaged for hours at a time with fun and music!
  • Push him along, and he becomes a one-man-band that plays five instruments all at the same time
  • Separate the instrument pieces that make up his body to play each one by itself
  • Remove his nose to toot a little tune with the saxophone
  • Shake his ears to create a gentle melody with jingle bells
  • Pull out the top handle for a drum, harmonica and xylophone.
  • When it’s time to put Jumbo Jamboree back together again, just match his colors into the correct sections, pop on his ears and nose, and he’s ready to roll.
  • Ages: 12 months+
  • Price: $32.99


DocMcStuffinsPet VetCheckUpCenter_Lifestyle_JustPlayDoc McStuffins Pet Vet Checkup Center (Just Play)

  • Kids can pretend to take care of their beloved pet friends and animals, just like Doc McStuffins from the top-rated Disney Junior series.
  • Future veterinarians will love exploring all the Checkup Center’s features and accessories, including Doc’s pet friends Findo, who is ready for his checkup!
  • Kids can slide in multiple x-rays to activate lights and sounds, use the scale to weigh animals with a removable basket, and give them a bath with a pretend water sprayer.
  • The Pet Vet Checkup Center is also equipped with an electronic stethoscope, kid-powered EKG, otoscope, brush, and a bandage sticker dispenser to fix boo boos.
  • The patients can get a special treat after their checkup from the pet treat dispenser!
  • Age: 3+
  • MSRP: $79.99


Star Wars BladeBuilders Jedi Master Lightsaber (Hasbro)BladeBuilders

  • The definitive Lightsaber of the BladeBuilders system provides kids with the unique components needed to create more than 100 combinations from their imagination.
  • The Jedi Master Lightsaber comes with a main Lightsaber featuring lights and sounds, two independently lit lightdaggers, an expansion hit, two elbow connectors, a dual connector, and a cross connector.
  • Ages: 4+
  • MSRP: $49.99


Lego.Lego Elves Treetop HideawayLEGO Elves The Elves’ Treetop Hideaway (LEGO)

  • Enter the magical world of LEGO Elves with Emily Jones. When wandering in her grandmother’s garden, she suddenly finds herself transported through a magic portal to a Treetop Hideaway in a while new universe.
  • Explore the surroundings with Emily as she realizes that she’s no longer in the human world and meets Azari Firedancer and Farran Leafshade, the Fire and Earth Elves.
  • Make Farran climb down the magic ladder and show her around his extraordinary home. Cook carrot soup over the fire for them to eat while Emily explains that she needs to get back home, and the Elves promise to help her. Send some food up to the treehouse in the magic bucket lift for Farran’s panther cub Enki before they all meet up with the Water and Wind Elves – Emily will need their help too!
  • Includes 3 mini-doll figures and accessories.
  • Ages: 8-12
  • MSRP: $79.99


VTech.GoGoSmartWheelsUltimateRCSpeedwayGo! Go! Smart Wheels Ultimate RC Speedway (VTech)

  • Zip around the Go! Go! Smart Wheels Ultimate RC Speedway, and speed through four action zones and over nine SmartPoint locations using the steering wheel-shaped remote control for an exciting interactive experience with the RC SmartPoint Racer.
  • The speedway is 4.5 feet of interchangeable tracks and features a stunt ramp, elevator, movable gears, starting flags, and track switches that are all triggered by the RC race car.
  • Ralph and his race car entertain your little one with a light-up driver button that activates playful music and fun sounds. He also teaches the letter “R” and the vehicle’s name. Get another RC SmartPoint Racer and race a friend!
  • Ages: 1-5
  • MSRP: $59.99


NKOK.SkylandersSuperchargersRCHotStreakSkylanders SuperChargers “Hot Streak” and “Crypt Crusher” (NKOK)

  • Skylanders is getting vehicles!
  • Skylanders’ upcoming, highly anticipated installment “SuperChargers” will feature classic characters along with plenty of new characters, each of which is equipped with a brand new ride.
  • NKOK has created special radio controlled vehicles for Spitfire’s “Hot Streak” (approximately 8 inches in length) and Fiesta’s “Crypt Crusher” (approximately 10 inches in length).
  • “Hot Streak” is Spitfire’s full function beast, featuring tires made from blue flames and internal power that emits a golden glow from grill to turbines.
  • Fiesta commands his full function “Crypt Crusher” coffin featuring a light-up monster tire in the back, and 2 wheels in the front for stability and maneuverability.
  • The engine is so powerful that Fiesta is able to perform stunts! He can sidewall skii with enough practice!
  • Controllers have a massive 80’-100’ range.
  • Ages: 6+
  • MSRP: $29.99

Rockin’ Rider Tickles Baby Rocker (Tek Nek Toys)teknek.rockinrider


  • The Rockin’ Rider Tickles Baby Rocker is a soft stuffed plush horse with a padded safety seat that assists with sitting up and maintaining balance.
  • It sings the exclusive “I’m a Little Pony” song when its left ear is squeezed and says 6 fun talking phrases with sound effects when its right ear is squeezed.
  • Kids will love the friendly embroidered horse face.
  • Other features include mane with crinkle material, rattles in both feet, a wooden rocking base with foot steps, and wood handles.
  • Ages: 1-3
  • MSRP: $89.99

About the author

Christopher Braun

Christopher Braun

Christopher Braun is the editorial assistant at Adventure Publishing Group. He is a recent transplant from Ohio, and spends the bulk of his free time reading, running and exploring his new home in New York. When he’s not at home or in the office, he’s on a park bench somewhere, enjoying fresh air with his nose deep in a novel or magazine. With a lifelong interest in literature and art, Christopher loves any toy that helps kids share their creativity and imagination with family and friends. He thinks coloring books and crayons are necessary for a fulfilling life and no home is too small for a craft closet. To keep up with Christopher, follow him on Twitter @chrisjamesbraun.