Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away, and that means your best Black Friday deals are right around the corner! Senior Editor Marissa DiBartolo dropped by WBAL-TV’s 11 News Sunday Morning to show us some of this season’s top toys that you should keep an eye out for before they fly off the shelves. Get your coffee ready because we’ll all be running to the stores early for these finds!


Play all Day ElmoPlay All Day Elmo (Hasbro)

• Kids will be wowed by the most exciting and playful Elmo to date!
• This favorite pal features more than 150 responses and eight games and activities that will keep little ones laughing.
• From “Pat-a-cake” and “Freeze Dance,” to “Red Light, Green Light” and more, every move kids make is a new chance for fun.
• Little ones can also tickle Elmo’s belly, hold his hand, give him a kiss or clap his hands to play games together and hear more responses!
• Ages: 18 mos.+
• MSRP: $59.99


PlaymatesToys.GiantLeonardoGiant Leonardo Playset (Playmates Toys)

• A giant, 24-inch articulated Leonardo Ninja Turtle action figure that transforms into a complete Sewer Lair Play Set.
• With over 30 features including spring-activated surprises, false floors, a skate park and so much more, this set provides hours of Ninja fun!
• The play set features 9 different rooms for endless Turtle action play, including Turtles’ Living Room, Splinter’s Meditation Room, Skate Park Half-Pipe, Mikey’s Pad, Turtles’ Dojo, Street Level Lookout Tower, Donnie’s Workshop, Computer Lab and Turtles’ Jail.
• Giant Leonardo includes an 18-inch signature Katana sword.
• Play set is compatible with most Turtles basic action figures.
• Ages: 4+
• MSRP: $99.99


ImportsDragon,ShopkinsPlushShopkins Color ‘N’ Create Activity Plush (The Bridge Direct)

• The Shopkins Color ‘N’ Create Activity Plush offers kids a cuddly and collectible friend that can be designed and decorated front to back then washed and doodled on all over again!
• Standing 10“ tall, each soft character includes three large washable markers for freestyle coloring on the front and filling in the pattern on the back.
• Available in three popular Shopkins friends: Kooky Cookie, Strawberry Kiss and D’Lish Donut.
• Ages: 5+
• MSRP: $15.99 each


LEGO Dimensions (Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)Lego Dimensions

• For the first time in any LEGO videogame, fan-favorite universes from movies and TV are fused together just like kinds can do with real LEGO sets, bringing their toys to life!
• The worlds and favorite characters from DC Comics, Scooby-Doo, The Simpsons, The Lord of the Rings, The LEGO Movie, The Wizard of Oz, LEGO Ninjago, Back to the Future, and many more are part of the immersive adventure.
• The LEGO Toy Pad unites physical and digital realms through unparallel interactive puzzle play. It also functions as an additional game controller, giving kids a unique way to interact with the toys and games through the experience.
• Allows for any combination of seven characters, vehicles, and gadgets to be simultaneously brought into the game at one time. Kids can also interchangeably interact with any combination of characters, vehicles, and gadgets throughout the game in any of the worlds. Imagine Homer driving the Batmobile down the Yellow Brick Road!
• The initial Starter Pack will offer endless opportunities for kids to customize their experiences with LEGO building and re-building. Expansion Packs are interchangeable and compatible.
• Introducing Adventure Worlds, where every character has the ability to unlock a corresponding world of the same brand to provide additional gameplay.
• Available on September 27 for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation4, PlayStation3, and the Wii U system from Nintendo
• Age: 10+
• MSRP: Starter Pack $99.99, Level Pack: $29.99, Team Pack: $24.99, Fun Pack: $14.99


WickedCool.GirlScoutsCookieOvenGirl Scout Cookie Oven (Wicked Cool)

• The Girl Scouts Cookie Oven lets aspiring bakers experience the hands-on fun of making their own Girl Scout cookies.
• A real working oven, it comes complete with tools and mixes that allow kids (and adults!) to have fun and learn how to make cookies that remind you of the real thing.
• It features a viewing window that lets bakers see the treats they’re making and a warming station to heat and melt delicious cookie coatings and frostings.
• One of the fastest and authentic toy ovens, the two PTC, ceramic, tiled heating elements will evenly bake the cookies. The patent-pending heating technology allows for anything to be baked like a real oven in just 15 minutes – 5 minutes to pre-heat and approximately 10 minutes to bake.
• Comes with mix packets to create Thin Mints-inspired cookies, a spatula, a baking pan, and “The Perfect Cookie” mL measuring tool.
• A fun and educational way to keep the excitement of Girl Scout Cookie season all year long.
• Age: 8+
• MSRP: $59.99


Girl Scout Cookie-inspired Mixes (Wicked Cool Toys)WickedCool.GirlScoutCookieMix

• Kids can keep the fun going with Girl Scout Cookie-inspired mixes!
• Basic Refill Packs: Give young bakers the opportunity to make cookies everyone will love. Available flavors include Thin Mints, PB Sandwich, Trefoils, Chocolate PB, and Caramel Coconut. MSRP: $6.99
• Deluxe Refill Packs: Deluxe Refill Packs include two popular flavors. Comes in Thin Mints & Chocolate PB, Caramel Coconut & PB Sandwich, and Trefoils. MSRP: $14.99


28086 LLP S3 Bird Clever KeetLittle Live Pets Clever Keet (Moose Toys)

• Clever Keet is the smartest bird that you’ll ever meet.
• When kids first meet their bird, they can give him a name that he’ll remember.
• He can record and repeat messages like the other birds in the Little Live Pets flock, but can remember phrases and mash them up to make all new sentences.
• Clever Keet can also swing on his perch, eat and drink on his own and dance in the mirror. He loves to move around on his cart, too!
• Age: 5+
• MSRP: $59.99

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.