Looking for great gifts this holiday season? Toy Insider Senior Editor Marissa DiBartolo stopped by ABC Los Angeles to show off some of the hottest toys of the year. For more on the products featured in this segment, check out the notes below, and be sure to check out our complete holiday gift guide.

Summer Toys 2016Worry Eaters (Haywire Group)

  • Haywire Group’s latest batch of Worry Eaters, including Wanda, Pomm, Frula, and Biff, is quirky and fun.
  • Each Worry Eater is the perfect confidant for any child who struggles with anxiety and the ability to voice what’s on his or her mind.
  • With the Worry Eater by their side, kids take a sigh of relief as they share their deepest thoughts with their stuffed animal friend.
  • Kids can write or draw on a slip of paper, toss it in the Worry Eater’s Mouth, zip it shut, and instantly feel a weight lift off of their shoulders.
  • Ages: 3+
  • MSRP: $15.99 (small) and $22.99 (large)
  • Available: Amazon

doc-mcstuffins-toy-hospital-care-cart_just-play3Doc McStuffins Toy Hospital Care Cart (Just Play)

  • Disney Junior’s Doc McStuffins is the best at on-the-go check-ups!
  • The Toy Hospital Care Cart features a light & sound patient scanner with interchangeable X-ray card, a talking EKG area with a printout EKG roller, a kid-powered blood pressure pump, a real working drawer, and a patient bed!
  • Budding young doctors can roll the kid-sized Care Cart and listen to it play the “Welcome to the Hospital” song from the show. Also comes with patient Findo!
  • Ages: 3+
  • MSRP: $49.99
  • Available: Toys “R” Us

talk-to-me-mikey_playmates-toys1Talk-to-Me Mikey (Playmates)

  • Kids can have hours of fun conversing with Michelangelo, the most fun-loving and energetic of all the turtles.
  • One of the most intelligent Turtle toys ever, Talk-to-Me Mikey recognizes a child’s questions and responds in hundreds of unique ways in less than a second.
  • The highly interactive Turtle features movement and position sensors to react hilariously based on how a child moves Mikey.
  • Known for being the Turtle brother with the most enthusiasm, Mikey even sings songs and plays games with kids.
  • Ages: 4+
  • MSRP: $39.99
  • Available: Toys R Us

geckobot_thamesGeckobot (Thames & Kosmos)

  • This wall-climbing robot has a motorized air suction system that enables it to walk vertically up and down perfectly smooth surfaces, such as glass, plastic, whiteboards, and glossy laminates.
  • The battery-powered motor drives an innovative gear system that produces a rotating motion, making the legs move in motions that mimic a real gecko.
  • A full-color manual guides through model building with step-by-step illustrated instructions and scientific information and explanations.
  • Ages: 8+
  • MSRP: $49.95
  • Available: Toys R Us, thamesandkosmos.com



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Bill Reese

Bill Reese

Bill Reese is Business Operations Manager at Adventure Media & Events, where he's worked since 2014. A former editor at Playbill and graduate of SUNY–Purchase, he spends most weekends rooting for the New York Red Bulls pro soccer team and making subway systems out of Brio trains with his little boy Jonah.