Still looking for great holiday toys? It’s not too late. Toy Insider Editor-in-Chief Ali Mierzejewski stopped by Daybreak in Harrisburg to show off some great stocking stuffers and other toys for last-minute shoppers. For more on the items featured in this segment, check out the product notes below, and for the complete rundown of the best toys of the holiday season, be sure to check our complete Toy Insider Holiday Gift Guide.


  • Puzoodles are collectible characters kids can build with snap-together pieces.
  • Each character is an adorable animal/food mashup.
  • Each Puzoodles puzzle piece is packaged in a surprise blind bag, and includes easy-to-follow assembly instruction.
  • There are eight to collect in series one: Caterpillar Roll (Caterpillar + Sushi), DinoCake (Dinosaur + Cupcake), Fruity Feathers (Owl + Pineapple), Kernel Llama (Llama + Popcorn), Melon Bites (Shark + Watermelon), Chip-Pan Zee (Monkey + Cookie), Slow Food (Turtle + Burger), and Purrfect Taco (Kitty + Taco)
  • Ages: 4+
  • MSRP: $9.99
  • Available: Target, Walmart, Amazon


  • Play along with the Massive Monster Mayhem chaos with the Smacktion Figures!  
  • Each figure stands 7.5 inches tall and includes multiple unique battle and silly features for zany out of this world smacktion!
  • Pose him in a menacing stance, pair him with another figure to battle, or create total mayhem by adding multiple figures (each sold separately, subject to availability).
  • Collect them all and let the Massive Monster Mayhem begin!
  • From the hit TV series on Nicktoons (US) and Family Channel (Canada), the 7.5-inch figures are based on key characters from the show.
  • Basic articulation on arms and legs enables dynamic posing, action figure play, and battle features.
  • Each character (RoBro, Dome Diddy Dome, Macho Cheese) has hilarious attributes and their own weapons and special features.
  • Special Notes: For Macho Cheese: For best results, squeeze down the top of his head to fully compress the air out and get his eyes popping. For RoBro: For best results, pull and push his head fast to activate loud fart sounds. Also may be worth considering to do ADR on the fart sounds to intensify sound in the videos. For Dome Diddy Dome: Shake him in any way to get any object to appear inside his dome.
  • Ages: 4+
  • MSRP: $14.99
  • Available: Target


  • Cinco Linko is a super-simple five-in-a-row tile game that you can clip to your bag and play on the go, no matter where you’re headed.  
  • With no game board required, any flat surface can be your playing field
  • Just choose a color, grab your stack, and take turns laying down tiles side-by-side until someone manages to get five-in-a-row of their color, either horizontally, vertically or diagonally.
  • Run out of tiles? Well, that just means you’ll have to pick up the ones you’ve already placed and reposition them one by one until you manage to sneak your line of five past the other players.
  • Cinco Linko comes with 60 tiles (15 pink, 15 yellow, 15 green, 15 orange). The tiles stack easily onto four included racks that clip together to keep the game together on the go.
  • Designed for two to four players
  • Ages: 8+
  • MSRP: $9.99
  • Available: Walmart


  • It’s slime time when you unleash the Breakout Beasts!
  • Break open one of five mystery eggs to discover a slime surprise, then dig out all the pieces to build your beast!
  • But which will it be? With five creatures, Torchwing, Blackheart, Boulder, Tempyst, and Ironclaw, plus three colors of slime to collect, the combinations you create will be wild!
  • Ages: 5+
  • MSRP: $9.99
  • Available: Amazon, Best Buy,, Walmart


  • At the heart of bayala there live graceful elves and many enchanted beings. Discover a fantastical world of friendship, magic and adventure. Visit the elves, unicorns and magical horses in the fantastical world around the magical elf castle.
  • Immerse yourself in the colourful mermaid world of Meamare and prepare to be enchanted. Join the mermaid Isabell in her royal seashell carriage for a trip along the colourful coral reefs or watch the other mermaids gliding weightlessly through the water on their seahorses.
  • A variety of figures come in fairies, unicorns, pegasus, mermaids in sea shells, dolphins, foals, and mermaids.
  • Ages:  5+
  • MSRP: $8.99-$19.99
  • Available: Amazon, Tractor Supply Company, Target, Walmart


  • Ideal stocking stuffer.
  • Portable for on-the-go fun…great for car trips.
  • Includes four mini finger puppets: black bear, gray squirrel, beaver, and red fox in a colorful canvas carrying case.
  • Species information printed on a card inside.
  • Inspires sharing and creative storytelling.
  • Good for solo or group play.
  • Ages: 3+
  • MSRP: $21.99
  • Available:


  • Celebrating more than 25 years of Pig-tastic fun!
  • Two or more players try to rack up points by rolling the pig-dice, and collecting points depending on how the pigs land.
  • But be careful not to ”Pig Out”: It’ll send your point value back to zero for that turn.
  • Ages: 7+
  • MSRP: $12.50
  • Available: Amazon


  • Zookiez are the collectible plush toy that have flexible hands and feet… easily hang them onto anything and bring them along with you knowing that they will stay in one place.
  • Zookiez toys are perfect as bracelets, for clipping onto your bed at night, or even to bring in the car with you! They can just hold onto nearly any surface and keep clinging on for a very long time. Until you move them from their position, they are quite happy to hang out and enjoy time with you!
  • Zookiez not only keep in one place but they are extremely soft.
  • Ages: 3+
  • MSRP: $9.99
  • Available: Walmart, specialty

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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.