The best Easter baskets aren’t filled with candy, they’re filled with toys! Toy Insider Senior Editor Ali Mierzejewski stopped by ABC World News Now to talk about the best toys for your little one’s Easter basket. For more information on the products featured in this segment, check out the product notes below.



  • L.O.L Surprise! dolls have more surprising and outrageous features than ever before! There are now nine surprises and a whole new way to unbox your doll and accessories! Each surprise reveals a hint of which fabulous doll you’re going to get.
  • Feed or bathe your doll for an additional water surprise!
  • Find them all and collect each new club: Swim, Sleepover, STEAM, Rock, and more!
  • Series 3 includes more than 35 dolls to collect!
  • Which layer will you reveal first?! Secret Message Sticker, Collectible Stickers, Baby Bottle, Pair of Kicks (roller skates, cowgirl boots, ballet flats, and more), Outrageous outfits (jumpsuits, tutus, leather jackets, mermaid tails, and more), Fashionable accessories [sunglasses, cat ears, tiaras, and more), Ring Tattoo for you, Confetti Pop Surprise, and L.O.L. Surprise! Doll (with all new “mystery” water surprises).
  • Age: 6+
  • MSRP: $9.99
  • Available: Amazon, Target, Walmart, Toys “R” Us


  • Get the party hoppin’ with these adorable Peter Rabbit Bean Plush friends! Now your favorite bunnies are available as super soft and cuddly plush!
  • Kids will love snuggling up to Peter Rabbit, Benjamin, and Flopsy (each sold separately) and playing out their favorite scenes from the movie!
  • The soft deluxe fabrics, embroidered details, and small size make these plush pals a collector favorite!
  • Each character sold separately.
  • Ages: 3+
  • MSRP: $7.99
  • Available: Walmart


  • Get ready to smash the ball & collect ’em all with Smashers—the hottest new collectables from ZURU!
  • Smashers have more than 100 wacky collectible characters, which can only be found in the innovative Smashball that puts the action right in your hand! Smash open the Smashball to reveal your character hidden inside.
  • Smashers Series One is all about sports and includes both “good” and “bad” sports characters, along with limited-edition and very rare figures to find and collect!
  • Battle against the Bad Sports to earn Smash Points and become a Smasher Elite!  Just throw, smash, and surprise!
  • Available in One Pack, Three Pack, Eight Pack, and Smashers Tin, which comes in two versions, Football and Basketball, and contains a Limited Edition Smasher.
  • Ages: 4+
  • MSRP: $2.99 for One Pack; $4.99 for Three Pack; $9.99 for Eight Pack; $7.99 for Smashers Tin
  • Available: Target and Toys “R” Us


  • Fur Babies are plush pets with super soft fur. With a touch, kids can waggle the Fur Babies’ eyes and ears to create adorable expressions.
  • There are six Dreamstars to collect: Issi, Kiki, Mimi, Neesha, Kojo, and Oni.
  • Also available is the Dream Tree Playset, where kids can have a place for their Fur Babies to relax. When its Glowing Sparkly Flower Crown lights up, the Dream Tree sends sweet dreams into the world!  The 16-inch play set comes with a Niki Fur Baby & Sleepy Pod, plus a flower basket lift and a hanging swing seat, with enough room for 10 Fur Babies.
  • Ages: 3+
  • MSRP: $8.99
  • Available: Walmart


  • Get ready to turn heads with Marvel and Star Wars Mighty Muggs Figures. Each figure features a push-and turn mechanism that lets fans change the figure’s facial expression by pushing down on the head. With three different expressions and classic character designs, these figures will have fans doing a triple take.
  • Marvel characters include Captain America, Black Widow, Spider-Man, and more.
  • Star Wars characters include Luke, Princess Leia, Rey, Kylo Ren, and more.
  • Each sold separately.
  • Ages: 6+
  • MSRP: $9.99
  • Available: Amazon, Toys “R” Us, Gamestop, Target, Walmart


  • Monopoly the Card Game: Take the fun of Monopoly the board game and the familiar game play of Rummy and you’ve got Monopoly The Card Game! Players draw and trade cards to try and build the most valuable hand of Monopoly cards before any other player can do so. Property cards, Token cards, House and Hotel cards, Free Parking, Go, and Wild (Mr. Monopoly) cards will add to your payoff!
  • Pictureka! Card Game: There are four different ways to play and they vary in pace from the high-energy “Alphabetti” to the calmer “Matchureka!” The cunning “Cow’s Creative Combo” will give the creative side of your brain a workout, while the “8-Away” race game will have players in an all-out frenzy.
  • Clue Suspects Card Game: A true Clue experience is “in the cards” with the Clue Suspect Card Game. Use your hand of cards to determine the suspect, weapon, and location of the crime. Ask questions until you’re ready to zero in on your targets and make an accusation. The first player to solve the crime wins!
  • Ages: Monopoly and Clue Suspects: 8+; Pictureka!: 6+
  • MSRP: $10.95 each
  • Available:Amazon, Calendar Club, Barnes & Noble and Specialty Toy & Game Stores Nationwide

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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.