School is back in session and the talk all around the playground is about the hottest toys of the fall. Toy Insider’s Chief Toy Officer Laurie Schacht stopped by Cityline to show off some of the year’s most in-demand new toys. For more on the items featured in this segment, check out the product notes below.


  • The Arcade1Up brings back some of the most iconic arcade games ever created in a classic and redesigned form. It is the perfect way to re-live retro moments or experience them for the first time!
  • Arcade1Up is easy to assemble and stands four feet tall.
  • Available in four exciting versions, the cabinets include three to four classic games on each. All the machines feature original artwork for all-time iconic gameplay such as Street Fighter II Champion Edition, Asteroids, Centipede and Rampage. 
  • Each Arcade1Up has full-color, hi-resolution 17-inch screens, and sounds that truly immerse you into the gaming world, alongside a joystick and control buttons.
  • Ages: 14+
  • MSRP: CAD $449.96
  • Available: Walmart


  • Speak & Spell is back and it’s just like you remember! 
  • One of the earliest computerized learning systems from the 70s and 80s, Speak & Spell was the first educational toy designed to help children learn to spell over 200 commonly misspelled words using a speech synthesizer. 
  • Now, a whole new generation can enjoy this classic toy with friends and family for years to come. 
  • With multiple play modes and challenge levels, kids will have fun and learn at the same time!
  •  Ages: 7+ 
  • MSRP: CAD $34.99
  • Available: Toys “R” Us Canada and Indigo


  • Welcome home to the LeapBuilders ABC Smart House! 
  • Build, create and learn with this interactive 61-piece house-themed block set.
  •  Kids can use the easy-to-hold blocks to build a house and learn about the alphabet, objects around the house, colors and shapes as they build with the electronic Smart Star cube.
  •  Insert the 20 double-sided learning blocks into the interactive Smart Star and it will respond with fun sounds, educational songs and phrases that enhance building play with learning content. For even more fun, try using learning blocks from other LeapBuilders sets in the interactive cube to unlock additional content responses. 
  • Get building with smart blocks for smart kids!
  • Ages: 18 months+
  • MSRP: CAD $44.99
  • Available: Amazon, Walmart, Toys “R” Us Canada, Mastermind, Best Buy, London Drugs, HBC


  • The Tiny Tukkins Play House Playset includes a soft, plush  animal family, play accessories, clothes for the family and more!
  • Includes Dad, Mom and Baby plush characters.
  • Removable clothes and a set of pajamas for both Mom and Dad and a removable diaper for Baby.
  • Pull down bed and crib to tuck the family in.
  • Soft blankets for Mom and Dad and Baby.
  • Bottle and play accessories for baby.
  • Wardrobe to hang clothes up.
  • Ages: 4+
  • MSRP: CAD $34.99
  • Available: Walmart, Toys “R” Us Canada, and Indigo


  • Get ready to create even more colorful animated movies with new multicolored Stikbots, from Zing!
  • With nearly half a billion views on YouTube, Stikbot continues to turn kids into creative stop-motion animation moviemakers, letting their imagination run wild. 
  • Stikbots are easy-to-pose figures, built with suction cup hands and feet, which can stick to almost any flat surface.  
  • With the free Stikbot Studio app, available on iOS and Android, kids can easily create stop-motion movies, complete with built-in music and sound effect options.  
  • Users can then share their creations using #Stikbot and see what others are making all over the world!
  • Ages: 4+
  • MSRP: CAD $7.99
  • Available: Mastermind Toys


  • The Squishologists at the Playfoam Wacky Workshop have formulated a new squish-sation. 
  • The mesmerizing, mixable, can’t-resistible, feel-good fluffy stuff never dries out.
  • Ages: 5+
  • MSRP: CAD $19.99
  • Available: 


  • The Horse Club comes to life – great, new girl figures and adventurous tales about the “Horse Club”, made up of the four horse enthusiasts Hannah, Sofia, Lisa, and Sarah.
  • Completely movable girl figure can ride, sit, stand, and grip!
  • Figure, saddle, and bridle removable!
  • Open it up, saddle up, and ride off!
  • Ages: 5-12
  • MSRP: CAD $24.99
  • Available: Amazon


  • This T. Rex figuring has a moveable lower jaw
  • Stands at 5.71 inches high and 12.4 inches long
  • Ages:  5-12
  • MSRP: CAD $24.99
  • Available: Amazon, Barnes and Noble

…after the break, even more great toys!


  • Great things come in smaller packages!  New for Fall 2019, the 5 inch tall egg is filled with all-new themed fun. 
  • Featuring 12 different themes for the fall and holiday seasons including, Underwater Adventure with Gill, Prehistoric Ryan with Sheldon, Alpha Lexa Extravaganza, Ghost Chaser Ryan, and the Ultra Rare Invisi-Ryan. 
  • Each mystery themed egg includes micro-figures, an exclusive Mystery Figure, putty, tattoos and vinyl stickers. 
  • The Mini Mystery Egg is the ideal unboxing experience at an affordable price.
  • Based on Ryan Toys Review, the most popular kids YouTube channel on the planet.
  • Featuring 12 different themes for the fall and holiday seasons.
  • Mini Mystery Egg is filled with surprises including micro-figures, an exclusive Mystery Figure, putty, tattoos and vinyl stickers.
  • Ages: 3+
  • MSRP: CAD $19.97
  • Available: Walmart Canada & Toys “R” Us Canada


  • Treasure X Alien Hunters will expand the boy’s collectible brand Treasure X to include an all new hunt for Aliens and space gems!  
  • The new aliens theme comes in all-new packaging and a new excavating experience.
  • The new Alien Hunters will be in market alongside the Treasure X Season 3 King’s Gold line.
  • Ages: 5+ 
  • MSRP: CAD $19.99
  • Available: Walmart, Toys “R” Us, Canadian Tire, London Drug, Indigo, and Mastermind


  • Kids can organize their daily tasks, never forget a special day, and create a list of goals with the STMT D.I.Y Agenda Set. Equipped with colorful glitter, gel pens, sticky notes and more, the agenda book will become the stylish accessory kids need to get through the day. 
  • They can decorate the pages with paper craft essentials that express their personal style and add sticky notes to make important notes pop.
  • The kit includes 1 agenda book, 4 chipboard pieces, 1 glitter tape, 1 debossed sticker sheet, 1 sticky notes, 5 paper clips, 3 gel pens, 5 sticker sheets, and an instruction sheet. 
  • Ages: 14+
  • MSRP: CAD $24.99
  • Available: Walmart


  • A WHOLE NEW WAY to create amazing textile art with the ease of coloring!
  • Y’Art is a brand new arts & crafts activity.
  • It’s MESS FREE coloring with yarn!
  • Yarn magically CLINGS to the Grip-N-Stick Y’Artboard.
  • Totally OOPS-PROOF! Lift the yarn from the Y’Artboard if you make a mistake and reposition it any time.
  • Thread the Y’Art pen and color the numbered areas with yarn with the Y’Art pen.
  • Create amazing textures and patterns that look like brush strokes on a canvas.
  • Frame your Y’Artwork when it’s done (frame on back of box).
  • Available in Pug Puppy, Unicorn, Flamingo, Llama and Narwhal designs.
  • Ages: 8+
  • MSRP: CAD $20.12
  • Available: Amazon, specialty retailers


  • The new light strategy family game Meltdown is an innovative an unpredictable stacking game due to the unique putty goop used in game play! 
  • Players shape the putty goop however they want, place it atop the tower, and then stick the balancing platform on the goop. 
  • From there, they take turns stacking their cubes on the slippery, always-shifting plate without letting them fall. 
  • If there’s a “Meltdown” and any cubes fall, that player has to add them to their pile. 
  • The first player to get all of their cubes stacked wins! It’s a fun game that requires a bit of strategy, thought and skill. 
  • Ages: 6+
  • MSRP: CAD $19.93 
  • Available: Walmart 


  • Your favorite Baby Shark is now available as an interactive song puppet! 
  • Move the mouth of your Baby Shark puppet to hear it “sing” the entire Baby Shark song, the global sensation with over 3.3 billion views!
  • Change the speed of the Baby Shark song by moving the mouth faster or slower…it’s singing fun for everyone! 
  • Collect all 3 characters: Baby Shark, Mommy Shark, and Daddy Shark. 
  • Ages: 2+
  • MSRP: CAD $24.99 each
  • Available: Walmart CA

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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.