Looking for the inside scoop on the hottest toys of the holiday season? Toy Insider Mom Laurie Schacht stopped by Fox & Friends on Fox News to show off some of the hottest new toys of the year. 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.


  • Arcade1Up game cabinets look, feel and play just like the classic arcade games you remember.
  • These 3:4 scale Arcade Cabinets let you play seated or standing (Gaming Stool and/or Riser add-on available).
  • The classic upright cabinet design has authentic arcade controls and gameplay, such as joysticks, trackballs, buttons, and sounds.
  • The 17-inch screen features multiplayer controls and no quarters are required for play.
  • Ages: 7+
  • MSRP: $399
  • Available: Best Buy, GameStop, Walmart, FYE


  • Loveable, fashionable, interactive plush pet you can wear and take anywhere!
  • Inspired by the pom-pom fashion trend, each Pomsies pet has a soft, cuddly fur face and tail you can wrap around your wrist, hair, backpack, clothing and more – they are the ultimate accessory!
  • Pomsies are interactive with two modes of play – Virtual Pet Mode and Freeze Dance Mode.
  • They will tell you when they are happy, sleepy, or hungry with eyes that light up in different colors and adorable sounds.
  • Up to 50 different reactions with sounds only YOU can make happen.
  • Six characters in the first Series.
  • Ages 4+
  • MSRP $14.99


  • Rock em Sock em Robots meet Segway!
  • Fun, motorized building set.
  • Includes “smart-tech” self-stabilizing feature.
  • You drive & control it with the “VEX Pilot” mobile app.
  • Bluetooth App enables updates to push automatically to the robot from your phone, ensuring you always have the most up to date robot.
  • Compatible with the VEX IQ platform used by over 1 million students in classrooms and global competitions.
  • Age: 8+
  • MSRP: $89.99 (single) and $149.99 (two-pack)
  • Available: Target, Amazon, Hobby Lobby, Michaels & HEXBUG.com


  • Who will reign supreme in the ultimate snack eating competition? The hilarious CHOW CROWN game puts a fun twist on viral food eating challenges!
  • To play, load the six hanging forks with various food items of your choosing. Place the spinning crown on your head, and eat as many snacks as possible before the music stops to keep your crown!
  • The Chow Crown game can be played solo or in a head-to-head tournament.
  • Game includes electronic crown, six plastic forks, and instructions.
  • Requires 3 AA batteries, not included.
  • Food not included.
  • Adult assembly and supervision required.
  • Age: 8+
  • MSRP: $19.99
  • Available: major retailers, HasbroToyShop.com


  • Step into the future with the Air Hogs Supernova. Kids can control Supernova with the power of their hands!
  • Kids can master more than 30 moves and nine Super Tricks, perfecting maneuvers that range from simple to complex.
  • Equipped with an intelligent on-board system, this drone has five motion sensitive sensors and an interactive LED light core that responds and reacts to your movements.
  • With a few waves of your hands, different combinations of gestures will let users perform amazing tricks.
  • Ages: 8+
  • MSRP: $39.99
  • Available: Amazon, Target, and Walmart


  • Delivering hobby-grade performance with easy-to-fly features and at mass market prices!
  • New Surface Scan Technology debuts this year – making Sky Viper Drones easier to fly than ever before! It dramatically increases drone stability, allowing the drone to stay in one spot, even when you let go of the controls! This innovative new technology works up to 100 feet and radically improves flight experience by providing superior control.
  • With professional-grade AutoPilot firmware, the Sky Viper Journey Pro Video
  • Drone features built-in GPS and provides an autonomous flight experience similar to pricier hobby-grade drones. Using a network of satellites to triangulate its position in relation to waypoints, the Journey Pro Video Drone can maintain its coordinates in a hover without drifting away. Positional awareness also enables Return to Home with the touch of a button.
  • Ages: 12+
  • MSRP $89.99
  • Available: Target, Walmart

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