Summer’s here and so are the season’s best new toys. Toy Insider’s Chief Toy Officer Laurie Schacht stopped by The Today Show to show off the hottest toys of the spring and summer. 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 spring and summer, be sure to check our complete Toy Insider Spring and Summer Gift Guide.


  • New and improved Super Wubble Bubble Ball is made with Expandium – the incredible new material that is stronger and more tear resistant making Super Wubble the most amazing Wubble ball so far!  
  • Kick it, whack it, throw it bounce it….even sit on it!
  • Includes a wubble pump.
  • Let your kids enjoy endless hours of playtime with the  Super Wubble Ball Brite. This super cool ball changes color from red to blue to green and all the colors in between.
  • Perfect when you want to put on a light show, this bubble ball works with a battery operated pump that is sure to ensure fun play time for your kids.
  • The Super Wubble Bubble Ball looks just like a bubble and is sure to be your little ones favorite all through the year. When not in use this bubble ball can be deflated and put away until the next time you’re ready to play.
  • Ages: 6+
  • MSRP: $19.99-24.99
  • Available:  Amazon, Target, Kohls, Walmart



  • Take the Bubblecycle out for a spin!
  • As kids push the GAZILLION Bubblecycle over the grass, sidewalk or driveway,  the motor spins and the engine rolls just like a real motorcycle.
  • With its lightweight design, the Bubblecycle is easy to push and the no-leak bubble chamber helps prevent those messy spillovers.
  • This is the perfect role-play toy for preschoolers!
  • No batteries required.
  • Includes an 8 oz. bottle of GAZILLION Premium Bubbles solution.
  • Ages: 3+
  • MSRP: $19.99
  • Available: Amazon, Walmart


  • Have a bubble blast with the Lights & Sound Bubble Wand.
  • Press the button to activate lights, sound, and continuous bubbles. Powered by Super Miracle Bubbles, the battery-operated character licensed bubble wand features a special design.
  • Disney Pixar’s Toy Story bubble wand includes a unique song representative of the Toy Story films.
  • Includes 4 fl. oz. of Super Miracle Bubbles.
  • Ages: 3+
  • MSRP: $12.99
  • Available: Walmart, Target, CVS, Kohls, Amazon


  • Drop Zone is the perfect way to bring the theme park action to your home!
  • This versatile ball pit and wading pool can be used inside or out. Inside, load up the conveyor belt with balls to fill the bucket overhead.
  • Just one quick pull of the bucket cord and the Drop Zone starts living up to its name. Watch out below!
  • Want even more action? Take the Drop Zone outside, attach a water hose and trigger the double waterfall!
  • Kids will love playing with the water and balls in the inflatable pool.
  • Control water flow to fill splash bucket or activate double waterfall.
  • Kids power the water/ball conveyor.
  • Includes an inflatable 5-foot diameter splash pool and 25 plastic balls.
  • Great for indoor or outdoor play.
  • Ages: 3 to 5
  • MSRP: $109.99
  • Available: Amazon, Target, Walmart


  • Combine kids’ love of Disney’s Toy Story with some outdoor fun!
  • This colorful water blaster looks like Disney’s Toy Story’s Slinky Dog! Kids can spray their friends with this water blaster from up to 30 feet away.
  • Simply dip the dog’s mouth into the pool or a bucket of water and watch as the tube fills up when its hind legs are pulled back. When the tube is filled, it’s time to soak your friends!
  • Kids can push the legs back in to give their friends a waterful surprise as the water will spray out of the dog’s mouth!
  • Ages: 4+
  • MSRP: $14.99
  • Retailers: Amazon


  • Kids can inflate the all-new Blow Up Blasters and prepare for the ultimate water fight!
  • The Blow Up Blasters are the first of their kind – part novelty inflatables and part water blasters.
  • These water blasters inflate to two feet long, but are lightweight to carry, making them the perfect toy to take from the pool to the backyard!
  • Each Blow Up Blaster has a unique feature that allows for an endless water supply when used in the pool. Then, kids can cap it off and take their water battle beyond the pool!
  • Available in three styles: Monkey, Space Blaster and Shark.
  • Ages: 5+
  • MSRP: $14.99 each
  • Available: Academy and Amazon


  • The POP Llama by Bestway is loud, bold and perfect for pool time.
  • This supersized animal features eye-popping art with a long neck and large sitting area.
  • Grab the heavy-duty hand grips to get on easily.
  • Three air chambers give this float consistent balance on the water and speed up inflation.
  • Ages: All
  • MSRP: $24.97
  • Available: Walmart


  • The POP Rhino by H2OGO! is a pool ride-on loaded with personality.
  • This supersized float is adorned with eye-popping patterns and colors.
  • Six inner air chambers give this rhino the perfect balance on the water.
  • The heavy-duty hand grips are good for ride-ons and  for carrying around.
  • Enjoy the built-in seat, or lounge on this extra-long rhino float.
  • Ages: All
  • MSRP: $29.96
  • Available: Amazon, Walmart, and Bed Bath & Beyond


  • The Tiny Pong Solo Table Tennis game brings exciting bouncing action into the palm of your hand!
  • Players launch the ball off the court and bounce it repeatedly on the court to rack up points.
  • They can move the court back and forth under the ball.
  • Keep it going, getting a point for every bounce. To increase the challenge, switch from “Beginner” mode to “Expert” mode.
  • The game responds with lights and sounds as players try to beat their highest score by getting as many bounces as they can!
  • How long can you keep it going?
  • The game includes TINY Pong court surface, handle, net, ball, and instructions.
  • The game requires 3 AAA batteries.
  • Ages: 8+
  • MSRP: $19.99, summer 2019
  • Available: most major retailers nationwide


  • Kids will have a ball with this fun, jumbo sized outdoor croquet game!
  • Kick Croquet combines the fun of running and kicking a ball with the extra added attraction of guiding it through a course of wickets.  
  • You can make the course as hard or easy as you wish just by the way you space the six wickets.
  • Set includes two  14-inch balls are high density PVC balls, seven powder-coated metal wickets, two poles, and one hand pump.
  • Ages: 3+
  • MSRP: $29.99
  • Available: Walmart, Amazon, Dicks Sporting Goods,, Learning Express, and specialty toy stores


  • The 12-volt Nighthawk Ride-On, which comes in two color combinations, reaches forward speeds of up to 6 mph.
  • Young riders can easily control the speed of the Nighthawk using the accelerator and brake pedals.
  • Kids will quickly maneuver around obstacles by leaning left and right to steer.
  • Kids can remain secure and protect their hands with the side hand grips.
  • Parents can easily keep an eye on their little riders with the included rear safety flag.
  • Simply plug the charger to the 12v battery to recharge the ride-on.
  • Can hold up to 110 pounds.
  • Ages: 6+
  • MSRP: $149.99
  • Available: Academy Sports, Amazon, Walmart

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Bill Reese

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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.