We’re already well into November, and the holidays are approaching fast! To help us all avoid any stressful last minute shopping, Toy Insider Mom Laurie Schacht brought some of this year’s top toys to CBS New York, sharing some fabulous gift ideas for the little kids in your life. With the Toy Insider, bringing joy to the ones you love couldn’t be easier!


Tonka 12V Dump Truck (Dynacraft)Dynacraft.Tonka12VDumpTruck

• This full-size battery-operated dump truck vehicle resembles the toys all little boys play with when they grow up.
• The truck has two passenger seats with adjustable play seat belts.
• Makes authentic Tonka truck sounds and has a forward and backward driving functionality.
• Features a real working dump function for enhanced play.
• Maximum speed of 5 miles per hour.
• Ages: 3+
• MSRP: $349.00


Hasbro.furreal_friends_starlily_my_magical_unicornFurReal Friends Starlily, My Magical Unicorn (Hasbro)

• FurReal Friends turns an ordinary friendship extraordinary with the introduction of Starlily, My Magical Unicorn pet, the first interactive toy unicorn in the FurReal Friends line.
• Starlily features more than 100 sound and motion combinations. The more a

kid plays with her, the more she can respond. She even moves her head and opens and closes her eyes!
• The sensors around her face and on her horn allow Starlily to respond to touch. Her long, silky hair can be styled, braided, and combed in many ways for fun-filled grooming play. And, when kids feed Starlily her special sugarberry treat, she opens and closes her mouth and makes happy eating sounds.
• Starlily has fluttering wings and a horn that lights up with multiple colors to communicate how she’s feeling.
• She can be posed to sit, stand or lie down.
• Kids can become closer friends with their new pet with the Starlily, My Magical Unicorn Pet app, which allows kids to visit her enchanted forest home. The more kids play with the app, the more they can “grow” their pet’s power and win collectibles, making her forest world even more magical!
• Ages: 4+
• MSRP: $119.99


The Good Dinosaur Galloping Butch (TOMY)Tomy,DisneyPixarTheGoodDinosaurGallopingButch

• Watch out! It’s rough and tough Galloping Butch!
• Press the button and Butch gallops just like in the movie!
• You can also hear his mighty roar and watch his jaw open in biting action when you lift up either of Butch’s arms.
• Butch says 8 sounds and phrases from the movie, such as “We got longhorns to round up.” and “Head off those longhorns!”
• This T-Rex does not mess around!
• Galloping Butch is in scale with figures and large figures (sold separately)
• Ages: 3+
• MSRP: $39.99


Peppa Pig Pirate Ship Construction Set (Jazwares)

• Peppa loves playing make believe with her friends – and kids everywhere can join her as she embarks on a journey at sea with her brother George!
• The 82-piece Peppa Pig Pirate Ship Construction Set includes Peppa and George figures, a powerful ship and fully firing cannon.
• Pirates are no match for Peppa and George!
• Ages: 2 to 5
• MSRP: $49.99


LeapPad Platinum (LeapFrog)LeapFrog.LeapPadPlatinum

• LeapFrog’s biggest and best LeapPad tablet yet!
• The 7” touch screen has a high-resolution, is multi-capacitive, and is shatter-safe.
• It is a high, fast performance, and WiFi-friendly tablet that allows kids to learn and play in a way that’s just right for them.
• Compact and kid-tough, it provides access to a 100% kid-perfect web experience and access to a library of over one thousand age-appropriate, educator-approved games, apps, eBooks, videos, and more.
• Ages: 3+
• MSRP: $129.99


LeapFrog.ImagicardImagicard (LeapFrog)

• Imagicard offers the biggest, most magical learning experience for kids.
• Kids use a camera on their LeapFrog tablet to capture cards for learning gameplay that comes to life on screen.
• All-new digital learning games bring character and curricular cards to life on screen.
• Ages: 3+
• MSRP: $24.99


Merry Mission Reindeer (Build-a-Bear Workshop)Glisten

• Build-A-Bear is excited to continue the story of Merry Mission with Santa’s Reindeer as they make all the toys on Santa’s nice list at Build-A-Bear Workshop.
• Imagine you’re a high-flying reindeer and it is Christmas Eve. Make your own favorite reindeer and team up to deliver lots of holiday spirit! Includes medallion, which unlocks special Merry Mission app features.
• Kids can choose their own: Dasher The Athletic Dreamer; Donner The Innovative Builder; Comet The Techie Jokester; Blitzen The Dare Deer; Dancer The Cheerful Friend; Prancer The Pitch-Perfect Planner; Vixen The Swift & Sporty Deer; and Cupid The Crafty Fashionista.
• This year, Build-A-Bear introduces Glisten, the strongest and fastest reindeer ever, who will be helping Santa and his reindeer save Christmas.
• Join the Merry Mission! Hear the whole story at buildabear.com/MerryMission. (Site to launch in Nov. 2015, until then you can visit Build-A-Bear’s product selection at buildabear.com.)
• Download the updated Merry Mission app on iTunes and Google Play starting Nov. 1 to join Santa’s Reindeer on their Merry Mission.
• All of Santa’s Reindeer come with medallions to unlock special Merry Mission app features, while optional outfits and accessories are sold separately.
• Ages: 3+
• MSRP: $25.00 and Glisten is $27.00; additional accessories sold separately


13431 DARTH VADERDarth Vader Animatronic Interactive Figure (Thinkway Toys)
• Features 31 points of articulation for great movement.
• Light saber features real-time interaction with light and battle sound effects.
• Raise his left arm for voice and animated actions
• Press his chest panel button to activate battle or “force training” mode.
• He responds differently depending on how you move the light saber.
• More than 17-inches tall
• MSRP: $129.99
• Ages: 4+


Doc McStuffins Pet Vet Checkup Center (Just Play)DocMcStuffinsPet VetCheckUpCenter_Lifestyle_JustPlay

• Kids can pretend to take care of their beloved pet friends and animals, just like Doc McStuffins from the top-rated Disney Junior series.
• Future veterinarians will love exploring all the Checkup Center’s features and accessories, including Doc’s pet friend Fido, who is ready for his checkup!
• Kids can slide in multiple x-rays to activate lights and sounds, use the scale to weigh animals with a removable basket, and give them a bath with a pretend water sprayer.
• The Pet Vet Checkup Center is also equipped with an electronic stethoscope, kid-powered EKG, otoscope, brush and a bandage sticker dispenser to fix boo boos.
• The patients can get a special treat after their checkup from the pet treat dispenser!
• Age: 3+
• MSRP: $79.99

About the author

Christopher Braun

Christopher Braun

Christopher Braun is the editorial assistant at Adventure Publishing Group. He is a recent transplant from Ohio, and spends the bulk of his free time reading, running and exploring his new home in New York. When he’s not at home or in the office, he’s on a park bench somewhere, enjoying fresh air with his nose deep in a novel or magazine. With a lifelong interest in literature and art, Christopher loves any toy that helps kids share their creativity and imagination with family and friends. He thinks coloring books and crayons are necessary for a fulfilling life and no home is too small for a craft closet. To keep up with Christopher, follow him on Twitter @chrisjamesbraun.