There’s no denying that some of this season’s hottest toys are based on kids’ favorite movie, TV, and video game characters. From Disney Frozen’s Queen Elsa to The Beatrix Girls who are a real band with their own webisode series, when kids can bring their favorite characters home with them it’s always a magical experience. On ABC News Digital our Toy Insider Mom Laurie Schacht shares her top holiday picks. Be sure to let us know yours in the comments section below!

Disney Frozen snow_glow_elsa_dollDisney Frozen Snow Glow Elsa (Jakks Pacific)

  • This interactive doll emits 15 sounds and phrases from Disney’s hit movie,
  • Kids can touch Elsa’s necklace to light up her dress.
  • Raise her left arm to hear her sing 32 seconds of “Let it Go,” by Idina Menzel.
  • Comes with Olaf figure.
  • Ages: 3+
  • MSRP: $34.99

Playmates.MegaMutantLeo12-Inch Mega Mutant Leonardo (Playmates Toys)

  • The 12″ Mega Mutant Leonardo allows little ones to interact with the leader of the Turtles.
  • Kids can practice ninja training with Leonardo as they control his ninja moves, chops and kicks.
  • The figure features over 100 phrases and karate sound effects.
  • Ages: 3+
  • MSRP: $39.99

Paw Patrol Lookout HQPaw Patrol Lookout HQ (Spin Master)

  • Kids can bring the Paw Patrol TV series to life in their very own homes.
  • When trouble strikes Adventure Bay, these heroic pups are there to save the day …while learning lessons about friendship, safety, and teamwork!
  • Featured in every episode, the Lookout HQ features a working elevator, slide, lights, and sounds.
  • The set comes with Chase and a vehicle.
  • Ages: 3+
  • MSRP: $39.99

docmcstuffinsmobileDoc McStuffins Get Better Talking Mobile (Just Play)

  • Kids can help toys in need just like Doc!
  • The Talking Mobile features motion-activated sirens that light up and play the “Doc Mobile” song.
  • Kids can then call in their diagnosis using the working CB and secure their patients for rolling rescue using the gurney and patient seat!
  • The Talking Mobile is equipped with a lights and sounds EKG, a bandage sticker dispenser, a thermometer, and an otoscope.
  • Ages: 3+
  • MSRP: $49.99

strawberryshortcake_stageplayset_thebridgedirectStrawberry Shortcake Stage Playset & Sweet Beats Dolls (The Bridge Direct)

  • Strawberry Shortcake and Cherry Jam take center stage as they put on a rockin’ live performance with the Stage Playset!
  • The stage sparkles with berry bright lights and plays musical clips of two popular Sweet Beats songs – “Invincible” and “The Real Music in You” – from the TV series, Strawberry Shortcake’s Berry Bitty Adventures that airs on The Hub network.
  • Glammed-up 6-inch Strawberry and Cherry dolls are included, along with Cherry’s guitar and a microphone with stand. Other Sweet Beats dolls, such as Plum Pudding and Raspberry Torte, are sold separately.
  • Ages: 3+
  • MSRP $24.99 (Stage Playset) and $12.99 (Dolls)

Tomy.PokemonBattleReadyPikachuPokémon XY Battle Ready Pikachu (TOMY) 

  • TOMY brings imagination to life with its Pokémon Role Play Toy line.
  • Pikachu launches foam discs from kids’ shoulders, a tabletop, or from the floor.
  • Set includes Pikachu, an adjustable backpack harness with storage compartment, and 12 foam discs.
  • Includes three AAA batteries.
  • Let the battle begin!
  • Ages: 4+
  • MSRP: $39.99

MinecraftStevewithHorseFigureMinecraft Steve and Horse 2-Pack and Papercraft (Jazwares)

  • Hop on the white and explore the Overworld!
  • Includes: Steve, White Horse, Apple, and Hay Block.
  • Steve and Horse are fully articulated.
  • Perfect for any Minecraft fan.
  • Collect all the Minecraft Action Figures.
  • Ages: 6+
  • MSRP: $19.99

MIneCraftPaperCraft90pcOverworldDeluxeSetMinecraft Papercraft Overworld Set (Jazwares)

  • Fans can bridge the gap from the screen to the physical space by building the virtual world of the Minecraft
  • Paper craft allows fans to build creations in true game-scale at 1/16th the size.
  • Easy to make
  • Available in 3 different sizes: 30 piece, 48 piece, and 90 piece.
  • Enhances creative play and gets kids away from the screen.
  • Ages 8+
  • MSRP: $9.99+

BigHero6Big Hero 6 Deluxe Flying Baymax (Bandai America)

  • Towering at 11″ with a soaring 18-inch wingspan, this arge and in-charge massive Baymax is ready to fly into battle using all of his great weapons and features.
  • Features 20 points of articulation, multiple lights, sounds other fun features such as a launching rocket fist.
  • Comes with a 4.5″ Hiro Hamada figure which can be attached to Baymax’s back and unlocks additional flying sounds.
  • Ages: 4+
  • MSRP: $39.99

Lego Star Wars Rebeles the GhostLego Star Wars Rebels The Ghost (The Lego Group)

  • Kids can battle the Empire with the Rebel heroes’ starship, as seen in the Star Wars: Rebels animated TV series.
  • The ship features a 360-degree rotating gun terret, spring-loaded shooters, ejecting space pods, two cockpits, and four new minifigures with assorted weapons.
  • Minifigures include Kanan Jarrus, Hera Syndulla, Zeb Orrelios, and a Stormtrooper.
  • Ages: 9+
  • MSRP: $89.99

TheBeatrixGirlsLondonTourThe Beatrix Girls—London Tour (Popstar Club)

  • Inspired by London Fashion of the 1960s, band members Brayden, Ainsley, Lark, and Chantal, come fashionably dressed in Mod-inspired fashion, complete with patterns and the Union Jack British Flag.
  • Each doll includes a doll-sized instrument.
  • New british-inspired pop songs to come.
  • Ages: 6+
  • MSRP: $24.99

Disney Infinity Marvel 2.0Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (Disney Interactive)

  • A follow-up to the best-selling Disney Infinity video game, which launched in 2013.
  • The toy / video game hybrid features original Marvel storylines that allow fans to experience their favorite super heroes in all new ways.
  • Characters include, Captain America, Spider-Man, Black Widow, hulk, Yondu, Falcon, and more.
  • The game features an enhanced virtual Toy Box where kids and families can use hundreds of Marvel and Disney themed items, locations, props and characters to create their own stories, as well as re-create their favorite movie and comic moments.
  • Characters and power discs from Disney Infinity are forward compatible and can be played in the Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes Toy box
  • The game is rated E10+
  • MSRP is $74.99 for the Starter Pack
  • The game is available for XboxOne, Xbox360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii-U, PC, tablets, and smart phones.

About the author

Deanna Atkins

Deanna Atkins

Deanna Atkins is the editorial assistant at Adventure Publishing Group. She helps the editorial team on leading trade magazines The Toy Book and The Licensing Book, and contributes online at,, and When she’s not trying to keep up with Toy Insider Mom Laurie Schacht, she can be found reviewing kids’ CDs, DVDs, and books while daydreaming about the upcoming How to Train Your Dragon sequel and reading the dictionary. Follow her on Twitter @Deeeannuh and keep up with her bi-weekly, sometimes funny commentaries on