Toy Insider’s Chief Toy Officer Laurie Schacht stopped by CP24 in Toronto to show off the best toys for kids to collect and share as they head back to school this fall. For more on the items featured in this segment, check out the product notes below.


  • Lil’ Shuckies features a line of colorful shells with a surprise pearl inside and bring the popular “pearl parties” on Facebook safely into your living room. 
  • With a host of Lil’ Shuckies to choose from, children will have a blast as they use the shucking tool to open the shells and discover stretchy slime and gorgeous pearls inside. 
  • The play value continues as kids can collect all 24 pearls, from “common” to “ultra-rare” to make bracelets or swap! 
  • Lil’ Shuckies are available in teal, pink, purple, and coral colored shells  and come in both single or triple packs.
  • Age: 4+
  • MSRP: CAD $9.99
  • Available: Toys “R” Us


  • The super adorable Boxy Babies have arrived, and they are adding a new flair to the Boxy World! 
  • Now, kids can shop online for baby accessories, clothes, shoes, and more for their Boxy Babies! 
  • Each Boxy Baby comes with 2 shipping boxes, and kids get to unbox baby clothes, baby shoes, baby bottles, accessories. and more. 
  • The Boxy Babies feature 5 different dolls — Addison, Izzie, Paisley, Charlie, and Tini — each with their own unique personality. 
  • They are 6 inches tall and come with articulated arms, legs and heads.  
  • A bonus collector item in the Boxy Babies portfolio is the Triplets Surprise Box, which features a set of limited-edition triplets — Kiley, Wiley and Miley.
  • Age: 6+ 
  • MSRP: CAD $14.97
  • Available: Walmart 


  • Twisty Petz are the bejeweled petz that transform into sparkly bracelets! You can even create necklaces or backpack accessories and take them with you on the go!
  • These cute collectibles transform from adorable animals into beautiful bracelets with a simple twist. 
  • Connect the ends of this string of jewels and create a stunning bracelet the perfect accessory for any outfit. With two twists, your favorite bracelet becomes your favorite pet, super cute from nose to tail. 
  • There’s a Twisty Pet for every mood! From metallic kitties to rainbow ponies to pastel pandas, Twisty Petz come in an array of brilliant finishes! There’s over 70 to collect!
  • Age: 4+
  • MSRP: CAD $7.99 Single Pack, $19.99 Three Pack
  • Available: Amazon, Target, Walmart


  • Ritzy Rollerz is an all-new girls collectible line on wheels from TOMY.
  • Ritzy Rollerz are unique in their own way from their personalities to their adorability features like real hair, fur, and shiny chrome finishes.
  • Infuses popular play patterns by offering 3 unique elements: the ability to accessorize, adorable textures and secret surprises.
  • Age: 4+
  • MSRP: $5.99
  • Available: Amazon, Toys “R” Us


  • Blind bags add the element of surprise to Calico Critters play!  Hidden in each bag is a new Baby Shopping critter that children can add to their nursery collection. 
  • They won’t know which critter is inside until they open the bag. Each bag includes a Baby Critter and uniquely designed grocery and shopping accessories. 
  • To add to the surprise, the series includes one extra secret style critter. 
  • The collection includes nine new collectable babies to tag along the shopping trip:  Hopscotch Rabbit Baby with Bread, Buckley Deer Baby with Shopping Cart, Wilder Panda Baby with Popcorn, Outback Koala Baby with Shopping Bag, Polar Bear Baby with Ice Cream, Sweetpea Rabbit Baby with Eggs and Juice, Tuxedo Cat Baby with Shopping Cart, Silk Cat Baby with Cash Register, and an exclusive secret style baby to join the fun at the Grocery Market!
  • Age: 3+
  • MSRP: CAD $6.95
  • Available: Walmart, Toys “R” Us, Amazon, Mastermind, Specialty


  • A 3-pc special-value playset featuring a wolf mother and her two pups. 
  • These figurines, part of Schleich’s Wild Life collection of both familiar and exotic animals, enable children and families to enjoy the natural beauty of the animals while providing a learning opportunity to get a closer look at the animals. 
  • The highly-detailed, hand-painted figurines also provide a starting point for creative play for one or more children.
  • Age: 3-8 
  • MSRP: CAD $14.99
  • Available: Amazon


  • Our furry #SQUAD are back in Series 2 with all NEW themes including PJ Party and Outdoor Fun! 
  • The Hairdorables Pets are just about the cutest fur-friends you’ve ever seen!  
  • Lovable, loyal, and with lots of Big Hair Don’t Care style, our pets express their unique personalities just like us, #TWINNING! 
  •  In Series 2, each pet comes with new accessories and NEW fun finishes! Each pet includes all NEW SURPRISES including 3 accessories, 2 stickers, one adoption card, and one collector list. 
  • Ages 3+
  • MSRP: CAD $10.39
  • Available: Walmart Canada, Toys “R” Us


  • A collection of cute mini collectible llamas!
  • Each one comes stored in a reusable camper with a collector’s guide.
  • There are 24 mini llamas to collect, all different colors and styles and six different colored campers.
  • Kids will have fun trying to find the “chase” mini llama with the gold finish.
  • Age: 4+
  • MSRP: CAD $4.99
  • Available: Amazon


  • It’s the popular electronic Simon game that you love, but now it’s portable. 
  • This small-sized Simon Micro Series game is compact, but it gives you the full gaming experience with all the lights and sounds of the larger size. 
  • It also has additional features not seen in other versions of the Simon game. 
  • So get ready to watch, remember, repeat! 
  • Age: 8+
  • MSRP: $14.99 CAD
  • Available: Amazon, Walmart, Toys “R” Us


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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.