These toys are blasts from the past. Toy Insider Associate Editor Maddie Michalik stopped by WISH-TV’s Indy Style to show off some great nostalgic toys that kids will love as much as their parents did a generation ago. For more on the items featured in this segment, check out the product notes below, and for our complete rundown of the best gifts for the holidays, check out our complete holiday gift guide.


  • Parents and grandparents will remember everyone’s favorite storytelling bear from the 1980s.
  • Introducing the new 14-inch Teddy Ruxpin animatronic bear. He’s totally lovable, and brings magic and friendship to storytime with oodles of interactive technologies and features.
  • Teddy Ruxpin enjoys telling tales and singing songs with friends, making him the perfect companion for both little ones who love hearing stories, as well as older children just starting out on their reading journey.
  • He has colored LCD eyes with more than 40 different animations, and an animatronic mouth that syncs to Teddy’s speech.
  • Touch sensors allow kids to control the story and songs.
  • Teddy features three original pre-loaded stories, including seven sing-along songs.
  • There are two Modes of Play: with or without the free Teddy Ruxpin app (app is secondary). View the digital books to read along with Teddy using the storytime app, or kids can enjoy listening to TR’s stories without the app, anytime anywhere.
  • Ages: 3+
  • MSRP: $99.99
  • Available: Amazon, Target, Toys “R” Us, Walmart

Cupcake Surprise Mini Princess (Sunny Day Ent)

  • Children will love the Mini Cupcake Dolls. The beautifully decorated scented cupcake transforms into a pretty princess. Multiple styles and colors are available; collect them all!
  • Six different Dolls each with a different scent: Strawberry, Vanilla, Grape, Chocolate, Lemon, and Caramel.
  • Ages: 3+
  • MSRP: $3.99
  • Available: Meijers, Fred Meyer


  • These full body hand puppets come to life when you animate mouth and hands through the access point in the back. Find pockets in the gloves to wave, clap, and blow kisses.
  • The Mickey puppet is the essence of all things Disney, with his iconic red shorts, yellow-gold shoes, and white gloves.
  • The Minnie puppet is adorned in her classic vintage style, with polka-dot skirt over bloomers, over-sized high heeled pumps, white gloves, and flower in hat.
  • Also available are Donald, Pluto, and Goofy.
  • Ages: 3+
  • MSRP: $73.99
  • Available: Amazon


  • These vinyl figure sets are perfect for any Nick 90s fan.
  • Sets include classic shows like Hey Arnold, Ren & Stimpy, and Rugrats, all detailed with their signature outfits.
  • Fans can purchase either collector figure packs for each show that include three-inch figures, or individual vinyl figures of their favorite characters that are six inches and poseable.
  • Ages: 3+
  • MSRP: $9.99-$12.99
  • Available: Toys “R” Us


  • Just blow to create awesome airbrush effects with the Cra-Z-Art Blo Pens Glitter Design Studio, so cool! Includes designer desk with storage and surface area to allow you to make your own, customized Airbrush Designs! It’s truly an innovative and fun way to make colorful art! Includes 12 Blo Pens, 10 stencils, 3-D Glitter Pop Ups and glitter tubes for making 3-D glitter art.
  • Ages: 4+
  • MSRP: $24.99
  • Available: Toys R Us

Classic Board Games (Winning Moves Games)

  • Have a game night with the newest rollouts of classic games, like the dice game of Yahtzee, with the famous aluminum dice cup, The Game of Life, where you take risks to get rewards much like real life, Aggravation, where you compete to race around the board, and Guess Who, the mystery face game of elimination.
  • Ages: 6+
  • MSRP: $14.50 – $38.95
  • Available: Amazon, Calendar Club, Toys R Us, Barnes & Noble, and Specialty Toy & Game Stores Nationwide.


  • The classic latch hook craft kit is back as LatchKits are a fun and easy-to-learn craft—just loop, hook, and pull.
  • Everything kids need is included: the handy latch hook tool, pre-cut yarn and color-coded, easy-to-follow canvas make getting started on a project a snap.
  • The sturdy canvas features fabric-lined edges and hanging loops to create soft and fuzzy design that’s ready to hang on the wall or use as a mini-rug.
  • Available in Unicorn or Rainbow designs.
  • Ages: 6+
  • MSRP: $19.99
  • Available: Amazon

Atari Classic Games Joystick (Basic Fun)

  • Based on the iconic Atari 2600 gaming console, the Atari Classic Games Joystick plugs directly into your TV and offers ten different classic Atari games including Asteroids, Breakout, Centipede, Missile Command, and more!
  • The games feature retro graphics and all the original gameplay, without all the cartridges.
  • Ages: 8+
  • MSRP: $19.99
  • Available: Available: Amazon, Target, Toys “R” Us, Walmart

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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.