Holiday shopping isn’t easy! To help us all out, Toy Insider Mom Laurie Schacht brought some of the absolute hottest toys of the year to New York’s PIX11. No matter what age you’re shopping for, the Toy Insider has the perfect gift ideas ready to help you check off that wishlist!

FatBrainToys.SpinAgainSpin Again (Fat Brain Toys)

  • The first ever stacking and twirling toy!
  • Encourages hand-eye coordination and baby engineering skills
  • Instills a sense of wonder as kids watch their builds twirl and spin!
  • Eye-catching colors include magenta, lime, teal, lemon, red, sky blue, and more!
  • Includes: 6 discs, a reversible wobble base, and a corkscrew pole
  • Vibrant, eye-catching colors
  • Made of strong, coated ABS plastic
  • BPA-free
  • Ages: 1+
  • MSRP: $29.95

Flying Ace Snoopy Lite Brix (Cra-Z-Art)CraZArt.FlyingAceSnoopyLiteBrix

  • Build a 3D construction Flying Ace Snoopy using the Cra-Z-Art Light Brix building system – create and build with lights!
  • Compatible with other brick systems.
  • Features Flying Ace Snoopy, Charlie Brown, and Woodstock pose-able figures, LED light up dog house, stickers, brick blocks.
  • Ages: 3-7
  • MSRP: $19.99

HappyDanceSnoopy_JustPlay (lifestyle)Peanuts Happy Dance Snoopy (Just Play)

  • The wold-famous Peanuts characters are heading to the silver screen in November with a major feature film.
  • Happy Dance Snoopy is sure to happy-dance his way into everyone’s hearts.
  • Squeeze his paw and the adorable plush boogies to the irresistible tune of “Linus and Lucy,” recognized everywhere as the Peanuts theme song.
  • Give Snoopy a kiss and enjoy his surprising and hilarious response: a return kiss, a laugh, a howl—or even a belch sound!
  • Age: 3+
  • MSRP: $29.99

Lego DimensionsLEGO Dimensions (Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)

  • For the first time in any LEGO video game, fan-favorite universes from movies and TV are fused together just like kinds can do with real LEGO sets, bringing their toys to life!
  • The worlds and favorite characters from DC Comics, Scooby-Doo, The Simpsons, The Lord of the Rings, The LEGO Movie, The Wizard of Oz, LEGO Ninjago, Back to the Future, and many more are part of the immersive adventure.
  • The LEGO Toy Pad unites physical and digital realms through unparalleled interactive puzzle play. It also functions as an additional game controller, giving kids a unique way to interact with the toys and games through the experience.
  • Allows for any combination of seven characters, vehicles, and gadgets to be simultaneously brought into the game at one time. Kids can also interchangeably interact with any combination of characters, vehicles, and gadgets throughout the game in any of the worlds. Imagine Homer driving the Batmobile down the Yellow Brick Road!
  • The initial Starter Pack will offer endless opportunities for kids to customize their experiences with LEGO building and re-building. Expansion Packs are interchangeable and compatible.
  • Introducing Adventure Worlds, where every character has the ability to unlock a corresponding world of the same brand to provide additional gameplay.
  • Available on September 27 for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation4, PlayStation3, and the Wii U system from Nintendo
  • Age: 10+
  • MSRP: Starter Pack $99.99, Level Pack: $29.99, Team Pack: $24.99, Fun Pack: $14.99


NKOK.SkylandersSuperchargersRCHotStreakSkylanders SuperChargers “Hot Streak” and “Crypt Crusher” (NKOK)

  • Skylanders is getting vehicles!
  • Skylanders’ upcoming, highly anticipated installment “SuperChargers” will feature classic characters along with plenty of new characters, each of which is equipped with a brand new ride.
  • NKOK has created special radio controlled vehicles for Spitfire’s “Hot Streak” (approximately 8 inches in length) and Fiesta’s “Crypt Crusher” (approximately 10 inches in length).
  • “Hot Streak” is Spitfire’s full function beast, featuring tires made from blue flames and internal power that emits a golden glow from grill to turbines.
  • Fiesta commands his full function “Crypt Crusher” coffin featuring a light-up monster tire in the back, and 2 wheels in the front for stability and maneuverability.
  • The engine is so powerful that Fiesta is able to perform stunts! He can sidewall ski with enough practice!
  • Controllers have a massive 80’-100’ range.
  • Ages: 6+
  • MSRP: $29.99


Little Live Pets Clever Keet (Moose Toys)28086 LLP S3 Bird Clever Keet

  • Clever Keet is the smartest bird that you’ll ever meet.
  • When kids first meet their bird, they can give him a name that he’ll remember.
  • He can record and repeat messages like the other birds in the Little Live Pets flock, but can remember phrases and mash them up to make all new sentences.
  • Clever Keet can also swing on his perch, eat and drink on his own and dance in the mirror. He loves to move around on his cart, too!
  • Age: 5+
  • MSRP: $59.99


MiPosaur,nobackgroundMiPosaur (WowWee)

  • The MiPosaur is a highly intelligent robotic creature with an incredible, evolving intelligence and personality.
  • It can sense its own surroundings and environment, and interact with them in a unique and lifelike way.
  • In addition to featuring GestureSense technology that lets you control it with the swipe of your hand, the MiPosaur has sturdy MIP (Mobile Inverted Pendulum, created with the UCSD Coordinated Robotics Lab) balance and comes with an interactive TrackBall equipped with BeaconSense technology.
  • With it, the MiPosaur can chase the trackball, play with it, guard it, as well as alter its moods depending on the various interactions.
  • The MiPosaur is fully interactive with the MiP robot and a BLE enabled app, compatible with both iOS and Android smart devices, and will feature exciting and engaging games.
  • Ages: 8+
  • MSRP: $119.99

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.