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There is nothing like watching your little one unwrap that one toy they’ve been wishing for all season long, but getting to that moment can sometimes be a bit difficult. Scouring the toy aisles in search of the perfect gift is quite the task—and that’s where we come in. We are so excited to bring you this year’s Toy Insider, your holiday gift guide to the best toys for the kids in your life. The Toy Insider panel of experts has been locating, previewing, and playing with the best toys and games for this year’s holiday season so that you can find the perfect gift. This year’s guide is packed with a brand new selection of toys for children of all ages. A handy skill key is located on the Hot 20 page, so you can see exactly what benefits the kids on your list will receive from each toy. While traditional play patterns will always be around, it’s no secret that tech toys have climbed to the top of kids’ lists in recent years. This year, our brand new Top Tech 12 will guide you to the best tech toys on the shelves. Look for to see some of our favorite tech-based items. The following pages contain many of our favorite toys for the holidays, but you’ll find even more if you visit our website, www.toyinsider.com. There, we’ve included an expanded selection of the best toys of the season. We have added tips, trends, and blog entries from our panel of toy experts. You can also watch videos of Toy Insider Mom Laurie Schacht talking about and demonstrating many of our selections. The last page of the Toy Insider is a checklist of all of the toys featured in the guide, which you and your child can use as a handy shopping wish list. Take the page with you when you visit your favorite toy retailer and shop with ease. Be sure to snap this Access WD icon to enter our sweepstakes. You

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BIG HUGS ELMO, 18 MOS+ When preschoolers give Elmo a big hug, he'll hug back, say fun phrases, or sing a sweet song. There are more than 50 animated sounds and phrases. Preschoolers are invited to cuddle, sing, and explore while learning. PLAYSKOOL, www.hasbro.com/playskool

GO! GO! SMART WHEELS CONSTRUCTION PLAYSET, 1+ This play set features a rotating crane with working claw and four different shaped pieces that can be sorted into the truck or cargo loader. Six SmartPoint locations respond with phrases, music, or fun sound effects. VTECH, www.vtechkids.com

LAUGH & LEARN CRAWL AROUND CAR, 6 MOS+ Baby is in the driver’s seat of a fun-filled stationary vehicle with all-around learning and play, including the interactive lights and sounds dashboard, light-up baby “GPS,” a honking horn, shifting gears, and more. FISHER-PRICE, www.fisher-price.com

TWILIGHT TURTLE TUNES, 0+ Using Bluetooth technology and a free app, Twilight Turtle Tunes soothes kids to sleep with soft music and calming lights. Parents can create their own lullabies using a preset of sound bites. CLOUD B, www.cloudb.com

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selected these as some of the hottest toys for this holiday season. Your child may have individual needs and passions, so please review each age segment and visit our website, www.thetoyinsider.com, for even more great holiday gifts that will appeal to your child.

3-5 YEARS

DESPICABLE ME 2 TALKING MINION DAVE & STUART, 4+ Each features more than 45 minion sayings and giggles in original voices. Kids can press their pockets for head movement and funny reactions. Feed them for a farting sound. Dave and Stuart also have a Laugh Out Loud mode. THINKWAY TOYS, www.thinkwaytoys.com

DOC MCSTUFFINS GET BETTER CHECKUP CENTER, 3+ Includes everything kids need to imagine they are healing toys and giving checkups. Doc’s friend Lambie is included, and future doctors can use the electronic Big Book of Boo Boos to make a diagnosis. JUST PLAY, www.justplayproducts.com

HEXBUG NANO V2 BLACK HOLE, 3+ This Nano V2 bug can climb vertically, horizontally, and around corners. Kids can unleash their creativity by customizing the design and layout of the three-story set. Special accessories include a spiral tube and black funnel. INNOVATION FIRST, www.hexbug.com

LEAPPAD ULTRA, 4+ This kid-ready learning tablet features an MP3 player and a 7-inch, high-resolution screen. The included apps allow access to kid-safe web content. The bigger screen and stylus help children learn to write. LEAPFROG, www.leapfrog.com

SOFIA THE FIRST TALKING SOFIA AND ANIMAL FRIENDS, 3+ This 10.5-inch doll interacts with her best animal friends Clover the Rabbit, Robin the Robin, and Mia the Bluebird. When an animal gets close to Sofia’s amulet, it glows and she talks to each friend. MATTEL, www.mattel.com

WING CONTROL DUSTY CROPHOPPER R/C PLANE, 3+ This R/C vehicle offers a role-play remote control. Children attach wing-shaped controllers to their own hands and control Dusty’s movements through mimicry. Dusty also features sounds and phrases. MATTEL, www.mattel.com


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6-8 YEARS

BLINGLES GLIMMER GLAM STYLER, 6+ This kit includes cute stickers, glitter, gems, and accessories. Up to eight iridescent stickers that stick to smooth surfaces can be created. A fashionable tray is included for storing designs. MOOSE TOYS, www.mooseworld.com.au

DISNEY INFINITY, 6+ Players use real-world interactive figures, including power discs and play set pieces, to unlock adventures based on Disney and Pixar films inside the game. Players solve puzzles, explore iconic locations, and customize their virtual “Toy Box.” DISNEY INTERACTIVE, www.disney.com/Infinity

FLUTTERBYE FAIRIES, 6+ Each fairy includes a molded dress, glittering wings, and a charging stand. Once the wings are activated, the fairy gracefully glides across the air. Kids assist the fairy’s flight with the palm of their hand. SPIN MASTER, www.spinmaster.com

MEGA BLOKS BARBIE BUILD ’N PLAY SUPER STAR STAGE, 6+ Includes approximately 290 pieces and features three songs, real lights that flash to the beat of the music, and Super Star Barbie, Raquelle, and Teresa. An elevator with a spinning feature is also included. MEGA BLOKS, www.megabloks.com

SKYLANDERS SWAP FORCE, 6+ Gamers transform 16 Swap Force figures into more than 250 unique characters by swapping out their top and bottom halves. This new addition to the top-selling franchise also features updated versions of fan favorite Skylanders. ACTIVISION, www.skylanders.com

9+ YEARS

Toy Skill key Top Tech 12: Forward-thinking and impressive tech-based toys on the market. Incorporates the latest in digital play, creativity, and innovation.

Development of Large & Small Motor Skills: Improve hand-eye coordination skills with detailed active play, develop balance and dexterity, and improve physical awareness. AIR HOGS ELITE HELIX X4 STUNT, 12+ This R/C stunt quad-copter performs three incredible stunts with the push of a button. It can back-flip, barrel roll, and 180-degree flip. The Helix features crashresistant materials, four-channel control, and includes a USB cable. SPIN MASTER, www.airhogs.com

DRAW SOMETHING PARTY GAME, 9+ This party game has a lightweight, illuminated tablet for fast, easy play. A timer, sounds, and a card holder add to the excitement of the game, based on the Draw Something app, from Zynga. HASBRO, www.hasbro.com

Social Interaction: Encourage team play and foster close relationships with challenging and competitive activities or shared role-play interactions. Emotional & Social Intelligence: Develop art, music, language, and social skills. Explore creative, imaginative play, and role-playing.

School Readiness: Support math, logic, and spatial skills. Enhance language, reading, and writing skills. Discover science, nature, and exploration.

KURIO TOUCH 4S, 9+ This portable tablet includes an ultra-responsive touch screen display, an HD video player, a music player, specially designed earbuds, and more. More than 30 free games and apps are pre-loaded. Great for kid-safe web surfing. TECHNO SOURCE, www.kurioworld.com/us/

LEGO CHIMA CRAGGER’S COMMAND SHIP, 9+ Cragger’s Command Ship includes six mini-figures, detachable mini-boats, and a helicopter. Kids can articulate the tail and claws, fire flick missiles, and float the ship in water. The huge croc mouth can fit a minifigure. LEGO GROUP, www.lego.com/en-us

Smart Tech: Enhance knowledge of computers, programming, music, digital imaging, communication, Internet, geography, and world events. Toys “R” Us Availability: Products with this icon are available at Toys “R” Us stores nationwide, and/or at toysrus.com.

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BATTROBORG, 6+ With two-handed, wireless, motion-controlled nun chucks, players control the robot’s moves with their jabs. Operates up to a distance of 50 feet away. Perfect for one-on-one competitions or battle royales of up to 10 robots. TOMY, www.tomy.com


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0-2 YEARS

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INFANTS & TODDLERS Every day is a new adventure for babies and toddlers, who amaze their parents with their continuous growth and development. For this age range, choose items that stimulate their minds, bodies, and all five senses. Toys for this age group encourage experimentation with colors, shapes, sounds, and textures. By offering opportunities for hand-eye coordination, motor skills, language recognition, and nurturing, parents are providing little ones with the early development skills they need as they grow up.

ABC ADVENTURE ELEFUN, 3 MOS+ The interactive character teaches kids more than 100 first words through more than 75 sounds effects, tunes, and activities by helping them build connections between visual cues and words. PLAYSKOOL, www.hasbro.com/playskool

BABY EINSTEIN MUSICAL MOTION 2-IN-1 STATIONARY JUMPER AND ENTERTAINER, 4 MOS+ A high back seat provides comfort and support and four toy stations provide 12 engaging activities around a 360-degree rotating seat. Includes a piano station, mirror, dancing lights, melodies, teether, and spinning ball. KIDS II, www.babyeinstein.com

DISNEY MICKEY MOUSE HAPPY HAULER, 1+ This two-in-one wagon/ride-on combo transforms easily and lets kids ride or haul while listening to sounds and tunes that play with the touch of a button. JAKKS PACIFIC, www.jakks.com

EASY TURN COUPE, 18 MOS+ A front wheel offers stability and 360-degree turning. Features a push handle, a key twist ignition, an opening gas cap, cup holders, a working hood, and a sunroof. The coupe is available in green or pink. STEP2, www.step2.com


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FIRST BUILDERS BILLY BEATS DANCING PIANO, 1+ Kids can choose from three different modes and play with eight colored light-up keys that make three different sounds. Includes eight First Builders blocks. MEGA BLOKS, www.megabloks.com

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FABFAIRIES, 0+ Adora's exclusive FabFairies are made of ultra-soft and cuddly microfiber plush with adorable fairy faces. They are available in three colors accented with a flower applique. ADORA DOLLS, www.adoradolls.com

FRANKY THE HANKY WHALE, 6 MOS+ Babies can put colorful tissues in Franky’s mouth and then magically pull them out of the spout. Full of premium textures to explore, Franky’s bright colors and patterns stimulate developing vision. LAMAZE, www.tomy.com/lamaze

FISHER-PRICE CORN POPPER POP ’N RACE GAME, 2+ The iconic Corn Popper becomes a floor or tabletop game that teaches kids basic color and shape concepts. Designed for two to four players. TCG, www.tcgtoys.com

LEARN WITH ME COLOR FUN FISH BOWL, 2+ Putting colored fish in and out of this talking fish bowl is a fun way to learn colors. With two play modes, kids learn their colors through a “discovery” game and a “find it” game. THE LEARNING JOURNEY, www.thelearningjourney.com

LEGO DUPLO TODDLER STARTER BUILDING SET, 18 MOS+ Kids can build, connect, create, and explore with this 37-piece set of extra-large, vibrant, patterned bricks for small hands. The box lid also doubles as a building plate. LEGO, www.lego.com


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LITTLE PEOPLE DISNEY PRINCESS KLIP KLOP STABLE, 18 MOS+ Rapunzel and Maximus “klip klop” down ramps toward their destinations, including the magical three-tiered tower or the Royal Stable. Magical tunes greet them as they make their grand entrance. FISHER-PRICE, www.fisher-price.com

MAGICAL NIGHT PROJECTION MOBILE, 0+ This musical crib mobile plays nine different tunes for up to 30 continuous minutes. Friendly animals are projected on the canopy for added magic. The canopy can easily be removed. TINY LOVE, www.tinylove.com

MOOSHKA: SING AROUND THE ROSIE DOLLS, 2+ These colorful, soft, and washable dolls are accompanied by an array of animated e-books. Mooshka: Sing Around the Rosie dolls unite the joy of play with the importance of reading for growing girls everywhere. MGA ENTERTAINMENT, www.mgae.com

MON PREMIER BÉBÉ BATH GIRL, 18 MOS+ Bébé Bath Girl’s soft, poseable body floats in the tub. She wears a pink and orange striped outfit with a matching headband and comes with a pacifier and a rubber ducky. Bébé dries quickly for out-ofwater play. COROLLE, www.corolle.com

MUSICAL GATOR, 18 MOS+ Musical Gator is four musical instruments in one, including a rainbow xylophone, two mallets, a cymbal, a drum pad, and a wash board, so kids can get creative and learn concentration and coordination. ALEX TOYS, www.alextoys.com

ON THE FARM LARGE PLAY SET, 1+ This expandable play world leaves room for the imagination and play. Product packaging multitasks as the farmhouse and a carrying case. Set includes a farmer, tractor, animals, milk churn, manger, hay, plants, and fences. HABA USA, www.habausa.com


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THE ORIGINAL WORLD’S SOFTEST BRAND PLUSH, 0+ The softest, cuddliest, most huggable, loveable, lightas-a-cloud plush toys take classic plush to a level of softness never before achieved in styles including teddy bear, puppy, unicorn, monkey, and horse. TECHNO SOURCE, www.technosourcehk.com

PET VET, 2+ The Pet Vet features two plush patients with x-rays, a slideout exam table with vital signs display, a stethoscope, a syringe, a thermometer, a scale, four private rooms, color-match keys, and a popout owl assistant. B. TOYS BY BATTAT, www.justb-byou.com ROCKIN’ RIDER CHARGER 2-IN-1 PONY, 1+ This plush pony converts from rocking to rolling pony quickly and easily. It sings and speaks six phrases with sound effects. Other features include realistic mane and tail, easygrip handles, and non-slip foot steps. TEK NEK TOYS INTERNATIONAL, www.teknektoys.com

READ WITH ME SCOUT AND VIOLET, 2+ This new interactive plush puppy reads stories aloud and interacts with kids to develop comprehension skills, early vocabulary, and book and print dynamics. LEAPFROG, www.leapfrog.com

ROLL & LEARN ACTIVITY SUITCASE, 1+ This travel-themed learning suitcase features an interactive activity panel, four light-up piano keys, a removable phone, and spinning gears. Kids learn first words, greetings in English and Spanish, modes of transportation, and landmarks. VTECH, www.vtechkids.com

Y GLIDER 3-IN-1, 2+ This three-wheeled scooter grows with kids. It transforms from a ride-on with a seat to a scooter with a wide riding platform and lower handlebar setting. Parents can extend handlebar height as kids grow. YVOLUTION, www.yvolution.com


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3-5 YEARS

5-INCH CLASSIC SONIC WITH LIGHT-UP EMERALDS, 4+ This 5-inch articulated, classic Sonic figure comes with four light-up emeralds (green, blue, red, and purple) that illuminate when vibration is detected. The figure can be used for individual activity or in competition. JAZWARES, www.jazwares.com

PRESCHOOL Preschoolers are ready to take on a new type of play. Encourage imaginative and creative activities with

ANGRY BIRDS STAR WARS TELEPODS STAR DESTROYER, 5+ Telepods lets you teleport your Rebel Bird and Imperial Pig figures into the new Angry Birds Star Wars II app. The 20-piece Star Destroyer will launch up to three birds at a time with the Lightsaber Launcher. HASBRO, www.hasbro.com

role-playing and pretend play. Provide

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opportunities for active play, exercising their bodies and their spirit of adventure. Social and emotional skills are emerging, so music, arts and

BARBIE APP-TASTIC CASH REGISTER, 3+ This realistic register includes a working keypad, scanner, microphone, pretend money, a debit card, a gift card, and 10 display signs. The app lets kids scan real UPC codes and works with any iOS device. KIDDESIGNS, www.kiddesigns.com

crafts, teamwork, and language skills are important to build self-esteem. Toys that teach vocabulary and social skills and that result in a sense of accomplishment are of the utmost importance.

BOTTI, 4+ Botti-bots are easy-to-handle, remote-control pets that combine a plush look with high-performance interactive R/C functionality. Botti-bots have wacky sounds and phrases and come in two different styles: pink Bitsy-Bot and orange Bopsy-Bot. BLIP TOYS, www.bliptoys.com


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CRAYOLA CREATIVITY PLAY STATION, 3+ The Creativity Play Station is a traditional chalkboard with a large workplace for kids to enjoy painting. The play station features 360 degrees of storage for art supplies and accessories and includes two stools. GROW’N UP, www.grow-n-up.com

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CHOPPER SQUAD, 5+ This classic, tethered helicopter can perform steady hovers and return safely to home base. Kids can control the height and speed of this portable, manual helicopter. INTERACTIVE TOY CONCEPTS, www.interactivetoy.com

DISNEY CREATIVITY STUDIO APP AND SMART STYLUS, 3+ The creative studio provides a creative experience with Disney characters that kids know and love. Real Disney artists teach kids how to draw their favorite Disney characters by using the Smart Stylus with step-by-step tutorials. KIDDESIGNS, www.ekids.com

DISCOVERY KIDS FAIRYTALE PRINCESS CANOPY, 4+ With a butterfly and flower design, this canopy will make any girl feel like a princess in a royal setting. It is six feet long and sets up in minutes over a bed or play space. MERCHSOURCE, www.merchsource.com

DISNEY PRINCESS PALACE PETS: PAMPER ME PRETTY PLUSH, 4+ These plush pets are available as Pumpkin, Cinderella’s puppy, and Beauty, Aurora’s kitten. Pumpkin and Beauty feature removable tiaras, locket collars, hair accessories, fluffy tails, glittery ears, and a color-change feature. BLIP TOYS, www.bliptoys.com

DISNEY PRINCESS ULTIMATE DREAM CASTLE, 3+ This castle includes fairy tale-themed rooms and 30 accessory pieces. It comes to life with the Disney Magic Mirror app. Using any iOS device, kids can scan labels found throughout the castle to unlock activities. MATTEL, www.mattel.com


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FISHER-PRICE I-JIG INTERACTIVE JIGSAW PUZZLE SYSTEM, 3+ This innovative jigsaw puzzle system lets preschoolers make a puzzle, play games and music, learn animal names and sounds, and answers questions. Each has three different interactive modes. Themes include farm/barnyard, zoo, jungle, and vehicles. TCG, www.tcgtoys.com

FURREAL FRIENDS CUDDLES, MY GIGGLY MONKEY, 4+ My Giggly Monkey has more than 100 responses ranging from laugh out loud silly to super sweet and offers a range of interactive emotions. The plush monkey responds and reacts differently to different play patterns. HASBRO, www.hasbro.com

INNOTAB 3S, 3+ VTech Kid Connect, an exclusive communication app, allows kids to be connected with parents and friends via tablet-to-mobile and tablet-totablet. It also features a kidsafe browser and access to VTech’s Learning Lodge app store. VTECH, www.vtechkids.com

GLOW PETS, 3+ These light-up pets become a soft pillow. With LED lights that produce a soft glow, the pet is also a nightlight for bedtime. The built-in timer automatically shuts the light off after 20 minutes. ONTEL PRODUCTS, www.glowpets.com

INTERACTIVE SUPERMAN WITH REMOTE CONTROL, 4+ This poseable action figure includes an infrared remote control that activates voice and sound effects. Superman also has a waist that swivels during special actions. When flying, the figure responds with voice and flight sounds. THINKWAY TOYS, www.thinkwaytoys.com

LEAPREADER, 4+ Kids will sound out words and read sentences, learn to write letters with interactive guidance, and listen to audio books, music, and more onthe-go. The LeapReader collections reinforce children’s language and literacy skills. LEAPFROG, www.leapfrog.com


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MAGIC FUN DOUGH VOLCANO VALLEY, 3+ Apply the fun transfers using the Magic Water Pen, peel, reveal, cut, and let the imagination explosion begin. Kids can create fun characters and watch the volcano erupt with lava-like, easily reusable Magic Fun Dough. ROSEART, www.roseart.com

MY LITTLE PONY PRINCESS TWILIGHT SPARKLE, 3+ In Equestria, Twilight Sparkle represents magic. The My Little Pony figure is now an interactive, talking pony figure that responds to touch and motion, moves her head, blinks her eyes, sings, and flutters her wings. HASBRO, www.hasbro.com

NEAT-OH! HOT WHEELS RACING BATTLE CASE, 5+ With space to store up to 20 Hot Wheels cars, Intek Battle Case is a durable and portable racing launch. Flip out the track and slide four Hot Wheels cars down for the big race. NEAT-OH! INTERNATIONAL, www.neat-oh.com

ONE DIRECTION 12-INCH SINGING DOLLS, 5+ These 12-inch singing dolls feature One Direction members Harry, Zayn, Niall, Liam, and Louis. Each figure sings a 30second clip from one of the band’s greatest hits, wears a performance-themed outfit, and carries a microphone. HASBRO, www.hasbro.com

PINKIE COOPER AND THE JET SET PETS TRAVEL COLLECTION DOLLS, 4+ Pinkie Cooper and her pals are jet-setting BFFs who help solve fashion dilemmas around the world, combining style, travel, hair play, and pet mania. Pet figures, fashion accessories, and mix-and-match hairstyles are included. THE BRIDGE DIRECT, www.thebridgedirect.com

POWER RANGERS MEGAFORCE BATTLEFIRE MEGAZORD, 4+ The Rangers summon their Zords together to morph into this powerful weapon. Megazord follows the commands of kids’ voices, so kids can fire up to 15 Zord missiles using the trigger or by commanding it. BANDAI AMERICA, www.bandai.com


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SKWOOSHI ACTIVITY SET, 4+ Skwooshi dough provides kids with a mess-free, odorless creative outlet. This dough never dries out and easily creates amazing shapes and characters. IRWIN TOY, www.skwooshi.com

SMARTMAX LIGHTHOUSE, 3+ With SmartMax Lighthouse, children can effortlessly create houses, towers, and other bright structures by manipulating magnetic balls and multi-colored bars. The lighthouse includes two LED light bars. SMART TOYS & GAMES, www.smarttoysandgames.com

SOFIA THE FIRST TRANSFORMING DRESS, 3+ This beautiful purple dress features two dresses in one. Pull down on the skirt to reveal a tutu-styled dress. The dress comes with a collectible magic lesson card to use with the Talking Magical Amulet. JAKKS PACIFIC, www.jakks.com

SQUIGZ, 3+ Squigz connect to each other and to any solid, non-porous surface. The suctionconstruction pieces flex and stick and make a sharp “pop” sound when separated. FAT BRAIN TOY, www.fatbraintoys.com

SWITCH & GO DINOS JAGGER THE T-REX, 3+ Jagger the T-Rex transforms from a construction crane to a Tyrannosaurus Rex in just a few simple steps. This 360degree rotatable dino stomps his feet and features voice recognition technology. VTECH, www.vtechkids.com

TEEN BEACH MOVIE DOLLS, 3+ From the Disney Channel’s Teen Beach Movie, McKenzie, Brady, and Lela are styled in blast-from-the-past, beach party fashion from the film. Each doll is sold separately and comes with an accessory. JUST PLAY, www.justplayproducts.com


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THE TRASH PACK TRASH WHEELS JUNK YARD PLAYSET, 5+ Launch the Trash Wheels down the ramp, crush them in the compacter, and pick them up with the crane. The Trash Pack set includes two exclusive Trash Wheels vehicles and a collector’s guide. MOOSE TOYS, www.mooseworld.com.au

THE ZELFS VENUS FLY TRAP SPIN SALON PLAYSET, 5+ Restyle the Zelfs’ hair to give them a new look. This salon comes with an exclusive Zelf, Tressa; two hair clips with extensions; a tiara; a hair brush; a charm; thread; and a collector’s leaflet. MOOSE TOYS, www.mooseworld.com.au

THOMAS AND FRIENDS TRACKMASTER CASTLE QUEST SET, 3+ Thomas needs to power through the old castle walls, make it over the missing track, and climb to the top. The set comes with Thomas, a cargo car, the king’s crown, and a multi-level track. FISHER-PRICE, www.fisher-price.com

UNDER THE SEA SURPRISE ARIEL, 5+ When Ariel is placed in water, her fin lights up, creating a magical rainbow of color. She also sings and says 15 phrases from favorite The Little Mermaid movie moments in both English and Spanish. TOLLYTOTS, www.tollytots.com

WORLD OF DISNEY EYE FOUND IT! GAME, 5+ Join Mickey Mouse and friends on a race through 12 Disney realms, from Alice’s Wonderland and Peter Pan’s Never Land to Pooh’s Hundred Acre Wood. Search for iconic Disney objects and yell, “I found it!” WONDER FORGE, www.wonderforge.com

XO LEARNING TABLET, 3+ The 7-inch Android device features an XO learning system for child-centric learning. Apps, books, games, and videos are all curated for age appropriateness. The system is available in English and Spanish. VIVITAR, www.vivitar.com


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6-8 YEARS

AIR HOGS ATMOSPHERE, 8+ Control the powerful levitating sphere with the palm of your hand and watch it fly. The spherical shape allows it to bounce off walls and ceilings for non-stop flight. SPIN MASTER, www.airhogs.com

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GRADE SCHOOL Grade-schoolers are expanding their worlds into a broader community of schoolmates and teammates. They are enjoying new experiences as they explore their choices and expand their abilities. Encourage them to seek out and pursue their passions. Toys and games can help develop an appreciation for science, the arts, strategic and mind-stimulating activities, and spending time with family and friends. Kid-safe websites present an approach to playing that also teaches basic computer skills and computer etiquette.

AIR STORM Z-TEK BOW, 8+ Featuring a sleeker shape, storage ammo clips, a lower profile, and improved power bungee cords with an increased tension to shooting/distance power ratio, the Z-Tek Bow is the ultimate foam bow-and-arrow combo. ZING TOYS, www.zingtoys.com

BARBIE DIGITAL DRESS DOLL, 6+ Barbie’s black dress uses a 4.5-square-inch resistive touch panel and 114 tri-color LED lights to display hearts, fireworks, and custom designs that respond to sound and music. MATTEL, www.mattel.com

BOOM BOOM BALLOON, 7+ Roll the die and carefully push in a stick until it clicks. Watch the balloon squish, squeeze, and stretch. Whichever player pops the balloon is out. SPIN MASTER, www.spinmaster.com


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COMBAT CREATURES ATTACKNIDS, 6+ These six-legged battling robots stand more than 12 inches tall and move with realistic spider-like motions across multiple surfaces, featuring a 360-degree rotating head, Exploda-Armor, and Bolt ’N Battle blasters that clip on and off. WOW! STUFF, www.wowstuff.com

DELUXE WORKBENCH, 8+ This multi-purpose workbench is great for all Red Toolbox building projects. It features a quick and easy folding mechanism, adjustable height, a sturdy metal frame, two front vise handles, and tool storage space. RED TOOLBOX, www.red-toolbox.com

CRAYOLA MELT ’N MOLD FACTORY, 8+ Melt and mold Crayola crayons together to create multicolor crayons, rings, and more. Comes with the Melt ’n Mold Factory, 24 full-sized Crayola crayons, and two molds. CRAYOLA, www.crayola.com

DEMOLITION LAB: TRIPLE BLAST WAREHOUSE, 8+ Kids can build unlimited warehouse structures and then demolish them with strategically placed blasters, all while learning the science of energy, momentum, and gravity. SMARTLAB TOYS, www.smartlabtoys.com

EZ PRO DJ, 8+ Loop, mix, and sample songs to create mash-ups with the proprietary music software. Features two “turntables,” simple-to-use buttons, an easyto-use interface, and audio connection for speakers and headphones. JAKKS PACIFIC, www.jakks.com

FLYING HEROES, 6+ Iconic superheroes are taking flight with the new Flying Heroes line. With a quick pull from the launcher, kids can unleash the superheroes and watch them fly. The collection features Superman, Batman, and Spider-Man. THE BRIDGE DIRECT, www.thebridgedirect.com


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GOLDIE BLOX AND THE SPINNING MACHINE, 6+ In the debut story from this interactive book and construction toy series, Goldie’s dog Nacho needs help chasing his tail. Girls build a belt drive like Goldie’s with the construction set to spin the characters. GOLDIEBLOX, www.goldieblox.com

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FURBY BOOM, 6+ Featuring all the magic and personality of the original and twice the content, Furby Boom combines physical and digital play, including the ability to hatch, raise, care for, and play games with digital Furbling friends. HASBRO, www.hasbro.com

HOT WHEELS CAR MAKER, 5+ Kids can create their own customized Hot Wheels vehicles by choosing the car’s color and shape. The creation chamber molds the car into life. Two molds, 10 wax sticks, three chassis, and sticker sheets are included. MATTEL, www.mattel.com

ILLUMIVOR MECHA-PEDE, 6+ This mechanized millipede insect features four independent body segments, 28 animated legs, and blinking LED eyes. Synchronized light effects mimic the movements of a real millipede. SKYROCKET TOYS, www.skyrockettoys.com

IMAGINISTA DECOUPAGE JEWELRY, 8+ Cut, rip, and decoupage accessories with patterned paper, feathers, glitter, stickers, and more than 13 yards of ribbon. The instruction booklet provides step-by-step instructions to quickly take kids from beginner to advanced. THE ORB FACTORY, www.orbfactory.com

KURIO 7S TABLET, 6+ Parents, kids, and teens can email, search the web, read ebooks, write, draw, play games, take photos, record video, watch movies, and listen to music with this 7-inch Android 4.2 Wi-Fi-enabled tablet. TECHNO SOURCE, www.technosourcehk.com


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LASER PEGS NFL RUSHZONE KIT, 6+ Build 12 light-up football models with the Laser Pegs NFL Rushzone Kit. Each kit comes with a light-up football and helmet pegs, 32 team decals, 14 classic Laser Pegs shapes, and 80 clear construction parts. LASER PEGS VENTURES, www.laserpegs.com

LEGO CITY FIRE STATION, 6+ The Fire House features a three-story building, three vehicles, and five minifigures. The modular building process eases children into following instructions to build models with themes including police, fire station, and coast guard. LEGO, www.lego.com

MARIOKART 7 R/C VEHICLE, 8+ This R/C vehicle reaches up to 13 mph. Using advanced lithium ion battery technology, the vehicle has a running time of up to 40 minutes. Steer left or right to see Mario’s bodytilting action. CARRERA, www.carrera-toys.com

MAX STEEL 6-INCH TURBO TEAM UP FIGURES W/ DVD, 6+ Kids can play out Max Steel storylines and create their own. Each poseable 6-inch figure has its own action feature, including signature moves, weapons, and superpowers. LED light effects give Max a “turbo energy” glow. MATTEL, www.mattel.com

MICRO CHARGERS LIGHT RACERS TRACK, 6+ Kids can charge up the cars in the four-lane launcher and watch them glow different colors on the dark track. The set also includes a lap time and a special feature finish. MOOSE TOYS, www.mooseworld.com.au

MONSTER HIGH 13 WISHES DOLL COLLECTION, 6+ Based on the Monster High 13 Wishes DVD, these dolls come with a pet, a diary, a brush, a doll stand, and characterspecific accessories. Available dolls are Gigi Grant, Twyla, Lagoona Blue, and Howleen Wolf. MATTEL, www.mattel.com


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MONSTER HIGH 30-PIECE TAPEFFITI CADDY, 7+ Wrap pencils, make tape bracelets and fashion accessories, and customize anything with these freaky-fab patterned tapes. The 30-piece set includes 30 mini tape dispensers, each with 9 feet of patterned tape. FASHION ANGELS ENTERPRISES, www.fashionangels.com

RAINBOW LOOM, 6+ Kids can hook the rubber bands on the Rainbow Loom following the pattern guide to create bracelets and other accessories that are fun to wear. All Rainbow Loom products are BPA-, phthalates-, lead-, and chromium-free. CHOON’S DESIGNS, www.rainbowloom.com

RAZOR SPARK 2.0, 8+ The original Razor kick scooter gets brighter with the addition of motion-activated LED lights, a light-up deck, and real sparking action. The spark cartridges are easily refilled and the scooter simply folds to carry. RAZOR USA, www.razor.com

RC EXTREME HERO IRON MAN, 8+ Features engineering that sends a scale-sized Iron Man through the sky. Kids control Iron Man’s dives, climbs, and smooth banking. The 19-inch hero flies up to 200 feet in the air. EB BRANDS, exrc.ebexcalibur.com

REMOTE CONTROL MACHINES, 8+ Build motorized vehicles and machines and control them with a wireless remote control unit. A six-button infrared remote can control three motors simultaneously. Comes with three motors, remote control unit, battery holder, and building blocks. THAMES & KOSMOS, www.thamesandkosmos.com

SQUASHED, 6+ Kids can squash their opponents right out of this 3-D game of strategy and chance. Squash one pawn at a time or flip the cube for total wipeout. The last pawn on the cube wins. PLASMART, www.plasmarttoys.com


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SUPER MARIO: GHOST HOUSE SET, 8+ Inspired by Super Mario 3D Land, this set allows kids to build Boomerang Mario, navigate through sliding platforms, and battle Boos. K’NEX, www.knex.com

TAPPLE, 8+ This fast-paced word game challenges players to choose a category card, name a word matching the category, press the first letter on the wheel, reset the timer, and pass it in 10 seconds or less. USAOPOLY, www.usaopoly.com

THE BEATRIX GIRLS, 6+ These collectible dolls driven by original music empower and inspire young girls to rock out. Brayden, Ainsley, Lark, and Chantal have fully developed personalities and interact in the real world with real music and fans. POPSTAR CLUB, www.thebeatrixgirls.com

THE ORIGINAL SPIROGRAPH DELUXE SET, 8+ Featuring the original’s iconic wheels and rings, this updated version comes with a durable carrying case with snap-in storage and a built-in drawing surface. Use the gears and ballpoint pens to create designs. KAHOOTZ TOYS, www.kahootztoys.com

TRANSFORMERS CONSTRUCT-BOTS ULTIMATE ACTION FIGURE SET, 6+ Use robot frames, armor, weapons, and accessories to build two Transformers figures that can quickly convert from robot to vehicle and back without taking them apart. Mix and match with parts from other Construct-Bots figures. HASBRO, www.hasbro.com

ZOOMER, 6+ This cute, silly, and interactive dog actually listens and learns, and, like a real dog, sometimes forgets. With realistic expressions and voice-activated commands, Zoomer becomes a kid’s own trainable robotic pet. SPIN MASTER, www.spinmaster.com


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9+ YEARS

IBT24 BLUETOOTH RECHARGEABLE STEREO MINI SPEAKER, 9+ This mini stereo speaker features Bluetooth wireless audio and a lithium ion rechargeable battery. Along with an aux-in jack, there is an aux-out jack for expanding user experiences. Streams digital audio from Bluetoothenabled devices. I-HOME, www.ihomeaudio.com

TWEENS Whether online or in person, socializing is a key activity for kids in this age group. While tweens are

MERCEDES BENZ SLS AMG, 9+ This R/C car is programmable to react to iTunes music streamed from an iDevice. Kids can turn an iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad into a Bluetooth remote control. It also features a horn and brake sounds. SILVERLIT, www.silverlit.com

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digital world, they also enjoy playing games, being creative, and being active. Provide opportunities for them

MINDSTORMS EV3, 10+ This set includes materials and 3-D instructions for building robots that walk, talk, and more. An easy programming interface brings the robots to life, while a remote control or downloadable app lets users command them. LEGO, www.lego.com

to try new things both on their own and with their peers. Parents and caregivers are still key role models for this age group, so remain present and involved in their passions.

MORPHOLOGY, 9+ This board game includes word cards, a timer, and more. Teams play by selecting a Morphologist who builds a word, and then players try to guess it in one minute. Easy and hard words are available. PLASMART, www.morphologygames.com


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ROBOME, 9+ This robotic buddy has an LED face with a mood indicator. Its facial features and personality are customizable using an iPhone or iPod touch. Remote Visual Telepresence allows users to see what the robot sees. WOWWEE, www.wowwee.com/en

SCIENCE X ELECTRONICS AND CIRCUITRY, 10+ The kit includes resistors, transistors, LEDs, and more. Kids can be electrical engineers and build gadgets that really work, including a flashlight. The unit can also be used to create and send Morse code messages. RAVENSBURGER USA, www.ravensburger.com

TEK RECON, 9+ These blasters use GPS technology for a video gamestyled battle in real life. An iOS and Android app provides an interface complete with radar tracking. Each blaster features real trigger action and an authentic recoil. TECH 4 KIDS, www.tekrecon.com

THUNDERBOLT STRIKE ROLLER COASTER BUILDING SET, 9+ This motorized coaster set has more than 850 pieces, including classic rods and connectors. Kids can send two cars with K’NEXmen figures hurtling through more than 17 feet of tube-style track. Also includes iconic suitcase packaging. K’NEX, www.knex.com

TWIST N SHOOT, 9+ This R/C vehicle changes from a car to a robot. A radio transmitter morphs the vehicle into a robot, drives it in either mode, and shoots up to six soft darts from a sidemounted cannon. MAISTO INTERNATIONAL, www.maisto.com

Y FLIKER CARVER C3, 9+ This body-powered three-wheeled scooter provides instant flexibility and a smooth ride. Riders move their hips and legs side-to-side to get going, and simply lean and swing the handlebars using their arms to make sharp turns. YVOLUTION, www.yvolution.com


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Shopping Guide for the Holidays ABC ADVENTURE ELEFUN BABY EINSTEIN MUSICAL MOTION 2-IN-1 STATIONARY JUMPER AND ENTERTAINER BIG HUGS ELMO

GLOW PETS

GOLDIE BLOX AND THE SPINNING MACHINE

HEXBUG NANO V2 BLACK HOLE

HOT WHEELS CAR MAKER

INNOTAB 3S

ILLUMIVOR MECHA-PEDE

DISNEY MICKEY MOUSE HAPPY HAULER

INTERACTIVE SUPERMAN WITH REMOTE CONTROL

IMAGINISTA DECOUPAGE JEWELRY

EASY TURN COUPE

HAPPY NAPPERS LEAPPAD ULTRA

KURIO 7S TABLET

FABFAIRIES

LEAPREADER

LASER PEGS NFL RUSHZONE KIT

FIRST BUILDERS BILLY BEATS DANCING PIANO FISHER-PRICE CORN POPPER POP ’N RACE GAME FRANKY THE HANKY WHALE

MAGIC FUN DOUGH VOLCANO VALLEY

LEGO CITY FIRE STATION

MY LITTLE PONY PRINCESS TWILIGHT SPARKLE

GO! GO! SMART WHEELS CONSTRUCTION PLAYSET

ONE DIRECTION 12-INCH SINGING DOLLS PINKIE COOPER AND THE JET SET PETS TRAVEL COLLECTION DOLLS POWER RANGERS MEGAFORCE BATTLEFIRE MEGAZORD SKWOOSHI ACTIVITY SET

MARIOKART 7 R/C VEHICLE MAX STEEL 6-INCH TURBO TEAM UP FIGURES W/ DVD MEGA BLOKS BARBIE BUILD ’N PLAY SUPER STAR STAGE MICRO CHARGERS LIGHT RACERS TRACK

LAUGH & LEARN CRAWL AROUND CAR

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LEARN WITH ME COLOR FUN FISH BOWL LEGO DUPLO TODDLER STARTER BUILDING SET LITTLE PEOPLE DISNEY PRINCESS KLIP KLOP STABLE MAGICAL NIGHT PROJECTION MOBILE

NEAT-OH! HOT WHEELS RACING BATTLE CASE

MONSTER HIGH 13 WISHES DOLL COLLECTION MONSTER HIGH 30-PIECE TAPEFFITI CADDY RAINBOW LOOM

MON PREMIER BÉBÉ BATH GIRL

SMARTMAX LIGHTHOUSE SOFIA THE FIRST TALKING SOFIA AND ANIMAL FRIENDS SOFIA THE FIRST TRANSFORMING DRESS

MOOSHKA: SING AROUND THE ROSIE DOLLS

SQUIGZ

REMOTE CONTROL MACHINES

MUSICAL GATOR

SWITCH & GO DINOS JAGGER THE T-REX

SKYLANDERS SWAP FORCE

ON THE FARM LARGE PLAY SET

TEEN BEACH MOVIE DOLLS THE TRASH PACK TRASH WHEELS JUNK YARD PLAYSET

SQUASHED

TAPPLE

READ WITH ME SCOUT AND VIOLET

THE ZELFS VENUS FLY TRAP SPIN SALON PLA THOMAS AND FRIENDS TRACKMASTER CASTLE QUEST SET

ROCKIN’ RIDER CHARGER 2-IN-1 PONY

UNDER THE SEA SURPRISE ARIEL

ROLL & LEARN ACTIVITY SUITCASE

WING CONTROL DUSTY CROPHOPPER R/C PLANE

TWILIGHT TURTLE TUNES

WORLD OF DISNEY EYE FOUND IT! GAME

THE ORIGINAL SPIROGRAPH DELUXE SET TRANSFORMERS CONSTRUCT-BOTS ULTIMATE ACTION FIGURE SET XO LEARNING TABLET

Y GLIDER 3-IN-1 5-INCH CLASSIC SONIC WITH LIGHT-UP EMERALDS ANGRY BIRDS STAR WARS TELEPODS STAR DESTROYER BARBIE APP-TASTIC CASH REGISTER

AIR HOGS ATMOSPHERE

ZOOMER

AIR STORM Z-TEK BOW

AIR HOGS ELITE HELIX X4 STUNT

BARBIE DIGITAL DRESS DOLL

BOTTI

BLINGLES GLIMMER GLAM STYLER

DRAW SOMETHING PARTY GAME IBT24 BLUETOOTH RECHARGEABLE STEREO MINI SPEAKER KURIO TOUCH 4S

CHOPPER SQUAD

BOOM BOOM BALLOON

LEGO CHIMA CRAGGER’S COMMAND SHIP

CRAYOLA CREATIVITY PLAY STATION DESPICABLE ME 2 TALKING MINION DAVE & STUART DISCOVERY KIDS FAIRYTALE PRINCESS CANOPY DISNEY CREATIVITY STUDIO APP AND SMART STYLUS DISNEY PRINCESS PALACE PETS: PAMPER ME PRETTY PLUSH DISNEY PRINCESS ULTIMATE DREAM CASTLE

COMBAT CREATURES ATTACKNIDS

MERCEDES BENZ SLS AMG

CRAYOLA MELT ’N MOLD FACTORY

MINDSTORMS EV3

DELUXE WORKBENCH

MORPHOLOGY

DEMOLITION LAB: TRIPLE BLAST WAREHOUSE

ROBOME

THE ORIGINAL WORLD’S SOFTEST BRAND PLUSH PET VET

DOC MCSTUFFINS GET BETTER CHECKUP CENTER FISHER-PRICE I-JIG INTERACTIVE JIGSAW PUZZLE SYSTEM FURREAL FRIENDS CUDDLES, MY GIGGLY MONKEY

BATTROBORG

RAZOR SPARK 2.0 RC EXTREME HERO IRON MAN

SUPER MARIO: GHOST HOUSE SET

THE BEATRIX GIRLS

DISNEY INFINITY

SCIENCE X ELECTRONICS AND CIRCUITRY

EZ PRO DJ

FLYING HEROES

TEK RECON THUNDERBOLT STRIKE ROLLER COASTER BUILDING SET TWIST N SHOOT

FURBY BOOM

Y FLIKER CARVER C3

FLUTTERBYE FAIRIES

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The Toy Insider, one of the toy industry’s most influential organizations and a trusted go-to resource for parents and gift-givers, today un...

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