• Spin Master Air Hogs Skywinder Flies Up, Up, and Away


    Spin Master Air Hogs Skywinder is an awesome R/C stunt rocket that kids toss into the air while they squeeze the trigger on the remote. The rocket flies, dives, hovers, and loops, and is lightweight enough that it can be used indoors. It flies high, though, so kids will enjoy it most outside—a perfect reason […]



  • Lego the Hobbit Is Not Just a Tolkien Gesture


    Given the success of the two Hobbit films to date, it would be understandable if any video games based on J. R. R. Tolkien’s classic fantasy novel attempted to get by on name recognition alone. So I’m pleased to say that the new Lego the Hobbit, published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and developed by […]



  • Monster High Returns in New (Re-)Animated Feature

    Monster High Frights Camera Action

    Universal Studios‘ direct-to-DVD Monster High: Frights, Camera, Action!, centers on Draculaura, a teenage vampire and student at the title high school. After being informed that she is heir to the Vampire Queen’s throne, Draculaura and a few close “ghoul”-friends embark on an adventure that takes them to such exotic locales as Transylvania, Londoom, and eventually, […]



  • Kiddie Teaches Positive Reinforcement


    Meet Kiddie: He’s blue, he’s furry, and he’s super adorable. With so many apps at your fingertips (literally), it’s hard to find one that is beneficial to kids and parents alike. The Kiddie App is exactly that. This new educational app provides parents with a quick and useful way to implement the three Rs: Raise, […]



  • The Toy Insider Springs Into Fun with a New Giveaway!

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    Out with the old, in with the new!  Spring into fun with The Toy Insider! To celebrate the arrival of spring, we’re cleaning out our overflowing closet! Nothing like a good bout of spring cleaning to make room for the new AMAZING toys we’ll be sharing with you throughout this year. We’re giving away a […]



  • Rabbids Invasion Toys Wreak Havoc in the Best Ways

    April 14, 2014

    Raving Rabbids Toys

    I like to pretend that I’ve grown out of my childish, tomboy ways, but there’s something about toys that fart, burp, scream, and make the noises of toilets flushing that really, even still, steals my heart. As Ubisoft’s Rabbids video game-turned-Nickelodeon hit TV series, Rabbids have completely taken over TV screens and gaming devices, and now the Rabbids licensed toy […]


  • Make Easter Sweet with Toys Instead of Candy

    April 14, 2014

    Hexbug Bunny Ears

    ABC US News | ABC Business News   Twilight Buddies (Cloud b) The new Twilight Buddies are a colorful, ultra-cuddly collection of super soft friends that help ease children’s fear of the dark. These plush pals project actual star constellations onto bedroom ceilings and walls. Each cute character provides a soft glow in three soothing […]


  • Traveling with Kids

    April 13, 2014

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      We travel with our kids several times a year and I am always trying to think of new ways to make the whole process a lot smoother. For Christmas, we got both of our kids their own suitcases, like the Trunki from Melissa and Doug. They love to be able to pack their favorite […]


  • R/C Outlasts The Rest (And Makes the Perfect Easter Basket Gift)

    April 12, 2014

    New Bright Blue Car

    by Ed Koury, New Bright Kids these days are so concerned with what is on the Internet or what new video games are coming out, that classic hands-on games and toys have started to fade away. However, there are some classic toys that still hold kids’ interests. One such classic play pattern is the radio-controlled […]


  • 8 Essential Outdoor Toys

    April 6, 2014


    I can not wait for the weather to warm up a bit so that I can get the kids outside for fresh air and outdoor play. We all need it after the winter we’ve had! I have been stocking up on our outdoor toys so that there are no excuses and they won’t get bored. […]


Toy Safety Tips for 2010 From The Toy Insider

Dear Holiday Toy Shoppers:

Picking safe toys is on the mind of every parent and gift giver these days. Below are the Toy Insider’s Tips and Website safety information:

Toy Tips

  • All toy products should include a recommended age grade on the front of their package (i.e. 6 mo+, 3+, 6+ etc.). Manufacturers put it there for a reason, and often that reason is safety. This is especially true when it comes to toys with small pieces that can be ingested, hinges that can pitch or squeeze, and products that need to be plugged in and/or electronics.
  • Always choose the right toy for your child’s age. By selecting toys that are age appropriate, children will not be disappointed or over-challenged, and the toy will prove to be safe for their capabilities (This website specifically lists our toy selections based on developmental needs and skill sets of children in each group).
  • Make certain that children of different ages play with their own toys. Be careful with toys purchased for older children when there are younger siblings in the home. Always make certain they are stored securely and kept out of the reach of the younger child when not in use.
  • Remove and discard packaging and plastic wrapping. Plastic wrap and bags can cause suffocation and sharp plastic ties and staples can cause injury.
  • If you have concerns with the way a toy you purchased is made, go back to the retailer or the manufacturer. Both should stand by their product as long as they are reputable (and most are). If a product you have purchased has been recalled, immediately take it away from your child and follow the manufacturer’s directions as stated on the recall notice.

Website Information

Check these websites to make certain you have the most current information before making your purchase decision.

Before choosing any toys to be included in the 2010 TOY INSIDER, our panel of toy trend experts carefully scrutinized these lists to make sure the selections were not just fun…but also safe.

Happy Holidays

Jonathan Samet/Laurie Schacht
Co-Publishers—The Toy Insider