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Holiday Gift Guide 2019
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The Toy Insider's 2019 Holiday Gift Guide

Check out our Hot 20, STEM 10, or 12 Under $12 toy selections, or browse by age!

As Seen on TV

The Smartest New Toys of the Year on CT Live

Here are some of the smartest new toys for back-to-school season.

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The Fall’s Hottest New Toys on Cityline

The hottest new toys for back-to-school season.

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Toys as Schoolyard Currency on WGN Chicago

Check out the best new collectibles of the back-to-school season!

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Toys as Schoolyard Currency on Toronto’s CP24

The best new collectibles for kids heading back to school.

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Reviews

Test Your Luck with Red Light Green Light

Grab your driver's manual because it's time to race!

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Push Your Luck With Meltdown, the Stacking Slime Game

Stack the cubes on top of a platform held up by goop until there's a meltdown!

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Playfoam Pluffle Is Satisfying to Squish (and Watch)

This unique new compound is fun to play with, and watch, too!

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Bring the Arcade Home with Counter-Cades by Arcade1Up

Now you can build a home arcade in a smaller space...

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Bust Out Some New Moves with VTech’s Kidi Star Dance

Ain't no party like a Kidi Star Dance party!

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Cra-Z-Art’s Latest Nickelodeon Slime Set Gets the PB&J Treatment

Assemble, squish, repeat.

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Get Glam with Blinger

Shine in style with this easy-to-use hair tool that guarantees a good hair day!

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Crush It Like James Corden in the Carpool Karaoke Game

If you love watching Carpool Karaoke with James Corden, then pick up the new at-home Carpool Karaoke game.

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It’s Snack Time with the Kindi Kids

Bobbling along to kindergarten success!

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Hit the Track with NASCAR Adventure Force Crash Racers

Kids can hit the track for high-speed action with this new track set and rechargeable NASCAR racers!

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Playfoam Pluffle Is Satisfying to Squish (and Watch)

This unique new compound is fun to play with, and watch, too!

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Bust Out Some New Moves with VTech’s Kidi Star Dance

Ain't no party like a Kidi Star Dance party!

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Cra-Z-Art’s Latest Nickelodeon Slime Set Gets the PB&J Treatment

Assemble, squish, repeat.

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Get Glam with Blinger

Shine in style with this easy-to-use hair tool that guarantees a good hair day!

Read more

It’s Snack Time with the Kindi Kids

Bobbling along to kindergarten success!

Read more

Hit the Track with NASCAR Adventure Force Crash Racers

Kids can hit the track for high-speed action with this new track set and rechargeable NASCAR racers!

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Chase the Rainbow and Mix Beats with Lumies

Lumies are the next generation of Pomsies, with so many colorful ways to play.

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Collect Your Favorite Snacks with Foodie Roos

Treat yourself with these new, food-themed collectibles from Maya Toys!

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The Calico Critters Village Expands with the Country-Chic Sweet Raspberry Home

Home is where the heart is with this Calico Critters Sweet Raspberry Home play set.

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Go! Go! And Play with These New Power Rangers Action Figures

It's Morphin' time!

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Test Your Luck with Red Light Green Light

Grab your driver's manual because it's time to race!

Read more

Push Your Luck With Meltdown, the Stacking Slime Game

Stack the cubes on top of a platform held up by goop until there's a meltdown!

Read more

Crush It Like James Corden in the Carpool Karaoke Game

If you love watching Carpool Karaoke with James Corden, then pick up the new at-home Carpool Karaoke game.

Read more

Harness Superpowers with the Ben 10 Alien Game Omnitrix

Ben 10 fans can pretend to battle, transform, and more!

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Round up the Most Flying Pigs in This New Game

Pigs really do fly, and this game has the proof!

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Become King of Family Game Night with Lion King Monopoly

Nants ingonyama bagithi Baba! Sithi uhm ingonyama.

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Battle for the Wakandan Throne in This New Board Game

Kids can enter the world of Marvel‘s Black Panther with the new game Wakanda Forever, from Cardinal Games, Spin Master, and Marvel. The fast-paced dice rolling game is a challenging one, but once players ages 10 and up get… read more

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Put on a Silly Face with This Classic Colorforms Game

Learn colors, shapes, parts of the face and more with this fun, family-friendly game!

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Count Chocula Battles to Eat the Most Cereal in Monster Crunch

Players select a Monster Cereal character and compete to see who can “eat” the most cereal in this game of luck and strategy.

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Stack to the Sky With Oops Scoops From YULU

The last player to keep scoops on the shaking cone, wins!

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Bring the Arcade Home with Counter-Cades by Arcade1Up

Now you can build a home arcade in a smaller space...

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Nintendo Gives VR a STEM Twist with Latest Labo Kit

Kids become video game developers as they play and build with the Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 4 VR Kit.

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Exclusive Video Premiere: Ants Ants Ants ‘Robot, Robot’

The Toy Insider has your first look and listen to the new single by Ants Ants Ants!

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STEM-Friendly Magnetykes Are All About Attraction

Kids learn about the ins and outs of magnetism with Magnetykes STEM-friendly line.

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The LEGO Movie 2 Brings More Songs, More Live Action, and the Same Fun

Everything is (still) awesome.

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A New (but Familiar) Adventure Awaits in Pokémon: Let’s Go!

Pokémon Let’s Go! Eevee and Pikachu brings fresh energy to a timeless classic.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Does It All, and Then Some

This game is a truly *ultimate* experience.

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Create and Play Your Way Through Crayola’s New App

Feel good knowing your kids will be learning while playing all of these engaging Crayola activities.

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Create Your Own Movies with Plasticine Movie Maker Studio

The Plasticine Movie Maker Studio by Kahootz lets kids create their own stop-motion movies with the iconic modeling compound.

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Venom Is Fun, but Far from a Masterpiece

SPOILERS AHEAD! Ruben Fleischer’s Venom opened in theaters just a few days ago, and while the film is produced in association with Marvel, it’s not exactly part of the same universe. Instead, Venom is intended to… read more

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Build, Learn, and Create with LeapBuilders by LeapFrog

Little ones can create, build, and learn with the new LeapBuilders collection from LeapFrog...

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Fill up Your Toy Box with Mattel’s ‘Toy Story 4’ Toys

Yee-haw! Pop open your toy box and check out what’s inside.

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It’s Impossible Not to Love This New Line of Peppa Pig Toys

Blah, blah, blah: Check out these new 'Peppa Pig'-themed toys.

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Take the ‘Smart Shot’ With VTech’s New Play Set

Babies can score, learn and win with VTech's Smart Shots Sports Center.

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No-Spill Bubble Bucket Provides Bubble Fun without the Mess

This Bucket is the answer to avoiding bubble solution spills and sticky fingers.

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YooHoo & Friends Provides an Adorable & Educational Experience

Yooooooohoooooo! Cute plushies over here! Aurora’s YooHoo & Friends line of super adorable plush animals has it all. YooHoo & Friends is based on rare or endangered animals found all over the world, and reinforces… read more

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Sing and Dance Along with Pinkfong Baby Shark Dolls

The "Baby Shark" song will stay stuck inside your head with these adorable cuddly plush from WowWee.

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VTech’s Latest Walker Is a Must-Have for Any Toddler

Look who’s walkin’ now! VTech’s revamped Stroll & Discover Activity Walker will not only help kids with balance and walking, but will also teach them colors, numbers, animals, and shapes while they move. This adorable… read more

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Cozy Up with Snuggle ‘n Hug Plush

The weather is getting chillier, which means it’s the perfect time to snuggle up! The new Snuggle ‘n Hug plush line from Snap Toys, available later this fall, are super-soft cuddle buddies that just want… read more

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Oh Boy! Get Ready to Go! Go! with Mickey

Hiya, pal! Are you ready for a magical adventure? Go! Go! Smart Wheels play sets, from VTech, have been a Toy Insider favorite for years. And for the first time ever, Mickey and his friends… read more

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Test Your Luck with Red Light Green Light

Grab your driver's manual because it's time to race!

Read more

Bust Out Some New Moves with VTech’s Kidi Star Dance

Ain't no party like a Kidi Star Dance party!

Read more

It’s Snack Time with the Kindi Kids

Bobbling along to kindergarten success!

Read more

Chase the Rainbow and Mix Beats with Lumies

Lumies are the next generation of Pomsies, with so many colorful ways to play.

Read more

Collect Your Favorite Snacks with Foodie Roos

Treat yourself with these new, food-themed collectibles from Maya Toys!

Read more

Harness Superpowers with the Ben 10 Alien Game Omnitrix

Ben 10 fans can pretend to battle, transform, and more!

Read more

The Calico Critters Village Expands with the Country-Chic Sweet Raspberry Home

Home is where the heart is with this Calico Critters Sweet Raspberry Home play set.

Read more

Unbox Adorable Friends with Tic Tac Toy’s New Figure Collection

Tic Tac Toys’ first toy line features collectibles with heart.

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Cutetitos Babitos Plush Are Miniature, Adorable, and Collectible

Collect 12 miniature, burrito-wrapped plush animals.

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Build, Learn, and Create with LeapBuilders by LeapFrog

Little ones can create, build, and learn with the new LeapBuilders collection from LeapFrog...

Read more

Push Your Luck With Meltdown, the Stacking Slime Game

Stack the cubes on top of a platform held up by goop until there's a meltdown!

Read more

Bring the Arcade Home with Counter-Cades by Arcade1Up

Now you can build a home arcade in a smaller space...

Read more

Get Glam with Blinger

Shine in style with this easy-to-use hair tool that guarantees a good hair day!

Read more

Crush It Like James Corden in the Carpool Karaoke Game

If you love watching Carpool Karaoke with James Corden, then pick up the new at-home Carpool Karaoke game.

Read more

Create Textured Masterpieces with Y’Art

Ready for some mess-free, oops-free coloring? Y'Art has got you.

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Become King of Family Game Night with Lion King Monopoly

Nants ingonyama bagithi Baba! Sithi uhm ingonyama.

Read more

Battle for the Wakandan Throne in This New Board Game

Kids can enter the world of Marvel‘s Black Panther with the new game Wakanda Forever, from Cardinal Games, Spin Master, and Marvel. The fast-paced dice rolling game is a challenging one, but once players ages 10 and up get… read more

Read more

Cool Maker Go Glam Nail Stamper Makes Perfect Manis

Always have nails on point with the latest in Spin Master's Cool Maker collection.

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With Transformers Ectotron, Bustin’ Ghosts Is More Than Meets the Eye

Ghostbusters and Transformers come together in a mashup that kids and collectors with both enjoy!

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Count Chocula Battles to Eat the Most Cereal in Monster Crunch

Players select a Monster Cereal character and compete to see who can “eat” the most cereal in this game of luck and strategy.

Read more