Toy Insider Mom Laurie Schacht is always out showing off the hottest toys of the season. This time, came to us for a first person tour of the coolest toys available for the holidays.

ekids.Star Wars millennium falcon bluetooth speakeriHome Hero Vehicle Bluetooth Speakers (eKids)

  • Wirlessly stream audio anywhere up to 30 feet away
  • Powerful quality sound perfomance
  • Tie Fighter, Death Star, and Millenium Falcon
  • Speaker lights up when in use
  • Plays the Star Wars theme song
  • Works with all Bluetooth-enabled smartphones & tablets
  • Ages: 12+
  • MSRP: $49.99

Star Wars Legendary Yoda (Spin Master)Yoda

  • Train to become a Jedi with Legendary Yoda!
  • This 16-inch figure has a dynamic motorized body movement and full voice recognition. He speaks 115 phrases that will lead you to Jedi Wisdom and Lightsaber mastery.
  • With 160-degree movement, Yoda comes to life with never-before-seen Lightsaber action!
  • Discover 3 distinct modes of play on your path to becoming a Jedi Master. In Warrior Mode, Yoda can be sent on attack, or kids can follow along with his advanced Lightsaber techniques as he guides kids on the path to becoming a Jedi Master. In Force Mode, kids can learn the ways of the Force as Yoda unleashes iconic quotes from the Jedi Order.
  • When the dark side threatens, Yoda’s hand lights up with a glowing “force blast!” Learn to force push and send Yoda flying back. In Wisdom Mode, Yoda answers questions and senses whether kids are strong in the force or are on the dark side when he holds his cane. His voice recognition has six key phrases and he will answer yes or no questions revealing his secrets and wisdom. As the wisest Jedi of all time, Yoda is equipped with a dark side sensor to determine if your intentions are good or evil.
  • Legendary Yoda is an authentic collectable with highly detailed premium latex skin.
  • Wearing a real fabric robe and wielding his light-up Lightsaber, this fully interactive Jedi Master brings all the wisdom and power of the Jedi Order right into your room.
  • Ages: 6+
  • MSRP: $179.99

SpinMaster.AirHogsMilleniumFalcon2Air Hogs Star Wars Millenium Falcon Quad (Spin Master)

  • Now you can make the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs with the Air Hogs Star Wars Remote Control Millennium Falcon!
  • Fly the most iconic ship in the Star Wars universe right in your own backyard!
  • The Millennium Falcon takes flight with the power of 4 quad propellers concealed in the ducts of the ship. Its authentic lights and sounds bring the Millennium Falcon to life as you fly.
  • Activate Hyperspace mode on the remote control and hold on for a fully loaded hyperspace journey. If your deflector shields go down, you’re still in good shape; the Millennium Falcon is constructed from impact resistant foam making it resilient to a few photon torpedo hits.
  • With 2.4GHz communication, you can control the Millennium Falcon up to 200+ feet away!
  • Join the rebellion and bring Star Wars home with the Millennium Falcon Quad from Air Hogs!
  • Ages: 10+
  • MSRP: $109.99

Flipsies Sandy’s House & Ocean Cruiser (VTech)VTech,FlipsiesSandy'sHouseandOceanCruiser

  • Flipsies delivers a great play experience by combining traditional roleplay with collectible dolls and accessories with VTech’s proprietary MagicPoint interactive technology. Flipsies encourages girls to dream big and offers endless ways to play with unique features that capture a child’s imagination and revolutionize the play experience.
  • Flipsies Sandy’s House & Ocean Cruiser is a 2-in-1 play set that transforms from a beautiful house where she can spend time with her friends to an ocean cruiser that she can use to explore ocean life!
  • Press the charm on Sandy’s necklace to see it light-up and to experience her friendly personality. Place Sandy on the eight MagicPoint locations on her play set or other MagicPoint locations on Flipsies play sets (each sold separately), and she’ll respond with playful phrases unique to her own personality.
  • Collect Sandy’s friends (each sold separately), and they can switch clothes, wigs and accessories for more fun styles.
  • When Sandy and one of her friends are on the MagicPoint locations at the dining table, they will chat with each other.
  • Connect the slide and zip line for even more fun! Let your dreams shine with Flipsies!
  • Ages: $39.99
  • MSRP: 4+

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


Nikko RC VaporizR 2 (Toy State)ToyState.NikkoRCVaporizr2

  • The VaporizR 2 is the ultimate all terrain invention, tackling all kinds of conditions! Test its limits against water, rocks, or hills. This full functioning vehicle works on land, water, and snow.
  • True 4×4 power for play on water and terrain.
  • Max speed is 8.3 mph/15 km/hr.
  • Ready to run controller with batteries included.
  • Has a range for 15 meters/45 feet indoors, 20 meters/65 feet outdoors, and 15 meters/49 feet in water.
  • Ages: 8+
  • MSRP: $49.99

WowWee.REVREV: Robotic Enhanced Vehicles (Wow Wee)

  • No special surface, mat or (assembled) track is required, open play on any indoor hard surface!
  • An intense Battle, Race and Chase game- one person can play against the REV drone…or two players against each other!
  • So, play by yourself or with a friend!
  • REV set Includes 2 fast, detailed APP-Enabled REV Vehicles
  • REV Smart Ramp sold separately (ramp not only adds jumps and excitement but “health” features during gameplay)
  • AA Battery Powered, but rechargeable REV battery packs sold separately (online)
  • Ages: 8+
  • MSRP: $99.99

“Sands Alive! Glow” (Playvisions)

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  • Prevents bacterial growth and never dries out
  • Non-Toxic and all natural mineral oil allows it to only stick to itself, not your clothes or the carpet!
  • When exposed to air, the sand becomes fluffier and lighter for more play material.
  • Play with it in a well-lit room, or take it into your bedroom and turn off the lights for the ultimate glow experience.
  • The sand will charge with any light source. The sand underneath the surface will not charge and stay the same color, allowing the sand to change color once it is exposed to UV light.
  • Play with it under our hands-free UV Glasses or UV Penlight to experience the color changing effects! Use the UV Penlight to Write with Light!
  • Flatten the sand and play tic-tac-toe, write your name, or write a secret message.
  • Ages 3+
  • MSRP: $19.99-$79.99

PlaymatesToys.GiantLeonardoGiant Leonardo Playset (Playmates Toys)

  • A giant, 24-inch articulated Leonardo Ninja Turtle action figure that transforms into a complete Sewer Lair Play Set.
  • With over 30 features including spring-activated surprises, false floors, a skate park and so much more, this set provides hours of Ninja fun!
  • The play set features 9 different rooms for endless Turtle action play, including Turtles’ Living Room, Splinter’s Meditation Room, Skate Park Half-Pipe, Mikey’s Pad, Turtles’ Dojo, Street Level Lookout Tower, Donnie’s Workshop, Computer Lab and Turtles’ Jail.
  • Giant Leonardo includes an 18-inch signature Katana sword.
  • Play set is compatible with most Turtles basic action figures.
  • Ages: 4+
  • MSRP: $99.99

Hello Barbie (Mattel)


  • Hello Barbie is the first fashion doll that can have a two-way conversation with girls.
  • Hello Barbie features speech recognition and progressive learning features, which provides girls with an engaging and unique Barbie experience.
  • She plays interactive games, tells jokes, and inspires storytelling.
  • Provides 60 minutes of play time with full battery charge, and has a portable charger to facilitate play on-the-go.
  • Features speech recognition technology that is activated by a push-down button on the doll’s belt buckle. The doll is not always on.
  • Equipped with a microphone, speaker, and two tri-colored LEDs that are embedded in Hello Barbie’s necklace, which lights up when she is activated.
  • Requires Wi-Fi connection to allow for a two way conversation.
  • Requires parental consent to set-up product.
  • Ages: 6+
  • MSRP: $74.99

Razor.HovertraxRazor Hovertrax Smart Scooter (Razor)

  • Step onto the all-new Razor Hovertrax and step into the future of riding with this innovative self balancing electric smart scooter.
  • Featuring gyro-sensor technology for a super smooth, hover-board-like ride, Razor Hovertrax stays in perfect sync with your every move.
  • Glide seamlessly, spin 360 degrees in place or turn on a dime with a simple shift of your foot.
  • The Razor Hovertrax smart scooter’s dual hub electric motors provide smooth, silent power for up to 115 minutes of futuristic fun.
  • The Razor Hovertrax uses a rechargeable lithium ion battery pack to power dual hub motors with gyro sensor technology. It is controlled by the angle of the rider’s feet relative to the ground and can run for up to two hours before recharging the fast-charge lithium ion battery.
  • As the only authorized product in the marketplace, the Hovertrax is backed by Razor’s experience as the world’s largest manufacturer of electric scooters and its commitment to complete customer satisfaction.
  • Razor will release two models, one of which will have an MSRP of $599.99 and one of $699.99. The higher performance Hovertrax DLX comes in a high-tech smoke chrome finish with blue LED lights.
  • Ages: 13+
  • MSRP: $599.99 for Hovertrax; $699.99 for Hovertrax DLX