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Marissa DiBartolo

Marissa DiBartolo is the editor-in-chief of Adventure Publishing Group. She manages all digital and social media content for the Toy Insider and the Pop Insider, and she contributes feature articles to leading trade magazine The Toy Book. A board game fanatic and professional toy reviewer, Marissa has been featured on the TODAY Show, the Steve Harvey Show, ABC World News Now, Fox and Friends, and more! She spends most of her free time shopping for superhero T-shirts, crushing at Mario Kart, and anxiously awaiting her Hogwarts acceptance letter. You can follow her on Twitter @thattoygirl.

Be Super, Be Creative, Be Digital

  Captain America has his shield, Tony Stark has his suit, Thor has his hammer, the Hulk has his…uh… temper, and now, your little creative superhero has his (oh her!) smart stylus. The Marvel Creativity… read more

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Nightmare Before Christmas Board Games Will Delight Fans This Season

  While my folks are tuning into the Hallmark channel for the sappy Christmas movies that make them cry year after year, and my niece and nephew obsess over Buddy from Elf, I’m still stuck… read more

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Ionix Shapeshifts the Construction Category

Construction toys are on the rise lately, with companies cranking out the same classic plastic brick in new sets for both boys and girls.  The standard rectangular, plastic, snap-together bricks have been around for years,… read more

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Growin’ Up ’90s: Christmas 1996

1996. It was the year of the New York Yankees, the Chicago Bulls, the Dallas Cowboys. It was the year of Jerry Maguire and the Macarena. It was the year of Bill Clinton’s reelection. But… read more

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Tek Recon Takes Blasters to the Next Level

With the Tek Recon Havok, from Teck 4 Kids, kids and teens will feel like they are right in the middle of one of their favorite video games. This new tech-enhanced blaster features a working… read more

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High-Tech R/C for the Older “Kids” On Your List

How many times have you heard a woman count her husband as an additional child in her life? (Sorry guys, but it’s true!) Well, all children—no matter how old—deserve toys, and Silverlit has the perfect… read more

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Black Friday #OwnTheAisles Giveaway Official Rules and Guidelines

2013 Black Friday #OwnTheAisles Giveaway {Full Contest Rules} NO PURCHASE NECESSARY OR PAYMENT. A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. 1. Eligibility The Toy Insider’s Black Friday #OwnTheAisles… read more

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Spiral Your Way into Scrapbook Heaven

Scrapbooking is a great decorative way to store memories. Especially in a world full of endless iPhone photos stored in the Cloud, it’s nice to get some favorites printed and stored in a more permanent,… read more

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RoboMe Gets Personal

It’s no secret that robots are all the rage this year. Not only do they provide great entertainment and play value for kids, but they can teach them the basics of programming, which seems necessary… read more

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Kids Get Creatively Ghoulish with Monster High Activities

Activity toys are great for keeping kids busy for a few hours, but the best part about toys in this category is that they yield a physical object that kids can call their own. Incorporating… read more

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