Looking for the right gifts for an awesome holiday season? Toy Insider Mom Laurie Schacht stopped by WGN Chicago to talk about the best new toys of the year. For more on the products featured in this segment, check out the notes below, and for a full rundown of the best toys of the year, check out our complete holiday toy guide.

Lionel. Mega Tracks Product ShotLionel Mega Tracks Corkscrew Chaos Master Set (Lionel)

  • Lionel is expanding beyond model trains with the introduction of Mega Tracks, a revolutionary rail system where kids can use their imagination to design and build their own race courses.
  • The Mega Tracks Corkscrew includes 20 feet of TwisTrack, 55 construction pieces to build customized track layouts (including track clamps and connectors), a Rail Racer vehicle and charger, and a handheld RC controller.
  • Ages: 8+
  • MSRP: $99.99
  • Available: Amazon, Target, Toys “R” Us, Walmart

barbie-convertible-rc-toy-stateBarbie Cruisin’ Corvette R/C (Toy State)

  • Take Barbie on the road-trip of her dreams with this realistic steering wheel controller.
  • This simple function R/C convertible fits any Barbie.
  • Features a detailed interior and a joystick remote control with a working steering wheel!
  • Ages: 6+
  • MSRP: $39.99
  • Available: Toys “R” Us Exclusive

little-scholar-mini_school-zone-publishing2Little Scholar Mini (School Zone)

  • With over 36 years of experience as the leaders in providing early education resources, School Zone Publishing Company continues to innovate and provide fun learning tools for kids.
  • The Little Scholar Mini is a 7-inch children’s tablet that comes preloaded with over 70 apps, books, games, videos and songs that improve your child’s reading, math and spelling skills.
  • The tablet includes Charlie & Company, School Zone’s Intellectual Property video series.
  • Ages: 3-7
  • MSRP: $129
  • Available: Amazon, Toys R Us

air-marker-sprayer_crayolaCrayola Air Marker Sprayer (Crayola)

  • The Crayola Air Marker Sprayer turns Crayola markers into spray art – just like a real artist’s airbrush!
  • The electric-powered Air Marker Sprayer allows kids to airbrush just like a professional artist, without the mess of paint.
  • The Air Marker Sprayer provides opportunities for continuous creativity as kids can create realistic-looking airbrush art for craft projects, school projects, and more.
  • Kids simply plug in the unit, secure a Crayola broad line marker into the easy twist n’ load nozzle, and then release the trigger to spray.
  • The sprayer works with most Crayola broad line markers, and has a compact, convenient design for everyday use.
  • Ages: 8+
  • MSRP: $29.99
  • Available: Amazon, Target, Toys “R” Us, Walmart

knex-thrills-classic-ferris-wheel-building-set-knexK’NEX Thrills: Classic Ferris Wheel Building Set (K’NEX)

  • Right from the K’NEX vault, fans old and young will love constructing this first Ferris Wheel build K’NEX ever released!
  • The Classic K’NEX Ferris Wheel Building Set includes 744 made in the USA rods and connectors, 1 motor and a detailed instruction booklet that offers 2 additional building ideas.
  • Ages: 7+
  • MSRP: $54.99
  • Available: Toys “R” Us, Kmart, Amazon


box-balls_fat-brain-toysBox & Balls (Fat Brain Toys)

  • Box & Balls. It’s a rolling, bouncing, banking, stacking, nesting game!
  • With dozens of playing options, this classic-looking set of 8 wooden nesting boxes and 8 bouncy balls is awesome at home or away.
  • Set yourself seemingly impossible challenges with the boxes; everything’s more fun with bouncy balls!
  • Ages: 5+
  • MSRP: $32.95
  • Available: fatbraintoys.com


pocket-drone_odyssey-toys3Pocket Drone (Odyssey Toys)

  • The next generation in drones is here!
  • Fold-in motors let you take your drone in your pocket!
  • Auto Start and Stop make it easier for beginners to learn to fly.
  • Its versatility even lets you fly indoors or outdoors.
  • Record HD videos and take high-resolution photos and save them onto the included 4 GB micro SD card.
  • Ages: 14+
  • MSRP: $129.95
  • Available: Toys “R” Us

firetek-zyclone-2-1024x550Firetek Zyclone (Zing Toys)

  • Illuminate the night with the Firetek Zyclone Zing-Ring Blaster!
  • Load the Flyer on the hand-held launcher, pull back, twist and watch the Flyer light up the night, traveling up to 100 feet!
  • The Zing-Ring Flyers are constructed of soft, durable foam for a safe spin and cool catches with amazing accuracy.
  • This incredible blaster brings amazing fun with a twist!
  • Ages: 6+
  • MSRP: $29.99

neon-flash-yvolutionNEON Flash (Yvolution)

  • The Neon Viper kids scooter gives kids a super-smooth, quiet ride with flare.
  • Glide in lights with its cool LED deck.
  • Its strong lightweight frame coupled with the Neon Viper’s high performance grip deck allow for a safe and secure ride, that will be sure to make kids the envy of their friends.
  • Ages: 5+
  • MSRP: $49.99