Want a sneak peak of the hottest toys for this year’s holiday season? Toy Insider Mom Laurie Schacht stopped by CBS 2 in New York to show off some of the best new toys debuting at the Toy Fair at New York’s Javits Center. For more on the items featured in this segment, check out the product notes below, and for our complete rundown of the best gifts for the holidays, check out our complete holiday gift guide.


  • Take center stage and sing like a star with the Kidi Star Karaoke Machine.
  • Grab the microphone and use the Music Magic mode to reduce or remove the main vocal track of your favorite songs so you can be the star!
  • Easily connect your MP3 player or mobile devices with the included audio cable and play favorite tunes from your own collection or sing along to the eight original songs.
  • Twist the disco light 180 degrees for colorful light effects that create a great atmosphere for singing and dancing.
  • Add audience sound effects like applause, cheering sounds and laughter so it really feels like you’re onstage at a concert!
  • Record yourself for up to five minutes and add fun voice changing effects, then listen to and enjoy your performance.
  • Ages: 5+ years
  • MSRP: $49.99
  • Available: Fall 2018


  • Preschoolers can get in on the Jurassic World excitement with this iconic, kid-controlled Jurassic Rex.
  • Grab the handle to make Jurassic Rex lunge forward with arms out, and push the trigger to chomp her mouth around her prey.
  • Press the button on the dinosaur’s head to pop-open the blindfolds, and twist the Power Pad to change her eyes from green to red for full-on predator mode with a glowing red mouth!
  • Turn the Power Pad to launch the ATV from the playset and send Owen racing into action!
  • Includes Jurassic Rex, playset, projectile launcher, two projectiles, ATV & Owen figure.
  • Ages: 3-8
  • MSRP: $109.99
  • Available Spring 2018


  • Pop-A-Zit! is the explosive new surprise game that capitalizes on the undeniable satisfaction of popping a zit!  Featuring fun and exciting gross gameplay, players will never know when it’s going to POP!
  • Players roll the die, and squeeze the zit depending on number rolled.  You never know when it’ll pop!
  • Sprays Silly String or water.
  • Game includes the main game board, one die, one can of Silly String, and one water bottle.
  • Ages: 4+
  • MSRP: $19.99
  • Available: Fall 2018


  • Rescue Runts need a home where they can be part of a family and loved. The super soft plush puppies, kittens, unicorn and dragon show up on your doorstep with matted fur, dirty paws, injuries and fleas.
  • Care for your Rescue Runt using the included comb, flea tweezers and towel to remove their fleas, wipe away their tears, clean their paws, and comb their fur. Remove their bandages and perk up their ears to complete the transformation from stray scamp to perfect pet! Write their name on the collar to make the adoption official.
  • Rescue Runts’ messy fur, downturned ears, dirty paws and bandages can be restored for repeated animal rescue play.
  • Rescue Runts will be available in two sizes: 4-inch plush and 7-inch plush.
  • Ages: 3+
  • MSRP: $9.99 for 4-inch plush / $19.99 for 7-inch plush
  • Available Fall 2018


  • Bring the world of Disney Junior’s Vampirina to life with the new Vampirina Rock N’ Jam Touring Van! Kids can rock out and go touring with Vampirina and her favorite band, The Ghoul Girls – just like in the show!
  • The Van transforms into a spook-tacular stage and when Vampirina is ready to perform, she magically rises on a light-up platform in true rock-star fashion! Dance along to the cool rock and roll music and fun light-up action!
  • The Van also plays Vampirina’s signature phrases and includes several awesome features, such as a driver’s seat that swings out to become a sofa, bunk beds that flip up to reveal speakers, and piano key-styled spiral stairs.
  • The Touring Van includes Vampirina and Poppy figures, as well as fun, rockin’ accessories.
  • Ages: 3+
  • MSRP: $39.99
  • Available: FALL 2018


  • Pikmi Pops PushMi Ups are big push up pop vessels filled with cute mini-plushies inspired by icy cool patterns and scents!
  • Each PushMi Up includes one scented plush, one surprise message, one dangler string and one collector’s guide.
  • Ages: 5+
  • MSRP: $4.99
  • Available: April 15 at major retailers


  • Rock the Shredderz guitar with two pre- programmed songs and six different shapes and styles to choose from!
  • Features four ways to play: Karaoke: Sing and play along with the two included songs, Solo Play: Play perfect improvised lead guitar on every song, Freestyle Play: Play real guitar sounds and create your own songs, and Plug & Play: Connect to your media device to shred to your own music library.
  • Ages: 8+
  • MSRP: $29.99
  • Availability: Fall 2018