In today’s installment of Toy Insider and Family Circle magazine’s “25 Days of Toys,” Toy Insider Mom Laurie Schacht and Family Circle Social Media Editor Sugey Palomares highlight the best collectable toys. For more on the items featured in this segment, check out the product notes below, and for the complete rundown of the best toys of the holiday season, be sure to check our complete Toy Insider Holiday Gift Guide.


  • Reveal your own sweet surprise with the Disney D-lectables Layers of Magic Play Set. Hidden inside each Ice Cream Tub is one of 8 Mickey & Minnie inspired sweet treats, perfect for collecting!
  • Lift the layers inside to reveal a unique piece of a magic ice cream sundae: color changing cookie ears and frosting, a signature ice cream topper, a scented foam scoop, a sweet sugar cone, and moldable putty.
  • Recreate the experience by replacing the layers within the reusable tub for extended play.
  • Mix, match, and stack the sundae components to make your own Mickey and Minnie creations!
  • Age: 5+
  • MSRP: $9.88
  • Available: Walmart


  • Puzoodles are collectible characters kids can build with snap-together pieces.
  • Each character is an adorable animal/food mashup.
  • Each Puzoodles puzzle piece is packaged in a surprise blind bag, and includes easy-to-follow assembly instruction.
  • Eight to collect in series one: Caterpillar Roll (Caterpillar + Sushi), DinoCake (Dinosaur + Cupcake), Fruity Feathers (Owl + Pineapple), Kernel Llama (Llama + Popcorn), Melon Bites (Shark + Watermelon), Chip-Pan Zee (Monkey + Cookie), Slow Food (Turtle + Burger), and Purrfect Taco (Kitty + Taco)
  • Age: 4+
  • MSRP: $9.99
  • Available: Target, Walmart, Amazon


  • Get ready to smash the ball and collect ‘em all with Smashers Series 2: Gross Smashers.
  • These Smashers feature gross characters contained in a unique Smashball that looks just like an eyeball.
  • Kids can smash open the eyeball to reveal the freaky character hidden inside.
  • Just like the first series, Series 2 includes limited-edition and very rare figures to find and collect, and “good and bad” characters to battle and earn Smash Points to become a Smasher Elite! 

  • Ages: 4+
  • MSRP: $2.99 for 1-Pack; $4.99 for 3-Pack; $9.99 for 8-Pack; $7.99 for the Smashers Tin; $19.99 for the Smashers Sludge Bus display case
  • Available: Target, Walmart, Kmart, Amazon