The countdown to the holidays is on! Toy Insider Senior Ali Mierzejewski stopped by Fox Columbus to show off the year’s hottest holiday toys. 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.

love2learn-elmo-plush-toy-and-app_hasbro3Love2Learn Elmo (Hasbro)

  • The Love2Learn Elmo toy delivers the true essence of Sesame Street: With his silly laughs and his creative play, Elmo models a true love for learning!
  • This cuddly plush toy and its accompanying Love2Learn Elmo app deliver a customized play experience for children.
  • Once parents download the free easy-to-use Love2Learn Elmo app, they can program the Elmo toy to know their child’s name, favorite colors, favorite animals, and favorite foods.
  • Additionally, parents can use the app to customize the learning opportunity for their child, choosing from three different content stages and five different subjects, based on their child’s abilities and interests.
  • Ages: 18 months+
  • MSRP: $59.99
  • Available: Amazon, Target, Toys “R” Us, Walmart


Dreamworks Trolls Build-A-Bear (Build-A-Bear)

  • The collection includes a Make-Your-Own Poppy, Branch, and Guy Diamond, in addition to a pre-stuffed Cooper—who all come with playful up-dos and upbeat attitudes.
  • Build-A-Bear Workshop is bringing all the magic of Troll Town to this new Make-Your-Own collection with a fun mix of outfits, hair accessories, backpack clips, sound chips, and more.
  • Build-A-Bear Workshop encourages guests to style the Trolls in a way that is uniquely theirs using accessories, costumes and sounds.
  • Ages: 6+
  • MSRP: $29.99, outfits and accessories sold separately
  • Available: Build-A-Bear Workshop

large-city-zoo-playmobilLarge City Zoo (Playmobil)

  • Take a ride on the wild side with a visit to the Large City Zoo. This family-friendly destination features animals of all kinds as kids explore species from around the world. Enter through the rocky arch topped with decorative animal cutouts and a colorful sign.
  • Once through the turnstiles, be sure to check out the feeding schedule so that kids can visit their favorite animals when they’re most active. The penguin habitat is a must-see for bird lovers, as adult and baby penguins waddle around while a curious pelican watches from the rock wall.
  • After visiting the area, parents can buy their kid a stuffed animal or a penguin balloon from the souvenir shop before heading over to the lion enclosure.
  • Set includes seven figures, two adult lions and a cub, two adult and four baby penguins, peacock, fish with a bucket, a wheelbarrow with meat, a child stroller, a mouse, postcards, a cash register, a camera, fencing, and tons of other accessories.
  • Ages: 4-10
  • MSRP: $49.99
  • Available: Toys “R” Us, Walmart, Amazon

mighty-makers-directors-cut-building-set_knexMighty Makers Director’s Cut Building Set (K’NEX)

  • Film the next big movie with Lily and her dog, Zoom, with the Director’s Cut Building Set.
  • Lily loves being behind the camera, calling all the shots, and of course saying “Action!” Help Lily make her own movie, featuring Zoom, her dog.
  • Build the stage where the video takes place. Once filming has ended, rebuild the stage into a theater to watch the final cut!
  • Have a mobile phone, or small tablet? You can film your own movie by building the device stand to hold your phone or tablet. Watch it back with your friends and family after you’re done!
  • Create the best movies in the business with Lily and Zoom in the Director’s Cut Building Set, from Mighty Makers.
  • Ages: 7+
  • MSRP: $34.99
  • Available: Amazon, Toys “R” Us

cyklone360_maisto-international1Cyklone360 (Maisto)

  • With wheels that twist and turn, the Cyklone360 is an action-packed radio-controlled motorcycle.
  • This futuristic style bike has amazing spinning action including 360-degree turns that the kids can control with a pistol-grip controller.
  • The rear wheels twist and turn and the LED light changes color while driving.
  • Ages: 8+
  • $19.99
  • Available: Amazon, Toys “R” Us

neon-flash-yvolutionNEON Flash (Yvolution)

  • This kids scooter gives a quiet ride and with flare. Glide in lights with the cool LED deck and motion-powered wheels.
  • The neon under glow is reflected onto the deck from the dynamic ultra-bright LED wheels which light up as soon as they take off.
  • This strong and durable scooter with a lightweight aluminum frame is perfect for quick and easy transportation.
  • Ages: 5+
  • MSRP: $79.99
  • Available: Toys “R” Us

neon-kyx-yvolutionNEON KYX (Yvolution)

  • NEON KYX light up shoes are packed with LED lights in the midsole for a bright time.
  • You can choose between seven different colors and four cool settings (pulse, flicker, strobe, and gradual) to match your mood or outfit!
  • Perfect for the nightclub, the skate park, or hanging out around town, this is one scorching hot pair of sneakers that make a serious fashion statement.
  • Includes USB charging cable.
  • MSRP $69.99 to $74.99
  • Available in kids sizes 10 – 6, men’s sizes 5-12 and women’s sizes 4-12 at Toys “R” Us