Want to get your kids the hottest toys of the holiday season? Toy Insider Senior Editor Ali Mierzejewski stopped by New Day Cleveland on Fox 8 to show off the year’s most in-demand toys. 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.

Antsy Pants Build and Play Vehicles (ANTSY PANTS)

  • Antsy Pants Build and Play Kits are now available in vehicles. Each Build and Play Kit contains everything kids need to build their own vehicle.
  • The sets are made with durable Snap and Click poles and connectors to ensure the structure stays strong and durable.
  • Assembly is made easier with color-coded poles and connectors.
  • Available vehicles include: train, 4 x 4, School Bus, Fire Truck, Pickup Truck, and Construction Vehicle.
  • Encourages imaginative and active play.
  • Ages: 4+
  • MSRP: $49.99
  • Available: Target


  • Kids can bring home an adorable baby tiger to love, play with, and care for as their own.
  • Make a noise or give a loud jungle roar and Tyler will roar back in response.
  • Kids can enjoy playtime with him using his play chicken.
  • Tyler features more than 100 sound and motion combinations with sensors on his forehead, back, and muzzle allowing him to respond to touch in fun ways.
  • Kids can pull him up close to snuggle thanks to his posable back legs, or nuzzle his cheek and he’ll respond with expressive eyes, sounds, and tail movements.
  • Ages: 4+
  • MSRP: $129.99
  • Available: Amazon, Target, Toys “R” Us, Walmart, www.hasbrotoyshop.com


  • The newest addition to the Dream World line is Barbie and her DreamHorse. The DreamHorse not only features sounds and motion, but also interacts with kids via touch and sound sensor reaction.
  • The horse can walk and turn 360 degrees or neigh and feed (toy carrots are included).
  • It nuzzles in response to touch and nods yes or no when asked a question. It also plays songs and dances.
  • Kids can brush the horse’s mane and tail with a brush while Barbie sits in the saddle.
  • Ages: 3+
  • MSRP: $99.99
  • Available: Amazon, Target, Toys “R” Us, Walmart


  • With the 3Doodler Start Robotics Pen Set, kids can engineer the future, the perfect toy set for a budding roboticist and engineer.
  • Kids can follow the step-by-step Activity Guide included to create simple robots, as well as two-legged, four-legged, and six-legged walking or crawling robots.
  • This 3D printing pen and its creations are cool to the touch and use BPA-free plastic, making it completely safe for kids to use.
  • Each set contains: a Special Edition 3Doodler Start 3D Printing Pen, a motor and battery pack, a themed Activity Guide with more than six unique projects, themed DoodleBlocks for “drawing” your own mechanical parts, DoodleSheets, four packs (96 strands) of 3Doodler Start Plastic in eight colors, and a Micro USB Charging Cable.
  • Age: 8+
  • MSRP: $69.99
  • Available: Amazon, Barnes & Noble


  • ALEX Spa DIY Bath Bombs explode with essential oils and fizzy fun colors.
  • Kids can follow the directions to mix the proper ingredients and create a unique ball or heart-shaped bath bomb for themselves or a friend.
  • Make six colorful scented bath bombs and create stripe effects with the pre-colored packs of baking soda. Kids can mix in their own oil for a more luxurious bath experience.
  • The set includes epsom salt, baking soda, citric acid, a measuring spoon, a stir stick, heart and ball molds, and two bottles of scent.
  • Ages: 6+
  • MSRP: $16.00
  • Available: Amazon, Walmart, Toys “R” Us


  • Meet the Merge Cube, the world’s first holographic object you can hold in the palm of your hand. This award-winning holographic cube gives you the power to control holograms! You can play, learn, and explore in magical new ways.
  • Super power your experience by selecting the optional virtual reality mode and slide your smartphone into virtual reality goggles to completely immerse yourself in holographic worlds. It’s virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality in one.
  • Works with iOS & Android: Download apps using your tablet or smartphone at www.MergeCube.com, view the cube through your device’s camera, and watch the Merge Cube transform into anything you can imagine! Works with tablets and smartphones.
  • Free apps and games: Get free Merge Cube apps for every Merge Cube you purchase.
  • Ages: 10+
  • MSRP: $14.99 for cube, $59.99 for headset
  • Available: Walmart