Summer’s here and it’s time for kids to get outside and play. Toy Insider Mom Laurie Schacht stopped by CityLine to show off the best new toys and games for the summer. 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 season, check out our Spring and Summer gift guide.
FISHER-PRICE POWER WHEELS DUNE RACER EXTREME (MATTEL)
Ruts, wet grass and mud are no match for this Power Wheels Dune Racer Extreme battery-operated ride-on.
Its Monster Traction drive system is designed to navigate rough terrain and common backyard bumps like tree roots, ruts, driveway edges and garden hoses without getting stuck.
And with a spacious open cockpit design and two seats, there’s room to bring a friend along on all your adventures.
Drives 2.5 and 5 mph forward and 2.5 mph in reverse.
This battery-powered ride-on is constructed with a sturdy steel frame that supports up to 130 pounds of weight.
The metal sidebars provide stable hand supports, while the vehicle’s interior features smooth contours and rounded edges to protect against cuts and scratches.
And the vehicle’s specially designed Power-Lock braking system automatically stops the vehicle when the foot is removed from the pedal.
Pomsies are loveable, and fashionable interactive plush pets that you can wear and take anywhere. Inspired by the pom-pom fashion trend, each Pomsies pet has a soft, cuddly fur face and tail you can wrap around your wrist, hair, backpack, clothing, and more – they are the ultimate accessory!
Pomsies are interactive with two modes of play – Virtual Pet Mode and Freeze Dance Mode.
They will tell you when they are happy, sleepy, or hungry with eyes that light up in different colors and adorable sounds
In freeze dance mode, you can shake and dance your Pomsie to the beat of the music. The faster you shake and dance, the faster the music plays. Freeze when you hear the whistle.
Pomsies can have up to 50 different reactions with sounds only you can make happen.
Party Popteenies is the doll brand that turns everyday experiences into parties full of celebration and surprises.
Party elements in product and packaging.
Season 1: Surprise Party! The dolls come styled for all three surprise parties: Rainbow unicorn, cutie animal, and winter wonderland.
Surprise Popper includes one doll, one hair accessory, one-two party accessories, themed confetti, and a collector’s poster. Has a blind pop and reveal experience. 25 to collect in Series One.
Double Surprise Popper includes one doll with exclusive glitter deco, one pet, one hair accessory, many party acceories, chip décor, collector’s sheet, themed stickers, and confetti.
Party Surprise Box includes one doll, one pet, one hair accessory, three furniture pieces, many party accessories, mini popper with confetti, stickers, collector sheet, and chip décor. Gift box style packaging with unique reveals. Package converts into a playset and flaps close to take on the go.
Poptastic Party Playset includes exclusive “surprise guest” doll, a photo booth with swappable backgrounds, a spinning dance floor, a moving elevator, and party accessories packed out in mini gift boxes for more reveals.
MSRP: CAD $5.24 for Surprise Popper, $10 for Double Surprise Popper, $19.99 for Party Surprise Box, $29.99 for Poptastic Party Playset
Put fun on cruise with the lithium-ion-powered electric skateboard made to zoom! The new RazorX Cruiser is a skateboard with an electrifying kick, putting the control of a 125-watt, geared motor in the palm of your hand and under your feet.
This complete Cruiser uses an innovative geared, rear-wheel drive and lithium-ion battery to deliver electrifying skate action at speeds up to 10 mph (16 km/h) for up to 40 minutes of continuous use.
Hit your perfect cruising velocity with the variable-speed control on the wireless, digital, hand-held remote, then lean into the lithium-ion-powered carve-and-turn action.
Includes a wireless (2.4 GHz) remote with wrist strap (replaceable) for variable-speed control of the electrifying carve-and-turn action.
The 29.7” (754 mm) long, 5-ply maple deck and custom reverse kingpin trucks deliver a smooth, responsive ride, while perforated grip tape and ground-gripping urethane wheels keep you firmly in control of your board.
Our new, geared, rear-wheel-drive technology is virtually maintenance free, meaning you won’t have to worry about alignment issues, chains or belts.
Bill Reese has been production director at The Toy Insider since 2014. A former editor at Playbill and graduate of SUNY–Purchase, he spends most weekends rooting for the New York Red Bulls pro soccer team and staring adoringly at his baby boy Jonah.
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