Hot Tech Toys on NBC Chicago

Tech toys are very hot this holiday season. Toy Insider Mom Laurie Schacht stopped by NBC in Chicago to talk about the best technologically advanced toys that kids will love. 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.


IMAGINEXT DC SUPER FRIENDS BATBOT XTREME (FISHER-PRICE)

  • This Batman toy that stands more than 2 feet tall makes kids feel like they’re a superhero, with everything from wings and punching fists to projectile launchers and a motorcycle.
  • While in battle mode, kids can speak into voice changer for awesome voice effects.
  • Three Power pads: Turn power pad on right shoulder to activate wings & punching fists, turn left shoulder power pad to reveal Batman’s headquarters, turn power pad on left leg for motorcycle.
  • Push down on buttons to fire three projectiles on each shoulder.
  • Squeeze triggers for super punching action!
  • Age: 3-8
  • MSRP: $99.99
  • Available: Amazon, Walmart, Target, Toys “R” Us

MERGE CUBE (MERGE VR)

  • The Merge Cube is the world’s first holographic object kids can hold in the palm of their hand. Kids can play, learn, and explore in magical new ways.
  • Download apps using a tablet or smartphone at www.MergeCube.com, view the cube through your device’s camera, and watch the Merge Cube come to life as it transforms.
  • The Merge Cube experience can be upgraded by selecting the optional virtual reality mode and sliding a smartphone into virtual reality goggles to completely immerse yourself in holographic worlds.
  • Ages: 10+
  • MSRP: $14.99
  • Available: Walmart

PONY RIDER (BASIC FUN)

  • Every child fantasizes of having and riding their own pony. Pony Rider allows you to turn the dream of a pony into a reality. With this reinvented classic play pattern, Pony Rider allows you to not only sit and rock on a pony but to actually ride it! These ponies actually move with an easy “Gallop and Go” motion.
  • Age: 4-9
  • MSRP: $199.99
  • Available: Toys “R” Us, Walmart

AURA (KD INTERACTIVE)

  • Aura is a gesture-controlled drone that uses patented Gesturebotics technology powered by LocoRobo.
  • The wearable glove controller will have users feeling like superheroes – the drone is controlled by hand motions made while wearing the glove.
  • Kids can fly Aura up and down, forward and backward, and even perform tricks like a sideways flip.
  • Aura puts the power in kids’ hands, removing the learning curve of using a joystick controller to pilot their flying robot.
  • Automatic features like Auto Takeoff, Auto Hover and Auto Landing offer ultimate control for the perfect first flight right out of the box.
  • Built-in height and distance limiters keep the drone under your power, and make Aura perfectly suited for indoor use.
  • Safety frame protects the drone from bumps and drops, and people from propellers.
  • Ages: 6+
  • MSRP: $99.99
  • Available: Target, Toys “R” Us

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