Hot Toy Preview on Better Connecticut

What toys will be on everybody’s hot list this holiday season? Toy Insider Senior Editor Marissa DiBartolo stopped by Better Connecticut to talk about the hottest new toys that debuted at the North American International Toy Fair. For more on the items featured in this segment, check out the product notes below. To see more of our favorite toys from the show floor of this year’s Toy Fair, click here.


  • Relative Insanity is the new uproarious card game created by comedian Jeff Foxworthy.
  • The laugh-out-loud party game uses bits of Foxworthy material that mix and match to create wacky situations that families and friends will love! Everyone has a crazy friend or family member (or two or three…) and can totally relate to this game’s hilarious situations and humor!
  • One player will read a setup card, such as “While walking past my sister’s bedroom, I heard her say…” and the other players will decide which of their punch-line cards they want to play. So maybe you’d end up with: “Sometimes I think orphans are so lucky,” or “Hell yeah they’re real!”
  • With 100 set-up situation cards and 400 punch-line response cards, Relative Insanity is never the same!  
  • Designed for 4 to 12 players
  • Age: 14+
  • MSRP: $20.99
  • Available: Amazon


  • Fur Babies are plush pets with super soft fur. With a touch, kids can waggle the Fur Babies’ eyes and ears to create adorable expressions.
  • There are six Dreamstars to collect: Issi, Kiki, Mimi, Neesha, Kojo, and Oni.
  • With the Dream Tree Playset, kids can have a place for their Fur Babies to relax. When its Glowing Sparkly Flower Crown lights up, the Dream Tree sends sweet dreams into the world!
  • The 16-inch play set comes with a Niki Fur Baby & Sleepy Pod, plus a flower basket lift and a hanging swing seat, with enough room for 10 Fur Babies.
  • Age: 3+
  • Available: March 2018


  • Pomsies are loveable and fashionable interactive Pom Pom pets that you can wear and take anywhere. Each Pomsie has soft, cuddly fur and a twist-and-lock tail that you can wrap around your wrist, hair, clothing, backpack and more!
  • Pomsies are interactive and will tell you when they feel tired, cold or hungry with adorable light-up eyes, and by purring and making more than 50 cute sounds. Touch sensors allow you to pet, hug and care for your Pomsies.
  • Make your Pomsies happy by creating music together as you bounce your Pomsie to the beat of their favorite song.
  • There are six Pomsies characters in series one, including Blossom, Patches, Sparkles, Snowball, Boots and Pinky.
  • Age: 3+
  • MSRP: $14.99
  • Available at Walmart on July 1; and at Target, Toys “R” Us and Amazon on August 1.


  • Each LEGO BrickHeadz construction character comes with its own buildable collector’s baseplate featuring the BrickHeadz icon.
  • Have fun growing your LEGO BrickHeadz collection with other super heroes from the blockbuster Justice League movie, and many more from your favorite films, TV series, games and comics.
  • New characters for 2018 including The Flash, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg, Rey, Kylo Ren, Valentine’s Day Bee, and Easter Bunny.
  • Mash up your LEGO BrickHeadz construction characters to create super cool hybrids or your own amazing characters.
  • Age: 10+
  • MSRP: $9.99
  • Available:




  • The Original Tiny Hands Challenge Game is a hilarious TEAM VS. TEAM party game where players must compete in outrageously fun physical stunts using nothing but their TINY HANDS!
  • Can you catch a ball, turn over a playing card and serve someone a drink? Sounds easy right? But it’s trickier and funnier when all you have is two Tiny Hands to do it with!
  • Pick a card, make a wager and play to win. Performing the stunts with your Tiny Hands is funny and watching your friends perform them is even funnier! The game includes one pair of Tiny Hands and one pair of even Tinier Hands to make things even harder and more hilarious!
  • Age: 8+
  • MSRP: $19.99
  • Available: March 2018, exclusively at Target


  • For the first time, kids can train like a wizard with the Wizard Training Wands.
  • There are 11 spells for kids to learn and master using the included spell training guide.
  • The wand recognizes movement to know when kids have cast their spells.
  • The wand provides sound feedback that the spells have been cast correctly.
  • Each wand includes five modes of play: two modes of standalone play and three modes to play with a friend. The light-up button allows them to select which mode to play.
  • The assortment includes Harry Potter’s Wand, Dumbledore’s Wand (i.e. The Elder Wand), and Voldemort’s Wand. Hermione’s Wand is an exclusive at Walmart.
  • Age: 8+
  • MSRP: $24.99
  • Available: Fall 2018


  • Take center stage and sing like a star with the Kidi Star Karaoke Machine.
  • Grab the microphone and use the Music Magic mode to reduce or remove the main vocal track of your favorite songs so you can be the star!
  • Easily connect your MP3 player or mobile devices with the included audio cable and play favorite tunes from your own collection or sing along to the eight original songs.
  • Twist the disco light 180 degrees for colorful light effects that create a great atmosphere for singing and dancing.
  • Add audience sound effects like applause, cheering sounds and laughter so it really feels like you’re onstage at a concert!
  • Record yourself for up to five minutes and add fun voice changing effects, then listen to and enjoy your performance.
  • Age: 5+ years
  • Available: Fall 2018

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