Looking for the inside scoop on the hottest toys of the holidays? Toy Insider Parent Charlene DeLoach stopped by NBC in Boston to show off some of the year’s most in-demand toys and gifts. For more on the items featured in this segment, check out the product notes below, and for the complete rundown of the best toys of the holiday season, be sure to check our complete Toy Insider Holiday Gift Guide.


  • There are glitter-eyed Disney characters hiding behind these doors!
  • There are 78 characters available to collect and a variety of package sizes.
  • The doors stack and connect to create a playspace, and additional play sets with accessories are sold separately.
  • Ages: 6+
  • MSRP: $3.99-$29.99
  • Available: Amazon, Learning Express, Target, Walmart


  • Remote controlled soccer bots that can pick up a soccer ball and score goal using a high-tech cam mechanism.
  • Customizable jersey tops—you pick the country!
  • Arena and two goal posts included.
  • 4-channel remote control allows for fun multi-user play.
  • Ages: 8+
  • MSRP: $29.99 (singles) $49.99 (dual pack) $69.99 (arena)
  • Available: Target, Amazon, HEXBUG.com


  • Kids can help this clever pup to do fun tricks, from flipping his bone, to shaking “paws,” and even shuffling eagerly for more!
  • Feed him treats to reward him for his tricks, or pet his back for a job well done, but be careful…he might need a bathroom break!
  • This adorable pup responds to sound and touch with more than 100 sound and motion combinations and features sensors on his cheeks, nose, mouth, paw, and back, making interactions with this talented pup awesome!
  • After a day full of fun, Ricky loves to cuddle and give great doggie licks. His poseable legs make him the perfect pup for endless snuggles!
  • Includes a bone accessory, 18 doggie treats, and a treat pouch.
  • Ages: 4+
  • MSRP: $129.99
  • Available: major retailers, HasbroToyShop.com


  • Adorable collectible plush that are born in mystery eggs and feature exciting elements, from reversible sequins to hair play to enchanted creatures.
  • Every Rainbocorn comes in a big pink mystery reusable egg.
  • Kids can collect the 12 different Rainbocorns based on six cuddly cute animals and every animal comes in two fun, funky designs.
  • Puppycorns, Kittycorns, Hamstercorns, Bunnycorns, Unicorns, and Monkeycorns come with 12 unique sequin surprises that reveal what each plush loves.
  • Each Rainbocorn comes with a baby Boo-Boocorn—a tiny collectible baby hidden in a secret egg for another layer of surprise.
  • There are more than 20 Boo-Boocorns to collect including the rare twin Boo-Boocorns.
  • Ages: 3+
  • MSRP $24.99
  • Available: Amazon, Target


  • The authentic mouthguard party game. Includes 200 cards with four new categories—ultimate phrases, rhyme time, head-to-head, pop culture.
  • In this laughter-inducing, competitive card-based game, teams of players, hampered by cheek retractors, attempt to read and interpret/speak out phrases and…. Hilarity ensues!
  • Ultimate Phrases: The crème de la crème of Watch Ya’ Mouth phrases that are perfect for the whole family.
  • Rhyme Time: Who doesn’t like to rhyme… if you can guess the phrase in time!
  • Head-To-Head: Players face off with the most challenging one-word wonders in Watch Ya’ Mouth play!
  • Pop Culture: From Netflix to meme wars… this is what happens when Watch Ya’ Mouth and pop culture collide.
  • 3-10 player game.
  • Ages: 8+
  • MSRP: $16.99
  • Available: Exclusively at Target


  • Kids can now train like a wizard with the Harry Potter Wizard Training Wands.
  • There are 11 different 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, Albus Dumbledore’s wand (i.e. The Elder Wand), and Lord Voldemort’s wand.
  • Ages: 8+
  • MSRP: $24.99
  • Available: Amazon, Target, Walmart


  • Rescue Runts need a home to call their own.
  • The super soft plush puppies show up on your doorstep with matted fur, dirty paws, boo boos and fleas
  • Care for your Rescue Runt using the included grooming kit: Use the tweezers to pluck out “fleas”, wipe their tears away and clean their dirty paws with the towel, and brush their messy fur with the brush
  • Remove their bandages, perk up their ears and make them smile to complete the transformation from ragged runt into perfect pet.
  • Write their name on the collar and adoption certificate to make the adoption official.
  • Rescue Runts’ messy fur, downturned ears, dirty paws, and bandages can be restored for repeat animal rescue play.
  • Ages: 3+
  • MSRP: $19.99
  • Available: Walmart


  • Pokémon battle action is in the palm of kids’ hand with this Poké Ball! They can feel like a real Pokémon Trainer.
  • Kids can send their favorite Pokémon plush into battle when they insert a 2.5-inch plush Pokémon inside the Pop Action Poké Ball.
  • The elastic string will pop open the Poké Ball, launching the Pokémon as far as 10 feet!
  • Pop Action Poké Ball will appear in four waves of four Pokémon plush assortments!
  • Ages: 4+
  • MSRP: $12.99
  • Available: Target, Amazon, Walmart, Kmart, and Specialty stores