What will be the hottest holiday toys in 2017? Toy Insider Mom Laurie Schacht stopped by CP24 in Toronto to talk about the hottest toys of the year.  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 Creative Cover Kit (BEACH HOUSE GROUP)

  • Possibilities are endless with this Antsy Pants Creative Cover Kit—Medium.
  • An artist’s dream, this cover is a washable blank slate for an imagination to run wild. From gingerbread houses to an underwater home, anything is possible with some markers, a blank canvas, and a kid’s creativity.
  • Featuring two cutout windows, a roll up door, eight washable markers, and build booklet, this Creative Cover Kit pairs perfectly with the Medium or Large Build & Play kit.
  • Each family member can claim a side to create, and then kids can use the play house for imaginative fun, puppet shows, or anything they can dream up!
  • Ages: 3+
  • Canadian MSRP: $33.14 for cover, $66.29 for Medium build kit
  • Available: Target.ca


  • Break Free from YULU Toys is a new, challenging action skill game full of urgency, suspense and tons of fun. The objective: players must race to pick the lock on their handcuff as quickly as possible and before everyone else.
  • Players are handcuffed together and insert a maze into each handcuff.
  • Includes three maze colors; each represents a different level of difficulty, making each round unpredictable.
  • Using a pick lock, players have to pick the lock as quickly as possible.
  • Each game comes with tokens that correspond with the different colored mazes and has points on the back.
  • Each player will receive a token after each round in the order they released themselves from the handcuffs.
  • The player with the most points at the end of three rounds wins the game.
  • Ages: 6+
  • Canadian MSRP: $25.00
  • Available: Target


  • Children will love this pretty Cupcake Surprise Princess Candy Doll. The colorfully decorated and scented cupcake transforms into a pretty princess.
  • Dolls come in six different sweet scents: Strawberry, Vanilla, Grape, Chocolate, Lemon, and Caramel. Multiple styles and colors are available; collect them all!
  • Ages: 3+
  • Canadian MSRP: $12.99
  • Available: Amazon, Walmart


  • Kids can create their own constantly evolving sandscapes by filling the observation tank with sand and water with this 3D Motion Sandscape kit.
  • Ages: 12+
  • Canadian MSRP: $19.99
  • Available: Michael’s


  • Directly from the BattleBots TV show comes Minotaur, a beastly competitor of mythical proportions. Kids can build their own version of this fearsome adversary.
  • Snap-together pieces teach hands-on problem-solving skills and result in a highly realistic, miniaturized version of this fan favorite robot.
  • Each sold separately.
  • Ages: 8+
  • Canadian MSRP: $51.99
  • Available: Amazon, Target, Toys “R” Us,HEXBUG.com


  • Kids can build the newest adventure in the Star Wars saga with First Order Star Destroyer and recreate scenes from the upcoming blockbuster, The Last Jedi.
  • Join Supreme Leader Snoke as he rules the galaxy aboard the mighty First Order Star Destroyer.
  • Fire the stud shooters to defeat enemy ships and then open the panels to play inside.
  • Ride the elevator to Snoke’s command center and issue orders to the mini hologram.
  • Give the fleet orders from the bridge, prepare for battle in the conference area, get the droids aboard and monitor the ship from the control room.
  • When kids are ready to move out, they can grab the handle on top and zoom into action at hyperspeed.
  • Ages: 9+
  • Canadian MSRP: $179.99
  • Available:  Amazon, Target, Toys “R” Us, Walmart


  • The fun never ends with the Toys’R’Us exclusive Power Rangers Ninja Steel Lion Fire Fortress Zord. It’s the ultimate 3-in-1 Megazord and playset! Over two feet long in Fortress mode, it is Power Rangers Ninja Steel’s biggest Megazord ever by Bandai.
  • Three modes of play: Megazord mode, Ultra Megazord mode, and Fortress mode.
  • In Megazord mode the Zord stands over twenty inches tall and features a cockpit for a Power Rangers Action Hero figure (sold separately). When the battle gets intense rotate the upper body to activate the Ultra Megazord mode and attach a DX Megazord (sold separately) inside to ensure Galvanax cowers in fear. In rolling Fortress mode he’s is a colossal playset complete with twin firing cannons, a helipad, and a jail to hold captured villain figures.
  • Twenty exciting sound effects add to the fun no matter what mode he’s in.
  • Requires two LR44 batteries (included).
  • Ages: 4+
  • Canadian MSRP: $149.99
  • Available: Toys R Us exclusive


  • The V2450 GPS Streaming Video Drone has built-in GPS that provides an autonomous flight experience similar to that of hobby-grade drones.
  • Using a network of satellites to trilaterate its position in relation to waypoints, the GPS Streaming Video Drone can maintain its coordinates in a hover without drifting away.
  • Positional awareness also enables “Return to Home,” a feature in which the drone flies back to its launch point with the touch of a button.
  • Advanced enough to satisfy discerning enthusiasts, this drone is also lightweight, durable and safe enough for beginning pilots to learn.
  • Ages: 12+
  • Canadian MSRP: $198.99
  • Available: Target.ca


  • Teach ‘n Tag Movi is an interactive learning buddy that gets kids up and moving while developing gross motor skills, listening skills, and ability to follow directions.
  • Three modes of play featuring six interactive games: Alpha Fun Actions: Animal Actions & Movi Says, Think & Move Shapes: Shape Moves & Step-by-Step, Learn & Play Games: Red Light/Green Light & Silly Sounds Tag.
  • 360-degree mobility, top two buttons can be used for child input/indicator.
  • ​Fun facial expressions correspond with movement and gameplay.
  • Ages: 3-6
  • Canadian MSRP: $69.99
  • Available: Amazon, Target, Toys “R” Us, Walmart