Toy Insider Mom Laurie Schacht stopped by Cityline to show off some of this year’s coolest toys with host Tracy Moore. No matter who you’re shopping for this holiday season, these toys won’t disappoint!

Audley.VoiceCommandHelicopterSky Rover Voice Command Helicopter (Audley)

  • The Voice Command helicopter can be controlled through 12 verbal commands – no hands required!
  • Simply wear the headset and control your helicopter with your voice.
  • Voice Command also features Smart Hover and Auto Pilot, which makes this helicopter super easy to maneuver. The Sky Rover Voice Command is designed for indoor use.
  • Ages: 12+
  • MSRP: $44.99

Skylanders SuperChargers “Hot Streak” and “Crypt Crusher” (NKOK)NKOK.SkylandersSuperchargersRCHotStreak

  • Skylanders is getting vehicles!
  • Skylanders’ upcoming, highly anticipated installment “SuperChargers” will feature classic characters along with plenty of new characters, each of which is equipped with a brand new ride.
  • NKOK has created special radio controlled vehicles for Spitfire’s “Hot Streak” (approximately 8 inches in length) and Fiesta’s “Crypt Crusher” (approximately 10 inches in length).
  • “Hot Streak” is Spitfire’s full function beast, featuring tires made from blue flames and internal power that emits a golden glow from grill to turbines.
  • Fiesta commands his full function “Crypt Crusher” coffin featuring a light-up monster tire in the back, and 2 wheels in the front for stability and maneuverability.
  • The engine is so powerful that Fiesta is able to perform stunts! He can sidewall skii with enough practice!
  • Controllers have a massive 80’-100’ range.
  • Ages: 6+
  • MSRP: $29.99

Activision.SkylandersSuperchargers2Skylanders SuperChargers (Activision Publishing)

  • In 2011, Activision launched the first toys-to-life videogame, and this year Skylanders is innovating the toys-to-life category yet again by allowing players to bring land, sea and sky vehicles to life with the recently-revealed Skylanders SuperChargers.
  • Skylanders SuperChargers expands upon the franchise’s signature gameplay to introduce vehicles-to-life, an entirely new way for fans to experience the magic of Skylands.
  • For the first time, kids can explore and navigate the mountainous terrains, deep-sea environments and big blue skies of Skylands like never before with detailed and articulated vehicles that will play in the real world and come to life via the Portal of Power in the game.
  • The game introduces 20 new Skylanders characters and 20 new vehicles that feature a variety of designs and types – racecars, motorcycles, boats, tanks, helicopters, jets, submarines and more.
  • Not only are the toy vehicles playable in game, but also many will have movable parts, which makes the toys fun to play with outside of the game.
  • In addition, Activision has added two iconic Nintendo characters to the Skylanders SuperChargers lineup! Turbo Charge Donkey Kong and Hammer Slam Bowser will be playable in both Skylanders SuperChargers and select amiibo-compatible games. Amiibo, from Nintendo, is a toys-to-life game that features Nintendo character figures that can interact with compatible Wii U games when players add them to the Wii U GamePad controller.
  • Will be available for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, Wii, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and iPad.
  • Ages: 6+
  • MSRP: $74.99

3D Maker (Tech 4 Kids)Tech4Kids.3DMaker

  • Kids can turn gel designs into 3D creations!
  • Trace your designs on a templace and insert into the Maker.
  • The gel becomes solid after enclosed exposure to LED light.
  • Kids can connect finished pieces together to build multi-dimensional structures.
  • The 3D Maker uses light of heat for kid-safe play.
  • The gel is available in multiple colors.
  • Ages: 8+
  • MSRP: $39.99

Thinkway.MinionStuart2Talking Minion Action Figures (Thinkway Toys)

  • When the all new Talking Minion Kevin, Talking Minion Stuart, and Talking Minion Bob unite, fun is sure to follow.
  • Move each character’s head left to right, forward and back and their eyes open, close, and look around.
  • All three talking Minions have articulated arms and soft skin upper bodies.
  • Each reacts with its own exclusive interactive accessory included!
  • Ages: 4+
  • MSRP: $44.99

Hot Wheels 16 Inch Bike (Dynacraft)


  • Leading the way with speed, power, performance, and attitude!
  • The Hot Wheels 16 inch bike features Turbo Revvin’ grip gauge that lights up when revved.
  • Authentic racing shield, two pad set, colorful custom tire tread, front hand brake, coaster brake, and adjustable training wheels.
  • Lifetime warranty on frame and fork.
  • Ages: 4 to 8
  • MSRP: $89.99

28086 LLP S3 Bird Clever KeetLittle Live Pets Clever Keet (Moose Toys)

  • Clever Keet is the smartest bird that you’ll ever meet.
  • When kids first meet their bird, they can give him a name that he’ll remember.
  • He can record and repeat messages like the other birds in the Little Live Pets flock, but can remember phrases and mash them up to make all new sentences.
  • Clever Keet can also swing on his perch, eat and drink on his own and dance in the mirror. He loves to move around on his cart, too!
  • Age: 5+
  • MSRP: $59.99

Giant Leonardo Playset (Playmates Toys)PlaymatesToys.GiantLeonardo

  • A giant, 24-inch articulated Leonardo Ninja Turtle action figure that transforms into a complete Sewer Lair Play Set.
  • With over 30 features including spring-activated surprises, false floors, a skate park and so much more, this set provides hours of Ninja fun!
  • The play set features 9 different rooms for endless Turtle action play, including Turtles’ Living Room, Splinter’s Meditation Room, Skate Park Half-Pipe, Mikey’s Pad, Turtles’ Dojo, Street Level Lookout Tower, Donnie’s Workshop, Computer Lab and Turtles’ Jail.
  • Giant Leonardo includes an 18-inch signature Katana sword.
  • Play set is compatible with most Turtles basic action figures.
  • Ages: 4+
  • MSRP: $99.99

Jakks.sing_along_elsaDisney Frozen Sing-A-Long Elsa (Jakks Pacific)

  • Little girls can create the perfect duet with Elsa, with the all-new Sing-A-Long Elsa doll from Jakks Pacific!
  • Girls can pass the included microphone back and forth between themselves and the Elsa doll, and together they can sing the full length Academy Award winning song, “Let It Go.”
  • Watch as Elsa’s necklace and dress magically light up!
  • Elsa sings and says more than 15 original phrases in both English and Spanish.
  • Ages: 3+
  • MSRP: $39.99