The Toy Insider sent a big box of toys out to KTTV in Los Angeles, where the anchors brought in local kids to give their expert opinions on some of the year’s hottest toys. 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.



  • This fun new interactive game combines your favorite aspects of JENGA and Pokemon GO.
  • Beasts of Balance is a true testament to kids’ stacking ability.
  • As you build the tower, connect each piece to the play pilth and watch the creatures come to life in the connected app through innovative AR technology.
  • Physical and digital gaming meet in an interactive cooperative experience.
  • Bringing Augmented Reality to a tabletop format.
  • Great for party games with friends and family.
  • Beautifully designed game pieces.
  • Ages: 7+
  • MSRP: $99
  • Available: Amazon; Specialty, Apple, CE


  • Players shouldn’t let their balloon bot pop in Balloon Bot Battle. Two players go head-to-head trying to pop the other player’s balloon before theirs is popped.
  • When the balloons are outfitted with the punching arms, kids can move the levers back and forth to punch their opponent’s balloon. When one balloon pops, the game is over.
  • Age: 8+
  • MSRP: $19.99
  • Available: Toys “R” Us


  • Kid-controlled power drift adds extra fun to turns, rear wheel tilts for dynamic sense of hard banking, 3-position adjustable seat with seatbelt & high sides for added safety.
  • Reverse trike design holds 1 rider.
  • 6 mph max. forward; 3 mph max. Reverse.
  • All-wheel drive for hard surfaces, grass, and rough terrain.
  • Power-Lock brakes, 12-volt battery & charger.
  • Age: 5-10
  • MSRP: $399.99
  • Available: Toys R Us



  • Each Flip Zee Girl is a two-in-one doll that flips from baby to big girl and features colorful wacky hair, a beautiful dress, and a unique personality with six styles to collect.
  • Choose from Zara Flower, Zabrina Ballerina, Zandy Candy, Zoey Bear, Zana Strawbery, and Zuri Cat.
  • Age: 3+
  • MSRP: $19.99
  • Available: Walmart


  • This pony ride-on makes real pony sounds.
  • It has soft plush material with a bandana, realistic reins, and pony hair.
  • A play stable included.
  • The pony reaches a 2.5 MPH max speed and has a 6 volt battery and charger included.
  • Age: 3+
  • MSRP: $149.99
  • Availability: Walmart



  • This Unicorn ride-on makes real unicorn sounds.
  • It has soft plush material with a light up horn, realistic reins, and unicorn hair.
  • A play stable included.
  • The unicorn reaches a 2.5 MPH max speed and has a 6 volt battery and charger included.
  • Age: 3+
  • MSRP: $149.99
  • Availability: Walmart


  • 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
  • 3 modes of play featuring 6 interactive games: Alpha Fun Actions: Animal Actions & Movi Says, Think & Move Shapes: Shape Moves & Step-by-Step, and Learn & Play Games: Red Light/Green Light & Silly Sounds Tag.
  • 360-degree mobility, top 2 buttons can be used for child input/indicator.
  • Fun facial expressions correspond with movement and gameplay.
  • Age: 3-6
  • MSRP: $49.99
  • Available: Amazon, Target, Toys R Us, Walmart


  • The Bouncer is a brightly colored bounce house where little ones can learn their colors while playing.
  • The bouncer is complete with 50 play balls and a built-in pump.
  • The entrance allows kids easy access to the Bouncer, helping to improve motor skills as they crawl in and out.
  • The side walls and mesh windows create a safe place for kids to play and allow for adults to easily supervise them. The 50 play balls, which come included, provide a way for kids to learn to catch and throw, improving hand-eye coordination. The built-in pump makes it super easy to inflate and deflate the Bouncesational Bouncer– simply place the house where you please, connect to a plug-in and watch as it inflates in less than 4 minutes.
  • When kids are done, the auto-deflate option makes for an easy clean-up. With an inflatable floor, kids have a soft, cushioned area for playing. The Bouncer also helps children learn balance and coordination as they bounce up and down with their friends.
  • Inflatable bounce house measures 69 in. x 68 in. x 53 in. and is good for indoor use as well.
  • Ages: 3-6
  • MSRP: $69.99
  • Available: Walmart (November 24, 2017)