Have you waited until the last minute to buy your holiday toys and gifts? All is not lost! Toy Insider Mom Laurie Schacht stopped by CBS 2 in New York to show off some great last minute and stocking stuffer gift ideas. 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.
In a land of fairies, dwarves, and griffins, four girls are chosen to be legendary warriors in the kingdom of Gemina. Known as the Mysticons, their quest is to find all four parts of a magical book called the Codex—each piece of which will grant one of the girls special powers to help her in the battle against evil.
Collect all four Mysticons (Arkayna, Zarya, Piper, and Em), each of which comes with accessories like weapons, arm bracers, and pets, and stand at 7 inches tall.
They all include a Topps Mysticons trading card with a code to unlock quests in the mobile app, Secrets of Gemina.
A 2-8 player family-friendly game that’s great for parties and family time together. Verti-Go is a balance and strategy game featuring 32 cards with die-cut slits on each side that players use to build towers.
Players take turns building ingenious designs off of a base that’s shaped like a soda can, careful to balance their addition so the structure doesn’t fall. As players take turns building their highest tower, they are working to make it more difficult for their competitors to keep the structure in balance. The first player to get rid of their cards wins.
The base doubles as a carrying case for the cards.
Bill Reese has been production director at The Toy Insider since 2014. A former editor at Playbill and graduate of SUNY–Purchase, he spends most weekends rooting for the New York Red Bulls pro soccer team and playing with his little boy Jonah.
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