Must-Have Holiday Toys on Fox Chicago

Looking to grab the hottest holiday toys while you still can? Toy Insider Mom Laurie Schacht stopped by Fox 32 in Chicago to talk about this year’s must-have holiday toys so you can get yours now before they fly off retailers’ shelves. 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.


SUPER WINGS JETT’S SUPER ROBOT SUIT (ALPHA GROUP US)

  • Based on the preschool animation series Super Wings, this large-scale Robot transforms into a Big Rig Vehicle for Jett to use in either mode on special missions.
  • Lights and sounds bring the play experience to life.The set includes a Transforming Jett figure, which transforms from plane to bot, and fits right into the rig and robot.
  • Kids can reenact their favorite scenes from the show or use their imagination to come up with new adventures of their own.
  • Age: 3+
  • MSRP: $39.99
  • Available: Amazon, Target, Toys “R” Us, Walmart

CUTIE CARS DRIVE-IN DINER PLAYSET (MOOSE TOYS)

  • Kids can pull up in their ride at the Cutie Cars Drive-in Diner. This play set allows kids to take their Cutie Cars on a spin in the rotating Drive-Through, ride up the elevator or grab a meal on the go, or pull up a tray at the parking bay. Each play set includes one Mini Shopkin and one exclusive Cutie Car.
  • Age: 5+
  • MSRP: $19.99
  • Available: Amazon, Target, Toys “R” Us, Walmart

Dino Hatch’ems (Basic Fun)

  • Hatch’ems are a collectible toy for all kids.
  • Just remove the lid and bop the top to watch it burst and hatch, revealing an inflated surprise baby dinosaur or baby bird.
  • Hidden inside capsules, they have the thrill of a concealed mystery item. The capsule doubles as a carrying case.
  • Age: 4+
  • MSRP: $4.99
  • Available: Target, Walmart

POWER RANGERS NINJA STEEL LION FIRE FORTRESS ZORD (BANDAI)

  • This is the biggest Ninja Steel play set at over 50 cm tall.
  • Three modes of play: Megazord mode, Ultra Megazord mode, and Fortress mode.
  • Pilot the Megazord in the cockpit of the lion’s mouth, rotate to activate Ultra Megazord mode, and then morph Lion Fire into a complete play set with twin firing turrets and a helipad for Mega Morph Copter.
  • Age: 4+
  • MSRP: $99
  • Available: Toys R Us exclusive

ULTRA DASH (PLAYMONSTER)

  • Ultra Dash is a fast-paced action game that uses lights and targets to encourage children to test their speed, skills, memory, and teamwork.
  • The active play game provides a thrilling rush of excitement as kids race to match the color of the flashing light on their tagger to the color of the targets.
  • Colors flash randomly and players can change their target course, so it’s a different game each time.
  • Designed for one or more players or teams.
  • Age: 6+
  • MSRP: $19.99
  • Available: Target, Toys “R” Us, Walmart

DISNEY CHARACTER PUPPETS (FOLKMANIS)

  • These full body hand puppets come to life when you animate their mouth and hands through the access point in the back. Find pockets in the gloves to wave, clap, and blow kisses.
  • The Mickey puppet is the essence of all things Disney, with his iconic red shorts, yellow-gold shoes, and white gloves.
  • The Minnie puppet is adorned in her classic vintage style, with polka-dot skirt over bloomers, over-sized high-heeled pumps, white gloves, and flower in hat.
  • Also available are Donald, Pluto, and Goofy.
  • Age: 3+
  • MSRP: $73.99
  • Available: Amazon

LASER X LONG RANGE BLASTER (NSI INTERNATIONAL)

  • Take the ultimate high-tech game of tag to new heights with the Laser X Long-Range Blaster. Featuring 25-shot rapid fire, LED spotting scope, and super-fast reload, the Long-Range Blaster has pinpoint accuracy up to 400 feet.
  • Compatible with all other Laser X gear, it allows for more challenging games in larger spaces. Safe infrared beams can go through windows and bounce off walls and mirrors to hit opponents. Advanced sensors know when players are blasting, being hit, running, or hiding, and an interactive voice coach uses this information to offer tips and tricks throughout the game.
  • Age: 6+
  • MSRP: $39.99
  • Available: Target, Toys “R” Us

NERF RIVAL NEMESIS MXVII-10K BLASTER (HASBRO)

  • Kids can dominate blaster battles with the NERF RIVAL Nemesis MXVII-10K blaster.
  • This blaster has a 100-round capacity to outlast the competition.
  • The fully automatic NEMESIS MXVII-10K blaster features the first-ever easy load hopper for high-speed reloads, and is compatible with the Nerf Rival rechargeable battery pack (sold separately).
  • Ages: 14+
  • MSRP: $99.99
  • Available: Amazon, Target, Toys “R” Us, Walmart

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