In today’s installment of Toy Insider and Family Circle magazine’s “25 Days of Toys,” Toy Insider Editor-in-Chief Ali Mierzejewski and Social Media Editor Sugey Palomares highlight nostalgic toys with a modern twist. For more on the items featured in this segment, check out the product notes below, and for the complete rundown of the best toys of the holiday season, be sure to check our complete Toy Insider Holiday Gift Guide.


  • The most fun and nostalgic way to create art with light!
  • New retro-inspired styling resembles the original Lite-Brite from the 80’s and now features a bigger screen, brighter pegs, and more templates including six retro patterns!
  • Just insert the pegs into the templates or freestyle an original design – then press the button to see the creation light-up in four different ways, from steady to blinking.
  • With an updated stand on the back, kids can easily create and display their masterpieces…then turn off the lights for the ultimate effect!
  • Ages 4+
  • MSRP $19.99
  • Available: Amazon, Walmart


  • With a little sweet magic and infinite imagination, decadent desserts transform into princesses with every Cupcake Surprise!
  • Every princess doll will be the belle of the ball and all the bakeries of the land in her sparkly gown and decorative bonnet, or indulge in a sugary treat and serve these charming cupcakes fresh from the oven.
  • Expect endless playtime and never-ending wonderment in each Cupcake Surprise – discover deliciously scented fragrances with every doll!
  • Whether in the bakery, kitchen, or castle, the sweet-smelling 2-in-1 toy will surely inspire imaginative play.
  • Each doll comes with her own styling hairbrush. Packaged in new and different styles with six available scents: strawberry, vanilla, grape, chocolate, lemon, and peanut butter.
  • Age: 3+
  • MSRP: $9.99 each
  • Available: Amazon, Fine retailers, Specialty stores


  • A CLASSIC! Waterfuls takes you back to the simpler days of play.
  • The original handheld game, this retro favorite is back with a whole new twist!
  • Choose from 6 different game panels you simply insert in the back of the toy to challenge yourself over and over again.
  • No screens, cords or batteries… just add water then swirl, shoot & score!
  • Retro is back, and just like you remember!
  • Age: 3+
  • MSRP: $14.99
  • Available: Amazon, Specialty retailers