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Space is the Place: A Return to Out-of-this-World Learning & Play

Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago during the early 1980s, it seemed like “space” was everywhere. The UHF stations in Chicago were still airing a lot of sci-fi carryover from the ’50s, ’60s, and… read more

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BARBIE RAINBOW LIGHTS MERMAID DOLL

Kids can dip this Barbie doll into the water to see her mermaid tail glimmer with colorful rainbow lights. Press the button in her necklace to switch her on, and dip her into the tub… read more

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Best of 2016: Girl Power Toys that Totally Rock

“Girl power” is more than just a ‘90s girl band mantra. It’s become a huge buzzword across many industries and companies who all have one goal: to empower young girls to become strong women. And… read more

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The Toy Insider Gives CBS Philadelphia a Preview of This Year’s Coolest Toys

Last week, the North American International Toy Fair took the Javits Center by storm. A week later, and Toy Fair is still the only thing on everyone’s mind. With so many new and exciting toys… read more

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Toy Insider Mom Shares the Best of Toy Fair 2016 with WPIX 11

American International Toy Fair is precisely what kids dream of on a daily basis: hundreds of rooms full of toys that haven’t even hit stores yet. Laurie Schacht gave WPIX11 a snippet of some of the best… read more

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Barbie Expands Fashionistas Line with Three New Body Types

Dreams do come true. Mattel just added three new body types to its Barbie Fashionistas line—tall, curvy, and petite—as well as a variety of skin tones, hairstyles, and outfits. This year, the line will feature dolls with… read more

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Say “Hello” To Hello Barbie

Everyone is familiar with the classic fashion Barbie doll. The 57-year-old blonde-haired beauty has been around since 1959, and despite her age, she still manages to remain wrinkle-free. Her name is of household status, and… read more

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2015 Toy Trends with the Toy Insider Mom

As 2015 comes to an end, we look back on the many amazing toys we’ve had the chance to play with throughout an exciting year. Toy Insider Mom Laurie Schacht dropped by CNBC’s Worldwide Exchange to discuss… read more

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Hot Holiday Toys at The Toy Insider

Toy Insider Mom Laurie Schacht is always out showing off the hottest toys of the season. This time, ABCNews.com came to us for a first person tour of the coolest toys available for the holidays.… read more

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Great Holiday gifts with the Toy Insider Mom

The holidays are right around the corner, and to help us all get our shopping done early, Toy Insider Mom Laurie Schacht brought some great gift ideas to ABC World News Now. No matter who… read more

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