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Awaken Your Hero With Lightseekers

The line between fantasy and reality has never been less clear… and I’m all for it. Lightseekers, from TOMY, is a unique gaming experience that lets kids ages 8 and up fuse physical characters with… read more

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Code, Game, and Make With the Versatile CodeGamer

Why code or game when you can code and game? With the CodeGamer science kit from Thames & Kosmos, tweens and teens ages 10 and up can learn the language of code and the fundamentals of robotics while… read more

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Hatchimals Are a New, Magical Play Experience

All year long, the toy industry was tight-lipped about what’s behind the hottest toy of the year—but now the secret has cracked. Hatchimals, the newest line from Spin Master, is an interactive experience like we’ve never… read more

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Blast Away Bugs With Zuru’s XShot Bug Attack Combo Pack

Crushing creepy crawlies just got a whole lot more exciting. Zuru’s XShot Bug Attack Eliminator & 2 Predator TK-3 Combo Pack has everything kids need to start exterminating insect invaders—including the bugs themselves! Designed for kids ages… read more

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Build Your Own Video Game with Bloxels

I know what you’re thinking. “My 8-year-old plays enough video games.” Now that may be true, but how many does he or she make? Bloxels, from Mattel, is an app-based video game that lets aspiring programmers ages… read more

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If You BOSEbuild It They Will Come

Products that are ready to rock straight out of the box are cool and all, but there’s always some fun and exploration to be had with a little D-I-Y. Designed for kids ages 8 and up,… read more

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The Sky’s the Limit for the Nintendo MarioKart 8 Quadcopter

In 1981, Mario (known as “Jumpman” at the time) made his debut battling Donkey Kong in his efforts to save Lady. Since then, we’ve seen him go to war with antagonists twice his size and… read more

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Discover a World of Surprises with Furby Connect

Hasbro’s quirky creature is back in a big way this year. With Furby Connect, the furry robotic toy and its component app combine to make for hours of physical and digital play. Furby fans will… read more

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Who Dunnit’ With Doctor Who Clue

The ninth season of Doctor Who premiered last weekend, and to celebrate the Doctor finally returning to my TV screen, I figured he could also make his debut in another aspect of my life: game night. Doctor Who… read more

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Toy Insider Mom Talks #TITECH12 on Bloomberg

Secret’s out, and The Toy Insider is thrilled to share its annual holiday gift guide with you! Our Toy Insider Mom Laurie Schacht joined Bloomberg this morning to share some of the most innovative toys… read more

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