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First-Look Review: 2019 Hess Toy Truck Miniature Series

The Toy Insider has a first-look review of the anticipated 2019 Hess Miniature Collection!

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The Toy Insider Parents: 2019

Meet the 2019 Toy Insider Parents: Experts in family, play, and more.

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Collecting & Playing Together: Kids, Parents, and the Toys of Comic-Con

Whether you’ve actually attended it or not, when one thinks of Comic-Con International: San Diego (SDCC), toys probably aren’t the first thing that comes to mind. In fact, despite being in the name, even comics… read more

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Spreading the Joy of Play: Toy Companies That Give Back

The toy industry is a never-ending cycle that’s filled with a lot of movement and excitement. The yearly build-up comes to its peak with the all-important holiday season, mirroring the peak of another important season: the… read more

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Five Retro Toy Lines that Need a Proper Reboot

The Toy Association announced “Oh So Classic!” as a top toy trend of 2017 during New York Toy Fair back in February, and as we approach the holiday season, this trend continues to grow. In… read more

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Hot Holiday Toys: Parent Panel Picks 2017

Between the Hot 20, STEM 10, and Top Tech 12 top toy lists, The Toy Insider has selected amazing toys that will delight kids of all ages this year. From tigers to teddy bears, babies… read more

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Netflix Kids: Connecting Families from Stream Time to Playtime

There’s always going to be a debate about how much screen time is right or wrong for our kids. While I tend to think that I watched a lot of TV and movies as a… read more

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Racing Into Fun: An Inside Look at the Toys of Disney•Pixar’s Cars 3!

My girls are both car-obsessed, and that’s something that I can really get behind. If you ask my wife, she’ll probably say that my enthusiasm is a little overboard. (She says we have too many… read more

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How Much Money Do You Spend on a Kid’s Birthday Gift?

Birthday parties: there’s one almost every weekend. My kids love when an invite comes home or we tell them we got an email about an upcoming party. Of course, we RSVP immediately, but then the… read more

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Share Your Love of Pop Culture with these TV & Movie Cars!

When you become a parent, there’s a lot of things that you’re not prepared for. For most, what immediately comes to mind are the lifestyle changes, the costs involved, and the overall weight of being… read more

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