The best Easter baskets don’t have candy, they have toys! Toy Insider Associate Editor Maddie Michalik stopped by Better Connecticut in New Haven to talk about the best toys for the perfect Easter basket. For more on the items featured in this segment, check out the product notes below.


  • Kaloo Rouge Small Rabbit – Sandy Beige is an adorable fuzzy friend your little one will want to keep by their side all day and to cuddle up with at night.
  • He’s super soft, lightweight and has arms, legs, ears and a fat belly a child can grab onto and carry on adventures.
  • All of the animals in the Rouge Kaloo line wear a patch, have red stripes on their cute oversized feet to match their red noses and have a bean bag bottom so they can sit upright.
  • This fuzzy bunny stands 7.5 inches and is recommended for children of all ages.
  • Age: All ages
  • MSRP: $14.99
  • Available: March at specialty stores


  • Perfectly sized for little hands, these electronic vehicles entertain children with a light-up button that activates phrases and sounds.
  • Kids can either fly or drive into playtime with a helicopter or truck, or fight crime with a police car.
  • The vehicles respond to SmartPoint locations on Go! Go! Smart Wheels playsets (sold separately) with fun responses, sound effects, lights and music.
  • Age: 1-5 years
  • MSRP: $7.99 each
  • Available: Spring 2018


  • Super cute chicks with funny hair styles!
  • 24 chicks to collect.
  • Three different colors of chicks, multiple hair colors, and hair combinations.
  • Wigs are rooted and styled in cute hairdos.
  • Different types of eyes and glasses.
  • Blind box.
  • Series One and Two out now.
  • Age: 3+
  • MSRP: $3.99
  • Available: Spring 2018 only at Walmart


  • Silly Squeaks are musical pets, each with five interactive songs and 16 surprise silly sounds!
  • Press their backs to play music or press their faces to hear them speak! Kids will fall in love with their entertaining personalities and their soft, squishy feel!
  • There are eight to collect, each with its own musical genre and unique personality.
  • They have touch points (face for silly sounds, back for silly songs) and two play modes: Play along with a pre-programmed songs (Play Mode A), or play your own song using the full musical scale (each Silly has its own note – Play Mode B).
  • Play Mode A: Each character is programmed with five songs and kids are able to play their own beat on top of the songs. Press the back to hear song number one. Continue pressing the back to play your own beat along with the music. If kids want to change the song, they can press the face and they’ll hear a silly sound, then press the back again to hear the song number two. Continue pressing the back to play along with the music. Repeat this pattern to hear and play along with song number three, four, and five.
  • Play Mode B: Each character is programmed with its own note on a musical scale. If kids collect all eight characters, they’ll be able to play their own songs using each one of them (like playing a piano). Press their backs to hear the individual notes. By pressing their faces, kids will hear all of their adorable sounds filled with personality.
  • Age: 3+
  • MSRP: $9.99
  • Available: Walmart and specialty
stores for Spring 2018, Target will be added in Fall 2018


  • Get ready to smash the ball & collect ‘em all with Smashers – the hottest new collectables from ZURU!
  • Smashers have over 100 wacky collectable characters, which can only be found in the innovative Smashball that puts the action right in your hand! Smash open the Smashball to reveal your character hidden inside.
  • Smashers Series One is all about sports and includes both “good and bad” sports characters, along with limited edition and very rare figures to find and collect!
  • Battle against the Bad Sports to earn Smash Points and become a Smasher Elite!  Just throw, smash, and surprise!
  • Available in One Pack, Three Pack, Eight Pack, and Smashers Tin, which comes in two versions, Football and Basketball, and contains a Limited Edition Smasher.
  • Age: 4+
  • MSRP: $2.99 for One Pack, $4.99 for Three Pack, $9.99 for Eight Pack, $7.99 for Smashers Tin
  • Available Target, Toys “R” Us


  • Ombre eggs! Pastel colors! Exclusive characters! There’s so much hatchifun inside the Spring Basket! With four in-egg and two out-of-egg characters, it’s the perfect addition to your collection!
  • Hatch your CollEGGtibles, then peel your egg down to the wavy line at the bottom! Throw away the top pieces and now you have a cozy nest – the ideal place to display your adorable friend!
  • Inside the Spring Basket are six exclusive Hatchimals CollEGGtibles and eight nests! That means there’s room for more of your friends! Now you can play and display your CollEGGtibles!
  • Age: 5+
  • MSRP: $14.99
  • Availability: Spring 2018


  • Kids can now get a third dose of gross with The Grossery Gang Series Three.
  • Things about to get messier than ever with the introduction of Putrid Power!
  • An evil force known as the Clean Team is teaming up the streets of Cheap Town, vowing to fight grime and wipe out the Grossery Gang for good!
  • Using the stench of old bin juice, our heroes must band together and transform into the ultimate disgusting dudes to fight off the power of clean.
  • It’s The Grossery Gang Putrid Power, the biggest, boldest and bestest series yet!
  • There’s 150 all new characters to collect, swap and squish, including the new Big Mouted Biters and Metallic characters.
  • Comes in packs of different sizes (3 Pack, 4 Pack, Large Pack, Super-Sized Pack, Mega Pack).
  • Age: 5+
  • MSRP: $2.99 – $19.99
  • Available: Toys “R” Us


  • Invented by a pediatrician, allergist/immunologist, and physician scientist, Lick-A-Bubble was created so that kids and adults of all ages can experiment with different beverages to generate SAFE lickable bubbles.
  • Simply add your favorite beverage to the red fill line. Mix gently by swirling the wand in a circular motion for about 10 seconds or gently flipping the bottle back and forth with the cap closed ten times. Then blow bubbles and lick tasty bubbles!
  • From children’s birthday parties, events, and concerts, Lick-A-Bubble is the ultimate experience for kids and adults of all ages!
  • Lick-A-Bubble consumers enjoy watching friends and family blowing and chasing trying to lick those bubbles.
  • Tease your taste buds with the most unique experiences bubbles have to offer.
  • Available in Two Pack and Four Pack.
  • Age: 5+
  • MSRP: $6.99 for Two Pack, $9.99 for Four Pack
  • Available:, Amazon, Target, Toys R Us, Walmart, CVS, Rite-Aid, Walgreens, Kmart