We’ve got the inside scoop on the best toys of the holiday season. Toy Insider Mom Laurie Schacht was a guest on The Wendy Williams Show and showed off some of the hottest toys of the year. For more on the products featured in this segment, check out the notes below, and for a full rundown of the best toys of the year, check out our complete holiday toy guide.

zoomer-chimp_spin-masterZoomer Chimp (Spin Master)

  • With lifelike movements and realistic chimp sounds, Zoomer chimp is the closest kids can get to having their own chimp.
  • Zoomer Chimp can follow you, stand up on his own, and recognize commands through his voice recognition technology.
  • He loves to perform tricks – using voice commands like: “Stand,” “Sit,” “Go Bananas,” “Do a flip,” and more.
  • Ages: 5+
  • MSRP: $119.99
  • Available: Walmart, Kmart, Toys “R” Us

kurio-extreme-specialKurio Xtreme 2 Special Edition (KD Interactive)

  • The new Kurio Xtreme 2 Special Edition takes kid tablets to the next level with improved technology, leading safety features, and great content that kids love.
  • This 7”, Wi-Fi-enabled device is the safest, most fun, full-featured Android tablet built especially for kids.
  • Preloaded apps and games now include Disney Learning Apps, like Frozen Ice Puzzles and Donald’s Number Launcher. Xtreme 2 SE also features three “Surprise-a-Week” educational apps, e-books or videos delivered to the device every week for an entire year!
  • Kurio’s signature password-protected Parental Area allows parents to set time controls, manage apps and determine web access for up to eight user profiles. The Kurio Genius Internet filtering system allows kids to safely search the web, covering more than 18 billion websites in 200 languages and providing in-app web filtering to block inappropriate content.
  • Ages: 3+
  • MSRP: $99.99
  • Available: Toys “R” Us

Speak OutSpeak Out Game (Hasbro)

  • Get ready to be doubled over with laughter with this ridiculous mouthpiece challenge game!
  • The Speak Out game brings friends and family together for laugh-out-loud fun as players try to say different phrases while wearing a mouthpiece that won’t let them shut their mouth.
  • The laughter continues as players try to decipher what in the world their teammate is trying to say, and must correctly guess the phrase in order to earn the card.
  • The team with the most cards at the end of the game wins.
  • Ages: 16+
  • MSRP: $19.99
  • Available: Toys “R” Us, Amazon, Walmart

LEGO_ClassicMediumClassic LEGO Creative Building Set (LEGO)

  • Build up a storm with this big box of classic LEGO® bricks in
  • 33 different colors.
  • With lots of different windows and doors, along with other special pieces to inspire you, you can really run with your imagination.
  • Includes a wide range of LEGO bricks in 33 different colors
  • Features eight different types of windows and doors with eight different frames
  • LEGO Classic is designed to inspire open-ended creativity with the LEGO brick
  • Special pieces encourage imaginative building play
  • Ideas included with the set and online at LEGO.com/classic to help you get started
  • Comes in a useful plastic storage box
  • Ages: 4+
  • MSRP: $59.99
  • Available: Toys “R” Us, Walmart

selfie-mic_moose-toysSelfieMic (Moose Toys)

  • Combining the love of selfies with the popular pastime of singing karaoke, the SelfieMic allows you to become a pop star and create your own music videos right from their smartphone. Created by UK-based Worlds Apart, the product features a selfie stick with a working karaoke microphone and ear piece.
  • The device syncs with music app StarMaker. Kids can record their own voice or lip sync to over three million songs, creating music videos which they can share with their friends – no camera crew required! Voice and video effects make you sound and look like a star!
  • Ages: 8+
  • MSRP: $24.99
  • Available: Walmart, Target, Toys “R” Us

spirograph-shapes-set_kahootz-toys2Spirograph Shapes Set (Kahootz)

  • Hearts, stars and teardrops… oh my! The classic way for aspiring artists to create amazing designs is getting new pieces for the first time in a generation!
  • This kit features 12 wheels in ALL-NEW unique shapes, as well as 3 new Spirograph rings to create a whole new, never-before-seen assortment of Spirograph designs.
  • The sturdy storage box comes with handy organizer tray, three colorful design markers, two 24-page drawing pads, detailed instruction guide and complete set of new shaped wheels and rings—which are compatible with all other Original Spirograph sets.
  • The creative world of Spirograph is shaping up better than ever!
  • Ages: 8+
  • MSRP: $24.99
  • Available: Amazon, Target, Walmart

3doodler-start_3doodler13Doodler Start (3Doodler)

  • With the new 3Doodler Start, kids can finally bring all of their wonderful and imaginative ideas to life in 3D.
  • This 3D printing pen extrudes an eco-friendly plastic that cools and hardens rapidly, allowing kids to literally draw in the air.
  • Specially designed to be clean and safe for kids, with no hot parts or messy resins or glues.
  • Easy to use thanks to one speed, one temperature, and no software or technical knowledge required – just turn it on, insert a strand and start doodling in 3D.
  • Ages: 8+
  • MSRP: $49.99
  • Available: Amazon, Target, Barnes & Noble

air-marker-sprayer_crayolaCrayola Air Marker Sprayer (Crayola)

  • The Crayola Air Marker Sprayer turns Crayola markers into spray art – just like a real artist’s airbrush!
  • Kids can airbrush without the mess of paint.
  • Kids simply plug in the unit, secure a Crayola broad line marker into the easy twist n’ load nozzle, and then release the trigger to spray.
  • The sprayer works with most Crayola broad line markers, and has a compact, convenient design for everyday use.
  • Ages: 8+
  • MSRP: $29.99
  • Available: Amazon, Target, Toys “R” Us, Walmart



razor-power-core-e100Power Core E100 (Razor USA)

  • Level up your ride with the Power Core E100 and its innovative, in-wheel hub motor.
  • Lighter and more efficient, the maintenance free Power Core E100 technology delivers up to 60 minutes of continuous use.
  • Kick start, twist the throttle to feel the maxed-up power of the high-torque hub motor and see what adventure awaits.
  • Ages: 8+
  • MSRP: $149.99
  • Available: Walmart, Amazon, Toys “R” Us