Want a sneak peak at the hottest toys of the holiday season?
Toy Insider Senior Editor Marissa DiBartolo stopped by Mornings with Maria Bartiromo on Fox Business Network to talk about what toys will be hot commodities this holiday season. For more on the items featured in this segment, check out the product notes below, and for our complete rundown of the best gifts for the holidays, check out our complete holiday gift guide.
( FURREAL ROARIN’ TYLER, THE PLAYFUL TIGER HASBRO)
Kids can bring home an adorable baby tiger to love, play with, and care for as their own.
Make a noise or give a loud jungle roar and Tyler will roar back in response.
Kids can enjoy playtime with him using his play chicken.
Tyler features more than 100 sound and motion combinations with sensors on his forehead, back, and muzzle allowing him to respond to touch in fun ways.
Kids can pull him up close to snuggle thanks to his posable back legs, or nuzzle his cheek and he’ll respond with expressive eyes, sounds and tail movements.
Available: Amazon, Target, Toys “R” Us, Walmart,
( TEDDY RUXPIN WICKED COOL TOYS)
Parents and grandparents will remember everyone’s favorite storytelling bear from the 1980s.
Introducing the new 14-inch Teddy Ruxpin animatronic bear.
Teddy Ruxpin enjoys telling tales and singing songs with friends, making him the perfect companion for both little ones who love hearing stories, as well as older children just starting out on their reading journey.
He has colored LCD eyes with more than 40 different animations, and an animatronic mouth that syncs to Teddy’s speech.
Touch sensors allow kids to control the story and songs.
Teddy features three original pre-loaded stories, including seven sing-along songs.
There are two Modes of Play: with or without the free
Teddy Ruxpin app (app is secondary). View the digital books to read along with Teddy using the storytime app, or kids can enjoy listening to TR’s stories without the app, anytime anywhere. Ages: 3+
Available: Amazon, Target, Toys “R” Us, Walmart
( AURA KD INTERACTIVE)
Aura is a gesture-controlled drone that uses patented Gesturebotics technology powered by LocoRobo.
The wearable glove controller will have users feeling like superheroes – the drone is controlled by hand motions made while wearing the glove.
Kids can fly Aura up and down, forward and backward, and even perform tricks like a sideways flip.
Aura puts the power in kids’ hands, removing the learning curve of using a joystick controller to pilot their flying robot.
Available: Target, Toys “R” Us, Best Buy
( 3DOODLER START ROBOTICS PEN SET 3DOODLER)
The Robotics Pen Set is the perfect toy set for a budding roboticist and engineer.
Kids can follow the step-by-step Activity Guide included to create simple robots, two legged, four-legged and six-legged walking or crawling robots!
This 3-D printing pen and its creations are not hot to touch and use BPA-free plastic, making it completely safe for kids to use.
The pen nozzle and plastic can safely be touched with no burn risks.
As a tactile learning toy, the 3Doodler Start inspires creativity, design, planning, building, and spatial understanding.
Available: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
( MECCANO M.A.X. SPIN MASTER)
Meccano M.A.X. is the most advanced Meccano robot to date.
A.X. combines Artificial intelligence (AI) learning and customizable programming to create a one-of-a-kind personal companion. Infrared (IR) Navigation and customizable apps bring M.A.X. to life with almost limitless potential for personalization and interactivity.
A.X. also includes a built-in gaming platform for added fun.
No two M.A.X.’s will be the same.
Canadian MSRP: $189.99
Available: Amazon, Target, Toys R Us, Walmart (Fall 2017)
( MERGE CUBE MERGE VR)
The Merge Cube is the world’s first holographic object kids can hold in the palm of their hand. Kids can play, learn, and explore in magical new ways.
Download apps using a tablet or smartphone at www.MergeCube.com, view the cube through your device’s camera, and watch the Merge Cube come to life as it transforms.
The Merge Cube experience can be upgraded by selecting the optional virtual reality mode and sliding a smartphone into virtual reality goggles to completely immerse yourself in holographic worlds.
( R2-D2 APP-ENABLED DROID SPHERO)
This is the droid you’re looking for. R2-D2 is an astromech droid in the Rebel Alliance from a galaxy far, far away. The specialized tech makes it as authentic as the trusty R2-D2 you’ve come to know and love.
Users can control their droid with a smart device or watch it patrol on its own. R2-D2’s signature front and rear LED lights are fully functional, and an integrated speaker means the beeps and boops come right from R2-D2 itself.
R2-D2 is a skilled starship mechanic and fighter pilot’s assistant with many features to interact with and explore. Explore the Star Wars galaxy, roam iconic ship interiors, and more through augmented reality.
Watch R2-D2 interact with other Star Wars App-enabled Droids by Sphero, and view films from the
Star Wars saga with R2-D2 reacting by your side. Age: 8+
Available: Amazon, Target, Toys “R” Us, Walmart
HATCHIMALS SURPRISE ( SPIN MASTER)
New Hatchimals are arriving from Hatchtopia and they can’t hatch without kids’ help.
These eggs are different from any seen before, and they hold a very special surprise.
Hatch the EGG-citement on Hatchimals Day, October 6.
Available: Mass retailers