Summer’s here and so are the season’s hottest toys. Toy Insider Editorial Director Jackie Breyer stopped by Pittsburgh Now to show off some of the best toys for fun in the sun this summer. For more on the items featured in this segment, check out the product notes below, and for the complete rundown of the best toys of the spring and summer, be sure to check our complete Toy Insider Spring and Summer Gift Guide.


TABLETOP PINBALL (BUFFALO GAMES)

  • Full tilt pinball action!
  • Use your turn of 10 balls to try and get the high score in the action-packed tabletop pinball game. Land balls in scoring zones to accumulate points.
  • Play solo or go head-to-head in this game for all ages!
  • All the fun of a real pinball machine in your own home.
  • Ages: 8+
  • MSRP: $34.99
  • Available: Target

NERF FORTNITE HC-E SUPER SOAKER WATER BLASTER (HASBRO)

  • The Fortnite HC-E water blaster is inspired by the blaster used in Fortnite, replicating the look and colors of the rocket launcher from the popular video game!
  • Extend the Fortnite fantasy into the backyard and drench the competition with extreme soakage!
  • Holds up to 7.4 fluid ounces of water.
  • It’s easy to fill and easy to fire. Open the cap and fill the tank, then pull the trigger to send a stream of water at your targets.
  • Ages: 6+
  • MSRP: $9.99
  • Available: Major retailers

X-SHOT NINJA BLASTERS (ZURU)

  • The power of X-Shot continues to grow with an exclusive partnership with the world’s #1 Fortnite Player, Ninja.
  • This partnership combines the epic popularity of Ninja’s 40 million devoted fans with the innovative design and value of the X-Shot blaster range.
  • Up your game with unique accessories and an arsenal of customized blasters that promise to deliver supreme accuracy and power.
  • Ages: 8+
  • MSRP: $3.99 – $39.99
  • Available: Walmart, Amazon, Target, Sam’s Club, Dollar General, Family Dollar

ZAX (ZING TOYS)

  • The ax throwing craze hits the toy aisle! Zax lets you bring all the fun of ax throwing safely home!
  • Soft foam Zax sticks to any flat surface (like walls or glass) thanks to its uniquely designed suction cups. For indoor and outdoor fun!
  • Each package contains one 12-inch tall soft foam Zax.
  • Ages: 4+
  • MSRP: $9.99
  • Available: Target

RIBBON NINJA (FAT BRAIN TOY)

  • Think like a fox, move like a cheetah, and strike like a cobra. Do you have what it takes to become a true Ribbon Ninja master?
  • Each player has three colorful ribbons attached to his or her wristband.
  • The goal is simple: snatch your opponents’ ribbons before they snatch yours.
  • Lunge, grab, and dodge as quickly and cleverly as possible – The last ninja standing with at least one ribbon left wins the game!
  • Includes 6 wristbands, 18 ribbons in 6 colors, detailed game rules and instructions, and is designed for 2 to 6 players.
  • Ages: 6+
  • MSRP: $19.95
  • Available: FatBrainToys.com, Amazon

RAINBOW REEF AQUARIUM POOL LIGHT (SWIMWAYS)

  • The Rainbow Reef Aquarium Pool Light will bring pools to life, as it projects colored fish (and even a shark!) on the walls and floor of the pool.
  • Kids and adults will be entertained for hours as they watch and swim along with the fish – perfect for summer pool parties!
  • The Rainbow Reef Aquarium Pool Light features three different light modes, from soft and tranquil, to party time!
  • Age: Adults
  • MSRP: $19.99
  • Availability: Walmart, Academy, Amazon

COLOR WONDER STOW & GO STUDIO (CRAYOLA)

  • The redesigned Crayola Stow & Go Studio holds even more mess-free coloring tools than before.
  • There’s more storage for markers and space to keep a Color Wonder stamp pad and stamps.
  • The set, which is perfect for on-the-go creativity, includes a bigger 30-page Color Wonder refill pad, four mess-free markers, and easy to open clasps.
  • Ages: 3+
  • MSRP: $9.99
  • Available: Target, Walmart, Crayola.com

HYPERSTRIKE (ZING)

  • The new HyperStrike Bow from Zing can launch AMAZING DISTANCES of up to 250 feet!  That’s the length of two and a half football fields!
  • Load the soft-tip Zonic Whistle arrow into the patented and safe bungie loops, aim and fire for a safe and secure launch of the bounce back arrow.
  • Available in camouflage and carbon fiber patterns so teams can play against each other.
  • HyperStrike Face Mask (sold separately) lets you perform on the battlefield!
  • Ages: 14+
  • MSRP: $29.99
  • Available: Target