Toy Insider Mom Laurie Schacht joined Family Circle magazine for another installment of “25 Days of Toys.” In today’s segment, Laurie talks about futuristic toys that are both exciting and educational. 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.


  • VRSE is an all-in-one VR gaming platform for kids.
  • Kids can play Jurassic World VRSE and fight off hungry T-Rex and Velociraptors, or play Batman VRSE and head to Gotham City to become Batman and defeat the Joker’s evil plot to take over the city.
  • Kids can download an app on their smartphone, which is then inserted into the headset to begin the VR experience.
  • Ages: 7+
  • MSRP: $59.99
  • Available: Amazon, Target, Toys “R” Us, Walmart


  • 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, 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.
  • Ages: 10+
  • MSRP: $14.99
  • Available: Walmart


  • Lightseekers is an action adventure role playing game built for mobile devices that fuses together fantasy and reality, integrating video games and smart action figures with the latest in artificial intelligence, augmented reality, interactive trading cards, and more.
  • The powerful mini-computer, known as the FusionCore, is embedded within each action figure and is the “brains” behind the smart connected toys. This completely eliminates the need for cumbersome NFC portals, allowing two-way communication between TOMY’s 7” collector-quality, articulated smart action figures and the robust action adventure role play game.
  • Players can take their experience to another level, adding physical accessories to their figures and scanning trading cards with the Lightseekers game app to customize their gameplay and give them special in-game abilities.
  • Add smart action figures with interchangeable weapons you can level-up.
  • Connect motion-controlled flight packs that turn your figure into a game controller.
  • Age: 8+
  • MSRP: $69.99
  • Available: Toys “R” Us