You don’t need to break the bank to have a great holiday season. Toy Insider Editor-in-Chief Marissa DiBartolo stopped by ABC World News Now to show off some great toys for any budget level. 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 holiday season, be sure to check our complete Toy Insider Holiday Gift Guide.
SOFT’N SLO SQUISHIES VELVET (ORB)
- Soft’n Slo Squishies Velvet are covered in super duper luxuriously velvety soft layer.
- Squeeze and watch your Soft’n Slo Squishies Velvet slowly rise!
- The Squishies come in six varieties: Bear Cone, MerKitty, Kitty Cone, Teacup Bear, Narwhal, and Cat Donut.
- Ages: 8+
- MSRP: $9.99
- Available: Target
TRIPLE CROSS (WINNING MOVES USA)
- Take strategy to a new level: it’s one thing to be double-crossed, but triple-crossed?
- The goal: by game’s end, have more vertical and diagonal “three-in-a rows” than your opponent.
- Unique design: the internal mechanism in the Triple cross tower makes this game unlike any other of its kind.
- Boss of Triple cross: choose your moves wisely and you’ll be the boss of Triple cross!
- What’s included: 1 plastic Triple cross tower unit with base. 2 sets of plastic colored discs (12 orange, 12 green) 8 plastic blockers (4 orange, 4 green) illustrated instructions.
- Two players
- Ages: 6+
- MSRP: $19.95
- Available: Amazon and Specialty Toy & Game retailers nationwide
DISNEY BLUETOOTH MP3 KARAOKE WITH LIGHT SHOW (EKIDS)
- Use voice control to access your music library or any other audio content, wirelessly stream audio from any compatible device, and enjoy a multi-colored LED light show.
- It features a USB port to expand your content and a built in rechargeable battery.
- It has an internal memory to store MP3 Files.
- Ages: 3+
- MSRP: $49.97
- Available: Wal-Mart
- Get ready to shine like a star with the Antsy Pants Build & Play Pop Star Stage Kit!
- Featuring glittery purple curtains and a bold blue backdrop, this stage is the perfect spot for budding artists and performers.
- Whether you’re a singer, dancer, juggler, or have a hidden talent, perform center stage with the Pop Star Stage Kit.
- This kit includes more than 50 poles and connectors, as well as the fabric cover.
- Ages: 4+
- MSRP: $44.99
- Available: Target
ADVENTURE TREE HOUSE (SCHLEICH)
- Pulley can be used to pull tray up to tree house
- A hedgehog lives in a hollow in the tree trunk
- Includes a slide, tire swing, and ladder
- Children figurines have moveable arms and legs
- Ages: 5-12
- MSRP: $79.99
- Available: Amazon
- Beasts of Balance is an award-winning augmented reality stacking game of dexterity, strategy and creation. Thought of as Jenga for the 21st century, Beasts of Balance challenges players work together to stack a tower of “beasts” while scanning each piece through the play base into the connected app as they build.
- Within the app, magical worlds of creatures are created, and the players must keep the world in balance as they reach new high scores. But they must be careful: if the tower is knocked down, then it’s game over!
- New for 2018 are the first expansions to Beasts of Balance, including a competitive gameplay mode called Battles and new beast play-pieces such as a flamingo, angler fish, chameleon, and Legendary Beasts.
- In Battles, players use augmented reality Battle cards to scan and fight against their opponents to become ruler of the digital world.
- Ages: 7+
- MSRP: $99
- Available: Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble