Want to get some great holiday toys without breaking the bank?  Toy Insider Editor-in-Chief  Marissa DiBartolo stopped by CBS in San Diego to show off some great toys for every budget. 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.


  • Silly Squeaks are collectible musical pets, each with five interactive songs and 16 surprise silly sounds.
  • Kids can press their backs to play music or press their faces to hear them sing.
  • There are eight characters to collect in series one, each with its own musical genre and unique personality.
  • Play along with a pre-programmed songs (Play Mode A), or play your own song using the full musical scale (each Silly has its own note – Play Mode B)
  • Addicting, soft, tactile feel.
  • Ages: 3+
  • MSRP: $9.99
  • Available: Target, Walmart, Amazon


  • Zoom Tubes include RC race cars that light up, and twist and turn track that kids can customize.
  • Easy to build—just connect the tubes, place zoom racer inside the zoom tube, activate the remote, and go!
  • Includes more than 12 feet of tubes, more than 25 connecting pieces, eight curved tubes, 12 connectors, three straight tubes, and one straight tube with a door.
  • The set comes with a zoom racer, remote control, and USB cord.
  • Ages: 5+
  • MSRP: $29.99
  • Available: Amazon, Target, Walmart, Bed Bath & Beyond


  • Laser X Fusion is a modular system that lets you customize your gear to fit your game.
  • The Fusion Set comes with two fusion blasters and accessories that can be used by one person OR shared by two players.
  • It comes with a front vest receiver and a micro receiver that can be worn as an armband or back vest. Separate them for two players, or one player can wear both. While the micro receiver is smaller, both receivers are equally as effective.
  • Kids do not have to hit the receiver precisely to score a hit. The area right around the receiver registers the hit, too.
  • When both vests are worn together, the micro receiver activates a “Blast Blocker” that offers three seconds of “invincibility,” where you can’t get hit. You can use this feature every 10 seconds. To activate, just press your front receiver.  
  • Fusion comes with everything you need for short- and long-range play.
  • All additional Laser X accessories are sold separately.
  • Ages: 6+
  • MSRP: $79.99
  • Available: Target, Meijer, walmart.com and getlaserx.com


  • Rapunzel is 32-inches tall and is fully articulated at the neck,
  • shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, and knees.
  • Kids can pose and play with Rapunzel in many ways for the best playdate ever!
  • Styled in her signature purple dress, Rapunzel has long, stunning, blonde hair that flows from her head to her ankles and Royal Reflection Eyes.
  • Includes a brush and doll with removable dress, shoes, and tiara.
  • Ages: 3+
  • MSRP: $59.99
  • Available: Target, Walmart


  • Come for a visit at Lucky’s Happy Home on the frontier. Arriving in Miradero from the big city, Lucky isn’t sure she will ever fit in, but this home is her safe haven.
  • Walk into the kitchen with all the furnishings, where Aunt Cora is cooking dinner on the stove and the table is set for a delicious meal.
  • Outside, Lucky visits Spirit before she heads off to school, reminding him of their upcoming adventures.
  • Upstairs, you’ll find spacious rooms for the whole family. Lucky keeps a poster of her mom in her room so she’ll always remember her.
  • Set includes large house, Lucky, Aunt Cora, Spirit, pots and pans, dishes, utensils, table and chairs, fencing, friendly goose, and lots of other accessories.
  • Ages: 4+
  • MSRP: $99.99
  • Available: Playmobil.us



  • Master the thrill of the ride with the 12 Volt Nighthawk Ride-On.
  • Reaching forward speeds of up to 6 mph, this innovative ride-on is sure to be a hit with little thrill-seekers.
  • The accelerator and brake pedals allow the rider to control the speed of the Nighthawk easily.
  • Kids will love learning how to maneuver around obstacles with the unique steering technique—riders simply lean left and right to do quick turns.
  • The side handlebars allow kids to remain secure while protecting his or her hands.
  • With an included rear safety flag, you can easily keep an eye on riders as they have a blast racing.
  • Simply plug in the included charger to the 12V battery to re-power the ride-on.
  • Recommended for children weighing up to 110 lbs.
  • The Nighthawk is available in white/black or black/red color combinations.
  • Ages: 6+
  • MSRP: $149.99
  • Available: Walmart, Amazon