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Toys to the World: Toy Insider’s Holiday of Play 2017!

Interaction was the order of the day at Holiday of Play, with over 150 members of the media invited to get hands-on experience with The Toy Insider’s top picks for the 2017 gifting season.

Toy Insider focuses their expertise on guiding parents and family members in choosing the most engaging, safest,  educational and, of course, fun toys for their children.

If you’ve turned on a morning talk show, you’ve likely seen “Toy Insider Mom” Laurie Schacht, or one of the growing staff, giving a lively demonstration of the latest trends in toy land. If  print is your thing and you have a hankering to relive your childhood days of obsessively perusing the Sears-Roebuck Wishbook, you’ll want to grab Toy Insider’s eye-popping and informative full color catalog, served up as a supplement to the October issue of Family Circle Magazine.

Toy Insider’s lists constitute the culmination of the team’s research to identify the 42 best play products in three categories. To make parents’ lives even easier, within each category, toys are then broken down by age group. 

Here are The Toy Insider’s selections for 2017:


Hot 20 — a list of the hottest toys sure to top kids’ wishlists. Some even made the top of MY wishlist!


Go! Go! Smart Wheels Race & Play Adventure Park

Scoop & Learn Ice Cream Cart

Disney Junior Doc Mcstuffins All-in-one Nursery

Furreal Roarin’ Tyler, The Playful Tiger

L.o.l. Surprise! Tots

Mickey Transforming Roadster Racer R/c

Peppa Pig Lights & Sounds Family Home

Pj Masks Rival Racers Track Playset

Teddy Ruxpin

Thomas & Friends Super Station


Hatchimals Surprise

Jojo Siwa Cd + G Karaoke Machine

Oonies Starter Kit

Shopkins Shoppies Super Mall

Soft’n Slo Squishies

Lego Star Wars First Order Star Destroyer

Nerf Rival Nemesis Mxvii-10k Blaster

Nintendo Switch



Top Tech 12 — a guide to the most innovative tech toys on the shelves. From impressive drones to high-tech wearables to robotic pets with tons of features, these toys offer lots of play value.


Leapfrog Epic Academy Edition




Lightseekers Starter Kit

R2-d2 App-enabled Droid

Star Wars Hero Droid Bb-8


Meccano M.a.x.

Merge Cube

Sky Viper V2450 Gps

Ultimate Justice League Batmobile


STEM 10 — this list features some of the coolest toys that will stealthily teach kids about science, technology, engineering, and math while keeping them entertained for hours. Sneaky, I know, but come on!


Barbie Fundamental Chemistry Set

Dance Code Featuring Disney Princess Belle

3doodler Start Robotics Pen Set

Droid Inventor Kit

Hexbug Vex Robotics Battlebots Minotaur & Tombstone

Imagine: Power & Play Motorized 50 Model Building Set

Lego Boost Creative Toolbox

Remote-control Machines: Construction Vehicles

Rube Goldberg The Acrobat Challenge

Lego Worlds

Pete and I will be drilling down further as we close in on the season, with specific details about our favorites, especially those in the S.T.E.M. and Tech categories.


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