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Holiday Hits 2020: Week 4, Social Responsibility and Stocking Stuffers

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From the little builder in your life to Indoor activities that will help make a revamped holiday season a little more enjoyable, this week's Holiday Hits are for the young to the young at heart.

Laurie Schacht, Chief Toy Officer of The Toy Insider, gives us a list of the hottest toys of the 2020 holiday season for every budget. This week, the toys include fun for the young creator in your life.

WEEK 1: Hot Toys and Family Games

WEEK 2: Mind and Body Builders

WEEK 3: Toys for the Creator

NBC 5’s Laura Harris and Laurie Schact from The Toy Insider take a look at some top toys for encouraging social responsibility.


The Toy Insider
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  • Kids can fully and accurately represent themselves and the world around them through creativity, imagination, and self-expression!
  • The 24-count box includes newly formulated colors that reflect more than 40 global skin tone shades with authentic color names.
  • Skin tone colors range from Extra Light to Deepest and encompass three undertones: Rose, Almond, and Golden.
  • Each crayon is wrapped in a gradient skin tone label, with the color name in English, Spanish, and French.
  • The 32-count box also includes four hair-color and four eye-color crayons.
  • Ages: 3+
  • MSRP: $2.49 (24-count); $1.77 (32-count)
  • Available: 24-count; 32-count Walmart (exclusive)


The Toy Insider
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  • Kids can help save the day and the earth with this interactive Recycling Truck ride-on toy!
  • The truck has a big personality, featuring over 100 voice lines, sound effects, songs, and expressions based on interactions with kids. 
  • Nine recyclable accessories are included for collection and sorting. 
  • The truck’s push button acceleration is easy for little hands to operate, while the top speed of 1.5 MPH provides the perfect blend of fun and safety. 
  • The Power Trax rubber traction strip tires keep the ride smooth and steady. 
  • Includes a rechargeable six-volt battery and wall charger so the fun never has to stop for long. 
  • Recycling has never been more fun!
  • Ages: 18 MOS+
  • MSRP: $199
  • Available: Target, Amazon, and on 10/10


The Toy Insider
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  • Meet the Kindness Club: Girls with big hearts and big dreams to make the world a better place that teach caring and to respect all people.
  • Available in seven styles, these 14-inch dolls feature molded, poseable bodies, rooted hair with a colorful highlight, and realistic fixed eyes.
  • Engaging play outfits feature fun fabrics and details.
  • Wipes clean with damp cloth.
  • Seven unique dolls in three different skin tones – light, medium, and dark. Doll names are Brooks, Rosa, Emmi, Zola, Harper, Paisley and Avi. 
  • Includes comb and brush.
  • Ages: 3+
  • MSRP: $49.99
  • Available: October 16 — Amazon, Specialty Retailers,


The Toy Insider
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  • Kids learn about look, listen, and learn about wildlife from TV personality and renowned wildlife photographer Robert Irwin.
  • Explore more than 130 images of the different animals inhabiting regions including, Australia, the Amazonian Rainforest, the Mexican Desert, the African Savanna, and the Arctic.
  • Play in Fact Mode to learn over 200 wildlife facts or test memory in Quiz Mode with Robert Irwin.
  • Includes double eyepiece for easy viewing. 
  • Ages: 4+
  • MSRP: $59.99
  • Available: Oct. 26


The Toy Insider
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  • Kids place their exclusive Blippi Recycling figure inside the free-wheeling truck and get ready to reduce, reuse and recycle.
  • Pick up the bin using the working side lever and dump the trash and recycling cubes into the truck.
  • When it’s time to empty out the truck, lift the hopper up and watch the trash cubes drop out! 
  • Features seven Blippi sounds and phrases.
  • Ages: 2+
  • MSRP: $19.99
  • Available: Walmart, Target, Amazon


The Toy Insider
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  • Cats vs Pickles: where lovable but misunderstood pickles are in hopeless pursuit of colorful cats!
  • These collectible plush include a variety of cats and pickles, including foodie cats, sweet cats, scary cats, fishy cats, cats with glasses, cats with class, and rare pickles.
  • Discover and create an epic collection with hundreds to collect! 
  • There is also a free, downloadable Cats vs. Pickles mobile game! 
  • Ages: 4+
  • MSRP: $4.99
  • Available: Amazon, Walmart,


The Toy Insider
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  • Noah and the Hairdorables are showing off their most creative looks yet with Hairdorables Hair Art Series!  
  • Kids can customize their "Big Hair Don't Care" attitudes with the name barrette featuring a printed hair art extension.  
  • Collect all-new Hairdorables dolls, including the ultra-rare, Kat Mascot.  
  • Each doll comes in a reusable plastic carrying case and features a fashion-forward look with unique accessories from two new themes: Masquerade Through Time and After School Fun. 
  • Each doll lives up to the "Hairdorables" name with a variety of unique luxe hairstyles in vibrant colors!
  • Ages: 3+
  • MSRP: $12.99
  • Available: Amazon, Target, Walmart


The Toy Insider
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  • 5 Surprise Mini Brands became a global phenomenon after going viral on TikTok. Now there’s a whole new series of mini products that can fit in the palm of your hand!
  • There are more than 100 new brands to collect, including Heinz Ketchup, Kool-Aid, Miracle Whip, and Jell-O — and new shopping accessories as well. 
  • Kids can discover rare Metallic and Glow in the Dark Minis, and super rate Golden Minis!
  • Ages: 4+
  • MSRP: $6.99
  • Available: Amazon, Target, Walmart


The Toy Insider
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  • The more kids unwind this ball of yarn, the more surprises they’ll find.
  • There are 12 surprises in all, including a collectible plush pet and materials for DIY activities. 
  • Tons of fun and hours of activity in one toy! 
  • Kids can create 3 braided charm bracelets, 1 braided pet collar, 2 pom poms, and a pillow bed.
  • Age: 5+ 
  • MSRP: $9.99
  • Available: Target, Amazon


The Toy Insider
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  • These highly detailed 6.5-inch figures allow kids to recreate their favorite anime’s most iconic moments with more than 16 points of articulation — perfect for action poses!
  • Each Anime Heroes figure comes with two additional sets of switchable hands, character-specific accessories, and premium packaging that is influenced by Japanese manga and art.
  • Naruto and Knights of the Zodiac are the first of many more to launch! Stay tuned.
  • Ages: 4+
  • MSRP: $19.99
  • Available: Amazon, Target, GameStop
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