Sam's Toy Box: Hot toys

If you're scrambling to figure out what to get your kids for the holidays you are in luck. Consumer Reporter Samantha Chatman is opening the toy box. She has the hottest toys of 2019.

Toy expert Laurie Schact has spent several months trying out thousands of toys to come up with a list.


-Build, create, and learn with this interactive 61-piece house-themed block set.
-Kids can use the easy-to-hold blocks to build a house and learn about the alphabet, objects around the house, colors, and shapes as they build with the electronic Smart Star cube.
-Insert the 20 double-sided learning blocks into the interactive Smart Star and it will respond with fun sounds, educational songs and phrases that enhance building play with learning content.
-For even more fun, try using learning blocks from other LeapBuilders sets in the interactive cube to unlock additional content responses.
-Ages: 18 MOS+
-MSRP: $39.99
-Available: Amazon, Target, Walmart


-As young children enter kindergarten, often the most difficult aspect for them (and their parents) is the transition.
-The Kindi Kids are four dolls here to help make kindergarten a bit less scary, and show just how fun and safe it can be.
-Kindi Kids include Marsha Mello, Jessi Cake, Peppa-Mint and Donatina, four bobble head dolls that invite imagination and come with interactive food-themed accessories, such as a bowl of cereal that magically disappears from its spoon as the doll takes a bite.
-Age: 3+
-MSRP: $24.99
-Availability: All major retailers


-Be on the lookout for the Nighttime Villains with the PJ Masks PJ Seeker
-Featuring lights, sounds, and a show-inspired design, the PJ Masks PJ Seeker can fit up to four vehicles in the detachable carrier and up to three 3-inch PJ Masks figures in the cabin.
-Spot the Nighttime Villains in the dark with the light-up searchlight. Save the day and stop them in their tracks with the disk launcher.
-Kids can even trap villains in the detachable cage.
-With the push of a button, release the Seeker's cabin from the carrier for a quick pursuit of escaping villains.
-The PJ Seeker even features a pull-out ramp and drop-down side door.
-The set includes one 3-inch Catboy figure and mini Cat-Car. Other PJ Masks figures sold separately.
-Ages: 3+
-MSRP: $59.99
-Available: Amazon, Target, Walmart


-Explore all of Arendelle with Playdate Sven, Kristoff's best buddy.
-Standing over 2ft. tall, Playdate Sven is just the right size for a child to sit on.
-Feed Sven his carrot and he'll make chomping noises. Press on his head and he will say phrases and make other realistic reindeer noises.
-Includes: a Sven and carrot.
-Age: 3+
-MSRP: $99.99
-Available: Amazon, Target, Walmart (September 23)


-Catch 'em if you can!
-Use included scoop to catch as many "flying" pigs as you can.
-The person with the most pigs/points wins!
-The toy pigs fly within an enclosed globe using a safe, motorized fan.
-It's flying fun for the entire family, pigs really do fly!
-Age: 5+
-MSRP: $24.99
-Available: All major retailers


-This animated baby elephant is super cute with an animated trunk that allows Juno to kiss, pick things up, make adorable trumpet sounds, and even perform special trunk tricks like helicopter.
-Give Juno her peanut and toy mouse accessories, and she will interact and play with them.
-With intuitive learning capabilities, Juno will grow from shy to silly through touch and play.
-Love for Juno begins the moment you unbox her with her lifelike surprises, play, and nurturing.
-Juno's big animated personality makes her the perfect best friend.
-Ages: 5+
-MSRP: $99.99
-Available: Amazon, Walmart, Target


-Dolls can live the high life in the city with the modern four-story Bianca City Life Dollhouse from KidKraft.
-This unique slim silhouette house expands play upward, thus taking up less floor space.
-Decorated with vibrant colors and urban graphics, this loft-style casa has a high energy vibe that really gets kids ready for adventures.
-Visit the street-level boutique, café, gym or pet salon to get all your errands done.
-Interactive features such as working string lights, a movable staircase, gliding elevator and a mini picture frame that really holds a picture, help to inject life into this structure with a 360 design for non-stop pretending.
-With 25 accessories, the Bianca City Life Dollhouse lets kids decorate for contemporary living.
-Age: 3+
-MSRP: $159.99
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