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The Toys Insider Sweet Suite at Home

Disclaimer: Beautiful Touches was gifted a #swagbox and additional toys from many brands via our participation in The Toy Insider Sweet Suite at Home.  Information directly from brands is included.  Any opinions stated are those of the authors.

We have been honored to participate in several Sweet Suite at home events presented by The Toy Insider.  It is so much fun to meet with brand reps and get a sneak peek at all the fantastic new toys that are now on the market, or will be coming to retail shelves soon. Come back again, as we will be adding more information / brands / toys as the weeks go on!

The Toy Insider Sweet Suite at Home

The Toys Insider Sweet Suite at Home

We’ve been able to meet with old familiar brands and connect with many that are “new to us”. Every time we participate it’s so exciting and we have loads of fun.  The kids love it TOO! We will be sharing all the wonderful brands and toys, that we received, and that come in over the next weeks / months, so you too, can be ready for the upcoming holiday season.

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PRODUCTS / BRANDS – We’re excited about….

Adventerra Games Ecologic Memory

Ecologic Memory by Adventerra Games

In this memory game, children match an animal at risk with their babies and learn about their habitats. The colors of the backgrounds and the illustrations on the large pieces help players to match the cards. This game introduces children to the concept of endangered animals and the importance of protecting them.

Helps develop

Visual memory
Knowledge of animals at risk
Mother-baby logical association ability

Beat That


Care Bears®

Care Bear Good Luck Bear
“Good Luck Bear shares his good luck with everyone. He’s loaded with luck, and good fortune follows him wherever he goes. Good Luck Bear enjoys success in almost everything he does, and he enjoys the privilege of helping others be successful.”


The Care Bears® are a roly-poly collection of lovable little Bears with a very special mission: each of the Care Bears® captures and expresses a human emotion. In the complex world of human communication and emotional expression, the Care Bears® help people share their feelings with other people.

Cats vs Pickles

Cats vs Pickles

Cats are scared of pickles, but pickles just want love. Welcome to the world of Cats vs Pickles where lovable but misunderstood pickles are in hopeless pursuit of colorful cats. Cats vs Pickles are silly and soft and so fun to collect! Which are you? Team Cat or Team Pickle?

Cats vs Pickles join the blind bag craze with new blind bag singles! Which will kids get — team cat or team pickle? New characters will be revealed in this series to make the hunt even more fun!

Cats Vs Pickles™  are super fun plush collectible toys. Cats Vs Pickles are made by Cepia LLC, manufacturing under Blue Whale™, a privately held company headquarted in St. Louis, MO. All Cepia LLC toys are sold globally through national chain retail outlets, online and independent toy stores.

Chuckle and Roar Pop It!

Pop It!
“Oh how fun it is to P-O-P! The original never-ending bubble popping game is now in tie dye! Just hand this little toy to the nearest kid and you’ll be convinced … Pop It is pure magic. This sensory toy will keep kids occupied for hours. With no pieces or parts, the self-contained durable design is perfect for travel or even just relaxing and relieving stress and anxiety with some quiet popping time. Each Pop It tie dye is unique due to the tie dye making process and may vary from the images provided.”

Hey! We’re puzzles and game-makers who love what we do, but our ABOUT US is really about YOU. We talked to parents to find out what’s most important to you and we heard you loud and clear. Make it fun. Make it last. Make it easy. Make it affordable. Check. Check. Check. And double-check!

Whether you are looking for a learning activity, a new family game night favorite or just something that might give you a few moments of quiet time, with everything we design we strive for you to hear the 3 magic words: LET’S PLAY AGAIN!

CrayolaTwistables Colored Pencils

Crayola Twistables

Crayola Twistables Colored Pencils put a new spin on creativity! Just turn the ends to twist up 12 brilliant colors. See the colored cores turn inside the clear plastic barrels. There’s no sharpening needed—just twist and you’re ready to create! Great for coloring, art projects and crafts!

Crystalina by Skyrocket

Crystalina by Skyrocket

Each of these 4-inch, light-up fairy dolls embodies a crystal element with its own magical properties. Each comes with a wearable, crystal-shaped amulet that can pass colorful “crystal powers” in the form of LED light patterns to the doll and back to the amulet. Choose from eight different dolls that embody love, creativity, confidence, strength, clarity, truth, courage, and optimism. These new dolls will be available in the fall.

Disney Doorables by Moose Toys

Disney Doorables

Behind every door, a surprise is in store with the Disney Doorables Multi Peek Series 5 collectible figures. Discover the ultimate unboxing experience with a fresh packaging design featuring multiple layers of peel and reveal secrets. Including five, six, or seven mini Disney Doorables collectible figures, each character stands approximately 1.5 inches tall and features stylized detailing with sparkly glitter eyes. There are 41 characters in Series 5 to collect from the stories of Mickey and Friends, Bambi, Cinderella, Tangled, Sleeping Beauty, The Aristocats, Toy Story, Moana, and Frozen. Ideal for collecting and trading. Recreate the world of Disney with all the Disney Doorables collectible figures and playsets. Ages 5+ Find them online and at retailers.


Exploding Minions by Exploding Kittens

Exploding Minions
The Minions have invaded the Exploding Kittens universe! Buy an all new Minions themed version of your favorite explosive card game featuring new card types and magical bananas.

Exploding Kittens is a leading game and entertainment company with a mission to inspire people to connect, laugh, and play fun games in the physical world.

FUNKO Toilet Ninjas

Toilet Ninjas by FUNKO
“Toilet Ninjas by FUNKO”

Headquartered in downtown Everett, WA, Funko is one of the leading creators and innovators of licensed pop culture products to a diverse range of consumers. Funko designs, sources and distributes highly collectible products across multiple categories including vinyl figures, action toys, plush, apparel, housewares and accessories. Our aim is to provide consumers tangible ways to take their fandom offline.

Kiki the Koala by Re-Softables

“Each Re-Softables plush toy is made from approximately 11 recycled bottles!”

At Headstart we have developed the worlds softest plush using 100% household plastic waste. We think it’s going to change the game.

Every year the world produces over 275 million tons of plastic waste. That’s the same weight as 55 million elephants. Now more than ever, it’s important to recycle plastic and use recycled plastics where possible.

KODAK Premium Puzzles by Cra-Z-Art

KODAK Premium Puzzles
Cra-Z-Art Kodak 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle – Traditional Old Building and Tulips in Amsterdam

KODAK Premium Puzzles are designed from high quality photography. They are bright, vibrant, colorful puzzles in various designs. Pieces are fully interlocking for a satisfyingly crisp snap as you assemble the puzzle.

CRA-Z-ART, based in Randolph, NJ, offers original, creative, exciting and trendy activity, toy, art and stationery products. The CRA-Z-ART management team has over 120 years of experience in creating, manufacturing and marketing stationery and activities products. At CRA-Z-ART we clearly, understand the needs of the retailer and the desires of our consumers. We make it a point daily to be….Always creative!

Lalaloopsy by MGA Entertainment

Silly Hair Lalaloopsy
FIRST EVER MULTICOLOR SILLY HAIR DOLL: 2 fun colors of hair to style. Plus Scoops Waffle Cone’s first time in Silly Hair form! “UNIQUE PERSONALITY: Scoops Waffle Cone was made from a bowl of Neapolitan ice cream. She’s a triple scoop of fun who always keeps her cool. She loves variety, but has trouble making up her mind. SILLY HAIR STYLING: Lalaloopsy with wacky, wild hair that really bends! Hair allows you to curl, twist and straighten into endless silly styles! Easy for little fingers. REUSABLE PACKAGING: The NEW package is a reusable salon playset that uniquely expresses the personality of each doll. Child helps build the pet’s salon chair with extra pieces! Connect salons to create Lalaloopsy Land!”

MGA Entertainment Brought Lalaloopsy Dolls To The Market In 2010.

Lalaloopsy dolls were once rag dolls who magically came to life when their last stitch was sewn. Cute and wholesome, Lalaloopsy offers a whimsical world of characters with unique personalities drawn from the fabric used to sew them, to inspire kids to develop their own creativity and imagination.

*The dolls were “designed to encourage a child’s imagination and creativity” and “teach important life lessons such as diversity, individuality and the idea that everything deserves a second life”. At release, the original eight dolls were Crumbs Sugar Cookie, Jewel Sparkles, Peanut Big Top, Bea Spells-a-Lot, Mittens Fluff ‘N’ Stuff, Dot Starlight, Pillow Featherbed, and Spot Splatter Splash

*On November 16, 2011 MGA announced that the newly created nurse doll – Rosy Bumps ‘N’ Bruises has been donated to more than 1,000 Red Cross hospital blood drives across the country to aid in awareness.

*MGA continued to add additional characters to the Lalaloopsy toy line. As of September 2016, there are over 100 characters. The main toy line includes 13-inch Dolls, the mini-series, and a variety of mini play-sets and plush dolls as well as Lalaloopsy Littles, smaller siblings of the 13-inch dolls.

Learning Resources: Coding Critters Magi Coders

Coding Critters by Learning Resources
“Meet Skye, your magical coding friend! Preschoolers discover the magic of coding with this pet unicorn who’s ready for early STEM fun! Code along with the magical adventures in Skye’s coding spellbook; set your wand to Spell mode and cast 12 coding spells that make Skye dance, light up, and more, then program Skye to move through her fantasy challenges in Code Mode! You can even design your own endless coding challenges with Skye’s 22-piece interactive pet playset!”

We’re Learning Resources®, and we’ve been helping parents and teachers build generations of amazing kids since 1984. From ABCs and 123s to fine motor and STEM skills, our educational toys offer kids the building blocks they need to succeed in school and develop a lifelong love of learning. Discover countless ways to learn through play with our award-winning products, including Toy of the Year winners Tumble Trax®, Botley® the Coding Robot, and Coding Critters™.

L.O.L. Surprise

LOL Color Change Dolls


Get ready for an unboxing experience like you’ve never seen before with LOL Surprise Color Change Dolls! Not only do the dolls undergo color change surprises when placed in water, but the ball packaging does color change reveal too!

Some dolls change color in cold water, while other dolls change color in warm water! Which will your doll react to? Some dolls even have a double color change with different reveals in warm vs cold water. Try both!

Each re-released fan favorite doll has brushable hair and comes with 7 surprises, including a unique outfit. In addition to the fierce fashion, have fun as you unbox shoes, accessories, and more to glam up your LOL Surprise Color Change Dolls. Plus, now you can collect the whole family of Color Change with LOL Surprise Color Change Pets and LOL Surprise Color Change Lil Sisters! Each doll also comes with a secret message and a collectible family portrait sticker!

Which of the 12 Color Change Dolls will you find? Complete the collection! Cold color change will start at approximately 59°F (15°C), but best results occur if the ice water is chilled to approximately 32°F (0°C). Warm color change will start at approximately 100.4°F (38°C), but best results occur if the water is approximately 104°F (40°C).

Collectible doll with doll accessories makes for great birthday gift for kids or gift for any occasion. Perfect for fun, creative and imaginative play for children.

Magformers / STICK-O

Magformers and Stick-O
“Click! Connect Create! With Magformers Backyard Adventure 61Pc Set. Build magnetic houses and invite all your friends to the party! Create houses and build a playground! Add your favorite characters including, Max, Maggie and Minibot. Where will your imagination take you!? Includes Idea Booklet. Ages 3+ / The Stick-O Forest Friends 16 Piece Construction set is great for toddlers to explore tactile learning and hands on magnetic play. Each Stick-O piece uses magnets that rotate so your creations always stick together, making for a frustration free play experience. Build an elephant, ducky, caterpillar, bunny and more!”
MAGFORMERS® Making magnetic building toys look cool since 2005. Tag us and share your Magformers Moments using #Magformers.
Here at MAGFORMERS® we pride ourselves in the quality of our product and the play experience it delivers. Each shape contains rotating Rare Earth Neodymium magnets, the strongest of their kind for guaranteed connectivity. Every magnet is kept safe and secure in Sonic welded, BPA free, HQABS plastic. This process of manufacturing ensures each magnet is encapsulated with the utmost security, providing a safe, long lasting play experience

Moji the Lovable Labradoodle by Skyrocket

Moji the Lovable Labradoodle

Put your paws up for the latest pooch to join the toy aisle!

Skyrocket is introducing the Moji the Lovable Labradoodle puppy this fall. The new pooch uses the company’s Lumies technology to bring kids who are begging for a real-life precious pooch to take care of a test-run pet instead. Moji is the perfect way for kids to put their pet ownership skills to the test. Kids will need to groom him and give him love, just like a real pet. They will actually be able to understand this responsive dog toy through more than 150 sound-and-motion combinations. This adorable furball can communicate all of its puppy thoughts through animated emojis to show tiredness, excitement, and even when it needs to go potty. The life-like pooch can perform a variety of tricks, including wagging its tail, tilting its head, giving a high five, or speaking.

The toy pup, designed for kids ages 4 and up, comes with three accessories – a two-sided bowl, a chew robe, and a grooming brush – to add to the pet ownership, role-play fun. Moji will retail for $99.99 this fall.

Ruff ruff, who’s a good boy??

Nerf/Hasbro Super Soaker – Fortnite Microsoaker Slurpfish

Nerf / Hasbro Super Soaker - Fortnite Slurpfis
“Make a big splash with this micro-sized Nerf Fortnite Super Soaker water blaster! It captures the look of the Fornite Slurpfish Outfit from the popular video game. Fill it with water and fire up lots of water-blasting fun. Open the cap and fill the tank, then close the cap and press the trigger to unleash a stream of water. The miniature size is easy to carry so you can start a water battle almost anywhere, anytime. Look for all the Nerf Super Soaker Fortnite water blasters (each sold separately).”

Hasbro Gaming brands include some of the world’s most beloved games such as MONOPOLY, TWISTER, OPERATION and THE GAME OF LIFE.

We’ve been pushing the limits of fun since 1969, and in our nation, IT’S NERF OR NOTHIN’!

Pixicade Plus


What’s In The Box

QR CODES Unlock the Pixicade app with at least 1,000 game creations per kit.

Game Design Books Three Activity Books teach game design, covering 50 game design concepts, 30 instructional activities and over 100 example games.
Specially Created Markers The different colored washable markers represent different actions/avatars.
Quick Start Guide Instructions covering the different features of the Pixicade app.

Stickers Game design stickers to add to your game creations.


Pokémon Trading Card Games
“Get ready for a major Pokémon Trading Card Game battle with this ready-to-play deck . Each 60-card deck includes a powerful Pokémon V, either Victini V or Gardevoir V. The set also includes useful accessories like playmats, damage counters, metallic coins, and deck boxes to get you ready to battle in style. Not to mention you’ll get reference cards and guides that will help improve your technique. Master battling with one Pokémon V, then switch decks to see what things look like from the other side. Can you handle the might of both Victini V and Gardevoir V?”

The Pokémon Company International, a subsidiary of The Pokémon Company in Japan, manages the property outside of Asia and is responsible for brand management, licensing, marketing, the Pokémon Trading Card Game, the animated TV series, home entertainment, and the official Pokémon website. Pokémon was launched in Japan in 1996 and today is one of the most popular children’s entertainment properties in the world.

Ryan’s World Giant Mystery Egg

Ryan's World Mystery Egg
“RYAN’S WORLD Giant Mystery Egg Series 5, Filled with Surprises, 1 of 3 Color Variety New Vehicles, 2 Ultra-Rare Figures, 2 Build-a-Ryan Figures, Special Putty, 1 Squishy and Stickers, Toy for Kids”

Sunlight Entertainment is Ryan Kaji’s family-owned and operated production company that develops family-friendly content, and is driven to help kids learn. Founded in 2017, Sunlight Entertainment was created by Ryan and his family to help streamline the workflow of one YouTube’s largest kids’ channels, Ryan’s World.

Snap Ships

Snap Ships
“Start small BUILD BIG”

Snap Ships is a versatile building toy with action-play, a digital animated series, and a fully immersive, interactive app. Watch Snap Ships Dawn of Battle, the original 8-part digital series, now on YouTube! #BuildToBattle!


Vibe Girls

Vibe Girls
“Vibe Girls Sophia Age Range: 6 + Happy Vibe Messaging Comes with Color Changing Vibe Ring and Share Good Vibes Diary 8 inch articulated doll 5 Vibe Girl Accessories”

Meet the Vibe Girls – Vibrant, Inspiring, Be(YOU)tiful, and Empowering. Sharing Good Vibes all over the world with positivity, kindness, and love. Together the Vibe Girls are motivating with Good Vibes, fashion, and friendships. Each Vibe Girl is unique in their very own way. Be Kind, Be You, Girl Power is what they do. Share, log, and create new vibes with your friends in your Share Good Vibes Diary. Each diary comes with 50 positive messaging stickers. Also, every Vibe Girl comes with her very own color-changing Vibe Ring to wear and share your good vibes with. Meet Sophia, Happy’s Vibe! Sophia loves being happy and making everyone around her smile. She has lots of Happy Vibe Stickers to share, Be Kind, Teamwork, and Happiness Always are some of her favorite messages. Sophia has her very own laptop and cell phone to share her positive messages with friends. Check out Sophia’s other Be(you)tiful accessories, like her smiley face bag, when she holds it her Happy Vibes makes everyone smile. She also comes with her own Happy Vibes sunglasses and hairbrush for her beautiful yellow hair. Share Good Vibes with all the Vibe Girls, Allison – Animal Vibes, Luna – Art Vibes, Mia – Ocean Vibes, Emma – Kindness Vibes and Jamie – Nature Vibes. What’s your Vibe? Collect them all. Each sold separately. Age Range 6+

ZURU Toy Mini Brands

ZURU Toy Mini Brands
“Each capsule includes 5 surprises – either 5 miniature mystery collectibles or 4 miniatures and a shopping accessory.”


5 Surprise Toy Mini Brands are all the best toys in your to box made Mini!  Unwrap and peel to reveal 5 mystery miniatures in every capsule. There are over 60 miniatures toys and accessories to collect including rare and super rare minis.  Find minis of your favorite toys from Nickelodeon, AURU, Rubiks, Crayola and more.

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2 thoughts on “The Toys Insider Sweet Suite at Home

  • So many fun items. I love the Crayola Twistables Colored Pencils.

  • Great list. The FUNKO Toilet Ninjas are hysterical!


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