STUDIO CITY ( — Toy Industry Association trend specialist Adrienne Appell visited KCAL9 Friday to talk about some of the top toys for spring, many of which are made by Southern California companies.

Some of Appell’s top picks included:

Bike Bubbler (Skyrocket Toys)

Age: 5+

Price: $14.99

• Motorized bubble maker shoots out a stream of bubbles as you ride

• Easily mounts underneath any standard bike seat

• One fill of bubble fluid lasts up to 25 minutes

• Runs on batteries and uses standard bubbles

• Can also be used without the bike for additional play

Little Live Pets (Moose Toys)


Age: 5+

Price: $9.99

• Kids can bring home a chirpy new friend with the Little Live Pets™ Birds Single Pack.

• This pack includes one Little Live Pets Bird with life-like qualities, including unique feather markings, chirping sounds and the ability to record sounds and talk back!


Price: $19.99

• The Little Live Pets™ Bird Cage allows kids to give their Birds a new home!

• This colorful cage houses one included bird and features a handle so kids can take their pet on the go.

• Whether the Little Live Pets Birds are rested on the included perch and displayed in their cage or taken on the go, they’ll have a happy place to stay in the Little Live Pets Bird Cage!

Wooden Cars (Candylab Toys)

Age: 3+

Price: $30 to $35 (Depends on model)

•  Simple, solid wood toys, a throwback to classic heirloom toys but in a modern interpretation

• Completely unique “candy” colors unseen in wood toys, such as bright orange, deep purple, stark yellow, etc. (All safe water-based paints, with engineered ABS wheels and real rubber tires.)

• Each model plays to a certain type of car culture icon: the black and white patrol car, the muscle street racer, the drag strip monster with a huge hood air intake, the fire chief, etc.

• Created by a Brooklyn-based architect and a childhood friend. They designed and prototyped the perfect wood toy car as they saw it, simply out of passion.

• After almost two years of refining, they decided to test the public opinion on Kickstarter and hopefully fund mass production. The response was unequivocally and resoundingly positive, financing over $100k in 35 days – making it one of the most successful toy projects on Kickstarter.

Mip (WowWee)

Age: 6+

Price: $99.99

• This is the first balancing robot. MIP here can respond to your hands, your smartphone, really any object and he offer tons of gameplay fun.

• You can drive him, he dances on his own or to your music dance, battle, he can balance his own weight.

• Available May at Best Buy

Peter Rabbit Plush (Cartwheel Kids)

Age: 2+

Price: $7.99 each

• ADORABLE spring plush inspired by the hit series Peter Rabbit on Nickelodeon.

• Wonderful for Easter baskets.

• Different characters are available including Peter Rabbit, Lily Bobtail, Benjamin Bunny and Cottontail Rabbit (Peter’s sister).

• Features soft and safe fabrics that make them ideal for cuddling.

Wackitivies: Spatter (Spinmaster)

Age: 8+

Price: $9.99

• Wacky-tivities puts a hilarious and wacky spin on kids’ favorite activities!

• The easy Spray Nozzle unleashes up to a mile of Spattter.

• That’s over 293 giraffes tall or 17 football fields long!

• Available in 4 different colors and 3 spray nozzles (Skinny, Fatter and Scatter)

Super Mario Kart Ride On Vehicle (Jakks Pacific)

Age: 3+

Price: $14.99

• This replica of Mario’s actual kart is a rechargeable ride-on

• Can hold up to 70 pounds

• Features real working pedals, 6V, a working horn, sounds from the Mario Kart 7 Game, and more! (SRP $199.99, Ages 3-4+).

• Toys “R” Us exclusive


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