Looking for some great tech toys this holiday season? Pop Insider Editor-in-Chief Marissa DiBartolo stopped by Seattle’s KING-TV to show off some fun tech toys that make great holiday gifts. For more on the products featured in this segment, check out the product notes below.


  • Alpha Training Blue is a fully interactive velociraptor that responds to your commands, and learns as you train her! This toy features cutting edge robotic and animatronic technology, for incredible life-like movement and authenticity.
  • It has four modes of play:
  • Training Mode: You can train Blue to execute commands, and bond with her through positive reinforcement when she performs them correctly
  • Total Control: Blue can also function as a fully operational animatronic toy, and you can take control of her head, neck, and facial movement via remote control
  • Guard Mode: Blue will protect your turf and patrol for intruders, interacting with her surroundings
  • RC Mode: You can also operate Blue as an RC toy (the remote has a joystick that will allow you to control her leg movement)
  • MSRP: $249.99
  • Available: Amazon, shop.mattel.com


  • Harry Potter and Hermione Granger’s wands, scanned from the original movie props, are ideal for Harry Potter fans, or fans of the Fantastic Beasts film series can opt for Newt Scamander’s wand for a truly authentic magical experience.
  • The Light Painting Wands are hand painted and cast in a high-grade resin to give them a weight and balance that’s authentically pleasing in the hands of all wizards and witches and make them beautiful replicas of those seen on screen, right down to the scars and patinas.
  • Each wand features an ultra-bright LED tip, which is activated by a secret button on the handle of the wand.
  • When you download the free Wow! Stuff Light Painting app, you can use the app to film yourself or other wizards and witches as they use the wand in low light produces extraordinary images.
  • Paint your name in the sky or replicate duelling battles then share from your phone directly to friends or via social media.
  • The app is available for both iOS and Android.
  • MSRP: $30
  • Available: Amazon


  • Next time your Meowth is using his signature move, get your Pokémon Pikachu Coin Bank ready so you can pick up the coins at the end of the battle!
  • Just place a coin on the yellow space on the top of the box, press down, and Pikachu will reach out to grab your coin, talking and laughing all the while. Or he might not, little trickster.
  • Pikachu says up to 200 different phrases and sounds, which you can turn off with a convenient switch on the bottom if it all gets to be a bit too much.
  • Sometimes when pets or little kids get a hold of itazura banks it can get a little crazy!
  • And you can easily empty the bank using a little coin release door on the base.
  • MSRP: $49.99
  • Available: ThinkGeek


  • Young aspiring Jedi can take on the galaxy with their own Wookiee sidekick.
  • Furreal Ultimate Co-Pilot Chewie stands 16 inches tall and features more than 100 sound and motion combinations.
  • Chewie responds to external sounds and touch, and produces a variety of facial expressions.
  • MSRP: $129.99
  • Available: hasbrotoyshop.com, other major retailers


  • Speed to Gotham City crime scenes with the motorized LEGO DC Super Heroes App-Controlled Batmobile.
  • This cool vehicle features two motors powered by a Bluetooth-controlled battery hub, an opening minifigure cockpit, four-wheel drive, and two dual-stud shooters.
  • Kids can download the app to control the vehicle from their smartphone or tablet.
  • This set also includes a new Batman minifigure.
  • MSRP: $99.99
  • Available: Amazon, Target, Walmart, and shop.lego.com



  • Your favorite Marvel characters are now your way to musical entertainment.
  • Wirelessly connect your Bluetooth device and enjoy high-quality sound that’s out of this world!
  • These speakers have a built-in rechargeable battery, and a supplied cable for both charging, and connecting to an audio source.
  • The device also plays audio from devices equipped with a headphone jack.
  • Comes in an assortment of characters including Avengers, Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, and more.
  • MSRP: $37.11-$48.99
  • Available: Amazon, Walmart

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Bill Reese

Bill Reese

Bill Reese is Business Operations Manager at Adventure Media & Events, where he's worked since 2014. A former editor at Playbill and graduate of SUNY–Purchase, he spends most weekends rooting for the New York Red Bulls pro soccer team and making subway systems out of Brio trains with his little boy Jonah.