Sign In

Toys & Hobbies Features Archives

Totally Worth It: Deals on the Best Beanie Baby Memorabilia

Some people are content to be casual Beanie Baby collectors, and that's fine. But for the truly devoted, owning thousands of these valuable plushes isn't enough! That's why we've rounded up the week's best deals on Beanie Baby memorabilia. Score a CD filled with Beanie Baby songs for $4, save $1 on a Beanie Baby eBook that will probably be awesome once it's published, and get a pack of unopened Beanie Baby Collector's Cards because you should.

VIDEO: We Made Our Own LEGO Movie (and It Only Cost Us $15)

Not being able to face forking over a ludicrous $15 to see The LEGO Movie in theaters, we instead bought a LEGO set and filmed our own version. We think you'll agree that it's the most awesome movie ever filmed by man.

Online Stores That Still Guarantee Christmas Delivery — Some for Free!

It's two days before Christmas Eve, and you're short a few gifts. While you may think a frantic trip to a local big box store is your only savior, think again. These 15 online stores will still deliver packages in time for the holidays. Even better, many of these retailers are offering discounted express shipping with complimentary upgrades or rates that start as low as $3.

What to Expect from Super Saturday Sales: Leave the Clothes, Seize the Games

The last weekend before Christmas is a heady, anxious time for shoppers. The so-called Super Saturday sales offer one last chance to score a deal on that perfect present. If you'll be forced to shop this weekend, then fear not, frantic gifters! We've combed through the DealNews archives in order to fill you in on what to expect from these pre-Christmas sales.

From Leg Lamps to Moose Mugs: 10 Things We Want from Great Holiday Movies

Ever watch a holiday movie in which someone is given an awesome gift and you find yourself coveting it? It happens to us rather frequently, so we decided to put together this ultimate wish list based solely on items that are only available to people in holiday movies. (Mostly!)

What Would Santa Give? The 12 Most In-Demand Presents of the Year

'Tis the season for holiday gift guides! However, none of these sites have the data to prove that anybody really wants the stuff on these lists. Not so for DealNews; we crunched the numbers to find the most-searched for and most-clicked on items on our site. As a result, we know exactly what you and your loved ones want from Santa this year. Read on to discover this season's 12 hottest gifts.

Best Black Friday Toys: Save big on Star Wars, Monsters University, and LEGO

December may be the best time to buy toys, but there's still a lot of great Black Friday toy deals around. Give in to your inner child's pleadings and check out all these Editors' Choice toy sales like a Monsters University plush for just $10 and free shipping at LEGO Shop. But be quick! These in-demand deals have a habit of disappearing.

UPDATE: Why Wait? 11 Black Friday Doorbusters You Can Score Right Now

With this year's Black Friday sales, merchants are going the extra mile and quietly dropping their prices days ahead of schedule, meaning you can score some of Black Friday's best deals right now. We've rounded up all the items we could find that were already marked down to their advertised Black Friday price or lower.

UPDATE: Best Black Friday Laptop Ads: Cheapest Chromebook EVAR!

Hear that? It's the clock ticking away the minutes until the Black Friday laptop sales officially begin. Until then, we'll keep rounding up the best of the Black Friday laptop ads so far. Read on to see what the latest crop of ads has yielded.

Holiday Creep Keeps Creepin': Ads, Sales & Store Hours Start Earlier in 2013

This is the "Holiday Creep," and he can be a real jerk sometimes. Even if you're trying to enjoy an activity that's actually appropriate for the season, he's hanging over your shoulder, whispering something in your ear about must-have toys or special layaway terms.

The Facts Behind 16 Black Friday Myths

When it comes to deals, few holidays beat Black Friday. However, as we enter the holiday season it's a good idea to stay vigilant, because along with great Black Friday deals comes a lot of hype and misinformation. In fact, these 16 Black Friday myths are about to get busted!

Get Ready to Buy Your Kids a Toy That Farts and Burps This Christmas

Toys "R" Us just released its list of the most anticipated toys for the holidays. (And yes, it is only October.) If you have a kid in your life, you better familiarize yourself with this selection of playthings. To make it a tad easier, we've cherry-picked our favorite five toys.

Nostalgia in Bulk: The Oriental Trading Company Story

Jam-packed with cheap toys in bulk quantities, The Oriental Trading Company's catalog was sure to inspire avarice in the average child. What kid wouldn't want 144 toys? And they were so cheap! Now that we're adults, let's reexamine the OTC catalog and see if there's anything in there that still has us itching to buy by the gross. (Hint: There is!)

A Techie's Top 5: iFixit's Kyle Wiens's Favorite Gadgets

As a guy who spends his days breaking down gadgets galore, Kyle Wiens of iFixit has seen the good, the bad, and the unrepairable. But he somehow managed to decide upon five favorite consumer electronics and gadgets amongst all the techie toys that vie for his affections.

The Hottest Toys of the Season, as Selected by dealnews Readers

We've raked through our data from November to determine what toys people are buying, to see which will be the hottest toys of the 2012 holiday season. From LEGOs to LeapFrog, click through to check out our top 10.

Retailers Combat Holiday Discounting with Exclusive Merchandise

Bargain seekers who love to price check the items they purchase, beware: some of the season's hottest gifts this year will be exclusive to certain retailers, which will complicate price comparisons.

The Final Black Friday Ads Roundup: Electronics, Toys, Appliances, Clothes

We're finally in the throes of Black Friday week, which means it's time for our final roundup of the best Black Friday ads. We've done our best to sort through the myriad offers that have flooded the internet over the last few weeks, putting all the projected promos through a rigorous dealnews screening. Read on for the best ads for electronics, appliances, apparel, video games, and toys.

Updated: The Best of the Black Friday Electronics Ads So Far

By now we've seen the leaks, analyzed the circulars, and highlighted the best Black Friday laptops, HDTVs, and toys. But what about the small electronics, like tablets, smartphones, cameras, and MP3 players? Inside we've compiled a master list of the best Black Friday deals on electronics, which includes the hottest Android smartphone of the year for just a buck.

Updated: The Best of the Black Friday Gaming and Toy Ads So Far

No holiday shopping list is complete without the season's hottest toys and video games. And while Black Friday doesn't always offer the best prices on toys, there are still a handful of Editors' Choice deals to be had. We've rounded up the toy and video game highlights thus far, including best-of-the-year sales for Fisher-Price, Thomas the Tank Engine, Hot Wheels, and more.

Toys "R" Us Announces the Must-Have Toys of the 2012 Holiday Season

If our Black Friday Predictions toy piece didn't already get your heart racing about the upcoming shopping season, then this should: Toys "R" Us just released its list of the most anticipated toys for the holidays. (And yes, it is only October.) If you have a kid in your life, you better familiarize yourself with this selection of playthings. To make it a tad easier, we've cherry-picked our favorite five toys.

dealnews Black Friday Predictions 2012: Gaming and Toys

Black Friday doesn't have to be as serious as its name implies. After all, we typically see some very good toy deals during the shopping holiday. While we're predicting that the two major video game consoles won't see new all-time low prices this year, shoppers can still score a solid deal on a special holiday video game bundle marked 30% to 40% off. Popular, recently-released video game titles for as low as $15, too, should make any weary deal seeker feel like a giddy kid again.

The 10 Hottest Deals of 2011: From a TRON Light Cycle to a Free Steak Dinner

Another year is coming to a close, and we're celebrating by counting down the top 10 hottest deals of 2011. We also included some details on whether you'll find any of these stellar bargains again in 2012. So grab a bottle of bubbly and raise a toast to these amazing offers.

5 Editors' Choice Toy Deals: Dora, Thomas & Friends, Star Wars, and more

Christmas! Hanukkah! Festivus! Kwanzaa! These words all signify a great season to be a child, so we've rounded up five more of the best toy deals out there for tots and toddlers. We've got five Editors' Choice bargains from a Dora the Explorer ball pit to a Star Wars light saber night light. (You could always just say you're buying that light saber for a kid...)

W.A.T.C.H.'s 10 Worst Toys of 2011: What NOT to Buy Your Kids

The holidays should be fun, not hazardous. However, there are always toys just waiting to harm your kids. That's why W.A.T.C.H. puts together its list of the 10 Worst Toys every year. The group's mission is to save your children from horrible, strangulated, punctured, visits to the doctor and hospital. Here's the big 10 for 2011!

The Best and Worst Things to Buy in December

December is a month when you almost can't avoid shopping. You may have skipped Black Friday — overwhelmed by the offers, hype, and crowds — but the holiday season is a different beast all together, with gifts from loved ones, friends, and people you barely know, coming at you from all angles. Keep your holiday cheer level high by shopping wisely. We've pored over the extensive dealnews archives of sales, coupons, and individual products from years past to guide you in your quest for the most savvy purchases in December.

Best Black Friday Toys Roundup: $5 Build-A-Bears, Little Tikes Bouncer, more

Although we've said that toys aren't the best thing to buy on Black Friday, we recognize that many people are itching to get the shopping done. If you just can't put it off, then peruse our roundup of the best Black Friday toy deals that are still available. We've found five Editors' Choice deals: a Gingerbread Boy or Girl from Build-A-Bear for $5 each, a talking bacon plush toy, a Little Tikes outdoor bouncer for $150, and more! New deals are popping up by the minute, and prices are subject to change, so please be sure to check before you buy.

The Best and Worst Things to Buy in November

We finally made it to November, one of the happiest months for budget-conscious shopping. Many categories hit their lowest points during this month, usually around Black Friday (not surprisingly). But contrary to popular believe, it's not the best time to buy everything, so be sure to read our buying guide for advice on the best and worst things to buy in November.

Last Year's Toys "R" Us Fab 15 List Demonstrates the Best Time to Buy Toys

Toys "R" Us recently released its Fabulous 15 list of the hottest toys for the holiday season, and as we approach Black Friday — the biggest shopping event of the year — you may think it's the ideal time to score the best deal possible on these items (while also getting your shopping done early). But slow down! We tracked the deals on last year's Fabulous 15 to see when the toys hit their lowest prices of the season, and you may do well to sit tight for awhile.

Channel Your Inner Child with these 5 Tech Toys

This week, we've got gizmos that will boost your electronic embrace of fun. From bomb clocks to spy pens, these contraptions will bring out the kid in even the most mature of our readers.

Toys "R" Us Announces the Must-Have Toys of the Holiday Season

If our Black Friday Predictions piece didn't already give you heart palpitations about the upcoming shopping season, then this should at least! Toys "R" Us just released its list of the most anticipated toys for the holidays. (And yes, it is still September.) If you have a kid in your life, you better familiarize yourself with this selection of playthings. To make it a tad easier, we've cherry-picked our favorite five.