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Best Black Friday Toy & Gaming Ads: 2 Fab 15 Toys Make the List!

Two Fab 15 toys make our 'best of' list along with a standout PS3 console bundle.
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Even though we're advocating waiting until the second week in December to buy toys, we were combing through the latest leaked Black Friday toy deals and saw several fun offers that were of note. So that you don't have to go searching for these diamonds in the rough, we've collected the best Black Friday toy deals so far. Be sure to bookmark this page and check back often, as we'll be adding even more awesome Black Friday toy deals as we come across them.

Toys

  • Sesame Street Big Hugs Elmo for $44 at Walmart
    The holidays just don't feel the same without a highly sought-after Elmo, but at only $4 cheaper than what you could spend online right now, we wouldn't make a special trip to Walmart for it. Except that this lil' guy was included on the Toys "R" Us Fabulous 15, so it might be one of those "it" toys that'll be hard to find the closer we get to Christmas.

  • Furby Boom! for $29 at Walmart
    At 55% off retail price, this little animatronic pet is the lowest total price we've seen. However, at the time of this writing, both Toys "R" Us and Kmart will also offer this Furby in-store on Black Friday for just a buck more.

  • Power Wheels Lil' Kawasaki Sport Quad or Barbie Lil' Trail Rider for $49.99 at Toys "R" Us
    Motorized ride-on toys being a perennial favorite for pre-schoolers everywhere, these quads from Power Wheels are a sure hit. At $50 each, they're the lowest Black Friday price that any merchant is touting for similar kid kars by $39 and at least $28 below what any other merchant currently charges online. However, keep in mind that retailers like Amazon and Meijer are expected to price-match their competitors on Black Friday.

  • Nerf Rebelle Guardian Crossbow for $12 at Toys "R" Us
    Nerf is always super popular around the holidays. (Maybe it has something to do with kids wanting to sniper-shoot ornaments off the tree?) No matter the reason, merchants tend to load up their circulars with "deals" on 'em. Some even happen to actually be worth your while. This crossbow, for instance, is the lowest Black Friday price we could find by $4 and currently $13 under the lowest total price we could find online. Pew! Pew!

  • Barbie Fashionista Doll for $5 at Kmart
    Another holiday staple is Barbie, which seems to be a gift almost as old as the holiday itself (yet she doesn't look a day over 21. How does she do it?!) Of all the Barbies on offer during Black Friday, this one sticks out because it's priced $2 less than what Kohl's purports to charge on Black Friday, and $9 under the current lowest online price for any Fashionista Barbie doll.

  • 50% off select Fisher-Price and Playskool Toys at Kohl's
    Depending on the selection (which, at press time had not yet been revealed), this offer will be the largest percent-off sale on these items since last Black Friday, when Bealls cut 60% off. Since Kohl's is known for "bringing it" when it comes to Black Friday toy deals, it's probably going to be quite a large selection and well worth keeping an eye on. The usual caveat applies: several of these toys are probably going to be cheaper in the lead-up to Christmas ... but which ones?! We won't know until it's over.

Gaming

  • Playstation 3 250GB Console Bundle: Batman, Last of Us & $20 off a Future Purchase for $200 at Meijer
    This gaming deal just barely manages to squeaks ahead of the pack and become a noteworthy deal, thanks to its $20 off a future purchase add-on. (It seems like every merchant is offering this same bundle for the same $200, but without the credit.) If you're a frequent Meijer customer, then this deal is a fine option. If you're not, it's still worth remembering, if only to give you a yardstick by which you can measure any upcoming, unreleased Black Friday ads for this console.

  • Xbox 360 4GB Kinect Holiday Value Bundle: Halo 3 for $199.99 at Toys "R" Us
    Score one for us! Not only was our Black Friday prediction for this system dead on, but this promo also includes a copy of Halo 3. Purchasing these items separately elsewhere would cost you about $60 more than Toys "R" Us' leaked Black Friday price.

    If you don't want the Kinect sensor or the game, Walmart is offering the Xbox 360 4GB Console for $99 — a shockingly low price — on Thursday between 6 pm and 7 pm.

  • Call of Duty: Ghosts for PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 for $39.96 at Walmart
    The 10th installment of the wildly popular Call of Duty Series, Ghosts is certain to be at the top of every gamer's holiday wish list. Although we saw this game bundled with a $25 Dell gift card for $60 earlier this month, this is the cheapest upfront price we've ever seen for this game on any platform, and it beats the current price low by at least $16. What's more, Walmart's Black Friday price for CoD: Ghosts beats the leaked Black Friday prices at Target, Best Buy, and GameStop.

  • Nintendo 3DS XL Handheld Game System with Luigi's Mansion for $150 at Best Buy
    If you can beat out all the other Black Friday hopefuls in the footrace to the gaming aisle and snap up one of these bundles, you'll be nabbing it for the lowest total price we've ever seen for the handheld alone by $9! The next cheapest price for just the handheld was $159, and that was from a deal way back in December 2012; and it didn't even include the brother-of-Mario game. Normally we see this handheld system on sale for about $170.

Toys That Are Games or Games That Are Toys?

  • Skylanders SWAP Force Starter Pack (Select Systems) for $37.49 at Toys "R" Us
    Parents looking to be holiday heroes may want to forgo that second helping of turkey to grab this game. Not only is this deal a full $33 under what any merchant is currently charging, but it's a doorbusting Black Friday price too! Outside of Walmart (who will charge just $2 more), most merchants are charging $50 on Black Friday! Also something to keep in mind is that the Skylanders pack is another of the Toys "R" Us Fabulous 15 toys, and in-demand this season.
    Part of the fun (profitability) of this game is that it's expandable through standalone character packs. The best Black Friday deal we could find on those comes from a buy one, get one 70% off deal at Toys "R" Us. While we haven't listed individual SWAP Force characters before, most merchants charge at least $10 each for these figures. That's a savings of $7 or more on every other figure you buy.

  • Disney Infinity Starter Pack (Select Systems) for $37.49 at Toys "R" Us
    Disney's answer to the overwhelmingly popular Skylanders series, the Infinity Starter Set is bound to be one of the most requested video game bundles of the holiday season. This Thanksgiving-only deal is far and away the best price we've seen, with Walmart's Black Friday deal a close second at just $2 more. (Sam's Club will charge just a buck more, if you're a member.) That beats our October mention of this toy/game by $18 and is a current price low for any platform by $22.

    As with Skylanders, this game is expandable through individually-purchased figures. The best deal on those that we could find was a rumored buy one, get one free deal at GameStop starting on Thanksgiving Day.

  • LeapFrog LeapPad 2 Explorer for $39.99 at Toys "R" Us
    LeapFrog's line of tablets are always a popular choice with parents, as they boast a big library of games that promise to make learning fun. Considering that we last listed this 4GB tablet for $80 in July, this Thursday-only doorbuster is a serious steal at $40. (It's currently selling for at least $30 more at other sites.)


What do you think, readers? Anything in there make you set your alarm for super-early on Black Friday? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below! Also, please be sure you take note of each deal's times and dates, and double check if a deal you want is real (or just a rumor) before heading out. We don't want you to wake up early and wait in line only to find out that either the deals doesn't exist, or it doesn't go on sale for it's "Black Friday" price for another 8 hours! Just when you thought Black Friday in-store couldn't be any MORE of a hassle!

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Jeff Somogyi is the DealNews Media Editor. Since working here he's written deals, features, promotional and newsletter copy, blog posts, as well as scripts for our videos. Follow him on Google+, Twitter at @sommerjam or his blog.
Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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paulabatton
The 3ds xl deal mentioned above is for only the 3ds....not the 3ds xl at all of those retailers.
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