Play (and Win) the Savings Game with These 5 Toy Deals

By , dealnews contributor

The month of January is a great time to go toy shopping as motivated retailers lower prices and offer clearance sales on extra holiday stock. That your kids are bored with their holiday toys only offers an extra bit of incentive. These toy deals include the lowest price we've seen on the red-hot Nintendo Wii U 32GB console, and more!

  1. Barbie Doll with Furniture Set
    Store: Target
    Price: $29.99 with $10.03 s&h
    Lowest By: $68

    Is It Worth It?: While the shipping may crack the $10 mark, the price on this Editors' Choice deal still comes in at $68 below the lowest price we could find, meaning that Barbie has more dough left over for that hot date with Ken. This set includes a barbie doll, doll costume, bath tub, toilet, bunk bed, fridge, table and chairs, and accessories. It's recommended for ages 4 and up, and a 1-year limited manufacturer warranty applies, though Barbie's love for Ken is forever.

  2. Cinderella Toys and Games Sale
    Store: Walmart
    Discount: Up to 56% off
    Shipping: From 97 cents or free in-store pickup

    Is It Worth It?: It's another Editors' Choice sale! This one is for a fairy tale favorite priced to make your child live happily ever after, or so the story goes. The deals produces price lows of at least $3 each, and include the Cinderella Magic Clip Duet Value Bundle (pictured) for $10.97, the Disney Princess Cinderella & Prince Charming Fairytale Wedding Dolls Set for $13, and the Disney Princess Cinderella Happily Ever After 5-Doll Play Set for $19. Note that these toys are only recommended for kids 3 and up. Be sure to shop for more discounted Cinderella Toys and Games at Walmart. Your kids supply the imagination and the dialogue, and Prince Charming and crew will do the rest. And if you happen to find a certain glass slipper, we'd like a word with you.

  3. Hot Wheels Set of 30 Collector's Edition Vehicles bundled with a $10 Walmart eGift Card
    Store: Walmart
    Price: $49.97 with free in-store pickup
    Lowest By: $60

    Is It Worth It?: Vrrroooom! Zooooom! Hot Wheels remain a popular racing favorite, so much so that we can imagine a quite a few dads out there ordering this special set for themselves. And why not? If you use the $10 Walmart eGift Card, you'll wind up ahead of the pack, at the lowest total price we could find by $60. (That also ties our mention from two weeks ago.) The set includes concept cars, show rods, legends, and more, tracing automotive history back more than a half century. These collector's items are not for use with Hot Wheels sets. All feature die-cast bodies and Real Riders tires.

  4. Nintendo Wii U 32GB Deluxe Console
    Store: Johnny's General Electronics via eBay
    Price: $329.99 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $20
    Expires: January 24, 11 am ET

    Is It Worth It?: Did we say Wii U to you? Yes we did, and any discount on this super-popular gaming console is a big deal, though with this Editors' Choice, we've gone one better and found the lowest price we've ever seen for this Nintendo product. It includes the Wii U 32GB console with stand, Wii U GamePad controller with cradle, and Nintendo Land game. In a mixed review, CNET notes the Wii U still has some work to do on offering games exclusive to the console, but praised it as "the first-ever HD Nintendo gaming system that offers gameplay for up to five people on select games. The Wii U is also fully backward compatible with old Wii games and controllers."

  5. Spy Gear Toys Sale
    Store: Best Buy
    Price: From $2.99
    Shipping: Free in-store pickup

    Is It Worth It?: By now it's common knowledge that if more kids had been equipped with Spy Gear accessories, we could've saved the planet from the fearsome Horned Vermilion Space Alien Invasion of 2012. (What? You didn't hear?) Hoping to better prepare us for the next attack, Best Buy is offering four deals on Spy Gear gadgets. These include the Spy Gear Nightspyer (pictured) for $2.99, the Spy Gear Motion Alarm for $2.99, and more. Batteries are included with these toys, which are recommended for ages 6 and up. Note that this deal is not available to horned vermilion space aliens.

Lou Carlozo is a dealnews contributing writer. He covers personal finance for Reuters Wealth. Prior to that he was the managing editor of, and a veteran columnist at the Chicago Tribune.

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