Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Sold Out Toy Alert - Star Wars Ultimate Lightsaber

Sold Out Toys Christmas 2008 Sold Out Toy AlertThe Star Wars Ultimate Lightsaber is sold out everywhere online. There were still plenty at my local Toys R Us a few days ago, and you can get them online from third-party sellers on Amazon and on eBay, although you'll probably pay well above the $39.99 list price at either of those sites. As of this writing the cheapest Ultimate Lightsaber on Amazon is about $70 with shipping, and eBay ending prices are ranging around $50 to $70.

The Crayola Glow Station has been sold out on most sites for over a week, and as of this morning Amazon is out of stock too, except for third-party sellers, who have the Glow Station (list price $39.99) in stock for $70 and up. Ebay auctions for the Glow Station are ending around $50 to $60 and should go up as long as the other sites are out of stock.

If you're looking for the Star Wars Ultimate Lightsaber or the Crayola Glow Station, you've probably already missed getting a good deal online. Your best bet at this point if these are must-have Christmas gifts this year is to check your local stores and hope you get lucky or buy online quickly before the prices go up any further. There is always the chance that online stores will restock these toys, so you can also keep checking availability at www.Glow-Station.com and www.Ultimate-Lightsaber.com.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Last Minute Christmas Delivery Deadlines - Expedited & Free Shipping Dates for Amazon.com

As Christmas rapidly approaches, you may find yourself needing last minute Christmas delivery of gifts you put off purchasing. Check this list for holiday shipping deadlines for Amazon.com, including expedited delivery services and free shipping opportunities. Amazon has some of the cheapest last-minute Christmas delivery options you'll find (including free and immediate options).

These dates and prices apply to most items sold or fulfilled by Amazon.com and shipped to US street addresses. Earlier deadlines or additional charges apply to items shipped to FPO addresses, Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico, or PO Boxes and to large or heavy items requiring White Glove delivery (TVs, exercise equipment, etc.).

Wednesday, December 17

Free Super Saver Shipping on a huge selection of items in all categories
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Thursday, December 18

Standard Shipping on most items, price varies by item, $3 and up

Monday, December 22, as late as 3pm PST, depending on item

Two-Day Shipping on most items, price varies by item, $6 and up or free with Amazon Prime

Tuesday, December 23, as late as 3pm PST, depending on item

One-Day Shipping, price varies by item, $10 and up or $3.99 per item with Amazon Prime

Christmas Day, December 25

Amazon Gift Cards and Magazine Subscriptions, free email delivery or printable certificate in minutes


If you have a lot of last-minute shopping to do, or if you need a cheaper way to send packages to people around the US, consider getting an Amazon Prime membership. It costs $79 a year, but there is a one-month free trial going on right now. You get unlimited free two-day shipping and one-day shipping costs only $3.99 per item. There are no purchase minimums or limitations, so if you're running late and facing expedited shipping charges you can save a lot, even if you pay the annual fee. You can ship as many packages as you need to, to any number of locations, as late as December 22 with no shipping charges beyond the Amazon Prime membership fee. Depending on your situation, the $79 annual fee can be a huge bargain.

 

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Sold Out Toys Alert - Crayola Glow Station

Sold Out Toys Christmas 2008 Sold Out Toy AlertThe Crayola Glow Station is now sold out at many online stores. Walmart, Target, Toys R Us, eToys, KBtoys, and the official CrayolaStore.com are all currently out of stock.

The Glow Station is still in stock as of this writing at Amazon.com for $28.06 (29% off list price) with free shipping. If the Crayola Glow Station is on your Christmas shopping list, grab it now while it's still available at a good price.

On a related note, a new portable Crayola Glow Station On the Go is available for pre-order on Amazon.com. A smaller version of the poster-sized Glow Station, the On the Go Glow Station is $20.98 and will be released on December 15, 2008.


Sunday, November 30, 2008

LeapFrog Tag Reading System Books & Accessories

The LeapFrog Tag Reading System is a pen-shaped Tag Reader that uses touch technology to read special Tag books and cards. LeapFrog Tag Reading System and Tag Reader Books
The Tag Reader's tiny camera tip reads the words on the pages, so kids can use it to read a book alone, either entirely with the Tag Reader or by using the reader only to help with tricky words as they read the book themselves. Character voices and fun sounds make the books even more interesting.

The LeapFrog Tag Reading System comes with one book, Ozzie and Mack, and currently about 20 LeapFrog Tag books are available separately for around $14 each. The Tag Reader library includes classic stories like The Little Engine That Could and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom as well as activity books featuring favorite characters like Miss Spider, SpongeBob SquarePants, and Disney Princesses. There are also spelling and sentence game cards and Tag Reader cards from National Geographic with animal facts and photos.

The LeapFrog Tag Reading System is $50, and you can see all the LeapFrog Tag books here.

Monday, November 24, 2008

High School Musical Doll House East High Playset

High School Musical dolls have been popular toys for a while, and now there is a place to put them all. The East High School Playset is a High School Musical Doll House with East High movie settings for rooms. The rooms in the doll house represent the locations of some of the most memorable moments from all three movies:
High School Musical Doll House - East High Playset
  • The gym, where the Wildcats won back-to-back basketball championships, and where some of the biggest musical numbers like "Now or Never" and "We're All in this Together" were performed
  • The cafeteria, complete with a round table with the East High basketball logo on top
  • A classroom, with two desks and a clock on the wall, just like at the opening of HSM 2
  • The East High theater stage with real curtains
  • The secret spot on the roof where Troy and Gabriella meet for "Can I Have this Dance"
From the East High School sign above the front door to the basketball logo on the gym floor, the High School Musical Playset has lots of authentic details. The toy also has sounds from the movies and plays "We're All in the Together" and comes with other accessories like bleachers and Sharpay's dressing room vanity.

Buy the High School Musical Dollhouse for $99.97 with free shipping or learn more about the East High Playset


Saturday, November 22, 2008

The Crayola Glow Station Lets You Create with Light

Crayola Glow Station glows in the dark so you can draw with lightThe Crayola Glow Station is a glow-in-the-dark drawing canvas that you use in a dark room with a special pen light called a Light Wand. The canvas is large, like a poster, and you can hang it on a wall or lay it on a flat surface. When you put the Light Wand (or any light, for that matter) to the Glow Station in a dark room, whatever you write or draw glows brightly and then slowly fades, leaving you with a blank canvas to start again.

Because the images fade after a few minutes, using the Crayola Glow Station for elaborate works of art isn't practical, but you can use the fading to your advantage for making cool effects. The fading light also makes the Glow Station a fun place to play games like Hangman, Tic Tac Toe, or Pictionary, adding a speed factor as you try to solve a puzzle or win a game before it fades away.

The best deals on the Glow Station right now are at Wal-Mart for $24.88 (plus shipping or shipped free to your local store) and at Amazon for $24.88 with free shipping if you spend $25.

Buy the Crayola Glow Station or learn more about the Crayola Glow Station

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Clipo Blocks & the Clipo Creativity Table by Playskool

One of the best new toys available for toddlers this year is the Clipo Creativity Table from Playskool. The Clipo Creativity Table is a toddler-sized activity table for building and sorting connecting blocks.Clipo Blocks and the Clipo Creativity Table from Playskool

The Clipo Blocks are peg-style, like the classic Bristle Blocks but with chunkier shapes and sizes for little hands. The brightly colored blocks are covered in pegs, so they fit together simply by pushing them against each other. The Clipo Table set comes with 25 blocks in five colors and shapes. Additional blocks are sold separately and include specialty blocks like faces and a vehicle base.

The Clipo Table comes in the same bright colors as the blocks and includes a few fun extras. A removable motorized gear (powered by two AA batteries) spins on the table for a rotating display of your child's creations or on the floor to send the blocks built on it rolling around. Other features of the activity table are a block shape sorter, two block storage compartments with flip-up lids, and drop slots for putting blocks in the storage bin.

The Clipo Creativity Table with 25 Clipo Blocks has a list price of $34.99 and is available on Amazon for $24.99. Additional block sets range from the Playskool Clipo Basic Blocks Set ($14.99) of 20 blocks in basic shapes to the Playskool Clipo Big Bucket ($19.95) of 50 blocks in basic and specialty shapes including two heads.

Buy the Clipo Creativity Table on Amazon.com or learn more about Clipo Blocks today.

By the way, why is this toy name not spelled Clippo, the way it's pronounced?


Monday, November 17, 2008

EyeClops Bionic Eye Handheld TV Microscope with Multizoom

Jakks EyeClops Bionic Eye Multizoom Handheld MicroscopeThe EyeClops Bionic Eye is a hand-held microscope that plugs into your TV to show the magnified images on the television screen. The EyeClops is in the shape of a big green eyeball for extra fun, and it's easy to use for kids 6 and up.

The EyeClops was a top toy in 2007, but this year it's improved with a Multizoom feature that lets you adjust the magnification to 100x, 200x or 400x. Simply plug the included cable into any television video jack and install five AA batteries in the eye, and you're ready to go.

Right now the EyeClops Bionic Eye Multizoom is $29.99 at Amazon.com with free shipping, and that deal is at least $10 cheaper than any other major retailer's current price.

Buy the EyeClops Bionic Eye Multizoom at Amazon.com or learn more about the EyeClops Bionic Eye Multizoom.


Sunday, November 16, 2008

Hasbro U-Dance Game by Tiger Electronics

There's no question that Dance Dance Revolution is a hugely popular dance video game, but it may not be the best dance video game. U-Dance, made by Tiger Electronics for Hasbro, is not as well known as DDR, but in terms of a dance experience in a video game, the U-Dance Game is far superior.
Tiger U-Dance Game by Hasbro
The UDance Game uses Motion Tags that are strapped on your feet, instead of a dance mat like Dance Dance Revolution and other popular dance games, and this makes all the difference. Instead of stomping on sections of a dance mat, U-Dance just lets you dance.

The Motion Tags are reflective sensors that you wear on top of your feet, and the included Motion Tower senses every movement, from steps and slides to crossovers and jumps. Besides the expected dance mode, there is a minigame, a workout mode, three difficulty levels, and multiple dance floor venues.

Endorsed by Grammy-nominated entertainer Chris Brown, U-Dance comes with 12 songs. One drawback of the game is that only five of those songs are performed by the original artists, but the selection is an interesting mix:

12 Songs on the U-Dance Game

  • "Run It!" by Chris Brown
  • "ABC" by the Jackson 5
  • "Don't Stop the Music" by Rihanna
  • "1, 2 Step" by Ciara
  • "Everybody Dance Now" by MVP featuring C + C Music Factory
  • "U Can't Touch This" originally by MC Hammer
  • "I Like to Move It" originally by Reel to Real
  • "Cotton Eye Joe" originally by Rednex
  • "Temperature" originally by Sean Paul
  • "Crazy In Love" originally by BeyoncĂ©
  • "Dance, Dance" originally by Fall Out Boy
  • "Get the Party Started" originally by Pink
If you're looking for the top toys for tweens and teens for Christmas, you probably can't go wrong with a video dance game. And although Dance Dance Revolution is more popular, U-Dance is a more realistic dance experience that gets you off the dance mat and onto the dance floor.

The list price for UDance is $74.99. Currently, the best deal at major retailers for the U-Dance Game is at Amazon, where the game is available for $68.32 with free shipping.

***UPDATE 11/17/08***

This morning Amazon has marked down the price of the U-Dance Game to $54.99, still with free shipping. This offer is only on until midnight PST tonight, but it's 27% off the list price and the lowest price we've seen.


Buy the U-Dance Game at Amazon or learn more about U-Dance and see the commercial featuring Chris Brown.


Kota the Triceratops Toy by Playskool

Playskool's Kota the Triceratops is an animatronic dinosaur that kids can ride on. This toy is beyond cool. At over 2½ feet tall and 3 feet long, Kota the Triceratops is like a dinosaur pet.Playskool Kota the Triceratops Ride-On Animatronic Dinosaur Toy

Kota the Triceratops responds to touch by moving his head, horns, and tail or by chewing the leafy snack that comes with the toy. He makes chewing sounds, purrs when you pet him, and roars back when you roar at him.

Watch this video of a Kota the Triceratops commercial to see the ride-on dinosaur in action.



At a list price of $299, Kota the Triceratops is not cheap, and some stores and online retailers are already out of stock, so some sellers are already raising the price. As of this writing, however, you can still get some great deals.

Buy Kota the Triceratops today at Amazon.com and get 20% off and free shipping (total $239.99 shipped). This is a great deal that is sure to sell out. The shipping savings alone is huge for a big item like this, and buying on Amazon saves you the sales tax you'd pay at most local stores. Target.com would charge me over $50 to ship, and toysrus.com was over $120 for shipping!

Buy Kota the Triceratops or learn more about Kota the Triceratops today.


Saturday, November 15, 2008

Fisher-Price Elmo Live! Doll

Elmo Live, the new Tickle Me Elmo doll from Fisher-Price
The latest Elmo doll from Fisher-Price and Sesame Street is Elmo Live! A high-tech update on the original Tickle Me Elmo and the more recent TMX Elmo, the Elmo Live! doll is more interactive and fun than ever.

The new Tickle Me Elmo doll tells jokes and stories, sings songs, and plays games while he moves his arms, head, and mouth and even sits, stands, and crosses his legs. His mouth opens and closes as he speaks, just like the Sesame Street Muppet himself. To get the fun started, just tickle or squeeze Elmo Live's tummy, back, nose, or foot.

The new Fisher-Price Elmo doll sells for about $60 and is still in stock at most stores and online retailers.

Buy Fisher-Price Elmo Live or learn more about Elmo Live! today.

Watch a video of Elmo Live in action


Hot Christmas Toys & Gifts for 2008

Every year, some new toys become the hot bestsellers, found at the top of every child's Christmas list. From Cabbage Patch Kids over twenty years ago to 2006's TMX Elmo, some toys cause a frenzy, selling out in stores and sending desperate parents scrambling to find one.

No one knows which will be the top toys each year, but if you have kids or grandchildren, you may find yourself on the impossible search for that one special toy as Christmas nears. Why not avoid the hassle, time, and expense of buying a toy that is in short supply? Instead, start your shopping early, when the top Christmas toys are still in stock, and there is time to shop around for the best deals.

Here at Best Selling Toys you can find out about some of the top toys for Christmas 2008 early. Learn about sales and discounts for the lowest prices, and track down where the hottest toys are still in stock as we get closer to the holidays.