Black Friday Deal Alert: Toys R Us

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Can you still call it Black Friday if it starts on Thursday? Toys R Us seems to think so. The toy giant will be kicking off its Black Friday sale at 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day (it will last until 1 p.m. on Black Friday), hoping that eager shoppers will have shaken off their food comas by then.

In its announcement Wednesday, Toys R Us offered a sneak peek at a few of the deals that will appear in its Black Friday circular, which won’t be released until Thanksgiving Day. These deals include a free $50 Toys R Us gift card when you purchase an iPod Touch, as well as $9.99 for select Nintendo DS and Wii games.

But you want to see everything they have to offer, right? Fortunately, someone seems to have leaked the full Black Friday circular on the Internet, and it can be viewed here. Of course, Toys R Us would not confirm its legitimacy, so take it with a grain of salt. While many of the deals featured in the circular were confirmed in Wednesday’s press release, it could turn out to be an early version that is revised before the big day.

With that in mind, here are a few of the deals from the probably-real-but-possibly-fake circular that caught our eye here at MainStreet.

Dippin’ Dots Frozen Dot Maker
Now:
$14.99 | Was: $29.99

Why make your own ice cream when you could make your own future ice cream? It’s not clear why futuristic societies will prefer their ice cream in tiny frozen sphere form, but I guess the future is a crazy place.

Plush 27” Sitting Monkey
Now:
$24.99 | Was: $49.99

I love how they call it a “sitting monkey,” as if sitting were some special feature. “Check out my new monkey!” “What does it do?” “It sits!” “No way!” This deal is available through Saturday at 10 p.m., but supplies could run out by then if Sitting Monkey becomes a big hit.


Lincoln Logs: Frontier Junction
Now:
$12.49 | Was: $24.99

I have nothing snarky to say about Lincoln Logs. I used to love playing with Lincoln Logs when I was a kid, so I may very well buy this for myself. This, too, is available through Saturday evening.

Moon Shoes
Now: $14.99 | Was: $29.99

The downside of having the sale start the night before is that supplies could be exhausted by the time you drag yourself out of bed the next morning. Fortunately Toys R Us is holding some of the deals until 5 a.m. on Black Friday itself – like these Moon Shoes, which give the sensation of being on the moon (that’s the sensation of reduced gravity, not the sensation of immediately perishing in the cold vacuum of space).

Pumped about Black Friday? So are we. Check out our complete coverage of Black Friday 2010.

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