Where to find 2015's top toys at the best prices
Below you’ll find details of the top 12 toys, with the recommended retail price, the manufacturer’s description of what the toy is plus our look at where you can find that toy the cheapest.
However, while the list below states the prices for buying the toys individually, there are discounts to be had if you buy a few at a time. For example, Argos is once again running a Christmas toys promotion: this time it’s half price on selected character toys.
Similarly, Toys R Us has a £15 off when you spend £100 voucher available – useful if you have more than one little critter to buy for. Also, check deals and discounts on offer from the major supermarkets, plus areas where you can spend your loyalty points and vouchers.
City Deep Exploration Vessel by Lego: RRP £79.99
“Recover sunken treasure with the Deep Sea Exploration Vessel. This Lego City model is loaded with the latest high-tech diving equipment including a remote sub and scuba scooter, winch system to lower the exploratory submarine into the water and even a shark cage to join fellow divers deep below the ocean’s surface.”
This Lego playset will set you back the best part of £80, but Asda is selling it for a fraction of the price at just £49.97. However, Asda is currently sold at, so the next best price is £59.99 at Smyths Toys and eBay. Remember to check the credibility and provenance if buying via the auction site.
Disney Frozen Sing-A-Long Elsa: RRP £39.99
“Create the perfect duet with Elsa! The magical microphone can recognize who’s singing so you and Elsa can Sing-A-Long together! First, place the microphone near Elsa’s mouth to hear her sing the full-length award-winning song Let It Go, then start singing your favourite part with the mic and have Elsa pick up where you left off.”
Another year, another toy incarnation of Elsa from Frozen. This time, it’s the karaoke version, costing £39.99. We’ve found it for £34.99 at Toys R Us and for the same price at Smyths Toys.
IDO3D Deluxe 3D Design Studio: RRP £39.99
“The new fun way to get creative! Take art to the next level and bring it to life with IDO3D! Draw in 3D and create amazing multi-colour 3D masterpieces. Draw, set and connect using the UV light included, you can even draw in the air. Design like a pro with the 3D templates and accessories included, or let you r imagination run free.”
This fascinating 3D design set could well be the runaway hit this Christmas, and its pricing certainly indicates that no-one needs to discount it. Moneywise has only found it at its RRP, at John Lewis, Smyths Toys, Toys R Us and others.
Little Live Pets Cleverkeet: RRP £39.99
“Little Live Pets Cleverkeet is your interactive, singing, talking pet bird! He’s your feathered friend who’s just like a real bird only smarter! Give him a name, pet him and watch him come to life – he talks, sings, dances and swings!”
This little fellow is just £44.99 at John Lewis, and Smyths Toys, but the best price can be found at Argos, where the Cleverkeet is £42.99 – a 28% reduction on the RRP.
Paw Patrol Paw Patroller: RRP £59.99
“The Paw Patroller is the ultimate rescue vehicle and perfect for ensuring the Paw Patrol team can get to new exotic adventure locations. Kids can drive their Paw Patrol vehicles in and head out together for new adventures full of friendship, teamwork and bravery.”
This playset must be in demand – it is selling at its RRP across most toy retailers. For example, The Entertainer, Debenhams and Smyths Toys all have it at £59.99; while on eBay it was going for £76.10 at the time of writing. However, Argos is once again cheapest, selling it at £53.99.
Pie Face: RRP £19.99
“Just put some delicious whipped cream from home or the wet sponge on the ‘hand’ of this hilarious game and start turning the handles. It could go off at any time, so keep your fingers crossed and hope you’re not the one who gets a splat in the face. You score a point for every time you turn the handle without getting pie-faced and the one who scores 25 points wins.”
Again, this is a must-have toy and its pricing online suggests parents might have to pay the RRP to snap one up in time for Christmas Day. At Argos it’s £19.99 and the same goes for Toys R Us and Smyths Toys; while it’s £20 at The Entertainer.
Shopkins Food Fair - Scoops Ice Cream Truck: RRP £19.99
“Go on a food spree with the Shopkins! There are lots of ways to play and display with the Shopkins ‘Scoops’ Ice Cream Truck playset. Features include a treat board inside the truck and an ice cream display with an umbrella so that your Shopkins can sit and enjoy their tasty treats.”
Toys R Us, Smyths and Argos all come up trumps for this one, pricing it at £16.99. The Entertainer is once again more expensive, at £20.
Star Wars Bladebuilders Jedi Master Lightsaber: RRP £49.99
“The definitive Lightsaber of the Bladebuilders system provides kids with the unique components needed to create 100+ combinations from their imagination. The Jedi Master Lightsaber comes with a main Lightsaber featuring lights and sounds, two independently-lit lightdaggers, expansion hilt, two elbow connectors, dual connector, and cross connector.”
At Toys R Us and Argos, young (and old) Star Wars fans will be able to get their hands on this brand new lightsaber from forthcoming movie The Force Awakens, for just £44.99. It is £46.89 at John Lewis, rising to £49.99 at Smyths and The Entertainer.
Lego Star Wars Kylo Ren's Command Shuttle: RRP £99.99
“Enter the battle with Kylo Ren’s personal Command Shuttle! With six minifigures (Kylo Ren, General Hux, First Order Officer, two First Order Crew and a First Order Stormtrooper Officer) this fantastic highly detailed Starship has loads of features, including opening front, rear and bottom storage bays; wing-mounted, spring-loaded shooters and detachable weapon racks.”
Kylo Ren is the coolly-designed baddie from the forthcoming film and, as such, is in demand – at least he is until movie fans see him in the film (many people remember how impressive Darth Maul looked until they saw The Phanton Menace in 1999). This Lego set is £82,.99 at Argos and £83.97 at john Lewis and Smyths Toys.
Star Wars The Force Awakens Millennium Falcon: £119.99
“The new Battle Action Millennium Falcon opens into a playset for your 3.5-inch scale Star Wars figures and features a pop-up blaster that fires Nerf Elite darts, a turbolaser turret, light-up LED cannons, hyperdrive sound effects, as well as a playset area featuring a holochess board and smuggling compartments.”
It’s 2015 and the Millennium Falcon is indeed back – and expensive. That said, Gameseek is selling it at £99.99, rising to £104.99 at Toys R Us, £105.97 at John Lewis, and RRP at The Entertainer, and Smyths.
Thunderbirds Interactive Tracy Island: RRP £79.99
“Jump into the world of ‘Thunderbirds Are Go’, and recreate your own International Rescue adventures with this amazing Tracy Island playset. Using the latest in smart technology, the vehicles interact with Tracy Island and recreate the launch sequences that you see in the show. Included is a wearable International Rescue communicator.”
We’ve found this one for an ultra-cheap (compared to the RRP at least) £59.99 at Toys R Us, rising to £67.99 at Argos, £69.97 at Asda, and £69.99 at Gameseek. But it’s £71.99 at Smyths Toys and The Entertainer, and £80 at Debenhams (1p more than the RRP).
Toot-Toot Friends Busy Sounds Discovery Home: RRP £44.99
“Your child will have fun playing with the moving lift and the doghouse and dog included with the VTech Toot-Toot Friends Busy Sounds Discovery Home, which also comes with Miss Nora, who is full of personality. Press Miss Nora’s light-up button to hear her introduce herself, share her hobbies and sing two sing-along songs.”
Strictly for the really little ones, this set is just £28.99 at Toys R Us and £29.99 at Smyths. But it’s £35.99 at The Entertainer and £44.99 with John Lewis.