Christmas toys 2014: where to get the top 12 for less

5 November 2014
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The Toy Retailers Association has announced the toys it believes will be the most popular with children this Christmas.

There are 72 toys on the list in all but here are where to find the top 12 for less than the recommended retail price (RRP).

1. Bop It! Beats, by Hasbro, RRP £21.99

Available for £16.49 at Toys R Us and Smyths Toys. If buying online, postage and packaging (P&P) is cheaper at Smyths (£2.99, compared to £4.95) but the cheapest price we could see was £16.80 with free shipping at Toyono.net.  However, this is not a well-known retailer and there's limited information about the company on its website and contact is by web form only.

2. Disney Frozen Snow Glow Elsa, Jakks Pacific, RRP £34.99

While we couldn't find Elsa any cheaper than the RRP, for those shopping online Toys R Us is offering free P&P of the princess. Delivery's free for all orders of £29.99 and above. Smyths, Argos (delivery) and Tesco.com were all out of stock on Wednesday 5 November.

3. Disney Frozen Sparkle Doll (assorted), Mattel, RRP £16.99

Again, sparkling Elsa isn't discounted anywhere Moneywise could see. For customers who can't make the most of free ‘click and collect' services, Asda.com's £2.95 delivery charge makes Elsa cheaper than at Argos, which charges an extra £3.95. Meanwhile, if you'll be buying several Disney toys this year, spend £50 and delivery's free.

4. Kidizoom Smart Watch, Vtech, RRP £39.99

This snazzy timepiece is widely available at £29.99 from the likes of Boots, Argos and Smyths Toys. Delivery's £2.95 at Boots for orders of less than £45, £3.95 and Argos but the item's not expected to be back in stock at Smyths for delivery at an extra £2.99 until 14 November.

5. Little Live Pets Bird Cage, Character, RRP £19.99

The cheapest we could find this was £17.99 with free delivery at powo.co.uk. It's a UK-based company that trades on eBay and Amazon, according to its website. However, it only offers the email address sales@powo.co.uk as a contact point. That said, it is on Facebook and Twitter, which may be of reassurance to some customers.

6. Minecraft Figures (assorted), Character, RRP £7.99

This playset wasn't on special offer at the time of writing but was widely available at the RRP from retailers including John Lewis (delivery £3 or free for orders from £50) and Argos (£3.95).

7. My Friend Cayla, Vivid, RRP £58.99

Little Cayla can be easily be found cheaper online. At Asda.com and Tesco Direct she's £49 (plus £2.95 for delivery at Asda or £3 at Tesco).

8. Nerf Demolisher 2-in-1, Hasbro, RRP £44.99

Happily this is widely available for much less online. It's just £26.99 at Smyths (£2.99 delivery), £27 at Asda.com (£2.95 delivery) and £33.74 at Argos (3.95 delivery).

9. The Lego Movie – Benny's Spaceship, Spaceship, SPACESHIP!, LEGO, RRP £79.99

Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without Lego and one of the biggest movies of the year will have thousands of children desperate to get their hands Benny's Spaceship on the big day. We found it available at Amazon.co.uk for £53.99 – a huge saving of £26, with free UK delivery.

10. Toot-Toot Animals Safari Park, VTech, £39.99

Your children will be able to learn all about the wild with the Toot-Toot Safari Park. The interactive zoo features animal sound effects, phrases, songs and melodies. We found it available at Argos.co.uk for £29.99, though you will pay £3.95 for delivery if you order online.

11. Transformers Stomp & Chomp Grimlock, Hasbro, £89.99

Argos have Grimlock on sale for 25% off at £66.99 with delivery at £3.95, making it the best price we could find.

12. Zoomer Dino-Boomer, Spin, RRP £99.99

This pricey little monster can happily be found much cheaper online. Smyths Toys has him for £59.99 (£2.99 delivery) but he's a few pennies cheaper at Asda.com at £60 with delivery at £2.95.

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