Ok really off topic for this site, but there are plenty of people with kids here so I figure I would post. Fyi this has not been on fat wallet/slick deals till a few hours ago, and only 1 item for that post so there is still time.
IF you get the right stuff, it a HOT deal.
I'll post links but please read everything (older versions killed children), and only a few are hot online deals, the rest are better in store (warm deals). I'l also save you some research if you read through (what the hell is in each set or at least how to find out).
The skivy. Advertized in the paper (I can give a scan if nesasary but its their normal in store flyer). All magnext sets, bogo free. It would be stupid to order any full price sets online due to shipping. You can just get it in store.
The hot deal
A few sets are on clearance cheap (one marked down from 30$ to 10$), and the bogo is good on it!!!! It could be a mistake cause its a double discount, and I gather from going to one store, they removed the clearance prices (read more later) for the sale in store, but not online. My order went through fine though. That one was posted on slick deals a few hours agos so it might sell fast. It had about 8.50 in shipping and tax so I paid about 18.50 this morning for two sets (full price is 30$ ea). . If you want the bigest quantity of basic building parts (as well as a bunch of crap I know nothing about but it doesn't look like the good parts), this is the best deal. Its only one discount per order, so if you want several sets, you have to make several orders, and yes, you get hit with shipping (damn it).
This set has 20 traingular and square pieces (the main building blocks), plus a bunch of balls and some other crap.
This is my second choice
it has 28 basic pieces instead of 20. It has cool stuff like parts that let things rotate (I think) though and some other crap. I think I might go over post limit cause I'm rambling, so I'll give the generals, and then give more on what is the best to buy and how to find what is in the sets in another post.
First the disclaimer and the reason I just didn't post anywhere last night or this morning. The older version of these toys could loose their magnets (they are very small and very powerfull). If a child ate a few, they get into the intestines, attract to each other (they are very powerfull magnets), and cut the childs intestines to pieces. 1 child died, several were badly hurt.
These sets are all suposed to be redesigend and safe, but if you have children yourn enough to eat things, beware. If you have children over 6 only (no little ones that eat everything including big brothers toys), you are probably ok.
These are the redisigned toys and are suposed to be safe (I about crapped my pants when I heard about the problems because my 2 year and 3 year old had been playing with a set for months).
In general, these sets are great fun, but the themed sets ,gears, chains etc suck. I mean they suck in that they are no more fun than the basic building sets. I base that on reading many reviews, not my own ownership (they are normally too expensive for me to buy a lot).
continued in the next post.