Christmas may be two and a half months away, but that’s not stopping Wal-Mart (Stock Quote: WMT) from offering big discounts on toys. 

The retailer announced Tuesday that it was kicking off what it dubbed the “pre-holiday season” by marking down select toys by as much as $15. The early sales will come as good news for parents looking to get a head start on holiday shopping, particularly those trying to scale back in tough economic times.

In addition, the retailer also declared its intention to consistently stock nearly all of The Toy Insider’s Hot 20 Toys through the holiday season. For parents more concerned with finding the biggest savings rather than the most popular toys, Wal-Mart will also be introducing weekly toy Rollbacks in a dedicated aisle.

Here are some of the cool new toys Wal-Mart has already started discounting.

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Nerf N-Strike Stampede
Price: $44 (was $49.97)

This is only a savings of $5, and even at $45 this still seemed like a steep price for a Nerf gun … until I got a look at it. When I was a kid the cutting edge of Nerf technology was an inaccurate bow and arrow. This, on the other hand, looks like they took Arnold’s assault rifle from Commando and painted it yellow. It’s fully automatic, has a pop-out bipod, features a removable shield, and takes six D batteries (not included).

Fisher-Price Imaginext DC Super Friends Batcave
Price: $41.54 (was $43.49)

Fact: Every boy should have a Batcave. Make it happen, parents.

Barbie Potty Training Pups
Price: $10 (was $17.97)

To quote from the official description: “The boy dog potties when your child lifts his leg and the girl dog squats to potty when her back is pressed. The third puppy just needs a squeeze on the tummy to go potty and reveal a surprise.” Spoiler alert: the surprise is poo or pee, according to this astounding commercial.

Fisher-Price Power Wheels Girls' Barbie KFX ATV
Price: $198 (was $178)

I never really figured Barbie for the off-road vehicle type, but I suppose Barbie’s doing a lot these days. This all-terrain vehicle only gets up to 5 mph, though, so you don’t need to worry about your little princess taking it off any ramps.

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