[UPDATE] It turns out these animals will cost $9.99 each, or $0.99 with a $25 Zynga Game Card purchase. They will be available exclusively at Best Buy locations, and you can find out more about them in our extended preview!
And the love affair between Zynga and Best Buy continues. On top of re-launching a cross-promotion within CityVille, Zynga and Best Buy have partnered to offer FarmVille players a chance at real-world ornaments for their Christmas trees next month, along with bonuses in-game.
A player named Theresa sent FarmVilleFreak pictures, and a bit of info, concerning these ornaments, which will be a sort of real world "Mystery Game." There will be eight different animals available to receive, and each animal ornament is purchased separately. You'll only know which kind of animal you've received after opening the package back at home. We know that along with each animal, you'll also receive 10 Farm Cash and an in-game virtual animal, which will likely match the one you've received in the real world.
As for new information, we have personally contacted Best Buy and have learned that the promotion is not technically live yet, either in the game or in the stores. However, that hasn't stopped players like Theresa from seeing them in her stores. Think of this as a sort of "breaking release date," that you sometimes see when retailers sell movies or video games before the street date. That being the case, you won't be able to redeem any codes or items you receive as of this writing, because the promotion technical hasn't started.
We also learned from Best Buy that the official start date for this promotion will be December 4. On that date, all Best Buy's should start carrying these animals, but if you're lucky, you can of course grab some now from those naughty Best Buys that have broken the date. The price point is expected to be $12.95 per animal, although upon further investigation at my own personal Best Buy, I was also told that they might cost $15.00 each. I suppose we'll just have to wait until December 4 to find out for sure.
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Have you spotted these FarmVille plush ornaments at your local Best Buy? Which animals did you receive inside? Will you pay $12.95 (or $15) for a single ornament? Sound off in the comments.