Flying poop, fart collectibles and pimple poppers: This year’s toy trend is totally gross

Flying poop, fart collectibles and pimple poppers: This year’s toy trend is totally gross

A 2018 trend in holiday toys is in gross games and toys. In particular, poop-themed toys. (Photo: Spin Master LTD/Mattel and Toy Insider)

Parents spend much of their children’s younger years pleading with them not to do gross stuff. They say things like:

  • Don’t touch the dog poop at the park.
  • Don’t put that booger in your mouth.
  • Don’t play with the toilet. 

Now the toy industry is flipping things around and telling kids it’s OK to have fun with boogers, turds and pimples. That’s right, everything gross is at the center of 2018’s trending, must-have children’s gifts.

The most popular revolting theme, of course, is:

The toy industry is embracing gross toys like never before

The first time my daughters and I saw a Saturday morning commercial on Nickelodeon for Doggie Doo — a game where a toy dog poops and players have to collect fart tokens — we laughed. Well that’s silly, I thought. 

But then similar ads kept on coming.

What is happening?! Poop and fart toys seemed to be everywhere. 

“This is the biggest year for gross toys I’ve ever seen,” said Jackie Breyer, editorial director of The Toy Insider. “Kids love it. Kids see nothing wrong with it. Gross is funny. Poop and farts are a big win for kids.”

Toyinsider.com identified gross toys as one of its 2018 trends, as did eBay. 

Breyer said this year’s New York Toy Fair was teeming with gross toys, including ones from big shot toy makers Hasbro and Mattel.

But why?

It’s difficult to say exactly what gave rise to the trend, Breyer said. Maybe people got used to playing messy thanks to Hasbro’s popular Pie Face game, in which whipped cream is launched in your face, and now they’re ready to play gross. 

“(Pie Face) wasn’t gross, it was messy. But it was a hot seller and other toy manufacturers were trying to innovate and hit that,” Breyer said. 

Or maybe it’s the enduring popularity of the poop emoji, which has become so popular it’s a theme at children’s birthday parties. 

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Either way, Breyer doesn’t think the icky-toy trend will last. She said this fall’s toy trade show had fewer gross toys on display than last year. 

Well, poop.

So, if your kid has his or her heart set on a toy that lets them revel in all things revolting, you better snatch one up now because who knows how long they’ll be in stores. 

Here are some of our favorite gross toys:

Doggie Doo

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Feed your dog food pellets and then squeeze his leash according to the number on the spinner. If his poop goes plop when it’s your turn, you get a fart token. The player with the most fart tokens at the end of the game wins! (Game makers Goliath boast the game models responsibility.) 

Ages: 4 and up. 

Retails for: $17.99.

Flushin’ Frenzy

For this game, try to be the first to grab the poop when it flies out of the toilet. (Photo: Mattel/Toy Insider)

Plunge the toilet according to the number of times on the dice. When the toothy, cheerful-looking poo flies from the toilet, be the first to grab it and score a token. If a player grabs it midair, he or she earns two tokens. The player with the most tokens wins.  

Ages: 6 and up. 

Retails for: $19.99.

Stink Bomz

Stink Bomz are collectible plush characters with funky smells. (Photo: Tomy/Toy Insider)

If you’ve ever wondered what a fart looks like, wonder no more. With names such as Mr. Stinker, Sweaty and Spicy, these plush characters carry their own distinct smell and three distinct fart sounds each.   

Ages: 6 and up. 

Retails for: $9.99.

Pimple Pete

Carefully squish or wiggle the pimple out of Pete's forehead, chin, cheek or forehead to win points. (Photo: Spin Master/Toy Insider)

Spin the arrow and then pop, twist or squeeze one of Pete’s MANY pimples. Earn points for every pimple extracted. Yank too hard and risk popping the Mega-Zit on his nose that will unleash layers of — gulp — pimple juice. Win by popping the most without bursting Mega-Zit. 

Ages: 5 and up. 

Retails for: $19.99.

What’s That Smell?

The board game includes four serious stank cards including: Extra Old Toe Cheese, Diaper Blowout, Hot Chunky Vomit and Smothered in B.O. (Photo: Wow Wee)

Players must identify smells by sniffing cards, some with good smells like vanilla and others with stenches like horse stable. The winner, a “Nose-it-All,” gets to pick a player to take three big whiffs of one of the four Stank Cards, which come in smells such as Extra Old Toe Cheese, Diaper Blowout, Hot Chunky Vomit and Smothered in B.O.

Ages: 14 and up. 

Retails for: $19.99.

Don’t Step In It

Try not to step on the poop. Easy right? Not when you're blindfolded. (Photo: Hasbro Gaming)

Hasbro Gaming thumbs their nose at parents everywhere by letting kids use molding clay to make, shape and play with poo. After the toy turd is made, players put it on a mat. Then, they spin a dial and take turns trying not to step on the poo while walking blindfolded down the mat.  

Ages: 5 to 7 years.

Retails for: $19.99.

Flush Force

Flush Force creatures come from deep inside the bowels of Flushville and have been mutated by toxic sludge. (Photo: Spin Master Ltd.)

Fill the tiny toilet with water, shake it and then peel away the toilet cover to reveal which mutated Flushie toy you got. If it’s a rare one, the toilet water changes color. 

Ages: 4 and up. 

Retails for: $2.99 and up.

Snot It

Pick up the right number of snots to win with your nose, but try avoid the purple snot. (Photo: KD Group)

Each player puts on a pair of glasses dripping with sticky snot. Then, they spin to find out which color boogers to pick up from the booger bowl using only their sticky snot. (No hands allowed.) Beware purple boogers! If someone accidentally picks one up, everyone yells, “Snot it!” as quickly as they can. The first person who yells this keeps the purple booger. The winner is the first one to collect 10 boogers. 

Ages: 6 and up. 

Retails for: $19.99.

Stink Bomz

If you’ve ever wondered what a fart looks like, wonder no more. With names such as Mr. Stinker, Sweaty and Spicy, these plush characters carry their own distinct smell and three distinct fart sounds each.   

Ages: 6 and up. 

Retails for: $9.99.

Pimple Pete

Spin the arrow and then pop, twist or squeeze one of Pete’s MANY pimples. Earn points for every pimple extracted. Yank too hard and risk popping the Mega-Zit on his nose that will unleash layers of — gulp — pimple juice. Win by popping the most without bursting Mega-Zit. 

Ages: 5 and up. 

Retails for: $19.99.

What’s That Smell?

Players must identify smells by sniffing cards, some with good smells like vanilla and others with stenches like horse stable. The winner, a “Nose-it-All,” gets to pick a player to take three big whiffs of one of the four Stank Cards, which come in smells such as Extra Old Toe Cheese, Diaper Blowout, Hot Chunky Vomit and Smothered in B.O.

Ages: 14 and up. 

Retails for: $19.99.

Smashers Series 2: Gross Smashers

Smash the eyeball to find freaky characters inside covered with slime. (Photo: Zuru/Toy Insiders)

Kids smash the eyeball — yay! Then they open the eyeball to find the weird, wonderfully creepy character inside that is also covered in slime — double yay! Similar to the first series, these collectibles are both “good” and “bad” characters that battle, which can earn Smash Points to become Smash Elite.  

Ages: 4 and up. 

Retails for: $9.99.

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