What’s New In The Playground?
All kids love toy crazes. Playground crazes are toy crazes that become so popular, they spill over in to school. With the growth of the internet and social media, crazes can peak in a very short period of time. In case you can’t find any of these products locally, we’ve included links to Amazon [disclosure]. These are current toy crazes we’ve heard about here at Must Have Toys.
Baby Born Surprise
New surprise collectible doll from the Baby Born brand.
Pop Pops Pets
Once you start popping, you can’t stop!
Voice-activated collectible spider – the louder you yell, the faster they go!
Toy Crazes UK – Cotton Candy
Cotton Candy container with scented foam putty that has a fluffy texture.
Toy Crazes UK – Lil Gleemerz
New collectible from Mattel. The Lil Gleemerz are interactive toys with rainbow light-up tails, glowing eyes, and quirky sounds and phrases.
Bush Baby Mini Collectibles
New collectibles from the Bush Baby World range. Containing six surprises including a bush baby figure all inside the pod.
Little Lucky Lunchbox
New surprise lunchbox collectible.
New squeeze toy, filled with water, glitter and charms which comes in six different characters. Fun to squish and splish about. Manufacturers age range, as displayed on Amazon, is 4-8 years. Note, these toys are not indestructible.
New range of collectible plush toys for use with the Lumo Stars app where you can scan your animal, name it and play games. Comes in a range of different animals – shown here in the dog.
Polly Pocket Sandcastle Playset
Get ready for summer with this playset from Polly Pocket. Complete with two dolls, jet skis and lots of secret reveals. Well priced for a birthday present for a friend and perfect for taking on holiday. Suitable for ages 4-10 years.
Mighty Beanz Fortnite
The Mighty Beanz are now available in a Fortnite edition.
LOL Fuzzy Pets
LOL Surprise is one of the top toy crazes in the world. Here it is with the Fuzzy Pets. Wash off the fuzz to reveal the pet!
Treasure X Gold Dragons
Treasure X is a surprise-reveal collectible toy craze with a multi layered reveal process, cool figures, and the chance to find real gold dipped treasure.
New from Poopsie, the Cutie Tooties are a slime and unboxing experience with slime surprise and mystery character.
Moshi Monsters Egg Hunt
Remember the fabulous Moshi Monsters? Here’s their brand new Egg Hunt with 17 Moshlings – two of which are in surprise eggs.
Hairdorables Series 2
The cute Hairdorables are now in to Series 2. Below is Brit – there are 25 others to collect.
New collectible plush toy that’s wrapped up in a burrito. Unroll the wrap to reveal your new cute pet.
LOL Surprise Lils
Here’s the new LOL Surprise Lils. This is the Makeover series and comes with five surprises.
Toy Crazes 2019 – Hatchimals Mermal Magic
The ever-popular Hatchimals has launched new collectibles in their Colleggtibles range with a mermaid theme. Mermal Magic feature seashell-shaped eggs and colour-changing Hatchimals.
Funko Pop Fantastic Beasts Niffler
Funko Pop has a wide range of collectible vinyl figures. Here’s the completely adorable Niffler from Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them 2.
New collectible from Bandai where you peel the Banana to reveal what is inside. One of the Hero Toys 2019.
Toy Crazes 2019 – Lollipets
Collectible pets that really move. There are 20 to collect.
Toy Crazes 2019 – Skwisheez
The latest squishy craze. This is a cross between squishies and stationery. New from Blue Sky Studios.
Toy Crazes 2019 – Mighty Beanz
Brand new – the little beans that come alive! There are 120 to collect in series one including rare and super-rare ones.
LOL Surprise Pet
The latest offering from the very popular LOLs. These are the surprise live pets.
The take anywhere light up fidget challenge game you can’t put down.
Elmer’s Slime Starter Kit
Slime is still a big toy craze. This is a new starter pack with glue, glue pens and slime activator. Check the seller, the price and very importantly, the age suitability when you’re buying slime products. See our page on Slime Kits.
Bubbleezz Snow Beast
Chosen as one of the Stocking Fillers in the Dream Toys 2018.
The brilliant Funko vinyl figures are now available in all your fave Fortnite characters.
Very cute concept toy where your kids turn a scruffy ball in to their new FFF (furry friend forever). Wash, dry, brush and love these adorable pets. Includes grooming kit and adoption certificate.
New squeezable plush pet.
LOL Under Wraps
This new LOL has 15 surprises. Read more about LOL dolls.
Zoomer Hungry Bunnies
An interactive bunny that really eats paper treats!
Brand new and eagerly awaited. Not a small toy but definitely a craze. You don’t know which one you’ll get!
Collectible plush tooth with very human teeth!
New from Tomy, the Stink Bomz are a collection of silly, smelly characters.
Puppy Dog Pals
New plush collectible.
Toy Crazes – Crate Creatures
On Hamleys Top 12 Toys 2018. Slam them down in the playground.
The ‘purrfect’ little friend. Pomsies are new toy crazes with 50+ reactions.
Shopkins Lil Secrets
Perfect for the pocket and the playground. Crack the code to enter the secret mini world.
The surprise, unwrapping toy pastry with a scented puppy inside.
Toy Crazes – Hairdorables
The latest surprise doll around with amazing hair that’s perfect for brushing and styling.
Stinky, squashy, squishy creatures in ooze reveal container. Great playground craze toy.
Surprise creative kit to make your own Smooshin.
Toy Crazes – Doorables
One of the Disney Toy Crazes. Unbox all your fave characters.
On Argos’s Toy List 2018, Surprise/reveal collectible.
Toy Crazes – Bubbleezz
Like squishies but with jelly balls inside. Cute playground craze toy.
Fidget ‘Spin To Win’ challenge game. On John Lewis’s Toy Predictions 2018.
Poopsie Unicorn Surprise
Combines the slime, unicorn, poop emoji and surprise trends. Also available in smaller collectibles. Features on the Toy Lists of Argos, Amazon and Smyths.
Funko Pop Harry Potter
Blind box minis with 5cm figures. Pocket-sized playground craze toys.
Toy Crazes – Twisty Petz
Sparkly little pets that transform in to bracelets. So cute!
Fits with the slime/tactile toy crazes. Elasti Plasti is stretchy non-sticky plastic. On Hamleys Christmas Toy List.
Toy Crazes – Smooshy Mushy
The Do-Dat Donuts each has with a different scent and surprise bestie.
Plush surprise collectible. The plushies are always toy crazes.
Surprise unboxing with a party theme.
Blind boxes of the cute lost kitties. Cute toy craze toy.
Slither.io Blind Bags
Random bags with bendable toy characters from the ever popular app.
Easy to pose figurine toys with free app for iphone and Android.
Toy Crazes – Galupy
Magical horse collectibles. One of the fantasy-style toy crazes.
Fingerlings have been a toy craze for a while now and still going strong with new products and add-ons.
The Grossery Gang is now in Season 4.
Collectible that hits on the pooping toy trend.
Unicorn Thinking Putty
The famous Crazy Aaron’s putty now in unicorn.
Pooping/toilet toy trend in force here.
Cute unwrapping surprise toy from Zapf.
The Cheeki Mees chatter away in their cheeky language.
Contains surprise plushies in pop packaging.
Series two of the Smashers with a ‘gross’ theme.
Cake Pop Cuties
Mystery unwrapping squishy collectible.
In loads of themes – this one is Paw Patrol.
Love the squeeze poppers. Here in unicorn with multi-coloured balls.
Great fidget puzzle for little fingers.
Slime is still going strong! This kit is one of the best-sellers on Amazon. Check age appropriateness carefully when buying slime products. See our page on Slime Kits.
What toy crazes do you remember?
Back in the day, it was the hula-hoop, Yo-Yo and the Rubik’s Cube. We had double-dutch skipping and hopscotch crazes too. For boys it was mostly trading cards and stickers.
More recently Squinkies, Loom Bands, Tsum Tsums, Zhu Zhu Pets, Silly bandz and Moshi Monsters have all trended in our house. In fact, Moshi Monsters are back in 2019 with new collectibles. Sometimes, it is the oddest things that take off – there was a mini pumpkin craze one Halloween at my daughter’s school.
Personal experience suggests these crazes and trends are at their height between the ages of 7-12 years.
Many toy crazes get banned from the playground
Also, you know a craze is a craze when it is banned from school. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s over. Lots of crazes are reinvented time and time again.
Why do kids enjoy toy crazes so much?
Children get into a craze because they love novelty. If something’s new, they want it. Kids don’t have the same ability to wait for things. Sometimes this can be very frustrating for adults. Children are also highly influenced by others around them. This could be people on social media as well as real-life friends and acquaintances. If someone they admire has something, they may well want it too.
Pocket money toy crazes
Little Collectibles have always been popular because they are cheap to buy and easy to get hold of. Trading cards or stickers have long been crazes. It’s all about the surprise element. Blind bags and mystery packs are very popular. Some people say they are a good way to teach children about dealing with disappointment if they do not get what they want.
Children find out what’s hot from their social media feeds. Even young children have YouTube and Instagram accounts so these are a good place for marketers to target them. A recent craze on YouTube is the whole ‘present unwrapping’ thing. This is where children watch videos of other children (very often this is how these young media stars emerge) opening presents.
It’s a good way for children to understand exactly how a toy works. They can also see it from the perspective of another child. Watching videos on YouTube is probably the number one way your child will make choices about which toys they’d like as presents.
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