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There are creations that surprise buyers due to the level of creativity that has been deployed in the production of certain items.
However, there are some extreme cases that will leave you shocked. Such is the case with toy makers who have gone to the toilet for their latest creations. The Mattel Company is best known for its clean-cut Barbie dolls but now its set to release a game called Flushin' Frenzy that sends a brown plastic poop flying into the air.
The renowned expert Rival Hasbro, whose water-squirting game Toilet Trouble was a hit last year, stuck with the potty humor this year and released Don't Step In It, a game where players are blindfolded and have to avoid stepping in poop that's molded out of a clay-like substance.
There are toy analysts who say the potty-related toys are hitting stores now because of the popularity of the poop emoji, which has also made it more acceptable for parents to buy poop toys for their kids. During the New York Toy Fair this weekend, toy makers showed off poo-shaped action figures, squishy toys and other creatures from the toilet.
"Yeah, poop is a theme," says Juli Lennett, the toy analyst at market research company The NPD Group. "Kids think it's funny." There is the Sticky the Poo, a squishy likeness with eyes, clings to walls and ceilings when thrown.
Hog Wild is the company behind it and also sells a rainbow version called Sticky Unicorn Poo. Its Sticky the Plunger is sold separately. Flush Force, by toy maker Spin Master, sells 150 nickel-sized mutant critters that kids can collect. Poopeez, meanwhile, makes tiny squishy collectibles with character names such as Pooji and Skid Mark.