The Best Fortnite Toys of 2019 (Top 9 Guide)
If you have kids, you probably already know how popular Fortnite is. More than a video game, it’s a bonafide cultural phenomenon. But you don’t want your kids sitting in front of a screen all day. Fortunately, Fortnite toys are a great way to encourage kids to put down the controller and engage in more active, social types of play.
There’s a huge, almost overwhelming variety of Fortnite-inspired toys and merch available. Looking for the best loot? Here are the top Fortnite toys for 2019, plus a complete guide to finding the perfect gift for your favorite Fortnite fanatic:
Our #1 Choice – Fortnite Squad Mode 4-Figure Pack
Take the fun offline with this four-pack of detailed, highly-articulate action figures based on popular skins from the game.
- Officially licensed for authentic detail
- Features four fan favorites
- Each character has a cool custom weapon
- Joints on figures can be tight
- Figures have difficulty standing on their own
Kids love the Fortnite characters as much as they love the game itself. This four-pack of action figures features Ragnarok, Rex, Cuddle Team Leader, and Brite Bomber. Colorful and detailed, they look like they stepped right out of the screen into real life. They’re four inches tall with 19 points of articulation.
The set includes four famous Fortnite weapons: Heavy Shotgun, Dual Pistols, Semi-Auto Sniper Rifle, and Scooped Assault Rifle. Each weapon fits into any character’s hand.
Four stands are included, too. The plastic stands are made to look like wooden crates from the Fortnite universe. The stands connect to other building materials from this brand to create large Fortnite structures the figures can play on.
Our #2 Choice – Fortnite Llama Loot Plush Toy
Everyone loves the loot llama! This laughing llama is the perfect snuggle pal for kids and even adults.
- Detailed recreation of in-game Loot Llama
- Safe and huggable
- Safe for kids three and up
- Not a real pinata
- Might be too small for older kids
In the Fortnite game, the Loot Llama is a rare treasure chest filled with items. But his charming good looks make him a popular plush toy, too. This ultra-soft stuffed pal stands seven inches high.
It’s made from high-quality fabric with cool blues and purples. Although it looks just like the llama from the game, this plush toy doesn’t open up (it’s not a pinata).
However, he is a fun, huggable pal perfect for bedtime. It’s safe for children under three. The polyester stuffing is soft and non-toxic.
Our #3 Choice – NERF Fortnite AR-L Elite Dart Blaster
Play Fortnite outside with this motorized Nerf blaster made to look just like the in-game AR-L.
- Detailed replica of in-game weapon
- High-quality Nerf construction
- Works will all Nerf Elite darts
- Encourages active play
- All players need their own gun
- Requires batteries
Put down the controller and take the Fortnite fight outside with these Nerf blasters. It has a funky, cartoonish design which looks ripped straight from the game.
Plus, it’s a Nerf blaster, which means both quality and fun. The Elite line is a popular, durable line best for kids eight and up. It’s a battery-powered blaster with a 10-dart clip and fast-firing action. 20 Elite darts are included with more sold separately.
Our #4 Choice – Fortnite Llama Loot Pinata
It’s a loot explosion perfect for your next kid’s party! This reusable pinata is packed with toys and games.
- Pinata-like loot container
- Contains detailed Rust Lord figure and gear
- A fun alternative to boxes and wrapping paper
- Not a real pinata
- The action figure is the main focus (can be a plus or minus)
Finding one of the four Loot Llamas during a Fortnite match is a huge deal because it’s packed with goodies to give you the edge over the competition. Bring the fun home with this replica pinata for real-life loot-dropping action.
Although you can whack the pinata with a stick, it’s much weaker than a traditional pinata. Most people simply open the pinata by hand. Twenty-three toys and accessories will drop out.
The main attraction is the 14-inch Rust Lord figure, a popular character from the game. The action figure is detailed and poseable with 14 points of articulation. Aside from the figure, the set includes ten weapons (which Rust Lord can hold), eight pieces of building material and four pieces of back bling (accessories for the action figure).
The pseudo-stone building materials are used to create two different “graffiti sprays.” You can set up the fake walls around the character to re-create scenes from the game.
Our #5 Choice – Monopoly: Fortnite Edition
A Fortnite-inspired twist for the board game classic combines the fun of two games into one.
- Fun family activity
- Basic rules will be familiar to most adults
- Up to seven people can play at once
- Helps teach basic math concepts
- Fortnite-inspired rules can be a bit confusing
Not every member of the family knows how to play Fortnite (looking at you, Mom and Dad). But everybody can play Monopoly! Here’s a fun, fast-paced twist on a family favorite.
It has famous Fortnite locations instead of the traditional properties. Money has been replaced by Health Points, which help you survive trips around the board as you avoid the Storm. (Not sure what all that means? Don’t worry. If you understand regular Monopoly, you’ll have no problem here.)
The game includes 27 Fortnite characters so kids can play as their favorites from the game. Two to seven people can play at once. Although the game is recommended for ages 13 and up, younger kids can probably play with some adult help.
Our #6 Choice – Nerf Fortnite Sp-L Elite Dart Blaster
Inspired by the Spy-I blaster from the game, this Nerf Elite dart handgun allows you to fire darts with precision.
- Detailed replica of in-game I-Spy gun
- High quality, durable Nerf design
- Accurate aiming is fun for target shooting
- Only holds three darts at a time
The I-Spy is a popular pistol from the game – and this Nerf replica mimics not only the look but also the shooting style. The Elite Dart Blaster has a three-dart internal clip and detachable rifle barrel for long-range, accurate firing.
The I-Spy is part of the Nerf Elite series, so it’s compatible with most Nerf darts from other sets. Kids eight and up can safely play with Elite guns inside or out. No special protective gear is required.
Our #7 Choice – Fortnite Skull Trooper by McFarlane Toys
An ultra-detailed, slightly spooky premium action figure with 22 moving parts.
- Skull Trooper action figure
- Tons of detail with three cool accessories
- Fully poseable with 22 joints
- More horror-themed than most Fortnite toys
McFarlane Toys is known for high-quality collectibles including several Fortnite characters. Their Skull Trooper premium action figure has an incredible level of detail, 22 points of articulation and looks great on a desk or bookshelf.
Three equally detailed accessories are included: a Death Valley pickaxe harvesting tool, a bolt-action sniper rifle, and back bling.
Even though he’s taken directly from the game, McFarlane Toys has added a bit of menace to the character. He might be just a bit too scary for younger kids.
Our #8 Choice – Mighty Beans Fortnite 4-Pack
These wacky rolling beans feature the faces of famous Fortnite characters. Each pack contains different characters including special rare heroes.
- Fun rolling toys feature the faces of Fortnite characters
- Thirty-two total characters (three are ultra-rare)
- Beanz can be used to play a variety of fun games
- Rare Beans can be hard to find
Mighty Beanz are a popular wobbling, rolling toy featuring a variety of licensed characters. They’ve released one “season” of Fortnite characters with more likely on the way. Season one includes 35 different Fortnite heroes including Skull Trooper, Raptor, Beef Boss and more.
Play against friends in a variety of fast-paced battling games. The Beanz have wacky wobbling movements which kids love.
They’re fun to collect, too. Much like the loot in Fortnite, the Beanz have tiers of rarity. There are 32 regular beans in this first series plus three Mighty Mythic Beanz.
Our #9 Choice – Funko Pop! Fortnite Omega Figure
Funko has a complete line of Fortnite-inspired figures including Omega.
- High-quality, durable Funko quality
- Charming, kid-friendly design
- Many different Fortnite heroes available
- No points of articulation
- Top-heavy figures can fall over frequently
Funko makes figures from just about every character in the world of pop culture, so it’s probably no surprise they have a full line of Fortnite heroes.
Each Funko figure is 3.75 inches tall. Made from durable vinyl, they’re packed with detail and vibrant colors. The Fortnite and Funko styles blend well together to create delightful figures kids love to collect and display.
Frequently Asked Questions about Fortnite Toys
What is Fortnite?
Released in 2017 by Epic Games, the Fortnite video game achieved huge success in a short time. Over 73 million people play the game each month.
Many non-players are surprised to learn Fortnite isn’t just one game. It’s three:
Fortnite: Battle Royale
Fortnite: Save the World
Fortnite: Battle Royale is the most popular play mode by far. It’s the free-to-play mode. In this game mode, up to 100 players fight each other to be the last person standing. It can be played solo, meaning every player for themselves, or in squads, where the objective is to survive as a team.
All Fortnite games have an on-going, if basic, story. An apocalyptic storm has wiped out most of humanity, and the survivors fight each other while building elaborate structures. New characters and story elements are added during each “season,” which is a game update released every few months.
Why is Fortnite so Popular?
Almost no other popular video games have been able to jump into the larger world of pop culture as successfully as Fortnite. What makes Fortnite different than other games?
- It’s easy to play
- It has a fun, cartoony style
Now, when we say it’s “easy to play,” that’s not necessarily referring to the game’s difficulty. Ending up on top of a Battle Royale game is usually no easy feat.
Instead, Fortnite is easy to play in the sense that it’s accessible. There’s a version available for just about every game console and operating system in existence. You can play Fortnite on:
- Windows operating systems
- PlayStation 4
- Xbox One
- Nintendo Switch
- Many mobile devices
Plus, the Battle Royale version is free. While there are plenty of optional ways to spend money, which we’ll detail below, anyone can play the most popular version of Fortnite without spending a dime.
Also, kids love the game’s high-energy, colorful style. Similar battle royale games such as PUB-G and Apex: Legends have a more serious look and tone. But anything goes in Fortnite. You can roll through Snobby Shores in a giant hamster ball, snowboard through Greasy Grove and do so much more. New in-game wackiness is added frequently.
Plus, each character can be extensively customized. Kids can take their favorite hero and add colors, accessories and, of course, even dances. Fortnite dances aren’t just a big hit in schools; they’re so popular they’ve also spawned several lawsuits.
What are Fortnite Toys?
Fortnite has spawned a huge variety of licensed (and not-so-licensed) toys, clothing and merchandise. Toys can be divided into three general categories:
- Action Figures / Stuffed Animals
- Existing Games with a New Look
- Toys for Active Play
Action figures are probably the most popular type of Fortnite toy. You can find many different popular characters. Even though the in-game characters can be customized, they have a base look which every Fortnite player will recognize.
Of course, if you’re buying an action figure as a gift, make sure the character is a favorite of the recipient. Navigating the world of Fortnite character names can be confusing for non-players. Try to snap a picture of the character to match to the toy. If you’re shopping for a younger kid, ask to see their favorite in the game, then say you think the character looks so cool you want to take a pic.
Official action figures are usually the best choice because they look exactly like the characters from the game. You’ll find a variety of different sizes and playsets.
The most sophisticated, detailed figures will typically be from McFarlane Tools. They’re a good choice for older kids who want to display the figures. The smaller action figures are better suited for younger kids who just want to play.
You can also find Fortnite versions of existing games. Fortnite Monopoly is a popular option in this category. These “hybrid” games are often fun for families. Everyone generally knows the rules to common board games so that the whole family can play. Plus, the adults can learn a bit about Fortnite, too.
What are the Benefits of Fortnite Toys?
Playing the Fortnite video game is a sedentary activity. While video games are usually okay in moderation, kids also need plenty of physical play and fresh air. Many Fortnite toys encourage kids to put down the controller and play outside instead.
Fortnite-themed Nerf guns are great for outdoor play. Kids can run around shooting each other with the soft Nerf darts. They can even use cardboard and other household items to “build” structures while playing Battle Royale.
Other Fortnite toys encourage communication and teamwork. Monopoly: Fortnight Edition is a slow-paced game which encourages families to chat while playing. Plus, kids can explain Fortnite to parents in the context of the board game. While Fortnite might not be your favorite topic to hear about, its important kids have time to talk about their interests.
Finally, playing with action figures is a type of imaginative play which encourages creativity and story-telling. Although the Fortnite story can seem a bit all-over-the-place to adults, many kids love it. They can use their knowledge of the lore along with the action figures to create their own adventures.
Fortnite toys won’t replace the video game completely in your household. If you don’t want your child to play the Fortnite game, you’re probably better off avoiding the toys completely, as they’ll only remind him or her what they’re missing out on. However, a child’s love for Fortnite can be a great way to introduce other types of play.
Does Fortnite Promote Violence?
Many parents are concerned with violence in video games. While there have been no conclusive studies linking video game violence to real-life violence, it’s still a reasonable worry, especially for younger kids.
Fortnite is rated “T” by the Entertainment Software Rating Board. According to the ESRB, the “content is generally suitable for ages 13 and up.” It’s the equivalent of a PG-13 movie.
Fortnite does focus on shooting your opponents with guns. But the violence is always very cartoonish. When characters “die” they explode into colorful items. The game has no blood, guts or gore.
The weapons are generically real. They include recognizable categories like pistol, assault rifle, and rocket launcher. But, like the rest of the game, the style of the weapons is exaggerated and cartoonish. Plus, the game never uses terms like “AK-47” or other real weaponry.
Fortnite toys are unlikely to promote violence and aggression. Rough Nerf gun matches outdoors actually have the opposite effect, as physical exercise often helps calm aggressive behavior in kids.
Does Fortnite Promote Excessive Spending or Gambling?
Fortnite Battle Royale is a free-to-play game. Unfortunately, sometimes games which call themselves “free-to-play” end up costing parents a ton of money. Kids can make multiple in-game purchases without understanding the real-world cost.
Creating a Fortnite account is free. You only need an email address to create an account. Epic Games doesn’t ask your age during the account creation process.
The free account lets you play Battle Royale, which is the competitive mode. For $30, you can buy the Founder’s Pack, which gives you access to Save the World, the cooperative mode. While Save the World is the original version of the game, it’s nowhere near as popular as Battle Royale. Most kids aren’t going to care much if they can’t play Save the World.
However, there’s an easier and more common way kids can spend money in Fortnite. V-Bucks are the in-game currency used to purchase cosmetic upgrades to their character and weapons (called “skins”). V-Bucks are purchased in packs which cost anywhere from $5 to $100. Generally, the larger the purchase, the more V-Bucks you’re getting per real dollar.
Additionally, Fortnite sells Season Passes. Each season is a few months long. The pass includes in-game rewards, unique accessories and other new stuff. Although it does take some play time, completing in-game activities can earn you enough V-Bucks to purchase the next season pass.
Make sure you can monitor your child’s Fortnite spending habits. All major gaming consoles have parental settings to help control purchases. Plus, you’ll probably want to avoid linking your child’s Fortnite account directly to a credit card.
Generally, however, Fortnite paid systems are considered fair. They’re not really in the same category as predatory mobile games.
If your child loves Fortnite, it can be hard to pull him or her away from the screen. But the world and characters of the game often have just as big of an appeal as the gameplay itself. Fortnite toys are often a great way to encourage an interest in other activities such as outdoor play and family game night.