In 2020, Fortnite has become bigger than some actual holidays, with millions of players and a vibrant community lapping up every update and event. Like any smart company would, developer Epic has grown that into a booming toy business, including Nerf guns, action figures, plush toys, bundles, and even clothes.
With the holidays soon upon us, odds are a lot of you are probably searching for Fortnite toys to get for your young ones, or to put on your own wish list. Don't risk getting your family sick just to browse your local mall. We've got a huge guide to all the best Fortnite toys available online. You can also check out our other Fortnite guides for season 5.
Fortnite action figures: What to buy
This great little collection of 4-inch figures includes a few Fortnite favorites, like banana man Peely, fox-masked Drift, DJ Yonder, and more. Getting a collection like this is great for the kids in the family, since the figures are smaller (and thus less expensive) and can be used for posing them out in the backyard, since that's probably the biggest gathering you can legally have in 2020.
Fortnite 6-inch figures | $20 - $40
If you're looking for more action in your action figures, Amazon is selling these official 6-inch versions of popular Fortnite characters. A lot of the greats are there, like Peely, Fishstick, Tomatohead, and more. Each figure comes with at least one accessory, like a turntable for DJ Yonder or a fishing rod for Fishstick.
The McFarlane brand has always been a strong one for affordable-but-not-dirt-cheap action figures, and Fortnite is no exception. The 2020 collection includes some fan favorites like the Lava Wing Glider, Vendetta, and Skully. But their 2019 and 2018 collections also include the iconic Peely, Ice King, Skull Trooper, and many more. Their prices can range from the totally doable $20 to the very deluxe $70 depending on the quality of the figure, so take your pick.
Fortnite toys: What to buy
The Baller RC Vehicle - $30
The Baller is still one of Fortnite's most popular vehicles. One part plunger grappling gun, other part that weird thing from Jurassic World, I was genuinely sad to see it go last year with the arrival of Fortnite Chapter 2. Thankfully, you can roll around the living room or driveway with this 360-degree radio-controlled "car," which also comes with a 4-inch figure to sit inside.
Fortnite Battle Bus Toy - $120
No Fortnite match is complete without the Battle Bus, which soars over the battlefield to drop off all 100 players. If your kid wants to pretend a bus can fly through the air, who are you to stop them? This toy comes with an inflatable balloon, two action figures of Jonesy and Tomatohead, and opens up so you can place other 4-inch action figures into the seats. Just be ready for your kid to scream "where we droppin'?" a bunch.
Fun fact: I actually got this for the kid in my life, so you know it's worth it. Peely is one of the Fortnite community's favorite characters, and this toy set gives him his own surfboard that also doubles as a skateboard. If nothing else, it's a great chance to get a quality dad joke in by telling your kid to "peel out."
Fortnite Building Sets - $30-$40
If you or your kid are more into the building aspect of Fortnite, look no further than these official building sets. There's currently four different options, including one that comes with two action figures. The late-game survival kit lets you make a really tall stack fort, while the turbo builder set lets you create angled forts and position your action figures on them for cool poses. Is Fortnite just Jenga for kids? I guess so.
An idea so...obvious, yet brilliant. I'm almost ashamed I didn't think of it myself. While the kids are frantically building ramps and towers of reinforced wood and steel in-game, us darn olds can barely keep up -- but no longer. Jenga is universal enough that even grandma can join in on the fun, and this Fortnite-ified version adds a few elements that shake things up, like character icons that you move up the tower as you move a randomly selected number of blocks.
This Nerf cannon is a pretty faithful replica of the tactical shotgun from the game. Not only is it silly-looking enough to not be mistaken for a real gun, but the darts actually do more damage than the tac shotgun in the game itself!
This is a convenient collection that comes in the form of a Fortnite loot pinata. Open it up and you'll find one 4-inch action figure that looks very flexible. It also comes with a bunch of weapons, building pieces, and backpacks. The idea here is to get several Llamas that go together to make a larger set, but even as a single purchase, there's a good value here.
You, too, could be as happy as this kid holding a plastic rocket launcher. This Nerf launcher looks very faithful to the in-game weapon. It's also bright and colorful, so it won't be mistaken for a real threat. The NERF weapons that launch larger darts like this carry more of an impact, so don't let the kids use this one inside.
Loot Llama piggy banks | Starting at $12 up to $116
Over on Etsy you can get some 3D printed Loot Llama piggy banks, and they look exactly like the real deal. Teach a young person how to save money that doubles as an accessory to any other figurines they might have. You can get a few different sizes and an unpainted version as a DIY project for you and the lucky recipient.
What to avoid
Please don't welcome an advertisement into your home if it doesn't have posable arms. Fortnite has fallen prey to the Funko effect. It's an increasingly popular form of 'toy': a featureless plastic ocean ornament pitched as a collectible, an invented desire to supplant invented desires that does nothing to change the condition of your life other than by reminding you that it exists.
These things do not even attempt to replicate characters from Fortnite. They are pallid imitations, changelings that point to an idea, polluting it with a psychic wail that pierces all knowing. They should not exist. They do not exist. Plant a vegetable garden. Give your kid something that encourages play.
These are the toys to avoid.
There's not much left to say. It's possible to admire the detail on a Funko Pop, but that would be like admiring the interior decoration of a model home in a gated suburban neighborhood. No moving parts, no fun accessories. They're more useless than a misshapen brick, but infinitely stronger. Funko Pops will outlive humanity.
Moose minifigures | $10
Phew, the heads are back to normal. But these figurines are particularly small and posed in such a way that requires a disc to keep them upright. You'll need to squint at them in order to recognize the brand you know and love. Maybe consider these for the littlest of kiddies, those with imaginations big enough to make up for the size, strange proportions, and stiff ligaments, but they're just too boring and cheap to get behind.
It's not a successful brand until cheap knockoff figures show up on the market. I've quoted the exact title from Amazon above, just to avoid any confusion. These are Fortnitegame figurines, not Fortnite figurines. I appreciate that they come with tiny swords rather than pickaxes. And the detail! Look closely at their faces. Do you hear that? The incessant screaming?
But honestly, bad business practices aside, these cheapos are perfect for backyard play. The featureless, sunbleached sandbox fossils of the future.
Nerf Fortnite AR-L Blaster | $50
I can't recommend buying a kid a plastic replica of a military-grade weapon. Fortnite might be bright and colorful otherwise, but it's still strange that so many of the weapons are based on real-world counterparts. Without the context of Fortnite's cartoon world and rules of play, it loses the innocence that was barely there to begin with. It's just strange and distasteful.
Some egg-shaped collectibles I'm beginning to think I hallucinated | Please help me
The morning I started writing this article, I could swear I saw some egg-shaped Fortnite collectibles scroll by in my Twitter feed. They were just eggs—plastic eggs with distorted images of familiar Fortnite skins stretched over the shell. I have searched everywhere for evidence of their existence only to trip headfirst into a dark corner of predatory, kid-targeted YouTube that I'll never forget.
It's been a long couple of weeks. Getting dark earlier, colder too. I'm hopped up on over-the-counter cold meds and brussel sprouts. It's been raining here for days on end and the white noise of water puts me in a trance-like state. I'll catch myself staring at the wall, imagining little scenes filled with strange creatures. There's one with four sharp crystalline feet walking through a mossy forest. Another: a blue squirrel with six tails and no feet. The tails work like a wheel. Anyway, if anyone could tell me whether those Fortnite egg toys are real or not, I'd really appreciate it.