I went to kid heaven last week, and that doesn't mean I spent a day at Chuck E. Cheese's. No, I attended the New York Toy Fair, where I got the inside scoop on the the biggest toy trend of 2019. And while there was a lot of fanfare around products with an element of surprise and nostalgia, the fad I could not stop noticing was everything llama-themed. Yep, 2019 is officially the year of llama toys, so you better find your DVD of The Emperor's New Groove STAT.
The NY Toy Fair is the spot for uncovering what's hot in kid land each year; the theme of 2018 was gross toys, with kids begging for poop products and pimple popper games according to USA Today. I still saw a fair amount of disgusting things to keep little ones entertained, but llamas had definitely usurped poop as the number one product for kids. (And for that, parents everywhere are thankful.) Seriously, you couldn't walk two feet at the fair without seeing a furry creature with a long neck, and the diversity of the kinds of toys you can get that are llama themed is honestly impressive. It might seem kind of random for the spitting mammals to all of a sudden be popular, but as Newsweek reports, llamas are probably coming out on top for 2019 as a result of Fortnite's popularity, which features a piñata llama as its main mascot. Don't hate the player, hate the game.
So now, toymakers are packaging the famed mascot in every different way you can imagine, so much so that it's inevitable at this point that your little ones will be begging for at least one llama toy for their birthday or Christmas this year. So read on to find out about some of the llama products making waves this year, and keep your fingers crossed that they'll give you the green light to toss out one of the dozen poop-themed toys you got them last year.