Crash Bandicoot is a video game franchise created by Naughty Dog as a Playstation exclusive in 1996.
Since that time, there have been quite a few games in the series (take a look at our favorite Crash Bandicoot games of all time).
Since Crash… well… crashed onto the scene, he pretty much became the Sony Playstation’s mascot!
Nintendo had Mario, Sega had Sonic, and Sony had Crash.
The series proved a gigantic success for Naughty Dog, Sony, and the many additional developers who have had their hands on the IP since then.
Spawning a manga series, animated short films, and of course… some pretty cool merchandise!
For this article, we will be focusing on Crash themed toys… so we won’t be including the really neat backpacks, lunch boxes, mugs, hats or fuzzy dice set.
So which are our personal favorite and best Crash Bandicoot Toys Of 2023? Let’s find out!
10. Crash Bandicoot Vinyl Mini Series Blind Box by Kidrobot
I was a big big fan of vinyl blind box sets back when I had a home in the United States.
I love that feeling of picking up a new mystery figure, and taking it home to tear it open and see what I got (if I even waited until I got home).
And whoever originated the concept of blind boxes clearly knew that collectors would buy them in bunches.. cause you never knew what you were gonna get.
Sadly, you got a lot of duds. But that had you crawling back to buy one or two more in the hopes of getting that one you were hoping for.
Kidrobot‘s Crash Bandicoot series is no different… seven possible toys to collect, a couple that you might not be so happy to get, one or two you likely are aiming for.
But just as exciting as any other blind box series… very.
A fun and affordable way to start our list of the best Crash Bandicoot toys… they only get cooler and more expensive from here.
9. Crash Bandicoot Extreme Sports Series
Remember Tech Decks? Those awesome finger skateboards. And they even made some skate obstacles to tackle.
Well, perhaps attempting to capitalize on the popularity of toys like Tech Deck and extreme sports in general, a whole series of extreme sports Crash toys were produced in the early 2000s.
There was a Super Bike (bmx bike) that came with a sweet mini ramp…
The Super Deck (looks like a skateboard, but perhaps he rolled forward when you wound him up)…
And of course, my favorite, the Super Deck (an actual skateboard similar to the Tech Deck).
For the rich kids, the full Extreme Triple Playset that came with three Crash figures, a motorbike, rollerblades, a razor scooter, and a couple ramps!
You won’t find these on Ebay or Amazon, but I’d like to think that somewhere out there, there is a kid shredding a sweet Crash Bandicoot finger skateboard. Don’t hurt yourself, kid.
8. Crash Bandicoot Remote Control Go-Kart by EZ-Tec
Crash Team Racing is actually a pretty popular game franchise on it’s own.
Heck, the franchise had entries on our lists of best ps1 racing games, best ps2 racing games AND best psp racing games.
Much like Mario Kart, CTR is a kart racing game featuring characters from the Crash Bandicoot universe.
And it should be no surprise that merchandise specific to that game series was also created.
So what’s the perfect toy to represent a kart racing game? A remote controlled kart, of course.
Oh… but one thing… it’s not wireless.
That’s right people… if you wanna race this kart around, you better put your running shoes on.. cause you’ll have to run behind it if you hope to go any further than a couple of feet.
Not a particularly practical toy, but a fun one and a nostalgic one no doubt.
7. Crash Bandicoot – Cable Guys by Exquisite Gaming
This one is an easy addition to our list of the best Crash Bandicoot toys.
Why? Well besides the fact that Crash looks so cool, he is specifically designed to serve a purpose.
That purpose is to stick those orange arms out and hold whatever it is you got that needs holding.
Specifically, it was made to hold a gaming controller. Maybe your cell phone while watching movies. But really.. you can put whatever you want in his gloved hands. We are not here to judge.
Comes in masked or unmasked form. Choose wisely.
6. Crash Bandicoot Youtooz Collectibles
Youtooz is a company focusing on products themed on internet and pop culture.
They create high end collectible toys in limited number runs. So these things sell out fast!
When they released their 4.9 inch “Crash Bandicoot™ 4: It’s About Time” series in 2020, it is no surprise that those, too, sold out completely.
These are very difficult to get your hands on, so be lucky if you were one of the few to snag one when they went up for sale.
We would be very excited to have one of these on our shelves at Studio Dodo!
5. Crash Bandicoot Horror Handhelds by Tiger
What Retro Dodo list would be complete without some form of retro video gaming?
In the late 90s, LCD games were all the rage, and Tiger was the king of them (sorry Nintendo).
Check out this really amazing list of all Tiger Electronic Handheld Games by Geeky Hobbies.
There was a Sonic one, an Batman one, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles one, and of course… a Crash Bandicoot one!
And as if one wasn’t enough… they made two!
That’s right people… two Tiger Crash Bandicoot handheld games exist out there… if you can find em.
This would be a perfect item for your controller holding Crash from the list above.
Oh, and that’s not all.. there were actually many electronic gaming devices themed around our favorite bandicoot, including a series produced by McDonalds.
Check out a full list of Crash themed handhelds on Crash Mania.
4. Crash Bandicoot Plush by Kidrobot
Now look, we talk a lot about collectibles.. and keeping them on a shelf… and you can’t play with em..
But here is a simple Crash Bandicoot toy that you can keep on the bed or on the couch to snuggle with and not feel bad about it.
A Crash Bandicoot plush… what more do you need to know?
He’s soft, he’s fuzzy, he’s eight inches tall, and it’s Crash!
Every home needs a plush to squeeze, why not make it a Crash Bandicoot plush?
3. Crash Bandicoot Figure in a Can by Funko Soda
When we first came across this one, we thought.. oh cool, a Crash soda… but that doesn’t count as a toy.
Well, we didn’t realize that Funko (the popular collectible toy brand) had a really awesome toy series that comes inside of a soda can!
What an awesome packaging concept.
I would have a hard time allowing myself to actually crack one open!
And they come in “mystery” form, where you have to open it up to see which toy you actually got.
I’d probably end up buying quite a few, so I could have a sealed can and the toy next to it.
Obviously what Funko intended! You gotta buy several.
2. Crash Bandicoot Articulated Figure by Nendoroid
Now here is a Crash toy you can play with!
This four inch tall vinyl figure comes with articulating arms and legs, as well as movable eyebrows and swappable eyes!
He also comes packed with alternative body parts that you can swap out to give him different poses, as well as a nice stand for displaying your new toy.
Similar to the articulated Crash Bandicoot toy by NECA, but this one is themed from the 2020 game “Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time”.
Now, I said you can play with this toy, but at about $115, you might not actually want to. At least not without washing your hands first.
I’d say go for it though, cause look how cool he is! How you gonna keep him on a shelf? Do it. Do it.
1. Crash Bandicoot Funko Pop Series
While they may not necessarily fit the traditional Crash look…
The Funko Pop collectible vinyl toy series created for Crash Bandicoot is by far our favorite.
Collectible vinyl toys are not the kind of toys you give to your kids.
These are the kinds of “toys” that you keep in the box and put on a shelf.
They are the kind of toys that if your kids took them out of the box and touched with their dirty little fingers, you would be devastated.
Collectible vinyl toys are meant for exactly that… collecting.
And for game fans, toy fans, and Crash fans… these are some of the coolest toys you can get.
A common thread throughout this article is the collectible nature of many of these toys…
And what it all comes down to is that these toys remind us of a character and a game franchise we love.
We want to add these toys to our collection on our shelf… and that shelf represents joy. And fun. And nostalgia.
For retro game fans, modern game fans, toy collectors, whatever it may be… that’s what all of this is about… nostalgia: Trying to bottle up that magic we feel and keep it forever.
Toys might help savor some of that magic, just a bit. And it’s totally worth it.
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Anthony has been a video game lover ever since he can remember. He became a fulltime nomad in 2018, living throughout most of Asia. He focused his passion in retro gaming and began creating a game for the Game Boy Color while living in Nara, Japan during the 2020 pandemic. He is now in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where he spends most of his time gaming, going on long walks and meeting as many stray dogs as possible.