Shopkins, collectible, shopping-themed characters, took the toy industry by storm in 2014. With more than 600 million Shopkins characters sold in the U.S. to date, there's no denying kids can't wait to get their hands on them -- and parents are often sent on a hunt to purchase these coveted toys.
The award-winning adorable toys are tiny, and each season, Shopkins introduces a new theme for kids to collect, share and trade with their friends. The characters are all shopping-themed, for example, grocery items (fruits, vegetables, sweets, more), shoes, beauty items, houseware products, sports, tech and more. Each season includes rare, limited-edition Shopkins. These loveable characters include memorable names such as Kooky Cookie, Apple Blossom, Nettie Spaghetti, Tiny Tissues, Polly Piano, Rita Remote, Freda Fern and more.
If your kids love Shopkins, there may be things you didn't know about these trendy toys. We found 15 secrets and fun facts about Shopkins.
Shopkins headquarters are abroad
Shopkins are designed by Moose Toys, which is located in Melbourne, Australia. Moose Toys is also behind Little Live Pets!, The Chocolate Bar Maker, Qixels, The Trash Pack, The Ugglys Pet Shop and more.
Shopkins was launched in 2014
These popular collectible toys launched in 2014. More than 600 million Shopkins characters have been sold in the United States to date.
Shopkins have won many awards
Shopkins was the top-selling toy in the United States in 2015, according to NPD data. In 2016, the Shopkins Scoops Ice Cream Truck won the Toy Industry Association's Girl Toy of the Year award. In 2015, the Shopkins Small Mart Playset also won the same award. Shopkins has also won various other awards, including Time to Play Magazine's 2014 Most Wanted List and Toy Insider "Hot 20" for 2014.
Shopkins recently became wearable
For the first time, kids can make their own Shopkins bracelets with the launch of Shopkins Charms, which were released this year.
Celebrity kids are Shopkins fans
Child actor Aubrey Anderson-Emmons is a huge Shopkins fan. She even had a Shopkins-inspired birthday party.
A special Shopkins character was auctioned for big money
There is a one-of-a-kind Shopkins character named Gemma Stone that was auctioned for $21,500, with all proceeds benefitting the Toy Industry Foundation.
The animal-faced Shopkins have a different name
Shopkins with ears and an animal face are called Petkins.
Shopkins are incredibly popular
Due to the popularity of the brand, some stores have been reported to limit the number of Shopkins items that a customer can purchase.
A few Shopkins feature Moose employee names
Some of the characters are named after Moose employees, like Season 5 Limited Edition, Yolanda Yo-Yo. Kylie Cone is another.
Characters in the 2-Packs are often hidden
Shopkins 2-Packs come hidden in unique containers each season, like shopping baskets, crates or backpacks.
The holes at the bottom of Shopkins are for a reason
The holes in the bottom of some of the characters make them perfect for displaying Shopkins on pencils.
Every child wants a rare Shopkins
Shopkins can be Common, Rare, Ultra Rare, Special Edition, or the most coveted -- Limited Edition. The rarest limited edition characters are Cupcake Queen and Marsha Mellow.
Shopkins are not only collectible characters
Since the launch of Shopkins in 2014, you'll find characters on everything from lunchboxes and backpacks to plush toys, clothing, including dresses, bicycles and even Halloween costumes.
The Shopkins family continues to grow
There are about 140 characters per season so there are now more than 700 characters across the core line.
There's a special icon in the Shopkins logo
The dot on top of the "I" in the Shopkins logo is a little gold coin.