This holiday season’s shaping up to be a real stinker.
Toy insiders and wincing parents tell The Post that the Buttheads Fart Launcher 3000 — a Nerf gun-like gadget that shoots farts instead of darts — is topping off kids’ wish lists this year.
“This is my worst nightmare,” mom Angie Wong, the 42-year-old founder of the private Facebook group Brooklyn Moms, tells The Post. She recently caved and got the gas-blasting gizmo for her 5-year-old son, Will, and 7-year-old daughter, Maddie. “I can see that thing [being] used on my face one unsuspecting morning.”
According to its product description, the flatulent firearm, developed by WowWee, can spread stench up to 10 feet across a room and is “best used in well-ventilated areas or outdoors.”
It’s intended for kids ages 5 and up, comes with a cartridge capable of “100-plus” blasts of stink and is “silent but deadly,” allowing users to sneak up on their victims. (If it’s the cheese-cutting noise you seek, WowWee also manufactures Buttheads figurines — popular little dolls whose faces are butts, which make farting noises sans smell.)
The Fart Launcher’s reek, “while incredibly accurate … is organic, plant-based, doesn’t get caught in fabric and dissipates in minutes,” WowWee brand manager Andrew Yanofsky tells The Post.
On Monday, the $20 parental headaches sold out on Walmart.com. Yankofsky declined to share specific numbers, but says sales are also “off to a hot start” on Amazon.com, where it’s currently on sale for $17, and at Target.com.
Obviously, kids love it: Wong’s son, Will, gives it “5 billion thumbs up.” And Marissa DiBartolo, editor-in-chief of the Toy Insider, says she’d expect nothing less from such a putrid plaything.
“Gross toys are super popular with kids, from poop and farts to snotty slime,” she says. Her team at Toy Insider has noticed icky gifts trending “over the last few years,” including last year’s superpopular Poopsie the Unicorn — essentially, a My Pretty Pony that poos slime.
“Potty humor is pretty much a guaranteed hit with kids,” says DiBartolo. Other top toys this season bear that out: There’s Kawaii Slime, a collection of pretty putties and gels that make farting noises when you squish them; Pop Pops Snotz, little pods of slime “boogers” that come with a hammer to smack them with; and the Pooey Puitton, a high-design-inspired, poo-shaped plastic purse.
But even savvy toy expert DiBartolo considers the Fart Blaster in a class of its own.
“Be warned: It genuinely does stink,” she says.
User reviews confirm as much. Amazon customer Honey Bunz writes, “Thank the lord we have a whole house fan to clear the air, because this was a lot stronger stank than we were [expecting],” while an unfortunate tester on toy-reviewing YouTube channel Dad Does cries out, “Oh, s – – t!” when a smelly cloud hits him in the face.
Like DiBartolo, WowWee’s Yanofsky thinks the Fart Launcher is a “special” toy.
“There’s something so visceral and hilarious about watching your dad’s or sister’s face scrunch when they get hit with the smell,” he says.
To the gag gift’s credit, some adults aren’t as put-off as Wong or Honey Bunz. Mike Toft, a 51-year-old Manhattan dad, is planning to buy one for his 7-year-old son this Christmas.
“It’s great fun for kids,” he says — and for adults who “think the holidays stink,” anyway.
Even Wong admits that it’s growing on her.
“I kind of secretly want one [for myself],” she says.
For still-wary parents, there is some hope: DiBartolo says that interest in extra-yucky toys is starting to “slow down slightly” — although she doubts it’ll ever truly die out.
“Poops and farts never really go out of style,” she says.
In the meantime, parents might consider the potential upsides of investing in the Fart Blaster.
“I would buy it for a relative I didn’t like very much,” says Wong.
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