In October, due to a viral tweet, the world discovered of a brand new LEGO Metropolis set that contained a large human turd inside a conveyable bathroom. It was such an absurd sight that, after Kotaku reported about it, I used to be invited by NPR to debate it on considered one of their podcast trivia exhibits. However this isn’t the primary time Lego has included poop in a set. Really, the poop piece goes again far sufficient that I can spin a complete historical past of what’s formally often known as LEGO half 6275030. And whereas the makes use of in LEGO units through the years have various wildly, the ‘poop’ piece has all the time appeared in fascinating (if not gross) methods.
Some folks will attempt to inform you that the brown swirl piece is definitely a cupcake piece that LEGO has re-colored and re-used as poop. I’m right here to problem that principle. The truth is that LEGO has a significantly better cupcake high piece, numbered 6060731, which dates all the way in which again to 2014. Confusingly often known as the swirled high piece, it has been utilized in quite a few units to symbolize muffins, sweets, chocolate, and many others. And when LEGO must symbolize poop—which they should do extra typically than you may count on—the corporate eschews the precise cupcake piece, and as an alternative makes use of piece 6275030 aka the precise poop piece.
So, when did the precise poop piece first seem in a LEGO set? That was in 2019, as a part of the Canine Sitter set that appeared in Collectible Minifigure Collection 19. This was part of a fan-favorite collectible minifigure collection that featured a wide range of characters, like a pizza mascot and gamer. This dog-themed determine turned successful due to how completely different it was in comparison with previous minifigs, which are sometimes extra conservative. By comparability, this novel set got here with issues like a poop scooper, two canines, and a pleasant blue hat.
LEGO used the piece once more in 2020 by way of a small poly-bag catapult and fortress set that was launched in Europe as an additional present packaged with Challenge #3 of LEGO Explorer journal. No, you aren’t being trolled. That could be a catapult that fires shit. Maybe LEGO formally would say it’s firing a big pile of mud, however let’s all be actual right here: that’s poop. That’s a poop catapult.
After this plain look, the piece confirmed up in a 2020 LEGO Associates airplane, which could sound uncommon besides that it got here as an adjunct for the included canine.
Later that very same yr, the notorious poop piece exhibits up in a Harry Potter set as…the highest of a cupcake! Okay, so LEGO does double-dip typically. That is the place issues get weirder and grosser. Whereas the precise cupcake piece I beforehand talked about is simply used to symbolize deserts or ice cream treats, the poop piece does infrequently, additionally get utilized by LEGO to create comparable treats and sweets. That is very gross if you happen to acknowledge it. Think about being a child who bought that Canine Sitter determine and then you definitely get this Harry Potter set and understand that the cupcake and the canine shit are one-in-the-same. No less than if you happen to lose one…
Shifting ahead, LEGO would proceed to make use of piece 6275030 as each shit and meals in a number of Associates, Metropolis, and Jurassic World units. Principally, each time a monkey, dinosaur or canine was included in a set, LEGO would chuck in some poop, too. It turned a staple of animal units, alongside some desert units as effectively. Was this completed to economize? Was this a mistake? Or did somebody at LEGO discover it humorous that every one these cute minifigs have been consuming poop? Or did no person at LEGO assume anybody, not to mention a grown grownup, would waste this a lot of their time researching the piece? Most likely that final one…
Nevertheless, it wasn’t till 2022 that LEGO took one other daring leap and began to discover utilizing the piece as human excrement. This yr marked the primary time the poop piece was included in… The Workplace LEGO set based mostly on the favored TV present. Sure, whereas the latest Prepare Station set bought all of the press and tweets, it was simply one other time that LEGO had used the piece to symbolize human shit, and inside the similar yr as well. Within the Workplace set, underneath a desk, you could find the LEGO turd which seems to be a callback to the season 2 episode “The Carpet.” In that episode, a human being shits on Michael’s workplace ground as a part of a disgusting prank. This may seem to be an odd factor to reference in a LEGO set, however The Workplace set is a show set meant extra for adults and followers of the present and never for youths to play with.
Following that look in September of this yr, it could in fact present up within the well-known Prepare Station set bathroom. It additionally appeared in a New York Taxi Cab set which was additionally launched in 2022. Right here it’s present in a trash can and, apparently, it’s speculated to be canine shit that somebody has thrown away. However, it’s a trash can in NYC. So, let’s be sincere: It may very well be human shit, too. However regardless of the supply of the poop, it feels applicable to the town setting.
Now, as 2022 wraps up, it appears this was actually the yr of human poop in Lego. We bought at the least two units that included the poop piece to symbolize human shit. And if you happen to depend the Taxi set’s hidden turd, which I do, that’s three units in a single yr that include human crap. It’s a brand new period for LEGO. What is going to 2023 deliver us? Will we lastly get an official piss puddle piece? I can’t wait to search out out.