The Complete, Surprising 8 Year Story of the LEGO Poop Piece

A lego man uses a magnifying glass to take a close look at a floating lego hack.

picture: Lego / Relockable / Kotaku / Branko Devic (Shutterstock)

In October, thanks to a viral tweet, the world learned of a new LEGO City set that featured a giant human turd in a portable toilet. It was such an absurd sight that after kotaku reported about it, I was invited by NPR to discuss it on one of their podcast trivia shows. But this isn’t the first time Lego has included poop in a set. Actually, the poop piece goes back far enough that I can spin an entire history of what’s officially known as a LEGO piece 6275030. And while uses in LEGO sets have varied widely over the years, the “poop” part has always popped up in interesting (if not gross) ways.

Some people will try to tell you that the brown swirl piece is actually a cupcake piece that LEGO recolored and repurposed as poop. I’m here to challenge that theory. The reality is LEGO has a much better cupcake top that is numbered 6060731which dates back to 2014. Confusingly known as the twirled top, it has been used in numerous sets to represent cakes, candy, chocolate, etc. And when LEGO has to depict feces – which they have to do more often than you might expect – the company refrains from doing so indeed cupcake piece and used piece 6275030 aka the instead indeed poop piece.

One photo shows the dog sitter figure with dogs, poop and shovel.

photo: Bricklink / Lego / Kotaku

So when did the actual poop piece first appear in a LEGO set? That was in 2019 as part of the Dog Sitting Set which appeared in Collectible Minifigure Series 19. This was part of a fan-favorite collectible minifigure series that included a variety of characters such as a pizza mascot and a gamer. This dog-themed figure became a hit because it differed from previous minifigures, which were often more conservative. In comparison, this novelty set included things like a poop scooper, two dogs, and a beautiful blue hat.

LEGO used the piece again over in 2020 a small catapult and a poly bag fortress Set released in Europe as an extra gift with issue #3 of LEGO Explorer magazine. No, you are not being trolled. That’s a catapult that fires shit. Maybe LEGO would officially say it fires up a big pile of mud, but let’s all be honest here: that sucks. That’s a poop catapult.

An image of the LEGO catapult poly bag set containing poop.

screenshot: Bricklink / Lego / Kotaku

Following that undeniable appearance, the piece turned up on a 2020 LEGO Friends airplane, which may sound unusual, except that it came as an accessory for the included dog.

Later that same year, the infamous poop play in a pops up Harry Potter set as…the top of a cupcake! Okay, LEGO sometimes double-dips. This is where things get weirder and grosser. While the actual cupcake piece I mentioned earlier is only used to represent desserts or ice cream treats, the poop piece is also used by LEGO from time to time to create similar treats and sweets. That’s very gross when you realize it. Imagine you’re a kid who got this dog sitter character, and then you get this Harry Potter put and realize that the Cupcake and dog shit are one and the same. At least if you lose one…

A picture shows and compares two different uses of the poop piece.

Left: The poop piece used as a cupcake, Right: The poop piece used as dog poop in a Friends set.
picture: Lego / Kotaku

Going forward, LEGO would continue to use piece 6275030 as both shit and food in several Friends, City and Jurassic world puts. Basically, whenever there was a monkey, dinosaur or dog in a set, LEGO would throw in some poop as well. It became a staple of animal sets alongside some desert sets. Was this done to save money? Was that a mistake? Or did anyone at LEGO find it funny that all those cute minifigures were eating poo? Or did nobody at LEGO think that anyone, let alone a grown adult, would waste so much time researching the piece? Probably the last…

However, it wasn’t until 2022 that LEGO took another bold leap and began exploring the piece’s uses as a person feces. This year marked the first time the poop play was in… The office LEGO set based on the popular TV show. Yes, while the recent Train Station set got all the press and tweets, it was just another time LEGO had used the piece to depict human shit, and that same year. In which office set, under a desk, You can find the LEGO shit This appears to be a callback to the Season 2 episode “The Carpet.” In this episode, a human shits on Michael’s office floor as part of a disgusting prank. This might seem like an odd thing to be referenced in a LEGO set, but The office Set is a display set intended more for adults and fans of the show and not for children to play with.

A screenshot shows the LEGO poop piece in Michael's office.

After that appearance in September of that year, it naturally appeared in the famous station set toilet. It also appeared in a New York Taxi Set which was also published in 2022. Here it was found in a trash can and is said to be dog shit that someone threw away. But it’s a trash can in NYC. So let’s be honest: It could also be human shit. But whatever the source of the poop, it feels appropriate to the city’s setting.

Now that 2022 is drawing to a close, it really seems to have been the year of human poop in Lego. We have at least two sets that included the poop piece to represent human shit. And if you count the hidden shit pile of the taxi set, which I do, that’s three sets in one year that contain human crap. It’s a new era for LEGO. What will 2023 bring us? Are we finally getting an official piss puddle piece? I can’t wait to find out. The Complete, Surprising 8 Year Story of the LEGO Poop Piece

Curtis Crabtree

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