The Best Octonauts Toys 2021: Characters, Sets, & Gups

The Best Octonauts Toys For Your Octo-Cadet’s Adventures — Above Water & Below

December 22, 2020 Updated April 1, 2021

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If Octonauts toys are your kid’s latest toy obsession, here’s the low-down: The Octonauts (and not “The Aquanauts,” contrary to popular belief) is a British Netflix kids series, and it’s surprisingly addicting for kids and adults, alike. It’s a sweet premise –as with the best of children’s shows and entertainment — and stars a cast of fun undersea explorers. The crew is always willing and ready to leave their “Octopod” home base and dive deep, uncovering new underwater worlds on their adventures.

If your child is like most kids, simply watching the hit series is not enough—they’re a bonafide Octo-cadet who needs more Octo-fun in their life! In other words, it’s time to buy them some Octonaut toys to play with all day long, leaving them for you to subsequently trip over in the living room when you finally have a moment of quiet to yourself. But as it turns out, it’s not always as simple as heading to Amazon and clicking “Add to Cart.”

Why are Octonauts toys so expensive?

We agree, Mama — if you’ve done any searching for Octonaut toys, you’ve seen some ridiculously high prices. Others are nearly impossible to find (made even harder if you’re mistakenly searching for “Aquanauts toys”). With the popularity of the show, these toys have become a hot commodity (think: bidding wars for Beanie Babies), plus some are more available in the UK, where the show originated. Their status is putting them on the brink of being collector’s items, although all your kid really wants to do is play with their favorite characters and Gups. To clarify, Gups are the vehicles used by the Octonauts, often underwater but sometimes above … but you probably already knew that.

What is the Octonauts Octopod?

The Octonauts live in the Octopod. It resembles a multi-limbed creature and has 4 arms that act as separate wings of the main base. When the Octonauts head out on an adventure, there’s a hatch that opens to release the Gups into the open sea.

What are the Octonauts’ names?

In case you’re sure who’s who, here’s a handy list of the Octonauts’ names so you can make sure you get your kiddo’s favorite. And yes, there are 8, hence the “Octo” in “Octonauts”):

  • Kwazii is a daring orange pirate cat who always wears an eye patch.
  • Captain Barnacles is a white bear who tends to take charge.
  • Shellington is an otter who’s a marine biologist.
  • Peso is a penguin and the team’s medic.
  • Dashi is a dog, tech wiz, and photographer.
  • Tweak is a bunny engineer who makes sure the gups are always in tip-top shape.
  • Professor Inkling is an intelligent octopus and oceanographer.
  • Tunip is one of the vegimals — vegetable/animal hybrids. They help out around the Octopod and speak their own silly language.

With all that said, We’d say it’s about time to replace all of those Baby Shark toys (and retire that theme song–finally) with our new favorite aquatic crew: The Octonauts. Are you unsure where to begin your search for the best Octonaut toys? Don’t worry, Mama—we’ve got your back, as always. Here are some of the best Octonauts toys on the market that kids will be loving in 2021.

Octonauts Character Toys

Fisher-Price Octonauts Peso's Medical Bag

This interactive toy is not the usual figurine-type toy. It allows your child to play doctor and help Peso treat the snot sea cucumber. Along with the soft, plush Peso doll, it comes with everything your child needs to get the job done right: a medical bag complete with a stethoscope, thermometer, two bandages (one plastic and one fabric). It also comes with a creature card and an Octo tablet that spits out fun facts. 


Fisher-Price Octonauts Octo-Crew 8 Figure Pack

Chances are, your little one owns a bunch of these Fisher-Price figurine toys, so might as well add The Octonauts to his collection. The set includes the eight main characters: Inkling, Dashi, Tunip, Tweak, Peso, Kwazii, Barnacles, and Shellington. Each figurine is approximately 2 to 3 inches tall—AKA the perfect size for you to step on by accident (but, hey, it’s worth it!). 

$32.99 AT AMAZON

Fisher-Price Octonauts Octopod Shark Adventure Playset

This fairly elaborate playset includes the entire Octonauts team and showcases the entire Octopod home base so your child can have all the undersea fun she dreams of having. There’s a button inside the Launch Bay as well as one on the front of the playset that activates the Octopod’s blue lights and shouts fun phrases from the crew. It’s an investment, for sure, but there’s so much to explore here, it’s worth the price if you have a true Octo-fan on your hands. (This set is popular, so if it’s sold out on Amazon, try Walmart or Sears.)


Octonauts Rescue Figure & Sea Creature Pack - Set of 2

If you’re looking for a free-play set that’s also affordable, grab this one, stat! This 2-pack features 2 figures each: Inkling and a seahorse, and Shellington and a frogfish. With them, your kids can plan rescue missions with the rest of their toys (or their expansive Octonauts collection).

$25.00 AT AMAZON

Fisher-Price Octonauts Octo Glow Crew Pack

Ready for some glow-in-the-dark fun? This 8-pack of figures features all the Octonauts in glowing suits — bring on the nighttime adventures!

$39.99 AT AMAZON

Yode Plush Soft Toys

Maybe your child prefers toys of the cuddly kind. This sweet set includes Barnacles, Kwazii, and Peso stuffed dolls that are about 10 inches tall. In addition to being adorable, you’ll get plenty of bang for your buck — and reviewers give this trio a near-perfect rating.


Octonauts Toy Gups/Vehicles

Fisher-Price Octonauts Gup-Q Undersea Explorer

This super cool Octonaut Gup-Q is inspired by the hammerhead shark, which you can clearly see by its clever design. When your child presses the fin it activates the searchlights and turns into a glow-in-the-dark toy  It works both in and out of water, so it can also be used as a bath toy. The entire set includes Gup-Q, Kwazii in his Octo-Glow suit, rescue towline, rescue basket and creature.

$69.99 AT AMAZON

Fisher-Price Octonauts Claw and Drill Gup-D Playset

This interactive toy lets your child in on the exploratory fun that all of the Octonaut characters have—exploring, rescuing and protecting their home base. It features the submersible craft, the GUP-D, song with a Lieutenant Barnacles figurine. This toy can be played with outside of the water but also inside, since the GUP-D naturally stays afloat, so it makes for a great bath toy. 

$59.95 AT AMAZON

Fisher-Price Octonauts Gup-H & Barnacles Playset

Underwater play is fun, but so is above water play! This set includes Captain Barnacles in his GUP-H—a vehicle that works in and out of the water. With one press of his propeller, the GUP-H’s rescue basket lowers and with a turn of the crank, the helicopter blades spin to lift the rescue line. The legs can fold up underneath for easy storage.  

$49.99 AT AMAZON

Octonauts Rescue Figure & Sea Creature Pack - Set of 2

If you’re looking for a free-play set that’s also affordable, grab this one, stat! This 2-pack features 2 figures each: Inkling and a seahorse, and Shellington and a frogfish. With them, your kids can plan rescue missions with the rest of their toys (or their expansive Octonauts collection).

$25.00 AT AMAZON

Fisher-Price Octonauts Gup A Deluxe Vehicle Playset

This toy is so cool, you won’t even mind playing with it alongside your child. It includes the Octonaut vehicle, seaweed mustache, angler fish and more with headlights and antennas to boot. It even makes for easy cleanup because you can store all of the tiny pieces inside the vehicle when playtime’s all done. You can also add to the collection by purchasing additional Octonaut vehicles (sold separately).


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