I never miss an opportunity to speak when invited. I think it important to share with others what we do as toy inventors and what we learn in the process of creation. It's also important to let kids know about toy design as a possible career choice.
After all, it wasn’t until I was flat broke and desperate for a job 30+ years ago that I even heard of toy design. Before that I had never given a thought to where toys came from. It turns out that toy invention was the perfect career choice as the need for innovative and fresh ideas in the toy industry is never ending.
I was recently the guest of honor at a Cub Scout troop meeting. Even before it began, as I laid out many of our toys on the auditorium stage, I was thronged by boys, excitedly talking, pointing to the toys they recognized, like TMX Elmo, and asking questions about others. I was surprised and delighted by the response.
Toys are so exciting to kids – I guess that goes without saying. I had a chance to talk about how we do what we do, from being inspired by an initial idea to building a working prototype, and licensing it to a toy company who then takes it to manufacture in China. The boys had many a question following my presentation and I did my best to answer one and all. It was very satisfying, and hopefully for them both entertaining and edifying.
What other type of product brings so much joy and happiness as toys?