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Steve Casino - The Painter Of Nuts

(photo credit: Mike Hoeting) What do you do in the industry? I’m a full-time toy inventor at Bang Zoom Design. Outside the industry I’m best known for making artwork using peanuts. In fact, my nickname is “The Painter Of Nuts.” I also make custom wooden toys for art shows AND the fun of it. What are you working on now? At this precise moment (11 PM) I’m making a sculpture of Queen Elizabeth from almond shells for a an ad campaign in the UK. Why and how did you get into the Toy and Game industry? I started out as a packaging designer at a now-defunct company called “Happiness Express.” After moving my way up to product design I met The Kislevitz brothers, who had licensed inventions I was

Molly Zeff - What it Takes to Succeed on your Board Game Kickstarter Campaign

(Co-Founder and CEO, Flying Leap Games Crowdfunding the Money to Make Your Dream Game: What it Takes to Succeed on your Board Game Kickstarter Campaign 26%. That is the percentage of first time game Kickstarter campaigns that succeed, according to Kickstarter itself. Let’s look at this another way: For every 1 campaign that meets its goal, 3 fail. These odds remind me of a comment I’ve heard from multiple entrepreneurs, who often say some version of the following: “If I had known how hard it [starting a business] would be, I might not have done it.” And unlike Indiegogo, Kickstarter is all or nothing; you either meet your goal and get everything, or you get, well, noth

Josh West - Costumed Crime Fighters Don't Get Paid, so...

What do you do in the industry? Try to model disorganization and confusion with as much grace and dignity as possible. I am the Head of Product Design and Sourcing for Thinkfun, Inc. I'm privileged to meet with some of the most creative inventors in the world to try and find the next great puzzle or game, and then to get that game produced as only the team at Thinkfun can. What are you working on now? Currently these interview questions. I'm in between trade shows at the moment, which means my colleague Kathy and I are in the midst of sourcing the 2019 product line for Thinkfun. At this point, a lot of that is envisioning what those products could look like, so it's also a lot of conversati

Ken Johnson - Inventor of Phase 10

What was your favorite toy or game as a child? As a kid, I played games all the time with my family. We seemed to have every game in the known universe! Why and how did you get into the Toy and Game industry? I got into the industry as a result of my love of games and my desire to start a manufacturing company. I chose this industry because it allowed me to fulfill both dreams. What trends do you see in toys or games that excite or worry you? I see a trend toward people sitting down for a “game night” of fun playing games. People are putting down their mobile devices and enjoying the social interaction produced while playing games together. What advice can you give to inventors who are prese


The company finally has the final product design and a prototype, and is ready to bring its newest, most innovative product to market. Is a meeting with the company’s lawyer on the pre-launch checklist? “Why?” you ask. The answer is that by consulting with the Company’s legal team prior to introducing new toys into the market, the Company may save tens, even hundreds of thousands of dollars. The following is a short discussion of some of the items that should be on every toy company’s “To-Do” list prior to bringing any new toy to market. 1. Intellectual Property. Most companies already know that they should apply for a trademark registration for the name of the company. However,

Ishkabibbles - Just for Fun!  

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