Toy designer lands dream stint at Hasbro following Inventors Workshop

Billy Langsworthy

By Billy Langsworthy

September 8th 2016 at 11:07AM
UPDATED September 14th 2016 at 12:24PM
Toy designer lands dream stint at Hasbro following Inventors Workshop

Belfast-based Ciaran Larkin, who runs his own design company called I Make Anything, has been working with the firm at its Rhode Island HQ, having impressed Hasbro’s inventor relations team at last year’s event.

Ciaran Larkin has landed his dream opportunity in the toy industry after attending last year’s Inventors Workshop.

Independent product designer Larkin has run his own design company - I Make Anything - since 2010, designing and building everything from one-off props and costumes, to large scale event design.

Last year, he attended ToyNews’ Inventors Workshop, where he pitched to top toy execs from around the world.
Having impressed the Hasbro inventor relations team at the event, his dream has become a reality and Larkin has been working with Hasbro at its Rhode Island HQ in the States.  

Both Larkin and Hasbro will be returning to present the keynote talk at this year’s Inventors Workhop, held on September 20th at Whittlebury Hall in Northamptonshire.

As a sponsor of the event, toy execs from Hasbro will once again fly in from the US for the one-day event, intent on discovering the best of British toy design talent.

“We were impressed with Ciaran when we met him at the Inventors Workshop and invited him to spend a month at our headquarters in Rhode Island,” said Hasbro’s director of global toy acquisitions, Rich Mazel.

“While there, Ciaran pitched new concept ideas for some of the company’s best-known brands. Hasbro executives will once again attend the Inventors Workshop in the hope of discovering new toy talent.”

Larkin told ToyNews: “Taking the plunge and deciding to pitch at the Inventors Workshop changed my life. The chance to not only meet but pitch to legendary toy companies like Hasbro seemed too good to be true. Turns out it wasn’t, and it has propelled me into my dream career.

“I am eternally grateful to everyone who makes the Inventors Workshop happen; it is a must attend for everybody in the inventing world and I can’t believe I’ll be back there in September delivering the keynote presentation. I really hope my story can inspire other toy designers who are yet to realise their dream.”

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