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.

Toy designer lands dream stint at Hasbro following Inventors Workshop

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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About Robert Hutchins

Robert Hutchins is the editor of ToyNews and its sister title, Licensing.biz. He has worked his way from Staff Writer to Editor across the two titles, having spent almost eight years with both and what now seems like a lifetime surrounded by toys. You can contact him by emailing robert.hutchins@biz-media.co.uk or calling him on 0203 143 8780 You can even follow him on Twitter @RobGHutchins if ranting is your thing...

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