What if your career was in toy-making---without living at the North Pole?
Check out this video from Hasbro-it talks about the process of making toys:
Here is the design process of how Transformers toys are made: http://gizmodo.com/5994962/autobots-assembled-how-transformers-come-to-life
What steps are involved in the process?
- Design: does the toy do anything? Does it connect with a computer or phone or controller? Is it part of a series of related toys? Does it have accessories? Does it come in different sizes?
- Is it a building toy with many parts that fit together?
- Manufacture--process and product-people need to design the machines that produce the toy
- Use of motors or mechanics within the toy
- Materials used to make the toy (plastic, metal, fabric, etc.)
- Design of outside paint and decals
- Design of packaging
- Planned changes for future models
- Testing: do the mechanics work, if any? Is it durable?
- Sales-how will you sell the toys? Online? In other stores, or in your own store? How do you price them?
- Website design and maintenance
- Law as it applies to patents, copyrights, and liability
- Marketing, including naming the toy, and tie-in products such as books or clothes featuring that toy
- Or, for example, Pixar may make a movie and want toys to sell that are related to it-how do you create them?
Some toy manufacturers employ child life experts to see what toys are appropriate for which ages, so you may be able to use a degree in Child Development, Education, or Psychology to work for one of these companies.
A video of how K'nex are made:
Manufacturing toy trains: http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=discovery+channel+how+it%27s+made+toy+trains&qs=n&form=QBVR&pq=discovery+channel+how+it%27s+made+toy+trains&sc=0-36&sp=-1&sk=#view=detail&mid=4E324EB47081FDD464F14E324EB47081FDD464F1
Here is a great interview with a self-employed toy manufacturer:
dolls, stuffed toys,
....or toys for a specific age group.