The Toy Association Releases Sixth Edition of Toy Inventor & Designer Guide

April 27, 2023 | Looking to learn more about how to get your toy invention from an idea to a marketable product? The Toy Association has updated its Toy Inventor & Designer Guide, a free resource packed with information for aspiring toy inventors and entrepreneurs looking to break into the toy industry.

The popular, in-depth guide, now in its sixth edition, highlights important tips to successfully bring a toy to market, including information on how to gauge whether an idea is unique, cost-effective, safe, and legally protected. The guide also offers resources on selling an idea/invention to a toy manufacturer and bringing a product to market, in addition to a list of organizations and state and federal government agencies that are available to help inventors and designers.

“Inventors and designers are the lifeblood of the toy industry, and The Toy Association is committed to providing them with the resources they need to thrive,” said Ken Ebeling, executive vice president of strategic development and member services at The Toy Association. "Our updated Toy Inventor & Designer Guide is an invaluable resource for those looking to learn more about the toy creation process. It’s among the many resources we offer the inventor community, including safety and technical support, educational resources via webinars, research reports, and more, and opportunities to connect with prospective buyers, manufacturers, and media at Toy Fair®.”

The Toy Association’s Creative Factor Inventor Day program is one such upcoming opportunity available to inventors, designers, and entrepreneurs at Toy Fair this fall. Taking place Tuesday, October 3 at the Javits Center in New York City, Inventor Day will allow select creative professionals to pitch their ideas to top manufacturing partners. Click here for information on how to apply.

The Toy Association serves on the United Inventors Association’s Toy Industry Advisory Board and supports the toy design departments of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles through scholarship grants and student membership. To learn more about the many Toy Association resources for creative professionals, contact Bernadette Boyle, senior director of member services.