ToysRus is looking for a toy tester.
Toys ’R’ Us, the world’s largest toy specialty retailer, has announced it is seeking a professional toy tester. This is a dream job for one lucky kid out there! The official role is called “President of Play”.
• Open to American children ONLY
• Applicants must be between ages of 9 and 13
• Kids must be comfortable on camera, well-spoken, and love playing with toys
• All entries must be submitted in video format
The retailer has actually had a position like this available in the Canadian market, where the title was “Chief Play Officer”. Alex Thorne was previously in the role until retiring last year. The President of Play role will actually be very similar in nature to the role in Canada.
Interestingly, there has not been a similar position open in the U.S. before. Believe it or not – the winning kid will receive a compensation package and will have the opportunity to play with a wide array of toys spanning all product categories. In order to find the hot toys, the toy tester may be asked to play with the toys and provide his or her feedback on products that have not even hit store shelves!
Big name toy manufacturers, like Mattel and Hasbro, often test new toy concepts to ensure they are safe, easy to use, and most importantly, fun. These companies also send toys to influential bloggers and toy publications. Feedback received may result in alterations to make them even more alluring to kids.
It’s pretty cool that a kid gets a high profile role to test toys. Brings back memories of “I wanna be a Toys ‘R’ Us kid.”