Toy companies hiring elves—and people who love fun
Now’s your chance to work with Pokémon, Elmo, LEGO people, and other pop culture icons.
You know that slightly crazed feeling you had as a kid tearing open your holiday presents to discover the coveted Nintendo Game Boy or LEGO Death Star set was finally yours? Well, people who work for toy companies help supply that thrill to others not just during the holidays, but all year long. In this instance, you can play games with your career.
If you fancy yourself an elf, you’re in luck: A few of the top toy companies in the world are currently hiring at multiple locations. Have a look to see if any of them inspire you to go in and play.
Bark & Co.
What they’re famous for: Toy companies don't just make stuff for humans. As the name implies, Bark & Co. is all about dogs. The BarkBox, a collection of toys and treats for dogs, is refreshed monthly and sold as a subscription. The company’s focus is “creating a brand for a generation of people who love their dogs like children .... If that means giving belly scratches until we get carpal tunnel or listening to squeaky toys until our ears bleed, that's cool.”
Fun fact: Bark & Co. is so into fun facts about dogs that it publishes them on a part of its website called BarkPost Stories.
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What they’re famous for: This video game, collectibles, and consumer electronics company includes a handful of specialty retail brands including EB Games, Micromania, Game Informer magazine, and ThinkGeek. Through the company's buy-sell-trade program, gamers can trade in video game consoles, games, and accessories, as well as consumer electronics, for cash or in-store credit.
Fun fact: This Fortune 500 company is the world’s largest video game retailer, with more than 5,700 stores across 14 countries.
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What they’re famous for: Hasbro’s brand has many headliners, including Play-Doh, Mr. Potato Head, G.I. Joe, My Little Pony and the Transformers. It also has the rights to the Sesame Street characters, games like Battleship, Jenga, and Hungry Hungry Hippos, and past phenomena like Furby, the Weebles, Lazer Tag, and the Easy-Bake Oven.
Fun fact: Hasbro was successful for decades as a maker of pencil boxes and zippered pouches for school supplies; its transition to the toy business is traced to World War II, when a customer suggested it make a junior air-raid warden kit.
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What they’re famous for: Thanks to the ubiquitous, ridiculously popular bricks, LEGO is a king among toy companies. Those little bricks can be used by kids of all ages to build just about anything they’ve seen in the world—Yankee Stadium, the Death Star, the U.S. Capitol building—or even things that no one has seen until they’re dreamed up and pieced together by someone singing “Everything Is Awesome.”
Fun fact: LEGO is the world’s largest producer of rubber wheels, outpacing even Goodyear and Bridgestone.
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What they’re famous for: From Fisher-Price to Masters of the Universe, Mattel is the world's second largest toy maker in terms of revenue, with Barbie and Hot Wheels helping make it rain.
Fun fact: Company co-founder Ruth Handler invented the Barbie Doll, which debuted at the American International Toy Fair In New York On March, 9, 1959, dressed in a black-and-white zebra-striped swimsuit.
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What they’re famous for: This video game company is best known for giving some guy named Mario his big break. Not to be outshined, Pokémon and Zelda also owe their careers to this Japanese entertainment behemoth.
Fun fact: Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System, Nintendo has sold more than 4.5 billion video games and more than 710 million hardware units globally.
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The Pokémon Company International
What they’re famous for: The Pokémon Company International, a subsidiary of the Japanese company, manages the property outside of Asia and heads up brand management, licensing, marketing, the Pokémon Trading Card Game, the animated TV series, home entertainment, and the official Pokémon website.
Fun fact: Pokémon is the highest grossing media franchises of all time worldwide, with an estimated revenue of $92.121 billion so far.
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What they’re famous for: The company that created the iconic all-American red wagon and tricycle recently celebrated its 100th anniversary. In addition to the classic products, the company also sells Tesla battery-powered cars for kids, scooters, ride-ons, balance bikes, and accessories.
Fun fact: Italian immigrant Antonio Pasin came to Chicago in 1914 and was a cabinet maker by trade. He began building and selling wooden wagons—nicknamed Liberty Coasters after the Statue of Liberty—which proved to be more popular than cabinets, and he soon had a business on his hands.
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What they’re famous for: The nonprofit behind Sesame Street is dedicated to teaching kids through shows, social impact initiatives, research, and more. They also develop products and experiences such as educational toys, books, music, and themed entertainment.
Fun fact: Almost one million kids play with a Sesame Street toy every day.
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What they’re famous for: Tech toys for tots are the major output of this Hong Kong-based company. From activity desks to smartwatches, their toys aim to teach as well as entertain.
Fun fact: Lesson One, their first electronic learning product, was introduced in 1980 to help teach kids spelling and math.
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