Source: The Toy Coach/Tinkerly

Budding toy creators now have a new path to pitching that could help put new toys on the fast track to retail.

The Toy Coach and TinkerTini are joining forces to offer graduates of the Toy Creators Academy instant access to pitch their ideas directly to major toymakers through the Tinkerly Innovation Platform.

“Having a trusted and proven path for my students to connect and pitch directly to toy companies was a critical missing piece to Toy Creators Academy,” says Azhelle Wade, The Toy Coach. “Fast pass access to TinkerTini and their Tinkerly Innovation Platform is the perfect endpiece to my program, offering the support and guidance that’s so critical to help my new inventors license their ideas.”

Previously, Tinkerly was only available to professional inventors for the purpose of accessing company wishlists. Now, the same powerful platform is open to graduates who may be new to the toy industry.

“TinkerTini is committed to cultivating the most diverse, quality, and smartly educated inventing network in the world to deliver fresh ideas and the very best for our clients, always,” says Trina McFarland, owner and general manager, TinkerTini. “The Toy Creators Academy is truly beneficial to new inventors, and our industry as a whole. We need to keep investing in the future of inventing and The Toy Coach is doing just that.”

Both Wade and McFarland have made recent appearances on the ‘Power Kid Podcast‘ to discuss their current projects and experiences working in the toy industry.

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James Zahn

James Zahn

James Zahn, AKA The Rock Father, is Editor-in-Chief of The Toy Book, a Senior Editor at The Toy Insider and The Pop Insider, and Editor of The Toy Report, The Toy Book‘s weekly industry newsletter. As a pop culture and toy industry expert, Zahn has appeared as a panelist and guest at events including Comic-Con International: San Diego (SDCC) Wizard World Chicago, and the ASTRA Marketplace & Academy. Zahn has more than 30 years of experience in the entertainment, retail, and publishing industries, and is frequently called upon to offer expert commentary for publications such as Forbes, Marketwatch, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, USA Today, Reuters, the Washington Post, and more. James has appeared on History Channel’s Modern Marvels, was interviewed by Larry King and Anderson Cooper, and has been seen on Yahoo! Finance, CNN, CNBC, FOX Business, NBC, ABC, CBS, WGN, The CW, and more. Zahn joined the Adventure Media & Events family in 2016, initially serving as a member of the Parent Advisory Board after penning articles for the Netflix Stream Team, Fandango Family, PBS KIDS, Sprout Parents (now Universal Kids), PopSugar, and Chicago Parent. He eventually joined the company full time as a Senior Editor and moved up the ranks to Deputy Editor and Editor-in-Chief.