The 13-year-old Chief Play Officer of Toys “R” Us Canada recently retired. Read on to know more about the story.
Alex Thorne, 13, recently stepped down from his position as the Chief Play Officer of Toys “R” Us Canada. Thorne, who will celebrate his 14th birthday on December 31, hails from Pickering, Ontario. He was the fourth child to take the position after winning in a competition in 2013 that was organized by the Canadian division of Toys “R” Us.
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According to CNN, Thorne has played “hundreds and hundreds” of toys during his tenure. The 13-year-old was responsible for deciding the “what’s hot” and “what’s not” in toys that are targeted at all genders and age groups.
According to Toys “R” Us Communications Manager Tamar Nersesian, Thorne’s primary role is to help promote the benefits of imagination and play as well as to provide the inside scoop. Once Thorne played and reviewed the toys, they are his to keep.
“There are some toys I test that are really for toddlers so, personally, they don’t appeal to me. But I can definitely see how I would like them if I was younger. I keep a few toys that appeal to me, and the rest I give away to people I know, my old day care of charities,” Thorne said.
When asked about his favorite toy, Thorne said that he loves LEGO Dimensions. Thorne’s younger brother, Carter, might be the only luckier boy in Canada because he “gets the benefits of playing with all the toys but doesn’t have to do the work.”
It was reported that Thorne’s position was paid and his full compensation package included toys. Toys “R” Us and Thorne have mutually decided to pass the torch to somebody else now that the latter is in high school.
Nersesian said that they are looking for kids between the ages of 11 and 13 who are enthusiastic, outgoing, vibrant, and comfortable in front of the camera. The Australian division of the company offers a chief toy tester position, but the position of Chief Play Officer is unique to Canada. Thorne’s successor is expected to be announced in January 2016.
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