Wednesday 18 January 2017

James, eight, lands toy testing job

Published 22/05/2011 | 13:53

Eight-year-old James Childs has clinched his dream job by becoming a toy tester (Hannah Milne/PA)
Eight-year-old James Childs has clinched his dream job by becoming a toy tester (Hannah Milne/PA)

An eight-year-old boy has clinched his dream job by becoming a toy tester.

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Not only will James Childs review each new Ben 10 toy before it goes on sale, he will be paid monthly in toys and will get to suggest his own ideas for new products.

Ben 10 is an American cartoon about a boy who uses a device to turn into different aliens.

James, from Luton, landed the amazing role after winning a competition where children had to write to manufacturer Bandai to say why they should get the job.

The youngster produced a poem with a series of drawings that won him the top prize, even including a photograph of him dressed as Ben 10 with the entry.

His father Wayne Childs said: "Having the opportunity to video review the Ben 10 toys as they are released this year will help James with his dyslexia, and also boost his confidence."

He is even giving away some toys to a local primary school to use in a literacy and art competition, as well as to the Luton and Dunstable Hospital Children's Ward at Christmas.

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