It Changed My Life: How Jackson Aw built a multimillion-dollar toy empire with $20,000 loan

In 2012, Jackson Aw took out a $20,000 loan to make his first toy. Today, he is the founder of multimillion-dollar design firm Mighty Jaxx, and has worked with global brands like DC Comics and Warner Bros. 
Mr Aw at the Mighty Jaxx booth at the Singapore Comic Convention in 2015. From a humble start, he now employs 45 staff and has a new, funkily furnished 6,500 sq ft office in Tai Seng industrial estate. Mr Jackson Aw, 30, started his collectible toy b
Mr Jackson Aw, 30, started his collectible toy business in 2012 with a $20,000 bank loan. ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN
Mr Aw at the Mighty Jaxx booth at the Singapore Comic Convention in 2015. From a humble start, he now employs 45 staff and has a new, funkily furnished 6,500 sq ft office in Tai Seng industrial estate. Mr Jackson Aw, 30, started his collectible toy b
Mr Aw at the Mighty Jaxx booth at the Singapore Comic Convention in 2015. PHOTO: COURTESY OF JACKSON AW

Jackson Aw is having serious fun building a toy empire with annual turnover of several million dollars

Mr Jackson Aw looks at his cargo pants and says ruefully: "I guess I have grown up."

Just minutes before, the 30-year-old has been talking about the career ambitions he nursed as a teen.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on November 17, 2019, with the headline 'Growing up into a Mighty toymaker'. Print Edition | Subscribe