From Wind-Up Rockets to Homer Simpson -- Combining Toy Designs
of the 1950's with Today's Hottest TV Characters
July 18, 6:30 PM - 8:45 PM
When Michael Perry co-founded Rocket USA in 1997, he never imagined that major
TV and movie studios would be seeking out his company. Learn how one Chicago
company has combined the nostalgia craze with the most popular movies and TV
programs. Read more.
This Event to Outlook
Illinois Institute of Technology -- Rice Campus
201 East Loop Road
$4.00 for pizza and soda
6:30 p.m. Networking & Pizza
7:15 p.m. Program
630.527.8552, ext. 303
Please register by 4:00 p.m. on day of event
Take I-88 to Naperville Road - Take Naperville Rd. North, 1.5
miles. At Butterfield Rd. (Rte. 56), turn right. Go 0.4 mile to first light
(East Loop Road). Turn left onto East Loop Road & go 1 block - IIT on right
and Linens N Things on left
Bill Wentz, '88 (XP-57)
630.527.8552, ext. 304
When Michael Perry co-founded Rocket USA in 1997, he never imagined that 20th
Century Fox and other major TV and movie studios would ever be seeking out
Rather, Rocket USA was founded to make all-metal sci-fi toys modeled after
those of the '50's and '60's, the golden age of rockets, robots and UFOs.
But, these studios and others have licensed Rocket USA to make and market toys,
games, metal signs and die-cast collectibles featuring characters and themes
from several of the most popular movies and television shows.
Come to hear
about a unique aspect of the toy industry and how one Chicago company has
developed a successful business by combining the craze for nostalgia with the
movies and television programs.