From Illinois Tech Magazine: Toy Boys

July 2, 2019

Sam Unsicker (DSGN ’87) and Hiram Johnson (DSGN ’89) don’t go to work every morning. They go to play.

“I play every day,” Unsicker says of his job as partner at Big Monster Toys in Chicago’s West Loop. “I don’t have to be a real person; I can be a little kid the rest of my life. I love being here every single day.”

Unsicker and Johnson became friends while studying at Illinois Institute of Technology and went on to design products for Big Monster Toys, where they have both had a hand in creating the toys that have ended up on shelves across the globe for the last 20 years. Some of their successes include Polly Pocket, Hyper Slide, and the GeoTrax Airplane playsets.

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