Cocktails with the Creators

Cocktails with the Creators is a live, interactive, online Zoom series featuring the most influential and creative innovators in the video game and toy industries … and cocktails!

Each episode is co-hosted by The Strong’s play and history experts who guide the conversation and highlight rarely seen artifacts from deep within The Strong’s storage facility—where we house the world’s largest collection of toys, video games, and related archival materials. And of course, each episode is paired with a suggested cocktail you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home.

In this first episode of 2021, you’ll meet Tom Kalinske former CEO of Mattel, Sega of America, Inc., and Leapfrog. You’ll hear firsthand how Tom revived the Barbie and Hot Wheels brands, disrupted the video game industry by marketing Sonic and Sega Genesis to an older age group, and other stories from his legendary career—including what led him to the world of toys and video games.
 
Attendance is limited, so register now! The Cocktails with the Creators series is a "donate what you can" online experience that supports the museum’s educational mission and programming. The suggested minimum donation is $25 per screen/login code. Additional donations are gratefully welcomed.

How to Register

Simply click here to make a donation then email Kylee Fassler at kfassler@museumofplay.org. After you make a donation and contact Kylee, we will email you a link and a password to join the event on Thursday, February 25 at 6 p.m.

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Cocktails with the Creators: Tom Kalinske
Thursday, February 25
6 to 7 p.m. EST
From the comfort of your own home—via Zoom

Tom Kalinske

Did you love Barbie, Hot Wheels, or Masters of the Universe? Did you spend hours playing Sonic the Hedgehog? Are you a fan of Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg’s newly released “Console Wars”? If so, you can’t miss this!

In this first episode of 2021, you’ll meet Tom Kalinske former CEO of Mattel, Sega of America, Inc., and Leapfrog. You’ll hear firsthand how Tom revived the Barbie and Hot Wheels brands, disrupted the video game industry by marketing Sonic and Sega Genesis to an older age group, and other stories from his legendary career—including what led him to the world of toys and video games. To register, follow the registration instructions above.