- "Extremely dangerous. Keep out of reach of children... Cool!"
- —Sid reading the warning label
Its existence was first hinted at when, upon Sid returning from Pizza Planet with Woody, Buzz, and one of the aliens, he questioned Hannah Phillips, his sister, about whether anything came in the mail, only for her to deny knowing one way or another, causing Sid to decide to "do surgery" on her doll Janie as revenge.
Sid straps Buzz Lightyear to the fireworks rocket and nearly has a chance to send him into orbit, but a rainstorm interrupts Sid's plan the first time. Then his toys, including the Mutant Toys, come to life and scare him to death the second time. After that, Woody and Buzz use the rocket to catch up to the moving truck. He initially tried to use a match to light the rocket's wick, although a passing car had extinguished the match before Woody had a chance to light it, although Woody eventually used Buzz's reflective dome and the paint on his hands to direct the sunlight to the wick to light it. Although overjoyed at the success, Woody then realizes at the last second that he might have inadvertently endangered themselves and possibly the other toys due to the nature of rockets exploding upon being lit. However, when "The Big One" shoots towards the sky, Woody thinks his plan to get to Andy will backfire, but Buzz opens his wings and separates himself from the rocket before it explodes into oblivion.
Toy Story 2
- Woody says, "I'm the one who should be strapped to that rocket." In an earlier script, he was actually supposed to be strapped to the rocket.
- The Big One makes a cameo in the Disney attraction Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters.
- In the Interactive Storybook version, after Woody and the Mutant Toys scare Sid, Buzz removes the rocket off His back.