Local toy titan makes play to take on Lego
Plus, Wiggins on joining the Raptors, musical actors, and more
Thornhill’s toy-making titan has just inked a major deal to acquire Meccano, or Erector Set as it is known in parts of North America. Anton Rabie, coCEO of Canada’s largest toy manufacturer, Spin Master Ltd., is helping revive the 112-year-old construction toy as part of his company’s bid to take on Lego, the iconic toy brick brand. With the Thornhill Secondary School alumnus at the helm, Spin Master has recently reported 20 per cent growth to date in 2013.
Canadian fans of the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN) may have noticed that Thornhill play-by-play announcer Dan Shulman was absent from his usual spot on Sunday Night Baseball for a time. He was competing in Israel as part of Canada’s senior men’s basketball team in the Maccabiah Games, the world’s largest Jewish athletic competition.
In other basketball news, Andrew Wiggins was recently quoted as saying that he would like to be drafted by the Toronto Raptors. The Thornhiller was accepting an award for America’s top national high school athlete.
Two Richmond Hill actors, Brittany Mitchele and Darcy Stewart, played major roles in last month’s production of Legally Blonde: The Musical at the Randolph Theatre in Toronto. Both are Alexander Mackenize High School alumni.