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Western's connection to this season's hot toy

by Marcia Steyaert, BA'96 | November 21, 2016

One of 2016's hot toys of the holiday season, Hatchimals are a creation of Spin Master, founded by Western alumni in 1994.

How is the hottest toy of the holiday season connected to Western?

Founded in 1994 by Western HBA'94 alumni Ben Varadi and Anton Rabie and later joined by Ronnen Harary, BA'94, international kids entertainment company Spin Master brought Hatchimals into the world, the fuzzy interactive toys that hatch out of eggs and come in different designs, colours and species including Pengualas, Draggles, Burtles, Owlicorns, and Bearakeet. We're partial to Owlicorns of course, as they come in purple.

Hatchimals made the 2016 'top toy lists' for Walmart, Toys R' Us, Target and more.

Learn more:

Hatchimals: this year's Christmas blockbuster toy - and a Canadian innovation
December 8, 2016 CBC News

How a Toronto company invented this year's hottest toy: Hatchimals
November 18, 2016 Globe and Mail

Everything You Need to Know About Hatchimals, The Hottest Toy for the Holidays
November 18, 2016 Money Magazine

Toying with success
Fall 2014 Western Alumni Gazette cover story on Spin Master

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