Lite-Brite

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A Lite-Brite (without black paper) spelling "hello"

Lite-Brite is a toy that was originally marketed in 1967. It consists of a light box with small colored plastic pegs that fit into a panel and illuminate to create a lit picture, by either using one of the included templates or creating a 'freeform' image on blank sheet of black paper.[1] There are eight peg colors: green, blue, red, yellow, orange, pink, purple and colorless (clear).

In the event that pegs were lost or damaged, Hasbro provided refills and/or new colors. Color-by-letter templates were sold with the set so that children could create characters including Mickey Mouse, Scooby-Doo and My Little Pony, among others.[citation needed]

Description[edit]

Lite-Brite allows the artist to create a glowing picture by placing multi-colored translucent plastic pegs through opaque black paper.[2] Using a standard lightbulb, the light is blocked by the black paper except where the pegs conduct the light. When lit, the pegs have an appearance similar to that of LEDs.

Changes[edit]

Over the years Lite-Brite was offered in different forms including a flat-screen version, a 3D cube,[3] and an FX edition that spins and plays music. The Lite-Brite LED Flat Screen currently sells at MSRP $10, comes in several colors, is LED lit, and is portable, running on 3 AA batteries. The Lite-Brite 3D cube (called the Four-Share Cube) is a LED-lit 4-sided cube that allowed children to play with friends or save 3 of their designs. The FX Edition is no longer on Hasbro's website. The website has SUN 'N NITE BRITE Sets MSRP-ing at $10 and running on 3 AAA batteries.[4]

Future[edit]

With current technology Lite-Brite is now offered as an iPad app. The user picks what color peg they want and then every space they touch shows a dot in that color and makes a popping sound. The app has many more dots than the original. There are also various websites online that host virtual Lite-Brite games.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lite-Brite : Retro". Skooldays.com. Retrieved 2011-06-08. 
  2. ^ "Toy Transformations at WomansDay.com - History of Toys". Womansday.com. Retrieved 2011-06-08. 
  3. ^ "Handie Art Station > Background > Old Technology: Lite Brite". Segue.atlas.uiuc.edu. Retrieved 2011-06-08. 
  4. ^ "Hasbro Lite Brite Product Catalog". Hasbro. 

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