Recommended ages: 6 - 15. Granted, I am 60 and was looking forward to a cool new toy to share with my young nephew. I can't speak to how kids like this gadget, but I wanted to write a review for the adult who is considering this Crayola Light Designer.
First - NO comparable match to the "old" Lite Brite in my opinion. Granted, this is a battery-light show with action and not old school, so truly not in the same league, but remembering waaaay back with my younger sons - Lite Brite was engaging, creative, and a different way to "color" back then.
This item is an odd shape ~ perhaps fun and interesting at first glance, but not a parent's favorite for "putting away" unless you keep it in its box that has a flat bottom and top but sides are sloped (pyramid sloped). Unlikely the box would remain with the dome. So, not a simple "stack in the closet" toy.
Be flush with batteries! Requires (4) big "D" batteries for the unit. Requires (2) AAA for the stylus pen. Yes, I knew it required batteries before receiving this item, but when a parent is facing down a gazillion choices in a store, that requirement is an additional expense and extra step, they may not want to purchase and keep in supply to replace.
I raised two boys, so I'm not completely inept when it comes to unscrewing small screws in order to load batteries...but these are tiny screws and took me a while to unscrew, load and then re-screw. (not fun and a delay in getting going to play)
I turned the dome "on" and it has a small whirring winding-up to speed sound, which I liked - and then bright lights begin to glow through the shield. Oh Cool...BUT... now what do we do???
The Instructions on what to tap, where to tap, were not easy to my eye and brain. I called over my husband who is Mr. TecMan -- a guy who loves to read manuals. He thought the instructions weren't clearly and simply laid out for the adult reader. He lost interest quickly.
No way could an 8 year old get going on playing with this item in less than a few minutes.
Honestly, I am not impressed and at $45.00 (plus the added price of 6 batteries) don't equate the OLD light-brite bang for the buck.
(as of this original writing 10/25/12, the Amazon site for this item is offering a $5 rebate on this item)... but still. $40 is a lot of $ these days (+ battery cost).
The sound isn't obnoxious in my opinion, but this "toy" is (setting it up, figuring it out, storing it)
In my opinion...An artistic child would derive far more pleasure (and time spent) with sketch pads or a kids' drawing guide, markers or a computer program for $45+ than this Crayola contribution. Sorry...Thumbs Down for me!
***Amazon contacts me when there is a comment to my review.
I am perplexed at the negative comments about my review. Folks seem rather attacking and upset with me for giving it one star.
I wrote this from the perspective of a 60-year old Mother/Aunt and say so to ADD to the other reviews from adults with children. I stand by my 1-star for me.
If you're a parent with a child aged 6-15, I hope you will find 20+ reviews that will help you make your informed decision.
If you're an upset adult who loves this product, just write your own happy and thrilled review and be a part of the purpose of these reviews. Just sayin'...