The Lite-Brite Classic Toy Will Light Up Your Christmas Morning (Well, If You’ve Got Batteries!)

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Lite-Brite toy lit up

Basic Fun has released an upgraded version of the classic Lite-Brite with an Ultimate edition. This means it has a larger screen, more colorful pegs, and additional lighting options!

To see if this upgraded toy is worthy of your holiday shopping list, Collin and Stetson unboxed and reviewed the Lite-Brite Ultimate Classic on this Facebook Live.

Watch Collin’s Facebook Live Video reviewing the Lite-Brite!

lite brite toy with sailboat lights

Here’s what Collin had to say about the new Lite-Brite!

“So not cool Lite-Brite! 🤪 We totally failed on this one because come to find out, this toy doesn’t actually include the batteries. That’s a huge bummer and one reason why toys win so many points with me, so this was a big let down. Also on Christmas morning, who wants to deal with having to find batteries?! 

Personally, I think this Lite-Brite also feels very cheap. It’s made out of super light-weight plastic. It’s really true, they just don’t make them like they used to. I like the concept of the Lite-Brite, but this one is a thumbs down for me, and I’d much rather have the classic version.”

• Collin’s overall rating –  4 out of 10
Stetson’s overall rating – 6 out of 10 

lite brite sailboat lights and template

Here are our favorite features of the Lite-Brite Ultimate Classic toy:

    • Bigger brighter screen and includes more than 200 colorful pegs.
    • Inspires creativity and helps develop fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
    • Battery-powered LED bulbs have 4 settings to light up your artwork.
    • Includes 6 different design templates.
    • Has a built-in stand.

hand holding lite brite rainbow unicorn template
These are some cons reviewers mentioned to look out for:

    • Not as fun to play with after your templates are used up.
    • It doesn’t come with batteries.
    • Have to buy extra templates that will fit the new screen.
    • Made of cheaper plastic—they don’t make them like they used to!

Here’s where you can score the Lite-Brite Ultimate Classic toy:

lite brite toy sitting on store shelf

    • Target – $14.99 (text TOY to 827438 for 25% OFF – expires 11/23, limit one)

Can’t find them at any of the stores above? You can also find similar Lite-Brite Classic toys at Kohl’s and Barnes & Noble, though they’re slightly more. Keep in mind, they won’t have as many pegs or the extra brightness to light up your holidays like the Lite-Brite Ultimate Classic.

Check out Collin and Stetson’s Facebook Live reviewing the Lite Brite Ultimate Classic Toy!

Need more toy ideas? Come see the other top kids’ toys for Christmas 2019!

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Comments 31

  1. Rachael

    I am so excited! I just ordered one for my daughter for Christmas!!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Woohoo! Hope she loves it!

  2. jen13289

    It’s about 4” wide, sooooo disappointing, I saw it at BJs and couldn’t believe it was not like the older version when I was a kid… I put it back, it came with extra templates because it was a BJs version, but still…I wish it was like the original 😔

    • Another Shelly

      The screen is more than eight inches wide.

    • Brenda

      The screen is NOT 4 inches wide.

      “Updated Lite-Brite Ultimate Classic is now brighter then ever with a bigger screen and more pegs! Screen measures 8.125” W x 6.875” H. “

    • debbiedeyoung

      Perhaps you meant it is 4 inches deep or thick? Both of my kids have these (ages 5 & 3)and have so much fun playing with them! The kickstand on the back isn’t the most stable but I like that it’s not as thick as the old version because they can sit on the couch with it or on the floor and it’s easy to carry around!

  3. Ashley

    I actually got one for my birthday last year. It was my favorite toy as a kid. It’s the full size one from my childhood.

    • paul

      I, always, wanted one as a kid. But, never got one. The closest I came was a box of refills. Really, mother, how could you mistake that for an actual Lite-Brite? I’m 47 now and won’t buy one for my inner child. I think that inner child is a bit too old to still want that toy – LOL

      • 5pink1blue

        I’m 49 and that is totally something my mom would have done. My kids got one some time ago and never really played with it.

    • aiden

      thats really cool

  4. nita

    We got this at Target this past year and it’s a great, fun classic! Not sure about whether it’s full size etc. but it’s still a big hit!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Yay! Happy to hear how well liked it is, Nita! Thanks so much for the feedback!

  5. Janice

    We have this! It works just like the classic and has the same size surface to work on. It’s just not as fat to the back because of better lighting technology than 30 years ago 🙂 My six year old son loves it.

  6. Nicole

    I still have the original from when I was a kid, still works too! I also have many other original 80’s toys!!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      How neat! I love looking back at some of the older toys! Thanks for sharing, Nicole!

    • Kelly

      I still have mine from when I was a kid too! Do you know where I can get refill paper for it?

  7. Michelle

    Any way to get cheaper refills? Off-brand blank ones perhaps? Or is the screen the right size for black construction paper? Can’t fathom paying almost $1 per sheet for refills.

    • klvnh

      I don’t have one, so I haven’t tried or looked at it, but I would imagine you could make copies and print them on black construction paper? Or that someone will create some and upload them on Pinterest or something?

    • jacqui0802

      You can print the from Pinterest

    • megan

      I would just use construction paper and cut it to size, a couple sheets at a time. Then the kiddos can use other colors than just black, and get more creative?!?!

  8. Jennifer Soria

    I got one for my son as a gift! It wasnt on his list, but I loved having one as a kid, and I think he will too:)

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      Yay! I remember this being my favorite toy!

  9. Yuliya

    Our came with batteries so we got 🍀 lucky. I enjoyed it my son likes different light options.4!!! Nice night light and turns off itself.

  10. Kristi D

    I bought this last year as a Santa gift for my son. He loves it! He even uses it without the template.

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      That’s cool! Thanks, Kristi D!

  11. Julia

    Seen this at Big Lots today for $12

  12. Lauren

    Haha, I think our “cringey” word was “corny!” If only they could truly appreciate how fab their mama and uncle are 🙂

  13. IB

    We bought this last year and the kids played with it more then more expensive toys. Highly recommend.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      SWEET! Thanks so much for the recommendation! Glad to hear it was a hit!

  14. Sarah

    Most of the Lite Brites out there don’t advertise having a case for the pegs. I ordered one for my daughter from Kohls for a couple dollars more because it has a case for the pegs that attaches to the Lite brite. Will be much easier for her on car trips!

  15. Amanda

    I got this for my 4yo in the Spring. It’s much smaller and its not as bright 🙁 The grid is smaller.

    That said he did all the templates it came with and he’s about to finish the refills too. Even baby brother loves to sit (carefully supervised) and “help”. We get a lot of mileage out of it. And there is something to be said for not needing to be plugged in.

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