There are a few popular trends in games and toys that seem to linger long in our memories, and become greater than the sum of their parts. Introduced by Milton Bradley in 1967, the Lite-Brite happens to be one of them.
In the original Lite-Brite kit, the templates included popular TV characters such as Mickey Mouse, My Little Pony and Scooby-Doo. The kit included eight peg selections: blue, red, yellow, orange, pink, purple and clear. No doubt, Lite-Brite’s enduring popularity owes more than a little to the creative outlet it’s provided millions of children and adults alike.
When it was first introduced, Lite-Brite essentially was a flat screen, but as the game evolved and Milton Bradley merged with Hasbro, it became a three-dimensional cube and now has evolved into travel size and boy/girl models. There’s now even an app so users can play with Lite-Brite on their tablets.
In tribute to its popularity, Lite-Brite has the honor of being named number 55 on Time magazine’s All-Time 100 Greatest Toys list.
It’s amazing to consider how, with just a few colored pegs and a pegboard, this creative toy has continued to entertain children for more than 40 years. And, we’re happy to say, it doesn’t look like its bright light will be extinguished any time soon.
In one of the most fascinating uses of the kit ever, the Waco, Texas-based David Crowder Band used Lite-Brite in a music video called “SMS (Shine).” Employing stop-motion animation, and with absolutely no computer graphics or special effects, the band members and 83 of their closest friends used more than 700,000 vintage Lite-Brite pegs to create the video over the course of 2,150 hours and 148 pizzas.
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