Zeroing in on modern kids by retaining some of that last-generation Hasbro design inspiration on the "tablet" note, the new version has cleaner lines and just feels better when you hold it. The storage tray is removable, and comfortably fits all the included pegs. By being flat on all sides, the design possibilities are greater (portrait vs. landscape).
For the first time ever, the Lite-Brite templates are reusable! Color-coded and pre-punched (no mess), they easily attach to the screen, and that's where the "magic" happens. Instead of being a grid filled with open holes that are only blocked by the paper template, the Magic Screen is essentially "self-healing" and allows light to shine through only when a peg is inserted. And the pegs? They got an upgrade, too - with the basic round pegs now accompanied by square ones and even fun shapes like wheels and animals.
In an age where digital entertainment is taking far too much priority for the little ones, it's always great to see how the classic toys still hold their ground, even when taking cues from the tech that now surrounds them. Lite-Brite is one of those things that should be around forever.
Plus, my Lite-Brite skills are pretty impressive, right?
The Lite-Brite Magic Screen is shipping to retailers now, and is also available via (my associates) Amazon and Entertainment Earth.