Toys of the Eighties, Lite Brite
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Remember with the colored mini "bulbs" that fit into the holes. It also had the black paper which had the design to follow - by putting the "bulbs" where it instructed you to! A holdover from the 70s.
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breezy - May 01, 2007 - Report this comment
Whenever my sister and I ran out of pattern sheets or we were bored of them we would make our own patterns with black paper.
Heather - May 31, 2007 - Report this comment
Unfortunately, after you did the patter once you couldn't really tell what colors were supposed to go where because the paper was poked through.
Amanda - June 04, 2007 - Report this comment
Loved Lite Brite! I remember making a turkey and displaying it for everyone on a TVstand for thanksgiving one year!
Micara - July 06, 2007 - Report this comment
I could never get all the way through a picture because of lack of patience and also the pegs hurting my fingers after awhile.
Andreaka - August 22, 2007 - Report this comment
I'ma 90s baby. But I played with most of these toys in my time. But the Lite Brite was an all-time favorite. Heck, I cried for the thing for Christmas when I was 3!!!
Kelly - August 30, 2007 - Report this comment
I wanted one forever and my mom wouldn't buy it. She said I'd lose the little pegs all over the place. Then my grandma bought it for me. And I did lose the pegs, but I also had lots of fun making pictures. LOL. They still sell these!
krikit96 - September 01, 2007 - Report this comment
Lite Brite Lite Brite, turn on the magic of shining lights! My dad used to work at Woolworth's and would bring me the refill pack of the paper inserts like every other week! I just stepped on one of the pegs about a year ago when my mom was moving out of the house we had!
Huxley - November 12, 2007 - Report this comment
Hey, where could I buy about a dozon of these? I have an idea for a animation that would involve these. Thanks
Allie - November 20, 2007 - Report this comment
Lite Brite was great, those pegs were always all over though lol.
Mike - November 21, 2007 - Report this comment
Hey my 9 yr old has a lite brite and we are looking for turkey pattern any ideas?
Carrie - December 09, 2007 - Report this comment
we had one and no one ever replaced the lightbulb in it for us (could you even do that?) So I remember banging on it when it flickered to get the light to stay on.
BeenaBobba - January 05, 2008 - Report this comment
Ah! Loved it! For some reason, though, my parents never let me play with it too often. Don't know why.
Liz - January 16, 2008 - Report this comment
I always wanted one but my mom didn't want me to have one...I think she was afraid I would electricute myself.
Nighthawke - May 09, 2008 - Report this comment
Went through three light bulbs with the thing I had so much fun with it. I still see the original and knock-offs in hobby and toy shops.
val - November 21, 2008 - Report this comment
awesome toy. We used to put the pegs in water and pretend they were fish and we had a petshop.
jt62786 - December 13, 2008 - Report this comment
I wanted thoses so badly. I had something similar. But there were no picks. there was stencils and a pen.
stacey - December 17, 2008 - Report this comment
wanted one real bad but they were kinda expensive for my family my mom went to the store one day and bought the pegs which she thought was the intire kit. Me and my sister tried to play with them by making designs and holding them up to the lamp. Oh the trauma of childhood. My daughter bought me one for my birthday a couple of years ago. .... I think I had more fun playing with the lamp.
Mel - December 18, 2008 - Report this comment
I had one of these. I was pretty little, so I would spend a long time in front of it, trying to make the picture. I can remember starting to see colors after sitting there for so long, lol! I used to play with the pegs when I was bored with making the picture.
Danyale - February 14, 2009 - Report this comment
I remember seein them in stores but never owned one
Eric - July 13, 2009 - Report this comment
Me and my sister shared one as kids and we loved it. I especially remember the sound a peg would make when the vacuum cleaner would get hold of one. Bought my son one of the new ones, he played with it for about 15 minuites and has not touched it since. Kids these days.....
T - November 10, 2009 - Report this comment
I adore Lite Brite! When I was 4 or 5, I would play with mine for ages. I liked to turn the lights off and pretend they were Christmas lights when it wasn't Christmas time. Oh, the memories!
Abby - December 18, 2009 - Report this comment
I loved Lite Brite! It was a really good toy for when you had to stay inside and nothing to do. Just like everyone else, we probably lost a million little pegs all over the house, but ours got a lot of use.
Rosie - December 29, 2009 - Report this comment
Lite Brite was one of my favorite toys... I wasn't to interested in the pre-designed papers, though. I preferred to make my own pictures!
Cionn - January 25, 2010 - Report this comment
I still have this. I used to spell bad words on mine. I lost some of the pegs.
Heather - May 24, 2010 - Report this comment
I grew up in th late 80's and 90's. i had one of these. i remember sitting for hours. wvwntually i lost all the little pegs but it was fun while it lasted.
Maria - November 12, 2010 - Report this comment
If anyone still has a lite brite i would love to buy it from you I need it for an art project! please email me
blondie82 - December 06, 2010 - Report this comment
I recently found out that they still sell these, and now you can also buy a Lite Brite Flat Screen, Travel Lite Brite, and Lite Brite Cube! I had to buy one of each. Printable Lite-Brite Refill Sheets (Mac & PC) on
Matt - December 09, 2010 - Report this comment
I had one of these, got it in 1989 on Christmas. Fun times.
EAP - October 23, 2011 - Report this comment
I remember going out of my mind with happiness when I got this as a gift for Xmas as a kid!
Kyleigh - December 16, 2013 - Report this comment
I got this from a garage sale last September. It's the 80's version :-p
christitotally80's - December 23, 2014 - Report this comment
best toy ever wow this took me down memory lane i must have been about 5 or 6 when i first got this maybe 4
Ally - March 08, 2016 - Report this comment
We have two of these! I had Ghostbusters pictures to make pictures with. I also remember that I was confused by the colors. I thought the letter P was for purple and not pink not know that the letter V was for the purple ones being the color violet. We also have a box of pegs that we found at a dollar store a few years back. My dad said we should find them and let my niece play with them.
Rob Lambert - July 11, 2017 - Report this comment
Hasbro introduced Lite Brite in 1969. A 75-watt light bulb was recommended for optimal vision. When you first got the toy, the colored bulb-pegs were bagged separately (there were never enough, you had to buy more), and about ten blank, black sheets of special paper (additional sheets were sold in boxes of ten for 79 cents). Pre-printed design sheets of different cartoon characters (Bozo, Bugs Bunny and others) were sold in packs of five for 69 cents. Letters were printed in white to match the color peg to insert. Early TV commercial, with a familiar jingle, aired on the "Archie Comedy Hour" over CBS (12/6/69).

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