Most likely you had one as a kid. They were a cool gift to get as we marveled at the 3 -d effect. we looked at each reel several times, as the bright colors caught our attention. Click Click click.. one frame after another. This toy is most likely going to be "extinct" due to all the technological advances. Kids now have 3 movies, cell phones with TV and the Internet. But you have to admit these toys were cool and in the time of " Atari" they were cutting edge.
Did You know The Viewmaster was utilized by the US Military for Artillery spotting and Aircraft Identification? It wasn't until 1966 until the toy started featuring more kid like themes.
The view master was invented in the 1930 by William Gruber and Harold graves. Both had developed " stereo Photographs" They bought out their competition " True View" and had obtained the right to feature Disney Characters on thier reels. This company changed hand several times. In 1981 it was sold for 20 milion dollars and called the Veiwmaster International group. Later ut was purchased by Tyco and then purchased by Mattel. It is currently being produced under the Fisher Price name ( a division of Mattel)
Over the years there have been 25 different View master models and over 1.5 billion disks produced. Despite the number of different models any disk is said to work in any model. This toy was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame. There are many many types of disks for the Viewmaster today. My favorite are the the ones offered by the Discovery channel. You can find View Master reels for almost any cartoon out there.
The View master had another practical use. A 25 volume set of disks were developed by a physician on the human anatomy.
Fisher Price 3D View Master - Red
This newer model View master is " Model O' and is very inexpensive. It works on the same concept as the older version. You can choose between a red one and a blue one. A sample reel comes with the viewer. Parent reviews were overall favorable. There is mention you need to take the screw out of the reel so you can interchange the. However, one parent left it in to keep form loosing the reel. There is also a mention of the View master not turning all the time. I had bought on for my son and experienced this. However it was caused by not flipping the lever all of the way back! My son certainly enjoys this toy.
ViewMaster Classic Model L 3D Blue Viewer
If you are more into the retro look then look into the View master Classic 3 D viewer. It comes in blue and red. Customer reviews state this nostalgic toy helps bridge the gap between young and old. Parents like this model because it brings back memories of their childhood. Parent reviews averaged four out of five stars for durability, fun and educational.
Fisher-Price View-Master Discovery Learning Viewer
The View master Discovery Learning Toy is the latest version of the Viewmaster toys. This View master has more than just a 3- D reel. It has sounds and 42 fun facts to go along with it. Your child can learn about animals and different places all over the world with this cool viewfinder. Discovery Channel also makes many view master reels to go with this. ( I could not get the picture to come up due to an Amazon glitch. Please click on one of the Discovery products adjacent to this and you will find the Discovery Learning Viewmaster)
Dinosaurs - Look & Learn - ViewMaster 3 Reel Set [Toy]
What's cooler then learning about dinosaurs? Learning about them while looking at them in 3-D. Three reels feature stegasaurous t- rex and a few other dinosaurs we didn't knowexisted when we were kids. These can be used in the sounder View Master. Parent reviews were mostly favorable. Some parents experienced problems with the sound on the viewer.
Discovery Channel View-Master Learning 3D Reels Babies in Nature
This 3-D Babies in Nature by Discovery Channel got a favorable review from parents. This is also a sound 3- D disk to be used on the Discovery Channel viewer. Your child is sure to be enthralled with the baby animalson these disks. You will marvel at how fast your child picks up on all the fun facts about baby animals. More disks are available for the sound Discovery learning viewer. Follow the link adjacent to this text to find more of a selection of reels that are available.
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse - ViewMaster 3 Reel Set
Besides seeing anything 3-D in nature the View master reels have many cartoon characters to choose from. One of the most popular is Mickey Mouse and the Mickey Mouse Club House. Mickey and his friends will be sure to entertain your little one with their three reel set. Mickey Mouse Club House received five out of five stars in a parent review. The parent commented how the bright colors captivated her young one who was too young to read.
Tigger & Pooh ViewMaster 3D Reels
The Tigger and Pooh 3-D reel set contains a set of three reels with Tigger and company. Disney brings your favorite characters from the hundred acre wood to life. parent reviews gave it four out of five stars because her Little one can dictate how fast to make the slide show go.
Fisher Price Spongebob Squarepants Viewmaster 3D Reels
From Disney to Nickelodeon, Viewmaster Reels feature cartoon characters for everyone. Included in this ensemble is Spongebob Squarepants. He and his Bikini Bottom buddies just wont go away! This set of three reels features Gary taking a bath, Frankendoodle and the Bubble stand. Any Spongebob fan would appreciate this gift.
Disney Princess - CINDERELLA ViewMaster 3 Reel Set
There are 21 3-D images on three disks of Cinderella and scenes from the Cinderella movie. Three parents gave these disks five out of five stars for fun and durability. parents and grandparents who gave this toy as a gift were pleased at how well their children responded to it.
Disney's SNOW WHITE and Seven Dwarfs - 3 ViewMaster Reel Set - part of the Princess series
You can't mention Disney Princesses without mentioning Snow White! This classic Disney tale comes to life in a 3 disk set. 21 slides review the staory of Snow White and her friends the Dwarves. Parent reviews gave this product three out of five stars. She mentioned how her grandchildren loved looking at the slides as each grandchild took a turn.
Shrek the Third (3rd) View-Master Deluxe Gift Set~Includes (3) Viewmaster Reels/Viewer!
This is definitely for the Shrek Fan. This 3-D viewer comes with three 3-D viewer reels featuring scenes form Shrek the third. The Viewmaster itself has a picture of Donkey and Shrek on top of it. It is a very nice little gift set.
Since View master is a little Nostalgic any way I thought I would add a few of the cartoon View masters from My era! Bugs Bunny is a favorite of mine and always will be. My personal role model Bug Bunny and his friends were a popular disk in MY view master. Be sure to introduce your children to these lovable characters. I am sure they will fall in love with them just like we did. This Bugs bunny Set features the Classic Model L View master and a set of 21 3 -D pictures. Enjoy!
Bugs Bunny Viewmaster Gift Set 1990
View-Master - Time Capsule - The Flintstones
Check it out! I was pleased to find this still listed on Amazon. A Flinstone View finder complete with 21 3- D pictures. This Retro View Master comes in a box labeled Time Capsule. Visit Bedrock and all of your old friends. Betty, Fred, Wilma, Barney and Dino are a part of the this 3- D collection!