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Classic Lite Brite from the 1960s-1980s

Updated on November 4, 2011

Better than paint by number!

Growing up in the 1980s and 1990s, I have fond memories of my lite brite. It is a classic toy that Hasbro starting selling in 1967.

Lite Brite has a lit screen that you can put pegs in. These pegs glow different colors and you can form a picture with them.

Hasbro sold many different designs or picture sheets that you could use with your Lite Brite. Many of these designs were based on movies and TV shows, like Star Wars and Smurf. Other common designs were the American flag, animals, and disney characters.

The early Lite-Brite used refill sheets that are approx. 9" x 12" The newest Lite Brites have a different size screen. To distinguish the early Lite Brites from later ones, the early model is referred to as the "classic," "original" or "vintage!"

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Old Commercial for the Classic Lite Brite - This advertisement is from the 1990s... Back when I was a kid :)

Papa Smurf Design Sheet for the Lite Brite - Each letter indicates which color peg should be used!

Papa Smurf Design Sheet for the Lite Brite
Papa Smurf Design Sheet for the Lite Brite

Refill Sheets for the Classic Lite Brite - Rectangular Size, 9" x 12"

Brand new refill sets for the original Lite Brite! These are great educational ones, with animals from the zoo and from the farm, dinosaurs, things that go, and more :)

Lite Brite Refill: Dinosaurs (9x12 RECTANGLE) - FOR 70's ERA VINTAGE LITE BRITE - Buy any 3, Get 33% OFF
Lite Brite Refill: Dinosaurs (9x12 RECTANGLE) - FOR 70's ERA VINTAGE LITE BRITE - Buy any 3, Get 33% OFF

Brachiosaurus, Dimorphodon, Gallimimus, Polacanthus, Protoceratops, Quetzalcoatlus, Spinosaurus, Stegosaurus, Tyranosaurus Rex, Triceratops

 
Lite Brite Refill: Things That Go (9x12 RECTANGLE) - FOR 70's ERA VINTAGE LITE BRITE - Buy 2, get 1 FREE
Lite Brite Refill: Things That Go (9x12 RECTANGLE) - FOR 70's ERA VINTAGE LITE BRITE - Buy 2, get 1 FREE

Airliner, Jeep, Rescue Helicopter, Motorcycle, Sailing Ship, Tractor Trailer, Stock Car, Locomotive, Blank(2)

 
Lite Brite Refill: The Zoo (9x12 RECTANGLE) - FOR 70's ERA VINTAGE LITE BRITE - Buy 2, get 1 FREE
Lite Brite Refill: The Zoo (9x12 RECTANGLE) - FOR 70's ERA VINTAGE LITE BRITE - Buy 2, get 1 FREE

Elephant, Flamingo, Giraffe, Frog, Ostrich, Tiger, Toucan, Monkey, Blank(2)

 

So many designs to make.... - The real reward is to see it all light up when you're done! This is a 1980s Refill Pack for an Older Lite-Brite Toy

Lite Brite Smurf Picture & Pegs Accessory Pack
Lite Brite Smurf Picture & Pegs Accessory Pack

Which is better?

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Why is the Classic one better than the New one?

I've been reading the reviews, and the Old model is WAY better!

1. The "classic" one is electric. So you can leave it plugged in all day without worrying about the batteries.

2. Many reviews of the new Lite Brite (both the cube and flatscreen versions) complain of it being made out of cheap plastic and complaints are numerous: pegs don't fit in, pegs fall out, drawer sticks, etc.

Get Fancy with the New Lite Brite Easel - You can use it to paint on, or to make a light bright design!

What was your favorite toy? - Is it a "Classic" now?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      we had one as a child, as most kids did too. enjoyed the step back in time as I saw these tonight!

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      Senora M 6 years ago

      Super cool lens. I remember playing with Lite Brite at my grandparents' house growing up! I loved that thing!!! :) We would hide in the dark closet and play with it.

      blessed!

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      Karen 6 years ago from U.S.

      My boys had a Lite Bright, and I enjoyed it at least as much as they did. Thanks for the good memories this lens brought up :-)

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      darciefrench lm 6 years ago

      You bet, Lite Brite was a favorite -:)