Every once in a while a new toy comes out that re-invents play in a unique way which actually surprises our family with its novelty. At the age when commercials are beginning to have an impact, “I want Lite Sprites from Santa” was already on the radar before we had the opportunity to test them out. Now that Lite Sprites are a hit, the extended collection is firmly on our Santa list for the holidays. Lite Sprites from WowWee include an interactive Lite Wand at the heart of a color-changing world which “captures” color to share with the sprites, playset or other wand. Pressing the wand onto either the provided color wheel or any hard colored surface “captures” a color. Then, with a press of a button that color can be shared turning Prisma or a Lite-Topia playset into that captured color. Within minutes out of the box the kids were capturing colors with the wand and turning Prisma, the leader of the Sprite Sisterhood, into one of the 50 colors in the wand library which they collected.
In addition to capturing and sharing colors, the Lite Wand can be used to cast spells such such as the “Cold Spell” making Sprite and their world change between blue and white. Unique to any other toy we’ve played with before, Lite Sprites quickly became a favorite and even traveled with us on a recent weekend vacation. Traveling well is a definite bonus for any toy since many can be an absolute nightmare in the car. Two built-in games, Color Hunt and Color Match, offer a fun way to mix up color capturing and even teach kids about color mixes. An absolute must when entering the world of Lite Sprites are playsets which interact with the Lite Wand and Sprite. The Tree of Life, a popular Sprite hangout, includes light up stairs and canopy and even includes an adorable Lite Pet. Other Lite-Topia playset such as the Swing, Windmill and Waterfall connect to the Tree of Lite and each other through a path which create a world of Lite. Check them out for yourself:
Look for Lite Sprites in our upcoming Hot Holiday Toy guide which spotlights the top ten toys of the upcoming holiday season. Not surprisingly, they’ve also been chosen for the Time to Play 2011 Most Wanted Toy List!
Disclosure: A sample product was provided for review purposes; all opinions are 100% mine.
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