Usually when it comes to magic, I'm the one teasing my husband about watching the "tell all" specials on TV or getting caught up with the latest magician who appears to be amazing viewers on the street.
You know that's not real, it's just a camera trick.
How do you know?
There's no way that he just levitated, it's just not possible.
However, recently I've begun to believe in magic a little more thanks to one of the most unique and eye-catching toys I've ever seen: Lite Sprites.
Based on the story of five magical Sprites who bring color to their world of Lite-Topia, an enchanted, sparkling land, Lite Sprites collect, share and use color and light to express their emotions.
The Sprite Sisterhood includes five Sprites, each with a special power: Prisma, the leader; Astra, the keeper of the skies; Brooke, who takes care of the water; Meadow, who is responsible for the plants, flowers and trees; and Bleak, the rebel Sprite who uses her powers to disrupt color in Lite-Topia.
By using all-powerful Lite Wands, this new product line allows girls ages 4 and up to magically capture color and light from any flat surface and cast color spells while emitting enchanting sounds.
Sounds a little out-of-this-world? They are! And when a large portion of the Lite Sprites collection arrived, it took nearly all the restraint that my girls had to not tear right into the boxes to begin playing with these futuristic creatures.
Once we had each item out of the packaging and the batteries installed (the Sprites run on included LR44 button-cell batteries, but all of the accessories and pieces require AAA) we found that there were so many things to do with the Lite Sprites that it was almost hard to know where to begin!
The essential piece when starting a Lite Sprites collection is the Lite Wand, as it gives the ability to light up, collect and share colors, cast color spells and more. I'm not sure how this wand works, but just turning it on manages to amaze my daughters every time and makes them feel as though they are truly part of something magical.
Once the wand is turned on (there are thankfully two volume options), kids are able to easily choose between the different options of what they want to do with it.
- Color Library: the Lite Wand comes preloaded with 10 colors but has the ability to add more (up to 50) simply by standing it on the included color wheel or any flat surface.
- The first time we started pressing the base of the wand on the color wheel, the girls thought it was pretty cool that it "knew" which color it was touching. But when we started moving it throughout the house and watching it pick up the colors from toys, books, clothing and more, all of us were extremely impressed!
- Color Mix: See two colors mix to become an entirely new one within the wand.
- Color Spells: Help Lite-Topia characters and playsets shine bright colors.
- Bleak Spells: Bleak, the naughty Sprite, rejects color and uses her powers to eliminate or disrupt color in Lite-Topia. But by using the spells to unlock her, she is able to send and receive color like the other Sprites.
Being able to send the colors back and forth between the wands and the Sprites is something that the girls (and I) haven't grown tired of since these toys arrived. It really does seem somehow magical that we can point a Sprite at the others, press the small button on the back and suddenly they've all received it. How do they know?
Along with the Sprites and Lite Wands, Lite-Topia consists of a Tree of Lite, four deluxe playsets and 21 collectible Lite Pets. Each with their own accessories, lights, sparkles, and sounds, including the Tree of Lite and the Flower and Swing playsets to our fun has only increased the interaction and imagination that the whole set has provided.
As the center of Lite-Topia, the Tree of Lite is a multi-level forest hideaway that comes alive with color and includes interactive sounds, a light-up staircase, a movable elevator and a spinning, sparkling, opaque treetop. Each of the Sprites come with a Forest Pod that hangs right on the tree and the girls love having a main hangout for the Sprites to return to during their adventures.
It is slightly difficult for the girls to play with the characters on the balcony, as the leaves from the Tree of Lite hang down and cover most of it, but we have still managed to partake in quite a few Sprite stories there. And, by using the connecting pathways, we've been able to include the Swing and Flower playsets to make Lite-Topia one large land of color and light.
There really isn't a way to describe the unique quality that Lite Sprites have and just how much fun the color-changing abilities are for kids. Whether played when your room is brightly lit or when it is dim (making the colors really stand out), the Lite Wand, Sprites, and Playsets are just very, very cool. Once you see them in action, it's hard to put them down!
More information about Lite Sprites can be found on the WowWee website, the creators of these and many other innovative toys. Lite Sprites can be found at Target, Walmart, Kmart, Sears and on Amazon. Prices vary with the Lite Wand set retailing for $29.99, individual Sprites for $14.99, Playsets for $19.99, the Tree of Lite for $39.99 and the cute Lite Pets for $6.99.
If you have a little girl in your life who loves dolls, fairies, make believe, adventure, magic and in general being amazed, she will have a blast playing in Lite-Topia! And, thanks to the generosity of WowWee, one person will get to see how much fun these interactive Sprites can be, because...
One lucky person will win a Lite Sprite Prize Package*! Total ARV $72!
1 Lite Wand and Prisma Sprite set
1 Individual Sprite
1 Lite Sprites Playset
1 Individual Sprite
1 Lite Sprites Playset
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A big thank you to WowWee for providing the aforementioned Lite Sprites products for me to review as well as a selection of items for one lucky giveaway winner. The opinions shared are my own and honest and if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.