It takes a lot to impress my four geek kids. They range in age from 9 to 18 and with all the birthdays and holidays we’ve seen, not many products surprise us anymore. So imagine my surprise when we received a box in the mail last week that contained a ‘toy’ that kept them occupied the rest of the afternoon.
Its name is as cool and intriguing as the product itself. Created by Eye Think Inc., it’s called the Strobotop LightPhase Animator and it’s very addicting. Two hours after tearing open the box, when my kids finally put it down, their dad walked through the door and everyone had to start over, showing him their favorite discs.
Its simplicity appeals to me. There are no loud noises. No difficult assembly. No confusing directions. You just place a paper disc on the plastic disc and give it a spin (be sure to watch this link up to the 50 second mark, when it shows a cool gear disc come to life). Holding a special strobe light over the top of the disc makes the subjects on the disc magically move. Adjusting the speed of the strobe light creates many different effects on each disc.
My personal favorite is the ants. They seem to be scattering around the circle then magically begin to swarm towards the center of the disc. It’s enough to make my skin crawl, as they look like they could crawl right off that disc and onto my dining room table.
This product comes with 18 Strobodisks, including a galloping pig, a running boy, and many colorful graphic designs that delight the eye. A few blank discs encourage kids to try their own designs and see what happens under the strobe light. An extra packet of 18 different discs is available separately. This is a fascinating toy that will keep most kids (even older ones) occupied for a very long time.
Note: The Strobotop Lightphase Animator was furnished by Eye Think Inc. for review purposes.