The original Lite Brite looks much like a small television, approximately a foot square, with a back-lit plastic board for a screen that enables children to plug in colored pegs to make illuminated pictures. The pegs are blue, clear, green, orange, pink, purple, red and yellow.
The original Lite Brite, released by Hasbro in 1969 along with pre-patterned picture sheets (sold separately), allowed children to light their bedrooms with pictures of popular television and movie characters. It gained great popularity in the 1980s and offered picture templates of characters such as Scooby-Doo, Mickey Mouse, Mr. Potato Head and Darth Vader, among others.
The toy, also designed for the aspiring artist, lets children create their own pictures. Over the years, the Lite Brite has evolved from the simplistic design of pegs and plastic grids to more contemporary forms, such as a flat screen-version, a 3-D cube called the Four-Share Cube that has four illuminated sides so multiple friends can play simultaneously, and an FX version that spins, flashes light and plays music. It is a toy that has survived many generations. Children today can take it on the road, use it as a flash paint spinner, and create pictures of current popular cartoons.