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Crayola Glow Explosion Markers and Paper
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on January 3, 2013
My child received this as a gift. I agree with the person that wanted to rate this with negative stars. The glow activator marker not only stinks as other reviewers noted, it specifically smells like cyanide. The pictures barely glow. We bought the Crayola Glow Chalk last year and it didn't work at all, even after following the convoluted, poorly documented instructions. We vowed never to buy Crayola kits again but my child received 3 this Christmas because of Crayola's advertising of "glow" products. Not only are the Glow Markers and Glow Chalk big disappointments but the Glow Dome is nothing like the advertisement. It's basically just a big plastic dome with some LEDs on the bottom that barely reflect light off of the very faint markers. There is no "drawing with light" as advertised. My child has no interest in it. The Glow Book is a little more interesting because you can create 4 frames of animation, but again, the markers are much lighter in real life than advertised and the last frame is quite hard to see behind all of the other plastic frames. The markers on these two products are so faint that on opening the first set of markers from the Glow Dome, I actually thought they might have dried out in the package but on opening the markers from the Glow Book (which are the exact same markers by the way), I found that they are just really hard to see, even in complete dark with a flashlight shining right on them. If you want glow in the dark creations for your kids, you're better off staying away from Crayola completely and getting glow in the dark modeling clay or glow in the dark ceramic paint from your local craft store. The big name craft stores have these products with the rest of the art clay and art paints, not with the children's products. Glow in the dark paint and glow in the dark clay glow really well, are much cheaper and work without crazy instructions and deceptive packaging. The ceramic paint may stain if you're not careful so wear a smock and cover your work area as you would any other time kids are crafting with messy things.
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on November 20, 2012
My sister bought this, and we were ecstatic to try it out. Big disappointment. It doesn't work. At all. We tried it three times, and not the tiniest glow. Very disappointing; Crayola usually makes the best products, I don't know what happened!
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on April 18, 2015
There are many negative reviews of this product. I think many of them are undeserved, and some are.

Glow explosion works using the same chemistry as common glow sticks. That chemistry is a fluorescent dye, such as Rhodamine B, combined with an activator, hydrogen peroxide and other stuff.

The fluorescent dyes have a distinct chemical smell. It's not pleasant, but I'm not sure I would go so far as to say they were earthshatteringly offensive. School projects involving glue smell bad, also, but for whatever reason people put up with that.

If you are the kind of person that worries that every chemical you are exposed to might ruin your life, and you avoid every commercial product with a smell that isn't from natural oils, then you definitely want to avoid this product.

If you are the kind of person that is willing to accept that when the packaging says the contents are non-toxic, even though it doesn't smell like roses, then you have to decide if an afternoon of playing with fun chemistry is worth the sacrifice of putting up with a mildly unpleasant odor for one day.

Some of the reviews say that the product doesn't glow that brightly. How brightly the product glows is directly related to how old the activator stick is, how diligent you were in applying the activator to the page, and how long it's been since the dye was activated.

Unfortunately, sometimes these seem to arrive with already depleted chemistry. What they really need is "best by" dates. If you are lucky and get a fresh package, it can be quite fun. If you're unlucky, a sad disappointment.
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on September 18, 2011
Absolutely terrible product! This lasted one day in our house till had to toss it.... those it lingers on forever.
While my daughter did have some fun with it.... the smell is awful.
reminds me of those glow sticks you buy, they have them as necklaces, bracelets, glow in the dark. If ever broke one of those.... seems to be similar to what's in them that is in this product.

Just even a piece of paper that my daughter drew on with this stuff... could be clear across the room and I am overtaken by the smell of this junk.

She did some of this on the dining room table..... well, they bled through the paper and onto the table.... seriously, have tried everythign to clean the table and the table stinks horribly with the smell of this stuff! Tried to eat dinner tonight and was gagging from the smell. Not sure what else to put on the table to get this smell out.
Made daughter jump in the shower after using these, as couldn't even take the smell of my child near my from using this!

We've had similar Crayola products and have loved them... but the "glow" factor in this and the smell... oh, it is horrific! It says on the package that the markers contain a strong smell, and that it is nontoxic... but sorry, not so sure.
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on June 14, 2011
Bought this today for my 5 year old son who saw it at Target. He was so excited to get this and couldn't wait for it to get dark. He opened the package and went to town drawing random things and then used the activator pen. I was not worried at first because it was a Crayola product, but then I smelled an extremely obnoxious odor being emitted from the product. The smell is absolutely overwhelming!!! I sat in the same room with the product for 10 minutes and now have an itchy throat and stupid headache. You would think the testers or quality control or whomever determines the products at Crayola are good ideas for the public would have noticed the horrible smell before releasing it for retail. My boy loves it, but I'm worried by the fumes and will dispose of it when he's asleep and just deal with his disappointment. Thanks Crayola for a effing up my night, making a complete failure of a product, and eventually upsetting the crap out of my kid!!!
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on May 20, 2011
After this marker sat for a while and the tip was dried out, I got it to start working again by pressing down and getting the "paint" to soak through the tip. My genius parent idea was to draw a mustache and eyebrows on my kid. Seeing it was a Crayola product and assuming, through trust, that it was non toxic and washable, I saw no problem and thought it would be a good laugh for both of us. Granted, hindsight is 20/20. Anyway, before he made it to the mirror, the awful smelling stuff started to irritate his skin where I "drew" on his face. Maybe it happens out of the box or maybe it needs to sit for a while but with this discovery and with the other reviews about the fumes (which I now have a headache from, no lie and after only 5 minutes)I dont see why you would want to purchase this for your kids or any children. DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT! It should be recalled
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on June 21, 2012
My kids were so excited to try this. There's nothing cooler to them than glow-in-the-dark. They drew their pictures and squealed with joy when the activator made the colors immediately begin to glow.

The package says the glow will last for 4 hours, which was perfect, because they wanted to show Daddy when he got home. I would say within about 2 hours, the glow was all but gone.

And, as all others have stated, the smell is horrific. My oldest son was in tears this morning because it smelled so bad and I couldn't figure out what it was. I'd say it's more the paper than the markers. Once I removed the paper (blank pieces) it was better. I threw it in the trash - outside.

Now I know why it was on clearance! I expect way more from Crayola.
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on December 27, 2011
I bought this for Christmas on a whim. It wasn't until afterward that I thought to look up the reviews of the product. There are A LOT of complaints about the smell, which worried me. So, I colored a picture for myself using the markers. I have to say, the smell really wasn't that bad. It wasn't very strong, and I didn't find it lingering even though I left the picture in my bedroom for days. I can't, however, verify the messiness of the product. I assume since there's a warning right on the back of the package, it would be a legitimate concern. My only complaint with the product as I used it is that once the picture stops glowing, there's little attraction since the markers don't show up very well in the light.
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on June 5, 2011
We gave this item to our 6 year old daughter and because it is crayola I did not think to look for a warning label.. Look closely at the bottom right corner of the back. This is a great concept but awful toy. My daughter left her drawing on the table so that she could come back and put the glow activator on closer to dark. The glow markers took paint off the top of our table and left sediment that we could not get off. Plus the odor that everyone else complained about remained. You can not hang this items unless they are suspended and do not come in contact with any surface or it will ruin that surface too. DO NOT BUY THIS TOY!!!
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on January 5, 2012
We had purchased a similar product a year ago for a sleepover. The kids thought it worked ok but the smell was awful. So when my son received this set as a holiday gift he was excited. The pictures show vibrant color...which you do get *IF* you are strong enough to squeeze the markers hard all the while you are drawing...otherwise the color stops flowing well. My son is 10 and he was frustrated with the results. Also, my husband entered the room where we had been using this item several hours later and he said "What is that awful smell?!" Really sorry to have lost faith in a good brand name.
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