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Well-Received by Kids; More Fun & Practical Than Expected
on December 25, 2010
I bought the LEGO Head Lamp alongside the similar, but much larger, Rechargable Dynamo as stocking stuffers for my two girls. Both girls like to read in bed at night and have a fascination with mom and dad's flashlights so these seemed like (and in fact were) perfect gifts. The head lamp went to my almost-5 year old and was a HUGE hit. In fact, she's worn it all day and went to bed with it tonight.
Ironically, I was hesitant to buy this light. The idea of a Lego man you wear around your head with lights in his feet just seemed kind of dopey - and it is, but in a much cuter way than I might have imagined. She looks pretty geek-cool with it on. But the best part about it are those little feet. They can be angled to illuminate in any direction (or two directions at once, because they move independently of one another, just like a real Lego figure does. The arms move, and the head swivels as well.
Another neat aside - and part of the reason I decided to buy this little guy, is that he actually clips onto the head band, so if that doesn't work out, or your child outgrows it and just wants a simple (small) flashlight, you simply remove it, and it can be clipped onto anything else, a backpack, a purse, an article of clothing, the top of a (thin) drawing pad or clip board.
The Lego man alone probably measures 2.5-ish inches tall I would guess, and is - of course - large than a Lego man - more like the size of a Duplo adult figure. When used as a head lamp, he does have a cushioned backing that allows him to sit very comfortably against the forehead, and it leaves no marks behind when removed. The man himself appears to be made of relatively safe, glossy ABS plastic, just as Legos are, with the exception of the cushioned backing. The yellow head band is a soft fiber-coated elastic and is adjustable via a large velcro strip. It can fit an adult head (mine) and my three year old daughter's head as well.
The one drawback of the head lamp, as compared with the larger Dynamo flashlight, is that while both appear to use the same size LED bulbs, the light is less diffuse coming from the smaller openings on this light; the result is that if it shines in your eyes, it kind of hurts. Not the end of the world, but if you have kids, you might well know how often they shine these things in people's eyes accidentally. Fortunately, when used as a head lamp, the legs can be adjusted in a way which makes this less likely to happen. And the upside of this issue is that this light is so bright that my daughter will DEFINITELY not be straining her eyes when reading her books after 'lights out.'
This little guys was so well received, works so much better than I would have imagined, and has such long-lasting useful potential, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him to anyone. I think he's fantastic.
For those concerned with country of origin, the head lamp is made in China.