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Clever toy with one very stupid flaw,
= Durability: = Fun: = Educational:
This review is from: Crayola Glow Station - On-the-Go (Toy)
The Crayola Glow Station possesses a very high coolness factor that will appeal to kids. I mean, who doesn't enjoy stuff that glows in the dark? That you can create the glow-in-the-dark fun yourself only adds to the allure. Run the light wand over the Glow Station's surface and voila! A glowing masterpiece.
The Glow Station itself is a sheet of light-sensitive plastic material of approximately 21" by 15" framed at the top and bottom by two plastic bars that can hold some of the pieces that come with the set. There is no solid back on the Glow Station, so it can be rolled up for storage.
The light wand has an LED at one end and comes with a crystal-like attachment for making stars. The light wand takes 3 AAA batteries.
The set includes 14 positive/negative stencils and two printed acetate texture sheets with a dozen textures that can be combined with the stencils to make intriguing designs.
Included is a dry erase marker and a blank acetate sheet for creating your own artwork. Rub the light wand over your design and the glow-in-the dark negative will form on the Glow Station surface.
The quality of the components is good, though the glow-in-the-dark surface is a little flimsier than one might hope.
Use the light wand with or without the crystal attachment to form glowing designs through freehand, stenciled, and textured drawing.
*Glows in the dark--always fun
*The stencils and textures add thoughtful variety
*The components are well designed
*Contains hooks to hold the acetate sheets and positive stencils, and a small bin to hold the negative stencils
*Will keep kids focused on an activity for a good while
*To reach its maximum effectiveness, the Glow Station needs to be in the dark for several minutes before using, making an antsy wait for some kids
*Needs a dark room, so if you don't have one, you're out of luck
*Contains an opening at top for holding the Glow Station, so you need a nail or other kind of hook to support it upright (as the Station does not have a solid backing to support itself)
*The dry erase marker is not for use directly on the glow-in-the-dark surface--and we all know what happens when you mix kids and "don't do this" (though I am unsure whether the marker can be removed from the surface or not, as I was unwilling to test it)
*The designs may fade faster than kids like
THE BIG CON:
* This is one of those "the manufacturer didn't try the final product" errors that drives parents batty. The glow-in-the dark surface has a large sticker on its front side that gives some final warnings and instructions. Rather than make this sticker easily removable, Crayola made it out of paper. It readily tore in tiny pieces or had the paper come away from the adhesive, leaving a mess that took a half hour of scraping and cajoling with a fingernail to remove. As I was unsure whether the surface would hold up under the kinds of solvents that might remove the adhesive, I was left with a real chore--while my kid was dying to use the toy. A plastic sticker could have been removed in one piece, so why did Crayola opt for this cursed paper sticker that left behind a mess and a scarred surface (as the scraping with my fingernail left scratches in the Glow Station's surface)? How I would love for the Crayola management team to suffer through that same inane sticker-removing process.
Cons aside, this is a fine toy that will delight (pun intended) children, and even a few "big kids." The price--around $25--is good, too. Even those kids who may not be into drawing will be drawn in by the glow-in-the-dark fun.
A few people have commented that I failed to remove the clear, protective film from the Glow Station's surface, and that doing so avoids the struggle with the paper label. That's absolutely true. I checked and the film was still on ours. The nearly invisible film does peel away from the surface with a solid pull.
In my defense, it's impossible from looking at the unit to see that it has a protective film, nor did I immediately notice any reference to removing that film in either the instructions or the paper label. That's not to say they aren't there, only that they weren't quickly apparent, especially when a very eager child is wanting to play right away.Crayola could make this more apparent.
So bump up the stars by one.
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Initial post: Dec 28, 2008 7:07:26 PM PST
Donna Stone says:
I purchased the Glow Station for Christmas for my kids and it is really a cool idea. Just FYI about the sticker...according to the directions, there is a protective film that needs to be peeled off the board, thus bringing the warning sticker with it. It was a little bit tricky peeling it off...I thought I might ruin the board, but it worked out okay with a little patience on my part. Hope this helped you!
Posted on Dec 30, 2008 7:48:42 AM PST
The protective plastic overlay peeled right off for me no problem. It's just a thin film
Posted on Jan 2, 2009 8:55:14 PM PST
I. Gonzalez says:
Oh... you know what? I think you were trying to remove the sticker itself (which I started) but the sticker was placed on top a very thin clear plastic sticker that peels off with GREAT ease. Take a look at all four corners of your Station and you might find that the plastic layer is still on (looks like one of those clear thingies they put on mirrors or watches). Hope you find it and not kick yourself for not seeing it before... if you only peeled the sticker, you still have that plastic there! Oh, and the station will work a LOT better without it. Let me know what happens!
Posted on Feb 15, 2009 9:33:27 PM PST
Gadget Girl says:
Thanks for the review and the update - much appreciated. Don't feel bad about the sticker/film confusion - it's a common mistake many make with a new purchase (I have done it many times myself).
Posted on Oct 23, 2009 8:55:13 AM PDT
BRYAN M. HAY says:
Thanks for the up date on the Glow Station sticker. I plan to purchase two of these for Christmas presents. I KNOW
what it is like to have 4-5-6 year olds standing in front of you asking "Is it ready yet". I already get enough of that
with toys that need batteries!
Posted on Nov 5, 2009 8:01:46 AM PST
This review is for the Glow Station, not the Glow Station on the Go, so some of the observations aren't pertinent. The review needs to be removed from the Glow Station on the Go page.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 18, 2009 7:56:57 PM PST
Daniel L Edelen says:
This review was written before the Glow Station on the Go was released. If Amazon has decided to merge the reviews of the two products, it's not the fault of the reviewer.
Posted on Jan 1, 2010 12:24:27 AM PST
They must be making them differently now because my son's didn't have a dry erase marker or an eraser, which is fine with me. It didn't appear to be tampered with and the sticker on the front peeled off without a problem, so I'm guessing they got feedback about the product and changed some things. You never know...maybe your review helped Crayola. :)
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