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Magic Stacks are like other building blocks for kids, except that they'll light up and glow, regardless of whether it's daytime or nighttime. Each set of blocks comes with a plastic power base, and once you add any blocks to this, the LED light within each block will light up and make it glow. You'll get 36 blocks per set, but each power base will hold up to 100 blocks, so that'll come in handy if you have more than one set to build with.
The cost of Magic Stacks is $19.99 plus $6.99 shipping. The special TV offer allows you to receive a second Magic Stacks at the discounted price of only $6.99 for a total price of $33.97. Price is from As Seen on TV Commercial page: buymagicstacks.com
To start using these blocks, simply start adding them to the included black power base. You can connect them in any way you'd like, including side to side, on top of each other or any other way you can think of. If you're not sure what you want to build, you'll have the option of consulting the included Fun Guide for ideas.
Once you've added as many blocks as you want to your base, press the "On" button on the front of the base and watch your blocks light up. You'll be able to choose from three different light settings, which include a solid setting, an up-and-down fade, and a strobe ( flashing ) setting.
After your blocks are flashing, you can either sit back and admire your creation, or continue to add more blocks if you have room. When more blocks are added, these will automatically light up, too.
In each set of 36 blocks, you'll get five different colors of blocks, including red, yellow, purple, white, green and blue. Therefore, you can avoid making towers and other creations that might look boring.
With each set of blocks, you'll have the option of setting them to automatically shut off after 15 minutes. If you use this feature, the LED light within each block will last longer, which means that your blocks will continue to light up for longer. On the other hand, if you just let them glow continuously without shutting them off, the lights within may burn out after a few months.
You'll be able to connect these blocks to various other types of blocks, although other types of blocks won't light up when added to the Magic Blocks power base. That means you may be able to make something that's half-illuminated and half not, which could be interesting.
Both boys and girls of elementary school age will be able to have fun with these blocks, and with such a variety of colors available, everyone's likely to find at least one color they like.
While it'll be fun to play with these blocks during the day, they're ideal for nighttime use, especially if you're in a dark room, tent or vehicle. You may even want to use one of the things you build as a stand-in for a less exciting standard night light.
Every set of Magic Blocks comes with a Fun Guide, so if you're not sure what to build with your blocks at first, this guide will help you out. It may also give you some new ideas if you're bored with all your current ones.
These particular blocks don't require electricity to light up, so you'll be able to continue to use them as usual if the power is out. Actually, having them around will likely cut down on your need for flashlights, candles or other non-electric forms of light, especially since they're very portable.
These blocks are quite small, small enough for a toddler to put in their mouth, so this age group should probably avoid playing with them, unless they're under extremely close supervision.
While Magic Blocks will keep a lot of school-age kids busy for hours, their illumination could eventually become an annoyance to parents, especially if they've been set up to flash every second or two. Moreover, kids may constantly request to have the lights turned off so they can see the blocks better, which could get in the way of other family members' activities.
Once the LED light in a particular block burns out, you may not be able to replace just the light, due to the way that it's been inserted inside. In fact, you'll likely need to buy a whole new set of 36 blocks, even if just a few have burnt-out lights, since they aren't sold in smaller sets.
You can build all the same things with standard plastic building blocks as you would with Magic Blocks, but the latter are just more fun since they light up. Some things you might choose to build, such as a light saber or a Christmas star, may also look more realistic with illumination added.
As with most household toys, you shouldn't leave these blocks all over the floor when you're not using them. Instead, make sure they're attached to your power base or in some sort of container. If a block is sitting face up on the floor, and isn't illuminated since it's not attached to the power base, it could hurt someone's foot if they step on it.
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