Mini zoetrope recalls your childhood

Twinklepict has figures inside, backlit by a flashing internal light. As the characters in the dome spin, their shadowy forms project out in a pretty light show.

Tripping the light fantastic. Banpresto

I'm definitely way past the age for childhood toys, though some people still haven't outgrown that. I believe the politically correct phrase for them is "young at heart." However, Japanese retailer Banpresto has taken the zoetrope (remember the spinning drum with slits that make the static images inside appear to move like a flip book?), and given it a modern spin, so to speak.

Its Twinklepict has figures inside, backlit by a flashing internal light. As the characters in the dome spin, their shadowy forms project out in a pretty light show. This works on three AAA batteries and comes with a 60-minute timer. There's a choice of yellow, white, and blue.

The Banpresto site states June 25 as the official rollout date for Japan, retailing at 3,150 yen ($32.60), though you can apparently preorder it here if you're planning to get one for your little tyke. But who are you kidding?

You can choose from blue, white, or yellow. Banpresto

(Source: Crave Asia)

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