One of the hottest toys for children ages 4 and up has been a relatively simple handheld electronic drawing pad manufactured by Fisher-Price. An amalgam of similar edutainment products from competitors VTech and LeapFrog that harkens back to the popularity of Tiger Electronics' Handhelds. Similar to a Magna Doodle on steroids.

With its corded stylus kids can show off their creativity freehand (with optional Straight Line assist) on the attached touch sensitive monochrome LCD display. Additionally 52 built in stamps can be selected and shapes from the Shape Maker can be chosen and resized to fit the work of art.

It also features:
  • animations when erasing
  • perform "Special Effects" or basic image editing functions such as mirroring, rotation and reversal
  • save and recall past screens
  • activities and games
All this for only $50
Available in purple or green.

Or for the PLUS version 73678:
  • add sound effects to your work of art
  • ability to create your own stamps
  • and text for story making
  • screen light included (looks to be a smaller version of the optional one below)
  • password protection
  • screen saver
And all that for only $62
Ages 5 and up.
Available in blue/silver or purple/silver color combinations.

Both require 4 AA batteries (not included)

Optional accessories:
  • Screen Light 75294
    : According to MommyShop.com this light is only compatible with the forthcoming Pixter 2.0
    Fisher-Price MSRP=? MommyShop.com $12.95 (odd that Fisher-Price lists it but not its price... maybe they put it up before its parent device was released.)
  • Travel Case holds any Pixter model and three cartridges 73387 $15
    Available in silver or black
  • additional software catridge titles for themed activities $12
    • Learning Fun (yellow) 73978
    • Learning Fun 2 (orange yellow) 73654
    • Art Safari (neon green) 73977
    • On-the-Go Games (orange) 73976
    • Dinosaurs Dino Draw (green) 73804
    • Barbie Fashion Show (pink) 73394
    • Cool Wheels—Car Creations (blue) 73803
    • Rescue Heroes Mission Masters (red) 74168
Titles below ages 5 and up $16:
    • Action Art - Deluxe Software (light blue) 73979
    • Story Composer - Deluxe Software (purple) 73989
    • Music Studio - Deluxe Software (magenta) 73653

Below added 2002/12/27-00:00 CST:
Soon to be released (according to Toys R Us/Amazon.com)... PIXTER 2.0! ...looks to have a built in infrared port to transfer creations wirelessly to other Pixter 2.0 units.

Any of the following information would be greatly appreciated (/msg me):
  • Fisher-Price part numbers for the different color models and accessories (if any).
  • Fisher-Price press releases about the original Pixter, PLUS and 2.0
  • tech specs
  • official proof of MSRP on the Screen Light

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