The Unofficial Laser Pegs Wiki
For generations, construction toys have helped kids achieve their desire to build things. There are plenty of options available from Lego bricks to Tinker Toys, but anyone looking for something that's just as fun in the dark as it is in the daylight will probably be drawn toward Laser Pegs. These little bricks can be shaped into figures that light up, thanks to their built-in LEDs. In this guide, we'll explore how the company got started, and what they've done with their success. When you click links from this website, we may receive advertising revenue to support our research. This video was made with Ezvid Wikimaker.
What Are Laser Pegs?
The toy consists of several small pieces with pegs and grooves that allow them to snap together, forming a temporary bond. Most of these pieces are simply clear plastic, but a few conceal colorful LED lights. These power bricks are able to illuminate any figure built up around them, turning your creation into a miniature light show.
Building a Laser Pegs Dragster
One of the race cars that can be built with the Dragster 6-in-1
What Can You Build With Laser Pegs?
- Animals: From bugs to dinosaurs
- Cars: Aerodynamic and built for speed
- Airplanes: Jets, gliders, cargo planes, and more
- Space Ships: Earth-style rockets and sci-fi space cruisers
- Rescue Vehicles: Ready to save the day
Laser Pegs Features
- Creations can double as night lights
- Versatile sets can create more than one figure
- Clear and easy-to-follow instructions
- Some models designed for younger kids
- Compatible with Lego bricks
Building a Laser Pegs T-Rex
One of the dinosaurs that can be made with the T-Rex 20-in-1 Set
Laser Pegs on Social Media
There are all kinds of construction toys on the market, from Lego bricks to Tinker Toys. Laser Pegs takes this classic idea and incorporates modern technology into the design by adding LEDs.
This unique feature allows creations built with the pieces to light up in a variety of colors. So any vehicle or animal made of Laser Pegs can act as both a toy and a night light, which can be nice for creative youngsters who are still afraid of the dark.
The company's founder, Jon Capriola, grew up poor and was bullied as a child. He dropped out of high school as a sophomore and created an education for himself, reading books about everything from economics to social media. With this knowledge under his belt, he had the skills necessary to launch a small business. All he needed was an idea.
The company's founder, Jon Capriola, grew up poor and was bullied as a child.
According to Capriola, inspiration struck in 2002. He was attending a Microsoft TechEd conference and noticed that some of the people at the event were wearing light-up necklaces. These accessories were made up of several pieces and the electric current seemed to flow through them. Jon realized that this technology could easily be applied to the small bricks that comprise construction toys.
He spent years tinkering in his garage and by 2006, he had filed for a provisional patent. But he didn't put Laser Pegs on the market until three years later. The innovative invention caught the attention of several merchants, including Target, Costco, and QVC.
Because the patent for Lego's design had expired by the time Laser Pegs came around, Capriola was able to use the same pattern of nubs, making his product compatible with the world's most popular construction toy. This means that pieces from the two brands can be connected to each other to form figures that are hybrids of the two types of bricks.
Because the patent for Lego's design had expired by the time Laser Pegs came around, Capriola was able to use the same pattern of nubs, making his product compatible with the world's most popular construction toy.
Only a few pieces per set actually light up on their own. They have built-in LEDs and are controlled with an on/off switch on the side. But all of the other pegs are transparent enough that the glow from the illuminated bricks is able to shine through them, lighting up the entire creation.
Rather than just tell you how to build one specific figure, sets are fairly versatile and allow for plenty of variation. Instructions show you how to build various models, all of which fit the theme of the set. For example, the Racer 4-in-1 can be used to make a racer, dragster, wide body, or big spoiler.
Vehicles are a popular subject with the brand. Kids can choose between all kinds of cars, trains, airplanes, and even space craft. Special parts like wheels and nose cones help give the finished products a realistic look. And some sets even have moving pieces, like the blades on the Helicopter 8-in-1.
Kids can choose between all kinds of cars, trains, airplanes, and even space craft.
But not every subject is powered by an engine. A bug-themed set comes with all the pieces necessary to construct a spider, housefly, scorpion, dragonfly, cricket, or beetle. There's also the T-Rex 20-in-1, which lets kids put together their own dinosaurs, from stegosaurus to raptor. Not only do these dinos light up in the usual way, they also have glow-in-the-dark teeth.
On their website, customers can browse through all of the sets available, find detailed instruction manuals for any product, and find contact information for the company. Reaching out to them with a question or comment can be done via either email, phone, or the site's contact form. Or you can message one of their social media accounts through Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
The step-by-step instructions included with each kit are detailed and focus on visuals rather than words, so that even kids too young to read can figure them out. Arrows, different levels of magnification, and multiple colors are all used in order to make the steps as clear and easy to follow as possible.
The step-by-step instructions included with each kit are detailed and focus on visuals rather than words, so that even kids too young to read can figure them out.
But that doesn't mean there's no room for creativity. Kids can also build their own creations. If they have multiple sets of Laser Pegs, they can easily mix and match to make anything from a triceratops with wheels to a monster truck with spider legs. With a few bricks and a little imagination, there are plenty of possibilities.