How to Buy the Fisher-Price ViewMaster and Reels

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ViewMasters, which come in many shapes and sizes, are inexpensive toys that provide hours of fun.

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Things you need

  • ViewMaster 3-Ds
  • ViewMaster Discovery Channel Reels
  • ViewMaster Discovery Series Gift Sets
  • ViewMaster Super Show Projector Bug's Life Set
  • ViewMaster Super Show Projector Toy Story Sets
  • ViewMaster Super Show Projectors
  • ViewMaster Virtual Barbie Prom Date Set
  • ViewMaster Virtual Viewer Pooh Set
  • ViewMaster Virtual Viewer Sesame Street Sets
  • Viewmaster Disney Reels

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    Understand that the Fisher-Price ViewMaster is a classic toy that allows children to watch frames of movie-like stories on reels inserted into the ViewMaster. The ViewMaster looks like a plastic pair of binoculars. It is appropriate for children ages 3 and up.

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    Think about the types of ViewMasters available. The simplest version is the 3-D Red ViewMaster, which costs only $5 and comes with one reel. All reels that are viewed on this appear in 3-D. This ViewMaster is an inexpensive gift and one that will be appreciated by all children.

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    Know that there are higher tech models of the ViewMaster available as well. The Virtual Viewer has a wraparound visor and a 50 percent larger viewing area than the traditional 3-D ViewMaster. It comes in red and is also $5. This ViewMaster won a 1999 Parenting Magazine award.

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    Try the Super Show Projector for an even more juiced-up version. This ViewMaster requires batteries and projects pictures from the reels onto a wall or ceiling. It is handheld and is priced around $13.

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    Be aware that you can purchase sets that include a ViewMaster and several reels. There is a Virtual Barbie Prom Date set, a Virtual Pooh High Flying Adventure and a Super Show Projector Bug's Life set and Toy Story Set. The Virtual sets cost about $7 while the Super Show Projector sets cost about $13.

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    Look at the Discovery Series Gift Set, which includes a ViewMaster that can also be used as real binoculars. The set sells for $15.

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    Select additional reels to go with the viewer you purchase. There is a Discovery Channel series of nature reels that cost about $4 each. There are many Disney movie reels to select from.

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    Buy your viewer and reels from the shopping list below or from your favorite online or local toy store.

Tips and warnings

  • All the reels are compatible with the different types of viewers.
  • The handheld projector is easier for younger children to use, because they don't have to try to get their eyes lined up with the openings to see the pictures.

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