Color, sparkles, music, and a little bit of magic — in a nutshell, that’s what kids will find when they play with VTech‘s new Myla the Magical Unicorn.

Made for kids ages 4 and up, Myla uses color recognition technology for multiple, unique play modes. Perhaps her most impressive feature is her magical makeup brush. Kids can “paint” Myla’s horn, eyelids, and wings using the brush and her makeup pallet. The process is fairly simple: press the top of her makeup brush onto one of the 16 colors in the pallet, then touch the brush to the part of Myla you want to light up with that color. It’s pretty magical to watch— even the adults will want to give it a try. (A tip: When selecting a color, be sure the entire top — the sensor —is flat against the pallet and within one color.)

Myla features five modes, which kids can rotate through by pressing the gem on Myla’s necklace. In all five modes, Myla’s head moves, her eyes blink, and she interacts with fun phrases and sounds. 

Four of the modes focus on color. “Magical makeup” mode is basically free play where kids can get creative while doing Myla’s makeup. Things get a bit more educational in “magical color creation,” which encourages kids to select two colors and see what new color they create. In “amazing makeup powder” mode, Myla will instruct kids which feature she wants to be colored, and it’s a race against the clock to apply makeup. “Lucky color” is the simplest mode: Kids press Myla’s back sensor, and she’ll tell them their lucky color (like a rainbow Magic 8 Ball).

Things get musical for the fifth and final play mode, called “showtime.” The magic doesn’t stop with Myla’s makeup brush — she also comes with an interactive microphone. When Myla’s in showtime mode, kids can hold the microphone below her mouth to hear her sing a catchy, original tune. Pull the microphone away and the music keeps playing, but Myla’s singing stops so kids can pick up the duet. 

In addition to her interactive elements, Myla has plenty of tactile play features. Kids can practice braiding her mane (which is conveniently made up of three strands, each with a different texture and color), brush her tail, and put a crown on her horn. She also comes with fun accessories to share, including colorful hair clips and bows.

With so many magical ways to play, kids’ colorful adventures with Myla will never end!

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Madeleine Buckley

Madeleine Buckley

Madeleine Buckley is a senior editor at The Pop Insider, The Toy Insider, and The Toy Book. She covers all things toys and fandom, and has appeared on Cheddar and a variety of regional news networks to talk about the latest trends in both. She is a movie score enthusiast, mediocre knitter, proud Syracuse alumna, and Marvel lover. You can usually find her at the movies or hanging out at home with her super-pup, Parker.