Project Mc2 LIP GLOSS VOICE RECORDER ( by MGA Entertainment) : Toy Review

Project Mc2 LIP GLOSS VOICE RECORDER ( by MGA Entertainment) : Toy Review

The other day, while in Toys R Us, I came across the project Mc2 Lip Gloss Recorder. Due to my addiction to lip gloss, this toy caught my eye immediately. “what is a lip gloss voice recorder”, I asked myself. I knew Project MC2 was a TV show geared at girls and focused on STEM/STEAM. So now, Project MC2 has all these toys which encourage girls to acts like little scientist, STEM/STEAM-like.

The packaging of the ProjectMC2 kits is quite appealing, The boxes are simple yet elegant. I approached the Lip Gloss Recorder and expected the unexpected. I had never seen a lip gloss recorder, have you?


After I bought the Lip Gloss Recorder from Toys R US, I brought it home , super excited. Upon opening the box, I realized that it needed 1.5V batteries… what in the world is a 1.5 battery? Huh? What happened to AA and AAA batteries? UGHHH!!!!!


Believe it or not, the Target where I live does NOT sell 1.5V batteries. Neither do the WAWA gas stations—nope they don’t sell batteries. So after driving around for an hour, I bought batteries, for $1 at the Dollar Store. Nothing I enjoy more than cheap batteries.

Once I bought the batteries, I believe it needed 3, I opened up the compartment, placed the batteries in and tada, the toy was ready to go.

Product Packaging—I love the pink design of the recorder and the holding case—it’s quite nice and slick.

Actual toy review:

After placing the batteries in the toy, I put my hand on the two sensors and said some words to test it out. And guess what? The toy didn’t work !!  NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

So….I tried the toy again… and it worked.

BUTTTT, then my carrying case broke—NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO…. How did it break that easily? GEEZ!! Perhaps I can reattached it.

Ok, the toy worked but guess what? It only records for 12-15 seconds, and that’s it!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO..

When I want to make a second recording, it records over the first bank…hmmm….I don’t like that aspect of the toy..this toy cost more than 7 dollars so I expected it to do more.

So here’s my summary:

Product Design /Packaging—absolutely wonderful .

Battery choice: 1.5V—not my favorite. These batteries are VERYY hard to find. Dear Toy Designers, please stick with AA,AAA, or C.

Testing of Toy: Does the toy record? Yes…Does the toy record for a long time? No.

Can the toy make multiple recordings in one sitting? No

What do I want this toy to be able to do: 1) I need it to be able to make multiple recordings; 2) I need the case to not break so easily; 3) I need it to record for more that 12-15 seconds… those are my three wishes for this toy.

Is it worth the money: I think this toy is a bit pricey based on what it’s actually capable of doing. The price needs to be lowered or the toy needs to be able to do more, or else people will be a bit disappointed when they play with the toy and get to the “ wait, that’s it” moment..You never want to get to the “wait, that’s its” moment when you are playing with a toy.

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