Musical snow globes, tiny racecars, monkeys with clashing cymbals—when you were a kid the coolest toys were always the ones you had to wind up before using. And Richard Solo’s Forever Last Radio/Flashlight is no exception.

Turn the crank for one full minute to yield 20 minutes of tunes or 40 minutes of flashlight use. Created with fun colors like lime green and bright orange, you can simply place the cap on to convert your flashlight to a nightlight suitable for display on any bedside table. And no batteries required means no wasted energy. What a bright idea!

Story by Alison Sherbach. This article originally appeared in Plenty in September 2007. This story was added to in October 2009.

Copyright Environ Press 2007