Disneyland Rotadraw 1978

We picked up this boxed Rotadraw set on our travels, mainly due to the eye catching bright colours of the box design, not because we knew what it was.  The closest thing we could relate it to was Spirograph, but it is not really that similar.  After doing a little bit of research we found that there were quite a few different sets of Rotadraw available that would enable the user to draw different characters and scenes, this set allows the user to draw Disney characters.  The set is complete, which is always a good thing where vintage finds are concerned, and it contains everything needed to produce a small Disney image.

The set contains 5 plastic discs each dipicting a different Disney character to be drawn.  There are a few black and white scene pages that act as the stage for where the chosen Disney character will find themselves upon completion of the task.

The chosen scene image is placed under the provided blue plastic frame with the chosen character disc on top with the No.1 on the plastic disc lined up to the starting arrow on the blue frame, the idea is that with each twist of the disc a new part of the pattern is marked and the user is closer to seeing a finished character.  Similar to Paint by Numbers the user then works their way through the numbered shapes, marking the patterns on the disc that each twist of the disc allows.

We were pretty pleased with the results, it didn’t take long to finish and the Bambi produced does share a resemblance to actual Bambi! All in all Rotadraw is a pretty sweet idea and it is great how the process can be transferred to other media and the user is not restricted to the provided scenes.  A nice little chunk of 1970’s life.

 

Monopoly

Lovelitter Vintage Monopoly Board Game

We are huge vintage board game fans at Lovelitter so we thought we would put together a guide of our vintage game finds.  Monopoly is the game to start with when discussing vintage board games as it such an iconic and well loved game.  1930s America is where Monopoly was first developed and sold and it has gone through many transformations in it’s time with changes to playing pieces, manufacturing materials and design.  There are even rumors that during WW2 prisoners of war hid maps and escape plans in their Monopoly boards.  Vintage Monopoly games can usually be dated by the box design or the playing pieces inside, the first UK edition was sold in the form of separates, the board was separate from the mini box containing the pieces and rules.  War editions of the game have no metal pieces and have a cardboard spinner replacing the dice due to pressures on resources and manufacturing at the time.  The goal of the game is to drive all the other players to bankruptcy through monopoly ownership of hotels, houses and property on the board.  It is usually quite difficult to have a quick game of Monopoly so it is usually best left for when you have lots of time to fill.

Vintage Monopoly Board Game

One of our favourite editions of monopoly is this one from the 1950s.  The colours of the metal playing pieces are really vibrant and much more fun to play with than the usual plain metal pieces.  The pieces have changed many times of the years and some rare ones have now become highly collectible.   Some early editions of the game contain Bakelite dice and a shaker.

Vintage Monopoly Pieces