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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.