Hasbro’s Skedoodle

The Skedoodle was probably the lesser known cousin of the Etch-a-Sketch board. The toy itself is a bit of a mystery, since very little information can be about it on the internet. All I could find, concerning the toy, is that it has been released by Hasbro in 1978 an it had a fair success.

The screen has a dome shape and it has a joystick, unlike the Etch-a-Sketch who has two knobs. The joystick was used to draw freely across the screen, compared to the Etch-a-Sketch that could mostly do horizontal and vertical lines. Another feature of the Skedoodle was its rotating screen. The toy came with a dozen of stencils that would be placed around the joystick to trace shapes and, by rotating the black ring around the screen, you could make Spirograph-like pattern.

I used to own a Skedoodle as a kid but I barely played with it and my little sister, curious as she was, decided to break it open to see how it worked and the poor toy ended in the garbage. How sad for a toy to end this way. It was only several year later that I finally found one on Ebay. It was sold at a cheap price as it came with its box, all the stencils and even the instructions manual. Bless the Internet for allowing us to find the long lost toys of our childhood. End of line.

Photo by Chris Glass.

Atomic Amelyn

Born in the glorious year of 1985, Amelyn (called Ame by her friends) is an avid comics fan, a video games collector, a cartoons enthusiast, a sci-fi geek and many other things. She loves kitties, the Martian Manhunter, Snickers bars and pizza-flavoured Pringles, among many other things. The thing she hates the most is not being taken seriously in the geekdom, because of her status as a woman. "Girls loves Deadpool, too!", she would say. Besides collecting, reading and sleeping, her others hobbies would include game modding. Her friends would confirm that she spent as much time as playing Fallout as she spent time modding it.Also, she would always finish her blog post with the term "End of line".

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2 thoughts on “Hasbro’s Skedoodle

  1. Atari Adventure Square says:

    True, Ebay is indeed the isle of lost toys for us retro fans.
    I swear my bid-won rescued Intellivision had a smile when it made its way out of the sender’s package and into my living room, a few years back.

    Yeah, I greatly respect the Skedoodle for continuing the Etch-A-Sketch’s tradition of bringing out the inner artist in the early stages of young humans, sans implements to carry around.

    And since you mention it, the Spirograph was the first toy to make me feel like a dazzling prodigy, with colorful blasts of circular symmetry that could’ve been in a Disney drunk elephant scene.
    Of course, this toy also made me realize the concept that ink dries out quickly when filling out pads of paper with swirly goodness.

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