Toys of the Eighties, Etch-a-Sketch Animator
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An electronic version of the classic toy, it would let you draw box like figures and overlay them to make things appear to move.
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Martina - June 24, 2007 - Report this comment
I was wondering what the price was on this Animator and if it was a collecter
Elsje - July 25, 2007 - Report this comment
Ooh, I had this! I think I might still have it at my parents' house. I loved it, but I think I remember that it kind of sucked.
Sarah - July 28, 2007 - Report this comment
My mom just called tonight to ask me if I wanted my Animator. She found it in the attic.
payne - August 02, 2007 - Report this comment
dang -says $49.00 at 1985 on the box..and i cant sell it for more then $10.00... ?thanks parents for buying it...but it sucked..:)
me - August 13, 2007 - Report this comment
It really was a piece of junk. It could only store something like a dozen full screen frames. However, you could play those frames in a user-defined sequence. Meaning, if you were clever enough, you could reuse your set of 12 frames in various orders to create longer animations. It came with a booklet containing several examples like a baseball batter missing 2 pitches and then hitting the 3rd. Of course you could also loop the sequence so you could play your 12 frames over-and-over again. It was junk. Whatelse can I add.
krikit96 - September 01, 2007 - Report this comment
HEY!!! It was NOT JUNK!!! I loved it, although it did suck!!! I cant get the commercial out of my head!!! I wonder if someone has put it on youtube yet?
Dan - December 17, 2007 - Report this comment
I wanted one so bad when I was about 5, eventually I got it and was mighty disappointed.
Angel - February 25, 2008 - Report this comment
I was talking to me husband about this toy, everyone wanted it, I remember the commercial was a dancing skeleton break dancing. I loved this toy! I have no idea what happened to it though. Of course game boy is much better, but it was cool at the time.
Miranda - March 03, 2008 - Report this comment
This toy sucked! Mine eventually collected dust under the bed.
Esjs - March 07, 2008 - Report this comment
I remember feeling mislead by the commercial. Keep in mind I was pretty young so everything was still "magical" to me. So I got the impression from the commercial that you could draw one thing and the toy would magically "animate" it for you. Heh, I didn't get that you had to draw each frame of animation. I got one for Christmas and it didn't work... then I got another one that didn't work either. Third time was the charm. Yeah it was kinda limited but I still remember playing with it occasionally. But I'm not a very good sketcher, so a lot of my own animations were very basic.
Lisa D - June 12, 2008 - Report this comment
I guess I must be the exception to the rule. My father showed me how to use it, and it would keep me quiet for hours. My fave was the jaguar. I still have it and would never give it away. Now I am a graphic designer... lol. I guess this was my precursor.
Greg - June 25, 2008 - Report this comment
I think they did a good job balancing graphics, memory, and features in this product considering 1980s costs. I used one and it had just enough of each to be able to do creative stuff with it yet, still cheap enough to make to be viable as a toy in that timeframe. In a few years the iPOD will be gay, so get over yourselves.
Jenny - September 25, 2008 - Report this comment
This was NOT junk! I remember it took FOREVER to do the cat, horse, etc...I still have mine, and it works great!
Mika - October 26, 2008 - Report this comment
This was my favorite toy!! I came up with so many picture stories, it kept me busy for hours on end. I wish I still had mine. I am trying to find one for my 9 year old. I think he would love it.
Niki - December 08, 2008 - Report this comment
I ahd one too! I LOVED it! I m looking for something like it for my son, anyone have any ideas?
sneekymee - January 03, 2009 - Report this comment
I remember this toy fondly. I spent hours creating animations.
paul - March 05, 2009 - Report this comment
I just picked one up on Ebay. It is GREAT. Some bits are a mystery, like how you repeat the frames etc, however it still works 22 years on. Your iphones won't stick it out that long ;)
Scott - March 20, 2009 - Report this comment
Etch a Sketch is the by far the coolest thing i have ever played with
lorri - April 04, 2009 - Report this comment
I still have mine and it works. I can't wait to hand it down to my kids. I remeber making the running cat , but at the end of the sequence I would have it run into a wall. It was so cool!
cw - April 09, 2009 - Report this comment
Just wanted to add to the people saying this did NOT suck and was in fact awesome. Of course I had never seen the commercials for it so maybe the lack of disappointment helped.
CC - July 28, 2009 - Report this comment this is commercial for it..showing a running female lion/jaguar..whatever. Pretty neat if you can actually do it.
PMP_MB_REV - March 07, 2011 - Report this comment
My mother got me this toy for christmas in 1985, i traded it for a lawnmower and regreted it since.I serched for 20 years and finaly found one on ebay, i didn't understand it then but i'm glad i have it now. I LOVE it, and my mother,GOD rest her soul,would be happy i have it back.
NoctemOUT - December 24, 2011 - Report this comment
I had one of these back in the 80's; for me it was something of a rude awakening to find out that drawing and animating was such a long process. An awesome toy if you were willing to put in the work. - January 13, 2012 - Report this comment
Anyone have the manual that went with it? I found mine but no instructions were in it. Need instructions...thanks!
ladybug - April 12, 2012 - Report this comment
So excited to get this but not me or my family could figure out how to make it move ! :O)
ron r - July 17, 2012 - Report this comment
Got it as a present from my parents. I loved it! I don't know what happened to it though.
Aaron - January 18, 2013 - Report this comment
I had one of these, but couldn't ever figure it out.
David - September 05, 2013 - Report this comment
I remember the original Etch A Sketch, but I don't remember the animator version of it. For those that have/had it, how much fun is/was it?

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