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Website last updated:  06-14-2017

Club-A-Rama v2.0

WEEK 1


 

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his machine is a beauty. It has the original red/yellow deck with original Disney posed wire figures in various positions about deck, e.g., pushing the mold halves closed, riding the dispensing shovel, pointing to the finished figure, etc. The original RED Disney delivery door is beautifully intact over the delivery box.

 

This particular machine was built just before the '64 NY World's Fair, and was last used in 1976. When retired it was producing Pluto Disney figures, the Pluto mold being on the machine and some original old-wax Pluto figures being found strewn about inside the machine.

 

The MOLDVILLE Mold-A-Rama machine has many, many, many original molds with it. (Not the wax figures;  I'm talking about the aluminum mold halves themselves that push together to make the MAR figures.)

 

For those inquiring minds, the best information is that the Disneyland Toy Factory Mold-A-Rama machines were NOT ever at Disneyland. But they most certainly WERE at the 1964 New York World's Fair, used to mold various Disney characters, and of course the '64 NY World's Fair symbol- the UNISPHERE!

 

Question is: What to do with this vintage, beautiful, all-original, operating machine?

 

While this thought can change depending upon interest, the initial idea is to make figures for those interested, change the mold each week, and offer a 'subscription' for a years' worth of figures. That would be 52 figures, perhaps shipped monthly, including some otherwise commonly seen figures, some not-so-commonly seen figures, and most importantly some EXTREMELY RARELY SEEN figures. While the exact figures to be molded will not be disclosed ahead of time, the rarest molds to be used include molds used at:

     '62 World's Fair in SEATTLE

     '64 World's Fair in NEW YORK

     '67 EXPO in MONTREAL

     Mann's Chinese Theatre in HOLLYWOOD at movie premiers

 

Each week, on Moldville Mondays, I hope to post a VIDEO clip of the Moldville Mold-A-Rama making that week's featured figure. All those who are subscribed will receive that figure (and subsequent figures). To provide incentive to subscribe beforehand and not wait until a desirable ultra-rare figure is announced, each new figure will be molded only for those who are already subscribed-and only one per subscription. I hope to provide the look and feel-and excitement-of discovering a Mold-A-Rama machine and the magical figure it brings to life.

 

If/when I get REALLY up to speed (and gain sufficient interest), I may provide some original AUDIO tracks from the Mold-A-Rama machines circa 1960s. This audio was output from a tape player either as an 'attract' mode to randomly attract a passerby, or continuously.

 

The Moldville Mold-A-Rama is based in Washington, DC, in a location probably 500+ miles from the closest operating Mold-A-Rama machine.

 

Please, PASS THE WORD! Let me have your thoughts at MoldvilleMoldarama@gmail.com. The more interest there is, the more likely this is to happen! And soon!

 

The subscription price is looking like it will be set at a mere $5 per week (plus nominal monthly shipping.) Remember, you'll want to subscribe quickly and not miss out on any Moldville Mondays. I plan to start with a bang! If you miss any given week because you haven't yet subscribed, you will have missed your opportunity to own that week’s figure, which very well may have been one of the many extremely rare figure

SPACE LAB

1964-65 New York World's Fair, Hall of Science



Of all the many original moldsets from Mold-A-Rama that I really WISH I had a vintage photo of the machine vending it - the SPACE LAB is one at the top of my list!  In my research into the history of the SPACE LAB moldset, I had my suspicions that it might have been first vended at the 1964-65 New York World's Fair.  After consultation with a long-time operator, and with one of our most experienced collector-members, we have all come to that very conclusion.


 

 

 

 

 

 

This was the Hall of Science in Flushing Meadow Park at the 1964-65 New York World's Fair.  It was in the Great Hall where "A SPACE TRIP" was exhibited.  A rendezvous in space was realistically simulated with special effects.  At the climax, two full-scale spaceship models (the SPACE LAB and Martin SPACE TAXI) hovered 50 feet in the air to exchange crews and supplies.


 

 

At the HALL OF SCIENCE at the 1964-65 New York World's Fair, an animated Martin SPACE TAXI dubbed "Yellowbird" was depicted as docking with the "SPACE LAB."



The Hall of Science was designed by Wallace K. Harrison includes a science pavilion in its Great Hall formed as a soaring, 80-foot-high room, bathed in light filtered through panels of cobalt blue glass.  Curvy and cornerless, it seems to have no fixed dimensions.  Harrison wanted to express the limitless quality of space.  (Harrison also designed the UN Headquarters and the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center.)


Several vintage Mold-A-Rama versions of the Martin SPACE TAXI have turned up over the years (they are all yellow).  It's inscription "SPACE TAXI US" has an unusually smaller font - similar to that on the SPACE LAB, leading credence to the thought that these two souvenirs were vended at the same venue.


Below is a film shown at the Hall of Science called "RENDEZVOUS IN SPACE" (split into two parts).  In the video there is a segment in which there is sound but no picture - this is not a mistake. During this period when no image was projected onto the movie screen, a mock-up of the Martin SPACE TAXI docked with the SPACE LAB high overhead in the movie theater.



The SPACE LAB moldset is numbered 1156.  From a technical design perspective, the SPACE LAB moldset is on the hairy fringe of the MAXIMUM VOLUME that a molded figure may encompass.  That's because the mold machine first injects an amount of wax plastic with a piston, then blows air through the figure to evacuate the center (aka blow molding).  The wax plastic must, however, completely fill the void before the air shot occurs (keeping in mind that some amount of the injected plastic will constantly drip back out through the evacuation hole.)  Anyway, the injected wax plastic just BARELY fills the void in this moldset before it is evacuated back out.    


 

 

According to Bill Cotter's fantastic website about the NYWF "htttp://nywf64.com", eleven exhibitors displayed scientific advances at the Hall of Science, ranging from disease control to travel in space.  After the 1964-65 New York World's Fair closed, the Hall of Science building (a permanent structure) became the New York Museum of Science and Technology, which continues to thrive today, having just completed a major expansion.


Disclaimers:  The color and/or exact condition of the MOLD you get in the CLUB-A-RAMA may or may not be as shown.  Not for children under 3.


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If YOU would like to own this very moldset (and perhaps even include a fully operating MOLDVILLE machine to go with it) so you can reissue your own souvenirs from 50 years ago, please email TODAY - before someone else beats you to it!

MoldvilleMachine@gmail.com



 


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