MOLD-A-RAMA (moldarama) machine made in 1964 by Mold-A-Rama, Inc. for New York World's Fair, and Seattle World's Fair in 1962, is restored to its original glory to reissue souvenirs last seen half a century ago. MOLD-A-RAMA machine made in 1964 by Mold-A-Rama, Inc. for New York World's Fair, and Seattle World's Fair in 1962, is restored to its original glory to reissue souvenirs last seen half a century ago.
Experience the souvenir fun of the 60s & 70s again, for the first time...
(MOLDVILLE is not affiliated with Mold-A-Rama, Inc. of Chicago, IL nor with the 1960s company Mold-A-Rama, Inc. of Los Angeles, original operator of the "Disneyland Toy Factory.")
First molded at the 1962 SEATTLE World's Fair, where Mold-A-Rama was introduced, then on to a career in HOLLYWOOD at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in the 70s and 80s.
1972l vintage "Disneyland Toy Factory" made by the MOLD-A-RAMA company in 1963, painstakingly preserved and restored in its original form, inside and out, is about to come online by MOLDVILLE.
This 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 figures.
HOTEI, or the Laughing Buddha, is a cheerful, contented Buddhis monk. HOTEI is derived from a mix of Buddhist and Shinto religions and can be traced back to the time of the Liang Dynasty in China, to a Buddhist Zen monk named Pu-Tai. Because of his large protruding stomach, Pu-Tai was caricatured as the "Laughing Buddha." HOTEI is also seen as one of the seven Japanese Shinto-gods of luck.
HOTEI's large, fat belly is a symbol of happiness, luck and generosity. A legend has it that if a person is to rub his belly, it brings forth wealth, good luck, and prosperity.
1972 GRAUMAN'S CHINESE THEATRE Hollywood, CA
For 25c, the HOTEI can be clearly seen in the product display window. This very moldset of the HOTEI, the one used at the 1962 SEATTLE WORLD'S FAIR, and then for years in HOLLYWOOD at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, was installed on MOLDVILLE to make this week's reissued souvenir. MOLDVILLE - A true time machine!
2011 MOLDVILLE Washington, DC
(MOLDVILLE is dressed as a vintage Grauman's MOLD machine with an original plexi backglass)
This is the same machine in 1972. This machine was located to the left of the entrance to Grauman's Chinese Theatre. There was also a machine located to the right. The souvenir and gift shoppe is still there; you can see Hollywood Blvd looking through both sets of doors. These MOLD machines were operated at Grauman's (which the next year changed its name to MANN'S CHINESE THEATRE) well into the 1980s (if not later).
MOLDVILLE has been given access to the few original AUDIO tapes that survive from the earliest years (circa 1962) of when MOLD-A-RAMA of Los Angeles operated all MOLD machines. Few know that the machines were wired for inclusion of a Cousino type tape deck. No known original tape decks have been found - but a handful of the original tapes have been. These are 2-track continuous loop tapes. A first track of space sounds was played during the operation cycle of the MOLD machine. The second track typically had four audio 'commercials' separated by long lengths of silence. The machines had a switch to permit audio only during the operation cycle (i.e., the space sounds only while the figure was being made), or to permit 'commercials' to play even when the machine wasn't forming a product, a precursor to todays 'attract mode' often seen in arcade games.
One of the original tapes Mold-A-Rama of LA had made around 1962 relates to this week's MOLDVILLE figure in the Club-A-Rama: the HOTEI.
For convenience I've compressed the silence periods between the four original HOTEI 'commercials'...
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.
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
MoldvilleMachine@gmail.com TODAY - before someone else beats you to it!