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Website last updated:  04-18-2016

Club-A-Rama v2.0

WEEK 3


 

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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

PANDA

1984 LOS ANGELES ZOO


In honor of the birth of a new Panda cub at the National Zoo here near MOLDVILLE headquarters, we have shuffled around the planned schedule for v2.0 of the Club-A-Rama to reissue the ever-popular PANDA this week!


 

 

 

About the size of a stick of butter, the National Zoo in Washington, DC announced that it's giant female panda, Mei Ziang, gave birth to a cub this past Sunday night!  Zoo officials suspected that Mei Ziang was pregnant after she started spending extended periods of time licking and cradling toys.  (We are SO high-tech these days, aren't we!)


News of the panda cub's birth attracted quite the crowd at the panda press conference!


These are the proud parents Mei Xiang and Tian Tian inside the indoor portion of the panda enclosure at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, DC.


 

 

 

 

This is the second child for the happy couple.  At left is her first cub, a boy, Tai Shan, born in 2005.  The name Tai Shan was chosen after 200,000 suggested names were cast in a contest (it means "peaceful mountain".) 

All three giant pandas are the property of China, and the Chinese government had an agreement requiring Tai Shan be sent to China at anytime after he turned two.


 

 

Though the Chinese government permitted Tai Shan to remain at the National Zoo 2 years longer than the agreement, when he was 4 (in 2009), Tai Shan flew home with great fanfare (and breaking news coverage as I recall) to China, leaving his parents behind.  His new home is the Bifengxia Panda Base, in Ya'an, Sichuan.




Mei Xiang and Tian Tian are the National Zoo's second pair of giant pandas.  You might remember that the first pair, Ling-Ling and Hsing-Hsing were donated to the US by China in 1972, shortly after President Nixon's historic visit to China.  Ling-Ling died in 1992 and Hsing-Hsing in 1999 without producing any cubs that survived for more than a few days.

It is estimated that there are only about 1,000 or so giant pandas left living in the world; with 100 in captivity.


This is the actual original pewter sculpture from which Eldin Irwin made the PANDA moldset 30 years ago!

 

 

 

 


The PANDA moldset was made by ELDIN IRWIN and operated in the 1980s at the LOS ANGELES ZOO, likely in 1984 in conjunction with the arrival at the LA ZOO of Yun Yun and Ying Xin for a three-month stay just in time for the Summer Olympics.  The moldset as originally made and used at the LA ZOO (shown above) is not engraved.


The PANDA moldset was also used at LOWRY PARK ZOO in Tampa, FL, presumably used in conjunction with their red pandas, but the particular souvenir that Club-A-Rama members will get is engraved "MOSI 2000".  MOSI refers to the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa, FL. 

Don't you think the NATIONAL ZOO should have a MOLDVILLE machine to mint souvenir PANDAs?!


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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