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.")
1962 SEATTLE World's Fair (aka Century 21 Exposition)
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 figure
50 years old now, the 605' tall Space Needle was the tallest building west of the Mississippi River when it was built in Seattle, WA. According to the official website spaceneedle.com, the design of the Space Needle was finalized only 18 months before the 1962 Seattle World's Fair opened, and the 120' square parcel it sits on was purchased just 13 months before the World's Fair opening. The foundation, poured into a hole 30' deep and 120' across, took 467 cement trucks an entire day to fill the hole, the largest continuous concrete pour ever attempted in the West, supporting a design that is built to withstand a 200 mph wind. The top house dome is five levels, and includes a revolving restaurant level and observation deck. The Space Needle was completed four months before the Seattle World's Fair opened on April 21, 1962. The top house was balanced so perfectly that the restaurant rotated with just a one horsepower electric motor!
This moldset, of which there has only ever been one (this one), dates to the earliest days of Mold-A-Rama, when Mold-A-Rama itself was first introduced to the world at the 1962 Seattle World's Fair. The moldset is so early that it actually predates the mold numbering system, and is milled from aluminum blocks - not cast like they would soon all become. Norm Bolotin (from TheHistoryBank.com fame) is perhaps the best authority on Mold-A-Rama at the Seattle World's Fair, as he remembers getting ALL figures molded at that Fair. Norm confirms that there were six different figures vended by the machines operated by Mold-A-Rama; the Space Needle being one of them. The Space Needle is actually the second mold in the Club-A-Rama from the 1962 World's Fair; HOTEI of week 3 was also introduced at the Seattle World's Fair.
The design of the SPACE NEEDLE moldset is quite unique. The operators apparently discovered the need to include a disposable evacuation tube to permit the hot plastic to fully fill the top part of the Space Needle. This tube is quite delicate when vended, and is removed for the finished product.
According to one fellow who himself made 5 or 6 SPACE NEEDLE molds at the 1962 Seattle World's Fair: the SPACE NEEDLE Mold-A-Rama souvenir was originally vended in a BRONZE/GOLDEN COPPER color.
The MGM film: "It Happened at the World's Fair," released in 1963, was filmed at the 1962 Seattle World's Fair. While Elvis is having dinner with his date at the top of the Space Needle, notice that the restaurant is rotating (as it should of course!) Recognize the little boy who kicks Elvis in the shin for 25c (the same price as the Mold-A-Rama machines at the same Fair?) He would later play Presley in the TV movie "Elvis," provide the voice for Elvis in "Forrest Gump," and play an Elvis impersonator in "3000 Miles to Graceland."
MOLDVILLE is the ultimate recycling machine. What doesn't get put into the Club-A-Rama, ends up back in the vat to be remelted into the next week's figure! Here you see mostly the discarded evacuation tubes from the Space Needle production.
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!