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Website last updated:  04-18-2016

Club-A-Rama v2.0

WEEK 5


 

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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

THE GENERAL SHERMAN

1963


The M4 SHERMAN TANK (M4 for 'medium') was the backbone of the World War II Allied armor offensive, and went on to see action in the Korean War.  It was relatively inexpensive, easy-to-maintain and easy-to-produce combat system that pretty much won the ground war for the Allies by its sheer numbers.  It was became outclassed in combat-related categories against the later-stage German Panzer tank, but the SHERMAN TANK had an advantage in her speed, battlefield reliability and sheer number.  Crew accommodations included five personnel, including the driver, assistant driver/bow gunner, ammunition loader, gunner and tank commander. 

The driver was situated at the forward left, and operated two steering levers and floor pedals and instrument panel to their left.  The driver originally had access to a direct-vision slot, but that was done away with in favor of a fixed periscope when the vision slots proved to be a ballistics weakness. 

The original Sherman 75mm main gun proved to be somewhat useless against a full-on frontal assault by later-generation German Panzer tanks (reports describe incidents of the 75mm rounds seemingly 'bouncing off' the Panzers. 

Some 50,000 SHERMAN TANKs are believed to have been produced, and used by the United States, Britain, the Soviet Union and Israeli service.  It was also utilized at one point or another by Australia, Brazil, France, India, Pakistan, Poland, Egypt and New Zealand army forces.  The SHERMAN TANK was in service in the United States from 1942 through 1955.

 


The SHERMAN TANK is engraved on both sides "THE GENERAL SHERMAN".

This is the point where I usually explain what is known about the origins of the week's reissued souvenir - but I haven't found anyone yet who knows where the SHERMAN TANK was originally used!  The best information we at MOLDVILLE have heard comes from one of our most seasoned collectors who has been collecting Mold-A-Rama (MAR) souvenirs for many decades.  He indicates that the SHERMAN TANK is a mystery to him as well.  As far as he knows, the only vintage example(s) is/are in pink and came out of CALIFORNIA.  Because of the timing of the origins of the SHERMAN TANK moldset, his and my suspicions is that the SHERMAN TANK may have been used at the 1964-65 New York World's Fair in some capacity, but neither of us have any idea where, or why.


 

 

 

 

In California there IS the giant sequoia that by volume is the largest (and nearly the oldest) living thing on earth called "THE GENERAL SHERMAN TREE".  That WOULD correspond to the engraving on both sides of the mold:  "THE GENERAL SHERMAN"...  The General Sherman is shown at right in 1962:




Is this mold be somehow tied to The General Sherman Tree?  Doesn't LOOK like it, being a TANK and all, but it IS engraved "The General Sherman" and not "Sherman Tank", "M4 Sherman" or the like.  And when i do a Google search for "The General Sherman" it doesn't really get hits about the tank.  In fact, that search mostly turns up hits for General William Tecumseh Sherman (the namesake for both the Sherman Tank AND The General Sherman Tree.)

Or is it somehow tied to one of the 140 pavilions at the 1964-65 New York World's Fair like so many other early mold designs?  There are a good number of these moldsets in existence (at least four), which is typical of the moldsets made for the New York World's Fair.

If you have ANY information in this regard, please, PLEASE email me at MoldvilleMachine@gmail.com!!


Numbered 1053 by the original Mold-A-Rama, Inc., the SHERMAN TANK moldset was made in 1963.


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