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Website last updated:  06-14-2017

Club-A-Rama v2.0

WEEK 6


 

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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

GEORGE WASHINGTON

1964 New York World's Fair


Our first President - General GEORGE WASHINGTON!

The story of the GEORGE WASHINGTON souvenir is told in WEEK 24 of v1.0 of the Club-A-Rama.  It is dated in late 1963, during the run-up to the 1964 New york World's Fair, along with SEVEN other President molds for use by Mold-A-Rama all made at the same time.  It is believed that these president busts were made for use with Walt Disney's "ONE NATION UNDER GOD" show about ALL presidents at the 1964 New York World's Fair.  As explained in WEEK 24, because of the tight time schedule and because the animatronics effort was running far behind schedule, the show was cut back at the last minute to being a show about LINCOLN only called "GREAT MOMENTS WITH MR. LINCOLN."


The GEORGE WASHINGTON has been confirmed as being vended at the 1964 New York World's Fair by one of our most seasoned (and very knowledgeable) collectors who bought a childhood collection from a fellow who remembered getting his figures at the 1964 NYWF!  

In the 1970s there were Mold-A-Rama machines at a place called the "House of Presidents" in Clermont, FL.  Our seasoned collector tells us his extensive collection of MARs includes an orange LINCOLN BUST from "House of Presidents, Clermont, FL", marked underneath. (The "House of Presidents" is still there - it's just now called the "Presidents Hall of Fame".) 



The GEORGE WASHINGTON moldset is numbered 1101, and was made in preparation for anticipated use at the 1964 New York World's Fair.


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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