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Website last updated:  04-18-2016

Club-A-Rama Week 10:


 

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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

GATEWAY ARCH

St. Louis, MO

post 1967


MOLDVILLE rearranged the year-long weekly schedule for the CLUB-A-RAMA to celebrate the unlikely World Series win by the St. Louis Cardinals. Just to make it into the playoffs was a long shot for the St. Louis Cardinals, who were 10 1/2 games back with only a month to play.  Then, in the World Series itself, they were down 3 games to 2, down by two runs and down to their last strike and facing probable elimination, the St. Louis Cardinals erased a 2-run deficit late in game 6 - TWICE - the second time being a walk-off homerun by David Freese, to stay alive in the series and force a game 7.  With a win in game 7 the next day, watched by more than 24 million people, the St. Louis Cardinals epitomized the ultimate sports come-back.

Congratulations!


OCTOBER FREESE                                        Jeff Roberson/AP



 


The original use of the GATEWAY ARCH is unknown, but it obviously was most likely used in St. Louis.  The moldset itself is an unnumbered, late-style design, dating it post-1967.


The GATEWAY ARCH is one of my absolute favorite molds, particularly in its simplicity.  It's also a rather sizeable mold.  In fact, it's so long that it doesn't fit in the delivery bin when the shovel pushes it there.  In operation, the operator must have instituted one of their tricks to spin the mold before delivery.  One of these tricks was to use of a piece of duck tape placed on the vat cover in such a way that it would cause the mold to spin to one side as the shovel pushed it forward.  Another trick might have been to use a trip wire toward the lip of the delivery bin.


GATEWAY ARCH     ST. LOUIS, MO.     630 FT.

NATIONS TALLEST MONUMENT 630 FT.


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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