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Website last updated:  06-14-2017

Club-A-Rama Week 30:


 

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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

SMALL ELEPHANT

1962


It's a stampede of small ELEPHANTS!! 


1970s BUSCH GARDENS

The machine on the right is vending the large ELEPHANT; the machine on the left is vending the panther.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1980s

This former DISNEYLAND TOY FACTORY was recommissioned to sell the PINK ELEPHANT (just as it says in the plexi backglass).  Note the umbrella over the machine - all machines have factory-installed mounting holes for umbrella supports.  Note also the two floodlights added by Eldin Irwin (MOLDVILLE had these floodlights on it too when we pulled it from storage.)



We've seen at least a couple vintage photos over the weeks of this one-year-only Club-A-Rama (e.g., the FRANK BANK of Week 8 and the Carolina Snowball of Week 20) where the Mold-A-Rama machine includes a 'Bottoms Up' card on the deck.  It was mounted on the lower right corner of the deck - under the dome.  Only one original 'Bottoms Up' card survives - and MOLDVILLE.com has it!  The 'Bottoms Up' card warned patrons to hold their freshly vended product upside down.


The 'Bottoms Up' card is fascinating for a couple reasons.  First, it purports to show the patron holding a small ELEPHANT upside down.  But if you look closely it's not the Mold-A-Rama small ELEPHANT at all, but rather a J.H.MILLER Mfg. Co. elephant!  But the J.H. Miller elephant's didn't have a base.  The pictured elephant must have been a figure made during the prototype period when J.H. "tike" Miller was living in Los Angeles and helping Mold-A-Rama, Inc. develop his invention into a commercial coinop machine. To the right is a JH MILLER elephant in a similar position to the one pictured in the 'Bottoms Up' card.

The comparison below shows the 1962 Mold-A-Rama small ELEPHANT (below left) and the late 1950s J.H.MILLER small elephant from the J.H. Miller Mfg. Co. (right).




 

The audio track of this week's video clip comes from an original 1962 audio tape used in the very earliest Mold-A-Rama machines in 1962 (shown below).  The audio tape is a 2-track tape, and played a space sound during the 33 seconds (or so) that the machine operated from the first track, and a seemingly random 'attract' mode commercial every so often from the second track when the machine was not in use.  The second track could be turned off using a switch on the right side of the machine.  The PINK ELEPHANT audio tape had three different vignettes that would blurt out at random times on an approximately 10 minute long endless loop.  All machines (even the Model 688-A made in 1963-64) were originally wired to play this audio tape. 





The small ELEPHANT is a pre- numbering system, extremely early pin-and-socket mating style moldset made in 1962.  It is shown at the right in comparison to the large ELEPHANT moldset made in 1964.


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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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!



 


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