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Website last updated:  06-14-2017

Club-A-Rama Week 31:


 

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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

GRAUMAN'S

CHINESE THEATRE

1962 Hollywood, CA


GRAUMAN'S CHINESE THEATRE, meant to resemble a Chinese pagoda, is a movie theater on Hollywood Blvd. in Hollywood, on the historic Hollywood Walk of Fame.  It was built in 1927 by Sid Grauman.  Probably the most well-known feature of the theater are the concrete blocks in the forecourt and surrounding walkways, which bear the footprints, handprints and signatures of popular movie personalities over the past 85 years.  Sid Grauman explained his version of how he first got the idea: "pure accident.  I walked right into it.  While we were building the theatre, I accidentally happened to step in some soft concrete.  And there it was.  So, I went to Mary Pickford immediately.  Mary put her foot into it."

The Acadamy Awards ceremonies were held at GRAUMAN'S CHINESE THEATRE 1944-46.  (Now they are held next door at the Kodak Theatre.)


I added blue colorant to a red/pink vat of hot wax to arrive at the color for this week's GRAUMAN'S CHINESE THEATRE.  At right you can see the progression of the color mixing through the internal injection plunger and pipe areas as it blended with the newly colored main area of the vat.


Above is one of my more favorite vintage photos - an early 1960s postcard I bought on ebay.  Notice anything familiar looking at the extreme right edge of the postcard . . .?


The Feb. 1978 issue of TEEN BEAT MAGAZINE included this photo of teen sensation JIMMY BAIO making his own souvenir of MANN'S CHINESE THEATRE in 1978.  (The theater was renamed after its new owner from 1973-2001, but changed back to its original GRAUMANS name after 2001.)



The PAGODA mold was vended at GRAUMAN'S CHINESE THEATRE, then at MANNS CHINESE THEATRE, for several decades.  The moldset itself dates to 1962, and the postcard up above proves that the original Mold-A-Rama, Inc. had it on location at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in the early 1960s.  There is a vintage photo of the HOTEI (See Week 3) showing the machine still on location in 1972, and the vintage photo to the right with Eldin Irwin himself shows the machine continued on location into the 1980s (note the 50c price.)



The PAGODA mold was STILL on location at MANNS CHINESE THEATRE in this vintage $1 era photo from 1986.  Check out the rotating LED display behind the plexi backglass - Sweet! 



 



The GRAUMAN'S CHINESE THEATRE moldset is a pre-numbering system, early style design placing it squarely in 1962 along with the other group of moldsets made right after the success of Mold-A-Rama at the 1962 Seattle World's Fair.  In fact, the cooling design is very similar to that of the HOLLYWOOD BOWL (See Week 27 of the Club-A-Rama), placing it around the time that the HOLLYWOOD BOWL moldset was made.


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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