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Website last updated:  04-18-2016

Club-A-Rama Week 35:


 

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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

BUDDHA

1962 HOLLYWOOD


This week is yet another "one-of-a-kind" reissue straight from HOLLYWOOD BLVD - the sitting BUDDHA engraved HOLLYWOOD!!

This is the one and only sitting BUDDHA that was vended in HOLLYWOOD at the Grauman's (and later Mann's) CHINESE THEATRE from the very beginning (i.e., 1962), through the 70s, and the 80s!  This one moldset probably itself saw nearly 30 years of outdoor service in the fun and sun of GRAUMANS CHINESE THEATRE (and after 1973 at the renamed MANN'S CHINESE THEATRE.)  He is yet another very special moldset put back into service for Club-A-Rama members!  Think of all the movie premiere's that the BUDDHA moldset has seen - not to mention all the Hollywood stars who came to sink their hands and feet into a block of cement just steps away from the machine!


In this post-1973 photo taken during the MANN'S CHINESE THEATRE era (as well as the 50c era), the BUDDHA is called the "LUCKY HOTEI" in the lower righthand corner of the plexi backglass.  


This isn't the color that the BUDDHA was run in for the Club, but it nicely shows some of the detail of the BUDDHA - particularly the engraving of HOLLYWOOD.


When looking at the Chinese Theatre from the front (from Hollywood Blvd.), the Mold-A-Rama machines (there were two) were located in the courtyard in front of the theater: one around to the left (behind the gift shop) and the other around to the right.


In this view, the theater is to the left, and the two Mold-A-Rama machines were located on this courtyard - one in the upper right corner (out of the view of the camera), and another in the lower right corner (again out of view of the camera.).


 

 


 

 

 

Lights ON . . .

 

 

 

Lights OFF!



The Courtyard of Grauman's Chinese Theatre is the open area to the right.  To the right of the Chinese Theatre is the Kodak Theater, and to the left is Madame Tussauds Wax Museum.  When I visited Grauman's last summer I got distracted by a wax figure out front of MADAME TUSSAUDS - it looked SO real!



The sitting BUDDHA moldset is pre-numbering system, early mating design, placing its creation to the Fall of 1962.


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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