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Website last updated:  04-18-2016

Club-A-Rama Week 36:


 

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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

GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE

1962 San Francisco, CA


Opened in 1937, the 1.7 mile long GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE is one of the most internationally recognized symbols of San Francisco, California, and as such has been declared one of the modern Wonders of the World.  The Frommers travel guide calls it "possibly the most beautiful" bridge in the world.



 

This is the infamous, gritty Academy Award-winning car chase scene around the streets of San Francisco for the 1968 movie "BULLITT" starring Steve McQueen.  It was made a few years after the GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE moldset, but is SUCH a classic from 1960s San Francisco that I couldn't resist.  Indeed, the 11 minute muscle-car chase scene between a Ford Mustang GT and a Dodge Charger R/T has been called "one of the screen's all-time best."  It begins in the Fisherman's Wharf area of San Francisco, and runs through many, many streets of San Francisco (which is why I included it with this week's writeup.)  (Note that due to editing the cars pass the same green VW beetle 4 times!)  Unfortunately for the purposes of this week's 50 year old reissued souvenir of the GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE - though the car chase gives a great feel for the look of San Francisco in the 1960s, authorities at the time did not let the filmmakers film the car chase on the Golden Gate Bridge :( 



MOLDVILLE.com's collection of original moldsets (currently numbering over 84 different moldsets!) focuses on the earliest and best of the Mold-A-Rama era, and this week is no exception.  The GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE moldset is dated to the very first year of operation by Mold-A-Rama: 1962.


Sometime in the 1970s (or perhaps into the 1980s) one GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE moldset was modified to instead carry the engracing "GOLDEN GATE LANES, EL CERRITO".

GOLDEN GATE LANES, EL CERRITO was a bowling alley in El Cerrito, California, that opened in 1962.  It had a popular run before it was torn down and replaced with a Target store in 1991, which in turn was replaced a couple years ago with a Safeway grocery store.


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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