Experience the souvenir fun of the 60s & 70s again, for the first time...

(MOLDVILLE is not affiliated with Mold-A-Rama, Inc. of Chicago, IL nor with the 1960s company Mold-A-Rama, Inc. of Los Angeles,  original operator of the "Disneyland Toy Factory.")

Website last updated:  06-14-2017

Club-A-Rama Week 38:



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 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

Pleasure Island


1963 Wakefield, MA

This week is a reissued figurine from 49 years ago (1963) that as a figure is more commonly seen - but not from its original venue!  MOLDVILLE's Pilot Whale moldset is engraved "PLEASURE ISLAND".  With that as our only hint to start our research, we found ourselves sorting through a ton of surly websites . . .  :) But then, alas, we not only hit on THE Pleasure Island that we were looking for, we had positive confirmation with the image of a vintage plastic Pilot Whale souvenir figure.




Posted on a website dedicated to yet another long-gone amusement park (, is this image, along with a note by the proud owner: 

"Plastic whale extruded from Pleasure Island machine . . .."

And whalla!  Yet another Mold-A-Rama history mystery solved by MOLDVILLE!

Pleasure Island in Wakefield, Massachusetts was a short lived (1959-1969) but much loved amusement park.  It  was Boston's answer to Disneyland, and was marketed as "Disneyland of the East."  It seems though that New England's relatively short summers hampered profits of an outdoor amusement park.  Go figure!

Pleasure Island covered 80 acres, featuring lots of rides, including the Pirate Ride, the Space Rocket, but the main attraction was the MOBY DICK RIDE that centered upon the search for the great white whale.  As riders in boats floated along a lazy waterway a spouting mechanical whale surprised the riders and rose from the depths.

The location is now ...

        go ahead and guess ...

               no it's NOT condominiums -

                                           it's an Office Park!

I played with the MOBY DICK HUNT Pilot Whale in Glow-In-The-Dark wax.  Pretty cool!

The MOBY DICK HUNT Pilot Whale, engraved "PLEASURE ISLAND" dates to 1963.

Adding to the evidence that the Pilot Whale moldset was first used at Pleasure Island in Wakefield, Massachusetts is the fact that we found a SECOND original Pilot Whale moldset with the same engraving to "PLEASURE ISLAND".

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 TODAY - before someone else beats you to it!


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