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(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 40:


 

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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

MARINELAND of the PACIFIC

SKY TOWER

1966 Los Angeles County, CA


Marineland of the Pacific, opened before Disneyland, was a 90-acre ocean-themed entertainment park on the Palos Verdes Peninsula coast in Los Angeles County, California, in operation from 1954 until 1987.  It was known for its performing Orcas, including "Corky", who was bought by SeaWorld in 1987 and renamed "Shamu". Marineland included two enormous oceanarium tanks, a restaurant, a motel, offices, laboratories, and a 250' long pier.  While collecting the thousands of animals to stock Marineland, techniques and devices still used today were invented, including transport tanks, the hoop net, the sea life decompression chamber, and the slurp gun.

Facing competition from Disneyland (built in 1955) and Sea World San Diego (built in 1964), Marineland added new attractions, including the SKY TOWER in 1966 at a cost of $500,000.  The SKY TOWER ride was a 4 minute long, 244' high ride offering a stunning view off the Southern California coast (as well as the oceanarium's tanks).  The blue elevator car held 60 persons at a time - 30 to each deck, and made a slow turn and a half going up and down, and two complete turns at the top, 344' above the sea.  Each rider had a picture window for unobstructed viewing. 

 


Built in 1966, the MARINELAND SKYTOWER remained standing until 1995.



MARINELAND OF THE PACIFIC circa early 1970s (25c era)


By the mid-1970s the price on the machines rose to 35c (shown below).  (Inflation!)


This week's MARINELAND SKY TOWER mold was run in MOLDVILLE's exclusive GLOW-IN-THE-DARK blue.  (The flesh-colored mold shown at the top was better to show the detail for the website.)



According to pacificbeachlife.com, the MARINELAND SKY TOWER was being shipped across the Atlantic Ocean in individual sections in October 1962 just as the Cuban missile crisis was taking place.




Marineland became a very popuplar location for Hollywood to film movies and TV shows, including The Beverly Hillbillies, The Munsters, The Partridge Family, Hart to Hart, Emergency!, Sea Hunt, and the A-Team, and more recently regular use by NBC's Fear Factor.  Movies shot at the location include the first three Pirates of the Caribbean movies, Charlie's Angels, Inspector Gadget, Pearl Harbor, The Aviator, and Hidalgo.


 


The MARINELAND SKY TOWER moldset dates to late 1966 - the year that the SKY TOWER was erected at Marineland of the Pacific.


circa 1966


TODAY

(In 2007 the Terranea Resort was built on the grounds of the former Marineland of the Pacific.)


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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