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Website last updated:  06-14-2017

Club-A-Rama Week 41:


 

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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

R.C.M.P.

EXPO '67

1967 EXPO World's Fair, Montreal, Quebec, CANADA


This week we again visit the 1967 EXPO World's Fair held in Montreal Canada, drop a quarter in a mold, reach in the delivery bin and pull out a HUGE Canadian Mountie R.C.M.P.!


At a full 7" tall, the R.C.M.P. (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) must be the tallest figure ever made by Mold-A-Rama - it's certainly the tallest that I am aware of!  It's even a full 1/2" taller than the large Disney figures, and 1/4" taller than the standing Lincoln figure that was originally vended at the Illinois Pavilion of the 1964 NY World's Fair!  Even the giraffe doesn't reach the height that the R.C.M.P. does!

To give the size of the R.C.M.P. a little perspective, below is a comparison between the feet of the R.C.M.P., and a SEA TURTLE Mold-A-Rama.

The STANDING LINCOLN is shorter than the 7" R.C.M.P.!


There is just ONE other figure from Mold-A-Rama that is just as tall as the R.C.M.P. - the STANDING FRANKENSTEIN!  (The STANDING LINCOLN is actually 1/4" shorter.)


 

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police is the national force that provides policing in all provinces and territories of Canada (except Ontario and Quebec).  Although mounted training was one required of all recruits, it has long since disappeared, though the 'musical ride' remains an enormously popular public attraction.


A Canadian Mountie in front of the Quebec Pavilion at the EXPO '67 in 1967.


1967 was the year for the RCMP.  For instance, the original GI Joe American soldier was marketed as an action figure in basic military fatigues.  As the 1960s moved on, Hasbro wanted to reflect the times, so GI Joe became more adventure than military themed.  In 1967 Hasbro introduced the GI Joe "Action Men" Canadian Mountie set, made exclusively for Sears Canada.



 


This unnumbered moldset is engraved R.C.M.P. on the front, and "CANADA" on the reverse.  It dates to the year that Mold-A-Rama stopped numbering their moldsets (1967).  There is another surviving R.C.M.P. moldset that is engraved "NIAGARA FALLS" instead on the front (see below).



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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