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 49:



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


Fall 1966

Watch out Capt. Nemo - it's the OCTOPUS!  This cool mold is made in GLOW-IN-THE-DARK Carribbean GREEN!

It is believed that the OCTOPUS was first made for the MARINELAND OF THE PACIFIC, in part because it is known that it WAS vended at the Marineland of the Pacific in the 1960s, but also because the moldset for the OCTOPUS was made at the same time as the MARINELAND OF THE PACIFIC SKYTOWER moldset (See Week 40).

Marineland of the Pacific, 1970s

Marineland of the Pacific, 1970s.

A lineup of vintage toys all from Marineland of the Pacific.  The OCTOPUS, as well as all the other toys in this photo, are engraved "MARINELAND" on the front.

Here are some original plexi backglasses from the 1970s ELDIN IRWIN era of operation.  The OCTOPUS was vended at each of these locations even in the 1960s:



























The OCTOPUS dates to the November-December 1966 time frame based on its numbering. Moreover, it is numbered immediately adjacent to the PACIFIC MARINELAND SKYTOWER moldset (See WEEK 40).

In my research and experimentation to find what I call my 'retrowax' (a close match to th e1960s Sinclair brand wax plastic used by Mold-A-Rama), I was also trying to replicate the fond 'smell' that so many who remember the machines back then talk about.  I personally don't go back that far :), but those who do have told me about the great smell.  So I wanted to know where the smell came from, e.g., the plastic, the coloring, some additive?  We don't have any UNcolored vintage wax to see if that has the nice smell, but we do have some colored vintage wax that DOES have the great smell.  We then went through the shelves of an old operator to investigate the COLORING used.  None of the colors seemed to have the smell - but for a bag of bronze in the back.  That bag of coloring, which I'm told had been in the barn for decades, HAD the smell!  Guess what it smells like?...

Like a new box of crayons!  Not only that, but when I scrape around with a nugget of the old brass coloring under my finger - it writes just like a crayon would!  

Guess how I now color the plastic?  You guessed it - with CRAYOLA CRAYONS!  As shown above, the OCTOPUS was colored with about a dozen "Carribbean Green" crayons.  That and some green GLOW powder.

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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