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Club-A-Rama Week 51:


 

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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

SKULL

SEARS ROEBUCK

c1960


The SKULL is probably the second-oldest moldset made for the MOLD-A-RAMA. In fact, it might even pre-date the moldsets used at the 1962 Seattle World's Fair.  I say that based on the existence of one skull moldset that looks prehistoric as compared to the rest (shown below):



IMPORTANT UPDATE:  As shown in the images above, there is a SKULL moldset that looks rather prehistoric as compared to just about all other moldsets.  By appearances and memory of Kip Miller, the SKULL moldset MAY be from as early as 1960 - which is two years BEFORE Mold-A-Rama was introduced to the world at the 1962 Seattle World's Fair.  If this is true, the SKULL moldset is dated to the years that the Mold-A-Rama machine was being DEVELOPED into the coin operated wonder we all now know and love!  Kip Miller (J.H. Miller's nephew) posted this in response to this week's SKULL:

"Is this from about 1960? I remember Tike (JH Miller) and Shirley (Mrs. JH Miller) coming from Santa Monica to Scottsdale for a visit and Tike brought me a skull. The first thing I did was smell it because I always had a great fondness for the smell of the dinosaurs, etc. But something had changed in the formula because the skull didn't smell like the earlier toys; it had a stinky smell to it that I've always remembered because it was such a shock."



 

 

 

 

 

 

As is the case for many of the early figures made by Mold-A-Rama, the skull too has roots in the J.H. Miller Manufacturing Co.  Note the advertisement for PLASTER Skulls from JH MILLER (right) dating from as early as August 1946!

 


JH MILLER even made a "bobbing head ghost SKELETON" - apparently very rare (as if MANY of the early JH MILLER and Mold-A-Rama figures aren't very rare too!)



 

 

The audio this week comes from one of the super-rare original AUDIO tapes presumably used circa 1962.  ALL machines came from the factory wired for use with a tape player - though few original tapes survive, and no original tape player has ever been located.  The audio such as that which is playing here was actually randomly played as an 'attract' mode, meaning that it played when the machine WASN'T operating to attract a passerby.  Some machines also included a second track of audio for a 2-track player that played space sounds during operation of the machine.  Pretty cool actually.  Both single track 'attract mode' only tapes, and 2-track tapes, were made, inferring that some tape players were single track and others 2-track.


I believe that the SKULL was first used at SEARS ROEBUCK because one of the audio tapes (above, left) is labeled "MOLD-A-RAMA, SKULL:  SEARS ROEBUCK"!  Also, a little trivia:  there is no second 'space sounds' track on the SEARS ROEBUCK tape!  Even more trivia:  one of the three segments on audio on the SEARS ROEBUCK skull tape is voiced by a woman!  Unfortunately, the audio quality of the SEARS ROEBUCK tape is rather poor.



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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