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Website last updated:  04-18-2016

Club-A-Rama Week 53 (bonus):


 

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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


3 MONKEES (no base)

"See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil"

1962 Seattle World's Fair


This final week of the Club-A-Rama v1.0 we go back to the very beginning.  The 3MONKEES with NO BASE is the sweetest moldset - and also the VERY, VERY FIRST moldset originally made for MOLD-A-RAMA's machines!  It was first vended at the 1962 SEATTLE WORLD'S FAIR.


Running this particular moldset for the first time in 50 years, for me was sentimental, and perhaps even emotional, so when I placed it on the MOLDVILLE machine to test it I was ready with my iPhone to take photos of that first run.  Unfortunately, that first run (shown above) wasn't ideal, but it was successful!



 


The MOVIE clip for this last week's souvenir figure includes as background the original SPACE SOUND audio that played while the machine operated in the very earliest days of Mold-A-Rama.  ALL machines made by Mold-A-Rama are wired for the audio tape player, and this audio was digitized from one of the original 2-track audio tapes from 1962.  The use of the SPACE SOUNDS audio was switch selectable to be ON or OFF during the 45 second operable cycle of the machine (the switch is on an internal side panel of the machine.)


Essentially the only difference between the ultra-rare 3MONKEES with NO BASE, and the common 3MONKEES, is the base.  There are a couple other very slight differences - but those will be left as a proof for the student...



This is a comparison of the more modern 3MONKEES moldset on the left, to the very, very first Mold-A-Rama moldset (the 3MONKEES with NO BASE) on the right.


 

 

Here the newer and old 3MONKEES moldsets sit along side one another:


 

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As is the case for many (if not most) of the earliest moldsets made for the MOLD-A-RAMA machine in 1962, the 3MONKEES with NO BASE has precedent in a plaster figure made in the 1940s or 1950s by the JH MILLER MFG. Co - the inventor of MOLD-A-RAMA's machine.  This is a recast of an original plaster JH MILLER  3MONKEES with NO BASE (courtesy Len Carvelo).


While this is NOT the 3MONKEES with NO BASE (it is the later 3MONKEES WITH BASE), I thought I'd share this vingtage photo nonetheless, from the MONKEY JUNGLE in Miami back in the 1970s-80s.



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 MoldvilleMachine@gmail.com TODAY - before someone else beats you to it!