MOLD-A-RAMA machine made in 1964 by Mold-A-Rama, Inc. for New York World's Fair, and Seattle World's Fair in 1962, is restored to its original glory to reissue souvenirs last seen half a century ago. MOLD-A-RAMA machine made in 1964 by Mold-A-Rama, Inc. for New York World's Fair, and Seattle World's Fair in 1962, is restored to its original glory to reissue souvenirs last seen half a century ago.
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.")
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
Purple People Eater
1958 J.H. Miller Mfg Co
This, my friends, is the VERY FIRST MILLER ALIEN made from its original JH Miller Mfg. Co. moldset in over half a century! For a very limited time only (i.e., while it is still on the MOLDVILLE.com machine) you can go back to 1958 and buy your very own Purple People Eater MILLER ALIEN, made from the original equipment used at the JH Miller facilities in 1958. An original 1958 casting of the Purple People Eater MILLER ALIEN is extremely rare, and even rarer if it hasn't been broken. I bought my 1958 Purple People Eater MILLER ALIEN for somewhere around $300 a while back, and that was a reduced price because the horn had been glued back onto it.
If you too want a Purple People Eater MILLER ALIEN made
from its original JH MILLER equipment, please email
"Dancing With The Stars" (MOLDVILLE.com style!)
The original Purple People Eater MILLER ALIEN moldset is signed (at my request) by JH Miller's nephew Kip Miller, whose father Max Miller ran the JH Miller operation in Puerto Rico in the 1950s, and is credited as having designed the Purple People Eater MILLER ALIEN.
Very little was needed to make the JH MILLER era moldset work on the
1960s coin operated MOLD-A-RAMA machine. Aside from the need for the
use of an adapter for the water fittings,
and for attaching mold arm collars, the JH MILLER moldset for the MILLER
ALIEN called Purple People Eater works perfectly on
MOLDVILLE. So well made is this moldset that the original water seal
(the brown vertical stripe on each half of the moldset) is bone dry in
operation with cooling water running through the back!
This is a photo from 1958 of Kip Miller (left) with his father Max Miller (designer of the Purple People Eater MILLER ALIEN). Kip is holding a freshly-made JH Miller Triceratops.
The Purple People Eater MILLER ALIEN moldset evidences that the MILLER ALIENs were in fact made on early manufacturing versions of the Mold-A-Rama type machine. It is also believed that the JH MILLER DINOSAURS, and in fact all plastic toys from JH MILLER, were made on the manufacturing versions of the Mold-A-Rama type machine. I asked Kip Miller what his recollections were of the machines that the Dinosaurs were made on. He said "Yes, I remember seeing the machines working. Some of my
recollection may be confused, but I remember the molds coming together and
then, after a little bit, they would part and then the toy would drop into a
big bin. And they were definitely dinosaurs, because my sister Jody and I would
collect the damaged ones and take them home to play with."
Some years back this particular set of 1958 MILLER ALIENS sold for $4750 - and it doesn't even include the ultra-rare 18th Miller Alien - the PURPLE PEOPLE EATER!
If you are lucky enough to find an original 1958 casting of the Purple
People Eater Miller Alien - above is indicative of the condition you
might find it in (with broken or missing horn, musical note, etc.) The
one-year-only experience from MOLDVILLE.com truly was a
once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for collectors!
This undamaged original Purple People Eater sold on ebay in May 2012 for $809!
At right is another J.H. MILLER figure designed and sculpted by JH Miller's brother MAX MILLER - purportedly the very last figure issued by J.H. MILLER MFG.!
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.
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 TODAY - before someone else beats you to it!