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.")
Ever wonder what it looks like under the hood of an original machine?
iginal vintage "Disneyland Toy Factory" made by the MOLD-A-RAMA
company in 1963, painstakingly preserved and restored in its original form,
inside and out, is about to come online by MOLDVILLE.
This 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.
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.
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.)
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!
is: What to do with this vintage,
beautiful, all-original, operating machine?
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
Chinese Theatre in HOLLYWOOD at
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
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 figures.
This is the serial tag of the early style 1962 Mold-A-Rama machine. It is mounted in a very visible position on the right side of the deck of the Model 688 machine, more commonly referred to as a "Type A" machine.
This is the serial tag of the later 1963- model, mounted in the same position on the deck of the late style Mold-A-Rama machine. The late style machine is technically called the Model 688-A machine, but is more commonly known as a "Type B" machine.
We at MOLDVILLE.com have 'mashed together' the LIGHT ANIMATION from the early style 1962 Mold-A-Rama machine (which had the countdown progress across the plexi backglass) with the LIGHT ANIMATION and ROTATING DISPLAY PEDESTAL of the late style 1963-64 Mold-A-Rama machine (which had a four light sequence across the back of the deck), to create the ultimate LIGHT ANIMATION:
The 1976 Ohio license still on the MOLDVILLE.com machine when we found it.
Some high-use machines were fitted with an auxiliary plastic supply hopper. This early hopper design (circa 1960s) sat on top of the machine, and included a signage area above and a clear display case below. This hopper, fresh from the barn it sat in for probably 40 years, has created the ultimate MAR collectible: a melted mess of Mickey Mouse display figures (shown below).
A more subtle auxiliary plastic supply hopper design introduced in the early 70s (below) has no display or signage area, and is tucked mostly behind the machine. It is visible on the machine used at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in 1972 (see the Machines FOR SALE page of this website), and can even be seen in use today on a few machines still in operation.