MOLD-A-RAMA (moldarama) 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.")
From the original 1964 manual for the Model 688-A Mold-A-Rama machine:
- Thermo control 185° for Sinclair plastic, 250° for Allied Chemical plastic.
- Water thermo "8" - "9" for Sinclair plastic, "4" for Allied Chemical plastic.
It should be noted that the highest melt temperature that the Mold-A-Rama machine can be set to is 250°F. The wax plastic that is used today by current operators is a close cousin to the original Allied Chemical plastic, though it actually operates a little cooler than the original Allied Chemical.
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.
CURRENTLY OPERATED MACHINE SETTINGS: WAX temp (240°F) and COOLING WATER temp '3':
All currently operated Mold-A-Rama machines are
set such that the wax plastic is melted to a "HEAT THERMO" temperature
of 240 degrees F, and the cooling water is typically chilled all the way
down to around '3' or even '2'. Note these settings of the knobs on MOLDVILLE while using the currently used wax plastic. (These knobs were originally on the deck of
the machine, as is seen on MOLDVILLE, but many of the currently operated
machines have these knobs internalized to keep them away from the
kiddies who like to reach their arms in and change the settings - really it's a problem!)
By the way, the "Allied Chemical" higher temperature wax plastic - that is still used today
- dates its use on Mold-A-Rama machines at least back to the 1970s, and is
probably the wax plastic referred to in the original 1964 manual for
the Model 688-A Mold-A-Rama machine that required a temperature setting
It's taken us in the MOLDVILLE garage many tries with many different
potential wax plastics, and then a number of possible mixes of those
many different potential wax plastics, to get to where we are today.
After quite a few tries and misses with several plastics vendors, and
with very helpful guidance by a chemist in the business, we have now
arrived at what we feel is just about a perfect wax plastic for the
machine originally made by Mold-A-Rama, Inc.: the Moldville RetroWax™!
Some Disney fellows made in Moldville RetroWax™.
SETTINGS with our 'Moldville RetroWax™': WAX temp (185°F) and COOLING WATER temp '8':
MOLDVILLE.com has been developing their own low-temperature wax
plastic for use on the MOLDVILLE machine, and we're just about happy
with it now. We call it 'Moldville RetroWax™' because it operates at the
identical low temperature that the original Sinclair wax plastic used to
operate at in the 1960s. (Sinclair wax plastic hasn't been available
Using our own Moldville RetroWax™, the MOLDVILLE machine only has to heat its wax plastic to 185°F - a full 55 degrees COOLER than current Mold-A-Rama machines, and the cooling water need only be set to '8' or in any case no less than '7'!
Moldville RetroWax™ is our own scientifically developed brew, and as such is not (yet) commercially available.
Not only are the energy requirements, and resulting heat, greatly reduced with the Moldville RetroWax™, but from a cold start the machine fully heats the entire vat of wax and is ready to operate in about 75 minutes - as opposed to the current wax which requires more than 4 hours before the vat of wax is ready to operate!
Now there are no excuses for you not to own your very own mold machine - contact us today and we'll get you your very own mold machine!
As part of our rigorous quality control procedures here at Moldville, we are conducting a 'dashboard test' of our Moldville RetroWax™ material. The test consists of leaving a figure made with Moldville RetroWax™ on the dashboard of a van as it drives around in 90 degree heat of South Florida. So far, so good! The snowman has not melted but for a dent where it sat resting against hot metal on the dashboard.
But even more interesting is that the snowman's texture is taking on the look and feel of vintage 50 year old Mold-A-Rama wax as the glossy sheen to the snowman becomes dulled from the heat of the dashboard!
This backwards-looking BRONTOSAURUS from 1964 is made with Moldville RetroWax™.
This is what the final Moldville RetroWax™ product looks like after the ingredients are professionally mixed, melted, hardened, and ground. It looks VERY similar in size and shape to original wax samples we've been able to recover from old machines: