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Website last updated:  06-14-2017

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Some of the more interesting paper items from the 1960s found with the vintage MOLD machine:

 

ular 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 figures.


A "BOTTOMS UP" card can be seen in this promotional photo for a prototype Sinclair machine.

The BOTTOMS UP card is also fascinating because it ties the 'Miller Animals' of the mid-1950s to the MOLD-A-RAMA machine of 1962.  The figure that the hand is holding in the BOTTOMS UP card is NOT the elephant that we would have expected (the one from a MOLD-A-RAMA machine at the time), but rather it is a MILLER ELEPHANT presumed to be from the mid-50s!  The shape of the ear, and ripples in the elephant's skin, are a perfect match! (See below, MILLER elephant on left, elephant from a machine original operated by Mold-A-Rama on the right)  The base with 3 holes is quite the mystery though, both because it is one more hole than the machine makes, and also because the Miller animals have no base!



An original "Type B" Installation and Operation Manual

 


It's quite difficult to still read, but this is an original wiring diagram mounted by the factory inside the right-hand door.  A cleaner version of the wiring diagram for the Model 688-A ("Type B" machine) is below:




Original hand-painted 'Featuring' sign (from an original SHELL FACTORY 50c plexi backglass.)


This service tag, dating from the earliest days of the Mold-A-Rama company (which was owned by Automatic Retailers of America (ARA)), was found under a layer of paint on the deck of my early Model 688 machine (the MOLDVILLE spare currently under restoration.)  Just call "HUdson 7-4200" for service on your Mold-A-Rama machine!


1960s UNIVERSAL STUDIOS, Los Angeles, CA



circa 1962


Need parts for your Mold-A-Rama machine?  This is an original price list (though I think the prices have since gone up!)


Original gauge labels (left) and adjustment knob labels (right).



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