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.")
1972l 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.
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 figures.
Another fantastic vintage location photo, this time from Marineland of the Pacific from probably the early 70s. Marineland closed for good 25 years ago, but the MOLDVILLE.com weekly mold in the CLUB-A-RAMA will bring it back - albeit if just to get one last souvenir figure...
1972 GRAUMAN's CHINESE THEATRE, HOLLYWOOD, California.
Wow. Talk about historical location photos! This one shown above is one of my favorites. The MOLD machine stands in the same honored spot where NATALIE WOOD kneeled in 1961 to place her footprints into the cement. See it? It's also just to the side of where CARY GRANT placed his footprints 10 years before that (his are seen directly in front of the 'Now Playing' sign)
Just a few weeks ago I visited the identical site and took the following image. The 'Now Playing' sign is still there (though now it's a 'Next Attraction' sign, as is some of the wiring servicing where the MOLD machine once stood. But now an attended souvenir stand structure to the right encroaches on the very spot behind Natalie Wood's footprints where the MOLD machine stood 40 years before.
(By the way, for the ultimate gift, you can BUY this machine! See the 'Machines FOR SALE' page.)
FOR SALE: Any one of the following extremely rare original moldsets together with the MOLDVILLE.com MOLD machine originally operated by Mold-A-Rama of Los Angeles in the 60s. (First Come, First Sold!)
1972 GRAUMAN'S CHINESE THEATRE
1962 HOLLYWOOD BOWL
1962 EMPIRE STATE BUILDING
1963 CHRIS' RESTAURANT
1964 SINCLAIR DINOSAUR at WORLD'S FAIR
1958 J.H. MILLER Mfg Co. "Miller Alien"
If seriously interested, please email for details: MoldvilleMachine@gmail.com