MOLDVILLE.com used, for ONE YEAR ONLY, an original vintage machine originally made for MOLD-A-RAMA, Inc. company in 1963. It was been painstakingly preserved and restored in its original form, inside and out, to freshly issue from the original molds some of your favorite plastic wax souvenir figures from the 60s and 70s.
This vintage sourvenir mold machine is an absolute original beauty. It has the original (not repainted) red/yellow deck with original red countdown glasses indicating MOLD CLOSING, PLASTIC INJECTING, MOLD COOLING, and MOLD OPENING AND DISPENSING at the appropriate times in the 33 second product cycle. It has the original Disney posed wire figures in various positions about the 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 beatifully intact over the delivery box, just asking for the customer to reach in to grab the HOT, freshly molded plastic souvenir!
This particular machine was built for its first use at the '64 New York World's Fair, where Walt Disney himself was a major part of the planning and design of multiple venues. The machine still had its last license attached - a 1976 Ohio license, documenting its last year of use. When retired it was producing Pluto Disney figures, the Pluto mold being on the machine, and some original old-wax Pluto figures (seen on the right) being found strewn about inside the machine.
The MOLDVILLE.com machine includes many, many, many original moldsets (over 80 at last count!) (Not the wax figures; I'm talking about the aluminum mold halves themselves that push together to make the MAR souvenir figure.)
For those inquiring minds, the best information is that the Disneyland Toy Factory injection mold 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 during those initial 2 years of operation, including of course the '64 New York World's Fair symbol - the UNISPHERE! The Unisphere uniquely used an engraved plate under the mold, which placed wording on the BOTTOMSIDE of the figure. MOLDVILLE.com will utilize the same technique, with similar lettering, to identify the figures formed on its deck with the moniker "MOLDVILLE.com".
The question was: "What to do with this vintage, beautiful, all-original, operating machine?"
What we did was mold plastic souvenir figures for club members that have a love of these mold machine as they remember them originally operated by Mold-A-Rama, Inc. of Los Angeles in the 1960s, or by current operators (who are not affiliated in any way with MOLDVILLE.com.) I call this the CLUB-A-RAMA.
CLUB-A-RAMA members enjoyed the fun of a new, different MOLD-A-WEEK, ultimately resulting in 52 DIFFERENT souvenir figures (plus a bonus 53rd)! The 53 different souvenir figures included some otherwise commonly seen figures, some not-so-commonly seen figures, and most importantly some EXTREMELY RARELY SEEN figures. They included:
'62 SEATTLE World's Fair
'64 NEW YORK World's Fair
'67 MONTREAL Expo
'72 GRAUMAN's CHINESE THEATRE in HOLLYWOOD
'60s CHRIS' RESTAURANT in OCEAN CITY, NJ
1963 WHITNEYS PLAYLAND AT THE BEACH in San Francisco, CA
'63 CLOCK OF NATIONS in Rochester, NY
'60s KENNEDY SPACE CENTER in Florida
GATEWAY ARCH in St. Louis
'60s PLEASURE ISLAND in Wakefield, MA
'64 SEAQUARIUM in Miami
'60s Capt. STARN's Restaurant in Atlantic City, NJ
Each week a "weekly write-up" was posted hereon the website (and archived in the CLUB-A-RAMA v1.0 dropdown menu) showing the MOLDVILLE.com machine making that week's feature souvenir figure. My intent, and hope, was to provide the look and feel-and excitement-of discovering a MOLD machine, originally operated by Mold-A-Rama, Inc. of Los Angeles in the 60s, but now operated by one of the current operators, and the magical souvenir figure it brings to life.
Some weekly writeups include some original AUDIO tracks from 1962. This audio was, for a short time, output from a tape player either as an 'attract' mode to randomly attract a passerby, or continuously during the 33 seconds of the mold cycle.
The MOLDVILLE.com machine is based in Washington, DC, a location probably 500+ miles or more from the closest operating Mold-A-Rama machine.
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