Jim’s Mold-A-Rama page
Jim’s pressed penny page (mainly Disney World)
Mold-A-Rama collecting is a lot of fun, but the resources on the Internet are rather sparse. Many websites that purport to be complete listings are woefully out-of-date.
I will never be able to compile a complete listing of Mold-A-Rama designs, locations or colors. Nonetheless, I have decided to post parts of my collection to help give a more complete picture of the toys that are available. More will be posted as I photograph the collection. Worth noting: there are no Mold-A-Rama machines at Disney World or Disneyland.
October 2018 – original Disneyland machines at Volo Auto Museum
October 2017 – Henry Ford Museum
This transportation museum northwest of Chicago has two original World’s Fair/Disneyland machines. The Mickey Mouse machine is out of order (apparently permanently). The Goofy machine is still operating, and sells the toys for $5 each. I visited in August 2018. According to a video on YouTube, the mold is switched every 6 months or so.
The machines were originally located at the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair. They were never at Disneyland, though – they were only built to promote Disneyland at the fair. The machines also include original painted Marx figures that were used to dress up the display. Those are not Mold-A-Rama figures. On occasion they can be found on Ebay.
The Mickey mold is broken, so the machine is out of order.
The toy appears to be the same as one I have in my collection from an unknown source,
pictured at the bottom of this page.
Third Man Records is a record label owned by Jack White of The White Stripes. He opened a retail store in Detroit on Black Friday (November 27) 2015. Among the novelty machines in the store – which also serves as a museum and will include a record manufacturing plant – is a Mold-A-Rama machine. It takes 3 dollar tokens (sold at the sales counter) and produces a very large truck representing the record label’s mobile record store.
There is reportedly a Mold-A-Rama at the Nashville Tennessee branch of the store, too. That machine made red guitars when the Novelties Lounge portion of the store opened in 2012.
This sample was harvested on November 28, 2015 – the second day of operation.
UPDATE: NOVEMBER 2016: The truck mold was so big that the machine kept malfunctioning, creating toys that didn’t have enough plastic. In 2016 the store replaced the mold with a smaller truck that has a better success rate. They also changed the faceplate of the machine to remove the Mold-A-Rama name, as shown in the “2016 photos” below. The new version was purchased on November 26, 2016.
Side-by-side comparisons (2016 version on left)
The real truck
Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago
Harvested April 2014. 4 machines are located on the ground level. Each costs $2. The designs are: Tyrannosaurus Rex (red); Apatosaurus (green – same mold as Brontosaurus at Lowry Park Zoo); Triceratops (light blue); giraffes (orange). The giraffes were added in late 2013 or early 2014, replacing another dinosaur mold. The giraffes are advertised as part of a special exhibition (“The Machine Inside”), so they may change when that exhibit has run its course.
Each dinosaur has the mold name on one side of the base, and “Field Museum Chicago” on the reverse of the green and red figures, and “Field Museum” on the Triceratops. The giraffe mold has only “Field Museum” on the base.
April 2018 update: The cost is now $3 per mold, and the machines take coins, currency or credit cards. The current designs: red T Rex, medium blue Triceratops, dark green Apatosaurus, and orange elephant. The information desks have a list of locations.
Lowry Park Zoo, Tampa, Florida.
Harvested April 2013. 8 machines available, cost $2 each. 4 have been switched to dinosaur molds during the dinosaur exhibit, which runs through late May 2013. It is expected the machines will switch back to the molds shown below after the special exhibit has run. The dinosaur molds have the dinosaur name, but are not marked with the zoo’s name.
The dinosaur molds are stegosaurus, brontosaurus, T-Rex, and pterodactyl. These temporarily replace the panther, tiger, rhino, and manatee molds.
Of the other 4 molds, 2 have had color changes: koala and elephant. The monkeys and giraffe molds are the same color as last year.
Harvested April 2012 (below). There are 8 machines available, and the toys cost $2 each. The black manatee is the same mold as the silver TECO manatee viewing area design. The machines are located outdoors, except the manatee machine (located under an overhang at the manatee underwater viewing building).
The machines have the same basic design and color scheme. Most are painted green. The exceptions are the koala machine (yellow) and the monkeys machine (blue). Designs: dark green elephant; black 3 monkeys; dark gray manatee; pink panther; orange tiger; red giraffes; dark purple koala. Not shown: rhino (green).
Lowry Park zoo machines
Tampa Electric Company (TECO) manatee viewing area, Apollo Beach, Florida. Harvested in January 2012. This facility is open seasonally, and is closed during summer months. There are two machines on-site; each takes $2 to produce a toy.
Manatee viewing area: blue dolphin; silver manatee
TECO manatee viewing center machines
Henry Ford Museum/Greenfield Village, Dearborn, Michigan. Two machines are generally located in the lobby area of the IMAX theatre, and you can reach them without paying admission or paying for parking. The others are inside the Henry Ford Museum. Seasonally, machines are sometimes moved from the museum to the Village. These examples were obtained circa 2005. The black locomotive is the same basic design as the Museum of Science & Industry, Chicago, but with a different inscription on the base. The colors of certain models used to change frequently, but have remained the same for a couple years as of 2017: the antique car, the F150 pickup, and the Mustang. Abraham Lincoln is available in a couple colors and a lot of shade variations. I am aware of only one change for the carousel horse. Price to create your own toy: $3 each (raised from $2 in 2017). Scroll down for more recent updates.
Designs shown (not all are currently available): blue locomotive; black locomotive; Henry Ford; carousel horse; Oscar Mayer Wienermobile; antique auto; Rosa Parks bus; Ford Mustang; Abraham Lincoln; alligator; Ford F-150 pickup; George Washington; John F. Kennedy.
Right: Carousel horse color variations
Right: antique car color variations
Alligator mold was for a special IMAX movie about the bayou, and is no longer available
Ford F150 pickup color variations. The mold is marked for the “Rouge Factory Tour,” but the machine is at the Henry Ford Museum
Hail to the Chiefs: Washington (Henry Ford Museum); Lincoln (Chicago Museum of Science & Industry);
Lincoln – 2 colors (Henry Ford Museum); Kennedy (Henry Ford Museum)
Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI), Tampa, Florida. One machine (red butterfly) is located on the first floor, beyond the Information desk, near the back door leading to the outside amphitheater area. There may be other machines in the museum – some listings show 3 machines without revealing their locations. The butterfly machine can be reached without paying museum admission. Price of M-A-R: $2. (info current as of June 2012)
2018: This museum has closed.
Museum of Science & Industry (MSI), Chicago Illinois. Early to mid-2000s. Also see the Abraham Lincoln design shown with the Henry Ford Museum collection. It has a base (the Henry Ford Museum example does not have a base). These same designs remained available in November 2013. Although the museum had a Disney exhibition in 2013, it did not present any Disney-related MARs.
Locomotive; farm tractor; space shuttle; color variations for U-Boat (grey & black)
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NEW MACHINE: JET AIRPLANE
Added late 2013 or early 2014 to the simulator area on the upper (balcony) level.
April 2018 update: The price has been raised to $3 per mold. The machines take coins, currency, or credit cards. Machine locations are shown on the guide map. I verified the following machines during this visit: locomotive, tractor, U-boat, space shuttle. I believe the jet fighter is still in place (it is still shown on the guide map).
Brookfield Zoo, Chicago Illinois. Harvested around August 2008.
Mickey Mouse – base says “Mickey Mouse,” and back base has copyright info for Walt Disney company.
Origin unknown, but most likely a museum in Chicago or Dearborn. This appears to be
the same mold in a now-inoperable World’s Fair/Disneyland machine at the Volo Auto Museum in Illinois.
Dinosaurs – Yellow Rex is marked “Tyrannosaurus” on one side and “COSI” on the other – from COSI Toledo
Beige Rex is marked “Tyrannosaurus” on one side, and no markings on other side. Mold is otherwise identical to yellow Rex.
Blue stegosaurus is marked “Stegosaurus,” but with no origin noted.
red Stegosaurus is old, and is from the Sinclair traveling World’s Fair exhibit – marked “Sinclair Dinoland”
Busch Gardens, Tampa, Florida: I have not been to Busch Gardens, but my son tells me the price was $3 per figure (in 2012).