Jim’s Mold-A-Rama page

Link to my auctions: 

Jim’s pressed penny page

 

MAIN PAGE & MICHIGAN MACHINES

 

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  Many websites that purport to be complete listings are woefully out-of-date.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.

 

DUE TO THE NUMBER OF LISTINGS, I HAVE SPLIT THE PAGE INTO SEPARATE STATES

My home is in the Detroit area, so I regularly keep track of the Henry Ford Museum machines. All other machines are monitored only during rare visits.

 

MICHIGAN

IMG_8927.CR2.jpg

FLORIDA

mar.manateeviewingarea.jpg

ILLINOIS

mar.jet.JPG

OHIO

IMG_5219.CR2.jpg

OTHER/

UNKNOWN

100_4278.JPG

 

 

 

Recent updates:

October & September 2019 – Toledo Zoo

July 2019 – Henry Ford Museum

April 2019 – Field Museum, Willis Tower

March 2019 – Stahl Automotive Collection

 

MICHIGAN

 

 

Stahl Automotive Collection, Chesterfield, Michigan

 

An automobile museum north of Detroit has an inoperable Mold-A-Rama machine in a corner of its main display room.  It has a red Messerschmitt Cabine model in the display panel.  Photo taken in March 2019.

 

IMG_2642.CR2.jpgIMG_2643.CR2.jpg

 

 

Third Man Records, Detroit

 

Third Man Records is a record label owned by musician 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 includes 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 change the Mold-A-Rama name to Wax-O-Matic, as shown in the “2016 photos” below.  The new version was purchased on November 26, 2016.

 

2016 PHOTOS:

 

IMG_8924.CR2.jpg  DSC06458.JPG

 

Side-by-side comparisons (2016 version on left)

 

IMG_8927.CR2.jpg

 

IMG_8929.CR2.jpg

 

2015 PHOTOS:

 

Third Man.JPG  MAR.thirdman1.JPG

 

MAR.thirdman2.JPG  MAR.thirdman3.JPG

 

DSC02220.JPG

The real truck

 

 

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. 

 

Mold2.JPG  Mold8.JPG

Mold3.JPG  100_4284.JPG

Right: Carousel horse color variations

 

  Mold6.JPG  100_4282.JPG

Right: antique car color variations

 

Mold4.JPG  Mold9.JPG

 

Mold10.JPG  100_4288.JPG

Alligator mold was for a special IMAX movie about the bayou, and is no longer available

 

100_4280.JPG

Ford F150 pickup color variations.  The mold is marked for the “Rouge Factory Tour,” but the machine is at the Henry Ford Museum

 

100_4286.JPG

Hail to the Chiefs: Washington (Henry Ford Museum); Lincoln (Chicago Museum of Science & Industry);

Lincoln – 2 colors (Henry Ford Museum); Kennedy (Henry Ford Museum)

 

100_5499.JPG

Sign in museum in August 2012 shows a new mold: “Liberty” cannon

 

100_7393.JPG

Sign in museum in December 2012 showing seasonal toys

 

NEW INFO DECEMBER 2012: Two seasonal molds were available in December 2012.  The “Santa Claus” mold has “Henry Ford Museum” on the front of the base and “Happy Holidays” on the back of the base.  A second toy, the blue locomotive, is offered as the “Polar Express” to complement the IMAX movie shown during Christmas season.  The base has “Henry Ford Museum,” but does not say “Polar Express.”  Other than a slight color variation, this is identical to the blue locomotive that has been available at the museum for years.  The two designs temporarily replace the Mustang and F-150. 

 

Here are photos of the Santa Claus mold and the machine for the Polar Express:

 

100_7470.JPG100_7331.JPG

 

100_7471.JPG  mold.HFM.bus.jpg

“Liberty” cannon; typical museum Mold-a-Rama machine

 

NEW INFO SEPTEMBER 2013:There are two new molds this year – President Kennedy (which is actually an older mold returned) and the 1961 Kennedy limousine.  In addition, there are some color changes: the smaller steam locomotive is now a silver grey instead of black, which makes the features easier to see.  The Liberty Cannon is now red instead of dark grey.  The Rosa Parks bus is a more olive shade of green.  Lincoln is a different shade of tan/fleshtone, and the antique car is now black.

 

The machines are all located in the Henry Ford Museum.  Two are in the IMAX lobby (JFK bust and red Mustang).  Seven are lined up along the museum’s front wall (Oscar Meyer Wienermobile, Rosa Parks bus, Lincoln bust, JFK limo, liberty cannon).  Two are along the front wall, but closer to the railroad exhibit (Henry Ford standing and small locomotive).  The final machine (antique auto) is located behind the Model T and assembly line display (which does not adjoin the regular auto displays). 

 

100_9144.JPG

Kennedy car and bust

 

Color and shade variations as of September 2013:

100_9147.JPG100_9149.JPG

 

100_9150.JPG  100_9151.JPG

 

100_9148.JPG

 

HFM.101913.JPG

What heaven looks like!  And this isn’t even half of the machines at the Henry Ford Museum (Oct. 2013 photo).

 

NOVEMBER 23, 2013 UPDATE: Santa returned to the M-A-R machines at the Henry Ford Museum this week.  The mold is available in red (like last year).  Santa replaces the Ford Mustang in one of the IMAX lobby machines.  The Polar Express train has not appeared yet; the John F. Kennedy bust (in blue) remained through the weekend as part of the JFK commemorations at the museum, but is expected to be replaced next week.

 

DECEMBER 2013: The Polar Express toy was available for the Christmas season and into January.  The regular locomotive color was changed to a very dark grey.

 

JANUARY 21, 2014 UPDATE: The Polar Express train and the Santa mold are gone.  In their place are the red Ford Mustang and a blue Ford F-150 pickup, both of which have been available before in these colors.  The gift shop area is undergoing renovation, so the machines normally found in that area have been distributed to other areas of the museum.  A sign near the machines has a map of the temporary locales.  The John F. Kennedy mold is retired for now.  The loco is back in silver, which shows its details very well.

 

IMG_0218.JPG

 

The sign omits the black Antique Car, which is still near the Model T assembly exhibit.  There remain 10 toys at the museum.

 

IMG_0275.JPG

Mustang and F-150 machines near IMAX lobby – notice no description in the windows on the right

 

NOVEMBER 28, 2014 UPDATE: There are now 3 Christmas-themed molds at the Henry Ford Museum, installed today.  They will be there through the holiday season (mid-January if past practice holds true).  This year they have the red Santa Claus toy, the blue locomotive (for Polar Express), and a new mold: a green Christmas tree.  The tree mold has “HAPPY HOLIDAYS” and “HENRY FORD MUSEUM” on the base.  This mold temporarily replaces the Rosa Parks Bus mold inside the museum.  Photos below ▼

 

IMG_6236.JPGIMG_6235.JPGIMG_6232.JPG

November 28, 2014 photos

 

August 4, 2015 UPDATE: The Liberty Cannon design has been replaced by a new mold: Thomas Edison’s lightbulb.  The mold was replaced around July 2015.  The new design is red, and is inscribed on the side panel “THOMAS EDISION’S FIRST LIGHTBULB 1879 HENRY FORD MUSEUM DEARBORN MICHIGAN.”  The toy is 3.5” tall x 3.5” wide x 2.25” deep. 

 

IMG_9933.JPG

New in 2015

 

November 28, 2015 UPDATE: The Christmas molds returned a few days before Thanksgiving.  In the IMAX lobby, the blue “Polar Express” locomotive replaces the Ford F-150 pickup truck and the red Santa replaces the Ford Mustang.  Inside the museum, the Rosa Parks bus has been replaced by the green Christmas tree.  See the photos from the 2014 update – they haven’t changed.

 

November 20, 2016 UPDATE: the Christmas molds are in place. 

 

October 29, 2017 UPDATE: the price was raised to $3 per mold some time during the year.

 

July 7, 2019 UPDATE: the Edison light bulb mold is off-stage.  The Mustang mold (in red) has been moved to its location inside the museum, while a new Astronaut mold (also in red) is now located in the movie theatre lobby.  The front of the base says “ASTRONAUT” and the back says “THE HENRY FORD.”  I believe this is the first mold to have the new name for the museum and village complex – The Henry Ford.  The machine notes that this a limited-time offering, and I expect it will be replaced shortly after this year’s Apollo-themed events have ended.  You do not have to pay museum admission to reach the machine in the lobby (the blue Ford F-150 machine is also located in the lobby).  The astronaut mold remains available as of Labor Day 2019.

 

IMG_3598.CR2.jpgIMG_0250.jpg

Astronaut new in 2019 – also shown, revised map of machine locations, July 2019

 

 

On occasion I will list Mold-a-Rama toys on eBay.  I mainly sell coins, though.  Link to my auctions: 

 

Jim’s pressed penny page

New 04/29/2012

Revised 10/03/2019