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Thanks alot Mel I knew you would know what it is its a nice piece is it rare?

 

No, it is not all that rare in it's original colors.  There were 2 or 3 of them on eBay before Easter and the prices were OK if it were not for the added cost of the shipping.

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Mel that Bugs Bunny is cool too did you check it out how rare is that

 

John, I don't know anything about the Bugs Bunny.

 

Mel

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John, that one comes up occasionally on eBay but not very often, as for rarity, that is anybody's guess.  In this day and age of blow molds I think that is a decent price for him if the shipping wasn't so high, usually the sellers have him higher priced for the opening bid.  We got one of those years ago when the shipping on that size of blow mold was about half of what it is today.

 

Mel

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I see them come up on eBay occasionally, I don't think that they are $75 plus $10 shipping rare though, of course that is only my opinion.  There are at least two color variations of that one, we have one like the one in the auction in our collection.  You can see both color variations at this link.

 

http://blow-molded.com/Empire___Snowmen.html

 

Mel

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Once again, we have some of those in our collection.  They look to be made with the Beco molds, but since the description says "NO MAKER NAME" I think that they were probably made by MSL sometime after they purchased Beco Products in 1965 or possibly by General Foam sometime after they purchased the molds from MSL in 1970.

 

Mel

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I can't help but wonder what is happening with these plastic figures we love so much. My watch list on ebay consisted of 5 items.

These were the final bids:

~ May 4th~ Union Halloween Scarecrow (on post) ***$104.49

~ May 14th~ Union Black Vulture ***$168.50

~ May 27th~ Union Garden Scarecrow ( on post) ***$208.39

~ June 5th~ Borse Snowman ***$204.00

~ June 6th~ S/B Taz ***$232.50 (with 2 hrs still to go). *update $265.00 final bid

WOW! ...( capitalism and the laws of supply and demand not withstanding )......Do you think that these high selling prices are here to stay? I guess it's good that people want them so much, but a bit sad for me because I am out of the game if this is the trend. I can't help wondering if General Foam is paying attention. It sure would be great if they would rotate the molds and give us something new or surprize us with something from the past. I also wonder what the former employees of the defunct factories must think of this. It sure is amazing to me.

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Once again, we have some of those in our collection.  They look to be made with the Beco molds, but since the description says "NO MAKER NAME" I think that they were probably made by MSL sometime after they purchased Beco Products in 1965 or possibly by General Foam sometime after they purchased the molds from MSL in 1970.

 

Mel

Thanks Mel I love picking your brain I don't have the cash to afford a lot of these I find nor would I pay it even if I did their crazy on some of them but I love finding a rare mold or at least one Ive never seen thanks for the info your always there when I need some info ...

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Empire Plastics Santa, 1 ft. tall 1957

 

1957?  Which Santa is that one, I don't recall seeing any actual blow mold Santa's from 1957.

 

Mel

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I can't help but wonder what is happening with these plastic figures we love so much. My watch list on ebay consisted of 5 items.

These were the final bids:

~ May 4th~ Union Halloween Scarecrow (on post) ***$104.49

~ May 14th~ Union Black Vulture ***$168.50

~ May 27th~ Union Garden Scarecrow ( on post) ***$208.39

~ June 5th~ Borse Snowman ***$204.00

~ June 6th~ S/B Taz ***$232.50 (with 2 hrs still to go). *update $265.00 final bid

WOW! ...( capitalism and the laws of supply and demand not withstanding )......Do you think that these high selling prices are here to stay? I guess it's good that people want them so much, but a bit sad for me because I am out of the game if this is the trend. I can't help wondering if General Foam is paying attention. It sure would be great if they would rotate the molds and give us something new or surprize us with something from the past. I also wonder what the former employees of the defunct factories must think of this. It sure is amazing to me.

 

Personally I don't expect those prices to stay but I don't know how long it will be until they start declining.  They will stay high as long as people are willing to pay them, like all things though, it will change in the future when the interest in blow molds slackens again and it will eventually.  In my opinion, people see the high prices and pay them before they go up more and in the process help to drive them up more.

 

Mel

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Personally I don't expect those prices to stay but I don't know how long it will be until they start declining. They will stay high as long as people are willing to pay them, like all things though, it will change in the future when the interest in blow molds slackens again and it will eventually. In my opinion, people see the high prices and pay them before they go up more and in the process help to drive them up more.

Mel

Thanks Mel.......

I'm glad that you think the prices will drop at some point. I can't imagine prices continuing to climb like they have been. It's crazy. I would love to know if the winners of these high bid pieces actually display them outside. I couldn't put a $300.00 blow mold outside without worrying about it and I don't want to spend the holiday worrying. Last season someone went around and cut electrical cords on homeowners displays. They even ruined a few inflatables. My blow molds stay as close to my house as possible. If kids or whoever are feeling destructive then they will have to walk right up to the house to do it, by then the dog will hear them and bark.

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I need her to match my Stooges with the Rakes.  

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I have the poloron animated 60 inch santa.  He is missing something to make his turn side to side.  I can see the motor revolving.  Help

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Are they really worth that much?  One or two bids would have been one thing, but 33!

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