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Garden Ridge: Snoopy And 48" Snowman (original Poloron) Observation

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Anyone else notice the Gen. Foam Snoopy and 48" Snowman is made using a different kind of plastic that makes them pure white? I have a 12" Empire Snowman with the 1968 date and the original black hat (they used red beginning in the '70s) that is made out of the same kind of plastic. The paint job on the 48" Snowman was horrible. I wonder if a different kind of paint should be used on this different kind of plastic? Anyone know any info about the different kinds of plastics? FYI - I checked the snowman and I could still see Poloron stamped on the back near the plate as well as the classic Poloron UL symbol (UL inside a circle) near the base. Kinda cool despite the horrible paint job.

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I did notice the plastic, but they have always done that. Last years giant Santa face was made from the solid white plastic. I always assumed it just had to do with how the plastic was blown. I stood in Garden Ridge and shook my head at what they did to that poor snowman, that green is sprayed so dark it almost looks black not to mention how it was all seeped and gobbed around the edges! I also opened the box of wisemen to find that they no longer come with the jewels, :angry: they just left the area un punched and painted over, talk about cheap! They being a plastic company could make those for pennies! And with the price of this stuff and the economy they better be careful!

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So are they selling the new snoopy at Garden Ridge?

They are! But there were not a lot left and I know a few other molders were heading there!

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I got my Snoopy over the weekend and while I will never get rid of him I have noticed that there are some spots on him that the plastic is real real real real thin. The first Snoopy I actually picked up at my Garden Ridge had a dent in his head. I had to put it back because for $60, I want my Snoopy in as perfect condition as I can get him.

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I got my Snoopy over the weekend and while I will never get rid of him I have noticed that there are some spots on him that the plastic is real real real real thin. The first Snoopy I actually picked up at my Garden Ridge had a dent in his head. I had to put it back because for $60, I want my Snoopy in as perfect condition as I can get him.

we found the same thing around the nose,plastic was real thin and dented

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Hi! Yes, I was excited to see blowmolds at Garden Ridge this year but the paint jobs I saw were poor. My Garden Ridge also had a couple of blowmolds in the Halloween section. I picked up a 3 pumpkin stack blowmold, it's about 21 inches high, for 20 bucks. The paint job was acceptable but then I noticed the plastic wasn't solid orange in spots. You can see streaks of orange mixed with white, as if they didn't mix the color into the plastic thoroughly.

Concerned about how it would look lit up, I took the pumpkin to the Christmas tree section and plugged him in. He looked ok enough, so I bought him. I can't understand why the manufacturer won't put out a better quality product.

I saw the Snoopy. He is cute but the paint job was just...I won't pay 60 bucks for something I have to repaint myself.

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The paint wasnt that bad on mine. I just think folks looking at them from 50 or 100 feet will notice or care if the paint isnt perfect?

Jim

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I was at my local GR yesterday and I was shocked! They had LOTS of boldmolds for Christmas. I just couldn't believe it. They had: Snoopy, lamp post, LARGE snowman, dancing santa, 12" santa, 12" snowman, penguin w/scarf, funny reindeer, small soldiers, nutcracker, large candy cane with base, (santa's best?) angel, elf w/santa workshop sign, nativity, and 3 wisemen. AND, they had 2 whole extra shelves open for more. Last year all they had was the 3 piece nativity. So you can understand why I was so shocked to see that many molds.

It was good to see them here in Houston, but I was VERY disappointed with the paint job - LOTS of overspray. In fact on the "santa workshop" sign, the front of the sign had so much overspray, the letters didn't stand out.

I've only been collecting for a very short time, and the molds I buy online were produced years ago. So, seeing these "fresh" molds was a disappointment for me as the quality was not there. If GF hopes to get "new" people interested in molds, they need to pay attention to what's going out their doors.

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Yea I picked up the reindeer, snoopy, santa's workshop elf, 12 inch santa with blue gift and teddy bear,12 inch snow man, penguin.

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The paint wasnt that bad on mine. I just think folks looking at them from 50 or 100 feet will notice or care if the paint isnt perfect?

Jim

I agree just wish the tree lite up.

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Rita you are so very right! It is so nice to see new molds in the store! But looking at the

I was at my local GR yesterday and I was shocked! They had LOTS of boldmolds for Christmas. I just couldn't believe it. They had: Snoopy, lamp post, LARGE snowman, dancing santa, 12" santa, 12" snowman, penguin w/scarf, funny reindeer, small soldiers, nutcracker, large candy cane with base, (santa's best?) angel, elf w/santa workshop sign, nativity, and 3 wisemen. AND, they had 2 whole extra shelves open for more. Last year all they had was the 3 piece nativity. So you can understand why I was so shocked to see that many molds.

It was good to see them here in Houston, but I was VERY disappointed with the paint job - LOTS of overspray. In fact on the "santa workshop" sign, the front of the sign had so much overspray, the letters didn't stand out.

I've only been collecting for a very short time, and the molds I buy online were produced years ago. So, seeing these "fresh" molds was a disappointment for me as the quality was not there. If GF hopes to get "new" people interested in molds, they need to pay attention to what's going out their doors.

Rita you are so very right! Seeing the new molds in the stores again is great. But seeing them makes me appreciate my old ones! I stood in Garden Ridge trying to pick out the two best Snoopys, this one had paint missing on his nose, this one on the hat, this one had green all over the place. it was impossible to choose and they both light like crap. I will put up with this and redo, but your average decorator is not. You can look right at them and tell they won't illuminate, the dripping paint, massive overspray is going to turn people right off. I wish GF had some pride, they are so close! And yet so far! I want them to thrive and hopefully get other companies making molds again, but seeing their product and in these tough times I have my doubts.

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I was at my local GR yesterday and I was shocked! They had LOTS of boldmolds for Christmas. I just couldn't believe it. They had: Snoopy, lamp post, LARGE snowman, dancing santa, 12" santa, 12" snowman, penguin w/scarf, funny reindeer, small soldiers, nutcracker, large candy cane with base, (santa's best?) angel, elf w/santa workshop sign, nativity, and 3 wisemen. AND, they had 2 whole extra shelves open for more. Last year all they had was the 3 piece nativity. So you can understand why I was so shocked to see that many molds.

It was good to see them here in Houston, but I was VERY disappointed with the paint job - LOTS of overspray. In fact on the "santa workshop" sign, the front of the sign had so much overspray, the letters didn't stand out.

I've only been collecting for a very short time, and the molds I buy online were produced years ago. So, seeing these "fresh" molds was a disappointment for me as the quality was not there. If GF hopes to get "new" people interested in molds, they need to pay attention to what's going out their doors.

I was at the GR today on 242 (Woodlands) and they did have quite a few molds ... but I have to agree with you. They are disappointing. I did check and they are stamped General Foam. This is the first time in years that I have seen blowmolds on the store shelves.... But $60... a little too steep ... Merry Christmas to all ..

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I stopped at our local GR yesterday and had a look - they had all the aforementioned molds, plus the Santa's Best reindeer. And the shelves were quite full. I was flabbergasted to see the Poloron snowman there. I might pick one of them up despite the underwhemlimg paint job.

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The store here didn't get the SB reindeer, as of last night, they have 4 Snoopys left and nothing else seems to have sold yet.

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For the rest of us that just get to drool could you take a picture, there was a mention of a Poloron snowman, which one do they have?

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For the rest of us that just get to drool could you take a picture, there was a mention of a Poloron snowman, which one do they have?

This is the snowman they have.

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Oh, that's a nice one. GF has been making and selling that for years, haven't they?

A couple years, Empire Holiday Innovations and Grand Venture also made him, I think a few others may have also...

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