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    Little Drummer Boy
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    Canada
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    Blow Molds and Animatronics
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  1. Heller Industries choir?

    The choir children are ALF, the organ and organ player are Silvestri
  2. New member our scene for 2017

    Do you have any info on the blow mold Humpty Dumpty in the second pic?
  3. Christmas Vacation

    Santa was blow mold. The deer were paper mache. And now I have the star spangled banner stuck in my head - specifically Aunt Bethany's rendition
  4. Christmas Vacation

    The sleigh is an empire sleigh that the prop department painted brown. The exact deer in the movie aren't blow mold, they were paper mache so they would break easily when Clark kicks them.
  5. Pink Gingerbread Tree

    Yes it does. Union used a number system for new color variations where they would add a number in the last digit of the existing number corresponding with the chronological order of that edition. For example, the Union patriotic santa is number 75185, whereas the normal ones I've rthe years are 75180. I don't know why but the numbers appear to start at 5 in most cases. And then there's the union snowmen that seem to have random catalog numbers. So I'm not quite sure. But to answer your question, yes it is something union did at one point.
  6. Early Municipal Reindeer

    That was my first thought too but then I noticed the reigns. Good job noticing that they were a custom paint job rather than molded. Thanks for the help Mel.
  7. Early Municipal Reindeer

    Here is a photo captioned "Main Street Christmas Display, Bel Air Maryland, 1961". I am posting it her because I am wondering about the deer in the photo. Are they molded latex/early blow mold or fiberglass? They don't appear to be the ALF, 1958 Mold Craft, Heller, or D*ck Wiken Mold Craft deer. The set doesn't appear to have a Santa and has a wooden sleigh. Anyone seen this before?
  8. Pink Gingerbread Tree

    Agreed, other than the commonly missing bow the very lightest tan ones are the only way to know if one is the early 2000's rare Farley one made after Union stopped producing them. I am fortune to own a pair in great condition with original Farley stickers on both the molds and cords.
  9. Mechanical waving santa sleigh blow mold help

    Definitely a good deal. His paint is almost pristine. I wouldn't go to the trouble of stripping and re painting the entire thing if I were you for the lack of damage it has.
  10. Do you have any info on these two?

    Neither are super rare. You'll see both listed for as high as 150 on eBay but both are probably worth about 75 ish each realistically.
  11. Roof top display

    I have a 10 ft long 2x4 (see image 1). Attached to that are four 4' hight 2x4s (See image 2). Attach legs to the side of the 10 ft board that will be facing out. Cut the bottom of the legs to the same angle as your roof (see image 3). Tie red ribbon around the deers waists at the same point as the painted in one, matching it up. Do not cut the excess ribbon. Use it for the deer beside it. The 4'. Board will separate them. Leaving 4" between them. You should now have pairs of deer tied together with 6" of ribbon between two. Drape the 6" excess on the top of the board. Screw the ribbon to the board. It must be very strong, Quailiy ribbon (See image 4). Now you have your deer team. Drill a hole in your brick and install a heavy duty metal caribener. Tie thick rope around the base of the 4' boards and attach it to the caribener. This is just a fail-safe. The sheer weight should Keep the deer on the roof. If you want to install a Rudolph, attach a board at the end if the 10' one going upward at a 45 degree angle. (See image 5) After putting the ribbon on Rudy, cut off the excess so he has a ribbon around his waist. Tie that to the board on the angle (see image 6). For Santa, take off the runners and find the two small holes that are on either side of the large hole. THESE ARE NOT THE HOLES THE RUNNERS SCREW IN TO. They are different ones. Attach 2x4s to these holes. Put another board along the bottom of this one creating an upside down "T". Re attached the runners. On either side of these "T"s screw two more boards that run directly under the runners. Attach the same legs as the ones that you did on the deer team (See image 7). Fill Santa with sand bags. Attach ropes from the T boards to a second caribener. Attached reins for decoration from Santa's hand, looped through the ribbons around d the deer's waists (see image 8). A little complicated and hard to explain. I can't do close ups until spring. Pm me with questions.
  12. Roof top display

    I did an entire post on it last year I'll try and find it and post the link here.
  13. Commercial Mechanical Display Companies?

    I've also heard of Barrango. Sorry firgot to mention it.
  14. Anyone know this blow mold?

    Pretty sure it's TPI. Pre-1988 TPI didn't date their molds or add a manufacturer, they just printed the made in Canada. There were other Canadian companies like alderbrook Industires and IPL but IPL left their molds blank and Alderbrook Had Empire Stamps. That basically leaves TPI as the most likely manufacturer. The artwork looks very similar to TPI molds from that era.
  15. Pink Gingerbread Tree

    I may have been getting it confused with the blue gingerbread snowman listed in there. The blue is actually a blue bulb, the actual blow mold is pure white.
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