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White Poloron king on the left, Marble GF king on the right. The details on the Poloron really stand out. The flash makes the details on the GF more noticeable than they really are. You can see how thin the plastic is on the GF. I'm afraid it's going to crack in many places.

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Interesting pictures, Bill. Thanks for posting them. The difference in the plastics over the years is really telling in those pics.

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What a difference!

The Poloron Marble looks more like Marble, while the General Foam Marble looks more like clear plastic.

Thanks for sharing..

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Empire made their #1379 Santa Lamp and Union Products made their #75260 Santa Face in both the white plastic and the translucent plastic. We have examples of them that have been in our collection for a few years now.

Mel

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i saw a bunch of GF marble stuff at bronners and they didnt look like that. atleast not in the store.. wonder if that mold was made without paint?? the marble ones i saw were white and you couldnt see through them..

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i saw a bunch of GF marble stuff at bronners and they didnt look like that. atleast not in the store.. wonder if that mold was made without paint?? the marble ones i saw were white and you couldnt see through them..

I think Cars may be right. I purchased a marble GF Nativity at Walmart 4 years ago and it looked more like the Poleron one. The other GF mold appears to be an unpainted mold that does not look at all like the marble GF set I have.

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I think Cars may be right. I purchased a marble GF Nativity at Walmart 4 years

Are you sure it was walmart? I've never seen any of the marble nativity pieces at any of the walmart stores around here.

TED

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White Poloron king on the left, Marble GF king on the right.

Was the GF one originally painted? It looks like there is some blue on the robe. I could see that they might save the expense of adding the white pigment if they were going to paint it.

TED

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I Find That The Plastic On Most Of The G.f. Molds Is Thin. Some Of Them The Plastic Is No Thicker Than A Milk Container.

You are not kidding, of All the pieces in my collection by General Foam they are all thinly made, I think my Halloween Ghost is possibly the worst, but My Deluxe Carolers are General Foam and they have thick plastic...

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Are you sure it was walmart? I've never seen any of the marble nativity pieces at any of the walmart stores around here.

TED

Yes I'm sure. Still have the boxes with the Walmart price tags on them. The year I purchased them, Walmart was carrying both the regular painted set and the marble set (that was the only year I have ever seen this set at Walmart). I purchased my set after Christmas that year at 75% off.

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Was the GF one originally painted? It looks like there is some blue on the robe. I could see that they might save the expense of adding the white pigment if they were going to paint it.

TED

The GF wiseman was never painted. That's where the weak plastic is. It isn't as noticeable without the camera flashing on it, but it is still visible.

Attached is a catalog photo of the three painted wisemen. Check out the lower white portion of the sitting red wiseman. It seems that some of the molds are made with less plastic and others appear fine. Maybe it was a fluke at the factory that day.

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The GF wiseman was never painted. That's where the weak plastic is. It isn't as noticeable without the camera flashing on it, but it is still visible.

Attached is a catalog photo of the three painted wisemen. Check out the lower white portion of the sitting red wiseman. It seems that some of the molds are made with less plastic and others appear fine. Maybe it was a fluke at the factory that day.

Wow! Bill I never noticed that. Does anyone have the particular wisemen in their collection that looks like that? If I was Gen Foam I would at least photoshop the picture!

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My Empire red wiseman has basically see thru plastic also. So it wouldnt be a recent thing. The wisemen were bought around the time GF bought Empire.

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