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This is the only large blowmold star i can think of . Mine is about 40 inches tall. Here is a couple of pics it was made by Union Plastics but i have seen a few on ebay but i just looked and didnt find any at the moment. I think Carrie had a exta one at one time but im not sure it was the same one.

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Grand venture and TPI also made smaller 12" White and Golden stars. i will get a pic of mine once the snow stops lol

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its actaully molded on both sides but one side has a hole for hanging and the light socket but on a tree up in the air it would be ok i think .

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This is the only large blowmold star i can think of . Mine is about 40 inches tall. Here is a couple of pics it was made by Union Plastics but i have seen a few on ebay but i just looked and didnt find any at the moment. I think Carrie had a exta one at one time but im not sure it was the same one.

That would be a sweet one if I could find a cheapy!

I could also use one I found on Ebay that has a Santa face and hat I believe. That would add a bit of whimsy!

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There will be one come along on ebay just keep a eye out and do will i. There was a few a week or so ago but they must be gone. Ill keep looking also. :D

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Shawn, your memory is good, I did have an extra Bethlehem Star but it was recently sold to another PCer.

Superfreak, the Santa Stars are probably too small for the size tree you're thinking about, but they are sweet, I have 4 of them out this year.

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Superfreak, the Santa Stars are probably too small for the size tree you're thinking about, but they are sweet, I have 4 of them out this year.

OK, I'll steer clear of those and search for the larger one.

THANKS FOR THE INFO!!

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!

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So The variety of Star Blowmolds out there are:

Empire -

-Flat Nativity Star with Mini Lights

-the Pointy Full-Round Nativity Star

Union -

Santa Star - White

Santa Star - Yellow

Bethlehem Star

TPI

5 Point Star White

5 Point Star Gold

Grand Venture

5 Point Star White

5 Point Star Gold

I know there must be more :confused:

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Here's Carrie's extra star - up on my roof! Thanks again, Carrie!

The stable is just a quick, thrown-together thing for this year and hopefully that dark area to the left, that's the front porch, will get done tomorrow...

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EVERTDO!! those big animals look great with your medium nativity!!! my lifesize camel should be here around the 28th (my MI friends are coming to visit) and i cant wait to put my camel out!! heck i may leave my nativity out till mid or late january. cant get sun damage, havent seen any sun here in weeks! LOL

Jim

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Jim,

Thanks! I didn't want the large camel ending up next to his mini-me like he did, but he can sure carry more stuff for the kings :)

Are you getting the red-white-and blue-ish camel? Is that the same size as the large one or is it even bigger?

I'm not as much worried here about sun damage as the tent-like stable caving in from freezing rain.

~ Donna

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donna no i got the same big camely you have. i noticed the large cow/ox and sheep also. i think ill get them too!! i have two small sheep and the small donkey. but they can go with the big ones as babies : )

Jim

oh but i did see the red white and blue blanketed camel at mayo garden supply. i now the measurements say it is smaller but it was HUGE!!

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i wondered about him! (the huge camel) his price is usually up there too - maybe I'll skip him and try getting the TPI donkey, and standing shepherd and drummer boy.....

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Alright, stop talking about camels.:P Here's my Grand Venture star. It was made in 1999. It looks pretty nice, but I'd rather have a white Union star for my nativity set. I wanted to put it on my roof, but there's snow up there and it's 12 degrees out!:eek:

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