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Creepy? If you see it that way, I guess so, but that is one of my favorite Santas. When you see his face close up, he is just as sweet as can be (the one I have is Beco).

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Beco made two color variations and two sizes of that Santa and General Foam made one that I recall of at the moment. You can see the Beco Santas here

http://web.mac.com/kevinprovost/blow-molded/Beco_-_Santa_Claus.html

The General Foam one is shown here.

http://web.mac.com/kevinprovost/blow-molded/General_Foam_-_Santa_Claus.html

Mel

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Guest A.F.NUT

looks kinda creepy...

Up close he is a very cute santa! He is one of my favorite mid size santas. Tom

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I live in South Mississippi. The only blowmold that I saw in any store was at Wal-Mart and it was a poorly painted Santa. Does anyone know of a website or a place that sells a good quality blowmold? I would like to put a Santa by my front door next year. Thanks for the help.

-K-

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My box is stamped 8/7/63 I dont know if that was the first year he was made though. Tom

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When I was about 12 I got this guy and at the time I didnt appreciate molds as much as I did then and he was already cracked on the left and right sides of his "Fluff" on his coat. I put him out one christmas and the snow made him colapse and crack into two. My dad just threw it away. When I look back, its one of those "Ahhh, What the Heck was I thinking?!?!?" moments, right along with why didnt I buy more molds when Menards had them!! :mad:

sorry for getting off topic gang :rolleyes:

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Mine has a crack on top of his hat, Beco plastic must not have been as durable as the others some of my Beco angels have some little cracks too. I too have regretted throwing away some older molds. Tom

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