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Err, Imma have to take that back. I didn't look at the prices, and this got waaaay to rich for my blood.

Prices? Where?, I don't see a price list? Did I miss it?

But like said I'm interested in the Halloween line of Blowmolds they make as well! And prices too of course!;)

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Andrew, thanks for the pictures and Tyler, thanks for the prices. It's funny that only 5 years ago the prices were pretty cheap. Does anyone know if they ever actually made the soldier in that color?

Ma, nice picture even if it wasn't the Islanders Stanley Cup. :mad:

I'll bet your son was happy that day!

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Carrie,

Thats from 05 I think. That penguin is not in production along with a few other items. I doubt they will have them. Its worth a try! :)

Andrew, that page is not from 2005. In January 2005 I had talked with Ken at Drainage about their catalogs and asked if they had any left over catalogs from previous years and he told me that he would check and see if he could find anything for me. When I received their 2005 Christmas, Easter and Halloween catalogs (blow mold and rope lighting ones) that page was in the envelope along with a note from Ken saying that it was all that he could find in the way of older catalogs and he did not know what year it was from. Both sides of that sheet have been on the catalog CD through the years, it is on there as "Drainage Christmas Catalog 0000", I used the"0000" because I do not know what year it is from, only that it was sometime prior to 2005.

That page was printed on slick glossy paper while their 2005 catalogs were not.

Mel

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Andrew, that page is not from 2005. In January 2005 I had talked with Ken at Drainage about their catalogs and asked if they had any left over catalogs from previous years and he told me that he would check and see if he could find anything for me. When I received their 2005 Christmas, Easter and Halloween catalogs (blow mold and rope lighting ones) that page was in the envelope along with a note from Ken saying that it was all that he could find in the way of older catalogs and he did not know what year it was from. Both sides of that sheet have been on the catalog CD through the years, it is on there as "Drainage Christmas Catalog 0000", I used the"0000" because I do not know what year it is from, only that it was sometime prior to 2005.

That page was printed on slick glossy paper while their 2005 catalogs were not.

Mel

Mel,

I think I have a physical copy of this sheet. I got mine from someone that found out about this company years ago and started ordering from them. I just pulled 2005 out of the air because thats what my file said as a "last modified" date. It looks 90's to me. Who know. Now on to find out if they have any of those steel molds still around to re-issue any of them. That would be nice

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They say a picture is worth a thousand words; who knew this thread would still have legs?

Tom and I were discussing that! LOL

It's fun to get a chance to socialize and banter with other blowmold enthusiasts... It also will be interesting to see if a road trip ever actually materializes! :D

Oh... with the proper advance warning to the factory of course! ;) We blowmolders would never want to be considered rude! :P

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Tom and I were discussing that! LOL

It's fun to get a chance to socialize and banter with other blowmold enthusiasts... It also will be interesting to see if a road trip ever actually materializes! :D

Oh... with the proper advance warning to the factory of course! ;) We blowmolders would never want to be considered rude! :P

Yes, it is fun to socialize with other blow molders. I hope a road trip does materialize. Would love to put faces to the avatars. No rudeness allowed....good idea....... :D:cool:

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Yes, it is fun to socialize with other blow molders. I hope a road trip does materialize. Would love to put faces to the avatars. No rudeness allowed....good idea....... :D:cool:

I have said this before, it's often in these nothing threads that so much is learned about each other, frienships are made and fun is had by all. I think it would be fun to get together and go to Drainage even if they were closed, if for no other reason to get together and have some fun!

Tom

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I have said this before, it's often in these nothing threads that so much is learned about each other, frienships are made and fun is had by all. I think it would be fun to get together and go to Drainage even if they were closed, if for no other reason to get together and have some fun!

Tom

I think you're swell and all.... :P BUT there had better be some blowmolds waiting for me at the end of a fourteen hour drive!! :cool:

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I think you're swell and all.... :P BUT there had better be some blowmolds waiting for me at the end of a fourteen hour drive!! :cool:

Well I guess that woulden't hurt either! Fourteen hours mabye you can just bring me back some! LOL

Tom

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I think you're swell and all.... :P BUT there had better be some blowmolds waiting for me at the end of a fourteen hour drive!! :cool:

Sounds like a tag line was just born..

I swore I was not going to get suckered into blow molds. Esp. with all of the room it takes to store them. Bought one Santa, then a small Santa and angel. Then two light post. Now cant wait to find my next blow mold. Wife would like a Mrs. Santa next.

To the roadies, have a fun trip. Wish I could come along.

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Sounds like a tag line was just born..

I swore I was not going to get suckered into blow molds. Esp. with all of the room it takes to store them. Bought one Santa, then a small Santa and angel. Then two light post. Now cant wait to find my next blow mold. Wife would like a Mrs. Santa next.

To the roadies, have a fun trip. Wish I could come along.

Once you buy one it's all over, welcome to the wonderful side of plastic! They store easier than you think, you just have to be organized!

Tom

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Once you buy one it's all over, welcome to the wonderful side of plastic! They store easier than you think, you just have to be organized!

Tom

Is it the wonderful side or the dark side??? Just kidding...

Sometimes the thrill of the hunt is just as great as getting them. It sure is addictive.

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Sounds like a tag line was just born..

I swore I was not going to get suckered into blow molds. Esp. with all of the room it takes to store them. Bought one Santa, then a small Santa and angel. Then two light post. Now cant wait to find my next blow mold. Wife would like a Mrs. Santa next.

To the roadies, have a fun trip. Wish I could come along.

Welcome to the dark side!!!!! :D It's a sickness! All of our stories start like yours... just one Santa... and ten years later our spouses are writing into that new show 'Hoarders'! ;)

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Is it the wonderful side or the dark side??? Just kidding...

Sometimes the thrill of the hunt is just as great as getting them. It sure is addictive.

I guess it does have it's dark moments LOL But I do love the hunt, ran into a little old lady last year when I spotted the Dapol snowman at a fle market ,all I could see was the snowman, then trying to act like I didn't want him to get a deal, he was a steal!

Tom

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I guess it does have it's dark moments LOL But I do love the hunt, ran into a little old lady last year when I spotted the Dapol snowman at a fle market ,all I could see was the snowman, then trying to act like I didn't want him to get a deal, he was a steal!

Tom

You stole a snowman from a little old lady? :eek:

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You stole a snowman from a little old lady? :eek:

No I ran over the old lady, LOL And then I payed very little for the snowman.

Tom

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You gotta do whatcha gotta do when it comes to blow molds. :rolleyes:

Exactly! And that one I had wanted in the worst way.

Tom

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Good score...Sorry old lady...I would do the same. I don't have him but I want him. He is definitely on my list of must haves.

He really is one of my favorites, I don't know what it is. And I just didn't want to pay an ebay price for him, but I was getting close, patience pays off!

Tom

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Are any of you molders going to the Chicago mini?

It doesn't look like a far ride from there!

Jim, its not that far..and I have offered to do a group buy, but apparently no one was interested as my post was ignored. There are molders coming to Chicago, and for those that are, my offer still stands.

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Jim, its not that far..and I have offered to do a group buy, but apparently no one was interested as my post was ignored. There are molders coming to Chicago, and for those that are, my offer still stands.

We didn't mean to ignore you Carrie. We are still deciding what to do and whether we are going to make a side trip. When we finally get our collective heads together, we'll be sure to let you know our plans.

You know how hard it is to get a bunch of people together....and to agree...that's a whole nother ball game too...right?

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