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I just got these off CL for $15 each, was that too much? Also, who makes these? Cant find a company name on them.

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I think those are by Sunhill. One of mine still had the sticker on it. Many different companies have made this mold, there are a few variations as well.

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It's an original Poloron design. You can tell those made with the original mold because they have holly leaves and red berries on the hat. I guess this is a knockoff.

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How tall are the drummer boys? They could also be TPI but like Tom, I lean towards Sun Hill, because of the way the eyes are painted. Both the Sun Hill and TPI drummer boys were made by MAC Plastics.

Mel

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they are both in great shape for their age. i lean towards TPI.

I'm leaning towards Sunhill but they could very well be TPI. I'm not 100% sure...

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I think those are by Sunhill. One of mine still had the sticker on it. Many different companies have made this mold, there are a few variations as well.

Tom, what do the eyes on your Sun Hill one look like? Are they painted like the ones in the picture? What color are the eyes?

Mel

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Tom, what do the eyes on your Sun Hill one look like? Are they painted like the ones in the picture? What color are the eyes?

Mel

Mel, by the time I got them there was not much paint left on their faces, I can't remeber, they have since been stripped down and went patriotic.

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Tom, thanks for the reply. Since one of yours had a Sun Hill sticker on it I would guess the eyes were originaly like the ones in the above picture, we do have two of those. The TPI catalogs show the eyes with a painted dot in the middle of the eye. My wife refers to them as having "beady" eyes. We have the TPI one like in the catalog and we also have two of the TPI with a green hat that are in their original boxes, TPI did not show the green hat one in their catalogs. I have not taken the pictures of the black hat one yet so here is the picture from the catalog for that one.

Mel

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TPI had the drummer boys in 1992 & 1993, the Sun Hill ones were made from the TPI molds so they would have been sometime from the mid to late 1990's. The latest year that I have information for Sun Hill is 1999 and they did not have any blow molds in their catalog that year.

Mel

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