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I Got A Blowmold Mystery On My Hands!

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I have a drummer boy in my cellection and I was wondering who made it? I'm not going to post a pic because he is a repaint and the color scheme was never put out by any manufactuer. The only marking on him is 1963 stamped on the bottom. One would think that year would make him Poloron rite? The only problem is he has no holly on his hat.  It has an old light cord on it like poloron put on thiers but that means nothing cuz it could have been replaced 1000 times for all I know. I talked to the guy I bought it from but he didn't know anything and he was not the one that did the repaint. I have formulated two theroies on who made it. First theroy I know manufactuers used to put out blank canvas (or unpainted) blowmolds so you could make your own (I think general foam still does that maybe?). Maybe the ones Poloron put out unpainted they did not want to put there name on it in case the paint job was terrible or if someone painted it inapporiate.  Still dosen't explain the no holly but maybe that was another way to further distance themselves from teribble paint jobs. My second theroy is maybe the 1963 is a serial number and not a year which means it could have been produced by sun hill or GV mystery solved.  Any opions or facts would be greatly appreciated.

 

 

 

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Take pictures, front, back and bottom.  The fact that it's a repaint shouldn't be an issue.  This may be the infamous missing Poloron Drummer Boy.  There is a rumor that Poloron did in fact have two molds, one with the holly and one without, the one without being the one GF uses today.  We must have images though, definitely.  If it says 1963 it would have to be Poloron providing it is the year.  Serial numbers are longer than that anyway.  Please post pictures so Mel and I can analyze it.

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I have a drummer boy in my cellection and I was wondering who made it? I'm not going to post a pic because he is a repaint and the color scheme was never put out by any manufactuer. The only marking on him is 1963 stamped on the bottom. One would think that year would make him Poloron rite? The only problem is he has no holly on his hat.  It has an old light cord on it like poloron put on thiers but that means nothing cuz it could have been replaced 1000 times for all I know. I talked to the guy I bought it from but he didn't know anything and he was not the one that did the repaint. I have formulated two theroies on who made it. First theroy I know manufactuers used to put out blank canvas (or unpainted) blowmolds so you could make your own (I think general foam still does that maybe?). Maybe the ones Poloron put out unpainted they did not want to put there name on it in case the paint job was terrible or if someone painted it inapporiate.  Still dosen't explain the no holly but maybe that was another way to further distance themselves from teribble paint jobs. My second theroy is maybe the 1963 is a serial number and not a year which means it could have been produced by sun hill or GV mystery solved.  Any opions or facts would be greatly appreciated.

 

My first question is how tall is the drummer boy?  My second question is what does the 1963 look like, can you post of picture of the numbers?  Are they enclosed in a rectangular box?

 

Mel

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Yes the 1963 is in a rectangular box. He is roughly 33.5 inches tall. The more I look at him the more I think he is Poloron because I just noticed that he has eyebrows like the Poloron drummer boys have. I pulled out my know poloron drummer boy and put them side by side and everything is identical except for the holly on the hat. I will try to get some pics up real soon.

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Both drummer boys are the same height?  I just went out and took accurate measurements of our three Poloron drummer boys and they all measure 34 ¼" tall.  Also the light holder disk on all of them have the Poloron name on them.  Are the light disks on your Poloron and new drummer boy in the same place on the back?  Do they look the same?

 

Mel

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From the information that we have received about the drummer boy, I would say that it is a Sun Hill one, not Poloron.

 

Mel

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  • yes the light cords are in the same place but the drummer boy in question does not say poloron that was the 2nd placed I looked when trying to identify it.

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Are both drummer boys the same height?  I can go no further in trying to identify the maker of your "mystery" drummer boy without knowing accurate measurements of both your "mystery" and Poloron one.  With the information that you have provided so far, I still lean towards Sun Hill but until I know the measurements that is only a guess.  The measurements will definitely make a difference.

 

Mel

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