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Rich in Las Vegas

Santa confusion

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I picked up three Christmas blow molds at a yard sale yesterday for $10.  What caught my eye were the  two Union Products "skinny" soldiers that were dated 12/99 but it is the rather decrepit Santa that came with the package that is hard to pin down.   It is a 30 or 31 inch Santa with a candy cane and yellow bow in the right hand.  The hands are green.  It has "C67 Santa Claus" on the rear base.  The right side has HZ60 and a 6 to the right of it.  It appears that whatever was over the top of these numbers and letters has been obliterated in the mold so if it said Polaron it is not readable now.  I looked at the succession of makers for this mold on blow-molded.    They are Polaron, Holdiay Innovations (no picture on blow-molded.com), Empire, and General Foam.  Here's why it is so hard to figure out.

Polaron:  1960's to 1970's   It matches the short base on the Polaron 30" santa with candy cane but the gloves are not day-glo and Santa is holding a bell along with the candy cane in the right hand.  Mine has the ribbon attached to the candy cane and the gold paint is missing from the beard and around the belt buckle.

Holiday Innovations  -  1988  no Holiday Innovations picture for this Santa at blow-molded to compare. 

Empire - 31” Santa (Redesigned Base)   1993 to 2000  They expanded the base from the original Polaron mold but must also have changed the bell in the right hand to become a ribbon.  I have the shorter base so unless they made some with the old base in 1993 before expanding the base it can't be Empire.  The paint color scheme matches exactly.    Of course, the base on mine does not match.

General Foam Products - 2001-2012   31” Santa  It is the right mold number but the color scheme is different and the base is the larger base added by Empire.

To make it even more confusing, there is a Grand Venture   31” Santa made from 1995 until they closed in 2005.    It has the right mold and the right base.  The color scheme is close but not exactly the same.    The eyes are green on mine and the outline for the belt buckle is yellow.  The lower part of the candy cane is not painted as it is on the Grand Venture Santa

Sure is fun to try to date one of these molds when they went through so many changes over the years. 

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