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Menard's Christmas blow molds 2019 (A Grinch blow mold!!!)

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Better pics and prices to come. The paint apps look great, rather small, but better than nothing. They also have Union stuff from the past couple years, the North Pole sign is back too.

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Those look nice. They do look a little small, paint looks nice. Wonder what they look like when lit?

Seen these at lowes.

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One holiday behind!

When I saw this post for Menards I stopped at the closest equivalent - Lowes Home Improvement.  Sorry no pictures as I don't carry a camera phone. 

No sign of Christmas decorations but they were busy putting out the Halloween decorations.  The aisles where they normally display blow molds were blocked off and inaccessible.   The stuff that was visible seemed more expensive than before.  Maybe the new tariffs were figured into the price.

The most reasonable items  were  foam pumpkins the same size as the ones pictured below except they were solid with no cutouts and not illuminated priced at $10.    That seemed to be the least expensive item you couldn't also find in the dollar stores.  The most impressive is a battery operated decoration that emit sound and light triggered by proximity detectors.  They had several kinds.  I couldn't see a price on the tag for the large talking pumpkin.   They also had the lighted 3 pumpkin tower in the bin with the foam pumpkins. 

These  8.5 inch diameter foam pumpkins were purchased for a buck each at Goodwill recently and converted to 12V LED from the incandescent C9 light.  I will post a  tutorial on simple LED conversions shortly while there is still time to get cheap parts from overseas eBay vendors before Halloween.

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On 9/11/2019 at 6:27 AM, shane page said:

Those look nice. They do look a little small, paint looks nice. Wonder what they look like when lit?

Seen these at lowes.

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Those look pretty good, any idea on who the manufacturer is? Or item #?

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10 hours ago, Stock557 said:

Those look pretty good, any idea on who the manufacturer is? Or item #?

Gemmy. I got one of the soldiers from Lowes a couple years ago, I cant even display it looks so bad when lit. Im just wondering if the paint has gotten any better since then.

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5 hours ago, Big J Illinois said:

Hey Shane,when I have time, will post more pics.. it does say Union Products on the bottom. All the others are Gemmy

Probably Cado like the Nativity.  Cado's molds they got from Union are still stamped Union.

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