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

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It’s a bell, an old municipal decoration, thought it was cool with the different color cutouts in it. Not sure who made it. 


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Update to ordering a grinch blowmold from menards:

Since my local menards was 'out' of grinch blowmolds, and a coworker told me his local menards was down to 1 grinch  and a week had passed since then, i thought that rather than drive all over town looking for a grinch blowmold, that i would simply order one from menards online and write off the shipping cost to fuel savings and time.  How simple is that? Right? Wrong. 

So, i ordered it and a week larer a box from menards was waiting for me on my door step. Curiously, the delivery person knew to put it at my back door. With todays door step thieves, maybe a good idea. 

The moment i picked up the box i knew there was going to be a problem, because i could hear and feel the blowmold rattling around loose inside the box. A box which was 5" larger that grinch in every direction. They had  put the grinch in a box and sent him on his way. No bubble wrap or other packing. Mr grinch bounced and rolled around inside that cardboard box for a week.  

I suspected that there would be paint loss on the high points due to sliding around in the box. I opened the box and immediately inspected mr grinch (yes, i know im using a lower case 'G' on the proper name, get over it), for damage. Sure enough, the tips of his shoes, his elbows and the area under his nose were missing paint down to white plastic. So much for reducing effort of driving all over town looking for a grinch. So much for something safely delivered to my door step. No. 

Yes, im a little bit particular about blowmold condition, especially when ive bought new and paid 40$ (+ shipping.) Older blowmolds, acquired at garage sales for 3$ and used for my lawn display?....meh...a little rub or scratch is not something to get my undies in a bunch over. But  brand new full price?...and destined  only be part of my indoors display?... no way in h.e. double toothpicks am i  going to be content to start out with a shipping damaged grinch blowmold. 

So, after contacting menards customer service on line, and driving to the local menards to ask about grinch inventory, and finding a store (via the phone) whoi had a few in stock, i was able to exchange my damaged grinch for one i hand picked from the floor display, and had my shipping reimbursed. I probably had 2 hours into the exchange screwing around. In hindsight, i would have been better off calling around and driving, rather than expecting menards to ship an item with some protective packaging.




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On 9/22/2019 at 10:51 AM, shane page said:

Picked up a Grinch. They only had two there so I got one. Wish it was a little bigger.


Please tell us about those trees behind the Grinch!

On 9/12/2019 at 10:55 PM, Omar said:

I believe that they are all made by Gemmy

That's a very interesting and curious turn of events.  When inflatables first came out blowmolds really took a hit in popularity for a few years.  It's kind of come full circle now.  Inflatables don't seem to be as popular as they once were (probably due to the fairly short lifespan) while blowmolds have had a resurgence in popularity.   (It's really unfortunate that the resurgence didn't happen sooner before most of the manufacturers went out of business.  <heavy sigh>)  It's very ironic that Gemmy the largest inflatable manufacturer (I think) is now apparently making the majority of the available 'molds!


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to find more 'molds!

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