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  1. Hello everybody- I would like to buy some TPI choir people, preferably one girl and one boy, maybe more depending on what somebody has available. I would prefer the lighter colored ones with the lighter green book and light brown hair. I'm not exactly looking for a bargain, but I have a budget! Please PM me if you can help me out!
  2. Just realized I posted this in the wrong forum. Sorry!
  3. Wow! Those are impressive repaints. I especially love the snowman in the first picture on the left. He looks so much better than the version GF makes!
  4. Thank you for the links Mel! I also saw your other thread with the Empire catalog. These are just the type of thing I was looking for. Thank you very much for your time, and merry Christmas!
  5. Hi!~ I was just wondering if anybody could post pictures or direct me to pictures of blow mold manufacturer catalogs. I have seen GF's catalog on their website, so I was just wanting to see older ones, i.e. Santa's Best, TPI, Empire, etc. ~Thanks!
  6. Your display is absolutely amazing! I love the grouping- the Santa Training Camp, Reindeer Training, and worshops are super clever ideas, and everything is cohesively and logically arraanged. I can't say enough! It is displays like this that I aspire to someday be able to comapre to.
  7. That's amazing! You have so many great molds, and I love the way it's arranged. Your choir must be the best I've ever seen, and the soldier fence is beyond impressive. Love the idea of the penguins with the letters!
  8. They're pretty good prices, but I just cannot comprehend the shipping costs. It said it would be $100 for the Santa face only. Yes, it's 36", but I just bought the same exact one on eBay and shipping was $15! It also said $183 for the large snowman only!
  9. WOW! Those prices are great compared to the only store near me that has a good selection of molds. For example, their wisemen set is $149.99, and the cow is $36.99!
  10. Merry Christmas to you too! And thank you very much. It really is a great set. I agree, after incessantly raiding eBay the entire season, those wisemen are quite elusive! I actually bought mine on eBay two Christmases ago from the seller daffodils, who you've probably heard of if you've shopped blow molds on eBay before. While they have great, rare items in brand new condition, they are quite, er... particular. I had already bought a small Pooh from them before- brand new, at a good price, shipped quickly, and packaged great. So I caved and bought the wisemen for $225... Well, long story short, they took over a month to come, and they weren't brand new as the listing said- their box had clearly been opened and they were missing jewels, which the seller refused to belive was true. Needless to say, they got negative feedback from me, and I was undoubtedly blocked from buying from them again. After all though, I still don't regret my purchase!
  11. I received a Santa yesterday in clear shrinkwrap only, also. He was not damaged, but you could clearly see what it is was far away, which is a little worrisome. Bu then again, it's just as risky as having a blow mold display with them all outside 24/7.
  12. Thank you everybody for the compliments! Maybe I'll try Photobucket later...
  13. Sorry for the size! Didn't realize they were so big! I tried posting more, but it won't let me. So this is all I can do for now, I guess.
  14. That is fantastic! I especially love your Beco choir- how rare it is to have all of them in such immaculate condition!
  15. Hi~ Just thought I would alert you guys of this auction: http://www.ebay.com/itm/CHRISTMAS-SNOOPY-BLOW-MOLD-SANTAS-BEST-/190611363992?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2c61529898 After seeing him go for $100+ many, many times, I think this price is a steal, even considering the small cracks in his hand. I'm not trying to advertise for the seller or anything, just letting the deserving members here in on a good deal I found. (Know why I found it before it was gone? Because I found it literally 10 minutes after it was listed!) Sorry if it has sold by the time anyobdy reads this
  16. Thank you very much for the info and pictures. Now I definitely need them! I actually just lost out on an auction on eBay for the girl one in the bottom picture, and she was in really good condition and since it was the only one on eBay, I put in $65. (It was $21 for shipping.) I was outbid and she ended up selling for $66, and boy, was I mad!
  17. Hi~ I was just wondering if anybody can give me more info on the TPI choir kids. I know they are 40" tall, and that there's a boy and a girl, and that's about it. I would really appreciate it if anybody could provide some info (i.e. value, date, if there's different ones, etc.) and/or pictures. ~Thanks! P.S. I've come to notice that Mel on here is quite helpful when it comes to matters like this, so if available, please enchant me with a picture from a TPI catalog... if there ever was one!
  18. Hmmm... The link isn't working for me... Does anybody have any idea why it may be doing this? I typed it into the address bar manually and still nothing...
  19. This is also the strategy I use: I keep my valuable molds closer to the house and put more common, less valuable ones near the road. This is especially useful if I have two of something, such as the Dancing Santa, as I have one further back in my yard next to a sleigh and one next to my mailbox on the side of the road.
  20. WOW! That's absolutely amazing! Everything looks wonderful. I admire your ability to make all of that fit in the small space while still having it logically and attractively grouped and placed. Again, WOW!
  21. Hi~ I bought these Santa in sleigh with reindeer molds on sale after Christmas last year, and I really think they'd look good on the roof. Does anybody have any advice on how to mount them on the roof without damaging it? Thanks
  22. Wow- that's spectacular! Especially that line of soldiers and how high up those reindeer and Santa are! And that lone choir singer off to the side in front of all the 30" Empire ones- is that TPI? How big is it?
  23. My reasoning for thinking they might be OK is that the camels for the life-size nativity and the Santa's Best set are pretty much the same size (40" long by 24" tall), so in proportion ot the characters it would be fine. But after seeing that picture, I do see how huge they are, because I have two of those smaller standard sheep in the picture and now can compare size...
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