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  1. Last year I mentioned that I would post when QVC presented their new blow mold during Christmas in July.  Well they did and all of them sold out very fast.  I captured a few pics just so we could see them.  I don't remember the exact price, but I'm pretty sure it was less than $40.  They were made by Mr. Christmas.  The only part that lit was the flame which had a flame bulb and it uses batteries and has a timer.  

     

     

     

     

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  2. I finally found pictures!!!!!!!  WoooHooo!!!!!!

    This is the bird/crow I was looking for,  also shows the post was tan and Union Products was imprinted on the back.  My scarecrow doesn't have the imprint.....that's curious.

     

     

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  3. 7 hours ago, Scott Rob said:

    I have attached some picture but I did not think they where sold together?

     

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    Thank you so much for responding!  The Scarecrow that I posted was from the Union Lawn and Garden line.  The blow mold was made with a tan plastic, came with a crow and doesn't light.  There is a small hole on one of the arms where you would stick in the crow.  On the arms is imprinted directions to attach the "bird".  This Garden version is not in the Halloween catalogs.  I was hoping that someone here might have the box with a picture or some other picture of it.  From what I was told this guy was made in 1987.  

    Thanks, Donna


  4. On 2/27/2020 at 10:52 AM, TED said:

    I'm sorry I didn't get this posted until now.  I should have posted it a month ago.  The presale at Creative displays goes through the 28th so you have today and tomorrow.  They have both 5 watt and 7 watt C7 bulbs.  The 7 watt bulbs are harder to find.  Most places only sell 5 watt C7s.  The 7 watt bulbs do a better job of lighting up small 'molds.  You can get a box of 25 for $3.25.  I know a lot of you are using LED bulbs but you can get a whole box of 25 for the cost of one or two LED bulbs!  They also have 11 watt S14 sign bulbs.  These are a medium base bulb (which is the size of a standard household bulb).  These could be used in candles that have the "full size" socket like Empire/GenFoam.  They could also be used in smaller 'molds or in 'molds that are lighter in color.  A box of 25 is $8.75.  That's only 35 cents per bulb!

    Here is a link to the sale page:
    https://www.creativedisplays.com/pre-order-sale/

    This is also the place that sells zip cord (green, white, or brown) that has UV inhibitor in the insulation and is intended for OUTDOOR use!  The pre-sale price is $125 for a 1000 foot spool.  That's cheaper than what most places sell the NON-outdoor rated zip cord for.  The plugs for zip cord are 5 bucks for a 10 pack.

    Also I should mention that Creative Displays has been one of the Planet Christmas vendors for many years (since the first convention back in 2003).

    TED

    Ted,

    Wow, those seem like a great deal.  Unfortunately I didn't see this in time. 

    Donna


  5. 13 minutes ago, Scott Rob said:

    The only way I have seen to tell the age is the plug. If plug is non-polarized it POLORON. If the plug is polarized then it would be H/I. Since POLORON closed before 1980 then it would have non polarized plug. That my rule of thumb. The trick is to have original light cord set:) 

    Unfortunately there was no original cord.  

    Thanks again!


  6. 1 hour ago, Scott Rob said:

    Hope this helps it looks like it is POLORON. I have POLORON Santa with back wards letter also.

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    Scott, 

    Thank you for responding, I appreciate it. 

    I know that the original molds were made by Poloron.  My question comes from not knowing the difference between the toy soldier actually made by Poloron vs Holiday Innovations.  H/I got the Poloron molds after Poloron went out of business. The problem is that telling them apart can be tricky if it can be done at all.  There is a good write up of H/I history on the Blow-molded site.

    I think I am looking for an answer that can't be answered because too much time has passed.  I will consider my toy soldier a Poloron piece and call it a day. ;)

    Thanks, Donna  

     


  7. I just got this toy soldier.  It has one of the strangest imprints on the back that I have ever seen.  There is a "2" above the light hole.  I have read past comments here and know that it's not unusual for a Poloron Pixie to have a "2" , however under the light hole is just plain weird.  The "120 volts" is backwards and the "L" in the word volts is upside down.  Any clues?  

    I'm hoping that this guy is really made by Poloron.  He is made of hard thick plastic and I think the candy cane is original because of the visible striping on the very bottom. 

    Thanks for any information,

    Donna

    I made the pic black and white so you could see the lettering better.

     

     

     

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  8. 5 minutes ago, Mel Fischer said:

    Donna, We do not have the Holiday Innovations Pixie Toy Soldier so I can not compare between the Poloron and HI one but we do have the Holiday Innovations Pixie Santa and he has PTN molded in to him which was the parent company of HI so possibly the HI toy soldier could have the same molded into him.

    Mel

    Thanks Mel ....Happy Holidays

     


  9. I would like to get the 14 inch Poloron Pixie Toy Soldier.  I don't know if there is any difference between the original and the Holiday Innovations one.  I remember a discussion here about how H/I sometimes used different color paints and I don't remember if they removed the Poloron name and the 120 volt mark on the back.  Any help is appreciated.

    Thanks


  10. 1 hour ago, tin barn christmas said:

    But 45 bids on it 

     

    If in fact the bidder thought it was a full size set I would love to know how Ebay handles it. 

    My first thought was that the buyer did not read the description or look at the photos.  We all know about "buyer beware" , however the bid was so high that it makes me think that there was something amiss here.  

    Then again it could just be a buyer who wanted this at any cost.


  11. 20 minutes ago, Rich in Las Vegas said:

    The description of it being a

    I wonder if the buyer thinks he is getting a full sized Santa and sleigh that would be shown on a roof?  It matches the Daypol 14" Santa sleigh and the white 11 + 1/2" reindeer .  I looked at a couple of these on eBay and often the sellers often do not give the dimensions.  The $20 shipping fee is a dead giveaway that this is probably a small blowmold.  

    That could very well be the case.  The description does say "rooftop store display", however the seller did list the dimensions in the item description .  Can you imagine what the response will be if the buyer expects a full size set.  Yikes!!

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