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Found these soldiers this weekend, they were just put in the store window and I bought them within 2 days.  Four out of five have the Empire logo on the base, the fifth I can't find a logo but do see the same number on.

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The number is  024590, it is on all of them, the one on the left only has the number, very small on the base in back.  The others have the Empire logo and the number is larger and is on the back of the feet.

They have very little paint loss, the only down side is it looks like someone drilled through the bases in two spots to hold them down.

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Thanks for the information and the number.  That number is the Empire mold number (part number) for the mold used to make the toy soldier.  The ones with the Empire logo were made by Empire before they went out of business, the one without the logo was made by General Foam Plastics after they bought the Empire molds in 2000.

Mel

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5 hours ago, Digger61 said:

Thanks for the information Mel.  You are a wealth of knowledge on blow molds.  

 

You are very welcome, what good is the information and knowledge if you don't share it.

Mel

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9 hours ago, jfelix said:

I need more of those badly.

Like I always say, you can never have too many soldiers, candles, or pumpkins!

TED

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I don't know about anywhere else, but these are not easy to find here in New England,  but this year I found 2 lampposts, 2 40 inch candy canes, and these 5 soldiers.  So it's been a good year for finding blow molds for me.  The wife approves of all of them, so that's a bonus.  LOL

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