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General Foam Auction Tarboro

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I noticed today that CADO plastics has listed a Toy Soldier (see picture) is this the one from General Foam/Empire or Union?

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The toy soldier looks to be from the Empire / General Foam mold, when you compare the hats and the feet and the chest you will see that it definitely is not from the original UP mold.

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Does any one know were the Empire/GFP Choir boy and girls went? See in attached picture choir (GFP choir) on the right hand side.

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Cado did in fact purchase the soldier from GF along with the Mrs. Claus, penguin, some candles and the Nativity and dancing Santa.

 

Right now, the molds that Cado didn’t get are still sitting in Tarboro. But my understanding is a scrapper purchased them however from my understanding he is looking into having them produced.

 

Also Cado confirmed with me that they only got 75% of Unions molds. The rest were scrapped. Including the Union Nutcracker.

 

 

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Would love to see the Union Red Christmas Doll Come Back..

I wonder if the scrapper has the choir boy/girl mold? I hope they survive!

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On 4/16/2018 at 10:09 PM, RichardG said:

Also Cado confirmed with me that they only got 75% of Unions molds. The rest were scrapped. Including the Union Nutcracker.

 

Im guessing that there was more than 1 Union Nutcracker mold in existence and used in production. Right? Does anyone know for sure?

'If' there was only one Union nutcracker mold, and if what is stated by Richard is 100% factual...then there will never again be a Union nutcracker produced. Am i getting this right? 

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Im guessing that there was more than 1 Union Nutcracker mold in existence and used in production. Right? Does anyone know for sure?
'If' there was only one Union nutcracker mold, and if what is stated by Richard is 100% factual...then there will never again be a Union nutcracker produced. Am i getting this right? 

Yes that is correct. I’m not exactly sure how many molds of the nutcracker they had. I’m just telling you what the VP of Cado told me at the GF auction. He was interested in GFs, but the way they done the auction screwed over his plans to try and get it.


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In 2007 or 2008 Harold Featherstone told me that Faster Form sold over half the Union Products molds for scrap and some that they kept they only had half the mold.  I have a newspaper interview with Don Featherstone that I need to find, the article states that UP made as many as 800 different products at the time.  By the time Cado bought the UP name and molds a May 3, 2010 article stated

"Cado Products Inc. of Fitchburg, Mass., purchased the intellectual property rights to the pink flamingo, as well as more than 200 blow molds and injection molds that had once been used by Union Products Inc."

So apparently only about 25% of the original 800 different molds still existed when Cado purchased the UP name and molds from Faster Form, also, how many of the molds are lawn and garden and how many are holiday?  That is a question that Cado will probably not answer for us.

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