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  1. Anyone know who made these? They look to be from the 50s-60's. Never seen any art style by any of the big companies at the time (RK, Hamberger, Silvestri, Harold Gale, etc.) That even closely resemble this. These are up on ebay rn. Thanks in advance.
  2. This is a beautiful video of Prange's Department Store windows in downtown Green Bay, Wisconsin in 1960. Prauges had a contract with Silvestri for their windows for basically thier entire run. Silvestri chipmunks on a log and forest animals really confirmed it in this video. Video
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    I present... The half body ALF carolers!

    So in a twist of fate and luck, I just accquired 3 of the 6 small ALF choir children, 2 of the 6 ALF angels, and best of all... The first time I have personally ever seen confirmed existance of the ALF half bodies! A photo of Bronner's showroom in 1954 shows 3 half body ALF choir boys in a Plywood choir box. Originally thought to be three lopped in half and screwed onto the choir box by Bronners, I can now confirm they were manufactured that way with the choir box! The standing figures have the date stamp at the backs of their feet, the complete set of three half body boys I just accquired have the stamps on their backs, which the standing ones do not. This proves this was not a custom build. These were diaplayed in a departnent store and never modified. I will update with photos shortly! The molds were created in the early 50s i beleive, but these particualr standing chour children are stamped 1959, and the half bodies and angels arw stamped 1961.
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    Pan Asian Creations

    They come with sandbags in them. Its genius if you ask me.
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    1500 for complete ALF choir?

    Update: the seller has now lowered the price to 600 for all 8... Even if its missing those 3 I'm gonna jump on it!
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    1500 for complete ALF choir?

    I have an oppurtunity to buy a complete set of first generation (smaller 11" heads rather than the later taller figures with 12" heads) ALF choir children, and a set of 2 ALF angel choir children for 1500 for the whole package. They were displayed at a Sears store in downtown Hamilton, Ontario Canada in the mid 50s and early 60s. Its the (almost) complete set of 6 small choir children. It has the half body muffin top boy, blonde boy, and brunette boy that screw on to the original plywood church choir box and stained glass window. I originally thought they were missing legs until i came across a 1956 photo of the bronners showroom with them attached to the church scene. These three were the only 3 sold without legs to my knowledge. The set also has two of the three girls w legs. The third girl (pigtail girl) is missing but there is a muffin top boy with legs. It also contains 2 of the 6 of the ALF choir angels, both the blonde and brunette boy but none of the three girls or the muffin top angel boy. The seller wants 550 for the three from the choir box scene, and 950 for all the other 5. I would want to buy all and keep them together as they have been since the assembly line. I beleive they are worth that likely, but am I correct that there were only 6 styles of first gen ALF choir children? This is before the red robe figures (short and tall) and before the taller white robe figures with droopy sleeves and longer bows (these are fairly common.) I dont want to post pics without the sellers permission, but the attaatched photo is of the style of choir children in question. If there are more than 6 of these the set is incomplete enough ill hold off. As far as I know the three half body choir boys are a complete set and would just get those. So disregarding the lack of angel children, am i correct in assuming this is the whole set of regular children save for the pigtail girl, and the brunette and blonde boy w legs? Those 3 are coincedentally the 3 easiest of the set to find, so if this was everyone in the set save for those 3 id buy these and find the other 3 later. Thanks in advance!
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    Pan Asian Creations

    Which ones.... Because ive seen then in person and picked them up and everything! Theyre definitely plastic.
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    Pan Asian Creations

    No idea. I know Walmart also has battery operated lantern this year but havent been yet. Seen them all there!
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    Pan Asian Creations

    Heres the large Santa: https://www.homedepot.ca/en/home/p.36-inch-blow-mold-santa-figurine.1001123034.html And the large Snowman: https://www.homedepot.ca/en/home/p.36-inch-snowman-figure-with-multi-colour-led-lights.1001123035.html Giant C9s: https://www.homedepot.ca/en/home/p.13-inch-led-lit-oversize-light-bulb-christmas-decoration.1001127927.html St. Patricks Latern and easter decor: http://www.pan-asian.com:8081/portfolio/spring/ Small santa and snowman with projectors: http://www.pan-asian.com:8081/portfolio/christmas/ I can't find photos of the oversized LEDs anywhere but will take photos next time im at a home depot.
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    Pan Asian Creations

    It seems a third company had arisen alongside Cado and Gemmy. Home depot has molds from a company called Pan Asian Creations. A large snowman lit externally with LEDs sticking out of the plastic in his scarf and tree he is holding, and a very similar santa. They are battery operated but can have the battery pack removed and the hole easily fits a GF or Empire light plate. They are also the manufacturer of giant C9 blowmolds. While not as big as GFs and having a different base, still nice to see. Also battery operated but can be easily retrofitted for a c7 cord. They also have giant LED bulbs, but Blow mold, something that's kind of ironic. Again they can be easily retrofitted for a c7 lamp rather than an on/off battery so you dont need to go out and turn them off every night, just plug them into a timer. The last christmas ones they have are a smaller santa and snowman that have swirling projectors inside that project snowflakes inside. Cool effect but a little too cold and modern for my taste, they too can be retrofitted. These last two have been around for a few years but i always assumed they were Gemmy. Pan Asian Creations doesn't do halloween, but has a St. Patrick's day porch lantern, a chick in an egg, and an easter rabbit. I assumed they would be rather filmsey, but after picking up some giant C9s I realized the plastic (especially on the large santa and snowman which i examined at the store) is quite thick - more so than even GF molds were. The big ones are a little pricy (49.99 + tax) but if you adjust for inflation its about what they would have cost if they were made by Empire 40 years ago, and about what GF would have charged.
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    Poloron 46" Wiseman Variations?

    So bit of a post here because no one seems to acknowledge this, the Poloron 46" wiseman appears to have had 3 variations. The first and most common is on Blow-Molded.com and most commonly seen. The second was listed in the 1979 Sears (R.I.P.) wishbook and had a dark green robe. The third appears to have been a yellow/orange. The first and most common is pictured in image 1 (middle beside shepherd) the one with the dark green robe is in image 2 and the one with the orange robe is the third image. I originally thought this was a repaint but where the paint is peeling nothing is underneath.
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    Heller Industries choir?

    The choir children are ALF, the organ and organ player are Silvestri
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    New member our scene for 2017

    Do you have any info on the blow mold Humpty Dumpty in the second pic?
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    Christmas Vacation

    Santa was blow mold. The deer were paper mache. And now I have the star spangled banner stuck in my head - specifically Aunt Bethany's rendition
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    Christmas Vacation

    The sleigh is an empire sleigh that the prop department painted brown. The exact deer in the movie aren't blow mold, they were paper mache so they would break easily when Clark kicks them.
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