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Best Large Blow Mold Nativity?

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Hi...I've always loved blow molds and this is the first season I've started displaying any outside. Currently I've been concentrating on snowmen (due to the variety of molds available and the fact that it doesn't seem right to have a dozen Santas in your yard). For the off season, I'd like to hunt down and purchase a blow mold nativity set. I want the "large" figures and I'm assuming I'm pretty much limited to tracking down used sets on e-bay (I haven't seen these type of sets for sale anywhere in years). So my question is what's the "best" looking of the large nativity sets? Poloron? Empire? Other? Thanks.

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It's almost impossible to answer your question because everyone has different tastes. There are several to choose from. You can get a new life size Nativity. They are being made by General Foam using the steel molds that had been made by Empire. Same set, different manufacturer. Gen Foam also is (or was) remaking the Santas Best Nativity, also a nice choice. And for a time, General Foam was also producing an old set from the molds made by Beco but I have not seen that set on the market (someone else may correct me)

In my opinon, and its only an opinion though, the old Poloron lifesize set is beautiful. I love the attention to detail that Poloron produced and its sculptural quality. To find many of these you will have to keep an eye on Craig's List and ebay, and scour yard and garage sales. Finding an entire set at once on ebay is not likely as many sellers tend to sell the pieces in groups (such as the wisemen separately from the Holy family) or individually.

I've put up a couple of pictures for you of the Poloron life size set (coincidentally, its the set I am using this year, so I admit a bias :) . If you have more questions, I know others will certainly weigh in.

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Yeah Carrie thats like asking what is the best color or best tasting food lol

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i'd have to agree on the poloron set it is so nice the colors are great and the attention to detail! but at the same time that also why i love the santas best set and why i won both and have both displayed this season....LOL.....!

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I've put up a couple of pictures for you of the Poloron life size set (coincidentally, its the set I am using this year, so I admit a bias :) . If you have more questions, I know others will certainly weigh in.

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Carrie, how big is "life size", i.e., how tall are the Joseph and Mary in your set?

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I would have to agree the Poloron is the coolest large set. Here is a pic of mine i got off Ebay 3 yrs ago

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I need that shepherd still. This year I am having to use the Empire shepherd. I have several nativity sets but by far the Poloron is the best I have.

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I'm going to put in a plug here for the Mix 'N' Match Nativity. If you like a Joseph from one set but a Mary from another, for instance, why not use both together? As long as they're about the same scale, who cares? Jesus is Jesus! BTW, Carrie and Shawn, that Poloron Nativity does look great; I'm going to have to find that standing shepherd holding a lamb. He would look great with my own MNMN.

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Yeah..based on what pix i could find on the internet, the Poloron set looked very nice. Thanks everyone for the inputs.

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Carrie, how big is "life size", i.e., how tall are the Joseph and Mary in your set?

Elaine F, here are the dimensions of the figures:

Mary: 34"

Joseph: 36"

Christ Child: 16.75"

Kneeling Wise Man: 37"

Black Bearded Wise Man: 48"

White Bearded Wise Man: 48"

Shepherd: 42"

Lambs: 18.5"

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Elaine F, here are the dimensions of the figures:

Mary: 34"

Joseph: 36"

Christ Child: 16.75"

Kneeling Wise Man: 37"

Black Bearded Wise Man: 48"

White Bearded Wise Man: 48"

Shepherd: 42"

Lambs: 18.5"

Thank you, Carrie! :)

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I like the GF/Empire lifesize. I added a few camels and a few sheep, and the Santas Best Angel and the Union Star.

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I am partial to my mix-match Nativity (mine has a custom repaint):

GENERAL FOAM'S REPRODUCTION

OF THE BECO LIFESIZE NATIVITY:

Holy Family

Three Wisemen

Kneeling Shepherd and 2 Sheep

POLORON:

Giant Size Standing Shepherd

Ox and Donkey

TPI:

2 Horn Angels

NEW GENERAL FOAM:

Lifesize Camel

UNION:

Giant Star

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They all look good to me. I really wanted a Nativity this year, but the budget wouldn't allow it.

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I really like that Joe. A nice manger set up, a nativity scene looks best with one IMO. And I love the wise men approaching and the way the whole scene is spread out and not crowded together. Time for me to start collecting pieces for a set, lol.

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I really like that Joe. A nice manger set up, a nativity scene looks best with one IMO. And I love the wise men approaching and the way the whole scene is spread out and not crowded together. Time for me to start collecting pieces for a set, lol.

Thanks!

The all spread out set up is due to some rewired cords on the Wisemen. They burnt out the first year I had them, and spliced it with a longer cord on each Wiseman.

Truth be told, though, I like any Nativity. I collect them. The pic I'm using as my current avatar (as of 12-12-2010 - see below) is of a plaster set that I painted this year. I guess I'm just a Nativity fiend! LOL!

I'll place the pics of said plaster Nativity here in this reply because I won't be keeping it as my avatar all year!

Merry Christmas, all!

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They all look good to me. I really wanted a Nativity this year, but the budget wouldn't allow it.

Check Fingerhut.com after Christmas they have either a 12 or 9 piece set every year and after Christmas they mark them down. I purchased mine from there several years ago for 65% off the original price.

Justin

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Which blowmold Nativity set is a hard question. The lifesize Poloron set is a classic set, nice size and so much detail. But the TPI set is almost more detailed, though not as big or traditional with Mary holding Jesus. Santas Best's set is a nice set inbetween those two sets in size. But probably the biggest, Empire/GF lifesise set but it is not as detailed and I always thought the scale was a little off. My favorite set mainly for sentimental reasons the Empire midsize set. Here are a few of my sets, I don't mix and match too much except to add extra shepherds or an animal or two. No matter what your choice, their all nice happy hunting!

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