First designed and manufactured by Poloron Products in the 1970s, this “Drummer Boy” blow mold is notable for its vivid colors and intricate paint schemes. Poloron Products' 1981 closure saw the mold sit dormant until its subsequent production by Holiday Innovations in 1989 as “Toy Soldier”. Holiday Innovations would see financial struggles, and become known for their simplistic and poorly applied paint schemes.
By 1991, Holiday Innovations had closed and the once Poloron Products molds were then sold to Empire. Now at its third owner, the 1993 season saw the reintroduction of the once again “Drummer Boy”. With the exception of improved paint quality and a newly stamped bottom, this Empire version kept the yellow focused paint scheme first introduced by Holiday Innovations only years prior.
One year prior however in 1992, TPI Plastics introduced their very own “Drummer Boy”. A distinctly muted paint scheme, tiny eyes and lack of holly bared little resemblence to the Poloron Products or Holiday Innovations version that came before. Not to be outdone by Holiday Innovations' short production run, 1993 saw the discontinuation of the TPI Plastics version.
As stubborn as the mold it copies however, this new version would later be reintroduced by Sun Hill Industries. Showcasing a more vibrant, yet similar paint scheme. This version would follow in the footsteps of the TPI Plastics version before it and later by discontinued sometime prior to 1999.
At this point there were two distinct versions in circulation. The original mold by Poloron Products, now owned by Empire, and the TPI Plastics/Sun Hill Industries version–which had been quietly manufactured by MAC Plastics for both TPI Plastics and Sun Hill Industries. This MAC Plastics mold would continue the trend of discontinuation and see the closure of MAC Plastics in 1998.
Quickly following its 1998 closure, the bankrupt MAC Plastics would be purchased and rebuilt into Falcon Plastics. Falcon Plastics was responsible for the manufacturing of the blow-molded products sold by its sister company, Grand Venture. By 1999, Grand Venture reintroduces the once MAC Plastics mold–continuing its “Drummer Boy” naming tradition. In a break tradition however, this Grand Venture version was sold with a near identical copy of the Empire paint scheme, marking the end of the green drum paint scheme sold by TPI Plastics and Sun Hill Industries.
Only one year later in 2000, Empire would close and the once Poloron Products' mold would be moved to its final home at General Foam Plastics. Introduced in 2002, this General Foam Plastics version was painted in the same style as the Empire and Holiday Innovations versions before it. In an odd departure from the mold’s near 30 year history, General Foam Plastics would remove the holly from the hat of the mold. With the exception of a minor height difference, the mold would then be nearly identical to its MAC Plastics duplicate. Perhaps as a way to better distinguish itself, Grand Venture would introduce a new blue paint scheme that same year.
2005 saw the closure of Grand Venture, and subsequently marking the end of the known production of the once MAC Plastics duplicate. The modified General Foam Plastics version, increasingly less similar to its Poloron Products forefather, would continue to be produced until General Foam Plastics' 2017 closure. The fate of either molds, with the only notable difference being their height, remains unknown.
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