Drummer Boy Blow Molds

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.

Empire

  • Drummer Soldier photo

    34" Drummer Soldier

    #1610

    Introduced in 1993

    Mold #024677

    © Mel Fischer

    Extra Notes

    • Previously manufactured by Poloron Products: #C68
    • Previously manufactured by Holiday Innovations: Toy Soldier #10-3046
    • Later manufactured by General Foam Plastics: Drummer Boy #C3370

General Foam Plastics

  • Drummer Boy photo

    34" Drummer Boy

    #C3370

    Introduced in 2002

    © Tom Gacesa

    Extra Notes

    • General Foam Plastics removed holly sprig from mold
    • Previously manufactured by Poloron Products: #C68
    • Previously manufactured by Holiday Innovations: Toy Soldier #10-3046
    • Previously manufactured by Empire: Drummer Soldier #1610

Grand Venture

  • Drummer Boy photo

    33" Drummer Boy

    Yellow Drum Edition

    #53504

    Available 1999-2001

    © Mel Fischer

    Extra Notes

    • Copy of Poloron Products design: 34" Drummer Boy #C68
    • Listed in 1999-2001 Grand Venture catalogs
    • Previously manufactured by MAC Plastics
    • Previously sold by TPI Plastics: 33" Drummer Boy #4844
    • Previously sold by Sun Hill Industries: 33" Drummer Boy

    Sold As

    YearNameQtyCatalog No.
    1999-200133" Drummer Boy#53504

    Updates

    DateChange
    2021-03-02Notes updated
  • Drummer Boy photo

    33" Drummer Boy

    Blue Drum Edition

    #53504

    Available 2002-2005

    © Mel Fischer

    Extra Notes

    Listed in 2002-2005 Grand Venture catalogs

    Sold As

    YearNameQtyCatalog No.
    2002-200533" Drummer Boy#53504

    Updates

    DateChange
    2021-03-02Notes updated

Holiday Innovations

  • No image

    36" Toy Soldier

    #30-4036, 4036

    Introduced in 1989

    Extra Notes

    • Listed in 1989-1990 Holiday Innovations catalogs
    • Previously manufactured by Poloron Products
    • Later manufactured by Empire

    Sold As

    YearNameQtyCatalog No.
    1989TOY SOLDIER 36"#30-4036
    199036" TOY SOLDIER#4036

    Updates

    DateChange
    2021-02-23Notes updated

MAC Plastics

  • Drummer Boy photo

    33" Drummer Boy

    © Mel Fischer

    Extra Notes

    • Copy of Poloron Products design: 34" Drummer Boy #C68
    • Manufactured by MAC Plastics for Sun Hill Industries
    • Previously sold by TPI Plastics: 33" Drummer Boy #4844
    • Later manufactured by Grand Venture: 33" Drummer Boy #53504
  • Drummer Boy photo

    33" Drummer Boy

    © Mel Fischer

    Extra Notes

    • Copy of Poloron Products design: 34" Drummer Boy #C68
    • Manufactured by MAC Plastics for TPI Plastics
    • Later sold by Sun Hill Industries: 33" Drummer Boy
    • Later manufactured by Grand Venture: 33" Drummer Boy #53504

Poloron Products

Sun Hill Industries

  • Drummer Boy photo

    33" Drummer Boy

    Available in 1990s

    © Mel Fischer

    Extra Notes

    • Copy of Poloron Products design: 34" Drummer Boy #C68
    • Manufactured by MAC Plastics for Sun Hill Industries
    • Previously sold by TPI Plastics: 33" Drummer Boy #4844
    • Later manufactured by Grand Venture: 33" Drummer Boy #53504

TPI Plastics

  • Drummer Boy photo

    33" Drummer Boy

    #4844

    Available 1992-1993

    © Mel Fischer

    Extra Notes

    • Copy of Poloron Products design: 34" Drummer Boy #C68
    • Manufactured by MAC Plastics for TPI Plastics
    • Later sold by Sun Hill Industries: 33" Drummer Boy
    • Later manufactured by Grand Venture: 33" Drummer Boy #53504
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