Motorized Blow Molds

Each of these two piece molds were mechanically married to produce an (increasingly rare) motorized blow mold. As a result of the manufacturing and assembly overhead, as well as their typically larger size, these blow molds were far more expensive than their stationary counterparts. Beco Products' 42" Mechanical Santa Claus #976 sold for $20 in 1964, costing over $160 by 2020 standards.

After Beco Products' 1968 closure, Poloron Products was among the last to produce new motorized blow mold designs until their discontinuation in the 1970s. Poloron Products' subsequent closure lead to a 1988 purchase of their molds by Holiday Innovations. The next year, 1989, saw the reproduction of these blow molds with myriad of quality issues: namely flaking paint and poorly built mechanical parts.

(Quietly tucked in Holiday Innovations' 1989 catalog was their new Animated Santa in Sled with 2 Reindeer #30-1260. It would disappear as quietly as it arrived the next year. This is the last motorized blow mold known to have been introduced by a “classical” manufacturer.)

After Holiday Innovations' closure, the once Poloron Products designs were purchased by Empire, and saw a brief window of production in 1994. These Empire versions are distinct in that, besides their less detailed paint schemes and the snowman losing his shovel, they were never motorized. Empire instead opted to simply bolt the two halves together to produce a seemingly singular blow mold. This makes the previous 1989 Holiday Innovations production the last time these blow molds would be sold in their original (motorized) form.

Time has seen many of these motors become noisy, unreliable or seized altogether. While they may likely be mechanically repairable, the weight of upper half of the blow mold often causes the motor’s mount to sink. This deforms the bottom half of the blow mold: creating friction and preventing the upper half from rotating.

Beco Products

Empire

  • Giant Santa photo

    60" Giant Santa

    #1686

    Available in 1994

    © bomar9

    Giant Santa Notes

    • Not motorized
    • Previously manufactured by Poloron Products: 60" Animated Swinging Santa #C103
    • Previously manufactured by Holiday Innovations: 60" Giant Animated Santa #30-1060
  • Giant Snowman photo

    60" Giant Snowman

    #1653

    Available in 1994

    © Mel Fischer

    Giant Snowman Notes

    • Not motorized
    • Empire version did not include a shovel
    • Previously manufactured by Poloron Products: 60" Animated Illuminated Swinging Snowman #C109
    • Previously manufactured by Holiday Innovations: 60" Giant Animated Snowman #30-2060

Holiday Innovations

5 products hidden due to missing photos.
  • No image

    60" Giant Animated Santa

    #30-1060

    Available in 1989

    Giant Animated Santa Notes

    • Listed in 1989 Holiday Innovations catalog
    • Previously manufactured by Poloron Products

    Sold As

    YearNameQtyCatalog No.
    1989GIANT 60" ANIMATED SANTA#30-1060

    Updates

    DateChange
    2021-02-22Years, notes updated
  • No image

    60" Giant Santa

    #1061

    Introduced in 1990

    Giant Santa Notes

    • Non-motorized version of Giant Animated Santa #30-1060
    • Listed in 1990 Holiday Innovations catalog
    • Later manufactured by Empire

    Sold As

    YearNameQtyCatalog No.
    1990GIANT 60" SANTA#1061

    Updates

    DateChange
    2021-02-22Product added
  • No image

    60" Giant Animated Snowman

    #30-2060

    Available in 1989

    Giant Animated Snowman Notes

    • Listed in 1989 Holiday Innovations catalog
    • Previously manufactured by Poloron Products

    Sold As

    YearNameQtyCatalog No.
    1989GIANT 60" ANIMATED SNOWMAN#30-2060

    Updates

    DateChange
    2021-02-22Years, notes updated
  • No image

    60" Giant Snowman

    #2061

    Introduced in 1990

    Giant Snowman Notes

    • Non-motorized version of Giant Animated Snowman #30-2060
    • Listed in 1990 Holiday Innovations catalog
    • Later manufactured by Empire

    Sold As

    YearNameQtyCatalog No.
    1990GIANT 60" SNOWMAN#2061

    Updates

    DateChange
    2021-02-22Product added
  • No image

    40"H x 36"W
    Animated Santa in Sled

    #30-1260

    Available in 1989

    Animated Santa in Sled Notes

    • Sold as set: Animated Santa in Sled with 2 Reindeer #30-1260
    • Listed in 1989 Holiday Innovations catalog

    Updates

    DateChange
    2021-02-23Product added

Poloron Products

  • Animated Swinging Santa photo

    60" Animated Swinging Santa

    #C103

    Available 1969-1970s

    © Mel Fischer

    Animated Swinging Santa Notes

    • Santa's body is made of two molds, attached at the waistline. A motor rests atop the bottom half, moving the top half left and right.
    • Later manufactured by Holiday Innovations: Giant Animated Santa #30-1060
    • Later manufactured by Empire: Giant Santa #1686
  • Animated Illuminated Swinging Snowman photo

    60" Animated Illuminated Swinging Snowman

    #C109

    Available 1970-1973

    © Carl Polastri

    Animated Illuminated Swinging Snowman Notes

    • The snowman's body is made of two molds, attached at the waistline. A motor rests atop the bottom half, moving the top half left and right.
    • Later manufactured by Holiday Innovations: Giant Animated Snowman #30-2060
    • Later manufactured by Empire: Giant Snowman #1653
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