Motorized Collection

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.)

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.

Companies

Beco Products

42"H x 17 ½"W x 14 ½"D

Mechanical Santa Claus

#976

Introduced in 1965

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Empire

60" Giant Santa

#1686

Available in 1994

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60" Giant Snowman

#1653

Available in 1994

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© Mel Fischer

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36"W Animated Santa, Sleigh and Reindeer with Antlers

#1645

Available 1990-1994

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Holiday Innovations

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60" Giant Animated Santa

#30-1060

Available in 1989

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60" Giant Santa

#1061

Introduced in 1990

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60" Giant Animated Snowman

#30-2060

Available in 1989

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60" Giant Snowman

#2061

Introduced in 1990

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40"H x 36"W

Animated Santa in Sled

#30-1260

Available in 1989

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Poloron Products

60" Animated Swinging Santa

#C103

Available 1969-1970s

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© Mel Fischer

60" Animated Illuminated Swinging Snowman

#C109

Available 1970-1973

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© Carl Polastri

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