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ABOUT UNIQUE SOUVENIRS INC.

Who We Are

Welcome to Unique Souvenirs, the home of Mold-A-Matic(tm) branded Mold-A-Rama miniature injection molded souvenirs!!

We are a family-owned business that operates vintage injection molding souvenir machines operating in dozens of locations including zoos, theme parks, and family attractions.

In the late 1960s, appliance store owner Eldin Irwin first encountered the Mold-a-Rama "Miniature Toy Factory" machines while visiting a state fair. Recognizing their potential, he leased several of the machines from vending giant Automatic Retailers of America (ARA) and placed them throughout Michigan and Ohio. In 1968 ARA decided to shut down the Mold-a-Rama division entirely and began selling off their remaining machines. Eldin purchased much of the available inventory and added the machines and mold sets to add to his growing business which he named "Contour Shops Inc."

By the early 1970, Eldin was taking the machines on the road traveling to state fairs and carnivals throughout the Midwest with several Mold-a-Ramas loaded on the backs of trailers. Soon, a then thirteen-year-old grandson named Tim Striggow joined the family business and began touring the country with his grandpa, learning how to maintain the aging machines and manage the traveling souvenir business.

Around 1980, another operator of Mold-a-Ramas, a Florida vendor called Mold-a-Matic, was ready to sell off their entire fleet of machines. Eldin expanded his empire again, spreading his reach to Florida and in the process adopting the Mold-a-Matic(tm) Inc. name. By the end of the decade and after 20+ years working with the machines he was ready to retire, eventually selling the business to his daughter Nancy Leslie and her husband Tom.

Tim continued to work for the new owners (his mom and stepdad) until eventually he and wife Denise bought the business from them in 2004 and changed its name to Unique Souvenirs Inc. Now headquartered in Lake Wales, Florida, Unique Souvenirs is still a family owned business and, with the help of son-in-law Kevin Tucker, continue to operate and lease Mold-a-Matic(tm) brand Mold-a-Rama machines throughout Florida, Tennessee, Oklahoma, and Ohio. As a third-generation operator with over 40 years of experience Mold-a-Matic(tm) strives to provide the best customer service in the industry. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or would like more information on our machines.


Sincerely,
Tim Striggow
Unique Souvenirs Inc.
(813)622-7050 office
(813)727-6923 Cell

 

LOCATIONS

You may find Mold-A-Matic machines around the country in the following theme parks and attractions:

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* Gemini Capsule - Light Blue (2nd floor)
* Upside Down Building - Grey (Lobby)

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* Alligator Large - White
* Alligator Wrestler - Dark Green 

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* F-16 Fighter Jet - Grey (Lower Level)
* Christmas Santa (Small) - Green (Upper Level)

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*  Gorilla - Black (Gorilla building exit)
*  Penguin - Grey (Barnyard)
*  Red Panda - Pink (outside Carnivore cafe)
*  Hippo - Red (Hippo viewing area)
*  Elephant - Brown (Rhino area)
*  Tiger - Orange (Tiger terrace)
*  Polar bear - White (Arctic snack bar)
*  3 Monkeys - Green (Arctic wolf viewing area)
*  Cheetah - Blue (near Mipingo Gift Shop)
*  Giraffe - Yellow (Giraffe feeding area)

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* Anklyasaurus (small) - Purple (Train Depot)
* Gorilla - Brown (Ape Building)
* Brontosaurus - Green (Big Rivers Building)
* Pterodactyl - Red (Children's Zoo)
* Cockatoo - Blue (Plaza)
* T-Rex - Black (Plaza)
* Stegosaurus - Yellow (Plaza)
* Corythosaurus - Orange (Tiger Building)

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* Flamingos - Red (Near Monorail #1)
* Lion Large - yellow (Near Komodo Dragons)
* Gorilla small - silver (Past Gorilla)
* Elephant Small - Grey (Across from Orangutans)
* Giraffes - Green (Near Black Rhinos)
* Santa - Pink  (Exit to Dr. Wild's World)
* Otter - Brown (Near Tropical America)
* Rhino - Green (Indian Rhino Feeding)
* Three Monkeys - Light Blue (Across from Oasis Grill)
* Tiger - Orange (Across from Oasis Grill)
* Zoo Squad - Light Blue (By Cuban Crocodile)

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* Gorilla Large - Black (Across from Swimming Pool)
* Three Monkeys - Brown (Across from Swimming Pool)

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* Elephant (Small) - Grey (Elephant Area)
* Giraffes - Green (Clayton Valley of the Kings)
* Gorilla Small - Silver (Gorilla Valley)
* Lion Small - Yellow
* Otter - Red (River Otter Area)
* Christmas Santa (Small) - Blue (Chimp Ride)
* Red Panda - Dark Red
* Christmas Reindeer (Standing) - Brown (Rhino Viewing Area)

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* Giraffes - Purple (By Wishing Well)
* Rhino - Grey (Outpost Snack Bar)
* Three Monkeys - Green (Outpost Gift Shop)
* Bear Walking - Orange (Wishing Well)

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* Alligator (large) - Green (Moroccan Palace)
* Christmas Angel - Grey (Elephant Area)
*  Christmas Snowman - Pink (Bird Garden)
* Hippo - Tan (Path to Africa)
* Gorilla Large - Black (Gorilla Habitat)
* Christmas Reindeer (Standing) - Red (Pantopia Tower)
* Christmas Santa - Red (Nairobi Train Station)
* Kangaroo - Brown (Kangaroo Area)
* Cheetah - Tan (Moroccan Palace)

* Penguin - Red (Nairobi Train Station)

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* Christmas Reindeer (Standing) - Purple (Tribute Store Room1)
* Christmas Tree - Green (Tribute Store Room1)
* Jaws - Silver (City Walk Legacy Store)
* King Kong Gorilla - Red (Legacy Store)

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* Lion Large - pink
* Giraffe - orange

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* Mermaid - blue (located near gift shop)
* Girl on SeaHorse - green (located near main entrance)

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* Manatee - grey  
* Dolphin on Tail - Blue

 

Please be sure to check out our online store!

All souvenirs are intended for adult collectors.  Not intended for children under 3 due to the possibility of small parts.

 

CONTACT US

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