Over the past three or four years, I’ve made it my personal mission to bring back Mold-A-Rama’s machines to the Oklahoma City Zoo. Remember them? They were those gigantic retro relics from a better past that would spit out wax mold figurines of various zoo creatures. They were amazing. Not only were they molded before your very eyes, giving you a fun, memorable collectible that would last forever if you didn’t leave it in a hot car, but their strong smell alerted all the other kids at the zoo to how cool you were and helped cover up the stench of the pachyderm exhibit.
I took the mission to bring back the Mold-A-Ramas very seriously. In fact, I even pressed Mayor Mick and Councilman Ed on the issue during our mayoral candidate Q&As back in 2014. This was Mayor Mick’s response.
Councilman Shadid took our question a bit more seriously:
Score one for Ed Shadid! Apparently he did very well! Thanks to our question, he went into action and pressed zoo leadership to bring back Mold-A-Rama. It worked.
The Oklahoma City Zoo is bringing back a guest favorite this year with the return of Mold-A-Matics, machines that make wax animals before your eyes.
The zoo removed the machines about eight years ago and there was a mild uproar from visitors who enjoyed collecting elephants, giraffes and lions, among others.
The zoo will have eight machines on its grounds with each dispensing a different animal. The machines have the look of the 1960’s and 1970’s. And there’s a good reason for that. They are that old, though each has been restored and modernized to collect dollar bills. The machines made their debut at the 1964 World’s Fair.
Wait a second. Mold-A-Matics? I thought they were called Mold-A-Ramas? Is this some sort of cheap, Chinese knock off, or is the Mold-A-Matic the Carl’s Jr. to Mold-A-Rama’s Hardee’s? I guess I’ll have a new question to ask our mayoral candidates in 2018.
Either way, we’d like to thank Ed Shadid, The Oklahoma City Zoo and ourselves for bringing the Mold-A-Whatever machines back to the zoo. It’s the first step in making the Oklahoma City Zoo great again. I can’t wait to collect them all.