Mold-A-Rama is a brand name for a type of vending machine that makes blow-molded plastic figurines. Mold-A-Rama machines debuted in late 1962  and grew in prominence at the 1964 New York World's Fair. The machines can still be found operating in dozens of museums and zoos.
American inventor John H. "Tike" Miller is credited with conceiving a free-standing, plastic molding machine in the 1950s. He licensed his mold-making patent and related technology to the Automatic Retailers Association, a vending machine company, which operated Mold-A-Rama machines as a subsidiary company through 1969. As of 2010, two US companies own and operate Mold-A-Rama machines, the William A. Jones Company in Illinois and Replication Devices in Florida.
A green plastic tractor from the Mold-A-Rama machine at the Museum of Science and Industry (Chicago).
- Rossman, Martin (1962-10-29). "Machine Molds Items While Customer Waits". Los Angeles Times. p. B8.
- "Keilson Puts in Molding Units". Billboard. 1963-05-04. p. 53.
- "Mold-Rama Draws 'Em". Billboard. 1964-12-12. p. 43.
- Benderoff, Eric (2006-09-04). "Old technology proves a modern-day classic". Chicago Tribune.
- US patent 3068518, Miller, John H. and Helms, Millard O., "Apparatus for Molding Hollow Plastic Products", issued 1962-12-18, assigned to Mold-A-Rama, Inc.
- Stach, Chris (2005-08-09). "Mold-a-Rama magic". Riverside/Brookfield Landmark.
- Daly, Sean (2009-07-05). "Waxing nostalgic". St. Petersburg Times.