Instant Mold now on sale at CMON

By tgn_admin
In Accessories
Jan 30th, 2011
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Cool Mini or Not are now selling Instant Mold. There is a YouTube video demonstrating the product.

From their announcement:

The coolest product ever for DIY bits is Instant Mold. Hot water activated, re-usable and able to reproduce precise detail. What more could you want?

  • That is pretty cool. I haven’t done a lot of green stuff molding in a long time, but I can see that being pretty useful.

    jp

  • Tommygun

    I wasn’t completely sure I wanted the stuff until I saw that it was reusable.
    I think I can find room in my tool box for this.
    It should be good for small and limited number items.

    On a side note, did anyone else get nervous watching that guy use the hobby knife?

  • Roebeast45

    I was pretty sure he was going to slice something off.

    This stuff looks very useful for base textures especially.

  • ScoutII

    I like Oyumaru myself…and it costs half as much for twice the material. Looks like they repackaged the pro-packs for their stuff.

    http://www.ecrater.com/p/10122362/mold-making-oyumaru-single-color

    You can even get more if you like:

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/43796195/oyumaru-set-heat-molding-material-24pcs

    I really wish there would be more effort in creating new as opposed to repackaging and charging 4 times what something should go for in an effort to snag those who don’t know any better.

    To summarize things:

    CMON: $2.17 per stick
    eCrater: $1.04 per stick
    Etsy: $0.88 per stick

    And yes – based on the video the sticks of Oyumaru are the same size as the “Instamold”. It has the same basic characteristics (water at roughly 170 degrees F for a couple minutes to soften). Walks like a duck, talks like a duck…must be a duck.

    • bj

      Can you get minis and other gaming supplies from ecrater and etsy? When you add the fact that you get flat rate shipping from CMON and you purchase InstantMold along with your huge minis order the price per stick will change, sure etsy and ecrater still give you more, but when do most people order just one item from an online store?

    • Thanks for the link. I just picked up two batches to do a test run. 😉

  • yeah I think $9 shipping on a $13 product is a bit steep…too bad because I was really excited about this product.

  • Osbad

    Nice! I’m up for some, but I need a UK distributor. Shipping from the US makes this a no sale. 🙁

    • Osbad

      Ah! The Internet is my friend!

      Apparently “Friendly Plastic” is the same stuff. You can get it at a fraction of the price from art/craft stores.

      Link to ebay store

  • evernevermore (John)

    I wonder how different it is from Shapelock

    • ScoutII

      Shapelock isn’t as flexible when hard as the molding stuff.

  • Is Friendy Plastic made in clear and where in the US can you get it?

    • ScoutII

      The local art shop downtown stocks Friendly Plastic clear pellets. I haven’t looked at Hobby Lobby or Michaels to see if they have it though. I would assume that some will carry it, and all can get it. Amaco is one of the bigger companies dealing with that type of stuff – so you shouldn’t have a problem finding it.

      Just to give an idea to anyone who might be looking at the other products and are wondering how the weight compares to the shown volume here. I just filled up an empty playing card pack with mine and it weighed about 45 grams. The individual sticks as sold by CMON are about the size of a small package of gum (roughly 8 sticks would fit in the playing card package). Should help when doing the math.

  • ScoutII

    Can you get minis and other gaming supplies from ecrater and etsy?

    No – but eCrater is only $3 shipping…so you can get the stuff from there shipped to you and still have money left over for a happy meal. Free shipping, flat rate shipping, added on miniatures and all the rest doesn’t mean much of anything when you are looking at a doubling of the price to get those.

    Never mind that you might be able to get the material locally already – in which case it is cheaper, and you don’t pay any shipping.

    • bj

      With your logic if one were to purchase just Instant Mold and have it shipped it would come to $22. Of one were to buy from ecrater it would be $9. Big difference sure, same amount if product and you would have enough to get three happy meals. Seems like a no brainer. But this is where your logic fails, say you buy $60 worth of minis from CMON for sacrificing the price of a happy meal (and the money it costs to get into the car to go get it) you can get IM and save yourself two different charges on you CC or paypal account. Of course if you like getting multiple packages then that is justification enough right there. My point is just for the product, yeah getting it cheaper makes sense, but to include it in a larger order makes sense too. It almost seems like there is some hate towards CMON the way you are harping on this issue, that or your the seller on ecrater…

  • mathieu

    It’s not exactly surprising that a company would take a readily available product, package it in smaller quantities, and sell it at a premium, is it? GW and PP do it for their modeling putty or their spray cans, just to mention a couple of examples.

    Not that I condone such a practice, but gamers should all be familiar with these behaviors by now. As well as with the alternate routes to get the same products without the overpriced tag.

  • ScoutII

    But this is where your logic fails, say you buy $60 worth of minis from CMON for sacrificing the price of a happy meal (and the money it costs to get into the car to go get it) you can get IM and save yourself two different charges on you CC or paypal account.

    Never said don’t buy miniatures from them – they sell some great minis. However, I don’t see how two charges on my CC/Paypal account is a problem. I use my card all day long for pretty much everything. If I can save a few bucks (or more) on a product I will.

    It almost seems like there is some hate towards CMON the way you are harping on this issue, that or your the seller on ecrater…

    No – like I said…you can get the product from eCrater or Etsy…or your local art store…or Dick Blick…or any number of other sources – for cheaper than what CMON is selling it.

    Over the years, it has become tiresome to see companies like Army Painter, Gale Force Nine, CMON, GW, PP…the list goes on and on – taking a product which is readily available, repackaging it and marking it up by 25, 50 even 100 percent or more over the normal retail price (which is already marked up by that much over wholesale). They then turn around and act like they are releasing something that is new and special – even though it has been around for years and they are simply taking advantage of consumers who don’t know any better.

    It definitely isn’t surprising – but it is tiresome.

    • bj

      It’s all good, no harm done. You and others have made that same point, which is extremely valid, but it is brand identification for the hobby though. It can open doors for other like items.