TimMee Plastic Army Men - Green vs Tan 100pc Toy Soldier Figures - Made in USA
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|Brand||Tim Mee Toy|
|Collection Name||Tim Mee Realistic Reissues|
|Number of Pieces||100|
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- TimMee Plastic Toy Soldiers
- Colors: 50 Tan and 50 Olive Green Figures
- Size: Up to 2.1 inches tall
- Scale: Approximately 1:35
- Packaging: Polybag with Header Card
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An American Classic is back in action. This bag of 100 Tim Mee PLASTIC ARMY MEN is proudly manufactured in the United States, and includes 50 tan and 50 olive green troops for maximum play value. There's about 12 different figures and all your old favorites are here, including minesweeper, bazookaman, radio operator, 60mm mortar, light machine gunner, kneeling rifleman, flame thrower, crawling rifleman, prone rifleman, bayonet fighter, and officer with binoculars and handgun. Figures stand up to 2.1 inches tall and are approximately 1:35 scale. Made from slightly flexible LDPE plastic with medium detail, and very little flashing.
Originally produced by PROCESSED PLASTIC COMPANY (Tim Mee's parent company) around 1968, these figures were probably the first to depict US infantry troops of the Middle Cold War era with contemporary equipment that included M16 A1 rifles and an experimental Stoner 63A light machine gun. The manufacturer has even restored the vintage TIM MEE TOYS logo that hasn't been seen on the shelves for decades.
These are real American Made plastic heroes, meant to be set up, knocked down, picked up and played with for years to come. LITTLE GREEN ARMY MEN have even been inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame. Packed in plastic bag with insert card and recommended for ages 5 and up.
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Eventually military toys began to make a slight comeback, yet the excellence of TimMee was still noticeably absent. To fill this vacuum many stores began stocking cheaper army men made in China from low quality, stinking plastic. These were not much to compare with TimMee’s quality control. Soldiers were brittle, had pieces broken off, were still attached to pieces of sprue, lacked detail, and were produced in incredibly thin shapes to save money on plastic. Hodge-podge mixes of copies of Airfix’s World War 2 soldiers and copies of modern soldiers made for inaccurate playsets and even TimMee’s M16 soldiers shown above were copied in cheaper plastic with slight changes to their poses and sold from dollar stores.
But now TimMee is back thanks to the efforts of people willing to go through the company’s original molds and reproduce these iconic figures. I was personally thrilled to see that the M16 soldiers would be coming back, and even in new colors! (TimMee had produced their army men in a range of fluorescent colors in the 70’s, seeking to soften the image of the army man due to antiwar sentiment, but never released these in large quantities). As a fan of the 3DO games I had always been on the hunt for blue M16 army men, and now I can have them.
These reissues are nearly the exact same as the originals with one noticeable fault. It seems as though some production runs of these new soldiers are made with a more rigid and cheap feeling plastic than the original TimMee soldiers were. I bought a bag of tan vs. green and gray vs. red and found that the tan vs. green guys were made of a different, harder plastic, while the gray vs. red still resembled the slightly softer plastic of the originals. You can test this by taking one of the soldiers and gently pushing one of their rifles. If it slightly bends and slowly moves back to place, then it’s the same formula as the original TimMee. If it resists and also if the soldier makes a sharp sound when you tap him on a hard surface, it’s the lower quality plastic. I hope that the new TimMee only sends out the higher quality and more faithful versions in the future, but sadly there’s no telling which you’ll get through Amazon. That's the only thing holding this back from five stars.
These TimMee army men, on the other hand, are remarkably detailed, sturdy, made with quality plastic, all stand upright perfectly, etc. I haven't spotted a single bit of flashing left over from the mold process. They're still simple army men, but they're clearly made better than any other army men I've ever seen.
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Reviewed in Canada on July 10, 2019
Did not disappoint.
Now co-workers fight across the borders of their desks, lunch room and conference room - WW3 is real.