BMC Toys: Plastic Army Women Project: Update #5

Posted by Jeff Imel on

The BMC Toys Plastic Army Women Project is rolling along at brisk pace...

You can get an early sneak peak of the Plastic Army Women Kickstarter and check out the video we made, and even more pictures of the figures. I'm especially interested in getting feedback on the rewards before the campaign launches on November 14th. I tried to keep it simple offer some great values, but if there's anything you think is missing or confusing please let me know. 

There's been a lot of progress on the original sculpts, and I've added a 6th figure (Grenadier) to the basic set. Here's the figure assortment so far:
BMC Toys Plastic Army Women Digital Mockup 
The prone sniper sculpt needed some refinements for molding, mainly repositioning of her head, and her rifle lost the bipod. I'm hoping the bipod will be added back in the final production version but it wasn't practical to mold in resin. The scope may also need to be changed for molding.

The basic set of 6 figures in a 24 piece pack will be produced no matter what, but I'd like to expand the number of figures and will use stretch goals as part of the Kickstarter to fund the larger plastic injection tool. The first 2 stretch goal sculpts are already in progress and include a combat medic and running soldier:
BMC Toys Plastic Army Women Running Combat Medic Sculpts

A low-crawl figure and radio operator are also planned. The last 2 potential figures are undecided, but possibilities include a wounded soldier, advancing rifleman, marching soldier possibly saluting, or standing at attention possibly saluting. Supporter feedback will play a big role in the decision.

I had the standing and kneeling riflemen shipped so I could take photos and check the scale and details in person. Here's a group shot with three Plastic Army Women figures in a group of vintage figures:
BMC Toys Plastic Army Women with Vintage Army Men 

Thanks to all the media attention, I was asked to speak at our County Commissioner's meeting as the small business of the month. Here's a photo of me with the Commissioners and my sister Julie (she's been helping with a lot of the media and writing for the project):

BMC Toys at Lackawanna County Commisioner Meeting
From left, are Commissioner Jerry Notarianni, Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings, Jeff Imel, Julie Imel  and Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.

Tanks' for your support,

Jeff at BMC Toys

 

Subscribe to the BMC Toys Plastic Army Woman Project Newsletter:

June 20, 2018: BMC Toys: Plastic Army Women Project Original Post

August 10, 2019: BMC Toys: Plastic Army Women Project: Update #1

August 30, 2019: BMC Toys: Plastic Army Women Project: Update #2 (IT'S HAPPENING!)

September 9, 2019: BMC Toys: Plastic Army Women Project: Update #3

October 20, 2019: BMC Toys: Plastic Army Women Project: Update #4


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12 comments

  • I am sooooo exited for these!!! I think a wounded soldier would be great to go with the combat medic! I have recently tried sculpting my own army figures from epoxy clay, and the first pose i have started is a WW2 Navy Corpsman, who is treating a wounded soldier. I wish there was a way for you guys to reissue the Marx medical/wounded figures, but I imagine it would be very expensive to make a whole new mold set. I just got a set of originals from 1963, and they’re AMAZING. I will be looking forward to using the Army Women figures in my plastic army stop motion films!

    Luke Miller on
  • I wish these would be available before the 12/14/2019 date, because that is the date of the Army/Navy Football game, and I hope they would be available BEFORE the game.

    Jill Shrope on
  • Women soldiers are the first thing my nephew said, when I asked him what he wanted for Christmas! Are these on the market yet? Would LOVE to order him some!!!

    Terri Komay on
  • I recruited medical personnel for both active and reserve. It would be great to include medical personnel in field hospitals. One of our recruits was the first female PT asgned to the 82nd and deployed into Iraq with their unit upon mobilization for Desert Shield – another female as a helicopter pilot. It would be great to see all females reflected in all MOSs. I, myself, was in a support role as a 42A and hope that one day all support service members are recognized for their team contribution to their units. Don’t forget the wounded soldiers still serving.

    Virginia on
  • Waiting to buy a set of these military women but don’t know where to find any???

    Trudy Praniewicz on

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