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

November 28, 2019: BMC Toys: Plastic Army Women Project: Update #6 and Happy Tanksgiving!


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13 comments

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

    Trudy Praniewicz on
  • Thank you so much for what you are doing. Our women in uniform do not get the recognition they deserve. I’d like to see a nurse as well. I spent 3 years 4 months in Vietnam and most of the women I met were nurses, They are true angels. As for the hair. Quite a few military women have long hair rolled up in a bun.

    I wish they were metal and painted like in the old days, but I realize that it would not be cost effective… I look forward to buying a set when they are on the market. Thank you again for all your doing for our wonderful women in our military. May God Bless you always, jimi

    jimi shorten on
  • Future fun: Rosie the Riveter, Hot Lips Houlahan (mash), Betty Grabel (legs) on the side of a plane, and legally impossible, Bob Hope with the women he brought for entertainment = more than one way to serve our great country. Also, the women pilots that moved planes around the country in ww2. Just suggestions. Thanks, Angie

    Angela Endemano on
  • I’m totally in support of this project. I will buy these figures.I think it’s important that this groundbreaking release not waste any poses with static or daily routine figures. All the figures in this group should relate and connect to one another in dynamic unity. No standing at attention. No marching. No saluting. All action. Regarding the stretch goal sculpts : If you offer a medic, you will of course need a wounded figure to complete that vignette. Figures such as those and the radio operator, low crawl, running, advancing all relate to elements of the action.

    Thomas Lozowski on
  • I love it. It would be great if you could make a radio operator. Then you would have a full squad. As a mother and and active duty service member I think that this is the best idea ever. I played with army men as a kid and plan on buy a set when the kick starter goes live.

    Autumn on

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