After months of being sworn to secrecy, I can finally announce that Little Big Shots with Melissa McCarthy invited 7 year old Vivian Lord and her family out to California to be part of the program. The show will air on NBC this Sunday evening at 7pm Eastern (March 24th, 2020). Vivian's letter brought the Plastic Army Women project to the media's attention last summer and really helped get the project moving forward.
Sean Clancy from the Arkansas Democrat Gazette most likely wrote the very first news story about Vivian's letter and has written a new article: Youngster gets her wish for green Army women and a spot on Little Big Shots
The next piece of exciting news is that all the resin prototypes have been completed and delivered to the plastic injection mold maker. Minor adjustments are being made to make sure the bases are all the right size and that the finished plastic figures will come out of the steel molds smoothly. It takes a couple of months for the plastic injection molds to be made, then the molds will be tested, refined, and tested again until the they're ready to ship to the factory in Pennsylvania for production of the finished plastic figures. Here's the figures that will be included in the set:
If you look closely you'll see a new figure has been added to the set-- a variant of the Corpsman. Originally, both Corpsman were going to be identical, but I got the idea to change the head on the 2nd figure to add just a little more variety to the set. This brings the set to a total of 16 different figures, plus the military working dog and stretcher. Here's the 2 different Corpsman head sculpts:
Here's the list of figures:
- Pathfinder Captain
- Standing Rifleman
- Kneeling Rifleman
- Prone Sharpshooter
- Bazooka Operator
- Running Riflemen
- Combat Medic
- Low Crawling Rifleman
- Radio Operator
- Wounded Soldier
- Light Machine Gunner
- Corpsman with Helmet
- Corpsman with Field Cap
- Military Working Dog
- MWD Handler
I think this is turning out to be a pretty epic set of plastic toy soldiers, and I can't wait to see the first test shots made from the new molds. You can Pre-Order to receive your set of Plastic Army Women as soon as they are available in Fall 2020 and you won't be charged until your order is ready to ship.
Have a safe and thoughtful Memorial Day,
Jeff at BMC Toys
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 8, 2019: BMC Toys: Plastic Army Women Project: Update #5
November 28, 2019: BMC Toys: Plastic Army Women Project: Update #6 and Happy Tanksgiving!
December 24, 2019: BMC Toys: Plastic Army Women Project: Update #7 and Merry Christmas!
March 8, 2020: BMC Toys: Plastic Army Women Project: Update #8