BMC Toys AMERICAN HERO COLLECTOR SERIES: Summer Production Roundup

Posted by Jeff Imel on

The latest production order of the BMC Toys American Hero product line has just arrived and will be ready for orders this week (March 28th). The order includes restocks of all the popular boxed playsets and just a couple of new color variants:
BMC Toys Tan Iwo Jima Marines and Bunker Walls

I'm about to book the next American Hero production order that will include restocks for the holiday season and some new items. One of the new items I'm most excited about is the WW2 German Bunker Shoebox Playset I've been working on for a couple of years. New molds have been made that produce a flat roof half, roof insert, ladder, signs, bunker door and frame, and base for the Flak Gun. The set will include some existing figures and accessories to make a complete playset. Here's a first look at the initial test shots:
BMC Toys German Bunker Test Shots

I'll post more photos when I get samples in the correct gray color some time next month. You can see more details about this project in  this previous blog post:
BMC Toys: WW2 German Secret Stronghold Prototype

The next big project planned for arrival this fall is a reissue of the BMC Toys Charge up San Juan Hill Boxed Playset. These molds had been lost in storage and needed a lot of repair and restoration, but are now ready for new production. The contents of the set will be very close to the original 1999 version with some minor color updates and some extra pieces including flags and rocks. The hacienda blockhouse is getting some color updates including a darker brown for the floor and railings and cupola colors that match the walls and roof. I'm close to finalizing the contents so I can start the box photography and design work soon. I considered including a Bombed Farm House in matching colors to the set, but have decided it's better as a separate accessory:
BMC Toys San Juan Hill Buildings Mockup

This next productions is also likely to include:

  • WW2 Iwo Jima Japanese Soldiers Tan
  • WW2 Jaghtpanzer IV Tank Destroyer Gray
  • WW2 Sherman Tank OD Green

BMC Toys Iwo Jima Japanese Soldiers and Tanks

Some items that might be added to this next or future production include:

  • Civil War Battle of Petersburg Bagged Set
  • Amtrack OD Green
  • WW2 Sticker 12 Sheet Set

BMC Toys Battle of Petersburg Olive Drab Amtrack WW2 Sticker Set

I'm also thinking about a color update to the Alamo bagged set with figures molded in soft plastic. Here's two possible color assortments I've come up with:
BMC Toys Alamo Figure Color Mockups

The American Revolution Battle of Yorktown bagged set could also get a soft plastic update at some point. I think the colors could be adjusted a bit, or even a new color assortment with powder blue Colonials and deep red British as a Battle of Brandywine:
BMC Toys Battle of Brandywine Digital Mockup

I'll have to decide what new items make the next production run very soon, so let me know what you think.

Have a safe and thoughtful Memorial Day,

Jeff at BMC Toys

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29 comments

  • I like your color ideas for the Alamo and Brandywine, but would you consider using Mexicans in shako hats, and British in tricorn hats?

    Blake on
  • I like.

    Howard Daugherty on
  • Great future projects! I am especially happy to see a new American Civil War set. It appears from the photograph that is an Union officer’s pose in addition to U.S. Grant. It would be great to have another Confederate officer’s pose in addition to R.E. Lee. I have several of the Appomattox sets and love the Grant and Lee poses. Thanks!

    Holles Charlton on
  • Looks cool. Like the new German Tank Destroyer and the Bunker set is interesting. Any chance of making a Japanese tank and some new. (maybe winter.) WW2 G.I.’s and Germans for a possible Battle of the Bulge playset?

    Bobby Moore on

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