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Toy Company That Makes Plastic Army Men Breaks The Mold By Making Female Toy Soldiers

by Kelly Glass
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Little girls who’ve been waiting for plastic toy soldiers that look more like them aren’t going to have to wait much longer.

A toy manufacturer called BMC Toys in Scranton, Pennsylvania, is expanding its line to include female toy soldiers.

The small manufacturer is one of the only current makers of the classic plastic toy soldiers.

Owner Jeff Imel says the little green plastic men have not gone out of style in decades for a reason. “If you lose one, it’s not the end of the world. Your mom’s not going to kill you,” Jeff said.

Since the 1950s, unfortunately, the simple yet beloved toy has stayed pretty much the same.

Starting next year, Jeff said his company will start manufacturing the new design and has the prototype to show for it. He’d been receiving requests for the female version of this toy for years. Letters from a woman retired from the Navy and a 6-year-old girl finally gave him the push to draw up some plans.

“Whether it’s a dinosaur, or Davy Crockett, or an Army man, maybe having a set of plastic Army women will help some kid somewhere be the hero of their own story at playtime,” Jeff said. “And I think that’s a good thing for everybody.”

BMC Toys is expecting its new tiny female toy soldiers to be ready by Christmas of 2020.

Footage provided by WNEP

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