Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Review: Army Men (Post 3 of 6)

by Nathan Stout (of AccordingToWhim.com)

We are going to step back from our promotion of our Kickstarter: Rise of the Rock Star to take a look at something different.

Welcome back! Today I get my hands on the goods... Tim Mee Toys 'Soldiers'! These guys are just about as close as you can get to the Army Men you grew up with. Tim Mee Toys seems to be more of a nostalgia type of toy manufacturer so these guys are more expensive than most Army Men.

I got these guys on Amazon in a 100 count bag. Let's take a gander, shall we?


You get 100 guys for 12.50, that's a pricey 13 cents each!


 Here are the tan guys. Lot's of 'frog crawlers' and flame throwers.


These were always my least favorite Army Men. I don't know why. I think maybe it was just that this was one type you got the most of. Tim Mee Toys version had a lot of plastic flash left around the base (see pic).


You get 2 commanders here! Woo hoo!


Here is the green side. No commanders... poo. You seem to get a lot of that one dude (below) and a lot less of all the others (except the flame throwers).




Oh, and here is that one dude. He is only in green, no tan versions of him. I can foresee the green side getting wiped out since so many dudes are not actually fighting but just waving their hands (and guns) about.


Here is our only casualty... Poor Peewee. His flame tank must have blown up on him.


Flame throwers ready!


Here is a comparison shot of the Delta Force flame thrower and Tim Mee Toys flame thrower. It looks like Imperial made a copy of a copy of the original. Man that looks bad!


After a count I got 53 green and 54 tan soldiers. That's 7 freebies (including Peewee) bringing my total down to 12 cents each. A penny saved... Either way I still feel that's a bit high for Army Men. I think they shouldn't be more than about half that (considering that they are just colored plastic with no embellishments).

I am still happy that these guys still exist in a more pure form (as opposed to the Imperial copies). I think the True Heroes versions are like these guys too but I will have to get them to verify this.

I also bought Tim Mee Toys Galaxy Laser Team 'Army Men' set which I shall cover as a special blog post in this series since they really aren't Army Men but they have great sentimental value to me. Later!

My rating system: 1 out of 5 (with 1 being worst).

Price: 2
Quality of Sculpt: 5
Material Quality: 5

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