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  1. You WERE obligated to post it. Because it is right as rain. Nobody ever tried to get this kind of intel when deciding on the T/O of a bag of army men.

    Had a couple of really cool guys on triangular blobs shooting a pretty neat looking Browning water-cooled M1917 (I can only assume because of the excess plastic).

    Alas, one was melted by a magnifying glass on a summer day, and I think the other one was a victim of the scourge of the army men, the battlefield vacuum cleaner. I seem to remember fishing him out, but his MG was bent and his face was scuffed flat. And he never sat quite level again. But don’t judge him. You wouldn’t either….

    1. There are plenty of red-leg plastic army men. They just have to be set up 3-4 houses down the street to get the scale right. Therefore you don’t ever see them. Battlefield effects are simulated by feet, rocks, vacuums, dogs, brooms, etc.

  2. I guess I have to tell this, since I’m prolly the oldest one here.

    In the early 60s we still fought WW2 every chance we got. No one wanted to be Marines (sorry URR) so it was always Army. We liked doing with the plastic guys too. Then Hasbro (I think it was them, but I’ll accuse them anywayz) brought out a product called Formex 7. It consisted of OD green wax, a heater using a 40 watt incandescent bulb and molds to make those ubiquitous Army Men.

    Since dads didn’t have as much money for such things then, there was a severe shortage of OD green wax in the neighborhood. Being good ‘Murican kids we had a can do spirit and solved the problem. Yep, crayons started disappearing and we had the first Rainbow Armies long before the death of DADT.

    URR, you should prolly feel honored that they were Army Men rather than Marines.

    I can still remember the jingle for the TV commercial – “Formex 7 makes Armies for you!” What can I say? I was only 10 at the time and no would convict us of such felonies then.

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