12 Facts About Army men


Unlike the more expensive toy soldiers available in hobby shops, army men are sold at low prices in discount stores and supermarkets in bulk packaging.

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Army men are traditionally green and almost always dressed in modern military uniforms and armed with 20th-century weapons.

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Plastic army men are sold in plastic bags or buckets, and often include different colors such as green, tan, or gray, to represent opposing sides.

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Army men are sometimes packaged with additional accessories including tanks, jeeps, armed hovercraft, half-tracks, artillery, flags, army trucks, helicopters, fighter jets, landing craft and fortifications.

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Army men are considered toys and not models; and as such, historical and chronological accuracy are generally not a priority.

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Army men following the war were sold unpainted, usually in a green color corresponding to United States Army uniforms in World War II.

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Economy of plastic sold in bulk, popularity of army men, and competition with manufacturers led to army men being sold in large bags by Marx, Tim-Mee Toys and MPC for as little as a penny a piece in the mid-1960s.

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Today most army men are made inexpensively in China and do not include the extensive accessories that were common in Marx playsets.

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Green army men were among the characters in the 1995 Disney Pixar animated film, Toy Story and its three sequels.

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Army men have been banned from schools and daycare programs with zero tolerance weapon policies.

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When Burger King released tie-in toys for the movie Toy Story, the green army men were not featured with weapons, but only the variations of leader, radio operator, minesweeper, and man with binoculars.

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An unusual use for army men was attaching poems to them and scattering them around in a "guerrilla poetry" scheme.

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