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Welcome to the BMC Toys Pre-Order shop for our all new set of Plastic Army Women. Shipping within US will be $5 or Free for orders over $50. Your payment will be processed a few days before your order ships.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Plastic Army Women Project: FALL IN!
6 months ago – Sat, Oct 24, 2020 at 09:51:24 PM

As we've gotten deeper into the Fall season the Plastic Army Women project has been checking off milestones faster than the leaves are dropping: 

  • The plastic injection molds have arrived at the factory in Scranton.
  • The new package insert cards have been delivered by the printer.
  • The molds have been tested at the local factory as part of pre-production.
  • Molding of the figures in the Kickstarter Exclusive Copper color is starting and will be followed by tan, pink, then the all-important OD Green.
  • Final production of the plastic Rosie the Riveter packs and bonus Copper color Rosie figures is complete and should arrive at our fulfillment warehouse in Ohio later next week.
  • Art for the Bucket set Labels is complete and ready for the printer:

This is all good news so my current estimate for the Kickstarter Rewards to start shipping is around the middle of November and pre-orders around the end of November. There's not too many unknowns left at this point, but there are potential delays due to freight moving slow and how long the final production steps take. Unforeseen delays due to COVID-19 are also an ever-present possibility. 

Here's some snapshots from the factory from earlier this week showing one of the molds mounted in the plastic injection machine with cooling lines attached and some of the pre-production test shots:

BMC Toys® Plastic Army Women injection mold and test shots.

That's it for now, I should have another update for you in a couple of weeks.

Stay well,

Jeff at BMC Toys

Plastic Army Women Project: PRESS FORWARD
6 months ago – Tue, Oct 13, 2020 at 02:52:29 PM

Here's a quick update on the Plastic Army Women project.  The package art for all the bagged sets is ready for the printer, and I decided the art for the Kickstarter Backer Rewards should be just a little different. There's a small Kickstarter logo to commemorate the event, and since each pack is going to include a Rosie the Riveter and a random Plastic Army Woman figure in the exclusive copper color, the packs will state '38 Pieces' instead of '36 Pieces' for the regular release:

BMC Toys Plastic Army Women Kickstarter Reward Insert Card Art

The back of the 5 x 7 inch insert cards will includes some basic history about Women in the US Military:

Other progress includes finalized quantities for the factory production, ordered more of the fridge magnets, and progress on the label art for the bucket sets. The molds are on their way from the tool maker to the factory and it feels like it's taking forever for them to arrive.

The factory is scheduled to finish molding the Rosie figures this week, and the Rosie insert cards arrived on Friday. I expect final packaging of the Rosie sets to start pretty soon.

We're on track for the Kickstarter Backer rewards to start  shipping around November 9th. There's still potential delays as we  approach the finish line so keep your fingers crossed.


Stay well, and tanks' for your support,
  Jeff at BMC Toys

Plastic Army Women Project: ROSIE UPDATE
6 months ago – Tue, Oct 06, 2020 at 07:38:58 PM

Here's a quick update on the Rosie the Riveter Figure production. The factory in Scranton is currently molding the Rosie figures in the Kickstarter backer exclusive copper color. I also approved the last couple of custom color samples needed for a some of the assorted color sets. Here's a sneak peak at the new insert card art:

The Plastic Army Women molds are on their way from the tool maker to the factory, and I'm working on the package art as well. The Backerkit order contents are now locked, but if you missed the deadline or need to change anything please send me a message at shop@bmctoys.com.

Stay well, and tanks' for your support,
  Jeff at BMC Toys

Plastic Army Women Project: BACKER SURVEY DEADLINE
7 months ago – Sun, Sep 27, 2020 at 07:56:28 PM

Thank you to everyone who completed your Backerkit survey. There's a few folks we haven't heard from yet, and there's just a couple of days before the reward orders are locked down.  If you miss the deadline I'll do my best to fulfill your pledge rewards, but there may be some options that won't be available. If you haven't received your  Backerkit survey please let me know at shop@bmctoys.com. You can also get your survey link here as long as your email address is current:

Link to Backerkit Survey Recovery

The project still is making good progress. The final test shot samples are scheduled to arrive within the next couple of days so I can approve the plastic injection molds and arrange freight from the tool maker to the factory in Scranton. The Rosie the Riveter mold arrived late last week and is scheduled for testing at the factory tomorrow. If all goes well production of the Kickstarter exclusive stretch goal Copper color Rosie figures will start this week.

Here's a quick snapshot from the 3rd round of plastic injection test figures:

We're still on track for the Kickstarter Backer rewards to start shipping around November 9th. There's still potential delays as we approach the finish line so keep your fingers crossed.  

Stay well, and tanks' for your support,
Jeff at BMC Toys

Plastic Army Women Project: FALL FORWARD!
7 months ago – Sun, Sep 20, 2020 at 12:03:24 AM

Here's a TLDR recap:

  • The project is behind schedule, but also making good progress.
  • The Plastic Army Women injection molds are nearly complete. 
  • Kickstarter Rewards should start shipping around November 9th.
  • Kickstarter Backers please complete your survey here: https://bmctoys.backerkit.com/ .
  •  If you need help send an email to shop@bmctoys.com. 
  • Pre-Orders should start shipping around Thanksgiving.

Here's the full update:

The Backerkit site for all of our Kickstarter Backers to finalize rewards opened up a few days ago. So far about 80% of you completed your survey to choose  the colors for your packs of Plastic Army Women, verify shipping address, and add anything extra you wanted to add to your rewards. The information in the survey is a huge help to me as I'm getting production counts ready for the factory. If you haven't completed your survey yet please do so as soon as you possible.  If you didn't receive your survey email you can log in here: https://bmctoys.backerkit.com/ . Pledge rewards will be "locked in" October 1st. Before then you can still complete your survey or make changes. If you run into any snags or have any questions send an email to shop@bmctoys.com and I'll be able to help.  Don't worry if you can't complete your survey before the deadline due an emergency (it is 2020 after all). I'll still be able to help you get your pledge rewards.  

We've hit some more project milestones including the first and second "test shots" of the new Plastic Army Women injection molds. "Test Shot" is manufacturing lingo for plastic parts made when operating a plastic injection machine for a few cycles to get all the machine settings dialed in and test the quality of the finished product and get the mold itself working properly. The first test shots revealed a few minor issues that needed attention (which is normal). It looks like most of the problems were corrected in the second round of testing. There's just a couple of refinements before a final test and hopefully the molds will be ready to ship to Scranton after one more test (fingers crossed). Here's some low resolution snapshots the tool maker sent and your first glimpse at the real plastic versions of the figures:

 I received the first test shots earlier this week and I'm pretty happy with how they turned out. I think the scale and general style blends really well with other figures in the BMC product line as well as the wider "Plastic Army" toy universe.   Here's what I posted in the BMC Toys blog back in August of 2019:
"The general concept is a set of female combat toy soldier figures in the  style of the plastic army men from WW2-Cold War era that would blend in  with existing figures from a variety of manufacturers and look like  what the average person thinks of as 'little green army men' that just  happen to be women."
 It may not have been the most eloquent way to describe the project, but I think the project has kept true to the original intent. 


I know everyone is excited to see the project completed and wants to know when the troops will deploy. There's still a lot of unknown variables so I don't have a firm date yet.  My current best guesstimate is that the Kickstarter rewards will start shipping around November 9th, and Preorders a few days after that.   I understand it seems like it's taking forever and really appreciate everyone's patience. I'm working closely with everyone involved in these final stages of the project to keep things moving as quickly as possible. Some great news is that the Rosie the Riveter mold is complete and scheduled to arrive at the Scranton factory this week. Here's some of the plastic test shots:
 

Stay well, and tanks' for your support,
 Jeff at BMC Toys