The Five Worst Army Men Of All Time
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Posted by Denise Selk (+1664) 12 years ago
Classic.
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Posted by Brian A. Reed (+6114) 12 years ago
Nice.

But the guy's an idiot if he doesn't know the dude's dropping a mortar shell into the tube.
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Posted by Dan Mowry (+1431) 12 years ago
Yah, the mortar guys were cool.

Remember the Iwo Jima and Navarone playset mountains? They had German and Japanese soldiers, too. Loved the flamethrower guys.
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Posted by MG (+110) 12 years ago
Dead guys..?..

I never had dead guys.

I got jipped...
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Posted by Bob Netherton II (+1910) 12 years ago
It seems to me there was actually a guy with a mortar-tube in those sets. If you paired him with the mortar guy, it made sense.
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Posted by Levi Forman (+3718) 12 years ago
These were the ones I had. The mortar guy has the tube as well.

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Posted by Jeremy Orthman (+440) 12 years ago
The Mortar guys I had, had the tube also, but I think thats why he had the actual pictures of his. That was hilarious. Also, he realizes what the guy is doing that and he explains that in the caption.
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Posted by Brian A. Reed (+6114) 12 years ago
He called it "some kind of Korean War-era artillery device." Are mortars no longer used?
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Posted by JCF (+399) 12 years ago
They are definitely still in use Brian. Quite a nice weapon actually, if you don't get stuck carrying the base plate.
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Posted by Jeremy Orthman (+440) 12 years ago
Yes, they are, but it was easy to tell from his tone that it was all in his comedic writing style.
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Posted by Steve Craddock (+2737) 12 years ago
Wow, does that photo ever bring back memories. When all of us boys on the block combined our soldier sets, we could stage a huge battle. As I recall, no casualties came with the set, which made them a little unrealistic. We solved that problem with my Dad's Zippo lighter (itself a relic of WWII). I guess that's proof I haven't always been a peacenik hippy pinko fag...
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Posted by Brian A. Reed (+6114) 12 years ago
Steve = Sid

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Posted by prospector86 (+83) 12 years ago
Went to Wal-Mart tonight and had to look for army men, they only had 3 pack's of 55 men, with air support. No dead guys, white germans only one machine gunner. But I did buy all 3 packs that I found. Got to love a boy's life lol
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Posted by M T Zook (+509) 12 years ago
We set up scenes, then rained down hell with the BB gun. And fire crackers. Never had dead guys, we made our own. Sadly, I doubt my kids will ever know that fun.

[This message has been edited by M T Zook (4/29/2010)]
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Posted by Brian A. Reed (+6114) 12 years ago
I always preferred the 1/72 scale military figures from hobby stores. The level of detail and accuracy was always better than the bigger stuff you could find at the grocery store. Name a conflict, and chances are you could find all sorts of specialized units from either side.
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Posted by Steve Craddock (+2737) 12 years ago
From the comments on the article Kyle posted:


Worst Cowboy: The cowboy riding the horse, after you lost
the horse.


Truer words were never spoken. Talk about bow-legged!

[This message has been edited by Steve Craddock (4/30/2010)]
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Posted by Levi Forman (+3718) 12 years ago
I remember my army men and cowboys and Indians embarking on a disastrous expedition across the top of the wood stove during winter once. My parents were NOT impressed.
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Posted by Brian A. Reed (+6114) 12 years ago
NICE!
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Posted by Steve Allison (+975) 12 years ago
This place takes toy soldiers to the max.

http://www.classictoysoldiers.com
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Posted by Amorette Allison (+11902) 12 years ago
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Posted by skoh (+333) 12 years ago
My brother had the molds to make his own army men with "Plastigoop". Does anyone remember that stuff? Our house always smelled like burning plastic!
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Posted by Bob Netherton II (+1910) 12 years ago
Even worse, skoh, back in what I guess were the middle sixties, my older brothers had a lead-melting kit with army-men molds. The molds looked like they were the same ones used by the manufactures of the army men discussed in this thread. I can't think of a better toy for nine or ten year old kids. What could go wrong?
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Posted by Wendy Wilson (+6171) 12 years ago
My husband actually has a bunch of these lead army men. I think his uncle poured them and gave them to him. Other than the prehensile tail, my husband's as normal as they come.
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Posted by ABE (+415) 12 years ago
Wendy, if those are hand pored, they may have used very rare molds. Those could be worth ALOT of money.
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Posted by Brian A. Reed (+6114) 12 years ago
I once had an entire set of lead British redcoats. I melted them down into bullets and used them in my guerilla campaign against Col. Tavington/Tarleton in the low country of South Carolina.

Or maybe that was just The Patriot. I lose track sometimes.
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Posted by julieinmc (+511) 12 years ago
A boy I knew had to go to the hospital to have his stomach x-rayed because he swallowed a staple opening a bag of army men. You never know where danger lurks.
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