geocache and little plastic army men are an item I enjoy leaving in caches that are large enough to hold them, so containers of cheap figures like this are perfect to give me more fodder. Third: I had a really fun time pretending I was writing an instruction manual for an old NES game when I reviewed the Monsters bucket by Hing Fat and I want to do that kind of weird thing more often. These were also a gift from my mom and I try to always review gifts (she got me a zombie tube of figures as well, which I'll review later this week). Ready for some plastic army men? Ready for me to pretend these little plastic army men are enemy soldiers in an old NES game that plays kind of like Metal Gear or maybe Code Name: Viper? Then join me after the break....
Height: Around 1 3/4 inches
Set includes: Tank tube topper, 2 jets, 1 flag with base, 4 fences, 52 figures in 10 different styles/
Non-Scalper Price: $6
The first piece is a little plastic tank. It's actually the topper for the thing plastic tube these guys come in. Kind of a cool little extra.
Mega Bomber: Listen for it's distinctive sound! It drops a number of rockets as it flies across the screen. These can damage both the player and enemies. It can't land because it has no wheels!
(Really, though, there are clips for axles but no axles or wheels included.)
Stealth Bomber: The stealth bomber is an ultra secret prototype that gives no warning as to when it is coming! It drops one projectile that destroys everyone standing on the ground. Jump to avoid it's blast radius! (It also has no wheels.)
Barbed Wire Fence: Used by the enemy forces to keep your commando out! Jump high over this fence to avoid taking damage from it's sharp barbed wire covering! Watch out for electrified versions in stage 5!
Flag: The enemies have captured your bases. Retake American flags to gain an extra life!
Also, it's interesting to note that this flag only has 45 stars on it, which would make it the U.S. Flag from 1896 through 1908 when Oklahoma was added to the United States.
I think I've seen everyone of these army men sculpts before. These aren't the best army men, as they're a bit "flat" in places, but they're not the worst, either. I have some older sets of army men from my childhood that have many of these same sculpts. I've always loved the grenade throwing guy with the submachine gun (I called him Kamikaze) so I'm glad to see him included in this set. As a kid, whether I was playing with ninjas, army men, scuba divers, pirates, or any other plastic figure, I always thought about them as the pixellated characters from video games, so it's been fun imagining what would be written about these guys in an instruction manual. For $6 bucks, this isn't a bad little set. I'm not sure why the flag has only 45 stars or why the bombers have no wheels but for less than 10 cents a piece, you can't go wrong with these. I'm giving them a Good and a 1/2, because how can you really go wrong with plastic army men?
I've reviewed another tub of plastic minifigures: Monsters by Hing Fat