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The PopCult Toybox
The Return of Tim Mee Toys
Tim Mee Toys is a brand name that a lot of folks may remember from their childhood. They made tons of cool plastic toys like Green Army Men, dinosaurs, Cowboys and space toys. They were owned by Processed Plastics, who de-emphasized the Tim Mee Toys name sometime around 1980. A few years ago their parent company, hammered by cheap competition from Chinese toy companies, declared bankruptcy and was liquidated.
But that was not the end of Tim Mee Toys. They were purchased out of liquidation by J. Lloyd International, and in recent years have been reborn. They’ve restored and refurbished their old molds and tooling, and are producing some of the coolest toys from decades past, all under the much-missed Tim Mee Toys banner. They’re also producing these toys in bold new colors along with the old favorites. What’s more impressive is that they’re doing this in the USA. Instead of shipping the molds overseas, Tim Mee Toys is once again selling Made in America Army Men, dinosaurs and other cool toys.
Tim Mee Toys Dinosaurs Green and Yellow 48 Pieces
These will fire up your stashed-away brain cells. Everybody had little plastic dinosaurs when I was a kid, and I’m betting that my readers, whatever their age, can say the same. These sculpts date back to the 1970s, and there are nine different prehistoric critters included You’ll get T-Rex, Dimetrodon, Stegosaurus, Brontosaurus, Ankylosaurus, Diceratops, Duck-Billed-Dinosaur, Saber-Toothed-Tiger, and Wooly Mammoth.
The figures are around two-to-three inches long each, and you get a mix of green and yellow prehistoric beasts to play with. The detail is terrific and the quality of the plastic is high.
Kids love dinosaurs and some of us never grew out of our affection for the giants of old. These are great toys for kids, and also adults. The scale isn’t quite right to use them with Tim Mee Toys’ soldiers to recreated DC Comics’ “War That Time Forgot,” but with a little suspension of disbelief you can make it work.
I’ve got the bag of 48 figures, which sells for under twelve dollars at Victory Buy and Amazon. Both online retailers also offer a Dinosaur Mountain Playset, which combines these dinosaurs with Tim Mee Toys Caveman set and a really cool (and large) mountain as the Dinosaur Mountain Playset. Buying all three together saves you about eight bucks and the mountain is also great for use with other Tim Mee Toys figures.
There is also a bundle that combines the mountain with the Tan and Green Soldiers, a helicopter set and an armored car as the 127 piece Tim Mee Battle Mountain Playset.
I’m a huge fan of what these folks are doing, and I can’t recommend their products highly enough. You’ll be reading more about Tim Mee Toys in the PopCult Toybox in the coming year. In the meantime, you can follow Tim Mee Toys on Facebook.