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This summer, a young girl from Arkansas wrote a Northeastern Pennsylvania toy company out of frustration.
“My name is Vivian. I am six years old. Why do you not make girl army men?” wrote Vivian Lord to BMC Toys.
To Jeff Imel, the president of BMC Toys, which makes the iconic Green Army Men figurines, it was a worthy question and one he had mulled over for years.
“It was a heartfelt letter,” Imel told NPR. “And it reminded me of being a kid and always wanting that toy that you couldn’t get in the gumball machine,” he said. “So I really looked into it.”
After conducting research into what kind of demand there might be for the little Green Army Women, he decided recently to answer Vivian Lord’s question with an announcement: “It’s happening.”
The letter that six-year-old Vivian Lord wrote to BMC Toys this summer wondering why the company did not feature women among its little green solider figurines.
The Green Army Women figurines will now be available by Christmas 2020 in four different military poses. Among the stances: a female captain holding a handgun and binoculars and a kneeling female solider holding a bazooka, ready to launch.
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