More Tim-Mee Recasts

We’ve talked a lot about Tim-Mee plastic figures on Retroist.com. Recently, I got my hands on some new Tim-Mee recasts. The first thing I got was two bags of Galaxy Laser Team figures. I had received a bag of these figures before, but they were black and gray. These new figures were orange, red, green, and blue. The colors were slightly neon and gave the figures a real outer space feel.
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Next, I got a bag of Cowboys and Indians. These western-themed figures were red and tan, which I thought was an appropriately western color. They were also slightly bigger than the Laser Team figures. I had some of these figures when I was a kid, and I always enjoyed them. I found the Indians with their bows, tomahawks, and headdresses really interesting. Several of the figures are in interesting poses as well, like kneeling to shoot or crawling forward.
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I also got a bad of Legendary Battles figures. These figures follow a western theme, are gray and green, and are a little bigger than the cowboys and Indians. They have a real good heft to them as well, and they have some great weapons. I didn’t have these as a kid, but I really like them now.
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Finally, I got the Sea King Rescue Helicopter. This helicopter has working rotor blades and comes with a bag of army men. I had several of these army men as a kid, and I remembered them well. There is a communications guy, a bazooka-carrying soldier, men with machine guns, and a lot more. They can fit inside the helicopter as well, which is lots of fun.
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Thanks to Jeff for giving me a chance to check out these great reproductions. I recorded my initial thoughts about them on the video you see below, and if you want to check them out yourself, I’ve put the Amazon.com links below that.

Galaxy Laser Team
Cowboys and Indians
Legendary Battles
Sea King Rescue Helicopter

Tim-Mee’s Cavemen and Battle Mountain

We had a lot of fun remembering Tim-Mee’s Galaxy Laser Team plastic figures. Recently, Jeff let me know about a new Tim-Mee set of plastic figures that have been reissued. It is the Cave Men set and their Battle Mountain playset.

The Cave Men themselves are great, but it is the mountain that really makes them fantastic. I like that it has three levels and several caves and passages. This was the kind of thing that would keep me busy for hours as a kid, imaging the cavemen building fires and gathering grubs…ok, who am I kidding, I just had them knocking each other off the ledges to their doom. You can check out my review here.

You can get the cavemen here and the cave here. Also, Jeff told me about a line of military vehicles you can find here, here, here, and here.

Galaxy Laser Team Figures Reissued!

A few years ago I published a review of the vintage Galaxy Laser Team figures over at TheLogBook.com. I owned a bunch of these figures back when I was a kid and have always had a fondness for their quirkiness. Up until earlier this summer, if you wanted to rebuild a collection of the original Tim Mee Galaxy Laser Team figures it would have cost you a small fortune (at least it did me). The original figures were sold in bags by weight, meaning the figures weren’t evenly distributed in each bag. Building a complete collection of the eight original figures in all four colors cost me at least a hundred bucks. In the plastic container on the left of the shelf below you can see just how many extras I amassed before I was able to amass a complete collection.

(Ignore the red, yellow and blue ones on the left; they’re bootlegs from Mexico.)

Earlier this summer, Jeff from VictoryBuy.com informed me that the original Tim Mee Galaxy Laser Team figures were being re-released!

Like the originals, these new Galaxy Laser Team figures also come in a plastic bag with a cardboard header. But unlike the original figures which were sold simply by weight, the new bags contain an exact distribution of figures (3 of each figure in each color plus two space ships), so that part is very nice.

Also unlike the originals, the re-released figures only come in two colors — black and grey. At first I was a little disappointed by that, but after playing around with them for a while I think the black and grey color scheme gives the figures less of a 70s/80s retro vibe and more of a 50s sci-fi vibe.

Here is a comparison between two of the original figures and two of the new figures. In this picture, the new figures are the grey ones.

As least in this case, the newer grey ones seem to be even more detailed than the originals. I’ve been told that the original molds were used to make the new figures, so the dullness of my old ones is probably from play wear.

As I mentioned, the black and grey color scheme definitely gives the re-released figures a vintage black-and-white movie feel.

The re-released Galaxy Laser Team figures are available on Amazon for $11.98 which like I said is a lot less than what I paid to obtain my original collection. Whether you simply display them on your desk or use them in your Space Nerf Shooting Gallery, these Galaxy Laser Team figures are a must, must own.