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Tuesday, July 19, 2022

July 1, 2022 - VictoryBuy Inc. purchased the Tim Mee Toy brand from Jody Keener / J Lloyd International Inc., July 1st. The molds are at the new Northeastern Plastics factory in Old Forge, which is just outside of Scranton, PA. We've been working on the deal since mid-December. Mr. Keener's factory in Michigan (JK Manufacturing) shut down last fall. The purchase included the trademarks, IP, domain names, and a good number of molds. Mr. Keener is still in the toy manufacturing business as he owns many other brands. 
The Tim Mee Toy M16 soldiers will be back in production any day now, and some should be available in August. The Patton tanks are next on the list. The main job is to get the existing product line back into production in time for the holidays. The main change moving forward is the Olive Green and Desert tan colors are being replaced by the OD Green and Tan colors used the BMC Classic line.

Jeff Imel

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Saturday, April 10, 2021

Side by Side

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Here are some side by side shots of a 1988 hard plastic Deuce (lighter green) and a reissue (darker green). After closer examination there are subtle differences on every panel. Of course this is all quite irrelevant, but interesting, nonetheless. Note: the removable top is where you'll find the biggest difference. The vintage top has much more detail, specifically along the sides. There are also what looks to be two release marks on either side of the canopy, depending on it's position in the mold. Click photos to enlarge.

The Mighty Deuce

Saturday, April 3, 2021

 Arguably the most popular toy soldier vehicle of all time has finally been resurrected from its all but certain demise. And we have Jeff Imel of Victory Buy to thank for it. The mighty deuce quietly disappeared from the brick and mortar shelves as the 90s were being ushered in. The tooling reportedly sent to South America or thereabouts for some strange reason. So us TimMee fans never got see a Desert Command version of the Deuce and a half cargo truck. Now, here we are, some 30 years later, smack dab in the middle of a global pandemic and we've been given this little piece of our past to help us escape reality ...if only for a few moments. It was well worth the wait. And for you Marx guys out there, you now have a Deuce to haul your German soldiers around the battlefield. Pretend you swiped it from the enemy, slap a German Cross on it and you're good to go. Then there's this blue truck. Yeah. I've scratched a bald spot on my head trying to figure this one out. Hopefully the powers that be will give us the other cool colors Processed Plastic produced back in the day. Perhaps a black Deuce for Shadow Operations as well. We shall see. 

The big question when we first caught wind of the Deuce reissue was whether it would stand up to the vintage version. The answer is a resounding YES. Other than a few tiny bits of flash around the window frames that can be dealt with quite easily, the casting is very clean. The details pretty much exact. It even has the oh-so familiar sound when you shake it. Yeah, it's shiny, unlike the drab originals. But that can be easily remedied with a trip to the sandbox. The sticker sheet gives you lots of options to decorate the Deuce as you see fit. At 20 bucks per set it's a pretty sweet deal I'm sure most of us will be indulging in repeatedly.

This moment has been a long time coming. There were times when I didn't think it would happen. There were times, more recently, that I didn't think I'd be around to see it come to pass. But here we are. Celebrating the return of the Mighty Deuce. Let's enjoy this little moment. It's gonna be a good day, Tater.

Thanks Jeff. You da man. 

 Semper Fi.

Ok, technically it's a Desert Storm vehicle. So...