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TimMee at the Movies

Monday, September 9, 2013

Apollo 13
Toys soldiers in feature films and television is a common occurrence; albeit an often obscure occurrence. Spotting TimMees, on the other hand, is definitely a rare treat. I first noticed them was in the Ron Howard film, Apollo 13. In one scene, Jim Lovell (played by Tom Hanks) is answering his son's questions and concerns about the upcoming mission. On the table beside a model of the Lunar Module are tan and green TimMee soldiers. Unfortunately, the prop department made a slight goof because there were no tan TimMee soldiers back in 1970 when the mission took place. They weren't released until 1991. Still, it's great to see them in such a hugely successful film. 

Napoleon Dynamite
In another very successful film, Napoleon Dynamite, there's a scene were Napoleon is putting a dance instruction video into his VCR and attached to the top loading door is a TimMee Vietnam era soldier with the flame thrower.
 If you know of any other TimMee cameos in films or television, send me an email with the information to timmeearmy@gmail.com and I will add it to this list. 

Paul Coca from the Galaxy Laser Team Facebook page posted this screenshot of Bill Murray from the 1979 movie Meatballs sporting a Tim Mee/ Processed Plastic 'Lunar Patrol' helmet from their Space Line of toys.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind
In Steven Spielberg's sci-fi classic, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, little Barry is awakened from his sleep and watches in amazement as his room full of mechanical toys suddenly come alive. Among them is a TimMee jeep that can seen in the bottom left hand corner of the screen. Thanks to reader J. Mitchell for spotting this one.

Into the Badlands

Switching from movies to television, the AMC series Into The Badlands featured a scene in Episode 4 where Waldo gives Sunny a TimMee soldier that will get him an audience with the River King. Sunny later rides out and seeks his audience with the River King. He shows the soldier, and the River King agrees to give him passage out of the Badlands. 

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