If you were born in the last century, chances are that you have played with those little green army men as a kid.
Everyone seemed to have a bag full of these little guys, and kids have been waging imaginary wards with these two-inch-tall figures ever since they were invented in 1938.
These toys, however, haven’t really kept up with the times.
Now, 80 years later, all the figures are still men, even though women in the military are far more common than they used to be in 1938.
Well, that’s all about to change, and thanks to a 6-year-old girl from Arkansas.
BMC Toys, the company that makes these green army men, plans to release a range of green army women after they received a letter from a little girl that read:
“My name is Vivian. I am six years old. Why do you not make girl army men. Some girls don’t like pink, so please can you make army girls that look like women? I would play with them every day and my friends would too!”
Vivian, from Little Rock, told NBC that she decided to send the letter because there wasn’t a single woman in her green army toys.
The owner of BMC Toys, Jeff Imel, has been planning to create a line of female soldiers for a while, but Vivian’s letter pushed the project much sooner than planned.
He shared Vivian’s letter in a blog post in August, and he said that the response so far has been overwhelmingly positive.
He told NBC News that it was a heartfelt letter, and it reminded him of being a kid and always wanting that toy you couldn’t get. Every kid wants to be the hero of their own story, so that’s why Imel is now working with artists and military experts to create a line of female characters.
Unsurprisingly, people loved the idea on social media and they were thrilled with this project.
Many users wrote that they will be ordering these toys for their kids and grandkids, and some even wrote that this is the best thing to happen to plastic toy figures since Toy Story.