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Play with Your Food
The retro Food Fighters toy soldiers really take the cake. They're 2" (5.08 cm) tall with a 1" (2.54 cm) spike on each foot. You get 12 soldiers (six green and six gray; traditionally the green ones are American and the gray are German soldiers) in six different poses. They come in a clear plastic bag, just like the Baby Boomer toys that inspired our Food Fighters. They're reusable and food-safe, of course, but if you put them in the dishwasher they'll suffer the same fate as the ones you had in childhood. What, you didn't melt yours down?
Food Fighters are not a toy for small children. They have sharp points and are designed for adult use.
Are You Curious...?
Army men are a cheap alternative to hobbyists' metal toy soldiers. They're usually armed with World War 2-era weapons and uniforms. Although at least one company was producing plastic model soldiers as early as 1938, they didn't really take off until after WW2. In the mid 1960s they came in huge sets that cost less than a penny per soldier. They fell out of favor during the Vietnam War. Most of the ones you can still find today are only half the size and are made in China -- if you can find them at all, that is: Many schools and daycare centers have banned war toys.