My five year-old son picked out a set of little army men today when I took him to Toys R Us to pick out a reward for FINALLY relenting to allow his hair to be cut at a hair cutting place (we've been cutting it at home, with mixed results, for the last two years because of his stylist phobia).
We get the army men set home and he recruits me to help him set it up. It's a fairly good sized kit for $12.99. In it there were the army men in both green and tan (opposing sides, don't you know) and each side also has its own tank and jet fighter-bomber. And for some reason the green guys also get an attack helicopter, tipping the otherwise perfect balance of arms.
Anyway, I was struck by how the army men were the exact same guys we used to play with 40 years ago.
You remember them, the guy leaning back getting ready to throw the grenade, the dude with the bazooka, the nut standing up firing only a pistol (my son let me know that he had figured out that guy had a gun and wasn't just pointing), the soldier kneeling over the mortar ready to drop in a shell, etc. The exact same WWII style infantry I can become so familiar with as a kid. You'd think that they would update them to reflect current weapons and helmets and such. But I guess a classic is a classic.