Tim Mee Toy Hercules AC-130 Production Updates

Posted by Jeff Imel on

This page will be updated with the latest Hercules AC-130 production news.

Summary:
The Michigan factory that made Tim Mee Toy closed in 2021. Production moved to Pennsylvania in 2022. There have been a number of challenges with the extra-large equipment needed to make the Hercules. We know there are youngsters looking forward to the Hercules return, so this page is to let folks know the current status of the project:

June 2024 Update:
The stalled Hercules AC-130 production appears to be moving forward this summer. The big machine needed to mold the fuselage is working and the factory is running some smaller molds to fully test it before installing the 6000lb fuselage mold. If all goes well OD Green sets will be available around July.

May 2024 Update:
Some great progress was made in April and the big machine needed to mold the fuselage is finally coming back to life. The next step is testing it with a smaller mold to check that everything is working. This machine will also enable us to reissue other big items like the Tim Mee Toy Aircraft Carrier, Western Fort, and the 3-3/4 action figure scale Star Battle Spaceship (if there is enough interest),

December 20th Update:
Parts for the big machine that molds the fuselage have been located and ordered. The silver-gray weapon accessories have been molded and will also be available as a parts pack. I don't have an estimate when the first batch of Hercules will be available. I'm guessing around February, however further delays are possible.

December 8th Update:
I have some disappointing news. The big machine needed to mold the fuselage needs another part that has to be ordered, so Christmas delivery is very unlikely.

December 6th Update:
There's no progress on fuselage molding to report. The only other parts that need to be made are the silver-gray color guns and missiles, which will also be available as a parts pack. I'm holding off opening pre-orders until we are closer to final production. Christmas delivery is becoming more unlikely as the standard shipping cutoff dates are in just a few days. The new product page is up showing the Hercules with the fighter jets that will be included in the box:
https://timmeeusa.com/products/timmee-c130-hercules-od

December 2nd Update:
It's unlikely there will be production in time for Hanukkah, and still uncertain for Christmas. Parts arrived and were installed in the big molding machine, so the fuselage mold should be getting installed for initial testing later this week. This is good news, but setbacks are possible, and shipping deadlines are rapidly approaching. I'm setting up a pre-order site to help manage the fulfillment side of things as fairly and efficiently as possible. I'll be posting that information on this page by December 5th. 

November 22nd Update:
Production has started, but it's still uncertain if the Pennsylvania factory can produce some OD Green Hercules AC-130 Airplane Playsets in time for the holidays this year. The mold that makes the wings, props, door, ramp and wheels has already made a bunch of parts:
Tim Mee Toy Hercules AC-130 Plastic Army Men Airplane Wing and Parts

The really big plastic injection machine needed to make the fuselage is almost ready for testing. We won't know if holiday availability will be possible until a part arrives and is installed later next week. I should have an update in the 1st week of December. Here's a rare look inside the huge 6,000 lb fuselage mold:

Timmee2023

 

Thank you for your patience and support,

Jeff Imel, President
VictoryBuy Inc.
Tim Mee Toy
BMC Toys


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7 comments

  • Thank you for the updates on the AC 130. I had one as a kid and I’m looking forward to getting one for my sons! Good luck this summer!

    Jared A on
  • Any update on the AC130 plane and playset and its availability? My grandson has been asking about it. Please advise.
    Appreciate any update.
    Thanks

    Rebecca on
  • Thank you for the updates! My son has been periodically asking for this since 2022.

    LHost on
  • Why is the mold 6000 lbs? I have no idea about molds but 6k is like 2 smaller cars combined.

    Bruce Man on
  • Please bring back the Black Eagle Gunship!

    AC-130collector on

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