Someone passed me these images recently. I was impressed. They originate from this person here, named “Dorothy“, and it’s called the Casualties of War Boxed set. Four plastic figures sculpted in a fashion evocative of the plastic army men of my childhood, only with a darker side– one soldier is frozen in the act of suicide, another is begging on the street, another is an amputee in a wheelchair.
Sadly, beneath the tragicomic imagery, there exists a real problem. Don’t get the wrong idea. I don’t consider the problems faced by returning soldiers to be remotely amusing. However, I wonder if kids had little green army men like this in their toy chests, would we be willing to embrace the idea of a war so readily?
Images: originally on LET’S PLAY ARMY MEN