A toy company will make little green Army women after hearing from vets and a 6-year-old girl

BMC Toys plans to start selling the female soldiers next year. This is a prototype of one of the figures.

(CNN)A Pennsylvania toy company says it's making plastic toy female soldiers thanks to requests from female veterans, toy fans, and a persuasive letter from a 6-year-old girl.

The new troops will be female versions of the classic "Plastic Army Men" that have fought countless battles over the decades in children's bedrooms, classrooms, and back yards.
BMC Toys owner Jeff Imel makes hundreds of thousands of plastic troops each year at his Scranton factory. He says he's been thinking about making female troops for years.
"To do a new set of figures like this, it's about the cost of a modest new car, you know, so I checked the couch cushions, came up empty," he told CNN affiliate WNEP.
    A female retired Navy sailor convinced him that there might be a market for the toys. His sister artist Tina Imel researched and drew concept designs for the figures and he posted some sketches of possible designs last year on his company blog.
    Artist Tina Imel drew concept sketches for the figures.
    "Whether it's a dinosaur, or Davy Crockett, or an Army man, maybe having a set of plastic Army women will help some kid somewhere be the hero of their own story at playtime. And I think that's a good thing for everybody," he told WNEP.
    In August, he got a letter from 6-year-old Vivian Lord that showed he had the right idea.
    Vivian's mother, Brittany Lord of Little Rock, Arkansas, told CNN last month that her daughter wrote the letter after they couldn't find any female soldiers.
    "[Please] can you make army girls that look like women," Vivian wrote. "I would play with them every day and my [friends] would to!"