While I like the idea having female Chinese warriors and know about Fu Hao who was awesome👍, like the female landsknechts and shield maidens, this isn’t really a good argument to do them as a history set (oracle bones or no😆). I think its smarter advocate for a more "free from specific time period" wushu warrior woman fantasy set rather than one tied to the Shang dynasty and I will explain why:
First you are talking about the Shang Dynasty, essentally early Bronze age China with a warlike "blood for gods" worship setup remarkably similar to the Aztecs along with all the trappings of the chariot using bibilical armies and added stuff like convicts who where there basically to kill themselves infront of the enemy for psychology warfare reasons😅. Anything like “might have been 600 hundred female warriors” is not really the place to start with for something like the Shang Dynasty and it would be very low on the list of “need it in plastic” for that era (like the company doing it would have to be laser focused on the Shang Dynasty and its exploits to actually think of doing them, and even then you would likely not see any warrior women minis for years except maybe a monopose chariot rider of Fu Hao herself).
Second the Chinese we have out in plastic are from the 20th century Boxer rebellion (might be a call for female combatants for that one) and the next ones planned on are from the Warring States period which is just barely part of the first empire range time line wise (ie. much, much later than Shang Dynasty and they look it). Lets look at getting those eras covered decently first before barrel rolling into the Shang Dynasty.
Not to mention I am hearing “this would be great for GW’s next fantasy game” from people instead of Asian history wargaming buffs saying “Yes! Because my Xia/Shang/Zhao/Warring States/Han/3 kingdoms/Tang/whatever dynastic army needs the legendary concubine/amazon squad!(or whatever🤣)”. A good WA historical propotion Wushu fantasy set would cover both and do a better job overall by being fantasy and not pigeon holed into one era, particularly an era which was basically the "Chinese Bronze age that’s not well known in the Anglo Sphere" (I mean I only know about the Shang Dynasty and Fu Hao because I went to the Bowers Museum alot which has a China wing, and it was either that or one of the traveling exhibits that mentions that era and Fu Hao specifically in a video😀, and my Mom and I read all the signs by the displays🤣).
However, you do bring up 2 other points to mind, and because I was bumbling around a 3rd:
First, while this is not really a good reason to make “female warriors for the Shang era” it should be pointed out there are tons of legendary female individuals that where generals and/or warriors in practically every era of Chinese history not just the Shang Dynasty (key word "individuals", not groups!😆): there was the Maiden Yue, Princess Pingyang the cofounder of the Tang Dynasty, etc. even the first Emperor Qin Shi Huang of the Qin dynasty had Huang Guigu who he sent out against the nomadic tribes. So again it’s a really good argument for a good fantasy set that can make female characters that “sort of fit in” with various historical Chinese armies instead of a uniform woman warrior set from era X.
Two, there is another Asian group that does seem to have a better record of actually having women warriors in numbers that might warrant a plastic history set treatment, the nomadic tribes next to China to the North in the Russia-Mongolia area. Of these the Xiongnu tribes that share the same time frame as the Warring States Chinese might be a good spot to actually do woman warriors and would add to this line, though I would check the culture details on that.
Three if the Han Dynasty was on the release schedule, I would say WA should do Vietnamese warrior women from the Trung Sister rebellion instead (might even be merit in doing them before their male Vietnamese warriors counterparts in such a case).
If she was real, apparently Mulan was very likely not “Chinese” but a Xianbei girl (ie one of the nomadic horse rider steppe tribesmen, so yeah Disney got it wrong considering🤣).