Saturday, January 12, 2008

I'm Not Making Fun of It -- I'm Helping Spread The Word

Is it me, or do they all look like professional wrestlers from the 1980s? A California company called One2Believe has been blowing out of 12-inch talking Jesus action figures at Target and Wal-Mart.

Or at least they were during the Christian holidays. Maybe the Jewish ones, too -- they company offers a whole line of "messengers of faith" like Moses, Mary, Esther, Noah, and David (and Peter and Paul).

There are also "spirit warriors" like Samson, who "was used by God to destroy his enemies and do some other pretty amazing things!" and everyone's favorite Philistine, Goliath ("Standing over 9 feet tall, he towered over all of his enemies!").

According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune the company has sold more than 20,000 action figures. Most retail for around $20. The Star Tribune article quotes an Amazon.com customer who wrote in a five-star product review that Jesus is "a real-life hero that beats all the other Superman, Spider-Man and other action heroes combined." And Christians ask why so many heathens hate God. And just FYI: Talking Jesus Messenger of Faith with Colorful Mini Story Book is made by Godless toilers in China.

From the toymaker:
"Now children can learn more about Jesus’ incredible Tale of Glory while they play! Jesus narrates his own biography, and also quotes key memory verses from the Bible, including Mark 12:30, Mark 12:31 and John 3:16. Our unique start/stop function allows children to pause and restart the story at any point."

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