Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Isn't "Tales of Glory" a Bon Jovi song? If so, is Noah a cowboy?

From the Des Moines Register:

He's wearing a simple tunic with that Kenny Loggins haircut. Push the button on his back and he says this:

"I am Jesus. I am the son of God."

Jesus and his shelf mates, Mary, David, Noah, Samson, Esther and Moses, make up "Tales of Glory." They were introduced to secular commerce this fall. It's the first time the world's largest retailer has sold a full line of faith-based toys.

The pre-holiday doll aisle of long-legged beauties and barrel-chested action men might need saving, but Jesus and the gang won't start hostilities.

If you push Jesus' buttons, he will say:

"Love others as much as you love yourself."

California-based creators One2Believe say that the figures just may be a peaceful antidote to the typical pop culture, action-doll toy offerings.

But by the time the story made it to Truemors, One2Believe and California were nowhere to be seen.

This year, Wal-Mart hopes the talking Jesus action figure will catch on as the must-have gift like wildfire or the burning bush. The battery-powered, made in China, 12 inch tall doll recites different Bible verses and sells for $14.97. Critics say the doll trivializes religion, while the manufacturer argues the toy brings morals into playtime.

Oh well, at least Jesus made it into the story. Eventually it will be repackaged so that the story states that Wal Mart is selling Chinese-manufactured talking white man dolls.

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