Thursday, July 19, 2007

I'm not making this up

It's almost too easy to make a joke here:

Wal-Mart to Test Bible Action Figures

Wal-Mart said Tuesday it will test sales in some stores of biblical action figures whose makers say they are aimed at Christian parents who prefer their children play with Samson, David or Noah rather than with a comic book character or Bratz doll.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. spokeswoman Melissa O'Brien said the toys made by One2believe, a Valencia, Calif., company, will be offered in 425 of Wal-Mart's 3,376 discount stores and Supercenters.

One2believe Chief Executive David Socha said his products were part of a "battle for the toy box" with dolls and figures that he said carry negative messages.

"If you're very religious, it's a battle for your children's minds and what they're playing with and pretending. There are remakes out there of Satan and evil things," Socha said.

Wal-Mart's O'Brien said the Bentonville, Ark.-based retailer believes there is demand for faith-based toys ...

If we have the Jesus action figure, aren't we obligated to have the Mohammad or Vishnu or Flying Spaghetti Monster action figures? And does the Jesus action figure come with a machine gun or waterboarding kit? The Jesus this administration believes in certainly does.

You gotta give it to Wal-Mart ... they certainly know their market.


Laura said...

Too bad I refuse to shop at Wal-Mart... those would make great additions to our bathroom! We currently have Buddy Christ, Jesus on wheels, a bobblehead Jesus, Nunzilla, and the Church Lady... along with the 3-D light up panorama of the Last Supper in a tacky gold frame...

CyberKitten said...

I've seen several Action figures over here that made me chuckle - Sigmund Freud, Einstein and Moses.... [grin].

Donna said...

Duuuuh, Mohammed and Vishnu are fake, so why would you have action figures of them?

Flying Spaghetti Monster on the other hand is real, and I think you've identified a serious hole in the market here.

shrimplate said...



dbackdad said...

Laura - This one kinda looks like Buddy Christ, now that you mention it.

CK - Einstein? I have to get that!

Donna - No figure, but I did find:

a doll

Christmas lights (just a little ironic)

and car emblem

CyberKitten said...

dbackdad said: CK - Einstein? I have to get that!

Try this link:

There's some great stuff on that site!

Laura said...

OMFG... I TOTALLY have to make the christmas lights!!! Er, I'm sorry... HOLIDAY lights. That's great!!

I also saw a knitting pattern somewhere for a doll.