Talking Jesus doll sales are on the ascent

Written by Mark Van Steenwyk : December 16, 2007

I’d put this in the “satire” section, but it is true. This appeared this week in my local newspaper, the Star Tribune: Talking Jesus doll sales are on the ascent

Here’s a snippet:

Jesus is selling out.

Out of Wal-Mart and Target, that is. The 12-inch, $20 Jesus Messenger of Faith talking action figure has become a holiday hit of biblical proportions. Online mega-retailers and are sold out.’s supply is likely to disappear within a few days…

Shoppers at have rated the Jesus figure “five stars,” as have consumers at One reviewer at describes the religious figure as “a real-life hero that beats all the other Superman, Spider-Man and other action heroes combined.” Another wrote, “My 10-year-old listens to the Scriptures often, but the voice of Jesus is a little loud.”

Neither the Minneapolis Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America nor the office of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis had heard of the action figure, much less gotten complaints. People in both offices laughed in delight at the idea of such a doll.

Does anyone else have problems with this? Do any of you think these things are a good idea? I’ve also started a conversation in the forums.

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2 Responses to “Talking Jesus doll sales are on the ascent”

  1. espiritu_paz on December 17th, 2007 11:35 am

    I have one. A nun gave it to me as a gift. I know there is the marketing Jesus sort of situation around it. But it was so cheesy, it tickled my funny bone. When she gave it to me, I giggled like you did when you decided to name your thing Christarchy!

    Akary and I like to push the button and make it say the Jesus sorts of things. He’s got a really buff body but I suppose that’s better than a sickly weak looking Jesus.

  2. Mark Van Steenwyk on December 17th, 2007 12:30 pm

    I must confess, I own a Jesus action figure. I use it as a sermon illustration for how we’ve commodified Jesus. I admit that it amuses me…but I am not sure how I feel about that.

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