It’s amazing how toys have changed over the years and not always for the better. There have been complaints that some toys are too violent and encourage aggressive behaviour in children. A range of faith based toys is due to go on sale in the States at the middle of this month. Wallmart, one of the largest toy retailers in the U.S. will be stocking religious action figures, including Jesus, Moses, Samson and Goliath and many others. The dolls will have stiff competition from other action figures including Spiderman, which are already on the market. Also critics have said that some of the dolls particularly the Moses doll are not a good likeness to the actual biblical characters. One critic described the Moses doll as looking like a member of the Village People!
How today’s children react to the religious dolls remains to be seen. Apparently some of the dolls recite scripture when a little button on them is pressed. Clever stuff! I think to truly appreciate the dolls and what they represent, children would need to have some knowledge of the bible stories that they relate to. Unfortunately not many children either go to church or are taught about bible stories nowadays. I’m sure they would make good religious teaching aids for Sunday schools and church groups. If the dolls prove popular, they could eventually be sold here in Britain.