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Children love to hear Bible stories, and those from the Old Testament–when Jehovah was still doing a lot smiting–can be some of the most exciting. One thing kids like even better than hearing Old Testament Bible stories is reenacting those stories with grotesquely-proportioned Biblically-themed action figures. For years such a product remained elusive.
Now that gap has been filled with for-profit prophets: Enter The Almighty Heroes!
- Moses: Adopted by a foster-mother unaware his secret Jewish identity, the young Moses grew to be a mighty champion of the people. The Pharoah’s legions couldn’t catch him, and the Red Sea couldn’t stop him in his search for the Promise Land. Battle Cry: “Let My People Go!”
- Samson: With bitchin’ hair and a cut bod, Samson was the BC Fabio. Armed with nothing more than the jawbone of an ass, Samson wages battle with his untrustworthy frenemy Delilah at his side, fighting for justice against such foes as Harry the Depilator.
- Daniel: When young Daniel was cast into the lion’s den, no one thought he could survive. But when a stray lightning bolt struck just as a lion was about to pounce on the frightened prophet, Daniel was miraculously transformed into something more. With great power comes great responsibility, and Daniel pledged to himself never again to shirk. Now, with his ever-present lion sidekick Redeemon at his side, he fights crime with a roar.
- David: The red-headed rascal who would be king. A talented multi-instrumentalist and gifted lyricist, David was a lover and not a fighter. But when the chips were down, David showed he wasn’t afraid to do the hard work, be it slaying a giant with a single stone or sending a loyal soldier to his death that David might possess the man’s wife. Even though he’s God’s favorite, David plays by his own rules.
- Deborah: Deborah rates inclusion for being the most famous Old Testament female who wore clothes.
- Goliath: Not really a hero, per se.
These evangelical avengers are the brainchild of Donald Levine, the creator of the original G.I. Joe. Levine’s company, Almighty Heroes Media Group, was created to address a toy shortfall in the Christian marketplace. Not at all ironically, Levine is Jewish.
Some people might think it a tad vulgar to so shamelessly profit from a religion of which he isn’t a member, but Levine’s defenders are quick to add that all these Old Testament characters are very much a part of the Jewish tradition as well. It’s not impossible that Jewish parents might buy Almighty Heroes for their children. “But what, they’re gonna waste their money on this crap?” Levine says. “What? I’m joking, I’m joking. The sense of humor on this guy! Unbelievable.”
Moreover, Levine is quick to point out that products such as the Goliath Electronic Sword and the Jonah & the Whale Playset help kids get into the Bible by allowing them to add their own awesome adventures to the Inviolable Word of the Almighty.
Sadly, Levine’s company has not fared well, perhaps cursed by the unseen hand of Satan or possibly good taste. Almighty Inc. has been unable to pay back loans, and Levine is being sued by one of his former partners. But like the resilient heroes who are their flagship characters, don’t count Almighty Inc. out just yet. The photos of the David and Samson action figures in this story were taken yesterday by Promethean Times’ staff photographer Tardsie the Backpack. They are available at our local Rite Aid.