NEW YORK – A talking Jesus doll is due to go on sale in May, along with versions of Moses, the Virgin Mary and David, as a teddy bear maker tries to find a market with churches and religious families.
The foot-tall Jesus doll will be able to recite five Biblical verses at the push of button on its back, while the Moses doll will recite the Ten Commandments. The Mary doll will recite a long Bible verse.
Joshua Livingston, one of the original founders of Valencia, Calif.-based Beverly Hills Teddy Bear Co. has returned to the company to head its new Biblical doll unit, One2Believe.
The company expects to sell about 50,000 of the Biblical dolls by the end of the year, with the Jesus doll — not surprisingly — expected to be the top seller. It hopes to also bring out an Esther doll by the end of the year and hopes to have other Biblical character dolls introduced in future years.
The line of Biblical dolls is known as Messengers of Faith.
The dolls will cost $24.99, although Livingston said there will be discounts for churches as well as free shipping for those who buy three or more of the dolls.
TAKE THE STUPID CHURCH PEOPLE CHALLENGE – So here’s what everyone needs to do. Comment and let me know what Biblical Character doll (or other religious figures current or past) you would like to see them release and what that doll would say.