Action figure toys have come a long way since I was a child. Back then, the closest thing to an AFT was a G. I. Joe doll. Did we call them “dolls” back then? Probably not since boys didn’t play with dolls.
Joe was released from the Hasbro Company on February 2, 1964, I was eight years old and that makes Joe 56 years old. He wasn’t a small, green army man, but a full 12″ tall. The commercials tagged him as, “A life like action soldier.” He was tough, well trained, and a hero. Boys could imagine being like him.
I remember wanting one, but not asking, because I knew my older brothers would tease me about playing with dolls.
Yesterday morning, at church, a little boy had an action figure toy with him. It was a Buzz Lightyear toy. Buzz is super-cool. If you aren’t aware, Buzz is a central figure in the “Toy Story” movie franchise consisting of four movies. They are so great.
He held Buzz up to me and I played with him for a moment, making him fly in the air with his jet pack and making the kind of noises that a young child can imagine. It was fun. I handed him back with a smile because just for a moment I was transported to when I was his age.
I guess there is a little boy or girl in each of us.
My Favorites were:
- A Tonka Truck
- Lincoln Logs
- Johny Seven Army gun
- My big-boy bike
I’m older now and I don’t play with Action Figure Toys, not even life like action soldiers. But I have other, more sophisticated, things that I enjoy, not toys exactly, but kind of.
As a believer I have received gifts from God, from his Son and his Spirit. These aren’t Buzz or Joe toys, in fact, they aren’t physical or anything that could be held.
My Favorite Christian Gifts
- and many others
I never had a G. I. Joe or a Buzz Light Year. But I have the most precious gift of all, the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Toys come and go, but receiving every spiritual blessing in Christ has proven to be the best of all!