So, you guys have heard of Homies, right? - the little plastic people from the hood, that are sold in the 50 cent vending machines at KMarts and grocery stores. Originally, they were all mexican-american, but they've since branched out into other ethnic minorities. At times people have complained that the figures glorified gang lifestyles, with characters designed to look like hookers, pushers, gangbangers, and pimps. Lately, they've added more respectable neighborhood characters like the butcher that my daughter just got (she gets a real kick out of them).
Well, there's a new line of vending machine figurines out from the makers of Homies... they're called Santos. Basically, it's a Roman Catholic themed set. Guardian Angels, Pope JP II, Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Christ of the bleeding hear, and so forth. My mind is totally freaking blown by these things. They seem so inappropriate... but at the same time, they're the logical extension of what people were claiming they wanted. Check them out below. And tell me... is it just me, or does that Madonna look like she's wearing a headset a la... the other Madonna?
PS: Apparently, Santos are named after the folk-arty hand-carved saints and angels popular in Latin America. They're really excellent.