Today's assortment of saints as action figures veers from the traditional and reveals through modernity that the saints are for All Time. I've noticed that the saints whose stories I find most intriguing are constantly coming up as apocryphal or (perish the thought) legendary. For example, Catherine of Alexandria, most famous these days for how she was tortured, i.e. the Catherine Wheel, is no longer on the calendar of saints. Most famously, St. Christopher has been removed from the calendar as well, provoking the ire of many people who wear his medallion.
1) Like St. Christopher, Catherine of Alexandria is one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers. She is my favorite patron saint of librarians, as she is much more of an approachable figure than the brilliant but curmudgeonly St. Jerome. In my book, Catherine of Alexandria gets her own action figure:
2) Amand of Maastricht, the patron saint of beer brewers and wine-makers, is a Frenchman. However, as I designed his action figure, he turned into an English bartender. His traditional accessories are a chair, a church and a flag. As an action figure, Amand holds two pints of ale.
3) The Archangel Gabriel is the patron saint of telecommunications. Traditionally, he plays a trumpet, but the only brass option in the Mini-Mizer was a baritone horn. The modern device in his left hand is a nod to the ubiquitous nature of mobile-phones. (Warning: wings are not detachable.)
4) Frances of Rome, patron saint of motorists, gets a complete makeover. Thus far, she is the only action figure saint to come with her own set of wheels. Note the tire-changing tools in her hands. As an action-figure, Frances of Rome is the very model of capability on the road.
5) I had never heard of Lydia Purpuraria before starting my research on this project. "Purpuraria," I learned, means "purple-seller." Lydia is St. Paul's first known convert, and is the patron saint of dyers.As soon as I read about this saint, I knew I had to make a purple action figure. The next time you decide to transform a shirt with a box of RIT, remember Lydia Purpuraria.