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Nunzilla - Wind Up Sparking Nun

Posted on March 13 2013

Nunzilla sparking

Remembering Nunzilla

This item has been discontinued and is no longer for sale. If you have a great memory of it or would like us to bring it back, leave a comment on this post and let us know.

Through the eyes of a child, a sweet, caring nun teaching a grammar school class can appear to be an imposing black cloaked disciplinarian with the power to doom you to hell. Nunzilla is that fear in plastic. Intended as humorous nostalgia for people who were raised Catholic, it was denounced as anti-Catholic, but it was also a popular gift for nuns.

Original description

Say your prayers! No one is safe from the wrath of Nunzilla! This fire-breathing wind-up sister trudges straight out of a Catholic-school student's nightmare like a determined disciplinary force, with green eyes blazing and sparks flying from her mouth. Wearing the traditional black and white habit and carrying a Bible in one hand and a ruler in the other, this holy terror will have you owning up to transgressions from as far back as birth. 2" tall and made of hard plastic, packaged in a custom cathedral-style box.

Denounced By the Catholic League

From the Catholic League's 1997 Report on Anti-Catholicism:  Archie McPhee, which bills itself as "Oufitters of Popular Culture," included in its "Collector’s Edition Catalog" a number of items which caricatured Catholic nuns, some quite offensively. For example, there was a windup doll, "Nunzilla," billed as "Terrifying, but in a good way." "Say your prayers," the ad instructs. "No one is safe from the wrath of ‘Nunzilla.’ This windup sparking sister trudges straight out of a Catholic school student’s nightmares like a determined disciplinary force, with green eyes ablaze and sparks flying from her mouth. Wearing the traditional black and white habit with a yellow cross and clutching a Bible in one hand and a ruler in the other, this holy terror will have you owning up to transgressions from as far back as birth."

Nunzilla tattoo sparking nun

Tess Donohoe sent us a picture of her awesome Nunzilla tattoo. The tattoo is by Lisa Murphy and colored by Janine AshtonTess tells us that she's Irish and went to convent school which means that she has had actual encounters with Nunzillas

Nunzilla front view sparkingCloseup of Nunzilla Face spark nun

A flock or abbey of nunzilla sparking

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