My room is not so much tied together with items designed to cash-in on the tenth anniversary of the Coen brothers’ comedy-thriller The Big Lebowski as almost entirely filled. There is a bonus feature-larded DVD, bobblehead dolls, a talking key chain and, most remarkably, an action figure of Jeff Bridges’ stoner-bowler character "The Dude." Mind you, as the doll comes complete with a Caucasian (that’s a white Russian to non-Lebowski fans), it isn’t quite clear what kind of "action" he’s supposed to be involved in. Like pretty much all action figures since the dawn of time, it doesn’t look too much like the character it’s supposed to represent. But it does come equipped with rug, dark glasses, value club card, and container of half-and-half. Even if the card is generic, rather than clearly from Ralph’s, this shows a nice attention to detail. You should be careful, however, not to leave the accessories around small children. Or Pomeranian dogs. The action figure, like the bobbleheads, is available at Entertainment Earth and costs 25 bucks, bones, or clams, or whatever you call them.
Little Achievers in the Northeast may care to note, meanwhile, that the fun-filled, vodka-and-Kahlua-fuelled hootenanny that is Big Lebowski Fest will be taking place in Manhattan on November 15th and 16th. Announced attractions include Tragedy: A Metal Tribute To The Bee Gees and, of course, bowling. All of which just leaves me to point out that the tenth anniversary of The Big Lebowski‘s release was, technically, six months ago and was commemorated at the time by EW with this piece by your humble scribe. But then, when you’re dealing with Dude, time can be a somewhat, like, elastic concept. Man.