Oxymoron of the week: 'Big Lebowski' action figures

Thedudetoy_lMy 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.


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  • jcarla

    Found my brother’s Christmas present.

  • El Duderino if you are not into the brevity thing

    Woah. 25 bucks for an action figure? Snoop Dogg’s 12″ multi-outfit figure didn’t even cost that much!
    The Dude does not approve until the figure goes on clearance…

  • Melissa

    All that we can hope for is that this 10th anniversary hoopla leads the young ones to experience “The Big Lebowski.” I have beem enjoying the experience since the movie came out, and am digging the nostalgia. I coulndn’t imagine living in a dude-free world, especially since I have been nicknamed “the dude” by a certain circle of friends (you know, the cool ones, those who get the wonder of Lebowski) based on my laid-back lifestyle,propensity for wearing my bathrobe out side of the house, and putting my college degree to use as a “Armchair Philosopher” (i.e. I do just enough activity to get by and not a bit more). Ah, all that remains to say is, “the dude abides.”

  • elizabeth powers

    Clark,
    The Dude is into CCR more than Dylan and “the bar’ is a pronunciation of “the Bear” Sometimes the bear eats you, not the bar!

  • elizabeth powers

    Clark,
    The Dude is into CCR more than Dylan and “the bar’ is a pronunciation of “the Bear” Sometimes the bear eats you, not the bar!

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