We’ve got information, man! New information has come to light. GreenLight Collectibles is gonna produce die-cast model car replicas from The Big Lebowski (1998), a Coen Brothers crime comedy about a dude and his rug.
Dude: Well, they finally did it. They killed my f**king car.
Um, I am not “Mr. Lebowski”. You’re Mr. Lebowski. I’m the Dude. So that’s what you call me. You know, that or, uh, His Dudeness, or uh, Duder, or El Duderino if you’re not into the whole brevity thing.
I don’t know about you, but I have seen The Big Lebowski about 49 times. My rule is if I hit 50, I will commit myself.
Diecast model maker Greenlight has made arrangements to produce a line of model cars from this cult classic.
The star of the lineup, of course, is The Dude’s 1973 Ford Gran Torino, a four-door beater that a) gets crashed during a hilariously aborted ransom money drop-off, b) stolen, c) briefly inhabited by a hobo, d) recovered, and e) taken for a late-night In-N-Out Burger run. And then f) set on fire. We can only hope the Dude’s Credence tapes will be included with it.
Greenlight is also looking to model private investigator Da Fino’s Volkswagen Beetle and the 1985 Chevrolet Corvette that the maniacal sociopathic Walter Sobchak mistakenly believes belongs to little Larry Sellers. You remember little Larry Sellers, right?
The three will be released in 1:43rd scale. Pricing — “in bones or clams or whatever you call them” — has yet to be announced.
Jeff Nelson, GreenLight Collectibles’ National Sales Manager explained: “To bring The Big Lebowski model cars to market, we really had to pool our resources, you know, trade information, professional courtesy. To secure this agreement we just had to write a check for ten percent of a half a million… five grand…and then we were able to go out and mingle,” said Matt Elliott, another GreenLight Collectibles’ Vice President.
If this repartee doesn’t sound hilarious to you, you need to watch the movie. These 1:43 replicas are going to be made and devoured by collectors like the Dude downing a White Russian.