Sunday, February 26, 2006

'Why' File

As In, Why Does This Exist?

Don't ask how I came across this, but I did.

From the store:

This 18" tall action figure of ex-Beatle John Lennon features an incredible likeness and will speak "authentic" phrases uttered by Lennon (details coming soon).

Dubbed the "The New York Years" version, this posable figure depicts John Lennon in jeans, a denim jacket, an I Love NY t-shirt and sunglasses.

Expected to ship in Mid-May 2006. Sure to be hot seller, reserve yours today!

Read that? This "New York Years" John Lennon authentic, posable, talking action figure is going to be a hot seller. Order now!



kaitlyn said...

That freaks me right out. I wonder what the "authentic phrases" are?

Czobit said...

Not sure, but here's an interesting analysis of the toy:

"John Lennon: Yoko's Cash-In Continues

All right, this is for hard even for yours truly to believe, but here goes.

It looks as if Yoko Ono has licensed a John Lennon action figure that will be sold, I don't know, in stores of some kind. Parts of it may be referred to as the Plastic Lennon Hand (get it, Plastic Ono Band?)

Ono is clearly out to prove that there's nothing you can sell that can't be sold.

Yes, it's been only a week since the 25th anniversary of Lennon's murder. I did in fact write a hopeful piece about Ono last week. All I was saying was, give peace a chance.

But there's no limit to bad taste, and here we go again. You can actually see this thing at

National Entertainment Collectibles Association is the company with the license, and they've got a picture of the 18-inch plastic Lennon. They say it will talk, speaking "John Lennon" phrases. They also say it will be known as "The New York Years" Lennon.

NECA says this is the first ever licensed Lennon figure ever. That's quite a distinction. There is a line of "Yellow Submarine" pose-able figures, but those are of Lennon and the other Beatles in character from the animated film. This is actually one of Lennon, with all profits going to Ono.

So the question is: How much money does this woman need?

And, a better question, whatever happened to her Spirit Foundation? There's no listing for it among U.S. charities at And last, what will the plastic Lennon say when you push his buttons? "Ah! Bowakawa, pousse, pousse"?