Roky Erickson, the howling frontman for the 1960s psychedelic rock band 13th Floor Elevators, has been honored with the mark of a distinguished career: a 7-inch “throbblehead,” which is like a bobblehead except badass. The throbblehead will be produced by Aggronautix (which has also produced Andrew W.K. and GG Allin throbbleheads) and will limit to 1,000 units. The figure features Erickson in a vintage leather jacket and a mountain-man beard that Justin Vernon doesn’t have the scrotal distinctions to attempt. On top of everything, he’s folding his arms. Throbbleheads, man.
Erickson is something of a poster child for the psychedelic era, preaching the LSD gospel while in a psych-rock band. That ended when he was arrested in 1969 for possession of one marijuana joint and spent the next three years in a mental institution. Possibly because of the drug use or the ECT/thorazine treatments, Erickson has battled with schizophrenia for the last several decades. In recent years, however, the Texas veteran has upped his output, releasing True Love Cast Out All Evil last year with Okkervil River—his first new material in 14 years. At SXSW this year, Erickson performed with fellow Texan Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top. And now he has a bobblehead—er, throbblehead!