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Winter is Here! And So Are the Holidays: Great Gifts for the “Game of Thrones” Fan

Gorgeous Game of Thrones Busts of Tyrion Lannister, Jon Snow, and Daenerys Targaryen from Dark Horse – due out in 2018.

“When the snows fall and the white wind blows, the lone wolf dies but the pack survives.” – Sansa Stark (George R.R. Martin’s “Game of Thrones”)

Take Our Money, Please!
We’ve followed our heroes Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage), Jon Snow (Kit Harrington), and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) on a long and arduous journey from underdogs in Season 1, to leaders, and now, allies in Season 7. They’ve certainly come a long way. And as they reach the end of the road, we’re curious (and terrified) more than ever to see how their journeys will end. Though Season 8 is still far away (not due to drop until Spring of 2019), GoT fans are chomping at the bit for any and all manner of Game of Thrones news and/or merchandise. Geeks, you gotta love us. We’re soooo easy to please. It’s true. It shouldn’t be hard at all to find the perfect holiday gift for your Game of Thrones-obsessed loved ones. But if you’re stuck, we may have a few suggestions.

Dark Horse has been steadily adding to their Game of Thrones line over the years. These beautifully crafted collectible statues will melt the heart of even the steeliest and coldest Game of Thrones devotee. Whether they’re House Stark, Lannister, or Targaryen, here’s a look at some goodies that are sure to please any die-hard GoT fan.

Prince Oberyn, also known as the Red Viper of Dorne – Available Now From Dark Horse.

I Prefer to Live in Denial…
As I gaze upon these figures, I like to imagine an alternate reality where Oberyn Martell (Pedro Pascal – Narcos, Kingsman: The Golden Circle) still lives. I am still traumatized by his death scene. (Look away, Andy! Look away! Not his beautiful face! I hate you, Mountain!!! Can’t wait for the Clegane Bowl when your brother smashes you to a bloody pulp, you monster! Whew… I needed to get that out of my system, but I digress.) Well, now you can gaze at Oberyn’s beautiful face in its perfection for all eternity. Sigh.

The Three-Eyed Raven Sees All – Available Now From Dark Horse.

He Knows it All… And Says So Little… But We Love Him Anyway…
I thought it’d be hard to beat Dany (Emilia Clarke) riding to her nephew’s rescue (no longer a spoiler, people, except for Jon, who still knows nothing by the end of episode 7, but I can imagine he doesn’t care — cue 70s porn music — you know what I’m sayin’…). Well, Jon, we’ve got news for you! Can’t wait to see his face drop when he reaches Winterfell to receive the news from Sam (John Bradley West) and Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) — the Westerosi answer to the internet. Points to them for dropping some major knowledge — though our favorite little exposition potato and resident Three-Eyed Raven does like to wait until the 11th hour, doesn’t he? I’m pretty sure it’ll be worth rewinding a few times when Jon and Dany learn the truth about their familial blood ties. This beautiful Three-Eyed Raven Snow Globe will be a welcome sight on any mantle or display shelf, even if Bran’s predictions do come a little late in the day.

Fan-favorite Tormund – from Dark Horse – due out in 2018.

He Did it All for the Glory of Love…
Who doesn’t love Tormund (portrayed by Kristofer Hivju)? Loyal, brave Tormund. He’s truly grown on me.  Seasons 6 and 7 we saw the softer side of Tormund. He wears his heart on his furry sleeve. The Wildling leader has consistently supported and followed Jon Snow into battle against the White Walkers and the Night King and has managed to earn a place in our hearts. Let’s hope that Tormund survives long enough to win the heart of our favorite Lady Knight and “make babies” with Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie – Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi). Forget Jaime Lannister, Brienne. Tormund is a man who will fight for your honor. He’ll be the hero that you’ve been dreaming of… (Too much Peter Cetera maybe?) You know what I mean! Give the Ginger a break, girl!

The Night King – Available Now From Dark Horse.

Jeepers! Creepers! Keep Those Icy Blue Peepers Away From Me!
Speaking of the Night King, I’ve seen a lot of villains in my time, and this dude has got to be one of the scariest. He genuinely terrifies me and I’m made of pretty stern stuff. He almost makes Darth Vader look cuddly. Who the hell IS this guy really? Lots of theories, some hitting uncomfortably close to home. Some say he may be a Stark himself (shudders). That would just be a classic George R.R. Martin stab-you-in-the-heart reveal. Let’s pray our heroes come up with something to defeat this fearsome dragon-killer and his army of undead next season, or… as Tyrion likes to say, “we’re all screwed”. If you don’t mind his gaze (I swear his eyes are following me), this detailed Night King figure is a must-have piece for your Game of Thrones collection.

For more of these gorgeous collectibles from Dark Horse, check out our gallery below.

“If we don’t put aside our enmities and band together, we will die. And then it doesn’t matter whose skeleton sits on the Iron Throne.” – Ser Davos Seaworth (Game of Thrones)

 

Relive the Excitement… Every Heart-Stopping Minute of It!

Now, if you want to relive every butt-clenching moment of Season 7 (I was pretty much clenched for the entire week between episodes 6 and 7), why not pick up the just-released Game of Thrones Blu-Ray Box set? This 3-disc set comes with bonus features including featurettes on set and art direction, audio commentaries and interviews with the cast and crew, and behind the scenes videos. The interior box is graced by the faces of Tyrion, Jon, Cersei, and Dany, cast in a frozen blue with icy blue irises (because that’s not creepy at all).

The set also contains the Blu-Ray Conquest & Rebellion — featuring 7 new animated pieces delving into the history and mythology of important season 7 locations and storylines including The Dragonpit, Highgarden, Prophecies of the Known World, the Rains of Castamere and more, all narrated by cast members including Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister), Aidan Gillen (Littlefinger/Lord Petyr Baelish), Iain Glen (Ser Jorah Mormont) and more.

Andy Says…
While we may be an obsessed and passionate lot, Game of Thrones fans are easy to spot, and therefore, easy to buy gifts for (not that I’m trolling for myself, mind you, just sharing…). If you find yourself stuck, come back and take another look. We’ll be here, bringing you the latest on GoT memorabilia and collectibles, because, quite frankly, we enjoy it too.

Just in case you need any reminders of how epic it was, here are two trailers for Season 7 of Game of Thrones.

 

As we impatiently and feverishly await the return of our favorite heroes and villains in Season 8here’s a look at some GoT related content from the blu-ray release to tide you over until the series returns. This prequel video, Conquest & Rebellion: An Animated History of the Seven Kingdoms – Chapter One / Valyria’s Last Scion: House Targaryen, is narrated beautifully by none other than Harry Lloyd (Viserys Targaryen).

 

To Die For: Dark Horse Expands “Game of Thrones” Figure Selection in Time for Season 4

Dark Horse Daenerys Figure Was Released in January 2014.

Dark Horse Daenerys Figure Was Released in January 2014.


(Andy and Pete give you the old “one-two punch” for Game of Thrones Season 4 Premiere night)

Andy Says…
Today, fans worldwide are dusting off their family crests. Well, not their family crests, but whether you belong to house Targaryen, Lannister or Stark, you’re bound to be excited about the Season 4 premiere of Game of Thrones, debuting tonight on HBO in the US and tomorrow night in the UK.

What it Is…
Based on the books by American author George R.R. Martin, (dubbed by some as the modern-day Tolkein) the fantasy series set in the middle-earth-like isle of Westeros has everything you can ask for – drama, political intrigue, epic battles, swords, sorcery, and zombie-like white walkers.

Mid-Summer Will see 5 More Figures Including this Likeness of Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister

Mid-Summer Will see 5 More Figures Including this Likeness of Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister


Who They Are…
Martin’s characters are complex, with many layers, motivations and conflicting emotions. You love them. You hate them. Are they good? Evil? He takes his time crafting their inner-worlds (giving us each character’s point of view in the books) with as much detail as their outer worlds. With characters like the initially-innocent child-bride-turned-Mother-of-All-Dragons, Daenerys Targaryen (played by Emilia Clarke) and the brilliant, often insightful, imp, Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage), the tomboyish and tough Arya Stark (Maisie Williams), and the morally ambiguous Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey – Sarah Connor Chronicles), we’ve become invested in each one’s journey – whether we like them or not. In Westeros, only the hardest and most ruthless seem to survive. That’s what it takes to rule a kingdom. Even then… any weakness can be exploited. Fortunes and destinies can turn on a dime. The outcome is never certain.
Robb Stark Figure will Arrive in Early August 2014.

Robb Stark Figure will Arrive in Early August 2014.


Personally, with Starks (my chosen house) dropping like flies (if you haven’t heard about “The Red Wedding” by now, I have little pity if I spoil it for you), I’m starting to get a little nervous. Unlike many of us who have read ahead to the bitter end, there are still folks out there who were shocked and horrified by the deaths of Robb Stark (Richard Madden) and his mother Catelyn Stark (Michelle Farley). If you vowed to stop watching at that point, really, who are you kidding? You know you’ll be back for more heart-stopping thrills, chills and heartbreak this season.
Dark Horse "Game of Thrones" Wave 1 Jon Snow Figure.

Dark Horse “Game of Thrones” Wave 1 Jon Snow Figure.


SkeletonPete Says…
If “All Men Must Die,” here’s news and views of some items that Games of Thrones fans will be dying to get their hands on. Joining the previously released Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen figures Dark Horse has several more characters at the ready to celebrate HBO’s Game of Thrones Season 4 premiere and beyond. These plastic cast models offer a big bang for the buck with a refined elegance usually reserved for items several times their cost. The sculpts are minutely detailed and delicately painted. David Scroggy, head of product development for Dark Horse, noted “…we decided to make these non-articulated, in order to capture all of the small details that would be at risk in a traditional jointed action figure.” They stand approximately 7.5” tall and are sold in a windowed display box. The Spring 2014 release included Tyrion Lannister, Khal Drogo and Ned Stark and will be followed in August by Cersei Baratheon, Robb Stark, Jaime Lannister, Arya Stark, and the White Walker. At a suggested retail price of $24.99 USD they make exceptional collector’s pieces and easy gift choices for the GoT fan in the family.
Limited Edition of Sandor "The Hound" Will Have A  Unique Hinged Hood Feature.

Limited Edition of Sandor “The Hound” Will Have A Unique Hinged Hood Feature.


Hounded…
Also spied at Toy Fair 2014 was a spectacular spin on The Hound, in bust format replete with hinged helmet. The likeness of character Sandor Clegane (portrayed by Rory McCann) is a hand painted and numbered edition that comes packaged with a certificate of authenticity. This one is scheduled for mid-summer release. Also on the limited edition list will be an Arya figure.
Life Sized Map Marker Set Includes Large Map to Plot Your Strategies.

Life Sized Map Marker Set Includes Large Map to Plot Your Strategies.


Map Quest…
Just released this past week is a life sized role playing Map Marker Box Set. Dark Horse press explains the origins, “In the HBO adaptation of Game of Thrones, we see Robb Stark plotting the movements of opposing armies using a map of Westeros and a set of sculpted map markers, each hewn into a representation of one of the house symbols. We have reproduced these items in their true size, using the actual props as reference.

The six individual map markers range from 4.5” to 6” in height, and mimic different materials. Each is hand-painted. The map itself is full size, 50” x 35.5” cloth material with a paper backing, reproduced in color. The big size allows the owner to move the map markers in scale and formulate strategic situations or reproduce those from the show. The map markers and folded map are stored in a deluxe, heavy-duty, 14″ x 4.75″ x 18″ hinged-lid presentation box, protected by a full-color, thick-stock sleeve.”

The Weirwood Snow Globe is Ultra Limited to 1200 Pieces. You'd Better .Shake Up a Pre-Order

The Weirwood Snow Globe is Ultra Limited to 1200 Pieces. You’d Better .Shake Up a Pre-Order


Nothing Shakin’ But The Leaves on the Trees…
As if all this weren’t enough April 16th will see another limited edition piece, the Weirwood snow globe. Its blush of blood red leaves atop the face carved trunk will make striking contrast to blowing “snow” inside. Its base is inscribed with the “I Am the Sword in the Darkness, I Am the Watcher on the Walls…” quote. Only 1200 of these unique hand painted items will be minted and like other Dark Horse LE’s they will be boxed with a certificate of authenticity.

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