Game of Thrones
revels in manipulation and guile. It’s rare that a character doesn’t use sex, violence or a combination of both to subjugate the world into a Machiavellian zero-sum game. For an epic about characters who constantly use one another as human toys, who didn’t see a line of premium figures coming? Now they’re yours to cajole and plot against however you see fit, whether you use them as chess pieces or give them to your toddler to play with in the bathtub.
Dark Horse, the same comic company that releases Hellboy and many lovely wares, has produced intricate, three-dimensional representations of characters from Season One. (For that probably-nonexistant group that hasn’t watched the first season of GOT but thinks it might, a huge spoiler warning.) Last week, Dark Horse introduced three new entries into its character lineup: Khal Drogo, Ned Stark and Tyrion Lannister. These additions follow Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen, released last January. Cersei Baratheon, Arya Stark, Robb Stark, Jaime Lannister (with both hands) and the White Walker will debut in July.
Before digging into the details, Paste and Dark Horse are giving away a full set of Game of Thrones figures to one lucky fan (check out the details below the article). As for the actual figures, here’s what enchanted Paste the most…
Drogo towers over his figure brethren at approximately nine inches, calling attention to the fact that these figures are rendered to scale. The one feature that stands out the most about the Dothraki warlord is his pony tale — no joke, and pun intended. Yes, the massive hook and knife convey all the menace of a pillaging, raping barbarian man-god, but the free-flowing hair appendage is very well-done. The same goes for the goatee, but it’s a mere foreshadowing of the long-lock glory in the back. The guy wears eye shadow — is it truly surprising that he also knows how to moisturize? The carnivorous snarl and imposing physique also capture Jason Momoa’s visage nicely.
Ned Stark lives up to his namesake, his face etched in melancholy. It’s almost as if he’s predicting his Season One climax of decapitation and prosthetic George Bush, Jr. noggin controversy. Ultimately, Stark is a classy figure that fits more in the statue end of the spectrum. He not only sports a flexible overcoat etched with hundreds of texture marks, but his interior dress is also flexible. Next to Drogo, Stark resembles his actor the most, with Sean Bean’s steely glare replicated well. The giant broadsword reflects light and an elongated belt hangs alongside it — a very nice touch.
These aren’t action figures (there are no points of articulation, which makes sense for figures of an adult show; nobody will be playing with these per se), but it’s hard to think of what action Tyrion could take in preserved form. In this case, he’s reading a map. I was really hoping we’d finally get the diorama set of Tyrion slapping the shit out of King Joffrey while an audio loop of the latter whimpering plays in the background. Or, true to Season One character, Tyrion could be seen mounting a prostitute in Littlefinger’s brothel, but who wants to have to go to the lame back section of Spencer Gifts for these? While not quite as dynamic as his colleagues, there’s a dignity and grace to Tyrion. Also: the map is totally a map. Despite facing the character for less visibility, the piece is layered, distressed and surprisingly ornate.
Ygritte may have chided the “you know nothing Jon Snow,” but the Stark Bastard sure knows how to wield a mean broadsword. No wonder this dude can take down a White Walker. Kudos on the light stubble and faded leather boots.
Daenerys holds an oddly vacant, untroubled gaze, which makes a lot of sense. This is a frozen frame of purity before the horse hearts and pillaging introduce the dragon mother to a new world of brutality. The white gown and spilling fabric channels the innocence of a character who hasn’t taken the plunge into Drogo’s testosterone bubble bath. Down the road, a figure of Daenerys with a chained dragon incinerating Kraznys mo Nakloz would be a nice yin to this yang.
Game of Thrones
Figures Giveaway: We’re giving away a set of all five figures, courtesy of Dark Horse! Follow @PasteBooks on Twitter and retweet this tweet by 9 p.m. EST on April 6 to enter (you must have a U.S. Address). We’ll announce the winner after the Season Four premier ends at 10 p.m.