Is “laughcrying” a real thing? Can I declare that a new word? Because that’s a pretty good description of my reaction to the newly unveiled Game of Thrones Ned Stark doll, as seen at Comic Con and pictured above. Yes, that’s blood. Yes, the head is detachable (it’s magnetized to the neck). Yes, it’s both awesome and totally depressing. Luckily for my tear ducts, that wasn’t the only new merchandise HBO showed us at SDCC.
It’s extra lucky that some of the other items can be used to cuddle while you cry over the Ned Stark doll, including some fuzzy stuffed direwolves (which will be available later this year). We’ve got Ghost, Greywind, and Shaggydog, it looks like. There are also some plush dragon eggs and a weirdly cute plush three-eyed raven (due early in 2014).
One of the more fascinating products revealed at SDCC is a 4D puzzle of a map of Westeros. This one, however, will not be available until November. The official description of this (incredibly awesome) puzzle reads: “Featuring three different layers and more than 1,200 jigsaw pieces, this puzzle replicates the topographical landscape of the Seven Kingdoms and includes miniature replica models of famous Westeros cities and castles, including King’s Landing, Eyrie, the Wall and many more.”
Dark Horse will be releasing a pair of exclusive figurines of Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen as well. Pictures evidently do not do them justice, although they look pretty cool to me. These figurines stand at about seven and a half inches and will cost about twenty five dollars when they’re released in January 2014. It was also announced that, come May, Dark Horse will release their figurines of Tyrion Lannister, Khal Drogo, and Ned Stark (I hope this one has a detachable head, too!) Five additional characters, whose identities have not been released, will be released in figurine-form just over a year from now.
Finally, there is to be the Game of Thrones: A Pop-Up Guide to Westeros. I don’t know about you, but this sounds appealing to me on a number of levels. Who doesn’t love pop-up books? And who doesn’t love Westeros? The official description of this product reads: “Featuring five stunning spreads, which fold out to create a remarkable pop-up map of Westeros, the book also contains numerous mini-pops that bring to life iconic elements of the show.” This sounds really cool to me, but I wonder if it will be worth the $59.95 it will sell for.
If you’re at Comic Con, make sure you go check out the prototypes of the new Game of Thrones merch! And send back a raven telling us what you think of it, will you?