Winter is coming…
and it’s bringing souvenirs.
With this month’s return of HBO’s Game of Thrones, it’s time to plan all the viewing parties or whatever your celebration ritual might be. Revels! Comics Beat was invited to get hands on with the sheer tidal wave of merchandise, both current and upcoming, for one of cable’s most rabid fan bases. From board games to sigil banners we’ve taken it all in and here’s six things no Game of Thrones fan should be without:
SEVEN KINGDOMS HOPPY WHEAT ALE
Themed beers or wines aren’t anything new in the world of pop culture. I’m sure I have a bottle of Hellboy beer I took home from ECCC’15 somewhere around here. Certainly Game of Thrones has seen its fair share of libations. When done for the right properties, with the right touches, it goes beyond keepsake into the collectors market. You’ll want to jump on this one quickly as previous editions of these beers have sold out almost instantly. While past brews have focused on specific families this new one widens the lens to celebrate all of the seven kingdoms. Personally, I don’t drink alcohol save for once every 4 years or so. However, this Belgium style wheat ale crafted by Brewery Ommegang definitley makes the list for any GOT party planners especially when combined with GOT beer stiens or your own goblets. Seven Kingdoms Hoppy Wheat Ale is available right now in 850ml bottles($9.99) on ommegang.com
LIVING LANGUAGE DOTHRAKI
Audio Book ($19.99) / Companion App ($3.99) / Expanded Online Course ($30)
Want to be just like the Trekkers speaking Klingon? Game of Thrones has dialects all its own. Language consultant David J. Peterson will teach you Dothraki in this audio book compiling more than 500 words and phrases with never before heard material. In addition to your starter course, fans can download a companion app for mobile or take the expanded online lessons. We can’t vouch for how good Dothraki will look on your resume under special skills but you’re sure to get closer to reclaiming the Iron Throne. Living Language Dothraki is available at all brick-and-mortar bookstores as well as online.
GAME OF THRONES SOCKS
Get ready to strip down to your business socks. Gallant & Beau have teamed with HBO to create a line of socks based on the world created by George R.R. Martin. Theses socks will come in multiple tiers each available through different retailers when they release this Spring and range in price from $9-25. Go on instagram and you’ll find an entire legion of people with sock obsession; the healthy kind. Pop culture has certainly made an impression with socks featuring popular comic book characters. So why not socks signifying you as the mother of dragons? The higher end nylon socks will cost you a little more but for the fashion knowledgeable nerds out there like Heroic Hollywood founder Umberto Gonzales it’ll definiteley be worth it. Much respect to the dress game.
Funko Pop! Vinyl Figures – $11.99 / Available Now
Funko Mystery Mini Figures – $5.99 / Available Now
Funko Dorbz Figures – $7.99 / Available Summer 2016
Funko Action Figures – Price TBA / Available Summer 2016
They’re this generations beanie babies. Go to any pop culture event across the country and you won’t be able to go five feet without seeing the collectible sensation that is Funko Pop! The Game of Thrones line of these vinyl figures have become the most popular collectible for fans. New figures in 2016 include Stannis Baratheon, Meliandre, Bronn, Margaery Tyrell, and the very first Pop! Ride figure of the line Daenerys and Drogon. It’s the most adorable ride since the 66’ Batmobile. The company’s smaller squinty Dorbz line will also introduce its first run of Game of Thrones inspired figures this Summer. The moral of this story is: buy more shelves. Pick up the latest Funko at conventions everywhere, online, major retailers, and if you can stand the snark or judgement of being –get off my lawn– old …Hot Topic.
McFARLANE TOYS GAME OF THRONES CONSTRUCTION SETS
You’re nothing until Todd McFarlane wants to license you. That’s probably the goal every time someone plays professional sports, creates a new video game, or makes the next television phenomenon. McFarlane Toys construction sets have expanded to include Game of Thrones. Packed with nuanced detail work the McFarlane brand is well known for; these Game of Thrones sets feature locations and moments like the Iron Throne Room, Mother of Dragons, and Attack on the Wall. When complete, the construction sets are a quality miniature for your home displays or filming for that indie blockbuster you’ve been dying to make. Fans can purchase each set individually and add blind bag character figures featuring armies from House Lannister and House Stark.
GAME OF THRONES PINBALL
Pro Model: $5,995; Premium Model: $7,595; Limited Edition Model: $8,795
Nothing says classic or classy like a pinball machine. Starting at the low low price of $5,995 you can own your own Game of Thrones Pinball machine. This pinball machine goes beyond the clanging, sirens, and sampled soundbites of licensed games. Voiced by Sandor Clegane himself, actor Rory McCann guides the player throughout the game with such notable presence. Each player can choose to be a Knight of the Stark, Lannister, Greyjoy, Baratheon, Martell, or Tyrell Houses on a quest to rule the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros. But. You know. In pinball form.
The machines made by Stern Pinball are available now for your kickass Game of Thrones party needs. Get your GoFundMe campaigns ready.
What would your ultimate Game of Thrones party include? Send your invites before the show returns to HBO for season 6 on April 24.