Game of Thrones is preparing to unveil its own line of adorable toys.
As strange as it may sound, the acclaimed HBO series is getting ready to offer a line of cutesy figures to its legion of loyal fans. Although the show is known for its gratuitous depictions of sex and violence, these toys suggest that the program was specifically designed for children. Of course, this isn't the first time this has happened.
Developed by Funko, the Game of Thrones toys are nothing short of adorable. Considering the show is anything but, there's a slight chance these figures could rub some fans the wrong way. After all, they do give off the slight odor of selling out.
For those who aren't overly cynical about TV show-related tie-ins, the Game of Thrones toys are probably quite appealing. The line features stylized versions of your favorite characters as well as a few dragons and creatures. However, each figure looks vaguely irritated that they're tiny, vinyl, and 2.5 inches tall.
Included among the human characters are Tyrion Lannister, Jaime Lannister, Joffrey Baratheon, Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen, Khal Drogo, Arya Stark, Robb Stark, and Ned Stark. There's also three dragons (Viserion, Rhaegal, Drogon), two direwolves, Ghost, Shaggydog, and a Whitewalker.
If you're looking to snag a specific Game of Thrones figure for your desk, cubicle, or personal collection of toys, then you might have a difficult time snagging the one you want. HBO is reportedly offering the toys in "blind boxes," which means you won't know what you're getting until you rip open the box. Think baseball cards, but a bit more expensive.
HBO is currently offering the toys via pre-order through its official store. The figures will land on retail shelves on February 15. Fans of the series can expect to pay between $6.99 and $7.99 per figure. A word of advice to those with limited budgets: Wait until someone starts selling these on eBay if you want to snag a particular character.
Here's how HBO describes the adorable tie-ins:
"You're never quite sure what's going to happen next in 'Game of Thrones.' Who's going to die? What massacre is going to happen? What character are you going to end up liking despite your best efforts? Keep the element of surprise alive with these Game of Thrones Mini Blind Boxes. The boxes are undifferentiated, so who knows what you'll get. Try your luck and collecting the whole set and show that you're a serious fan of 'Game of Thrones.'"
Are you planning to pick up some of these Game of Thrones toys?