By now, most people have heard about HBO's smash hit, Game of Thrones. The big budget fantasy series has wowed audiences for years and has not been shy about sex, violence, or killing off main characters. Based on the intense popularity, a large market of collectibles and merchandise is available for fans of Game of Thrones.
The on-going show is based on the seven-book series, A Song of Ice and Fire, from George R. R. Martin. The first book, A Game of Thrones, was originally published in 1996 and is covered in season one of the show. Since then, A Clash of Kings (1998 - Season Two), A Storm of Swords (2000 - Season Three & Four) A Feast for Crows (2005), and A Dance with Dragons (2011) have been released. The final two books, The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring, will be released in the future.
Regardless of budget, there is something available for all GoT collectors. The following guide gives a basic look at some of the most popular Game of Thrones options. Under the main headings, the most popular items from each section are listed. Follow the links to shop for items online.
Game of Thrones Collectibles and Merchandise
Replica props are easily one of the most popular and valuable GoT collectibles. Playing off popular items in the show, notably the various swords, pins and even the Iron Throne itself, the replicas offer realistic collectibles for fans who want something to celebrate their love of the show.
Valarian Steel, which provides officially licensed replica weapons and armor from the show, has produced a variety of swords that match those used by main characters. Specific editions with limited production numbers are the most valuable, and Longclaw, the sword of Jon Snow, Ice, the sword of Eddark Stark, and Needle, the sword of Arya Stark, are the most popular.
While swords and books are nice, some fans want something they can actually use. If you are looking for an authentic experience, elaborate and detailed costumes are available for many of the characters. These are also great for larping and cosplay. Casual fans are in luck as well, with multiple t-shirts showcasing popular sayings from the show and the various houses.
Fun for kids and adults alike, there are several different options for figures. From action figures to ornate statutes, an entire world of collectibles exist that are devoted to the Game of Thrones characters. Funko produces three different figure sets for the popular franchise. These include blind-packaged Mystery Minis, Pop! vinyl figures, and Legacy Collection action figures. There are also various statue and display pieces.
A more traditional avenue for collectors, autographs are a very appealing option for fans of the show. The large and diverse cast lends itself to an impressive assortment of options, with the most common being signed photographs and certified autographs inserted in Rittenhouse products.
Carrying over from the autograph section, Game of Thrones is well-represented in trading cards and gaming cards. Products from Rittenhouse have been released that cover the first two seasons and the third will release in 2014. In addition to this, there is also a gaming card set. A Game of Thrones: The Card Game from Fantasy Flight Games allows 2-4 players the opportunity to join the mystical world of Westeros.
While they don't carry the same collecting power as other items on the list, DVD's and Blu-Rays are still valuable and a great option for fans of the show. The various special editions offer exclusive gifts, extended scenes and additional treats.
Although popular since their release, the Game of Thrones books have seen a considerable bump in interest since the show began. Offering fans a more complete understanding of the story, basic copies can be found for $5-10, and prices go up quickly for early editions and signed versions.
The original books get a lot of the publicity, but the graphic novels and comics are an alternate way for fans to catch up on the series. There are also prequel graphic novels which are set before A Song of Ice and Fire.
Sometimes the most convenient and classic collectible is something you can hang on the wall. Based on personal preference, there are quite a few choices, including original art, prints, posters, plaques, and flags.
Despite all that is covered above, there are still plenty of other Game of Thrones collectibles. From shot glasses to phone covers, and everything in between, if there is something you want, there is a good chance that there is a GoT version.