|Dragon Heart: “Game of Thrones” sets sci-fi geeks’ (and their moms’) imaginations afire!|
The character of the Khaleesi has walked through a firestorm and has emerged stronger on the other side. She is also known as the “Mother of Dragons.”
Sure, I might be upset that my kitchen renovation is taking three times longer than I had been led to believe, but what’s that compared to ritual beheadings, avalanches, sword and sorcery, and soaring dragons? My worries seem minuscule when compared to the travails of “Game of Thrones.”
When it first debuted on American cable TV in April 2011, its network—HBO—seemed to be striving for an acronym of “heavenly bodies ogled.” Almost every episode featured prolonged examinations of curvaceous wenches and undressed harlots. It was downright uncomfortable at times to watch the background players having to shed their tunics and their inhibitions.
This season, the third one, the “sex for sex sake” seems to have been curtailed. There’s the occasional glimpse of a bare torso or a minute of lovemaking, but it’s nothing as overt as the first two years.
“Game of Thrones” has a solid fan base, and as such it is merchandised in all manner of licensed products. However, amid all the T-shirts, posters, replica daggers, and drinking vessels, there are, of course, dolls!
Funko, which excels at taking sci-fi and fantasy-themed characters and making them “cute,” has outdone itself with its Pop version of these royal protagonists. The leading figures, as well as some supporting players, have been given the Funko transformation. The results are adorable, which is something I normally wouldn’t apply to a program that routinely features massacres, battles, and torture. But the Funko folks have managed to turn carnage into cute-age. It’s admirable.
A lot of independent artists have been inspired by the sweeping nature of the show. There are so many different plot lines to follow, and dramatic relationships to delve into. It’s tailor-made for people who love to design and sew.
Looking at Etsy, DeviantArt, and on eBay, I discovered there are many one-of-a-kind artists who have made effigies of these Sunday-night stalwarts. My personal favorite character—and it’s perfect for Mother’s Day, isn’t it?—is the “Mother of Dragons,” known as Daenerys Targaryen, or the Khaleesi. (Lots of characters on the show have alphabetically elongated identities. It takes a village to type one of their names!)
I like her because (A) we’ve seen her grow from a mousy, subservient sister to the “mother of dragons,” (B) she is not afraid to spill blood while pursuing her destiny, (C) she carries herself as if she’s already on the throne, and (D) did I mention she controls dragons????
That’s pretty incredible to my way of thinking. I used to devour all of the Anne McCaffrey “Dragonriders of Pern” series, so I am inclined to like anyone who is able to wrangle a fire-breathing, flying reptile! I used to think that Cesar Millan was impressive with his “dog whisperer” ways. Forget him—this platinum blonde chick is a dragon whisperer!
My good friend Cam and I both get a kick out of the Khaleesi. In fact, Cam, who is trying to cut down on his cussing, has taken to using “Mother of Dragons” as his go-to obscenity. If he accidentally stubs a toe or gets disconnected from customer service—after a 15-minute phone wait—he’ll lustily bellow, “MOTHER OF DRAGONS!” or even “Mother of ALL Dragons!”
The actress, Emilia Clarke, who plays her on the series, is currently on Broadway in the role of Holly Golightly in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” We’ve discussed whether we should go see the play or not.
As Cam says, “Unless Holly comes out with a tabby cat in one arm, and a dragon perched on her shoulder, it’s going to be a let-down.”
True, a high-class call girl pales in comparison with a driven, self-directing queen-in-waiting. As the third season rolls on, Cam and I watch the show and then compare notes afterward.
Hopefully, some more OOAK artists will pick up on the vast canvas of potential fantasy-themed creations. There are so many heroes, heroines, villains, jokers, and wild beasts to re-create or be inspired by.
I’ve got my fingers crossed that there will be some “Game of Thrones” BJDs, repaints, and original resins and polymer clay sculpts in the near future. After all, more than 13 million fans can’t be wrong!
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The 2015 DOLLS Awards of Excellence Industry’s Choice winners (DAEs, also called the Diamond Awards) were announced at the International Doll & Teddy Bear Show in Asheville, N.C., June 6. The Industry's Choice winners will go on to become the nominee's in the Public's Choice voting, set to begin in late June.
Without further ado, here are the winners of this year's Industry's Choice Diamond Awards!
The Jones Publishing Lifetime Achievement Award is bestowed upon one recipient per year. This award was created in 2002 in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the introduction of the teddy bear, with the first recipient being Steiff, a German-based plush toy company known for its high quality and prices.
The Lifetime Achievement recipient must be or have been involved in some aspect of the doll and/or teddy bear field for a minimum of 25 years. The recipient may be an individual, partnership, corporation, company, author, artist, marketer, historian or any other industry professional. Lifetime Achievement Award nominations may be made by previous recipients or members of the LAA committee.
To qualify as a nominee, entrants must meet the following criteria:
The Lifetime Achievement Award has been presented to the following individuals and companies since its inception:
2003 Hildegard Gunzel
2004 Alexander Doll Company
2005 R. John Wright
2006 Wendy Lawton
2007 Virginia Turner
2008 Toy Shoppe
2010 Helen Kish
2012 Maggie Iacono
2013 Heidi Plusczok
2014 Jack Johnston
2015 Kaye Wiggs
August 8, 2014 - Blackall Associates Inc. is proud to announce the winner of its Summer Heat Photo Contest. The contest drew entries from around the world. Masterpiece Doll collectors sent in a special photo showing how their Masterpiece Dolls were enjoying the summer heat.
You haven’t seen a toy show until you’ve seen this one. Six buildings! Over six hundred exhibitors! Exclusively toys and dolls and children’s playthings on display everywhere! This is the show everyone always says they intend to visit, and now is the time to do just that. Collectors say the Chicago Toy Show really is the largest in the entire world. They are correct. Collectors say they find toys at this show that are never seen anywhere else. Correct again.
19 April 2014 – 5 October 2014
A special exhibition will take place at the Toy Worlds Museum Basle to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Japanese-Swiss diplomacy and friendship.