Game of Thrones Dolls
On Sunday nights, even on Mother’s Day, I leave behind the mundane matters of being a working mom and a busy blogger. For an hour on the weekend, I’m transported to a world where there is certainly a lot of strife and stress, but it’s of an epic, grandiose nature.
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!