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2012 Holiday Gifts Roundup: GoT Shot Glasses

Complete your Game of Thrones poker night with these House sigil shot glasses!

Game of Thrones Shot Glasses

Now that you have your set of playing cards, you need to liven up your game with these shot glasses featuring 9 of the Great Houses of Westeros, plus the weird stag-burning-heart thing that Stannis made up. This ten glass set features the Stark Direwolf, the Greyjoy Kraken, the Baratheon Stag, the Arryn Eagle, the Targaryen Dragon, the Martell Spear-pierced Sun, the Tyrell Rose, the Tully Trout, the Lannister Lion, and the bastardized Stannis sigil for the splinter House Baratheon of Dragonstone. The House words are on the back; except, of course, for the Stannis cup, which only has the GoT logo because he just made all this up five minutes ago. Bottoms up!

The Game of Thrones House Sigil Shot Glasses, an HBO Store exclusive, are available for $59.99.

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2012 Holiday Gifts Roundup: GoT Playing Cards

If collectible card games aren’t your thing, how about a set of “normal” playing cards?

As normal as things can be in the world of HBO’s Game of Thrones. These playing cards are perfect for poker night, and are still suitable for a collector who’d rather just stick with 52 cards (plus jokers) in a deck, thankyouverymuch. Each suit is assigned to a specific house sigil: Starks are Clubs, Baratheons are Spades, Lannisters are Diamonds and Targaryens are Hearts; each “face card” features a character portrait from the first season of the show. The final touch completes the deck with Varys as the Joker.

The 3″x4″ Game of Thrones playing card deck from Dark Horse comics are sturdy enough for regular play but are not casino-quality, all plastic construction, so shuffle this deck carefully!

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2012 Holiday Gifts Roundup: Iron Throne Paperweight

If the $30,000 Iron Throne life-size replica is a bit outside of your price range, you’re in luck!

Iron Throne Paperweight

The Game of Thrones Iron Throne Paperweight makes a great gift for those aspiring towards the Iron Throne and just don’t have the budget for the life-size replica. The paperweight is a miniature version of the iconic Throne, crafted in poly-resin and hand painted, measuring a mere 5 x 4.75 inches and weighing in at only 1.35lbs.

This item makes a great gift at only $59.99 at the HBO Store; hurry while supplies last.

Iron Throne Statue

Looking to upgrade to a mid-size model of the Iron Throne? Try the Game of Thrones Iron Throne Replica Statue.

All of the Iron Throne replicas from the HBO Store are based on the seat of power of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, as seen in the hit TV series Game of Thrones. The show is an adaptation from George RR Martin’s award-winning A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy book series.

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2012 Holiday Gifts Roundup: Iron Throne Replica

Do you have what it takes to sit the Iron Throne?

Iron Throne Replica

Now you can find out if you measure up to the likes of Aegon and Viserys Targaryen, the first of their names. But it will cost you thirty grand! Plus shipping.

The Game of Thrones Life Size Replica Iron Throne is a real chair. You sit in it. You may actually be harmed by it. A great way of testing your mettle.

This replica is not made from the swords of your surrendered enemies, but instead of fiberglass and fire-proof resin, so it is unlikely to have been forged by the mighty breath of Balerian the Black Dread.

While not exactly comfy, the throne is large, measuring over 7 feet in height, and over 5 feet in depth and width. It’s also 350 pounds, so I imagine the shipping on this thing is a pretty penny. It does include white glove delivery service, so be sure to alert your local TV crews of the arrival time. Unfortunately you can’t get your new chair in time for Xmas. Be prepared to wait 6-8 weeks for them to customize and process your order. This ain’t no Mickey-D’s burger.

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2012 Holiday Gifts Roundup: GoT Card Game Chapter Packs

Let’s dive into the Game of Thrones card game a little more and talk about the available Chapter Packs!

Assuming you already have A Game of Thrones LCG core set, the available Chapter Packs bring a new level of gameplay as you risk it all for the Iron Throne. Chapter Pack add-ons are sets of additional 40-60 cards (depending on version) to supplement your decks, whether they are the standard out-of-the box ones or hand-customized decks that suit your gaming style.

Unlike traditional Collectible Card Games (CCG), Fantasy Flight Games use the Living Card Game (LCG) model of boosting their playable content.

Fantasy Flight Games has a method of game additions that removes the random assortment and “rare cards” aspect that can frustrate gamers and collectors. Each expansion offers the same set of cards but leaves it open for the gamer to create their own customized, dynamic deck that suits their style. The Chapter Packs are one method (GoT expansions are another) to expand your gameplay, and there are a lot of different packs to choose from. The older version featured 40-card expansions. The new, updated version includes 60 cards, with 3 copies of each card instead of 2 as in the previous version. The good news is that many of the older 40 card packs have been updated to the revised version.

Since there are a TON of these expansions, we’ve included just a sampling of the cards available, all in the new 60-card format. You still need the Core Set to play these expansions! The Return of the Others was the last to be published in the 40-card format, but the one featured here is revised. It is part of the Defenders of the North expansion pack set, featuring Starks, Wolves & Wildlings, all of which are popular with everyone.

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2012 Holiday Gifts Roundup: Daenerys Vinyl Figurine

What can be better than an ultra-cute Dany doll complete with tiny baby dragon?

Daenerys Targaryen POP! Vinyl Doll

Everyone’s favorite Khaleesi, Daenerys Targaryen, is now available as a chibi-fied doll to sit on your desk and dream of her lost kingdom. The Game of Thrones Pop! Television Daenerys Targaryen Figurine is available for $9.99 at the HBO Store. Wearing her riding clothes, she is ready to lead her Khalasar to victory with her green dragon Rheagal on her arm. The official store lists the dragon as Drogon, but clearly it’s not. Drogon is black and read, while Rheagal is green and bronze.

The three and quarter inch figure is a perfect size to top your holiday tree!

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2012 Holiday Gifts Roundup: The Hand’s Badge

It’s good to be the King, but being The Hand is not bad, either. Except for lately. The Hands haven’t had a good run of luck these days. Are you brave enough to wear the badge of office?

As the saying goes, what the king dreams, the Hand builds. Show off your Handiness with this pin from Dark Horse. The replica of the badge worn by Ned Stark in the first season and Tyrion Lannister in the second season of HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones. Do you have what it takes to lead armies and advise the King, be he drunken oaf or spoiled brat? Before taking office, you need to be sure you know how to play the game. If you have what it takes, by all means wear the Hand’s brooch. But don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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2012 Holiday Gifts Roundup: Jon and Arya Diorama

Capture the magic of familial love with this Jon and Arya diorama, perfect for holiday giving.

Jon Snow and Arya Stark Diorama

It’s inarguable that Jon Snow and Arya Stark have one of the most heartwarming and enduring relationships in all of A Song of Ice and Fire. Second perhaps only to Arya’s undying bond with Nymeria. Set upon the steps of Winterfell, this endearing piece shows a touching moment between these two. Raised as siblings, you can see that Lord Snow and Arya Horseface share the Stark blood, and t’ ain’t nobody that’ll tell you diff’rent.

Sculpted by Tom Meier, each 54mm scale miniature is cast in pewter and resin and is sold unpainted. It is up to you, the collector, to paint to fit your own flight of fancy. The images of the painted versions on the website feature the work of artist Jessica Rich.

You can buy the Jon & Arya miniature from the GRRM section of the Dark Sword Miniatures website.

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I’m a Terrible Fan, But Happy Birthday

Please accept my sincere regrets and appologies for not posting, like, at all, since Season Two Game of Thrones started. It’s been a whirlwind, I’ll catch you all up eventually!

A very heartfelt, belated Happy Birthday to Mr. Peter Dinklage and Mr. Hugh Laurie, who as we all know, were born on June 11th but to different moms and in different years. Please ignore that it is now June 12th in the “real” world, and join me in spreading a little Happy Happy Joy Joy!!!

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Peter Dinklage plays “Scrabble for Cheaters” Tournament

The non-profit group 826NYC is throwing a “Scrabble for Cheaters” tournament on April 21, 2012 to help support their free programs for NYC public school students. Peter Dinklage will be participating with Jonathan Marc Sherman (a friend and colleague since Bennington College) on their team Overall Wash.

This is not your typical Scrabble game. This game is for cheaters! And you can help Overall Wash cheat their way to the top by making a donation, which funds the 826NYC organization’s creative & educational programs. Help Peter & Jonathan “invent a word” on the spot, add points to any tile, and even “Surf the ‘Net” to knock the opposing team out of the tournament using the cash you donate.

From 826NYC:
“On April 21st, join Peter Dinklage, John Hodgman, Jonathan Marc Sherman, and Michael Showalter for Scrabble for Cheaters 2012, an elimination scrabble tournament, where you and a teammate play against other teams to compete for the coveted Cheater’s Cup.”

The 5th Annual Scrabble for Cheaters will be held at 12PM Saturday, April 21st
at 826NYC HQ: 372 5th Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, NYC.

I’m going to start cheating right now. Here’s a link to some of the best Scrabble word lists on the Internet. If Overall Wash gets stuck, they should use ScrabbleCheat.

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