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Dark Horse Unveils Hound Bust

Following our recent post giving a quick run down on what’s going on on the toy front of Game of Thrones licensing, we’re pleased to share some news from Dark Horse. While NY Toy Fair has just started, they’ve given us a look at one of the latest products they’re making, a sizable bust of Sandor Clegane, aka the Hound.

As you can see below, the highly-deailed Clegane bust features features a hinged visor for his helmet, a feat which I can’t say I’ve ever seen before of a collectible bust of this sort. Whether others have done it or not, though, it’s certainly a neat touch, allowing fans the chance to display him how they like.

 

 

New Trailer This Sunday

Taking a page from Han Zimmer’s Inception score, HBO is teasing a brand new trailer due this Sunday night with this very brief Vine video—and accompanying audio—that suggests it may focus on Daenerys and the story in the east:

No new images here, but it certainly whets the appetite to see more.

Nice Day for a Red Wedding Cake

As the Season 3 Blu-Ray release approaches its February 18th release date (Pre-order: US Bluray, US DVD, UK Bluray, UK DVD),  HBO and HBO UK hosted a very special event for bloggers, media, and fans presenting an early look at the kind of exclusive features the Blu-ray will take place. We were invited, and I happily trooped off to London while Linda held down the fort.

Hosted at the lovely Soho hotel, the event featured an open bar (very important, that!), a magnificent Red Wedding-themed cake made by the talented Choccywoccydoodah team, and a terrific hostess in Maisie Williams. After an initial bit of chatting—including with Nick and Ben from the University of Exeter’s Game of Thrones Society—we were ushered in to the Soho’s theatre for a screening of the Blu-Ray-exclusive, detailed behind the scenes look at the creation of “The Rains of Castamere”. The episode was introduced by Maisie, who discussed her reaction and that of fans the world over to the infamous Red Wedding—reactions that led HBO to create this teaser for the collection:

As the program started with the familiar strains of the Game of Thrones theme, we saw the typical picture-in-picture approach to showing the episode and also behind the scene interviews, shots, and more that described the action as it was going on, how it was put together, and more. It should prove very insightful for those who want to learn what goes into creating an episode, and adapting written material to the screen. Courtesy of HBO, here’s a taste of what this will look like, with an excerpt from the episode:

Afterward, HBO gave out gift bags to those who had attended, including their own very slice of the Red Wedding cake. All in all, it was a terrific event, put together first and foremost for the fans of Game of Thrones. Hopefully UK fans will get more opportunities in the future to take part in such special screening events!

Toys are Coming

As season 4 approaches, the licensing juggernaut that is HBO’s Game of Thrones keeps on moving as well. Things are heating up significantly in the toy area (keep reading for a contest to win some of the figures!), as figurines and miniatures based on the Game of Thrones license have proven very popular. Leading the way, of course, has been Funko‘s POP! series of figures, which are being released in new editions with some regularity. Funko has been expanding, however, in two directions.

First, to really encourage the collecting craze, Funko has created its new “blind box” minis in the same style as the POP! figures. The “blind boxes”—named for the fact that you never know what you’re going to get—are going to lead to a lot of collecting and trading. The other direction Funko has gone, however, is creating the first-ever 6” collectible action figures for the series. Not yet really released, Toy Ark spotted early photos of the figures via an eBay auction of someone who had gotten a hold of them early. The initial series of six figures include Jon Snow, Tyrion Lannister , The Hound, a White Walker, Daenerys Targaryen, and Ned Stark.

Watch the Foreshadowing

Last night, HBO aired a 15 minute feature highlighting what’s to come in season 4… and embracing the magic of the Internet, they have releaed it on to Youtube. You can watch it below:

Having watched that, what has you most excited?

(Our usual screencapping efforts shall be delayed a few days, as some other Game of Thrones-relevant things take precedence!)

Bluray Extra Previews

As the February 18th release date for the Game of Thrones season 3 Blu-Ray and DVD set approaches (Pre-order: US Bluray, US DVD, UK Bluray, UK DVD), previews of some of its contents have begun to appear. Over at Target.com, the full animated retelling of the Battle of Qohor—narrated by Iain Glen—can be seen.here. Have to say, the animation gets increasingly intricate and ambitious—terrific work from the DVD content team.

Now the Wall Street Journal has joined in the fun, sharing an exclusive look at behind-the-scenes material connected to the episode “The Rains of Castamere”,  revealing some of the effects magic to make the direwolves take part in the action:

Impressive digital compositing and greenscreen work, reminding one that the show is one of the most elaborate productions in the history of television.

Meet the New Production Designer

The Making Game of Thrones blog has posted a new season 4 video, this time introducing the show’s new production designer, Deborah Riley. A lot of glimpses of new sets, discussion of all the work that is involved in one of the most intricate television productions in the world, and also some glimpses of characters old (in brand new costumes, in some cases) and new:

On a related note, the Game of Thrones production has a tremendous crew working for it, many of them Northern Ireland locals, so it’s no surprise that Belfast’s growing reputation as a place with a lot of skilled craftsmen and production workers has led to more demand for studio space to accommodate more productions.

Stills from Season 4

HBO has finally released some official stills from season 4 of Game of Thrones—premiering April 6th—and there’s the usual lovely assortment of images of actors…

.... but for fans of the novels, perhaps the most important one is the one that features the first good look at Indira Varma as Ellaria Sand, with that character’s lover, the Dornish prince Oberyn Martell, also known as the Red Viper. There’s many more images to be found, however, totalling fifteen showing off some new costumes, hinting at some key relationships, and more (including, for that matter, the first good look at Michiel Huisman as Daario Naharis.

You can find them at our gallery.

A Foreshadowing of the Foreshadowing

Ahead of the February 9th airing of the 15 minute-long season 4 preview feature, HBO has released a promotional video giving a taste of what’s to come:

Just one tiny bit of new footage, I believe, featuring Joffrey with a sword (fans will know what that’s about). The real fun comes February 9th.

Game of Thrones Featurette Due February 9

HBO has just sent out a news blast with information that should be of interest to fans of Game of Thrones: a 15 minute featurette will air prior to February 9’s airing of True Detective (great show, by the by) , titled Game of Thrones Ice and Fire: A Foreshadowing. The featurette promises to have “clips from upcoming episodes, behind-the-scenes-footage, interviews with talent, and cast members’ answers to questions posed by fans.” Should contain yet more glimpses of new things from Season 4, set to debut on April 6th.

International Exhibition Returns

The Game of Thrones exhibition of previous seasons is making a come back for season 4, with some brand new exhibits included. Spanning three continents and six countries, starting January 27th in New York City. The full press release, and the list of dates and locations, can be found below:

On the Set of Season 4

Now that the trailer is out, it’s no great surprise that HBO has started providing more material for fans to feast their eyes on. First up? A brand new entry in the “On the Set” series of videos, this one introducing season 4 to fans as it zooms about the four countries in which the past season was filmed, talks to executive producers and other key members of cast and crew alike, and gives us a few glimpses of some new locations and characters.

The video is embedded below:

Worldbuilders Charity Auction

Worldbuilders, the charitable organization founded by writer Patrick Rothfuss, is currently running a fundraising auction via Ebay, and there are a number of items that may be of interesting to fans of Game of Thrones, thanks to a number of replicas and busts donated by Valyrian Steel—official license holders to replicas of both A Song of Ice and Fire and Game of Thrones weapons and armor—to the effort. Some of the limited editions up for auction include Loras Tyrell’s helm from the tourney scene in season 1 (probably the most beautiful single piece of armor created for the show to date), the Hound’s helm,  Robb Stark’s sword, and a Stark man-at-arms shield.

Also of note, a hardcover copy of A Feast for Crows, signed by George R.R. Martin, and licensed Game of Thrones busts and statues made by Dark Horse.

Definitely worth checking out, as it’s all for a good cause!

New Inside Game of Thrones Book Announced

After the success of last year’s book penned by writer and producer Bryan Cogman, it should be no surprise that HBO has announced a new book for Fall 2014 publication, written by Cat Taylor (assistant to the executive producers, and writer of the missives on the official Making Game of Thrones blog). It doesn’t seem that it can be preordered on Amazon.com as yet, but below you’ll find the details revealed in the press release:

Watch the New Game of Thrones Trailer

Here it is, folks:

Lots and lots of dialog, glimpses of intriguing scenes… should be a bit of excitement for everyone! Season 4 premieres on April 6th.

We’ve begun to collect images from the video, with some commentary, starting here and moving on towards page 1.