Dark Horse Comics’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Wave 2 Ned Stark Figure
April 6, 2014

This week are are going to be looking at Dark Horse Comics‘ 7″ Game of Thrones figure line.  Series 4 of Game of Thrones starts today 4/6 on HBO.  The first wave of figures were released back in January and consisted of Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow.  The second wave of figures just came out last week.   Wave two consists of: Ned Stark, Tyrion Lannister, and Khal Drogo.  Today we are going to look at Ned Stark.

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Dark Horse was the first company out of the gate to lock down a Game of Thrones merchandise license.   In the original press release back in 2011 Dark Horse enticed fans with all of the different types of product that was available to them in this deal:

Dark Horse Deluxe is proud to announce, in partnership with HBO, a vast Game of Thrones product line debuting in the spring of 2012, leading up to the show’s second-season premiere in April. Licensed product categories derived from the series will span a large range, including statues, busts, and action figures; prop and jewelry replicas; and barware, stationery, and other collectibles. This exciting new line of products debuts with a range of branded magnets, patches, playing cards, coaster sets, and more.

Here’s Dark Horse’s description of Ned Stark:

Dark Horse continues an ongoing series of high-quality, affordable, molded plastic figures of the most-asked-for characters.

The Ned Stark figure measures 8.25″ tall, and is based on the likeness of the actor from the HBO series.

The paint application is of the highest standards, reproducing the nuances of the character’s likeness and costume. Presented in a deluxe window box packaging echoing the HBO series’ graphic design.

The figure itself is 8.25″ and is not articulated.      The figure comes attached to a non-removable base.   If you are looking for an articulated action figure then Funko’s Legacy GOT figures will be more your speed.  If you are looking for a nice line of reasonably priced 6-8″ figures in iconic scenes and poses from the series then this is the line for you.

I think the likeness sculpts on the second wave are even better than the first wave.   You can absolutely see Sean Bean in this figure.      The paint on the figure is very clean and the costume details are really nice. Check out the fur sculpt on the top of the cape.   The only issue I had was with his sword.   The blade is a separate piece that you assemble.   Mine seems to be a bit long so if you want it to be straight in front of him the tip needs to angle back a bit.   If you leave it where you think it should be it will bow a bit.   I don’t know if they are all like that, but mine certainly is.

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Here is wave 2 together:

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Ned Stark and the rest of Wave 2 is available right now at BigBadToyStore.com, Entertainment Earth.com and Amazon.com.

 

Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website www.ActionFigureInsider.com. Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on MSNBC.com, Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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