Season 7 of Game of Thrones will see worlds collide, as Daenerys Targaryen arrives in Westeros to stake a claim to the Iron Throne. She’ll have to wrest it from Cersei Lannister’s cold, scheming fingers, though. And then there are the Starks, who have finally returned to and regained their family seat in Winterfell. Of course, the greatest threat of all is waiting on the other side of the Wall — the Night King and his army of White Walkers.
As viewers count down the days until the HBO drama’s seventh-season premiere on July 16, Yahoo TV is launching our official countdown: #GoTIsComing. Check back here every day as we give updates on all of your favorite characters, details on an important new location, and a travel guide to the locations of Westeros. So pull on a thick coat and get ready for a long and brutal winter.
There is a lot of Game of Thrones merchandise available, but few collectibles are more popular than Funko Pop! dolls. Their adorably cartoony faces juxtapose nicely with the grimness of the show. And they’re priced reasonably enough (they retail for around $9) so that you may find that after buying your favorite character, it’s easy to buy just one more until you have shelves filled with them.
“It’s a badge of honor,” for actors to get a Pop! made of their character, says Funko’s director of marketing, Mark Robben. So much so that at least one of the Thrones actresses — Robben wouldn’t say who — accosted Funko’s CEO at Comic-Con wondering when one would be made for her character. If you’re curious about how the actors play with their own Pop! figurine, Funko Instagrammed the cast doing just that at last year’s premiere.
There are a number of exclusives — sent to specific retailers or events — offering rare and fun variations of favorite characters. This year, San Diego Comic-Con takes place the week after Season 7 premieres and features an exclusive Gold Armor version of “The Mountain” (aka Zombie Gregor).
The Thrones cast is huge, so even though there are already more than 70 different figures, there are still more that fans are clamoring for — input that Funko takes very seriously. Robben says which figures get made are the result of balancing “who [HBO] would like to focus on [and] who we would like to particularly tackle,” as well as what retailers say are selling well. “We also lean heavily on feedback from fans — who fans are asking for, who they feel is missing from their collections.”
That could mean we finally get to see Catelyn Stark or Jaqen H’ghar — two longtime characters who have yet to receive their own Pop! — or possibly even Lyanna Mormont, who parlayed her brief onscreen time last season into cult status. ‘We’ll definitely have some announcements for New York City Comic-Con,” says Robben. “I think fans will be happy.”
Click through this slideshow to see every Game of Thrones Funko Pop! available to date.
Game of Thrones Season 7 premieres Sunday, July 16, at 9 p.m. on HBO.
Read more of our #GoTIsComing coverage:
* ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7: Everything We Know So Far
* ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 Peril-o-Meter: Who Dies Next?
* ‘Game of Thrones’ Spinoffs: What We Know (and Want)
* ‘Game of Thrones’: What’s the Deal With the Citadel?
* ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 Map: A Catch-Up Guide to Where Everyone Is
* ‘Game of Thrones’: What’s Next For the Greyjoys?