Want to own the Iron Throne from "Game of Thrones"? You can travel to the fictional land of Westeros, sack Kings Landing, and kill its current occupant, Joffrey Baratheon. Or you can click over to the HBO store and pay $30,000 for a very nice replica.
The latter way is probably easier, if a little less brave. Also: Winning the throne in battle will make you the envy of all your friends, and putting it on your AmEx will make you look like a dork with rich parents. Kind of like Joffrey.
HBO says no one has stepped up to claim a throne yet, but the replicas just went on sale Tuesday. And, yes, the network says this is real. (We just clicked through to see if we could buy one, and it seemed like we could have. But we didn't.)
Each throne is made to order, but does not include a cushion. So what does $30,000 get you, exactly? Here are some specs:
Height: 7'2 Depth: 5'11 Width: 5'5 Weight: 350 pounds Made of: Hand-finished, hand-painted fiberglass. Fire-proof resin.
Granted, that's not as impressive as the original throne, which, according to legend, is made of a thousand swords that were hammered into a chair over 59 days.
But the fire-proof resin will be helpful if anyone from Winterfell tries to burn down your apartment complex to seize your awesome new seat. You might also want to pay off some sadistic guards to protect your investment, and help you get it into the U-Haul next time you move.
Finally, if you're seriously considering this, shipping and handling is $1,800. As if that would stop you at this point.