#1021: Ned Stark

NED STARK

GAME OF THRONES: LEGACY COLLECTION

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Remember when I had FOUR Game of Thrones figures and that was all sorts of crazy excessive? Four? A whole four? Hey, guess what? Yeah, there’s more of ‘em now. Without further ado, I’m officially kicking off Westeros Week! Let’s get this thing started!

One of the best known things about Game of Thrones is the rather high mortality rate amongst its stars. And what better way to get that idea across from the very start than casting perennial dead guy Sean Bean in one of the lead roles for the first season? Ned Stark’s name might as well have been Toast Stark. Typical of many of Sean Bean’s characters, despite Ned’s unfortunate demise during the show’s first season, he’s still one of the show’s most memorable characters. So, unsurprisingly, when Funko started making figures, Ned was one of the very first.

THE FIGURE ITSELF

NedStark2Ned Stark was released in Series 1 of Funko’s Game of Thrones: Legacy Collection, as figure #6, which makes him chronologically the last figure in the series. The figure is 6 inches tall and he has 26 points of articulation. Ned’s just a smidge taller than his son Robb, which is true to real life; Sean Bean is an inch taller than Richard Madden. Ned’s appearance is based on his look during his time serving as Hand of the King, specifically in the episode “You Win or You Die,” which is a pretty pivotal episode for Ned. I know a lot of people had wanted a Winterfell Ned, which is probably the slightly more interesting look. That said, this is Ned’s basic look for a good chunk of his time on the show, so I can hardly fault Funko’s choice. The whole Game of Thrones: Legacy Collection was sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios, Ned included. His sculpt is pretty strong, at least on par Robb’s. At first glance, it seems like Ned shares a number of pieces with Robb, but after close examination, I think the only piece that’s the same is the skirt of his tunic. The level of detail, especially on the clothing is once again very impressive. The stitching and the patterned textures look really nice. As far as build, it does seem to me that Ned is a bit on the skinny side, and his shoulders seem a little narrow. In addition, his hair seems a bit thicker than it was on the show, which doesn’t really help the issue of the narrow shoulders. That said, the overall appearance is a pretty good rendition of Sean Bean as Ned. You can definitely tell who it’s supposed to be. Ned’s sheath for his sword is a separate piece, glued in place. Well, it’s supposed to be, anyway. Mine was rattling around in the bottom of the package when I got the figure. It’s nothing major, as a small spot of glue is all that’s needed to fix it, but it’s still a little frustrating to have to do such things myself. Ned’s paintwork is pretty well done. The clothes have some very nice accent work to bring out the sculpt’s details. There’s a bit of slop here and there, especially on his Hand insignia and around his mouth/beard, but the overall appearance isn’t bad at all. Ned is packed with both a standard broadsword and his family’s ancestral Valeryan Steel sword Ice. The standard sword isn’t bad, and can be sheathed on his belt. Ice itself isn’t a bad piece (though it does seem a bit comically large), however, Ned’s limited elbow movement means he can’t really hold it, even to do the signature “Winter is Coming” pose. It’s also too bad we couldn’t get Ice’s wolf pelt sheath, but I guess that would have been too much.

THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION

After my first round of watching Game of Thrones, I liked Ned, but not enough that I felt the need to buy his action figure. Then two things happened. First, I started rewatching the show with Tim and Jill, and realized I liked Ned quite a bit. Then, I stopped by the closing Movie Stop near me (which has since officially closed), and Ned was one of the three GoT figures they had left, so I got him for a decent deal. Ned has his flaws, but he’s a pretty solid figure. It’s a shame we didn’t get more of the Starks.

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