TYRION, JAIME, & BRIENNE
GAME OF THRONES BOOTLEGOS
Most of the stuff I review on this site is totally legit, and totally on the up and up. That being said, most toy collectors will run into at least a few bootleg action figures throughout their collecting career. I myself have always been pretty fascinated by bootlegs, but I think the most fascinating thing is just how far they’ve come. Back when I first learned of them, they tended to just be cheap re-molds of official products, with a pure focus on producing the cheapest item possible in the hopes of ensnaring an unsuspecting buyer. While that sort of Bootleg still exists, there’s been a serious upswing in Bootlegs that can well and truly pass as an official product. Sometimes it offers collectors a chance at a cheaper version of an expensive figure (as seen with the knock-off Ninja Turtles I looked at last summer), but with increasing frequency, they’ve started expanding collections by offering things you wouldn’t be able to get through legitimate means. Like, say, if you wanted a set of Legos based on the characters from Game of Thrones…
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
The three Minifigures presented here are based on Brienne of Tarth and Tyrion & Jaimie Lannister, as seen on HBO’s Game of Thrones. From what I’ve been able to find online, there’s twelve of these figures out there, with Jon, Joffery, a White Walker, Drogo, Daenerys, Ygritte, Varys, Melisandra, and Arya all also being represented. I’ve seen a number of different company names attached to them, which is pretty typical with these sorts of lines, since they aren’t strictly legal. It looks like they’ve just started showing up in the last year or so.
Tyrion is kind of a lock with any GoT merch, even the illegitimate stuff. He’s seen here in this season 1/season 2 attire, and his lack of a scar shows he predates the Battle of Blackwater. His base body is a good mimic of the standard Lego faire, to the point the most people would be unlikely to notice. There’s a little more give to the plastic than there would be on a real Lego product, but that’s about it. He uses the smaller leg piece, to help make him shorter than the others, as well as the surfer dude hair, which is actually a pretty good fit. Like his construction, his paint is a pretty good mock of the actual Lego stuff; you can clearly make out the important details on his vest, and his face is a halfway decent Lego-ization of Dinklage. His scuff is a bit dark I think, but that’s about it. Tyrion’s gimmick is drinking and knowing things; knowing things is a bit hard to indicate through accessories, so he has to settle for just the drinking bit, with the included golden goblet. It’s half as tall as he is, which is more than a little amusing.
Jaimie may not be GoT’s most pivotal character, but he’s one of the more intriguing ones (for me anyway). He’s had a diverse selection of looks throughout the show’s run, but this figure goes for his Kingsguard look from season 1, just like his Funko figure did. It’s probably his most distinctive look, even if he didn’t spend a ton of time in it. He uses the Snape hair, which is a reasonable fit for the character, I suppose. He’s also got the standard knight’s armor piece, and a cloth cape. The cape I think is the piece that most gives this away as inauthentic; it’s just not the same quality as the usual Lego capes. It’s not awful, but it also hangs a bit weird. Jaime’s paint is decent enough, and I really like the chainmail details on the arms and legs. That being said, the decision to mold his body in all white feels slightly off to me. Maybe more of a cream color would have worked better? He’s packed with a fairly standard broadsword, which suits him well enough.
Brienne is one of my favorite parts of Game of Thrones. She’s one of the few noble characters to have stuck around, and I continue to enjoy her in every appearance. Here’s hoping she gets more to do next season! This figure appears to be based on her early appearances, back when she was lugging Jaime around. I think. The cape is throwing me. She uses the generic hairpiece used for the likes of Cyclops and Hal Jordan, along with the same armor piece used for Jaime, which captures her general look pretty well. She also gets a cloth cape and skirting under her armor. The cloth pieces are a little more convincing here, but still a little off. Her paint isn’t quite as finely detailed as Jaime’s, but it looks like her to me, so I’m satisfied. In particular, I really like that look of determination on her face; it’s so Brienne! Like Jaime, she includes a basic broadsword.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I picked these up from one of the venders at this year’s Farpiont. I was just wandering through the dealer’s room, and I casually looked over at the Lego table, when a Drogo caught my eye. They had the whole set of twelve, but I ended up going with the characters that looked the best, which were these three. It’s so odd to have Legos of this sort of property, but I’m certainly not complaining. I think Brienne’s my favorite of the set, with Tyrion not far behind. Jaime’s okay, but seems the most off of the bunch. Still, all three are solid little figures. Now, I just need to avoid falling down the bootlego rabbit hole completely. That would be bad.