Funko is adding a Night King and dragon figure to its Game of Thrones range. This jaw-dropping moment - Vladimir Furdik’s Night King burning a hole in The Wall while riding the reanimated corpse of Viserion - has quickly become one of the most iconic images in the show’s seven-year history. It’s no surprise that Funko has leaped at the opportunity to make its own version.
As the as-yet-undefined gap between seasons looms ahead, the Night King has become one of the biggest talking points in the Game of Thrones fandom. The theories about Bran being connected to the Night King are coming thick and fast, with some fans believing there’s a big clue along those lines hidden in this dragon-riding sequence. It’s also been suggested that Bran’s new partnership with Sam could be linked to the Night King’s rise to power. Isaac Hempstead Wright, who plays Bran, isn't sure about the theory.
It has to be said that the product designers at Funko have outdone themselves this time. Occasionally, you could criticise the model makers for over-simplifying their subjects to the point that Funko Pop figures look unremarkable and indistinguishable. But this is not one of those times. This Funko version of the Night King and Viserion - which was revealed in an official Funko blog - is beautifully detailed and very tempting to purchase:
As Funko’s popularity has grown, and as its officially licensed merchandise has continued to sell by the bucketload, the toy company has clearly been let into the inner circles of the major networks. Work on this Game of Thrones Funko Pop must have begun ages ago, meaning that Funko knew about the dragon-riding scene long before it aired for the public. HBO must have a lot of trust in them. The same goes for Adult Swim; they must have let Funko in on some insider information, because the recent Pickle Rick Funko announcement came very shortly after the relevant Rick & Morty episode.
However, even though it’s been announced and advertised, you can’t get your hands on this Night King Funko figure straight away. Entertainment Earth has the product listed - at a price of $24.99 - for a January 2018 launch. You won’t be finding a frightful Night King and dragon combo in your Christmas stocking, then. In the meantime, Game of Thrones fans at this year’s New York Comic-Con will be able to buy new Funko figures of Lyanna Mormont and Jaqen H’Ghar.
Game of Thrones season 8 premieres in either 2018 or 2019.