Review of Funko Game of Thrones Legacy The Hound Action Figure
If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, it’s worth picking up your favorite character, but probably not any more than the ones you can’t live without. If you're not a fan, don’t pick these up. They’re not a high enough quality to be generic knights for a medieval display.
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I watched Game of Thrones seasons one through four at a feverish pace, absorbing all forty hours of the show (forty-one if you count the time I spent replaying poor Oberon getting his head squished) in less than a month. The show is reputed for killing off fan favorites, but thanks to Funko they can stay alive in your action figure collection, at least until they break, which will, very much like the death of your current favorite, happen soon. Unlike you suckers, my favorite character hasn’t died yet. At least not on-screen.
There was a maester behind that rock.
I’d happily watch a weekly sitcom of the Hound and Arya traveling the countryside and stabbing their way out of whatever hijinx they get into.
Bottom line: I love the Hound, which is why I snagged Funko’s Game of Thrones Legacy The Hound action figure. I love it, because I love the character. As I talk about in my column that’s Funko’s MO. Make a decent to subpar figure (or a great bobblehead) that capitalizes on people’s love for characters.
The Hound action figure has a few problems. The first is bland packaging. It’s a window box with his house insignia on the lower left corner of the window. The insignia is a nice nod to the fans. It’s there again on the side. It’s just that everything else is so bland.
I’m not sure what they were going for with the back. The Hound is a warrior, and spends most of his time on the show messing people up. Why not a picture of him fighting on the box? He’s in the Battle of Blackwater, where he straight up cleaved a dude down the middle. He fought in a trial by combat to be freed from the Brothers without Banners. He and Brienne of Tarth had an epic fight that results in him not dying. (He’ll still be alive if I don’t admit it). Why a picture of him adjusting his gloves?
The accessories do manage to be more interesting.
I’ll start with the bad: of his two swords only one actually fits in his hand. Why include an accessory that doesn’t work? He’d look awesome with a sword in either hand but that’s impossible without breaking the knob off this sword.
The sane one came with a sheath attached to his hip that ripped off the first time I tried to put the sword back into it. I hadn’t had the figure open for more than fifteen minutes when it broke. I’m more than a little bit angry. Funko needs to do better.
The good is his helmet. It’s awesome on the show and it’s awesome with the figure. It’s soft plastic, so it’s best to be gentle when pulling it on or off, but take a gander.
His armor looks good too. It’s true to the show. The problem is that it restricts the figures movements. The elbows have trouble going up and down, and the shoulders can’t really move anyway other than outwards without a strong push. This seems to be a common thing with action figures. When are companies going to learn to put decorations over joints? It seems like it should be common sense.
If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, it’s worth picking up your favorite character, but probably not any more than the ones you can’t live without. (And hey, the Hound is from the first line, so maybe they’ve gotten better over time). If you’re not a Game of Thrones fan, one, watch it because it’s amazing, and two, don’t pick these up. They’re not a high enough quality to be generic knights for a medieval display.
You can pick up Game of Thrones Legacy The Hound at Entertainment Earth for $19.99 or at Amazon for around $10. You can also find him on Big Bad Toy Store, or you can check for a sweet deal on eBay for the Funko Game of Thrones Hound figure.