Excitedly I pasted this picture of Funko's Game of Thrones vinyl figures into our site chat, eager to share what I thought was absolutely adorable with my fellow editors. "Yuck," said Luke Plunkett, breaking my heart.
It's not only the cute factor that draws me to these vinyl figures, which go on sale at retail and on the HBO shop on 15 February. If I just wanted cute, I'd just buy Funko's My Little Pony figures (he means "more of them"). But it's not just the cuteness. It's the cuteness used to represent characters going through such horrible trials.
Packed inside blind bags in each box is one of the following figures: Robb Stark, Ayra Stark, Ned Stark, Jon Snow, Ghost, Shaggy Dog, Jaime Lannister, Tyrion Lannister, King Joffrey, White Walker, Khal Drogo, Daenerys, Rhaegal, Drogon or Viserion. In show continuity, many of these figures are already dead. One of them was basically sold to the other one. Most of them are technically murderers. See? Adorable.
But Luke does not like them. He detests them. I accused him of not appreciating the vinyl style, and he responded with "style" in quotes. He makes me so sad sometimes.