We are pleased to announce the newest product in our line of licensed collectibles from the HBO┬« series Game of Thrones┬«. Khal Drogo’s Arakh is made from high carbon steel. It was modeled directly on the actual screen used prop from the show, with accurately matched finishes and dimensions. It is a limited edition of 2500 pcs and will come with a certificate of authenticity and display plaque. Khal Drogo’s Arakh will retail for an MSRP of $270, we will start accepting preorders, on January 1st at 12:00 Noon Eastern US Time, for Spring 2015 deliveries.

We’ve donated some products to Worldbuilders again this year. Two of particular note.

You can view all their auctions here. But the two most of you will be interested in are here:

Ice Damascus Artist Proof

Longclaw Damascus Artist Proof

So, every time we make a product, we also need to make some for HBO to give to VIPs. GRRM gets at least one of everything, and while HBO doesn’t share their VIP list with us, I can only imagine that the showrunners, maybe the president of the network, directors, costume designers, and actors get these. In these cases, we made 18 extra of each damascus sword, but HBO didn’t need all 18, and they kindly let us sell or otherwise dispose of the extra. We previously auctioned a set of the two swords above and together they went for around $3500 as I recall, this time we’ve donated a set to Worldbuilders, but they’ve chosen to auction them separately.

So, what you have, is essentially an edition of 18, where most of those 18 are going to VIPs, making these highly collectible.

So bid like you’re voting in Chicago, early and often. Worldbuilders is a great charity, sort of a meta charity, because what they do is raise money for another charity, Heifer International, which is a great “teach a man to fish” sort of charity. Where rather than doing things like providing food aid to poor subsistence farmers in developing countries, they instead provide livestock and education so that the family can learn to use their livestock to provide for themselves, and the first baby their livestock has is given back to Heifer to give to a new family making it a bit viral. It is almost like a grant to a poor subsistence farmer to increase his production so in the future he will not need grants, the best form of charity, it helps people help themselves.

PS: My understanding is eBay isn’t giving kind international shipping quotes for these auctions. If you’re international and interested in bidding contacting them for an exact quote might be worthwhile. I wouldn’t trust the ebay shipping quotes, they’re much higher than they need to be.

Christmas is on a Thursday, most international destinations could received delivery by Christmas even if they order as late as December 21st and choose UPS Express (or Express Saver) shipping. Order by December 17th and choose UPS Expedited shipping. For cheaper regular mail shipping anytime after this Friday and you’re really pushing your luck, though it is possible you can still get it ordering as late as perhaps the 12th, it would not be guaranteed. For domestic US shipments you can order next day air by the morning of the 23rd and have it delivered in time for Christmas. 2nd day air on the 22nd, 3 day select on Friday the 19th. Ordering by the 17th should allow regular ground shipping to reach you anywhere in the US (except Alaska and Hawaii), the closer you are to Michigan the longer you can wait on that ground cutoff.