March 17th, 2011

Spain

New York, New York

It's a helluva town. The Bronx is up and the Battery's down. The people all ride in a hole in the ground. Also, it's the headquarters for all your GAME OF THRONES merchandising needs.



Just check out the HBO store at 1100 Avenue of the Americas (Sixth Avenue, for you out of towners). The shop was transformed last night into the official GAME OF THRONESD headquarters -- the first and only one of its kind the world.



All of the merchandise from HBO's on-line shop will be offered at the store. The shop has also gas props straight from the set on display, and GAME OF THRONES content running on the multimedia components. So it's museum as well as a shop.



HBO plays to update continually over the next several months with rotating displays, official merchandiing and promotions.



So New Yorkers... get down into that hole in the ground. Visit early! Visit often! OOOOHHH and AAAHHHHH.





And while you're in town, have a pizza for me at one of the many great NYC pizza places.

This is the best thing to happen to NYC since the Giants won the SuperBowl.
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If I Had a Hammer...

... I'd hammer some more on Kong, actually.

Hey, but I CAN have a hammer. And so can you, thanks to the good folks at Valyrian Steel, who have just unveiled their design for King Robert's warhammer.



Alas, you can't order the hammer just yet. We're still in the design stage, but I have approved these drawings, so the next step is the prototype, which is now being made. Once I approve that, production can begin. And along about there somewhere, Valyrian Steel will begin taking orders.

For more details, check out their website at http://www.valyriansteel.com/

Yes, it is a big hammer. A very big hammer. Going to be heavy as well. I insisted on that. After all, it says right in the book that Robert's warhammer was so huge and heavy that only someone with his own freakish strength could wield it. So I kept telling them, "bigger, bigger."

Valyrian Steel has done some lovely versions of Longclaw, Needle, and Ice (all of which remain available from their store), but I think the hammer is my favorite to date.