Handmade GOT Iron Throne goes under the hammer
THE Iron Throne is perhaps the most hotly contested piece of fantasy furniture ever created, but rather than risk his life Game of Thrones tragic Paul Driscoll built his own.
The labour of love took about three months to complete and contains 201 wooden, steel and plastic swords.
Rather than building the throne with the confiscated swords of his vanquished enemies - as the fictional Aegon the Conqueror did - Paul bought his from Warwick businesses.
The wooden swords are from Bunnings while the steel swords were custom-made at Metal Corp and Shelleys Industries.
During the build he got tips from how-to videos on YouTube and sales assistants at Bunnings or Repco.
"They were really helpful, particularly the people at Repco," MrDriscoll said.
"They had lots of good advice on using spray paint to get that metallic look."
While he would love to keep the throne, MrDriscoll is selling it to raise money for his next project, a set of matching king and queen thrones for a Toowoomba medieval re-enactment group.
He's asking for $700, compared to the $32,000 HBO wanted for a series of official Iron Throne a few years ago.
"They had to drop the price because even hard-core fans didn't want to pay that much," MrDriscoll said.
The Game of Thrones television series and the Fire and Ice novels have become cult sensations over the past seven years, earning millions for HBO.
Paul was concerned he'd draw the wrath of HBO for selling a knock-off throne, but a little research cleared the path.
"HBO have the rights to the name 'Iron Throne' but the design, they don't have a copyright on that," he said
"There are hundreds of guys making them."
Paul has some concerns how the story will end in its final season.
He is convinced the bastard Jon Snow will be revealed as the true Targaryen heir, with a stronger claim to the throne than his aunt and lover Daenerys. As a born and bred Northerner, the lords of Westeros will most likely support his claim, but this could upset Deny's foreign backers.
"The Unsullied and Dothraki worship Deny, if they have to follow a Northerner, well, I can't see them bending the knee." Mr Driscoll said.