Since the release of the DreamWorks animated blockbuster ‘How to Train Your Dragon’, Hiccup and his pet dragon Toothless have become household names for kids and teenagers across the world. In the four years since the movie came out, the HTTYD franchise has inspired a host of spin-off products targeted at faithful fans. With less than two weeks left for the release of the much-awaited sequel ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’, here’s a quick overview of all things dragons to keep fans occupied during the agonizing wait.
For most fans of the franchise, the DreamWorks Dragons TV show needs no introduction. It serves as a bridge between the original movie and HTTYD 2, explaining the events that occur in the gap between the two movies. Two seasons have aired so far: Riders of Berk and Defenders of Berk, with twenty episodes each. The show revolves around Hiccup and the other dragon riders and their adventures in training dragons on Berk. Several voice actors who lent their voice to the movie characters also voice the same characters in the television series.
When not watching the Dragons cartoons, many fans satisfy their HTTYD 2 cravings by playing related video games. There are a host of games related to the subject of bonding and training with the DreamWorks dragons; here are just a few of them. ‘School of Dragons’ is an MMORPG that blends edutainment with the ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ storyline, allowing players to raise and train dragons on the exotic island of Berk. Dragons: Rise of Berk is an iOS game that lets players build their own Berk, rescue and raise dragons and explore new lands. A new video game ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’ (to be released in June 2014) is inspired by the HTTYD 2 sport of dragon racing. It allows players to compete in epic tournament events, mini-games and training exercises alongside the characters from the movie.
Not every ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ fan is a gamer – some would rather curl up with a good HTTYD 2 book. Luckily, there are plenty such books for devoted fans. Titan Comics has released a graphic novel series ‘Dragons: Riders of Berk’ targeting pre-readers and young readers with glossy pages and fantastic artwork. The ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’ magazine is packed with games, puzzles and quizzes for fans who can’t get enough of the franchise. ‘The Art of How to Train Your Dragon’ and ‘The Art of How to Train Your Dragon 2’ is another treat for HTTYD lovers. The books introduce fans to the creative process behind the films, from the story and characters, to the development of the art and animation for the movies.
There are many cool toys and collectibles for fans who love that sort of thing. The Power Dragon Toothless is a miniature version of Toothless as shown in HTTYD 2, and even comes with the fire blade Inferno that Hiccup uses in the movie. The Dragon Throw Blanket is another cool item that features Hiccup and Toothless as seen in the sequel. Also available are Dragons T-shirts, skateboards, mugs and lunchboxes with images from ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’.