Vampire Academy fans can finally purchase official merchandise — shirts, bookmarks, keychains — from the series. While there are some great fan-made shirts out there, if you look hard enough, it’s much better to have the real-deal. These ones have been signed off on by Richelle Mead. She loves them. We love them. Now, you get to love them. (Jump to the giveaway.)
The company creating and producing the new line of VA goodies, Arcane Vault, actually designed the molnija mark for Richelle.
If your memory is failing you, there are three different tattoos the dhampirs who become Guardians receive: first is the promise mark indicating they agree protect the Moroi, next comes the molnija which signifies each evil Strigoi they’ve slain and finally the third one, which Rose made necessary, is the Zvezda mark, which says you killed so many Strigoi in that battle we lost count. Now you can see what each mark looks like, and wear it with pride. (The items with the Zvezda mark are open for pre-order right now. We like this one.)
In addition to items featuring the Guardian tattoos, Arcane Vault has created a few shirts with the “Property of St. Vladimir’s Academy Athletic Department” emblazoned on the front. We wear this one with pride, and pretend we’re spending all those hours practicing with Dimitri. (We usually wear a small, but went with a medium and it fits great. Hits just below the hip. Also, way cute.)
A couple notes, if you’re going to order some of the Vampire Academy shirts. Check the sizing charts for each different shirt style. They do vary. We found the babydoll shirts fit nicer a size up, additionally, those babydolls are very lightweight. (We wear a black bra with the black molnija shirt just to be safe.) All the other shirts, this is not an issue.
Arcane Vault is working on new items, and has invited Vampire Academy fans to fill out a survey telling them what items and designs you want. We’re not big on logos, so we’re happy they haven’t gone that direction so far, but maybe you really want a nice VA shirt. You can let them know here.
And now for the fun part. Knowing how big of Richelle Mead and Vampire Academy fans the Vampire Book Club readers are, Arcane Vault was kind enough to provide shirts, bookmarks and keychains for a giveaway. We’re going to have four winners, and here’s the breakdown.
These are the four shirts up for grabs:
First place: First choice of shirt (from the four shown at right), plus a red leather bookmark embossed with the VA logo and two Vampire Academy keychains featuring the molnija mark (one red, the other black).
Second place: Choice of shirt from remaining three, a black leather bookmark embossed with the official molnija mark and one red molnija keychain.
Fourth place: Remaining official Vampire Academy T-shirt.
On the entry form, we have built in a place to put the shirts in the order you want them. If you do not want a particular shirt (maybe because of sizing), just don’t select it.
CONTEST RULES & DETAILS
1. You must fill out the form to enter. Comments alone do not count as an entry.
2. Optional bonus entries are available for this contest. While not required, we will give bonus entries for the following:
3. This contest is open internationally. (Because we love our international readers.)
4. You must enter no later than 5 p.m. CST on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2010.
5. Winners will be contacted via email. They will then have 48 hours to respond and claim their prize(s), or we will select another winner.