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How to Train Your Dragon 2 Contest

About The Contest


Are you ready for our How to Train Your Dragon 2 Design Contest? Who doesn't love dragons?! It’s time to show your affection for these scaly, winged creature and create some amazing designs featuring the heart-warming and lovable Viking and dragon stars from the new How To Train Your Dragon 2 movie. Let the exciting world of Hiccup and Toothless be your inspiration for this latest design contest, showing us your interpretation of these characters that have stolen our hearts and given us a sense of adventure! The Grand Prize winner could win up to $2000! Let your imagination take flight!





Toothless the Dragon: is a Night Fury, a rare and intelligent dragon and the best friend of Hiccup, who rescued him and made him the first dragon ever to be trained, naming him for his trademark retractable teeth. He is unrivaled in speed and flying, including vertical take-offs, and has many extraordinary skills including keen senses of hearing and scent, night camouflage and several forms of fire blasts. He has never judged a design contest before, but his unique level of intelligence makes him possibly the best choice for a guest judge of all dragons.



Toastyhat - Fan Judge: Toastyhat is an amateur animator and artist hoping one day to get paid to animate and make art.  In her spare time she mostly just draws, but occasionally she makes room for jamming with her sisters and brother, swordfighting, and movie marathons, though not all at once (for the most part).  She doesn't actually have a dragon but it's only a matter of time



Hot Topic PhotoHOT TOPIC: It all started in 1988. A ton of teen retail accessory stores filled the malls, but there wasn't a cool music-inspiredaccessory store for both guys and girls. Then came Hot Topic. As 1990 rolled around, adding apparel seemed like a no-brainer. What better way than to add the ultimate music fan essential - band tees. Imagine how our customers flipped when they were able to get Bauhaus, The Cure, TSOL, and Depeche Mode T-shirts at Hot Topic. Within a year, we had about 50 different band titles, along with rock-inspired clothing lines like Lip Service and Serious. As we expanded, we discovered that customers were equally drawn to the underground cartoon, cult movie, and comic book scenes. It was a unique culture fans could call their own, so we brought the world of South Park, Care Bears, Superman, SpongeBob and tons of other pop icons into our Hot Topic stores.


Stephanie Landon from Think Geek: Stephanie Landon is a Buyer for Women's, Sleepwear, and Kid's Apparel as well as Accessories at  When she isn't hard away at work choosing winning designs for the ThinkGeek customer, she loves to design her own clothing (and for her dog!)  She can occasionally be found in her husband's lab helping him do science.





How To Enter

 DOs & DON'Ts

1. Do: Use logos that can be found within the movie!

2. Do: Make something original. Research to make sure your idea isn't already out there.

3. Do: Ask questions!! But please review our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) first BEFORE you email.  Most likely, your question can be immediately answered through there instead.

4. Do: Have fun and be creative!

5. Don't: Submit images or pictures from the movie.  Please create your own art!  Please also DO NOT CREATE your own characters for the movie. Only Characters from within the movie are allowed.

6. Don't: Use the How to Train Your Dragon 2 or Dreamworks logos.  We want to keep this within the story universe, so submit designs that would be within that world

7. Don't: Submit similar versions of the same design. Sometimes people submit the same design, but with small changes. This will only divide your votes and hurt your chances of winning.

8. Don't: Use any copyrighted or inappropriate materials.  They will NOT get approved.



FAQ - To see our full set of Contest FAQ, please click here.


Q: The submission kit is not downloading.  I need help!
A: Please email [email protected].  We should be able to send you one directly.  Or try clicking here to see if it will directly download for you


Q: I want to read the full set of rules and guidelines before I start drawing or submitting.  Where can I get that?
A: Please go to "Submit Your Design".  At the bottom of that page, there will be a hyperlink in Teal and bolded labeled as TOS.  Click that for the FULL SET of rules.  We highly advise contestants to read through that BEFORE they submit.  =)


Q: How many designs can I submit?
A: You may submit up to 5 entries per person


Q: What file format do you accept?
A: All entries must be in one of the following file formats: GIF/PNG/JPG

Q: If I am a finalist, how large does my high-res art need to be?
A: We reccomend that your file is done 15in by 19in at 300 dpi or as close to it as your art program can handle.  If your artwork is too small, it won't work on a tee-shirt and it can hurt your chances of winning.


Q: Is it ok for me to promote my designs to people I know to come and help rate my designs?
A: We encourage every artist submitting to the contest to promote themselves and their designs to friends, family and followers.  Through our experience we have found that more ratings help determine what the fans really want as your winners!  So please promote yourselves!


Q: It’s been more than 2 business days and I don't see my design on the site.  What’s going on with my design?
A: We review every submission we get before they are made live for viewing and rating.  We sometimes reject designs for obvious reasons.  If you’ve done any of the following don’t even bother asking why your design was rejected.


- Your design has inappropriate materials.
- Your design uses other copy righted material.  This means you are using other people’s intellectual property in your design you do not have the right to.  NO MASH UPS!!!
- It’s not a design. A direct photograph or a scribble you just drew on a piece of paper is not considered a shirt design.


Q: I see people cheating.  What should I do?
A: Please email [email protected] detailing what you are suspecting.  More details you can give the better we can make our decision.


Q: I need help with my design / I entered in something incorrect / I pushed submit too fast / etc, can you help me?
A: YES!!! But before you email us at [email protected], please have the below info ready.  We have multiple contests going on at once, and it's hard to help you when all you say is "I need help on my entry".  Please advise:  NAME OF CONTEST / NAME OF YOUR DESIGN / NAME OR EMAIL IT WAS SUBMITTED UNDER when emailing us.  That will greatly help.  Please also detail what you need, and I can correct for you.  Without the information above, it is not helpful to us to help you out.  Right? 


Now go on and create those beautiful designs!  We can't wait to see them =)


Prize Info