It's Monday morning, and that means you're probably in a mope. You know what helps with moping? Spending lots of money on items you don't actually need. Perhaps sir would like a Kindle? A new phone? A suit that makes you look like Dr Who? A rare French cheese so potent that it causes pan-dimensional blindness within a three kilometre radius? Or, if you really want to push the boat out, the £130/$150/€150 The Elder Parchments V: Skyrim Collector's Edition. £130! What delights it must surely, surely contain...
I've gone back over the list of contents repeatedly, convinced that I must have missed something. But nope: your £130 gets you a 200-page coffee table artbook, a Making Of Skyrim DVD (not even Blu-Ray, for heaven's sakes) and a PVC dragon statue. Oh, and the game, obv.
Oh, sorry - I should have specified that the dragon statue is actually "high quality PVC." So there you go. Bit confused by all this, I must say. Here's the full contents breakdown - see if you can spot anything I've overlooked.
Alduin Statue - Created in conjunction with the IP Factory, this collector's only statue stands 12" tall and is made of high quality PVC. Modeled from actual in-game 3D digital files, it showcases Alduin, the World Eater. He stands perched atop one the game's many dragon walls that teach the player the lethal language of dragons.
'The Art of Skyrim' Official Art Book - Featuring over 200 pages of striking, full-color illustrations, sketches and models, this stunning 9 3/8" x 12 1/8" coffee table book showcases the characters, creatures, environments, and weaponry of Skyrim. With a foreword by game director Todd Howard and commentary from Bethesda Game Studios artists, readers will be guided through the game's iconic visual style.
'The Making of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim' DVD - This documentary DVD contains exclusive, behind-the-scenes footage, including interviews with the Bethesda Game Studios team as they take you from concept to creation and provide insights into the story, gameplay, setting, legacy of the Elder Scrolls franchise, and much more.
One! Hundred! And! Thirty! Pounds! Still, the aforementioned map is also in there too. That's the only bit I want (other the game).
“We always say that we make the games we want to play. We can also say we create the collector’s editions we’d want to own,” said Pete Hines, VP of PR and marketing for Bethesda. “We all want one of these!”
(Larger version of the pic up-top available with a click, by the way).