Just like all addicts come to the realisation, and therefore, confession: I have a problem. Unnecessary collector's editions of video games are my weakness. C’mon, be real, don’t try and tell yourself you haven’t seen that ridiculously cool Nathan Drake statue and though to yourself “hmm, yeah, I want 5 of them”.
However captivating some statue editions of video games may be, there are absolute masses of them. So since there’s such a ludicrous amount of plastic made protagonists sitting on shelves all over the world, why not opt for something other than just a figure? There's plenty of choice out there, and some of these editions might just surprise you. Although, stopping yourself from spending too much money on crazy collector's can be a challenge - so if you're after anything on this list, try not to bankrupt yourself.
Borderlands 2 - Ultimate Loot Chest Edition
I mean wow, just how much more could they have stuffed into one limited edition? It’s as if they were sweeping the studio one night and just thought “hey, look at all these left over stickers and postcards, let’s chuck those in that loot chest too”. It’s one of the few editions that comes with an official certificate of authenticity (numbered, too) - y’know, just incase someone happened to 3D print a copy of the Borderlands loot chest, you’ll always know yours is official. One rule that seems to follow suit in every collector's is to include an exclusive steelbook case, because that’s what the fans really want. Oh, and you get a Marcus bobblehead too. Sweet.
Batman Arkham Origins - Collector's Edition
Sadly this edition didn’t have a smooth edgy name, like, I dunno, The Joker’s Mad Pack? (c’mon marketing guy, have a bit of creativity). Although it may not have been given a sweet name, you do get a whole load of funky stuff. This is definitely another one of the throw-it-all-in kinda collector's editions. Not only do you receive an 80 page art book, and more posters than you probably have the space on your walls for, you also get your grubby mitts on 2 pieces of evidence taken directly from the Gotham City crime lab, nice. This edition was a US exclusive, so if you were lucky enough to grab yourself one, I bet it put a smile on that face. This edition definitely wasn't about the money though, it was about sending a message. Everything burns (including your cash if you bought this). Is that enough Joker quotes?
Call of Duty: Black Ops III - Juggernog Edition
How many editions of games have you bought that came with a fridge? None? Well, there is one you can get your hands on if you’re willing to pay the price. The Juggernog Edition of Black Ops III went all out, providing fans with a fridge to store all of their cans of gaming fuel in. Again, we saw the classic steelbook case and postcards included, and oh, what’s this? Perk-A-Cola coasters with a custom tin? Super cool. This strange twist on a collector's edition did sell really well though, and is available on second hand websites for around double it’s retail value. I mean who wants a statue when you can have a fridge?
Dead Space 2 - Collector's Edition
This edition will cost you an arm and a leg (possibly literally if you use the included Plasma Cutter incorrectly). The Plasma Cutter features trigger activated LED lights, and is just generally pretty awesome. Included was also the original soundtrack for the game, and a super creepy Necromorph concept art lithograph. Spooky. This edition is one of those "what Dead Space fan wouldn't want this?" kinda things. I mean who doesn't want to feel like Isaac Clarke, chopping off limbs and trying to survive on the USG Ishimura. Actually, I take that back, I like living in a world without Necromorph children.
Dying Light - My Apocalypse Edition
Okay, so here's stage one of the crazy collector's editions. If you've got money to burn, and like zombie based survival horror that much, then this might just be for you (it's too late to buy this now, but let's roll with it anyway). For the true immersion experience, this package really does give you it all. Not only do you get your own custom built zombie-proof shelter, you also receive parkour survival lessons, and a human sized figurine of a terrifying zombie. For some reason, 4 copies of the game are included, with 2 Razer headsets. Oh, and diapers, for those late-night-playing-scary-games kinda accidents. The My Apocalypse Edition really has got you covered for all sorts of situations.
Fallout 4 - Pip-Boy Edition
This is the pre-order that broke the video game industry (okay, not really - but kinda). When this baby was announced at E3 everyone totally lost it, and it actually managed to crash a couple of retailer’s websites. Not much else was included in this pack other than the literal Pip-Boy, but honestly, what else more could you want? Pre-orders sold out crazy fast for this too, because well, who wouldn’t want a Pip-Boy? Announced as a “stupid gimmick”, the Pip-Boy edition of Fallout 4 is honestly one of the raddest collector's out there (maybe too rad, might need some RadAway). Owning a replica of an in-game object feels a bit more S.P.E.C.I.A.L than having a statue, even if it is just a glorified phone case.
Final Fantasy XV - Ultimate Collector's Edition
Being the only one on the list that isn't actually already out, this edition still holds a strong place with the coolest statues of all time. As a posable figure, Noctis stands tall, being the highly detailed protagonist of Square Enix's latest chapter in their Final Fantasy saga. There's not a whole lot to say about this edition, considering it's still awaiting release, but I have to admit, everything included looks super swish. Only 30,000 are available worldwide, and all of the stock are already pre-ordered (with a large number sadly in the possession of resellers), so if you ever plan to own one of these yourself, then get saving, and good luck.
GRID 2 - The Mono Edition
This edition really does grind my gears, I mean, who had the audacity to actually buy this? (I'm kidding, I just felt the need for a vehicle related pun). Some collector's editions seem like a huge publicity stunt in order to draw attention to the release of a new game, in this case, nothing screams "look at this!" more than an actual BAC Mono supercar coming with your video game. If this wasn't enough though, the person financially stable enough to buy this also received a race suit, boots and gloves, made to measure in BAC Mono and GRID 2 branding. Did I forget to mention you also got a PS3 with this too? Yeah, you got a PS3, because why the heck not.
The Last of Us - Post-Pandemic Edition
Never saw this edition before now? Feel the undying need to own a Joel and Ellie statue? Yeah, me too my friend. I know I said there's a whole load of statue editions that aren't totally necessary, but something about this one stands out by a mile. With this pack also came the American Dreams comic, some Naughty Dog stickers and a few nifty bits of DLC. This was a US exclusive to GameStop, and it's ridiculously hard to get hold of anywhere now. Check out this eBay listing as an example of how much this incredible statue will set you back now (hurts more than a shiv wound or a nasty bite from a Clicker, doesn't it).
Metal Gear Solid V - Collector's Edition
Technically, this is a little bit cooler than just a statue, because yeah it's a statue, but it's a statue half scale replica of Snake's bionic arm. While I haven't played the Metal Gear games (I'll get around to it at some point, I'm sorry), this is undoubtably awesome. One thing I did notice with this edition is that I feel like they really did miss a shot not making a nice pun on Metal Gear coming with a metal case. Overall this was kept pretty simple, giving fans a behind the scenes documentary and a load of DLC, this edition also came in some super slick Diamond Dogs leather packaging. Stealthy.
Saints Row IV - The Super Dangerous Wad Wad Edition
So here it is, the one, the only, the Super Dangerous Wad Wad Edition. Incase you didn't feel like saying that elegant statement out loud, this edition was also given the title of 'The Million Dollar Pack'. Obviously, no one ever actually purchased this, and I'm pretty sure it's no longer available, so basically it was another publicity stunt. Without stating everything that came with this jolly old pack, it really is the millionaire's bundle. I mean, imagine purchasing a video game, but before you go to play it you head off to Dubai for a week, get some plastic surgery, go up to space, get trained in being a spy, have a hostage rescue experience, then drive home in your brand new Toyota Prius before sitting down for a game of Saints Row IV. Although it may seem like you do get a whole lot with this pack, one source actually worked out the edition only totalled up to a measly $629,974 - but maybe it was worth it just to be able to say "yeah, it was me, I'm that guy who bought the Super Dangerous Wad Wad Edition".
So although my list of these crazy editions has come to an end, there is by no means any sign of the ever popular collector's edition ceasing existence. With a strong number of AAA releases coming with an optional collector's edition (basically always a statue), some publishers even dare to create bold and unique statements with their expensive exclusives.