Call it consumerism, call it capitalism or just flat-out obsession but when it comes to video game memorabilia, none of that applies. Nowadays, Collector, Legendary, Premium or whatever you want to call them are pretty much available with every major game release. Every AAA game usually ships with two, sometimes three, different editions of the game. Each with their own set of merchandise and of course, their own prices.
However, back in the day, collecting video game memorabilia was not as easy as it is now. Sites like Amazon and eBay were not around and Collector editions of games would come once every few years and usually around the 10th anniversary or so.