Bethesda recently announced the Collector’s Edition of Skyrim, and boy is it a doozy. How does it compare with the premium version of Oblivion...and how big a hole will it burn in our wallets?
I've said it many times: Screw collector's editions that cost $150.00... They're the first to drop and the first to drop FAST. Edit: It's sad that developers know they can get away with this. I'll one day get this CE because I'm a huge Elder Scrolls fan BUT I won't be the sucker paying $150.
The part about the price drop... that happened to me with Killzone 3. It's like what, $60 now? I paid something like $135 CDN for it :/
U are a smart one...I'm dead serious. If u are wealthy and need the statue next to u while u play, then by all means. Otherwise, get it down the road. I only get pre orders because u pretty much cannot get them again and because u can sell them and make money. Maybe I'm too old or too broke but I will always opt to spend that extra $90 on a game. Also, the only time i have ever spent $10 more or pre ordered to get upgrade, its because of the in game content. If this offered armor, a sword and staff no one else could ever get, i would think about it....I'd say no but it would have me sorry and regretful.
In my opinion, companies shouldn't be making any more profit out of a collectors edition. In my opinion they should be making the same profit out of a collectors edition as they would out of a regular edition. How can you treat your most loyal fans by ripping them off? So a bump of 90 dollars should be 90 dollars worth of content, not 50 dollars plus another 40 dollars of profit for the company...
no you wont be the suker paying 150 bucks, but you will be the suker crying because they sold out and getting it from ebay at 250 or more LOL
Yeah, right. Tell that to my KillZone 3 Helghast Edition, inFamous 2 Hero Edition, LittleBigPlanet 2 Collector's Edition, Halo 3 Legendary Edition, Halo Reach Legendary Edition, Batman Arkham Asylum Collector's Edition, Resistance 2 Collector's Edition, Gears of War 1/2 Limited Edition, Elder Scrolls IV Collector's Edition, Splinter Cell Conviction Collector's Edition, Fallout 3 Collector's Edition, Fallout New Vegas Collector's Edition... Lol... Yeah, I'll be the sucker crying all right.
Tahts what is happening to SW:TOR Now LOL.. Why i got mine on pre order right now ;)
Been playing games for about 16 years, never bought a CE game :). I agree with rest, ripping off the most royal fans is not cool.
If u were the biggest fan you would of bought the CE For the game... otherwise ur just a normal fan... and nobody wants that :D
I've been ripped off by CE's too, but not by bethesda, so I reserved mine in hope that it is worth it because Elderscrolls have been in my game library since I started gaming. And If they let me down then I will know better next time (lionhead I'm talking to you).
If they truly WERE "Collectors Editions" (IE limited run, never to be reissued), then the release price could very well be the cheapest you could find it. If they overestimate the demand, or keep reissuing it, THAT'S when you see the big drops in price.
i bought infamous 2 hero edition for 100 and within few weeks of release it was on sale for 49.99 at gamestop. killzone 3 helgast edition i recently bought for 39.99 even though i had bought the regular edition of kz at launch. i am waiting for duke nukeum forever CE but not for 79.99 its was on sale for like 50 and i didn't even want to pay that i am willing to pay 20-30 max. now a days when a game launches don't just run to the store and buy it look around most times retailers are offering 20-30 dollars in gift card if you buy it at their store. What i hate is you buy a game at 59.99 the very next week it goes on sale for 39.99 it seems like that's a normal thing now wait a week save 20-20 bucks and these special edition are not so special when there are millions of these made and bought by many to later go on craiglist for less than half what its worth
Exactly. Depending on the quality, though, I think you could value the book at more like 15-25 dollars. Even still, this is not a good deal.
If you could find a 200+ hardcover of ANY limited edition for 25 or less I'd be amazed. Books are expensive, dude. New hardcover novels tend to cost 30, and those aren't a foot tall like this is.
You can pick up a hardcover book by a decent author for around £15 nowadays.. and thats got some effort put into it! :L
And hardcover PHOTO books are quite a bit more expensive to produce than hardcover novels - especially in limited editions. So $30 is likely a better estimate, based on some books I found on Amazon, such as this: http://www.amazon.com/Thor-...
@Fluttershy Fair enough, a book of good quality should be valued a bit higher. So let's say it's worth around 40 dollars and the DVD extras are worth 10 (being generous here). That gives a $110 total so far. So at this point I guess it just comes down to how you personally value the statue. I generally don't care for special edition statues, so I don't personally find the final price worth it.
This guy doesn't really understand the items. The "slightly bigger book" is a beautifully bound coffee table art book. He compares it to the book from the Oblivion CE. That book has nothing on this (I'd know, I have it). Also, that's a hella big statue, and PVC isn't just a "plastic". I can't wait for this.
PVC also isn't steel, or any other type of more expensive and more durable metal either. It seems to be overpriced no matter how you look at it. And just like others said, a price drop will more than likely happen soon after launch.
Unfortunately there will probably not be a price drop. Enough interest is being expressed through various channels that I bet they'll sell out of their "very limited run" (See official BethBlog post) before the rest of us can scavenge the remains. You can probably count on a few rips of the "making-of" DVD finding their way onto the interwebs.
The book is made out of cardboard and paper. The statue is made out of plastic. They will churn out tons of these to anyone gullible enough to pay $150, then $130, then $100, then $80 and eventually $60. Because it only costs them a few dollars to produce. There's a reason its called Collector's edition and not LIMITED EDITION.
Even if the statue is made out of "cheap plastic", much of the expense COULD be due to the paint job, which might be hand-painted (I don't believe you can mold much color into PVC statues). For example, painted plastic D&D miniatures cost about $6 apiece, and the paint jobs are quite poor - not to mention having less than 5% the surface area.
Dude, a 90 page art book is hardly a coffee table art book (I stand corrected, the first article I read on this edition said it was 90, still doesn't warrant the asking price for $150). I have a collection of art books that are 200+ pages and I've gotten them for $15 - $20 max. And yes, PVC is just plastic.
It's a 200 page book. Not 90. Over a foot tall, too.
Polyvinyl chloride, commonly abbreviated PVC, is a thermoplastic polymer. It is a vinyl polymer constructed of repeating vinyl groups (ethenyls) having one hydrogen replaced by chloride. Polyvinyl chloride is the third most widely produced plastic, after polyethylene and polypropylene. PVC is widely used in construction because it is cheap, durable, and easy to assemble. it's a bloody plastic statue
The group making the statue make Team Fortress statues as well. They charge $230 each for them and they sell out fast. There is a market for them may be not for you but people buy them.
The art & making of DVD will be uploaded to the internet when the game comes out (probably before it comes out actually). Enjoy paying $90 extra for a plastic statue. (and $60 extra on DLC unless you wait for the re-release of the game where you get both the game & the DLC).
"Enjoy paying $90 extra for a plastic statue." I plan on it! I have no problem with lining Bethesda's pockets. Also, I'd pay the full price even without the book. That PVC statue is mine.
@egidem Sticks and stones, brother. It's my hard earned money, I'll decide what to do with it, thanks. :)
Not worth it imo. I'm gonna spend 300 hours on the game, not reading the art book or looking at the statue. Sure I look through the art book once. That's probably it. Statue? It's nice but doesn't justify the price.
$150.00 is extreme for what is offered. There isn't even in-game items with it, and if there was it is still too much. this collectors edition will be readily available at a lower price after a month. I rather drop some change on the regular game and the strategy guide. Beyond that junk food, for the serious attention skyrim will get.
might i add 150 is a steep price in a failing economy money is tight these days. i love elder scrolls but 150 can be used on something else
Well!!! When they're going to charge a whooping $150 for it, then I think it's actually nice that it *doesn't* come with any in-game items. That makes it completely optional since you won't end up feeling compelled to buy it because of some in-game bonus trinket. I really don't have a need for those items and I'd rather spend the cash on some actual tabletop roleplaying books or Warhammer miniatures which have more use to me (and those color books and little plastic miniatures are pretty expensive btw.) than a 'flip through twice' artbook and dust collecting statue that will pale in comparison to my carefully painted Warhammer miniatures.
@ the last paragraph: How can any Human not find this insane? Try asking...oh I dunno, every single figure/toy collector out there? Ever heard of a company called Hot Toys? No? Well their stuff runs for $150 minimum. They're 1:6 figures, so they're about 12" tall. People buy their stuff up no problem ( How about Max Factory, Good Smile Company, Bandai, Kotobukiya, and tons more? If you're gonna buy a CE with a statue/figure, you can't just see it from one perspective, you have to see it from others. For the regular average joe gamer, yes, dropping $150 on a game is a lot. Then again, the regular average joe gamer buys just the game, so he doesn't even have to spend that much anyway. You'd have to look at it from a perspective of a collector. If you were interested in a CE that has a statue/figure like this, you then would have to compare the price of other statues/figures. Do I want the statue? How much is the price of the CE compared to the regular edition? Is the price gap worth it for what it comes with? $60 game, $30 art book, $70 statue that is 12" tall. for $70, that's a pretty good price, when statues half this size run for almost double.