Bethesda Announces Skyrim’s Collector’s Edition

We knew it was coming, and I was personally holding off on pre-ordering the the game until I learned what Bethesda was going to do about some sort of collector’s edition.  Few games warrant the added price of a special edition, but the Elder Scrolls series contains some of the few.  Still… a couple of virtual items and a picture of the game’s director in a swim suit aren’t enough for me to spend an extra $50 to $100 bucks on a video game (for some folks, nothing is), but seeing what we’re getting with Skyrim’s collector’s edition, I am happy to say that it is packed with some worthwhile goodies, if Skyrim is (for you) the second coming of the video game god that some consider it to be.

Here is what we will be getting for $149.99:

  • Alduin Statue. Created in conjunction with the IP Factory, this collector’s only statue stands 30.5cm tall and is made of high quality PVC. Modelled 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-colour illustrations, sketches and models, this stunning 23.8cm x 30.8cm 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.

I honestly wish that the documentary was on Bluray instead of DVD, but I guess they have to compensate for the other console that’s still running those older discs.  Regardless, 200 pages of color art from what looks to be a beautiful game, as well as the Alduin statue, make for amazing pieces of Skyrim for collectors.  And who doesn’t want a cloth map to pour over by candlelight, when everyone else in the house is asleep, and you are trying to find the lost dungeons of Muchogas?

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  • This sounds nice but I always have to ask myself if they sold the extras separate for the difference in price would I still buy them. I might have gone for the art book and the map for 99.99 but 50 bucks for a DVD I will watch once and a plastic statue sounds a bit much.

    • Anonymous

      I have to agree. I love the ‘idea’ of a collector’s edition, but generally the outcome is less than a deal, which leads to buyer’s remorse. I still have two of the three items from the Lord of the Rings Collector’s Editions still in their original packaging (though I do have Gollum keeping guard over my bookcase). Also, there is a long history of amazing collector’s editions from smaller publishers, such as Working Designs and Atlus, with tons of fan service that really feel crafted to the experience. Contrast that with a collector’s editions from larger publishers that throw a random statuette, a DVD, or a cat helmet at you and I will go with the indie editions every time.

      • Working Designs were the masters of CE.  I still have the Arc the Lad collection for PS1

        • Anonymous

          Same here. I still treasure it.

  • Anonymous

    Oh man i hate to think what this is going to cost in Australia……sigh 

    • Anonymous

      I like to think of the extra cost as the ‘having great beaches and a stable economy’ tax.