Unboxing the Overwatch Collector’s Edition
Lets open the Overwatch Collectors Edition box together! I was lucky enough to get a copy of the Overwatch Collectors Edition while it was on sale over on Amazon a few weeks ago. The $130 price tag had always seemed a bit steep for me, especially as a presale option. Shortly after the games release I found myself wanting to dive deeper in to the back story and lore for the world of Overwatch.
Lets open the Overwatch Collector’s Edition box together! I was lucky enough to get a copy of the Overwatch Collectors Edition while it was on sale over on Amazon a few weeks ago. The $130 price tag had always seemed a bit steep for me, especially as a presale option. Shortly after the games release I found myself wanting to dive deeper in to the back story and lore for the world of Overwatch.
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Overwatch Collector’s Edition
After a quick google search I found that the art book that came packaged with the Overwatch Collectors Edition had a synopsis of the events which led up to the game so I jumped immediately over to eBay to start bidding on a copy. Much to my dismay copies were going for $55+ adding on shipping I was looking at a fairly hefty price tag for an art book that I ultimately only wanted a small portion of. A few days later I found an Amazon sale which brought the box down to $99 which, although pricey, made more sense as the included statue was selling for nearly $80 on its own! I had mixed feelings about the purchase until the day the box arrived.
Opening that small brown package with the trademark Amazon Prime tape felt lack luster until I saw the art peaking at me over the dull brown wrap. I couldn’t help but stare at the odd rectangular box showcasing a mural of every pre-Ana Overwatch character. I decided to grab my camera and get my initial thoughts recorded as I opened the box.
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Overall I find this box a great value for fans of the series. The sum sale price of the items at the time of writing this easily covers the cost of the box. As much as I hate to admit it, after recording this video I found myself getting attached to the Soldier 76 statue that came included in the box. I want to hate him… I want to HATE him so badly. The details are amazing and the figure looks spot in to his in game likeness.
The deep brown and copper patina give it a more mature look than most figures. I actually replaced an art piece on my end table with the figure who to this day stands prominently as a focal point in my office. The artwork on the postcards is beautiful and the color pallets set the tone for each depicted map perfectly. Do I feel as though they belonged in a $130 box… not really. They are a nice trinket but nothing to write home about. The skins that came included in the box are also available in the Overwatch Origins Edition as well. In fact, the game inside the box is just the hard copy of the Origins Edition.
I do find myself feeling like quite the badass when I use the Reaper and Soldier throwback skins. Like I’m part of some inside joke that nods to an underlying, unseen, story only the few and obsessed have taken the time to learn about. The only real kick in the bathing suit area I found with getting these skins was that I already owned Overwatch. In order to get the Origins Edition skins I had to claim an entire second copy of the game.
If you were planning on splitting the box with a friend and giving them the key, FORGET IT. Unless you don’t care about the skins.. in which case gift away! The soundtrack… well…. its a soundtrack. Like music? GREAT! Like the music in Overwatch? EVEN GREATER! Got you covered! My driving force, the art book, has offered me more joy than I thought it would during my original search.
I leave it by my desk at work and flip through it anytime I feel stressed. There’s just something rad about seeing each character model displayed neatly how the original artists must have seen them in their heads. It even has a few pages that cover specific weapons on a few characters.
OVERall (HA see what I did there?) I stand by my decision to purchase the box. I have seen way worse collectors editions that cost the same and offer way less in the way of benefits. If you are just a casual fan you may do better to save $100 and buy a basic digital copy. If you still cant commit to the $130 price tag Blizzard offers the Origin Edition for a cost somewhere between the two. For fans or others who want a little more from their Overwatch experience or rabid Soldier 76 fans I would say drop the money. You won’t be sorry.