Thursday, 27 December 2012

I'm BAAAAAAAAACKKK!

What with Christmas now being out of the way, and now I have received all of my Christmas gifts (holy crap, I didn't know there'd be so many!), I'm gonna get back into the swing of things, and get updating this place more often.

As you can imagine, with the sudden influx of Christmas gifts (both game/movie related gifts, etc for Allan and I, and toys for AJ), our house is even more of a bomb-site than it usually is. So, we're in need of shelves now, more than ever!

Especially with 2013 quickly approaching, bringing all of it's releases with it, our lack of space is probably going to get worse before it gets better.

Oh, how I pray that Ikea are doing a January sale...

V.

Monday, 3 December 2012

Baby!

Sorry about the lack of update on Saturday, but my two best friends had their little boy so I didn't have any time to do an update.

3 weeks and 2 days early, delivered by emergency C-section on the 1st of December, at 3.38pm, weighing a teeny tiny 4 lbs something, little Charles is here!

We went up to the hospital to see them, and little Charles is just adorable. So, so small! Big Charles (his daddy) was all "doting dad" sitting in the NICU with him, as we all came in one by one to see him, and poor Amanda is recovering from the C-Section. 

But Mummy and baby are all okay, so I wish them both all the happiness in the world, and lots of recovery wishes for Amanda, and I hope they get out of hospital soon :)

Congrats guys :D

V.

EDIT: A very sad update to this post.

Little CJ passed away on the 11th of December, after spending 10 days with his Mummy and Daddy. He was born with a heart defect, and passed away peacefully at 10 days old.

Fly high little one xx

Friday, 30 November 2012

What a joke.

I bought 10 copies of the Limited Edition Art of Assassin's Creed III book from the Ubisoft Online Store, after countless phonecalls to them to check that it was definitely the Limited Edition (as the image depicts the standard artbook, but the description describes the LE).

Each phonecall, I was assured that it was definitely the Limited Edition artbook, and not to worry, as if I order, that is what I'd receive. Now, I'm not the only one who called, called, and called them again, to check this information is correct. Plenty of us did.

So when the book's release date (the 30th of October) had been and gone, with no sign of a dispatch email, we all worried a little. And, as you'd expect, we all called Ubisoft once again.

This time we were informed that there had been a stock issue and that the books hadn't yet arrived in the warehouse. "It should be sometime this week", they told us.

A week passed, and we called again. A familiar statement was given to us: "It should be sometime this week". We all called bullshit, but we waited patiently, not wanting to p*ss off Tom and the rest of Ubisoft's Customer Service line.

Another week passed, and then 2 weeks, each time with us calling up to check the status, and receiving that oh so familiar, but oh so bullshit line of "...sometime this week". 

But, oh my God! 

Boom, 10 dispatch emails fly into my inbox, and I quickly update my group buy thread with the news (this is the reason behind me ordering 10 copies, no profiteering here!). 

Woohoo! Hurrah! Yay!

We were all so happy that they'd finally been dispatched.

A few days pass, and they all start arriving to houses, 8 turned up to my parent's house (2 had seemingly got lost in Swansea, why they went to Wales when I'm in Scotland, I do not know), and by this point, I had already caught wind of other members of CE.org receiving theirs, and them being Standard Edition artbooks. My mum phoned to tell me they had arrived, so I asked her to carefully open them, and she then confirmed to me that all 8 were Standard copies.

I called Ubisoft (once again) to inform them of the error. The woman on the other end of the line told me that not much could be done as I was still waiting on two copies, and they'd need to know if just this 8 are wrong, or if all 10 are. She opened a "ticket" for me anyway, and told me to call back once the others arrived.

I've spent around £40 so far, calling Ubisoft's CS team, as I can only contact them using my mobile, so it's a very f*cking big expense, especially for me to be told a whole pile of shit each time.

The next day, the remaining two showed up, and I called them, and was told that's it's currently under investigation, and that I'd be contacted directly once they discover what the problem is, he then mentioned that it seemed to be an error with the warehouse.

So for now, I am sitting with 10 artbooks, that nobody wants, 9 of which I'm hoping to be swapped for the Limited Edition, and one which the girl I was helping for it, wishes to have a refund instead.

I just hope that Ubisoft's Online Store buck up their ideas and sort this out as soon as possible, as it's quite clearly false advertising, and not something I am happy with - I actually wanted to cry when the first 8 showed up as it was the cherry on the very shitty cake that day (they arrived the same day I was in the car crash).

So, Ubisoft, as much as I love you, you're pissing me right off, and if you're reading this, please get this sorted out ASAP.

V.

I'm back.

Sorry guys, been truly sucky at keeping this place updated lately.

As some of you may know already, I was in a car crash a few days ago. Now, no need to worry, nobody was hurt, just my mum's car was pretty... well... fucked.

So I'm gonna blame that for my lack of updates :P (As I genuinely planned on doing an update that night!).

Okay, anyway.

I have received quite a few goodies in the post lately, not millions, but maybe around 10 items or so. I've also got to take pics of some older things so I can get through it all as soon as possible, but it's taking much longer to photograph everything than you'd expect.

I will try to get an update on tonight, but if not, I'll definitely have one up tomorrow night for you all :)

I'm also going to seriously try and finish writing out my spreadsheet for my collection, as the sooner it's done the better, as once I finish it, it's just a case of updating it each time something new arrives!

Have any of you guys put together a spreadsheet? Or any new purchases for any of you? 

Let me know in the comments below!

V.

Sunday, 25 November 2012

A month to go...

I've been away from here for the past few days as I've been over-run with birthday duties (AJ turned 2 on the 22nd!) and the masses of toys that go along with it (and the now ever-increasing lack of space I have!). 

But, oh well! I'm back now...

It's my granda's birthday today, which has made me realise that it is now only 1 month to go until Christmas. 

Holy sh*t.

 I am so not ready for Christmas. My feelings towards Christmas keep varying from opposite ends of the spectrum right now, sometimes I'm majorly excited about it, then at the click of my fingers, I can be dreading it. 

I love Christmas, don't get me wrong, I love all the cosy days in, snuggled up on the sofa with the duvet, watching Christmassy movies with Yankee Candles burning away, and a nice hot cup of tea, then obviously, Christmas day with all the food and presents!

But, the run up to Christmas is just awful. Trying to get everybody's presents sorted, and trying to decide what people will want/like... Argh, it's giving me a headache just thinking about it.

I've got four of AJ's presents sorted now (got two of them this morning), but still need to get his bigger things (three big Batman playsets), and then lots of little bits and bobs to fill out his pile and his stocking (probably more DC/Marvel characters, some WWE figures, and some Spongebob goodies). 

Also have two of our friends presents sorted, and I also have all of Allan's presents done, as he does with me. So it's not looking too bad - although it does feel it...

I also have a present for another friend of mine, whose birthday was a couple of weeks ago, so I'll need to meet up with her soon to give her her present!

At least there's not too many CEs to get between now and Christmas...

Are any of you finished your Christmas shopping yet? Or have any of you yet to even start?

Let me know in the comments below!

V.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Justification.

I apologise in advance if this post seems a little jumbled and rambling, it is something that has pissed me off a little, and therefore I want to write my side of the story, since I seem to be just getting picked apart right now.

As some of you may have seen, I wrote a post on a forum I frequent (CE.org), about struggling.

Not struggling in the sense of "I have very little money, so my family must starve for me to buy the latest CE", because that would be ridiculous. But it appears that some people may have interpreted my post as such.

It was a more tongue in cheek post (riddled with some ranting about how companies release far too many things at this time of year, which is true), regarding how it's difficult to keep up with the releases that are being churned out around now. 

I do well for myself. I am a Stay at home mum, with a blog (that I don't make any money out of), who collects CEs. 

Simple.

The other half of Collecting Asylum, Allan (my boyfriend), is the one with the job here. He was the one who got me interested in CEs, albeit now I am more addicted than he is! We both collect the same items, therefore we gather quite a lot of editions per month (than for example, a couple, where the boyfriend collects games, but the girlfriend collects shoes...). 

Yes, we have a son. Since when did having a child mean that you cannot purchase things you enjoy, or have a hobby? Oh, that's right... It doesn't.

Yes, we spend a lot of money on our conjoined hobby, but that doesn't mean that our son goes without. He has more toys and clothes than he even knows what to do with, and lives in a loving, stable environment.

I could understand getting these comments about spending less if I was writing a blog about how I love to do drugs and spend all of my money on heroin, cocaine and ecstasy each month (I'd just like to point out that I don't do drugs haha, before anybody decides to read that the wrong way!). I write a simple blog, in my spare time (so usually if AJ is sleeping, or with his grandparents), about my hobby, which is collecting CEs. I really don't see what the big deal is about that?

I am not getting myself into debt, as I don't take out loans and Credit Cards here, there and everywhere, purely to pay for my collection. Heck, I've never owned a Credit Card in my life! I don't even own a store card, nor do I buy games through catalogues.

Any money I use to buy games is MY money. Well, our money, as Allan pays for some of the games too. Nothing illegal, nothing shady, and not money that technically isn't even real (eg, credit cards).

The only exception to that is when my parents pay for something for me, and I then pay them back the following week/month. This is not a regular occurrence, and I always refuse their offers, but every now and then, they will force me to accept (like with the Call of Duty: Black Ops II Care Package Edition). They are well off, and don't mind doing it, as they know it makes me happy to receive a new game. This is not just "free" money, as I always pay them back for it.

I was told yesterday that it seems "embarrassing" to borrow money from my parents, since I now live away from them, and therefore am unable to start my own family when I am relying on them. (This person has since apologised to me for what they said, as they "didn't mean to offend", but it did offend me, but I accept their apology).

Well, I don't see what is embarrassing about my parents loaning me money. Plenty of people borrow money from their parents. I don't actively seek out the money from my parents, they offer it. Maybe if I was begging them every month for a loan of "x" amount, to fund my preorders, then yeah, that would be pretty embarrassing, but that is not what happens.

I also don't see how that prevents me from "starting my own family". I don't rely on the money from my parents. They offer me money so I don't have to cancel whatever preorder it is they are willing to loan me the money for, had they not loaned me the money, the preorder would just get cancelled. I wouldn't run myself into the ground just to get another CE.

I also had written in my post that at that point in time, I was around £100 over my budget. As you know from reading this blog, I write my budget far in advance, and do my best to stick to it. Every now and then, something comes up, and throws me off a little, but within a day or two, it's normally fixed. That is what happened then. I was £100 over budget as I'd made a few random purchases, and also a couple of things I'd meant to cancel, I had forgotten about. Easy mistake, especially when you are preordering a lot of things at once. Even though I wrote in that post that there was nothing I could cancel to make up that deficit in my budget, there was. I just couldn't see it at first.

When my budget goes t*ts up, I get confused, and get all flustered and can't figure out how to fix it. So I leave it for a while, then come back to it, and voila. Easily fixed. I am now back to being perfectly fine within my budget, no problems at all.

Sure, I can't just make random purchases all the time, as my budget doesn't permit it, but I don't mind that (okay, I lie, it annoys me a little), I just have to accept it (or order it anyway, and cancel something I've preordered to make up for it).

Next year though - yes, I've already budgeted for 2013 - I am saving up a little each month so that we can get some savings behind us, and also so that we will be able to afford a little random purchase every now and then (be it a takeaway, or a little eBay bargain). 

Anyway, I'm done now, there's my justification. Probably doesn't make a whole lot of sense, but oh well, f*ck it.

V.


Monday, 19 November 2012

It arrived!

After over two weeks of waiting, and being told this, that and the next thing about where my order is/when it would arrive, and for it to keep chopping and changing... 

My Assassin's Creed III UbiWorkshop Edition is here!

It's not as fabulous as I was expecting... the outer box is pretty damn flimsy, but what can you do?

Also, the "compensation" for all the f*cking around didn't materialise, so have contacted UWS to see what's up with that.

Will get pics up later tonight :D

V.

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Small steelbook update and a review!

Received a few steelbooks in the mail yesterday, so thought I'd post those first. It's obviously a red, black and white themed steelbook update haha...


And, today...

I also received a T-shirt in the mail, from a company called JammyMunkey (find them here) who make T-shirts that have taken some inspiration from video games, can't wait to get more (but my budget can't handle it right now, noooo!)

Here it is!


Apologies for my really shoddy folding skills!

It's a really gorgeous t-shirt, and is inspired by Halo (which makes it even better!).

Close up of the print:


You can get this t-shirt in a variety of other colours (I chose green, obviously!), and each colour t-shirt has a different colour helmet on it :)

This is their lovely little hang tags for their clothing:


The t-shirt is really great quality, and is 100% cotton, so feels lovely and soft, and not at all cheap (like some t-shirts you can buy on the high street). Also, the t-shirt is preshrunk, which is fantastic, as it saves me from worrying about shrinking it in the wash!



I also chose to have my t-shirt printed in an XL since that way I can wear it loose, but Allan (the other half of the Asylum!) can also borrow it from me from time to time, especially as he's a huge Halo fan too, and practically fell in love with the t-shirt when he saw it!


I decided to get him to wear it for a picture since it gives a better view of it :) and apologies for his red eyes... I think he may be a vampire...

V.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Lots of new pics :)

Took some pics over the past two days, just of some items that have arrived recently, as well as some things that are going away for Christmas (so really I shouldn't have photographed them yet, but I couldn't help myself!)

So here they are!

Prince of Persia Press Kit.

Pokémon Colosseum & Super Monkey Ball - both sealed.

Ratchet & Clank All 4 One Special Edition - still sealed.

Dreamcast Collection Limited Edition Vinyl.

Hyperdimension Neptunia Limited Edition + Playing Cards.

Ico Promo Disc.

MGS4 White Slipcover Edition, signed.
(I know Kojima's signature looks funny, but we have speculated that the original buyer - the person who got it signed - went over Kojima's signature in a different pen as it was faded... and well, f*cked it up. Got it for an okay price, and was helping out a friend, so I didn't mind too much).

The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks Limited Edition - still sealed.

Lord of the Rings: The Battle of Middle Earth Limited Edition Tin.

Saints Row 2 Promo Playing Cards.

Heavy Rain Press Kit.

Resident Evil 4 Limited Edition Chainsaw Gamecube Controller.

Two massive packages arrived, and inside both is the COD: Black Ops II Care Package Edition (one is mine, and one was for a friend).

Care Package Edition (for Xbox 360, I took the slipcover off though to show the box off better).

Inside the Care Package (didn't bother taking the Quadrotor out as it's apparently foam, not plastic, and well... a piece of sh*t. I still really love this edition though, regardless).

Behind the Quadrotor's box is the steelbook and coins :)

Sorry for the lighting in the next batch, took them whilst the light was off as AJ was having a nap haha :D

Halo 4 Limited Edition.

Halo 4 Promo Steelbook.

Halo 4 Limited Edition Strategy Guide.

Promo Assassin's Creed III 1GB USB Bracelet.

Assassin's Creed III Join or Die Edition.

Assassin's Creed III Freedom Edition.

Need for Speed: Most Wanted Steelbook.

Doom 3 BFG Edition.

WWE 13 Austin 3:16 Edition.

Batman: Arkham City GOTY Edition.

Skylanders Giants Exclusive Glow in the Dark Starter Pack.

Skylanders Giants Legendary Bouncer Figure.

Hitman: Absolution Promo Agent 47 Figure.

Little packet he came in.

The Cave Promo Action Figure.

Shawshank Redemption Steelbook (with 4 Art Cards).

Top Gun, ET, Men in Black 3 and Men in Black Trilogy Steelbooks (MIB3 one has a stupid HMV sticker over it, argh).

Transformers Steelbook.

Hot Fuzz Steelbook.

And as usual, I've just posted basic pictures of all of the items, will post more detailed ones (like ones showing the contents, etc) at the point where I do individual unboxing posts for them :) Will be putting some up for a vote soon enough (maybe some of these, maybe other ones from my collection).

Feel free to leave any comments below :)

V.

Monday, 12 November 2012

12/11/12.

Things have been a bit manic lately in the Asylum, what with AJ's birthday only 10 days away, and Christmas not long after that.

AJ has also not been to see his Nanna & Granda for three weeks (Allan's parents, not mine), as their youngest was ill with Hand, Foot & Mouth.

But luckily she's all better now, so he's off to his Nanna's today for a couple of hours as she misses him, then out with them for a few hours tomorrow as well. 

So at least I'll finally manage to get the house tidied up :) 

And also get some updated photos for you all! 

So check back later :)

V.

Friday, 9 November 2012

Snow White & The Huntsman CE Unboxing!





Major apologies for my hair. Hadn't bothered to straighten it. Also, notice the change of scenery! I had to record this one in my bedroom as AJ was downstairs running riot with his dad (haha). The kids curtains are because I've just this past week or two swapped rooms with AJ so there's still some finishing touches to be done (such as switching the curtains and also tidying away those boxes and suitcases sitting behind me!)

Hope you all enjoy, and feel free to leave comments!

V.

Unboxings.

I've now recorded two unboxings, the winning vote - Street Fighter 25th Anniversary CE - and Snow White & The Huntsman CE (since Xmo has been oh, so desperate for it :P).

I've edited the Snow White one and it's now uploading to YouTube. My eyes are nearly closed from being so tired, yet the upload will take 40 mins. 

Argh. Bloody YouTube.

So sorry guys, but I think I'll just post them on here in the morning, as I fear I may die of sleep deprivation if I don't - after all, I have to sleep when AJ is sleeping, or else I'm screwed haha!

Massive apologies, but I promise you all that you will get extra goodies tomorrow, will do at least one other unboxing (might do a vote, or might just choose something recent), plus I'll post pics of all of my recent pick ups (minus the Halo 4 Xbox console, since it's hiding out at my parent's house till Christmas).

Again, so sorry guys...

V.

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Prepare Yourselves!

The updates are coming!

Well, not yet they're not, but they will be :)

In the next few hours I'm going to tidy up the house, and then go for a bath and once all of that is done and dusted, I shall get to work on photographing some more items from the collection.

Aaaaand...

If you're very lucky, I'll even do an unboxing video or two.

So here is my first ever Unboxing Vote.

For the first unboxing (the second one will be up for vote after this one), choose between:

a) Street Fighter 25th Anniversary Edition.
b) Assassin's Creed III Freedom Edition
or c) Dead Island Russian Collector's Edition.

?

Votes must be commented in the comments below, don't worry, you won't have to sign up or anything, just simply comment with the unboxing you'd like to see done today :) The one with the most votes will be unboxed, so share with your friends and get them to vote, too!

I'll also try to get my Borderlands 2 Ultimate Loot Chest unboxing up today, since I recorded it at the same time as the One Piece CE unboxing, but I never bothered to upload it!

And if I have time, I'll arrange another Unboxing Vote later on tonight :)

Get voting!

EDIT: VOTING WILL CLOSE AT 5PM GMT.

V.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Christmas.

Now that Halloween and Bonfire Night have been and gone, the only Holiday that's left is Christmas, in the UK, anyway.

Yesterday, when I went to collect my Limited Edition Halo 4 Xbox Console, I was reminded as to just how close Christmas is, since I won't see the Xbox again until then *sobs*

It's scary how fast this year has gone by, and even scarier how many editions have been released in that time. Last year, I was complaining about how many were being brought out so close together, but I did my best at buying them all, and only missed out on a couple that to this day, should still be easy to pick up, especially now that they've dropped below RRP (as most editions do nowadays *sigh*). 

But this year...

This year has been awful. Awful, but magnificent at the same time. Depressing, yet full of joy. 

You get my point, right?

It's been the year of the Collector's Edition (although we all thought that about 2011, too). More companies are flushing out edition after edition, because of this apparent new "craze" of collecting. The companies are now seeing this potential market, and instead of bringing out a few, well thought out, beautifully presented "Collector's Editions", they're just whacking them out faster than a Cadbury's chocolate production line.

...but we still all buy into it.

My "budget", if you want to call it that - my leftover money each month, after paying all my bills, rent and buying all of the groceries for my family and I, is not a very high one. Granted, it's higher than some people's budgets for collecting, and I've been alerted to this quite a lot recently on my home away from home, CE.org, as there have been a sudden influx of collectors aged between 14-18, ones who obviously will have less money to throw at every edition that is announced (not that I'm much older, I'm only 20!).

But, even at that, my budget is definitely not in the top percentage. I have a few hundred spare, per month, to spend on editions. Some months, I'll have as little as £100, because I've saved so much to prepare for the following month, or I've borrowed from my parents (who are lifesavers!) and have to owe them a chunk back, and other months, because I've saved in advance, or I beg my parents for a loan of £200 because I'm short for the latest edition to be announced, I might have in the region of £500. 

The past few months, I've been closer to the £500 region, mainly because I've saved a little bit here and there (not so much save, as I don't move it to a different bank account, I just make sure it stays in my bank), as well as budget my ass off.

But things aren't looking too good right now.

Some plans have messed up, leaving my budget a good £100 out of kilter, also preventing me from being able to afford the Limited Edition Pikachu 3DSXL, as well as stopping me from being able to order the newly announced Assassin's Creed Anthology, which is set for a November 30th release (much to my dismay).

Also, with Christmas on the horizon, I've got less money to spare right now, as I've got to buy presents. I've managed to get a handful of presents out of the way, but I'm still struggling.

I don't actually have to buy too many presents, as I have quite a small group of family and friends, which is probably quite lucky, if I'm being honest, as I'd struggle even more if I had a lot to buy for.

Next year, I'm praying that there will either be less editions pumped out over the course of the year, or they'll be better spaced out, since too many tend to come out within the same week/month. But, with my preorder list already being filled up with lots of January-April releases, it's not looking too promising.

I'll try to only preorder the things I can't live without next year though, as this year, with preordering absolutely everything, only for a large majority to drop in price within weeks, it's been pretty damn depressing. And coupled with the fact that I've budgeted my money down to nothing this year (leaving no money for spontaneous purchases, and/or cinema trips, nights out, etc), the lack of money has left me feeling pretty down at times.

And hopefully by next Christmas, my posts will be full of Christmas cheer :)

Is anybody else feeling the pinch this year? Are you going to change your collecting habits next year?

Let me know in the comments below!

V.

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Things just never go to plan...

Today is Halo 4's Launch Day.

I'm guessing the majority of you guys knew that, right?

Well, I received my Limited Edition this morning, and have been excited all day to go and collect my Limited Edition Xbox 360 Console to go along with it (albeit the console will be going away until Christmas, as it's a present from my parents).

GAME were doing an offer that if you traded in a 250gb Xbox 360 Slim, in the same transaction that you buy a Halo 4 Limited Edition Xbox 360 Slim, you'd get the Halo 4 one for £100. That's a massive £169.99 off... The Pikachu 3DSXL is coming out next month, and is £179.99, so I figured I could trade my old Slim in, get the £169.99 off, and put a tenner towards the Pikachu 3DSXL, and my parents could get that for me too!

As you can imagine, these thoughts were now cemented into my head. I packaged up my old 250gb Slim into it's original packaging (everything still there, since I'm a hoarder) and off I went to GAME.

Once I arrived, there was quite a queue, but no worries. I waited :)

Got to the front, only for them to decline my trade in offer, as there was a small scratch on my Xbox. And by small, I mean less than 1cm.

I actually had to hold back the tears, as that is my whole plan of getting my Pikachu 3DSXL now flushed down the drain, never to be seen again. I then told him I'd just take my Xbox home, but I'd still like to purchase the Halo 4 one. He looked at me in slight disbelief, as if owning two Xboxes is totally unheard of. I then mentioned that the Black Slim would just be going away in a cupboard or something, since my Halo Reach Xbox is still in working order. Again, looked at me in shock. 

Three Xboxes!?

I can totally tell that is what he was thinking.

I noticed a small sign saying an offer of today, that if you buy Halo 4, as well as a Season Pass, and a year's Xbox Live subscription, they'd give you a free steelbook.

So I requested one of these steelbooks, and asked if it was different to the one in the Limited Edition (I was sure it would be, anyway). He picked up the Limited Edition to try and explain that the one in the Limited Edition is white, to which I replied that it was okay, I had already received the Limited Edition this morning, I just mean is the bonus steelbook different.

Again, a look of shock, this time mixed with a slight hint of respect (haha!)

He said it was, and gave me one for free, as well as discount the Limited Edition guide by £12 for me.

So even though I'm extremely gutted about having to miss out on my Pikachu 3DSXL (yes, I might just go cry in a corner for a little while), today's purchases have still been pretty good:

- Halo 4 Limited Edition.
- Halo 4 Limited Edition Xbox 360 Console.
- Halo 4 Limited Edition Hardback Guide.
- Halo 4 Promo Steelbook.
- Assassin's Creed III Limited Edition Eurogamer Print (7/1000).
- Hitman Absolution Mini Agent 47 Figure (Eurogamer Freebie).
- £5 off voucher for Insertcoin Clothing (YAY!).
- Dishonored T-Shirt (Eurogamer Freebie) - I'm wearing it now!
- Medal of Honor Warfighter Poster (Eurogamer Freebie).
- Metal Gear 25th Anniversary Poster (Eurogamer Freebie).
- The Cave Promo Figure (Eurogamer Freebie).
- TeeFury T-Shirt (Heisenberg "The Emperor" - Breaking Bad, yeaaahhh).

 So yeah, still pretty happy with all the things that have arrived, been collected today :)

An extra special thanks to my friend Tom, aka NoScruffyNo, for helping me out with the ACIII Eurogamer print, and for getting me all of the goodies!

What items have you bought/received today?

Let me know in the comments below!

V.

Assassin's Creed Anthology.

Revealed this morning, the Assassin's Creed Anthology is a bundle pack of all five AC games, housed inside a gorgeous steelbook, with five exclusive lithographs (one for each game) as well as ALL of the single and multiplayer DLC content.

It's a fantastic looking edition.



The downside? 

It's £120.00.

I simply cannot afford that right now. In fact, I'm minus £100 in my budget right now, so I can't really afford ANYTHING right now.

It makes me really sad. I just wish Ubisoft had given us some prior warning, maybe even push the release date for this back until maybe January or February?

I guarantee it'd still get sales, probably even more sales then, than it would now, since more people could save up for it.

So gutted that this is one piece of Assassin's Creed merch I'm missing out on, and will no doubt sell out - leaving me without it, forever :(

Why do I have to be so bloody poor!?

Grr.

V.

Monday, 5 November 2012

ARGH.

I am so pissed off right now.

Been on Facebook, looking around at harmless things, only to have major The Walking Dead spoilers pop up on my news feed.

Argh.

Calmed down, and then BOOM. New spoiler.

A friend posts on his status a rather big spoiler of the ending of Assassin's Creed III.

What a dick.

Steven, I'm looking at you!

V.

Bonfire Night.

It's Bonfire Night tonight. Guy Fawkes... Firework night. Whatever you prefer to call it.

We haven't really done anything for Bonfire Night for the past few years, didn't see the point really. But, tonight we took AJ out for a walk to see all the fireworks :)

His reactions varied from fear to laughter, to awe, to shock, and then repeat.

He wasn't sure what to make of the fireworks, at all!

Was a fun little walk, although we came back in quite fast as it's pretty damn cold tonight...

So, now we're just counting down the hours till Halo 4. Getting the Limited Edition in the mail tomorrow and picking up the Halo 4 Limited Edition Xbox 360 tomorrow at GAME, although the console shall be going away until Christmas (it's a present to us, from my parents).

Can't wait!

What are you guys doing to celebrate bonfire night, and/or prepare for the release of Halo 4?

Let me know in the comments below :D

V.

Friday, 2 November 2012

Hmph.

Well, it is now the 2nd of November. Two days after the release of Assassin's Creed III. And over a week since my UbiWorkshop Edition was posted to me.

And guess what?

It's still not here.

It's sitting in the Glasgow Depot of UPS, and I can't even go collect it as UbiWorkshop contacted UPS and requested that it be returned to sender. As you can understand, I am very upset about this. Somehow it doesn't seem to be on it's way back yet, and instead "Held in Warehouse", so I hope UbiWorkshop get in contact with UPS again soon to have it shipped to me, instead of back to them.

Rumour has it that they're doing this because a lot of people have been receiving their editions for the wrong format, but I don't care! I ordered for Xbox 360, but if a PS3 copy arrives at my door, I don't mind. I've got another copy of the game here which I can play anyway, plus I have a PS3 aswell, so if I wanted to play the UbiWorkshop Edition's copy - I could!

I just really hope it gets to me soon :(

V.

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

It's a sad, sad night.

I have spent all day waiting on my Assassin's Creed III UbiWorkshop Edition. I've been SO excited for it, like you couldn't believe.

Every time the door went tonight, I was like "Yay, it's here"... Only it never was.

And now they've messaged me to say it's processing. I don't know what that means :(

It's so pathetic and whiney of me, but I actually want to cry. I just keep getting hit with shit lately. Owe some money to the government that I've to repay as they overpaid me Tax Credits (their fault, but I have to pay for it), I also forgot to cancel over £50 worth of games/movies which I couldn't afford to get, but now they're on their way - so nothing I can do about that right now, and also, when my UWS Edition arrives, I will have to pay around £25 in Customs Charges.

Not a happy bunny.

If only UbiWorkshop would be kind enough to gift me the Countdown Edition posters, these ones right here, that I simply cannot afford right now, then that would make me a very happy little Assassin indeed.

Please UbiWorkshop, make me smile again... pleeeeeeease!

V.


EDIT: Or even an AC3 Colonial flag... and a Connor print... and, and, and... a hoodie! I know, I'll go cry in a corner now. Too much want!

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

30th October.

Things have been pretty tough here in the Asylum lately.

With so many releases due out soon, money is pretty damn tight. Don't worry though... food, bills and rent are obviously priority. There's nothing to worry about there, it's just on the collecting side of things that money is extremely tight.

Especially with the release of Assassin's Creed III tomorrow.

As most of you probably know (since I guess most people who read my blog are gamers and/or collectors in some way, shape or form), Assassin's Creed is a major franchise. Not just in the sense that the games are massively popular, but also in the sense that more editions and other assorted memorabilia are brought out for Assassin's Creed than a lot of other games put together.

Being a big Assassin's Creed fan, this release is severely taking it's toll on my bank account.

I am currently awaiting:
- Assassin's Creed III Freedom Edition (Xbox 360).
- Assassin's Creed III Join or Die Edition (Xbox 360).
- Assassin's Creed III UbiWorkshop Edition (Xbox 360).
- Assassin's Creed III HMV Steelbook Edition (Xbox 360).
- The Art of Assassin's Creed III Limited Edition Artbook.
- Standard copy of Assassin's Creed III for PC (with preorder bonus 1GB USB Bracelet).
- Assassin's Creed III PS3 Controller Bundle.

There's quite a few other things I really want, but unfortunately my budget just won't stretch far enough to cover any more than that. Especially as I don't only collect AC items, so as well as all of those AC III  preorders I'm waiting on, I also have preorders for other releases that are due out soon, such as Halo 4, Hitman Absolution, Far Cry 3, Call of Duty Black Ops 2, etc, etc.

As much as I love collecting, the drain on my bank balance, as well as the drain it leaves mentally, is pretty damn difficult to cope with. But I could never give it up.

If only there was a way of gaining the rest of the items I want at no cost to myself. But a dream like that will never happen... Unless I magically get a job within one of the many games companies I aspire to work for, but that's another dream that'll never happen.

But oh well, I'll just have to live with my budgets, just like everyone else does :) Let's just hope that next year isn't as money-sapping!

If you're feeling the strain of all of the Q4 2012 releases, let me know in the comments below!

V.

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Lack of update.

Was planning on doing a reasonably sized update for you all last night, but it ended up being quite an eventful night, with AJ falling, resulting in me having to call for an ambulance.

No worries though, he's perfectly fine. Just me panicking due to the amount of blood he was spitting out and coughing up (he fell with a pencil in his mouth, so I thought he'd stabbed the back of his throat!), I called an ambulance and had the paramedics check him over.

Turned out he'd just bitten his tongue and burst it. Hence the insane amounts of blood.

All is well now though, and he's acting like nothing ever happened.

So will try to get an update for you at some point today, if I can tear myself away from cuddling him.

V.

Saturday, 20 October 2012

CE Addiction.

A thread posted on CE.org the other day had me thinking about how much money I spend on games. Well, not just games. But games, movies and other Limited Edition type items. Let's just say, it's a lot of money. To me, at least, anyway.

I know that I am - by far - not the biggest spender when it comes to Collector's Editions. There will be people that easily spend double, triple or maybe even quadruple what I do per month, easily. I'd be lying if I said I don't envy them. Oh, I envy the hell out of them! I'd love to have way more spending money per month than I do currently. 

But, we can't all have what we want now, can we?

The "collecting" part of me has always been there, ever since I was little, spending ridiculous amounts of money on some form of collection. If it wasn't Beanie Babies, it was Pokémon cards, CDs, Pound Puppies, Me To You bears and the like.

I've always been a collector at heart.

Or addict, maybe?

I'm not sure if I might just have an insanely addictive personality, or something along those lines. It might seem a little... I don't know, dramatic? But I seriously believe that I am addicted to Collector's Editions.

Not a day goes by where I'm not either making a preorder for a certain edition, waiting on an arrival - be it a Steelbook, a game CE, a movie CE, a tin... something to do with my collection - or desperately trying to squash something new into my budget plan.

If there's a CE I want but can't afford, I really do feel gutted. But sometimes I feel safe in the thought that it's a rare thing nowadays for a CE to sell out before release, or even soon after. Which means there is a good chance I'll be able to pick up my missing items in the months to come.

I've been a CE collector for over a year now, just under 18 months I think (wow, that isn't really long, is it!?), yet it feels like I've always been collecting them, due to all the knowledge I've gained, along with my passion for collecting them.

I definitely think this will be my life-long addiction, because unlike all of the things I've grown up with, collecting over the years, this one is different. That sounds really stupid, I know. But, what I mean is that with all the things I've become "addicted" to over the years, they have all been things you can easily grow bored of.

Collecting TY Beanie Babies: Spending money on teddies that, sure I can pure on display... but then what? Boredom sets in quickly, although this did last quite a few years, much to the dismay of my parents, who were funding my collection. I was only little though, I collected these between the ages of around 4 and 9 I think, maybe even a little longer...

Collecting Pokémon cards: This was fun, I still own Pokémon cards to this day, but I gave up properly collecting them after about a year as the "fad" died out in my school (this was around ten years ago now! Whoa.)

And now, with collecting CE movies and games, I just can't seem to get tired of it (not that I want to!). I'd be buying games and movies anyway, as I'm an avid movie fan (although the other half, Allan, is the bigger movie buff) and love to play games in my spare time, so why not spend a little extra to get some goodies, if I'm going to be spending some money on it anyway?

But yeah, after having a long hard look and think about how much I've spent this year so far - and how much I've yet to spend on upcoming preorders - it really is quite shocking. I'm lucky I do budget plans, because if I didn't, we'd not even manage to get half of the editions we currently do...

The only downside to my "addiction" is that I literally budget all of my money away. So, for example. If I have x amount of money one month, I budget for my rent, and all of my bills (and groceries, of course) first - naturally. I then budget for anything I know I have to pay that month, such as birthdays, Christmas, or general debts owed (not actual debts, but if I say to someone "Oh, can I buy that off you? But I can't pay till next month" for example, then I work that into my budget before preorders) then after those are budgeted, I work in the preorders.

It's good, in a way, as I budget so much that I am used to it now, and it also allows me to get as many CEs (or whatever) as my money allows, without the risk of me spending money on random shite. (Excuse the language!) But it's also really draining at times, because if I see something I want to buy on eBay, or Amazon, that isn't already in my budget, then... well, I can't. I also can't just decide to go to the cinema, or out for a meal, etc - so it is pretty annoying that way, at times.

At the end of the day though, it's mine and Allan's money, and we enjoy what we do. So there's no stopping us! :)

So, what about you guys?

Are you addicted?

Do you ever sit and think about how much you spend on your collections?

Let me know in the comments below!

V.

Friday, 19 October 2012

It's over 9000!

Heh.

I'm sorry.

I just had to use that as the title of a blog post, and now that I have received 9294 hits (at time of posting), it felt appropriate :)

I've been lacking in the updates on here recently, but don't worry. I have a few new ideas/features I am going to implement soon, as well as a slew of new pictures.

I've been working through my collection, slowly but surely, taking pictures of everything.

I have been taking the easy route, and just photographing the outside of the CE/press kit/etc. 

I can almost hear your screams of "but I wanna see the contents!".

No worries, I have you covered!

Every week, other than all the collection updates and stuff, I will make a post with three images in it. Of the outside of three different CEs.

And it's up to YOU GUYS, to decide which one gets the unboxing treatment first.

I may end up doing this more than once a week, depending on how much spare time I have, but once a week will do to begin with :)

It won't always be new items from my collection that I put to a vote either, I'll be putting a lot of older CEs into the votes too (well, it wouldn't be fair on them not to!)

Whichever CE/press kit/etc wins the vote, I'll unbox (either via video unboxing, or photo unboxing, depending on how I'm feeling at the time!) for you guys :)

I have now altered the settings on here to allow comments from people without Google accounts and/or blogs. So now, if you were originally holding back on commenting because you didn't want to make an account... well, now you can comment away!

Comments will be greatly appreciated :D

V.

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Steelbook Update (plus a couple of other bits).


Received quite a few things in the mail recently, mainly steelbooks, so thought I'd do a little update now to show them off :)

I've just realised though that one of the ones that has arrived... well, I've forgotten to take a pic of it. So will get the one uploaded later today :D

Enjoy!

Play.com steelbooks: Con Air, Die Hard, The Rock and Armageddon.

Prometheus Steelbook

Iron Man 1 & 2 Play.com Exclusive steelbooks :)

My new favourite steelbook, Sucker Punch SDCC Exclusive steelbook :)

Resi 6 CE Guide

Resi 6 NHL Edition (slipcover was badly misaligned and had glue showing which meant that the shipping info sheet in the box was stuck to it >.< I tried to fix it and align it properly and once it was aligned, the slipcover was too small for the box >.< Currently waiting on my replacement slipcover)




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