Thursday, 27 September 2012

Raging.

This has NOT been my month for collecting. It's pissing me off something awful.

Start of the month, I received 4 steelbooks from Play.com, 2 were damaged. Wasn't happy, but it was the first time I'd ever received something damaged, so wasn't too angry. Outer box was mint, so obviously happened prior to dispatch. Got replacements, so all good.

Second, I received my Street Fighter 25th Anniversary Set. In a giant box (way too big for the item within), with NO packaging. Oh wait, sorry. A handful of airbags. All burst. And the outer slipcover was scuffed. No chance was I shipping this back to the US at my own cost. So I figured I'd just accept it and be glad it wasn't worse. (Have also contacted Capcom in the hope they will send me a replacement slipcover, but not holding my breath)

Mid-month, received my Tekken Tag Tournament 2 We Are Tekken Edition from GAME.co.uk. Arrived in a white bubblewrap envelope. Came completely destroyed. Contacted GAME and they arranged a replacement to be sent out once they receive the copy back from me. Sent it, and nearly a week later, they claimed still hadn't received it. I gave them proof of postage, so they then dispatched a replacement. Was told the replacement would be sent in a box, to prevent further damage. Almost a week goes by again, by which point I'd received items from America and France (which were shipped after this). But still not received this, from ENGLAND. Finally received it, another few days later. In a f*cking white bubble envelope, AGAIN. Luckily it wasn't damaged, but still. Was not a happy bunny.

Yesterday I received a letter through the door demanding that I pay £25.30 in customs fees for my The Walking Dead Season 2 Limited Edition BluRay set (y'know, the one with the Zombie head). The set only cost me £50~ to begin with. So now it has cost me £75. Grr.

And this morning I received that set, no packaging again, inside the box. But luckily it was double boxed, so came perfectly fine (minus those £25.30 in fees).

And just now, I've received my copy of Dead or Alive 5 Collector's Edition, a whole day early. I was so excited. Only to then notice that I'd just been handed it in a white bubble envelope. My heart sank. And it sank even further once I'd opened it. A tear in the slipcover. I figured I'd just accept that though, since white bubble envelopes usually mean death to a CE. Especially a metal one. But once opened, I just wanted to scream. Tin all dented in. Thanks, ShopTo.net! At least after 20 minutes on hold to ShopTo, and a further 2 minutes of talking to them, they have agreed to send out a replacement. Once they receive the damaged copy back. Plus they'll reimburse the return shipping. So I'm going all out. Next day delivery, bitches. I want my replacement ASAP.

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Wednesday, 26 September 2012

New Additions!

Just had a bundle of things arrive today, so happy with them :)

Thanks to my good friend Gee over at CE.org!



EDIT: Just realised I missed out one of the items I received in the package, my Gears of War Jumbo steelbook. Will post a pic of that in the morning :)

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Tuesday, 25 September 2012

One Piece CE Unboxing.

Finally got the video uploaded, so here it is:



Apologies for the delay! 

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Sunday, 23 September 2012

Updates are now on the way!

Currently just uploading the videos. So don't panic! They are on their way :D

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The unboxings are coming!

Both unboxings that I have promised to you all will be posted at approx. 8.30pm tonight (UK time)!

So check back then :)

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Saturday, 22 September 2012

One Piece.

Surprisingly, my One Piece Pirate Warrior CE has just arrived!

It was posted on the 20th. From France. Yet it has gotten here earlier than my replacement copy of the Tekken Tag Tournament 2 We Are Tekken Edition, which was posted first. From England.

Seriously?

Oh well. Yay me!

I said I'd do an unboxing video of it, and I will, but I can't get it up for you all tonight as I have guests coming over, and I'd rather not make myself look like an idiot talking into a camera in front of them :)

So, don't get your knickers in a twist!

It's coming, tomorrow night!

Stay tuned!

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Okay guys.

Apologies for not uploading my unboxing of the Borderlands 2 Ultimate Loot Chest Limited Edition yet, but I'm a little displeased with it.

As are most of us collectors.

C'mon Gearbox... dafuck!?

Luckily mine doesn't appear to be missing anything content-wise, like what a lot of people's copies are, but mine does have an odd printing error, where the back cover of the outer box has been printed on, upside down. 

Nobody else has reported this flaw with their copies yet, so not too sure if there are any others like it.

If you have an error, or item missing from your Loot Chest, let me know!

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Thursday, 20 September 2012

Updates on the way!

Sorry I've not uploaded my updates I promised you earlier, been watching Tom and Jerry with my son, and now waiting on him going to sleep.

Hoping he goes to sleep ASAP so I can get to work!

Check back soon :D

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Facebook.

If any of you guys have Facebook, you should like the official Collecting Asylum facebook page :)

It's not very frequently updated, but now I'm getting into the swing of posting on here, I'll do a little post on there each time there's an update, so if you use facebook, you'll know straight away that I've written a post on here!

C'mon over and share the likes :P


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September!

Well as most of you guys know, September is one of the busiest months of the year game-wise, and this then means the same for editions. So, as I'm sure you can guess, I've got a lot of editions on the way to me right now!

I'm going to actually do some unboxing videos for you guys, since I've not done one since the release of Modern Warfare 3 (and back then we were going under the old name of CollectorzAsylum) so that video has been banished to the depths of my hard drive, haha.

I will be unboxing Borderlands 2 Ultimate Loot Chest Limited Edition on Friday (providing it arrives on release day!) then One Piece Pirate Warrior Collector's Edition and Street Fighter 25th Anniversary Collector's Edition early next week (again, providing they arrive then). 

I also have quite a few other things I've gotten recently, so I'll probably just upload pics of those as most are too small for a decent unboxing video.

Anyway, check back later guys! Gonna post some pics for you all :)

V. 

Friday, 14 September 2012

Wii U Update.

I know yesterday when I made my post regarding Nintendo Direct, there were no given prices for the upcoming release of the Wii U.

This has now changed.

Basic Pack is £259.99.
Premium Pack is £309.99.
Premium ZombiU Pack is £349.99.

Those prices are fluctuating between retailers, but are the prices listed on GAME UK's website right now.

To be honest, I'm a little disappointed.

I was really wanting a Wii U, but with a November 30th release date, I figured it would be pretty impossible, as I quite simply have no money left to spare at that time. But at £350 for the bundle I'd want, there's not a chance in hell I'll manage.

I've preordered two copies anyway - from two different retailers - in the hope that the price will drop on at least one of the sites, and that way I might be able to convince somebody to buy me it for Christmas.

But it's probably safe to say, I won't be having a Wii U Christmas this year :(

Anybody else in the same predicament as me?

Anybody got the cash for it, but think the price is too high?

Or are you super excited and have made your purchase already?

Let me know!

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Thursday, 13 September 2012

Nintendo Direct.

Information has now been revealed for the upcoming release of Nintendo's new console, the Wii U.

The Wii U will be released in the UK on 30th November 2012. Prices are yet to be confirmed as they will be determined by each retailer independently. More news on that as soon as possible! Separate controllers will also be available, and are the equivalent of £107 each in Japan (but no UK price as of now), which might seem high, but Nintendo has confirmed that there are no games as of yet, that will require a second Wii U controller. Release date in Japan is the 8th of December, so for us to receive it earlier is a big surprise!

The Basic Pack will include 8GB internal storage, two AC adapters, one GamePad and a HDMI cable.
The Premium Pack will include the same as above, but will include a 32GB internal storage instead, as well as a stand for your Wii U and Wii U GamePad, a charging cradle, sensor bar and launch title NintendoLand!

There will also be a ZombiU Premium Bundle Pack, containing everything included in the Premium Pack, but also includes ZombiU.

The Basic Pack does not include a sensor bar, as Nintendo figures that most people who purchase the Wii U will also own an original Wii, but fear not, if you did not own a Wii, a separate "Wii Remote Plus Additional Set" will be available on launch day, which will include a WiiRemote Plus, aswell as the sensor bar.

There is also a new Wii U Pro controller, which is a controller similarly shaped to an Xbox 360 controller, but with a different button layout. Four of these can connect at one time to the Wii U, and two GamePads can connect at once (although no games need 2 GamePads at the moment).

All original Wii controllers will be compatible with the Wii U as will all software for the Wii, such as any Virtual Console downloads and WiiWare. And, praise the Lord, you will be able to transfer your existing content from your Wii to the Wii U (to prevent you from having to re-buy them).

Wii U capabilities are (obviously) superior to the Wii. Graphics are now available in 720p and 1080p. Wii U game discs will have 25GB of storage space, and will run at 22.5MB/s. The games will use 1GB of memory from the console, with another 1GB required for the OS (operating system).

The Wii U GamePad is marvellous, and includes a gyrosensor, magnetic sensor, microphone, speaker, and of course, the LCD touch screen.

There will be lots of fun multiplayer games available on the Wii U, three of which caught my eye, Metroid Blast, The Legend of Zelda BattleQuest and Donkey Kong Crash Course.

Launch titles for the Wii U are said to be Nintendo Land, New Super Mario Bros U, Rayman Legends, ZombiU and Mass Effect Special Edition.

There is also Nintendo Network Premium, which will be a free service for everyone who purchases the Black Premium Wii U, and will reward you with 10% of the price you pay for any digital downloads in points, and once you reach 500 points (which will equate to £5~) they will then be activated to spend.

I for one definitely want one, but with a release so close to Christmas, I'll unfortunately have to wait for a bit before I pick one up, especially since the next few months look to be pretty tight for me.

What do you think? Are you going to be a Day 1 adopter, or pick one up later down the line?
Let me know in the comments below!

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Risen 2 CE Comparison.

Okay, so today I am doing a comparison of the two editions of Risen 2 that I own. The very lovely Keg Edition (exclusive to Poland, Czech Republic, etc) and the just as lovely (okay, slightly less) Stahlbarts Schatz (Steelbeard's Treasure) edition (exclusive to Amazon.de).

I received the Risen 2 Keg Edition a few months ago, after someone pointed it out on collectorsedition.org (my home away from home!) and quickly arranged for somebody to assist me in acquiring it, as it is a beauty of a CE. Wasn’t very expensive, at all, for what it is (but this is quite a universal aspect for all CEs exclusive to that part of the world, lucky so-and-sos!). Only cost me around £80-90 all in (including shipping) and considering that it comes in a real wooden keg, is just amazing.

The Stahlbarts Schatz edition, on the other hand, I received much more recently (within the past couple of weeks) and was a impulse purchase upon my return from Gamescom. Okay. Well, not so much impulse purchase, more of a “I had to cancel my Risen 2 CE to have money for Gamescom and I’ve come home with money so I’ll go one better and get that” purchase. Ahem.

Exclusive to Amazon.de, it is a very nice CE, although would have been much better if it were made out of real wood, like it’s Keg counterpart. Regardless, it is very nice, and much larger than I was expecting, also full of content, and for a pretty good price - also around £80-90 including shipping (for those who are interested, it has since dropped in price by around €20-30, which I was not best pleased about).

Anyway, over to the comparisons!

First off, from the outside, this is how they look:

Once you open, this is how the inside is laid out on each version:




This is the inside of the lid in the Stahlbarts Schatz edition:


The front of the Keg Edition has a nice little plaque on it, with the number of your copy engraved in it. Mine is number 004! 


The front of it opens with a little latch:


The Stahlbarts Schatz edition opens with two flaps at the front with have velcro pads on them. Quite nice, but not nearly as lavish as the Keg.


Both editions contain a Gnome, and both are packaged differently within their boxes. The Stahlbarts Schatz edition has the Gnome packaged inside a moulded plastic "shell" to protect it, whereas the Gnome within the Keg is just loose. Both Gnomes have a little feather for their hats, the one on the left having it housed within the plastic "shell" and the one on the right has it in a little ziplock type bag.


On first glance, the Gnomes are the same, but upon closer inspection, they have minor differences. 


For instance, the one on the right (from the Keg edition) is darker, and the Risen 2 logo is painted slightly differently (obviously this could be down to handpainting, for instance) aswell as the little ribbon under Risen 2 being a lighter red than it's Stahlbarts Schatz counterpart.



Also, more detail seems to have gone into the painting of the Keg edition's Gnome, as it's skin is not as plain looking as the Stahlbarts Schatz variant.


Another thing I spotted upon closer inspection is that the raised arms on both Gnomes are placed slightly differently, too. The Stahlbarts Schatz version's hand is further away from it's face/hat than the Keg version's hand is.

Here's a photo of the Gnomes with the feathers in their hats :)


Like the Keg edition, the Stahlbarts Schatz edition is also numbered, but this time just on a simple certificate inside the box.


I have number 2220/5760 :)


There is one difference between the editions that cannot really be compared, and that is the fact that one is Xbox 360 and one is PC. Both are available for all platforms, but originally both were PC only. However, at the point I ordered the PC Keg edition, there was talk about console versions being made. But due to the fact that the Keg edition is unbranded by which console it is made for, and comes in a generic white box that isn't really "sealed," me plus a few others speculated that the console Kegs would be repacks (since there were a few months between PC and console releases of Risen 2). Although, none of us have had any information to confirm or deny this.

The Xbox copy of the game comes in a standard keepcase/Amaray case and the PC copy comes in a nice slipcase (haven't actually opened the game yet so not sure if it's an Amaray or a digipak inside, but I assume digipak.



The PC version of Stahlbarts Schatz was available for ordering at the same time as the Keg edition, but due to only being able to afford one (as I run a tight budget each month!) I plumped for the Keg edition, as it was limited to a lower number and it looked better, overall.

I'm glad I did go for the Keg edition, as that meant that months later, once the Stahlbarts Schatz edition gained console variants, I was able to snag an Xbox 360 copy (to make up for me cancelling my UK CE of Risen 2 for Xbox 360). 

Both editions include a few overlapping items, such as:

A black and white Pirate flag (both unopened as I just know that once they're out, I won't get them back in).


They also both include a nice little folder full of art cards (and pretty decent quality might I add!)






They also both contain the same three stickers each, notice how the ones from the Keg (on the right) aren't as perfect as the ones on the left? That is due to the fact that the stickers are loose inside the keg and obviously round themselves to the shape of the Keg, whereas the others lie flat inside the chest.



A small pirate "skull and crossbones" pendant is also included in both (apologies, they really wouldn't photo well!)


Close up:


Also both include a Soundtrack and Making Of DVD.



Both also include some DLC code sheets:


Apologies for the sideways image...



And both editions also include a giant folded poster. I assume both are the same (double sided maybe?) but didn't want to unfold them, as like with the flags, once I unfold them, they'd never go back properly again.



The game, aswell as other contents from the Stahlbarts Schatz edition is housed inside a smaller box located inside the chest (essentially the same box as the UK CE):


And last but not least, there are two items that are included in the Stahlbarts Schatz edition that are not included in the Keg.

One is a guidebook for the game (unfortunately only in German, but that's to be expected):


(Again, apologies for that sideways pic!)

And second, a bone pen:



Overall, they are both very nice editions, and I'd recommend everybody to at least get one of them. If you have to choose though, and you can find it, the Keg would still be my first choice, as it simply has that "wow" factor when on display, that the Stahlbarts Schatz edition doesn't. But, if you have the money, then I'd say go for both! 

I hope you enjoyed my comparison of these two marvellous editions, and I hope you check back soon!

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Thursday, 6 September 2012

:(

Huge apologies guys.
Things have been pretty busy in the asylum of late. More boxes arriving every few days, floor space quickly running out...

Yes, you did read that correctly.

Floor space.

I've already run out of shelf space so bad that I've resorted to carefully placing CEs on the floor. Only, now I'm running out of space there, too.

And this is only September 6th!

The busiest period is only just beginning!

Okay, so tomorrow morning, I am making it my personal mission, to get up super early, and get this house tidied, and then get the shelves dusted, and finally, take a good few photos of the collection and get some content posted on here!

You all have my permission to pester me in the comments if I forget!

Check back tomorrow!

V.

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Hitman.

Okay, so this morning whilst browsing Facebook I came across this photo:


EBGames Australia posted it on their facebook page, and oh my, it has gotten me more excited for my Hitman Absolution Deluxe Professional Edition than ever!

I definitely was not expecting the figure to be so large. To be perfectly honest, I was expecting it to be pretty small, maybe half the size of that one - max. I mean, I know that the listings state that the figure is 10 inches tall, but I don't know, I still didn't really focus on that part, instead simply just imagining it's height for myself.

So I'm pretty glad that it's big, as at least it will look good on a shelf, and will really stand out, instead of just blending in with the other things on the shelf.



Have any of you also preordered this edition?

Are you looking forward to it, if you have? Let me know in the comments below!

Hitman Absolution releases in the UK on November 20th this year.

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Monday, 3 September 2012

Whoa, it's September!

Sorry guys, life has gotten in the way of the site lately, but no worries! I'll be back posting lots of updates later on today! 

Stay tuned :)

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