The Dark Knight has seen its fair share of disappointments with its collectors editions. The Arkham Asylum Collectors Edition was a known let down with its boring, flimsy Batarang and its terrible plastic and usually broken outer box. Even with Arkham City they seemed to play it safe with a small statue and so-so art book, but fans were still let down when they learned that the edition didn’t even come with a game case (game was put in the back of artbook). With Arkham Origins they wanted to give fans a ton of trinkets and surprises which should leave a Batman fan very happy.
I was extremely surprised when I saw the box show up at my doorstep. Pulling the CE out of the shipper box you are greeted with a rather large box that looks to be a crate. It is of course embossed with the Batman and Arkham Origins pictures. The box looks great and is extremely sturdy, which is always a relief especially when you know that it houses a statue or figure.
Once you flip the top you are greeted with some of the neat little items that will grab some of the more diehard fans. You get a Wanted sign showcasing the “Batman” from the GCPD, a Batwing blue print, as well as a map containing Anarky scribble and writing. The wanted sign is a nice touch and goes great with the wanted dead contract that you will later see in the collection. The map has a ton of detail and you can actually feel the marks that are on the page, like it has been beaten up and torn. The Batwing blueprint holds a good amount of detail too.
Underneath that is a folder which holds the Batman contract that Black Mask has issued to his assassins. Also included is the GCPD Bulletin on every assassin that is out to kill the bat. I actually spent a little time looking over these, and was extremely impressed with the detail and facts displayed in front of me. I was extremely happy with what they included and it gave me a heads up on who these villains are before I even started the game.
You are then welcomed with the game and the Necessary Evil DVD. The game doesn’t need too much explaining but the DVD does. It is a documentary of sorts that displays the super villains of the DC universe. The movie is 100 minutes long, so it will be full of detail I can imagine. The artbook is also included which was extremely detailed and large, always surprising. You also receive 2 evidence pieces which are a tooth and a poker chip. I am sure that these will come into affect and make more sense in the game, but they are still neat none the less.
All of this sits on top of a Styrofoam box which houses the Joker statue that everyone has seen. This is the part that always makes me a little nervous. You pay more for this little trinket and can only hope that it delivers to your expectations. The statue was packaged as well as most of the higher end statues that I buy, and this was extremely comforting. Pulling it all together you don’t have to assemble much besides the antennae ears and a few batteries. The statue is huge and looks great. Joker has his signature smile, as well as his dagger and well known revolver. The statue has a ton of detail and looks and feels great.
Some of these statues can feel cheap and flimsy but this one has some weight to it. Flipping on the on switch lights up the TV’s behind the joker which hardly displays anything. In the pictures you can actually see the people on screen but this statue produces dim and blurry images. I first thought that maybe I got a defective one, but I looked around and it seems to just be the way the statue is. I rarely display any of my statues with the lights on so this really isn’t that big of a deal but something to note. I think that this statue pays a ton of attention to detail. Everything looks great and is painted well. I was worried that the Jokers face would look strange but it looks just as he would.
Overall I feel that for the $120.00 price tag and the fact that is has been long sold out makes it truly worth it. The box is large and keep everything together and safe. All the little extras are great and really let you dive into some more detail that you don’t really get in most collectors editions. The statue looks and feel sturdy with great detail. If you are able find this addition and are a Batman fan, then you really can’t pass up the chance to own this. The Dark Knight picked up his A game for this collectors edition.