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You can’t have this Batman: Arkham Origins collector’s edition

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I have a horrible relationship with special editions of games. I’ve sworn them off, ever since that incident at CNA where I threatened to make a child bloodier than a Mel Gibson snuff film if he didn’t hand over the collector’s edition for Far Cry 3. I’m on the fence though about getting the super duper edition for Batman prequel Arkham Origins. Especially if it means flying across the world to get this particular version.

Here, take a look at this (Click to embiggen):


That’s the UK/European version of Arkham Origins that we’ll be getting. Now take a look at what our hotdog-scarfing Honey Boo Boo brethren across the pond are getting:


That’s just not bloody fair. It’s mostly the same stuff, but the statue that comes with it actually way, way better than the current one which has Batman practicing some auto-asphyxiation Kung Fu on the Joker. In addition, this is what you’ll get with the special edition, according to Coming Soon:

    • Exclusive Arkham Origins highly detailed premium statue featuring LED effects produced by TriForce (Height: 9?, Depth: 11.5?, Width: 13?
    • 80-page, full-color hardcover art book measuring approx. 7.5” x 10.75” x .5”
    • 2 key pieces of evidence taken directly from the Gotham City Police Department crime lab
    • Batman Wanted Poster
    • Batwing Prototype Schematic
    • Anarky logo stencil
    • Glow-In-The-Dark map of Gotham City
    • Wayne Family Photo
    • Assassin’s Intel Dossier, including files on the 8 assassins, as well as Black Mask’s contract
    • 1st Appearance Batman Skin: Look just like Batman did during his first appearance in Detective Comics #27, released in 1939.
    • Deathstroke Challenge Pack – Unlock the ability to play as one of the world’s deadliest assassins! Usable throughout all the Arkham Origins Challenge maps. Also includes two bonus challenge maps and two bonus Deathstroke Skins.
    • Bonus (not available in Australia / New Zealand): Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics– This new feature-length documentary from Warner Bros Home Entertainment focuses on DC Comics’ most terrifying villains. Legendary actor Christopher Lee narrates the film.
    • The PS3 edition will also include the Knightfall pack as an exclusive piece of content

It’ll cost you though. $129 to be exact. But dammit, I’d threaten another child smaller than me for the damn thing.

Last Updated: August 15, 2013


  1. That’s just unfair. I’m getting in my Iron Man suit right now to give them some a Marvel slap.


    • Sargon

      August 15, 2013 at 15:42

      Inter-article reference!


  2. Argentil

    August 15, 2013 at 14:38

    If Europe consider themselves second-class citizens in the hierarchy of gaming, what are we South Africans? Peons? Beggars?… Lepers?

    Microsoft, I’m looking at you.


    • venom90

      November 25, 2013 at 13:28

      i vote…. all of the above!


  3. Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    August 15, 2013 at 14:43

    Sweet collectors editions Batman! That’s just crazy!


  4. Graeme Selvan

    August 15, 2013 at 14:44

    The Joker statue also has LED lights in the TV’s. just to make things worse!


    • Grumpy_Bob

      November 7, 2013 at 08:06

      I know it’s been forever since you guys have been ranting about it but just to make you feel better, “our” (meaning the hot dog scarfing honey boo boo lovers across the pond) version sucks ballsack. I just got it. The statue isn’t even that. It’s a plastic-y, toy-like, fail. So congrats, you guys got the better one.


  5. Gustav Minnie

    August 15, 2013 at 14:52

    Ebay. Look up kingbeardo.
    Bought the Gears of War statue and Max Payne 3 keyring from him.
    Good seller…
    Now for that Street Fighter chess set.


  6. brad coetzee

    August 15, 2013 at 15:35

    We’re all nerds here but these collectors editions are for next level uber nerds……….who are loaded.


  7. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    August 15, 2013 at 15:49

    Oh the inequality….



    • Unavengedavo

      August 15, 2013 at 17:36

      It’s because of western capitalists… We should demand economic gaming equality and freedom!


      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        August 16, 2013 at 00:35

        Quick, let’s wear berets. Today we form the United Front of Economically-Challenged Gamers.


        • Unavengedavo

          August 16, 2013 at 09:24

          VIVA UFECG VIVA!!!


          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            August 16, 2013 at 13:37

            Motorcade to BT Games!

  8. Robert W.

    August 16, 2013 at 00:26

    I’m from the US, and I’m more interested in the UK version. Irony.
    Better statue and steel book edition. But if it really upsets you, there’s a little thing called ebay where you can just buy the US edition from there.


    • Doxter

      September 9, 2013 at 00:28

      If it were only that simple, you lot use NTSC whereas we use PAL.


      • Tom Wolf

        September 10, 2013 at 23:29

        Trade out everything but the games… I know there’s a few people that may be up for that here in the States.


      • ZeroZmm

        September 28, 2013 at 03:06

        PS3 games are region free..
        Not sure of the xbox tho..


      • Brandon Gould

        October 6, 2013 at 05:19

        That does not matter. I play EU PAL games all the time. The only issue is DLC but I have EU account too so it is not an issue.


        • Doxter

          December 5, 2013 at 19:46

          How did you manage to get two different accounts in two different countries?


    • John Markham

      October 8, 2013 at 21:53

      Yeah the Bat Grass is always Greener on the other side of Gotham or the Atlantic…. I am another American much preferring the UK version. I may get that one on amazon UK.


  9. Yayman

    August 16, 2013 at 08:02

    I like the one we’re getting!


  10. MacMeister998

    August 16, 2013 at 08:47

    In a way this is not such a big hassle seeing that I have next to no space in my gaming room left for this


  11. Rock789

    August 16, 2013 at 14:10

    Swindled again…. Sad Panda!


  12. SecondVarietyXI

    August 16, 2013 at 19:02

    I dunno if this is in any way odd or not but in Australia we’ll have the choice of both the UK/Europe Collector’s Ed. and the US Collector’s Ed (named the “Definitive Ed.” here). The problem for me is, which one to choose???


    • Doxter

      September 9, 2013 at 00:29

      Jammy sod!


    • Peta Cox

      October 8, 2013 at 10:26

      I pre-ordered both 🙂 why choose lol


  13. Prometheus

    August 17, 2013 at 06:57

    I would be willing to trade a PS3 NA copy for a UK version as I would like one of each to keep. Not sure how that would work on here though and there is no store other than Amazon UK that is even selling this edition and they won’t ship to the US.


  14. Pliskin

    August 19, 2013 at 00:15

    I’m an American and I while I agree that the UK is getting the “short end of the stick”, I honestly think the statue/figurine you guys are getting is far better than the one the we get. It looks way more bad ass and actually has Batman. I guess the LED thing is cool, but ultimately I don’t give a shit. If I’m buying a Batman game, I want a collectible that portrays Batman. I implore you to throw them on Ebay and I’m sure plenty of people in North America will snatch them, I know I’ll be checking.


  15. DexDude

    August 19, 2013 at 08:31

    First off it’s not $129 its $119. Second off.. do you know how many fucking times UK/EU has gotten better collectors editions than us? “It’s not fair”? Suck it up, kid. We have to all the time.


  16. Acid

    August 31, 2013 at 15:46

    order it from gamespot then


  17. Bigfiber

    September 2, 2013 at 13:36

    Don’t get mad about this edition. You guys over in Europe get to choose between three or four editions for Assassin’s Creed IV.


  18. TheMVP1982

    September 3, 2013 at 06:57

    I hope someone reads this but I’m in America and I want the UK edition!


    • Doxter

      September 9, 2013 at 00:29



  19. Doxter

    September 8, 2013 at 23:01

    Oh yeah, you think that’s bad? the Aussies are getting BOTH editions!


  20. Sin Monkey

    September 9, 2013 at 01:34

    If you’re interested, I’m willing to do a statue exchange program. One of my US ones for a UK version. Maybe we can do the entire set if you’d like.

    Drop me an email:


  21. Kenny

    September 10, 2013 at 20:13

    I honestly like both even though I live in the US. The us version lights up and has a whole lot more bonuses, but the uk edition has batman himself. So, don’t be angry because they’re both great in my opinion.


  22. Tom Wolf

    September 10, 2013 at 23:25

    It’s funny… because a few of us in America, are complaining that we want your statue. Maybe we could work out a trade? 🙂


  23. Captain America

    September 11, 2013 at 15:45

    I think if you’re going to choose a career in which you’re thoughts are expressed publicly, then you need to choose your words more carefully. Your words about America are offensive, were all in this life together so let’s try and be more civil.


  24. FastonTrack

    September 11, 2013 at 17:05

    Wow, it’s not like we decided which one we’d get. Suck it up man and play the game. You want the extra US stuff, order them online after it comes out


  25. Dylan White

    September 14, 2013 at 19:28

    You got the editions backwards. US gets the big edition.


  26. Winston smith

    September 16, 2013 at 12:54

    I don’t know why u Europeans are so angry I live in Australia and we get to pick either one and I would much rather have the batman and joker statue


  27. Naberios

    September 23, 2013 at 23:06

    Give me a break. Ubisoft screws North America with every single special edition they release. I don’t know why any region seems to get screwed like this when a special edition of a game is released. Hopefully it gets addressed at some point. It’s just silly.


  28. Kahg RAH

    September 25, 2013 at 02:20

    119 dollars actually


  29. lee

    September 26, 2013 at 22:34

    Or you could go to euro gamer and pre order and get what even the Americans can’t, 400 limited playing cards ad key rings


  30. Zeroch

    October 3, 2013 at 23:47

    I’m crossed with this, the american edition is “OH MY GWAD LOOTGASMIC!!!!” but the UK version has that Sweet-ass Statue of Batman lifting the Joker by the collar neck, why we cant have everything?! GOD!


  31. Brandon Gould

    October 6, 2013 at 05:21

    “hotdog-scarfing Honey Boo Boo brethren across the pond”

    Okay… that was nice.


  32. John Markham

    October 8, 2013 at 21:58

    Yeah the Bat Grass is always Greener on the other side of Gotham or the Atlantic…. I am another American much preferring the UK version. I may get that one on amazon UK.

    I’d do a statue trade with someone in the UK and I’d throw in the DVD of Necessary Evil: Super-Villains.

    John Markham



  33. JohnnyGotham

    October 18, 2013 at 00:06

    Bob Kane is American


  34. sonic10158

    October 24, 2013 at 05:01

    I felt the same way when Europe got the Sonic Generations collector’s edition that the usa mever got.

    It sucks, but accept it, Europe or North America will get screwed in terms of a collector’s edition or bundle from time to time.


  35. Elvis Gardner

    October 24, 2013 at 05:16

    I live in the US, and a huge batman fan, I love this, but love yours as well. But for the most part, I feel like you end up getting the better CE overall


  36. Beasty

    October 24, 2013 at 13:08

    Umm yeah you can have it, I ordered mine from Amazon. com, it’s on it’s way as we speak, $158.96 or £98.24 in proper money, which includes postage and import fees, and I don’t even have a PS3, My copy of the game itself, I’ve got via Steam


  37. Mike

    October 25, 2013 at 12:02

    Aww you pore Limey if it upsets you so Much go on eBay and order one they usually charge an extra 50$ from shelf price.


  38. tbone

    October 25, 2013 at 18:49

    If anyone wants to trade the UK for the US statue shoot me an email. I have the US version and I’d much rather the UK. You guys definitely lucked out in regards to the statue.

    Xvillainyxvirtuex (at) yahoo.com


  39. Lawrence

    October 28, 2013 at 03:12

    I got mine here in Australia. The issue was that the preorder started very early (las january) and it was sold out within a week. So part of this information is incorrect. The other two versions are still available.


  40. Poop

    November 12, 2013 at 16:11

    If it makes you feel better I actually own this over-glorified collector’s edition and I can tell you right now that the statue is absolute garbage. It’s made entirely out of cheap, flimsy plastic and the actual screens don’t even begin to come close to how good they look in the advertisement. Premium statue my ass. This thing is nothing more than a playset for a 5 year old.


  41. Malachy

    November 15, 2013 at 17:41

    I have both statues both which I really like. The paint on the EU collectors edition is brilliant. Both Batman and the Joker stand out and it creates that scene where Joker doesnt give a sh** how much Batman hits him whilst it gives you the impression of the physical superiority of Batman. All in all a brilliant brilliant statue. However, the US version statue of the Joker is quite brililant as well. It creates the impression of the Joker being the man behind the scense, the chief, the boss. Do as he says or you are dead. The scenery i.e. including the table, the carpet, the floor, the cash are brilliant. Joker smashing the knife in the table is brilliant and the LED tv’s are really cool when lit at night. If you had to go for quality you have to choose EU statue where you got the 2 big characers in 1 and their paint is brilliant. But if you had to go for coolness and scenery you have to go for the american statue the only disappointment is the paint..I would have made the Joker stand out a bit more with purple paint. But I got to say I have both and I love them both brilliant products Batman always rocks


  42. Bigjamdaddy

    November 19, 2014 at 07:14

    The lights on the US statue are not bright. In fact, I was going to re-wire mine and put in better lamps that are a bit brighter, although I may sell it. The TV’s in the background have pictures of some of the characters, but it’s not really worth the extra money. I’m 40, been a comic nerd for most of those. Proof? I have a BTAS Joker and Harley tattooed on my right calf. Also, I’m HUGE too, so is the ink.
    Hope this helps.


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