WB Games is has gone one step forward and two steps back over the course of the Arkham series’ collector’s editions, with the original Arkham Asylum coming in a violin-sized case holding a disappointingly lame batarang, and Arkham City packing an artbook and scads of digital goodies in a svelte, statue-topped box.
For the upcoming Batman: Arkham Origins, WB Games is laughing at your shelf space or need to store things besides giant goddamn box sets, with a collector’s edition so frigging huge it defies all logic…but I still want it bad.
For $120 (Jesus H. Christ!) you get, according to Joystiq, two pieces of evidence from the Gotham Crime Lab, an 80-page art book, a wanted poster of the Dark Knight, blueprints of the Batwing, an Anarky logo stencil (for easy nerd tagging), a glow-in-the-dark map of Gotham City, a photo of the Wayne family in happier times, and dossiers on the 8 assassins contracted to take down Batman by none other than Black Mask.
The real kicker, however, is the absolutely massive statue of the Joker, measuring in at 9 inches tall, 13 inches wide, and 11 and a half inches deep, and featuring a wall of LED-lit televisions. As if this glowing, girl-repelling monstrosity wasn’t enough, the box set also includes Necessary Evil, a documentary narrated by Christopher Lee discussing the rogues’ gallery of DC Comics villains through the decades. All of this comes in a box that will make your IKEA furniture groan in pain. However, if necessary, one could build a decent-sized efficiency apartment using the three Arkham Collector’s Editions as walls.
Batman: Arkham Origins will be released October 25th 2013 for Xbox 360 and Playstation 3.