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UNBOXING / Gears of War 4: Collector’s Edition – Outsider Variant (X1)

I have been a Gears of War fan since I heard the announcement of the first game way back during the launch of the original Xbox.  Being the fanatic that I am about the series, I have purchased the Collector’s Edition for every game and have yet to be disappointed.  When I got news of the Gears of War 4 Collector’s Edition, I raced to Amazon and got my pre-order in as fast as I could and I am glad that I did.  This collectors set is one of the most amazing that I have purchased this year and if you have been following our blog, you know that I have grabbed quite a few (probably more than I should have) this year.  I grabbed the special Amazon-only edition that boasts a special paint job on the JD Fenix statue which looks amazing next to my other gaming memorabilia.

Gears of War 4: Collector’s Edition – Outsider Variant (PS4)

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Gears of War 4: Collector’s Edition

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The box itself boasts some amazing artwork and would look cool on your shelf just by itself but the good stuff resides inside.  The box has a sleeve that, once removed, reveals even more cool artwork on the front and the back of the box.  Opening the top of the box reveals a warning about how the small pieces could be a choking hazard, the instructions on how to install the batteries and where the on-off switch is located that controls the lights on the statue.  We will talk more about that later.  The contents of the set is in a very nice protective, 2-piece Styrofoam case that is emblazoned with the Gears of War logo.  Inside you will find all of the contents nicely protected and ready for you to pull out and enjoy.

 

GoW 4 Ultimate Edition Steelbook + Season Pass + In-game Bonus Content Including 3 Gears Crates

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The Gears of War 4: Collector’s Edition comes with the Ultimate Edition of the main game which includes the game itself, the Ultimate Edition Steelbook game case, the Season Pass, in-game Bonus Content including 3 Gears Crates and download codes for Gears of War 1, 2, 3 and Judgement.  By itself, this version of the game is $99 and is well worth the purchase.  Most GOW fans like myself already have the first four games but it is nice that they are included for those people who may not have all of them (with this purchase, this is my third set of them all).  The Season Pass is definitely a plus as well as the additional in-game content like the card packs and the weapon skins.  The artwork on the Steelbook is also very nicely done with an image of JD on the front and the GOW cog on the back that are done in a cool hand-drawn style.

 

Exclusive Lithograph by TriForce

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The exclusive lithograph is a nice piece of Gears of War 4 schwag, but let’s be honest here; this is something that will probably be left in the box by most people who purchased this collection.  It is printed on a good quality card-stock and would look awesome in a nice frame under glass.  However, it doesn’t really add much to the overall “coolness” of the this set and seems like it was just added in so that it would be one more asterisk on the list of items included here.  Nonetheless, it’s a cool representation of the someone (I’m assuming its JD Fenix but I could be wrong) on a very dusty COG Bike.

 

Frag Grenade Keychain

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The frag grenade key-chain is actually a cool little piece of GOW4 memorabilia as it is an exact recreation of the famous grenade that is used in all of the Gears of War games.  This piece is made of a sturdy plastic and painted to look like scratched and dented metal.  The paint job is actually quite superb and makes this piece look like it could actually blow something up if thrown.  The “chain” part of the key-chain is also made of plastic and may not hold up to repeated pocketing for too long so I don’t think that I will actually put this on with my car keys.

 

JD Fenix on COG Bike Premium Statue – Outsider Variant (Amazon Exclusive)

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The JD Fenix on COG Bike Premium Statue by TriForce is the reason to purchase this collection in the first place.  Standing in at a whopping 11 inches in height and 19 inches in length, this statue was clearly created by fans of the series.  TriForce has put together a stunning recreation of JD on his COG Bike while holding the enigmatic chainsaw lancer.  The paint job on this statue was specially designed for this special Amazon edition and can only be gotten in this special set.  It is done in a high-quality finish that adds so much detail that I thought that JD was going to drive right off of its base.  One other cool feature of this statue it that there are parts of it that lights up like the headlight, the tail light, the lancer, JD’s backpack and the bike’s instrument panel.

 

JD Fenix on COG Bike Premium Statue – Outsider Variant (Amazon Exclusive) – Closeups 1

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The details on this statue are astounding and only helps to make this one of my favorites this year.  Up until now, the statue of Ryu that was included in the Street Fighter V Collector’s Edition held the top spot in my heart.  JD quickly took that spot as soon as I pulled him out of the protective wrap that he was shipped in.

 

JD Fenix on COG Bike Premium Statue – Outsider Variant (Amazon Exclusive) – Closeups 2

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The lighting on this statue is a really nice touch and helps to make this one stand out.  The Batman statue that was included in the Batman: Arkham Knight Collector’s Edition also has this feature and took that statue from plain to extraordinary.  I’ll probably put JD right next to Bruce and the Revenant from the Doom Collector’s Edition for the trifecta.

 

JD Fenix on COG Bike Premium Statue – Outsider Variant (Amazon Exclusive) – Closeups 3

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The details on the bike are what really stands out to me the most.  From the tread of the tires to the caked mud that is splattered on just about every surface of the bike to the wires and hoses that criss-cross much of the frame, it is these details that makes the stature feel real.

 

JD Fenix on COG Bike Premium Statue – Outsider Variant (Amazon Exclusive) – Closeups 4

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I made sure to take lots of pictures so that you guys could get a good look at just about every angle of this stature.  Those lights really make the statue something special and just look awesome when they are on.

 

JD Fenix on COG Bike Premium Statue – Outsider Variant (Amazon Exclusive) – Closeups 5

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The chiseled jaw, piercing blue eyes and flowing shock of blond hair proves that JD is a chip off of the Fenix block.  This is one handsome fellow who has what it takes to beat back the new threat facing our heroes in this new adventure…with Marcus Fenix’s help, of course.


 

This is by far the most expensive collector’s edition that I have purchased this year and let me tell you, it was worth every penny.  Amazon still has this one available for $249.99 if you are interested.  I realize that this is a pretty steep price tag but if you are a fan of the series and love to collect the game related statues then this is one not to miss.  The inclusion of the ultimate edition of the game is clearly one of the reasons for the price being so high but you get so much in this version that is worth it just for the game.  The lithograph and the key-chain are just small additions that round out the whole collection.  The statue is the pièce de résistance that this whole collection is built around.  So far, I have been having the time of my life playing the game and the extras that came in this edition just rounds out what is a perfect way to celebrate the Gears of War franchises first outing on the Xbox one.