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Tales of Xillia 2 European CE reviewTales of Xillia 2 European CE reviewReview

TakeTake6 l. temu
This is a review for the European Collector's Edition of Tales of Xillia 2. I intended to post it in the Tales club CLUB #121 but I thought I might as well make an article of it.

It will not be a long review, just a short one with some pictures. You can use it to compare the European edition with the North America one. The European CE is supposed to be released on August 22 but I was able to get mine early at my local store. It is sold for 99,99€. Let's get started!

First, this is what you should expect based on the promotional picture:

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Now to the real thing. The box is huge, due to the figure inside ITEM #194369. It is very nice though, with different artworks on every side, except the back where you find all the information.

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As usual with Bandai Namco Games Europe, everything is just stacked inside the box. There is a little cardboard blister on the top that is supposed to stabilize the whole thing, but it is doing a poor job at it since it's clearly not a perfect fit. If the box is being moved or turned over, you can be sure all the items inside will bounce all over the place.

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Let's move on to the pocket watch. They made a very good job at making the item look like it's precious, by putting it in a nice case and by including a little bag.

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Here what it looks like if you open it:

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Unfortunately, mine was loose in its box and came with a lot of paint scratches on it. This is probably due to the problem I mentioned earlier, with all the items being randomly stacked in the CE box.

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Moving on to the Rollo steel case. It is a very nice item, the quality is really good. It is made to go along with the Teepo steel case that was available in Europe for Tales of Xilia. Pokaż zawartość spoileraUkryj zawartość spoilerahttp://www.forumla.de/attachments/sony-ps3-forum/139545d1365973209-tales-of-xillia-preorder-big_sc.jpg

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And the inside:

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You can see the OST sits there as well. It's not the actual original soundtrack but rather a selection of tracks. Unfortunately, Bamco Europe didn't bother to include a regular case for the game, so the steelcase is all you'll have to store your game. Strangely enough, on the CE very box, on the back, you have an illustration of the content of the Collector Edition. The regular box of the game is shown to be included along with the Rollo steelcase. It is not though. The artbook cover is the wrong one too. Nothing surprises me anymore coming from Bamco Europe...

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The artbook is a hardcover one. As mentioned earlier, its cover is different from the promotional pictures. It is a very nice item indeed, with lots of illustrations inside. it has 77 pages and features mainly characters illustrations. Even Rollo has a whole section for him. Ivar is featured too, but not Karla T_T This is stupid
There are a lot of pictures of the different DLC outfits as well, and all of them look really nice. My wallet will suffer from this, I tell you. Everything is written in English inside the book. By the way, everything is written either in English or in English/French/German/Spanish/Italian everywhere on the CE's box, so it's safe to assume all Europe will get the exact same collector.

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Let's have a look at what's inside:

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Basically you've a similar section for each character, main and supporting ones. Its length depends on the importance of the character. For instance Ludger has 8 pages, the returning characters from the first game have 4 pages, etc.
At the end there is a very short section with various illustrations and cut-in pictures. There is also 3 pages with the DLC costumes I mentioned earlier.

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And finally, Ludger's figure. It is the Ichiban Kuji one: ITEM #194369
The box is like every other Tales of Ichiban Kujis, with some illustrations on the side.

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The figure is in a blister, even though it is not sealed. I've heard lots of horror stories about Ludger in the NA edition so I was quite afraid to unbox him.

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Turned out mine didn't have any big default, except for a red paint transfer on his elbow:

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However, the paint job is of overall poor quality. It is way worse than the other Ichiban Kujis I own. Honestly, if you look at Ludger closely, it's quite bad. Fortunately you can't really see that from afar.

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Everything together:

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Et voilà! This is the end of this review. I hope you liked it. If you have any question, do not hesitate to use the comment section! Everyone, have a nice day :D

Edit: BONUS picture
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Komentarze17

Mmmmm, artbook :3 Merci ^~^
6 l. temu
I'm surprised at the low paint quality on the figure, I'm accustomed to Ichiban Kujis like that being, if not on par with a scale, at least better than a UFO catcher prize.
6 l. temu
Take Virile Insatiable Beast
Zee_Van_Only6 l. temu#2313340Thanks, if it isn't too much trouble, I've watched like 5 unboxings and they are like ''oh here's the artbook'' *put it aside never to be seen again* and then spend 5 mins unboxing the figure ._.''
I've added to the review some pictures and text regarding the artbook :) thewookie346 l. temu#2313589That steel case is is ugly. Happy I live in NA for once. The one for the first game though is amazing.
I think the exact contrary. Not going as far as calling it ugly, the Teepo case is frightening me lol.
Yuina6 l. temu#2313962I've just received my Collector's and I'm impressed by the pockect mirror, looks really precious.
However, as you said, Ludger's paintjob (and execution) is really poor, and mine got sunburnt marks on his articulations... I'm really disappointed because I kinda like Ludger's chara design :(

I assume yours was fine and didn't exhibit some small black dots everywhere on the edge? I feel you regarding Ludger. At least he looks fine from a distance.
6 l. temu
I've just received my Collector's and I'm impressed by the pockect mirror, looks really precious.
However, as you said, Ludger's paintjob (and execution) is really poor, and mine got sunburnt marks on his articulations... I'm really disappointed because I kinda like Ludger's chara design :(
6 l. temu
WindsorSeven SHSL Vegone
Cloudedmind6 l. temu#2313331Yeah, I like the EU CE box more then ours because of that. Also ours has that black band across the top that which kind of breaks up the picture to me.
I can finally pay for mine tomorrow, but I likely won't see it until the end of next week.

Yeah I wish ours had Ludger on the side instead of just the title.
At least you got it!
6 l. temu
That steel case is is ugly. Happy I live in NA for once. The one for the first game though is amazing.
6 l. temu
Take6 l. temu#2313332No problem at all. I admit I was too lazy to take pictures of it in the first place, but now that's all the rest is done I wouldn't mind doing so. Are you interested in something in particular? I'll do it tomorrow, now that's it night my pictures would be all blurry.

Thanks, if it isn't too much trouble, I've watched like 5 unboxings and they are like ''oh here's the artbook'' *put it aside never to be seen again* and then spend 5 mins unboxing the figure ._.''
6 l. temu
Take Virile Insatiable Beast
BOOTP6 l. temu#2313192Thanks for the review. Mine will turn up tomorrow!Lady-Megatron6 l. temu#2313271I love reviews. Thanks for sharing. The steelbooks are really nice.
You're very welcome :D

Zee_Van_Only6 l. temu#2313311Sorry for double posting, but any chance you could post some pics of artbook :s?
No problem at all. I admit I was too lazy to take pictures of it in the first place, but now that's all the rest is done I wouldn't mind doing so. Are you interested in something in particular? I'll do it tomorrow, now that's it night my pictures would be all blurry.
6 l. temu
WindsorSeven6 l. temu#2313113You have a different box than NA! Ours doesn't have the pictures of Ludger on the side, the picture of the contents is correct lol and there's a lot less text. I think our box is bigger too? My items were packed to the side of the figure, which didn't have such a tight fit. You don't get a game case...? Lol. At least your Ludger doesn't look like he forgot to put sunscreen on :( I'd gladly take your minor paint issues over that. I think the Tales kuji figs are subpar in general, not just Ludger. Milla's first one was so bad I sold it, and I don't even display Yuri's :/
Wait where's the Rollo plush?


Yeah, I like the EU CE box more then ours because of that. Also ours has that black band across the top that which kind of breaks up the picture to me.

I can finally pay for mine tomorrow, but I likely won't see it until the end of next week.
6 l. temu
Sorry for double posting, but any chance you could post some pics of artbook :s?
6 l. temu