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A lovely but incompete set
on 26 November 2013
When it arrived, it came in a big box which was inside a massive box. Personally i think it was too much packaging but it arrived safe and sound and on release day aswell so top marks for that!
After wrestling with the plastic wrap, i found that he box for the guides was lovely and sterdy. It opens at the top and it's held down by magnets. Once open, the bookmark, which is beautiful, is in a plastic pouch on the inside of the lid, which is nice. On top of the guides, there is an envelope which contains a message from Eiji Anouma himself. It is in Japanese but there is an english translation below. It's a nice certificate which also shows what number the boxset is out of 50,000. It has a replica signature from the man himself in gold whch is a nice touch, however, i wish the english translation was in a larger font as it's quite small. There's a hint about a link between worlds in there too!
There are six guides and all look lovely. There is also a piece of material which goes under the books and allows the books to be pulled up to get them out of the box easier. The pages of the guides were stuck together but i put that down to the way they are packed in the box. The pages have a lovely gold edge to them and the books look like they will last. One of the best things is that the Skyward Sword guide is now much bigger and from my brief look, has been revised and vastly improved with better pictures. This will be great since i'm still playing the game and greatly appreciate the updated information included. I have to say i never expected the twilight guide to be so thick! I'm unsure if the others have been updated but they all look great.
Now to the very big downside- NONE of the extras have been included. This includes parchment and cloth maps. Whoever decided that is daft. The point of a collectors edition is to have extras like that yet these are missing. I was lucky and grabbed this set when amazon had it for £67.41 so had i paid the full amount, i would have been seriously disappointed. You will also notice a link between worlds is not included. In a way i'm very glad since the lithiograph would have been missing too. It is a very big oversight so be aware when ordering this set!
Is it worth £119.99? On the one hand these guides are £20 rrp each and some are hard to come by, so it makes sense, but, as lovely as it is, it's hard to recommend personally. I was very lucky to snag it at that price and should it come to £67 again i'd say go for it. Had i paid full price i would have been half tempted to get a refund as these books are incomplete. As it stands, there's not much difference between the paper guides and the hard backs, so if they are cheaper, go for those. At least those have everything included!
EDIT: Upon further inspection, i can also see that the free eguides are missing. I have no choice but to reduce to three stars. This still is a lovely set but with so much missing, unless you are a diehard Zelda fan, i'd avoid unless on sale. To release a boxset with so much missing is criminal and unfair. So glad now i paid half price otherwise i'd ask for a full refund!