It may not be a fully functional Pip Boy, but this Halo 5: Guardians limited edition comes with the next best thing: an almost-life size replica of the Needler, one of the Halo series’ most famous weapons.
The 29″ by 10″ bad boy comes exclusively with Halo 5: Guardians’ Pink and Deadly Edition, and includes LED lights, sound effects ripped directly from Halo, and “needles” that pop up and down at the press of a trigger. The Needler isn’t the only goodie packed with the Pink and Deadly Edition, either. Customers who pick up the limited set will also receive the standard Halo 5 Collector’s Edition haul: a statue of Guardians’ two main characters, Master Chief and Spartan Locke, replica dossiers, a smaller “Metal Earth Guardian” statue, a steelbook case, and a bunch of digital content – including a downloadable copy of the game itself.
There’s just one catch: the Halo 5 Pink and Deadly edition is a UK exclusive. According to Microsoft representatives, the special edition “is a retailer driven bundle and is specific to GAME in the UK”; that means that fans in other countries will have to import from the UK (and pay any associated taxes and shipping fees), or settle for the normal, Needler-less collector’s edition.
The Pink and Deadly edition’s price could be another obstacle. That Needler is cool, but isn’t cheap: pre-orders will set Halo fans back £449.99, which converts to a little more than $700. As a point of comparison, the regular collector’s edition costs $250, while the special, 1 terabyte, Halo 5-themed Xbox One is expected to sell for roughly $500, and also includes a copy of the game (a regular Xbox One goes for around $350).
When the normal Halo 5 collector’s edition was announced a few weeks back, many fans were upset that the game didn’t include a physical copy of the game – after all, swag aside, getting a disc is the entire point of buying a retail copy of the game. Microsoft responded by promising fans that they could trade in their digital Halo 5 download codes for a physical copy; it’s not clear whether this deal applies to the Pink and Deadly Edition as well.
So, yes, dedicated fans who want the ultimate Halo 5 experience are going to pay over $1,200 for the pleasure. That sounds outrageous, but it’ll happen. To date, the Halo series has sold more than 65 million units, and Microsoft wouldn’t make this stuff if people didn’t buy it. Get your pre-orders in now; chances are, the Pink and Deadly Edition won’t appear on store shelves for too long.
Halo 5: Guardians comes out on October 27. It’s an Xbox One exclusive.