Lich King Arthas Premium Statue
To celebrate its 30th anniversary, Blizzard has launched their new limited release series "From the Vault" today! These new series will feature themed collectibles from Blizzard games each month through November 2021.

This month's release is the World of Warcraft Lich King Arthas Premium Statue, which stands 26" tall and weights 46 lb (66 cm height / 20.8 kg). The premium statue costs $1100 in North America (€1300 in Europe), and will be shipped no later than Friday, November 19th.

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Diablo II: Resurrected Technical Alpha & Press Kit
The Diablo II: Resurrected single-player Technical Alpha starts today! A few content creators will get access to technical alpha today, and select players that have pre-registered for the alpha through the official website will get access on April 9th.

Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
DIABLO® II: RESURRECTED™ is the definitive remastering of Diablo II and its Lord of Destruction® expansion—two hallmark entries in Blizzard Entertainment’s genre-defining action role-playing series. Veteran players, as well as those who missed out when the original game was first released twenty years ago, can now experience Diablo II’s timeless gameplay with modern visuals and audio that take advantage of today’s gaming hardware. Diablo II: Resurrected Single-player Technical Alpha is the first public test of the game available to a limited number of players, press, and content creators from around the world.

Diablo II: Resurrected Single-player Technical Alpha Highlights

  • Explore the first two acts of Diablo II in full – Navigate perilous areas of eastern Khanduras, from the Rogue Encampment to the Monastery, and then head East to walk the sands of sunlit Lut Gholein.
  • Try out three beloved characters – Crush demons in fierce melee combat as the Barbarian, slay your enemies from afar as the Amazon, or master deadly spells as the Sorceress.
  • No level cap – Power up and upgrade your characters as much as you want until the end of the Technical Alpha. Note that progress will not be carried over to future tests or the final game.
  • Test the single-player experience – While multiplayer will be a huge part of Diablo II: Resurrected upon release, we are focusing on testing solo play during this Technical Alpha
  • Play with mouse and keyboard or a controller – Diablo II: Resurrected will allow you to control the game the way you want it, and we will be testing both input methods in the Technical Alpha.
  • Sanctuary needs your help urgently – Diablo II: Resurrected Technical Alpha will be running from 10 a.m. Pacific Time on April 8 (Early Access) through 10 a.m. PT on April 12.
  • International availability – Technical Alpha will be available in most regions to a limited number of participants.
  • Internet connection required for testing only – To ensure security of the Technical Alpha, a constant online connection will be required during play. (A constant Internet connection will not be required for the final version of the game.)
  • Available for pre-purchase on Windows PC — The Diablo Prime Evil Collection includes Diablo II: Resurrected, Diablo® III, the Reaper of Souls™ expansion, the Rise of the Necromancer pack, and exclusive cosmetic items.
  • This is only the first Technical Alpha — Signups are open at Diablo2.com to participate in future tests, including the Multiplayer test coming later this year.
  • English language-only for the Technical Alpha – When released, Diablo II: Resurrected will be localized in more than a dozen languages including English, French, Italian, German, European Spanish, Korean, Polish, traditional Chinese, Mexican Spanish, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, and Russian. Additional supported languages to be announced later.
  • Stream and capture all the footage you want – As soon as you begin playing the Diablo II: Resurrected Single-player Technical Alpha (during Early Access or later), you are free to livestream, capture, and publish gameplay footage, or take and publish as many screenshots as you like from anywhere in the game.
  • Explore the Sanctuary of players’ nightmares, now in stunning 4K resolution.*
    *4K resolution and 7.1 Dolby Surround require platforms and equipment that support those features.
  • Diablo II: Resurrected will feature all 27 minutes of cinematics that have been remade, shot-for-shot, from the ground up. These are still a work-in-progress, and the Technical Alpha will include the original Diablo II cinematics as placeholders.
  • Original 2D sprite-based models are reborn with full 3D physically-based rendering. Upgraded visuals also include new animations, dynamic lighting, new textures, and updated visual effects.
  • Remastered graphics and the more nostalgic “original” experience can be toggled back-and-forth with the press of a button.
  • Audio remastered in Dolby Surround 7.1 sound.
  • Genre-defining Diablo gameplay featuring robust RPG character progression, incredibly deep itemization, and visceral hack-and-slash combat.
  • Let us know what you think – Everything you will see in the Diablo II: Resurrected Single-player Technical Alpha, including visuals, audio effects, user interface, in-game systems, and more, is not final and should be considered a work-in-progress.
  • We will be listening to feedback very closely and making changes where necessary to deliver the best possible Diablo II experience to players.

THE EARLY GOLDEN AGE OF DIABLO IS REBORN

The heroes return . . . Diablo II: Resurrected brings a diverse cast of characters into the modern gaming era, now in full 3D, with a wealth of gameplay and build options for players to explore. The Amazon, Barbarian, Necromancer, Paladin, and Sorceress are joined by the Assassin and Druid from the Lord of Destruction expansion.

. . . to face legendary evils. Take on Andariel, Duriel, Mephisto, Diablo, and Baal—the mightiest foes Hell could muster. Defeat them if you can before facing even greater challenges in the Nightmare and Hell difficulty modes.

With great itemization comes great replayability. Players are rewarded for waging war against the forces of the Burning Hells. Powerful gear upgrades include unique weapons and armor, set items, runes and rune words, charms, and more.

Diablo II: Resurrected Technical Alpha - Press Kit Images

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  1. Skulltaker's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by FelPlague View Post
    "better painted aswell"


    Tiny part on the 2 and a half foot statue really my dude?

    Also where you able to get good enough plastics to detail a 40 pound statue for less then 1000$
    .
    Are you showing me this picture because it's supposed to be good? That's white paint drybrushed over the paintjob. This literally takes 30 seconds to do. I don't know if you've ever painted a miniature in your life, but drybrushing is one of THE easiest techniques ever. The paintjob in the picture is an entry level of painting. Base colour, wash, drybrush, done.

    Polyresin is literally the cheapest material to use for minaitures casting. Mold-injection casting is what you want for details. And if you did that the stupid thing wouldn't weigh 40 pounds. It would weigh 2 pounds at the same hight, with significantly crispier details. This is what mold-injection let's you do, btw. A hollow armour.
  1. FelPlague's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Skulltaker View Post
    Are you showing me this picture because it's supposed to be good? That's white paint drybrushed over the paintjob. This literally takes 30 seconds to do. I don't know if you've ever painted a miniature in your life, but drybrushing is one of THE easiest techniques ever. The paintjob in the picture is an entry level of painting. Base colour, wash, drybrush, done.

    Polyresin is literally the cheapest material to use for minaitures casting. Mold-injection casting is what you want for details. And if you did that the stupid thing wouldn't weigh 40 pounds. It would weigh 2 pounds at the same hight, with significantly crispier details. This is what mold-injection let's you do, btw. A hollow armour.



    Are you showing me this picture because it's supposed to be good? That's orange paint drybrushed over the paintjob. This literally takes 30 seconds to do. I don't know if you've ever painted a miniature in your life, but drybrushing is one of THE easiest techniques ever. The paintjob in the picture is an entry level of painting. Base colour, wash, drybrush, done.
  1. aceperson's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Skulltaker View Post
    I don't know, maybe coming from tabletop gaming I'm used to a different level of quality, but saying this thing has an amazing amount of detail when I have Miniatures the size of my index finger with more and better detail on my desk right here, right now, is somewhat weird to me. This is Alpharius, Primarch of the Alpha Legion. He's 5 inches tall, and will set you back 100€. Obviously, he comes unpainted. And him being a Space Marine means that he's somewhere in the middle ground in regards of detail...
    i gotta say, i'm not trained at all in art or art techniques. my quick glance made me think it was a decent statue with a stupid price. without evening using your examples you provided in an earlier post, i spotted so many detail errors upon closer inspection. i can't help but feel the molding was done well but everything else is bad.
  1. Skulltaker's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by FelPlague View Post
    Can you get a version of this picture that is closer up+higher quality, cause its hard to get a good look at the detail without it getting pixelated. It is VERY detailed, but its also pretty zoomed out.
    Sure. Here you go. This is a shot of the details of the miniature, unpainted. The dragon embellishment on the cloak is about 5mm in diameter. The X on the kneeguard is aproximatly 2 mm in diameter. Here are painted details. The helmet is aproximatly 1.5 cm chin to top. And I'd like to add that this isn't a good paintjob either. ForgeWorld makes fast paint jobs for promotional purposes.
  1. otaXephon's Avatar
    The truly ironic thing is that even in a world where Blizzard did release this merchandise with a "reasonable" price, scalpers would buy them up instantly and resell them for the exact same price Blizzard's asking for them currently. It's a collector item which will likely be worth tenfold what they're asking in 20 years.
  1. FelPlague's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Skulltaker View Post
    Sure. Here you go. This is a shot of the details of the miniature, unpainted. The dragon embellishment on the cloak is about 5mm in diameter. The X on the kneeguard is aproximatly 2 mm in diameter. Here are painted details. The helmet is aproximatly 1.5 cm chin to top. And I'd like to add that this isn't a good paintjob either. ForgeWorld makes fast paint jobs for promotional purposes.
    And you are saying this is less detailedThen this?

    Nevermind the fact that the second is from an extremly close distance you will never see, while the other is from much further.
  1. Skulltaker's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by FelPlague View Post



    Are you showing me this picture because it's supposed to be good? That's orange paint drybrushed over the paintjob. This literally takes 30 seconds to do. I don't know if you've ever painted a miniature in your life, but drybrushing is one of THE easiest techniques ever. The paintjob in the picture is an entry level of painting. Base colour, wash, drybrush, done.
    Ouh, you don't know what wheathering powders are and how they are applied, do you? Nah, you don't. Talking out of your ass. Drybrushing means that you take a coarse dry brush, dip it in paint, and then brush most of the paint off on a paper towel. You then take the brush to the miniature, brushing softly over highlightes areas. The remaining paint in your brush will stick to the miniature, promoting highlights, but leaving the deeper areas like folds, creases etc untouched. Compare it to arthas where the white paint is present on the higher surfaces, but not in the cracks in the stone. Drybrushing also leaves the miniature with a wheathered look.

    Wheathering powders are dry paints. It's paint pigments (coloured dust) without a medium. You apply them where dust, rust, sand etc. would stick to a miniature.

    The miniature painted by layering. You can see the individual layers here. And again, this isn't a good paintjob. It's decent, and leagues above the Arthas one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FelPlague View Post
    And you are saying this is less detailedThen this?

    Nevermind the fact that the second is from an extremly close distance you will never see, while the other is from much further.
    Yes. It is. Drasitcally so. And it's painted worse as well. Keep in mind that the helmet of the marine is the size of a hazelnut. Arthas' head should be the size of a chicken egg.

    From a miniature casting point, the details on Arthas are poor. The Paintjob is worse. If you like them, good for you. I'm sticking with good overpriced miniatures, which Games Workshop and ForgeWorld definitely are. Overpriced and good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aceperson View Post
    i gotta say, i'm not trained at all in art or art techniques. my quick glance made me think it was a decent statue with a stupid price. without evening using your examples you provided in an earlier post, i spotted so many detail errors upon closer inspection. i can't help but feel the molding was done well but everything else is bad.
    I think it is somewhat unfair of me to apply tabletop gaming standards to this thing. Arthas is supposed to sit on your shelf and collect dust. But it irks me if people say how amazing the details are or how good the paintjob is. It's like someone taking a bite out of a Big Mac and saying how intense it tastes without ever having been to a proper restaurant. If it suits you, fine. Enjoy. But both in regards to quality and painting this Arthas sits on the lower middle-class of a scale that goes a lot further up.

    And yes, the price is riddiculous, but collectibles are always insanely priced. You'll never find my argue that any tabletop miniature is actually worth the price they ask for it, especially when it comes to Games Workshop/ForgeWorld. Still, for 1000 bucks you can buy a 3D printer, ask someone online to make you a 3D model for Arthas in a pose you desire, print it and learn to paint it. Better than this one. The painting skill demonstrated here is very VERY basic, especially if you consider how large the minaiture is.
  1. Trbn's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Skulltaker View Post
    Ouh, you don't know what wheathering powders are and how they are applied, do you?
    why do you keep arguing with her?
    she gets 10cents for every post and she will protect every insane stupid shit with even more stupidity
  1. Lucetia's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by MKGulantik View Post
    Imagine jumping to be angry about a TYPE of person that you just made up lmao
    Sad thing is those types of people aren't made up at all. I have a friend who had to help their brother pay for some of their monthly bills because they were "broke" all while they would buy pieces for their $3,000 computer, booze, and other non-necessities. Yet are unable to pay for electricity, food, basic necessities you would need to survive.
  1. Zeons's Avatar
    So many poor people upset that someone can afford a 1.1k figurine.
  1. Lost controller's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by MKGulantik View Post
    I completely agree. The Illidan statue was just as detailed, only 2 inches shorter and was less than half the price. Then they decided to double it with Lilith and Thrall - and apparently that still wasn't enough for them.

    All this for a polyresin statue that would look out of place in most homes and cringed at anyway.
    You can get a knock off statue from Wish (difference is the paint colors are a bit off) for 40$ now... kinda hope the arthas molds get leaked too.
  1. huehuehue's Avatar
    r they really trying to sell an $1100 statue LOL
  1. StationaryHawk's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Djuntas View Post
    Oh it will sell...There are still people buying physical game copies or collectors edition of games...My friends for instance. No hate on that, spend your money however you want, I will just never do that...Been trying to sell my TBC collectors edition for years at just 75-100 dollars over price back then...no luck, haven't even used pet code. So no, they dont even hold their value...only bought it back on release day cause the other games was sold out.
    Physical and digital copies are generally priced the same at release. It's a big jump to compare that to $1100 statues.
  1. FelPlague's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Lost controller View Post
    You can get a knock off statue from Wish (difference is the paint colors are a bit off) for 40$ now... kinda hope the arthas molds get leaked too.
    The illidan statue I can find is way different and much smaller. Can you link it?
  1. Ringthane's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Freedom View Post
    The type exists - there were people who decided to invest the "stimmy" into GameStop. Not that investing is foolish - but GameStop? Really? Just follow the hype without understanding that GameStop has been in serious trouble before the price spike recently. And before that, ever heard what happens to quite a few lottery winners? They squander the money on vanity products instead of keeping and saving it, or using it slowly.

    So I wouldn't be surprised if someone used their "stimmy" to buy this.
    I wish this was the biggest thing I had to worry about nowadays...
  1. FelPlague's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Freedom View Post
    The type exists - there were people who decided to invest the "stimmy" into GameStop. Not that investing is foolish - but GameStop? Really? Just follow the hype without understanding that GameStop has been in serious trouble before the price spike recently. And before that, ever heard what happens to quite a few lottery winners? They squander the money on vanity products instead of keeping and saving it, or using it slowly.

    So I wouldn't be surprised if someone used their "stimmy" to buy this.
    I think you missed what happened with GameStop. The plan was not to invest them hold forever, it was to buy to make some quick money and fuck over those cows at wallstreet
  1. Nerph-'s Avatar
    Arthas, Frostmourne etc etc is my favorite lore of WoW, so if I ever won the lottery I'd get that statue in a heartbeat.
  1. Lost controller's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by FelPlague View Post
    The illidan statue I can find is way different and much smaller. Can you link it?
    Let me see if I can no promises...and I think your right. I was mixing up the blizzard print with the league of legend one

    its not something I usually look into only when its shoved under my nose like this one was. I am more then happy with my light up frostmourne
  1. Freedom's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Nerph- View Post
    Arthas, Frostmourne etc etc is my favorite lore of WoW, so if I ever won the lottery I'd get that statue in a heartbeat.
    Thanks for proving my point.
  1. Nerph-'s Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Freedom View Post
    Thanks for proving my point.
    And what point is that? Just checking your posts here you talk about the stimulus check you guys got. If I got that, I'd not spend it on a statue. I was just saying if I won the lottery (so we're talking about millions of euros) I'd get one of these statues because I like the character and lore behind it, along with a bunch of other things I'd do with lottery money...

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