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. FelPlague's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Adamas102 View Post
    The size of the statue allows it a good level of sculpting detail, but it's not that crazy compared to models 1/3rd the size and 1/10th the price. As for the paint job, it's OK. Honestly, it's pretty much what I'd expect for a mass produced statue like this. It's not terrible, but it's DEFINITELY nowhere close to what a professional miniature painter (or even a decent amateur painter with a couple years of experience) should be capable of.

    The thing with Arthas is that he's terribly boring in terms of color. Other than the cloak, he's like 90% just shades of grey. This statue in particular looks to be painted in metallic paint which, while totally expected for a mass produced statue of this size, doesn't lend itself to as much depth and detail as a good non-metallic metal paint job. The leather looks pretty flat, not much shading or detail there. The cloak has the bare minimum of highlighting. The base with the undead warriors that you keep touting is like 8 inches in height so not small at all. As other posters have noted, it very clear that much of the paint job is done with a dry brushing technique (a veeeery simple technique done for speed, not quality). I'm actually a bit shocked at how basic the eyes are for a statue this big. It's just dark blue, with a smaller area of light blue, and then a dot of white. His irises aren't really visible after putting on the helm, but there's no glow effect on the surrounding area to give an OSL effect.

    I've spent a looooot of money on expensive nerd stuff, and even still this seems massively overpriced.
    except issue is they are not 1/3rd the size and 1/10th the price....
    they are 1/4th the size, and 1/10th the price AND ALSO UNPAINTED.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rastlin View Post
    "From the Vault" is this company lost last pieces of any creativity, and is bluntly coping even the name for similar collectible series from MTG which has been running for years? They cannot even spend just 10 minutes to try to figure out unique name for their series? Just lol.
    Yes, Magic the gathering invented the world vault, very good.
  1. Adamas102's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by FelPlague View Post
    except issue is they are not 1/3rd the size and 1/10th the price....
    they are 1/4th the size, and 1/10th the price AND ALSO UNPAINTED.
    The Magnus model that other posters were using for comparison is 25cm, making it MORE than 1/3rd the size of this 66cm Arthas statue. Arthas himself only makes up about 2/3rd of this model's height (the rest being the base he sits on). On top of that, these Games Workshop pieces (which can be both gaming and display models) are typically on the upper price range for the market. They're the go-to comparison for their history and quality, but nowadays you can certainly find equally well sculpted and detailed 3D printed models for cheaper.

    Either way, this Arthas figure is not an especially detailed piece even given its size, and the paint job is well below the quality of any custom commission that someone would pay more than $100 for. As I said before, it's a mass produced piece, and the painting on it reflects that. It's not terrible, but it's not a $1,000 custom job either.
  1. FelPlague's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Adamas102 View Post
    The Magnus model that other posters were using for comparison is 25cm, making it MORE than 1/3rd the size of this 66cm Arthas statue. Arthas himself only makes up about 2/3rd of this model's height (the rest being the base he sits on). On top of that, these Games Workshop pieces (which can be both gaming and display models) are typically on the upper price range for the market. They're the go-to comparison for their history and quality, but nowadays you can certainly find equally well sculpted and detailed 3D printed models for cheaper.

    Either way, this Arthas figure is not an especially detailed piece even given its size, and the paint job is well below the quality of any custom commission that someone would pay more than $100 for. As I said before, it's a mass produced piece, and the painting on it reflects that. It's not terrible, but it's not a $1,000 custom job either.
    16cm to the top of the head, the other 9cm is just a wing. that is no where near comparable.
    and again the price is fine, till you realize it was unpainted, and unassembled, when you buy it.

    also lol a 100$ paint job? really?
  1. Adamas102's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by FelPlague View Post
    16cm to the top of the head, the other 9cm is just a wing. that is no where near compareable.
    and again the price is fine, till you realize it was unpainted when you buy it.

    also lol a 100$ paint job? really?
    Lol at excluding detailed surface area just because of how you feel about it...

    The only thing Arthas has going for him is his size, but scaling him up hasn't given him any more depth or detail compared to more reasonably sized display models. The base, while a neat design, is where the relatively low quality of the paint job really comes through. It makes up almost 1/3rd of the total height and it's just not the quality of a good custom paint job (because it's a mass produced/painted model).

    Maybe it looks fantastic to someone like yourself, but from the perspective of people who have spent a bit of time painting miniatures we can see VERY clearly from the images that this is not all that impressive. It's a very simple color scheme using amateur,speed painting techniques. Again, the only real hurdle is the size but for $1,100 it just doesn't cut it in terms of quality.
  1. FelPlague's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Adamas102 View Post
    Lol at excluding detailed surface area just because of how you feel about it...

    The only thing Arthas has going for him is his size, but scaling him up hasn't given him any more depth or detail compared to more reasonably sized display models. The base, while a neat design, is where the relatively low quality of the paint job really comes through. It makes up almost 1/3rd of the total height and it's just not the quality of a good custom paint job (because it's a mass produced/painted model).

    Maybe it looks fantastic to someone like yourself, but from the perspective of people who have spent a bit of time painting miniatures we can see VERY clearly from the images that this is not all that impressive. It's a very simple color scheme using amateur,speed painting techniques. Again, the only real hurdle is the size but for $1,100 it just doesn't cut it in terms of quality.
    I used to paint minis all the time with my friends.
    I know its fucking time consuming and expensive as hell.
    if you wanted a statue of this size, to be as detailed as fucking 2 inch tall minis, you would be paying a 3-4 times more then this arthas statue...

    again you keep going "lol this mini 16 CM tall unpainted is only 300$ that means this 26 inch arthas, fully painted being 1100$ is way too expensive!!!!!"
  1. Adamas102's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by FelPlague View Post
    I used to paint minis all the time with my friends.
    I know its fucking time consuming and expensive as hell.
    if you wanted a statue of this size, to be as detailed as fucking 2 inch tall minis, you would be paying a 3-4 times more then this arthas statue...

    again you keep going "lol this mini 16 CM tall unpainted is only 300$ that means this 26 inch arthas, fully painted being 1100$ is way too expensive!!!!!"
    Hate to break it to you but you obviously didn't do it very well or for very long if you can't look at the pics of this Arthas and see that it's not painted with very meticulous or time consuming techniques. You think they're using pots of overpriced Citadel paints for these? Or doing any sort of fine detail work?

    I've mostly been focused on the simplistic and generally unimpressive paint job, but you'd seriously have to be an idiot to think this statue isn't overpriced. All you have to do is look at other models Blizzard themselves have sold. A 10% increase in height with a 100% increase in price is utterly ridiculous (and those other models were ALREADY overpriced).

    Rather than compare this to quality, light weight, plastic gaming pieces with custom painting work, just google "polyresin statues" to see what these sorts of "limited edition, hand painted" sculptures should be going for. Yeah, you expect a bit of an markup for it being an official Blizzard piece, but the model itself based on just the materials and production time should be in the $450 range at most.
  1. FelPlague's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Adamas102 View Post
    Hate to break it to you but you obviously didn't do it very well or for very long if you can't look at the pics of this Arthas and see that it's not painted with very meticulous or time consuming techniques. You think they're using pots of overpriced Citadel paints for these? Or doing any sort of fine detail work?

    I've mostly been focused on the simplistic and generally unimpressive paint job, but you'd seriously have to be an idiot to think this statue isn't overpriced. All you have to do is look at other models Blizzard themselves have sold. A 10% increase in height with a 100% increase in price is utterly ridiculous (and those other models were ALREADY overpriced).

    Rather than compare this to quality, light weight, plastic gaming pieces with custom painting work, just google "polyresin statues" to see what these sorts of "limited edition, hand painted" sculptures should be going for. Yeah, you expect a bit of an markup for it being an official Blizzard piece, but the model itself based on just the materials and production time should be in the $450 range at most.
    I know its not "insanely high quality paintjob" but if it was, it would be a LOT MORE then 1100$.

    can you show this statue that is half the price but also 10% smaller?

    its a perfectly fine paintjob for a 1100$ statue and hell i aint even buyying it, i can afford it, but idk if i have the guts to drop 1100$ on a statue anymore, when i was younger and had friends over who i could show it off to sure, but just for me? eh.
  1. Adamas102's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by FelPlague View Post
    can you show this statue that is half the price but also 10% smaller?
    Illidan, Lilith, and Thrall were all in the 23.5-24.5 inch range and priced at $399, $499, and $599 respectively. Jaina and Sylvanas were 2/3rd the size (18 inches) and both were $369. So $500-550 is where one should expect these Blizzard models to be when they’re in the >24 inch range.

    Again, that’s with the Blizzard brand up-charge. You can find plenty of random, limited edition, hand painted polyresin models in the 9-12 inch range for about $100. These are nifty little collectors pieces, but the materials and production quality are NOT worthy of a $1,100 price tag.
  1. Frolk's Avatar
    Looks great, but dont got "fuck off"-money yet to be able to afford it.
  1. Queen of Hamsters's Avatar
    The price is half of a rottweiler puppy (yes, that's how I measure value) so I wouldn't be getting it for that fact alone... but the size, it'd topple my display shelves! Love the look of it though.

    Also, yay Diablo 2 remaster news!
  1. Paperfox's Avatar
    You can buy a lot of real art from local artists for $1,100.
  1. kodemonkee's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by chiddie View Post
    Yeah, imagine a stupid leather bag costing 1500 dollars instead of 150 because there’s written Gucci somewhere in the front.

    Almost everything not strictly necessary to live is overpriced more or less as fiuck.
    At least the gucci bag has something, you can use it every day, what are you doing with a plastic statue? Blizzard gettin greedy af, thank god I unsubscribed, but I guess Bobby hasn't enough money yet lol.
  1. Quto's Avatar
    Europe is so much more wealthy than the US.
  1. voskopoula's Avatar
    Ah the memories of D2, i still remember walking corner by corner not to aggro all the mobs and overwhelm me. Such good memories, looking forward to see it again.
  1. Tykaine's Avatar
    How did they come to the conclusion that $1100 = €1300?

    It's around €920 at the time of writing.

    Still overpriced garbage. Some will buy it, good for them.
  1. HitRefresh's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by FelPlague View Post
    I used to paint minis all the time with my friends.
    I know its fucking time consuming and expensive as hell.
    if you wanted a statue of this size, to be as detailed as fucking 2 inch tall minis, you would be paying a 3-4 times more then this arthas statue...

    again you keep going "lol this mini 16 CM tall unpainted is only 300$ that means this 26 inch arthas, fully painted being 1100$ is way too expensive!!!!!"
    $1400 for https://www.sideshow.com/storage/pro...d07f234f04.jpg
    Astronomical difference in quality for only $300 more
  1. Zephire's Avatar
    All this talk about the quality and price of the Arthas statue. I'm curious if anyone would buy it if the price matched the quality because it has sparked quite the discussion

    I would not buy it. Don't really like to have things that isn't practical in any way.
  1. ParanoiD84's Avatar
    Dat price you could do a amazing knight, a primarch and a huge AoS model for that and with hell of alot more details, though you need to acually be able to paint it too but thats part of the fun, insane price.


    Like

    Knights usually go for 100-150$



    This warmaster titan goes for 110$ on preorders since yesterday. Both pictures same model just different paint scheme.

    Even Be’lakor’s new model is said to be going to be huge and i can garantee its going to be way way cheaper too with way more details.

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