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Collectors Edition Tempting Fans

With the finalised contents of the Star Wars The Old Republic Collectors Edition finally announced, we can see just why players have been so excited about its release.

Along side the special collectors version will be the Digital Deluxe version, which provides many of the collectors boons to budding players.

For the Deluxe edition, in addition to the SWTOR game disks and a free first month, players can expect all of the following:

Flare Gun Similar to the fireworks guns of Star Wars Galaxies, the Flare gun will be able to shoot (solely cosmetic) jets of flame into the sky.

Training Droid Although ineffective in combat, the training droid will serve as a combat target designator, highlighting primary targets on the battlefield. Seems somewhat similar to the familiars, again from SWG.

HoloDancer Again like Galaxies we will have HoloDancers, solely for our entertainment.

HoloCam This Intergalactic camera will let players participate in In-Game photography of The Old Republic, allowing them to record their favourite locations. Assumingly the images by the camera will be of a higher quality than game screenshots.

STAP Giving out a free vehicle for a special edition is a tremendously original idea, so of course we will see one in SWTOR.

Aside from the Digital Deluxe edition’s perks, the Collectors version will contain an additional two major boons:

Mouse Droid This mouse droid should function like our favourite familiars, following adventures across the galaxy and contributing their beeps wherever appropriate.

Collector’s Edition Store
The ultimate gift from the Developers to players with a little extra cash to give them, the collectors edition will feature many unique items (thankfully not useful in combat) and will even have regular updates to keep players coming back.

All in all the two new versions prevent such great items that there will surely be many players plenty keen enough to throw out the extra money to gleam these advantages over their friends and foe. Thankfully they currently offer no combat advantage, but when developers see just how much extra these editions earn for such little work, we can only hope they get no ideas to continue the trend.

Unboxing the SWTOR Collectors Edition

Unboxing the SWTOR Collectors Edition

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by neft - October 30, 2011 at 12:12

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Ancient Greeks, SWTOR Troopers and Boba Fett

You would be forgiven for asking what a SWTOR trooper, ancient Greeks and Boba Fett all have in common, that is, until you took a closer look at their helmets.

The SWTOR Trooper's helmet.

The SWTOR Trooper's helmet.

The fact that a number of the helmets and items from Star Wars The Old Republic bear striking similarities to those which were in use during the movies set thousands of years in the future has been brought up a number of times, and nobody can deny that this is the case. However, there is a fairly simple explanation for this that anybody who knows their Ancient history should be able to figure out.

There are only so many possible distinct styles of sensible combat helmet that can be made, and the ancient Romans and Greeks had the most effective of these figured out thousands of years ago. For centuries, battles in the ancient world were fought with swords and shields, so it’s no surprise that over this long history they developed and perfected their protective gear. Most helmet designs are pretty simple, you need a slot for the eyes to see through, some kind of space for the nose, and protection pretty much every where else. In addition to this, the protection should be angled and sloped in such a way as to best deflect attacks from as many directions as possible.

The 300 Boba Fett

The Spartan Fett

When it came time for the costume designers of the Star Wars movies to design battle helmets, they decided to trust in the research of our ancient ancestors, and modelled many of the helmets in the films on them. Darth Vader’s helmet is based on those of Japanese samurai, and the helmets of both Boba Fett and the Clone Troopers are based on ones used in the Greco-Roman world. To the right is Spartan helmet from the movie 300 painted in Boba Fett colours, the similarities to the actual bounty hunter’s face plate are undeniable.

Fett's distinctive helmet

Fett's distinctive helmet

The helmet of an ancient Greek

An Ancient Greek helmet

A clone trooper helmet

A clone trooper helmet

Is it really that surprising that many of the helmets in SWTOR are similar to their descendants later in the Star Wars time line?

During the thousands of years between SWTOR and the galactic civil war, the helmets of The Old Republic would have undergone significant development, but their distant ancestors would still bear some resemblance to their predecessors. This explains why the helmets and armour of the old republic could, and should, share many features with their descendants.

For those still in doubt, the picture at the bottom of the page is of NASA’s Robonaut II. It is a multi purpose humanoid robot designed to assist astronauts aboard the International Space Station. As the designers say, it’s face is based on ancient Roman Centurion helmets in use more than two thousand years ago. Seeing as this copy-catting happens in real science and engineering, is it really so surprising that the cutting edge technology of the clone wars and galactic civil war would, like ours does, resemble that of its ancient ancestors?

The Robobnaut II’s helmet is uncannily similar to Boba Fett’s, which is not surprising since they were both based on a common ancestor.

Robonaut II, A real life Boba Fett set to move in to the International Space Station on Feb 24th

Robonaut II, A real life (albeit more cheerful) Boba Fett set to move into the International Space Station on Feb 24th 2011

For you big Fett fans, the Jango Fett collectors helmet and ultimate Boba Fett costume are now for sale on Amazon. Both would be perfect for costume parties, Halloween, or just terrorising your neighbours. Along with these is a LIFE SIZE Fett poster, the perfect wall hanging for any Star Wars fan.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by neft - February 13, 2011 at 06:37

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