It came out today here - I had preordered the collectors pack awhile back, and was anxiously waiting for it to come.
The preorder edition comes in a nice slip case (which, I suppose is unnessasary and annoying - or so lots of people believe), but as it has the number of my collectors edition out of however many were made (955 out of 3400), I feel I need to keep it. It's got a nice textured card case unserneath that that looks roughed up a little - I guess the texture could be of leather, as the roughed areas are a light brown under the black - as well as the 'fallout new vegas' 'stamp' thats in the middle. I haven't tried to put pressure on it, but it feels more solid than most board game boxes. I was actually expecting it to be heavier than it was; from the pictures I had seen online - not that it matters too much. The interior is lined with a black felt which is a nice touch, even if deviating a little from the outside of the box
Opening the top of the case (much like a shoebox opens), you are greeted with a hardback book - a comic about new vegas - the cover of which features a scene with lots of wastelanders in a post-apoc city of some sort (having only played a few hours of the game, I can't say which city as of yet).Removing that, we have the game itself, a 'lucky 38' chip, and seven casino chips. The 38 chip is metal, perhaps about two to two and a half inches big, with a roulette wheel style design on both sides. The casino chips are plastic, but certainly don't feel cheap - I'm no expert on plastics, but my brother informs me it's probably something like vinyl.
Removing the game (as the chips and 38 chip are in their own small seperate compartments), we have a Making of DVD, with the fallout-mascot logo on one side, and 'the making of fallout: new vegas" on the other - the case does feel like a normal cheap cardboard CD case, but I wasn't expecting it to be much better - and am not really concerned. Underneath that, we reach the bottom of the box with it's last item - playing cards. The case has been made to look vault-esque, having the instantly recognisable vault-door-logo on the front (with a number - although, I am unsure if the same number appeares on all cards, or this is another identification mark.), beneath which it says "Playing Cards // Official Training Aid // Control Group 52-1487.3 - Vault 21 // Standard Edition" and at the bottom "A vault-tec distribution." with the repeat on the reverse, One side of the box says "Fallout: New Vegas" while its opposite has "Enjoy your stay", the top having "Vault Playing Cards", and the bottom copywrite information about Bethy.
I found the playing card box to be quite a tight fit, and need a little bit of leverage / force to get it open, but once you do, you are greeted with alright quality cards - although I'm unsure if they weren't made 'brilliantly' (smooth, shiney, new etc) as to continue the canon feel, or if they skimped out a little - I'm going to go with the canon feel though. Each card has a character on it, as well as looking quite worn (the image that is; the cards themselves are obviously new), and contains rules for 'Caravan', a card-game made specifically for New Vegas.
The backs of the card are where I saw my first 'problem' - I like playing cards to have the same backs to them, however these do not - some of them look as if taken from casinos (continuing the 'lucky 38' theme), some look like they're cigarette packets - and some are the 'standard issue' vault cards - although this is a minor detail, as they are still usable; and is (as I feel I keep repeating in this 'review') that - I hope - it is for canon-effect.
I can't really think of much more to say about it; it's a pretty good collectors edition, but considering the only other collector editions I've got have just come with an art book, or some art cards and a case, it would be. I can't really think of anything else I would like it to include, and can't actually find much wrong with it, so I'd give it a 9.6 out of 10.