Blizzarre Auctions – eBay March 3, 2014

Starting a fresh month, I browsed through eBay to check out what’s the latest hot Blizzard Licensed Products available and what a surprise to see a few of the rarest items among the listings.

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An amazing piece of artwork by Glenn Rane is in auction by a third-party commissioned for the World of Warcraft TCG: The original World of Warcraft oil painting featuring Arthas the Lich King

The masonite board of this oil painting measures 18″ (W) x 24″ (H). It currently has a Buy it Now price of $3,500 and thus far 9 watchers interested, so hurry up. PayPal and Bill Me Later available. The posting ends on Feb 4, 2014 at 6:48pm PST.

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An UNOPENED extremely rare WETA Warcraft Orc Wolf Rider Statue originally gifted to Blizzard employees as part of a 2007 Christmas Holiday. This statue is marked as # 312 of 2986.

Worldwide shipping is available and the box weighs 27 pounds. Insurance will be included in shipping due to the size and value of the product. The eBay listing has a Buy it Now button for $1,000 and will continue to be listed until Mar 26, 2014 4:53pm PDT. This is a reference image of another statue for your viewing.

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The Blizzard-employees-exclusive World of Warcraft 2002 L-Silk Shirt is listed with a Buy it Now button for $429.

The bottom of the shirt reads Blizzard Entertainment and also has the artist’s signature. Justin Thavirat was a World of Warcraft (2004) lead artist and credited as an artist in StarCraft (1998), Diablo (1996), and Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness (1995) and their collective expansions. Justin also got a special thanks credit in the South Park (TV Series) Episode: Make Love, Not Warcraft (2006).

Treat the shirt as a piece of artwork rather than as something to wear. Frame it.

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The BlizzCon 2008 Sideshow Lich King Helm is listed for $219.97 as a Buy it Now. These were never sold directly by Sideshow Collectibles. These were produced for the BlizzCon 2008 Store at the Anaheim Convention Center. From what I have seen, these helms are similar in size to the Deathling, and fit on your hand and weigh like an apple.

The helm can be dismounted from its display stand.

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Diablo III

diablo-iii-treasure-goblin-statue-ebay-2This Blizzard Employee-Exclusive Diablo III Treasure Goblin statue was originally gifted by Blizzard during the 2012 Holiday Season. This item is very popular on eBay with only 4200 created. It has a Buy it Now price of $349 and ends on March 24, 2014 at 11:21pm PDT.

It is made of metal, 10-inches high, and contains two heads: with and without Santa Claus hat. Sculpted by Blizzard Entertainment Sculpting Lead Brian Fay (former McFarlane Toys sculptor). The item is listed as never opened. This is an old photo for reference purposes.

Absolutely a highly-sought statue for any decent self-proclaimed Diablo III fan and collector.

 

StarCraft II

The StarCraft II Hydralisk artwork by Brian Huang is still on sale, but at a lowered price. It’s now $1,999.

The listing says: “I have an ORIGINAL MUSEUM PIECE PRINT up for sale. The print is on a durable heavy duty canvas board medium attached to a black backing. Lighter weight overall. The queen of blades is 22″ tall by 17″ wide by 1/4″ thick. UV coated so it will not fade etc.

Background and statement from Mr. Thompson former Blizzard employee, current owner and consignor:

During SC2 crunch QA was expanded into the CS building, they moved the artwork from Blizzard HQ to decorate the CS walls on the second floor where we worked. At the end of SC2 QA was moved back to main campus for Cataclysm and we had our private launch party. Part of the party was a raffle and auction, This consisted of some exclusive collectibles and the concept art that was raffled for appreciation of our 6 months of 12 hours a day 6 day a week work schedule. I won the Queen of Blades and Hydrolisk art during the raffle. The Thor artwork was made specifically for SC2 QA it is not one of a kind there are about 70 of these that each person received. The other works are one of a kind made to decorate Blizzard HQ.”

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The Mr Jack "THOR & VULTURE" Signed Print is still on sale now with a lowered price of $999.99. Only 70 posters were made.

The listing says: “At 9″ tall by 15″ wide and 1/4” thick, this “Mr Jack” Luke Manicini Limited print of a Thos and Vulture made for the SC2 QA team only is a rare find. The print is on a durable heavy duty canvas board medium attached to a black backing. Lighter weight overall. UV coated so it will not fade etc.

Background and statement from Mr. Thompson former Blizzard employee, current owner and consignor:

During SC2 crunch QA was expanded into the CS building, they moved the artwork from Blizzard HQ to decorate the CS walls on the second floor where we worked. At the end of SC2 QA was moved back to main campus for Cataclysm and we had our private launch party. Part of the party was a raffle and auction, This consisted of some exclusive collectibles and the concept art that was raffled for appreciation of our 6 months of 12 hours a day 6 day a week work schedule. I won the Queen of Blades and Hydrolisk art during the raffle. The Thor artwork was made specifically for SC2 QA it is not one of a kind there are about 70 of these. Each person on the team received one. The other works are one-of-a-kind made to decorate Blizzard HQ.”

 

glenn-rane-queen-of-blades-ebay-auction-jan-15-2014-photo-3The Glenn Rane – Queen of Blades artwork print is still on sale by a third-party with a lowered price of $11,499.99. The sale ends on Mar 19, 2014. Here is the excerpt:

    “I have an ORIGINAL “MUSEUM QUALITY PIECE” PRINT up for sale

    This work of art truly belongs in a museum. It was THE inspiration for this HUGE franchise. Hung over the heads of Blizzard employees as inspiration for the massive world they were creating!!! The print is on a durable heavy duty canvas board medium attached to a black backing. Lighter weight overall. The queen of blades is 42″ tall by 22″ wide by 3/4″ thick. UV coated so it will not fade etc.

    Background and statement from Mr. Thompson former Blizzard employee, current owner and consignor:

    During SC2 crunch QA was expanded into the CS building, they moved the artwork from Blizzard HQ to decorate the CS walls on the second floor where we worked. At the end of SC2 QA was moved back to main campus for Cataclysm and we had our private launch party. Part of the party was a raffle and auction, This consisted of some exclusive collectibles and the concept art that was raffled for appreciation of our 6 months of 12 hours a day 6 day a week work schedule. I won the Queen of Blades and Hydrolisk art during the raffle. The Thor artwork was made specifically for SC2 QA it is not one of a kind there are about 70 of these that each person received. The other works are one of a kind made to decorate Blizzard HQ.”

 

There is a Sideshow StarCraft II Tychus Findlay Statue for $999.99. It is marked # 19 out of 1250 created. This was a very special edition exclusively sold on the Blizzard website shortly after Blizzard Entertainment revealed in South Korea that StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty was in development.

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Heroes of the Storm

This one isn’t exactly an official Heroes of the Storm merchandise, but it contains the Cute But Deadly – Kerrigan, Diablo, Arthas Figures originally sold at the BlizzCon 2013 store.

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Blizzplanet – Guild Launch Giveaway # 2

Guild Launch sent Blizzplanet more coupons to giveaway. Guild Launch is a clan/guild hosting platform for many games including World of Warcraft, StarCraft II and Diablo III. Learn more about Guild Launch here. Hosting plans here.

So now that you know the cost, and the features — how about participating for a chance at getting a FREE coupon?

Jinx Weekly CRITICAL HIT Sale – Jan 15, 2014

Jinx launched a promo to gift a Kobold Miner Hat Plush for only $10 for Valentine’s Day — while supplies last.

The sale Ends on February 28, 2014 and cannot be combined with any other offer.

The Weekly CRITICAL HIT Sale Items puts the spotlight on three Blizzard Licensed Products. Save 30% on these popular J!NX outerwear items! Items will be returned to full price and replaced next week, so get them while there’s still time:

 

35% Off Critical Sale

Above was the weekly version, this one is the permanent sale page where over 500 products are listed with a 35% OFF discount. Browsing through all 18 pages, I found several Blizzard Licensed Products, worthy checking out. As always, double-check the pricing is for a specific gender or size before checking out the purchase.

This offer ends on January 31, 2014. So, hurry up.

2014 Blizzard Licensed Products Line-Up

Blizzard Entertainment and its partners release Blizzard licensed products every year. Some of these products come in the shape of novels, eBooks, graphic novels, action figures, dioramas, statues, children’s books, and epic weapons. Did you know from Fall 2013 to Winter 2014 there are so far 41 Blizzard Licensed Products?

There isn’t an official list of recent and upcoming products. Therefore, I will share a permanent list of recent and upcoming products for which you can pre-order now and relax later knowing that you secured your copy and it will automatically be charged and delivered on release date.

Some of the products were released already, and I felt I should mention them in case you missed them. They are in stock while supplies last and shipping now.

The Fall 2013 – 2014 Blizzard Licensed Products line up is as follows: (click links to reach the pre-order page)

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BlizzCon 2015 - William King reveals World of Warcraft: Illidan details
World of Warcraft: Legion – Game Systems | Summary
World and Content Panel - Recap
Blizzplanet interviews Cory Stockton
BlizzCon 2015 Cosplayers Photo Gallery
Features in a nutshell
Our first impressions of Mardum & Demon Hunter (hands-on gameplay)
Transcript: Game Systems panel
Transcript: World and Content Panel
Transcript: World of Warcraft Cinematics: The Road to Legion

Diablo Warcraft and StarCraft Hoodies at 30% Off – Jinx Critical Hit Promo

The weekly Jinx Critical Hit sale has placed the spotlight on the Diablo III Tyrael Hoodie, World of Warcraft Monk Hoodie (Women-only) and the StarCraft II Vintage Hoodie lowering them to 30% discount.

You should hurry up. This Critical Hit promo will be up until January 13, 2014 or while supplies last.

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Richard A. Knaak Launches a Kickstarter — What if Blizzard followed on his steps?

New York Times best selling author Richard A. Knaak launched a Kickstarter to develop a novel titled… Legends of the Dragonrealm: The Turning War.

According to Richard, this is a three-volume saga which answers many questions concerning the Legends of the Dragonrealm and the Dragon Masters that never got answered.

That truly sounds powerfully interesting.

chris-metzen-headshotBlizzard Entertainment, Pocket Books/Gallery Books have published in past years several novels based on Warcraft, Diablo and Starcraft which tie-in with a Blizzard video game or expansion that’s in development.

That’s a great practice because it allows players to learn what happened in between one game and the next as a bridge to inform and draw the players into an immersive story.

However, a long time passes by between the release of these novels.

Warcraft, for example, is very rich in lore, spanning more than 10,000 years of life-changing events, but most of it is given to the player through an in-game book in a very brief medium.

Who hasn’t read about the Three Hammers War?… where the Bronzebeards, the Wildhammers, and the Dark Irons went into a civil war that culminated in the eruption of the Blackrock Mountains with the accidental summoning of Ragnaros 300 hundred years before the opening of the Dark Portal.

Who hasn’t read the fabled story Khadgar once read in the library of Karazhan — “Aegwynn and the Dragon Hunt“?

How about the story that led the Darkspear to flee from Stranglethorn Vale?

Or the story about the first humans led by Tyr to safety.

Or how the first Highborne arrived to Tirisfal Glades prior to the founding of Quel’thalas.

The TOKYOPOP Warcraft Legends manga filled a great niche to tell some of these stories, but a novel is longer than a manga. Better yet, novels can extend into trilogies. Or even an entire series of more than three.

Why, oh why–hasn’t Blizzard Entertainment not caved in to the pleas of lore fans?

That’s a question that will haunt me yet for several years. I know the answer down in my heart. Chris Metzen’s plate has been full these past years with multiple games currently in development and other games not yet announced. He’s also co-producer of the Warcraft film. Not to mention the countless meetings he must participate in at each team department. Plus leading a normal life at home with his children and wife.

Micky Neilson, Sean Copeland, Matt Burns and others are busy with other projects too, and the logistics to prepare those stories before it comes to reality on paper is mind-blowing.

Still … I dream. As any other Warcraft / StarCraft / Diablo lore fan out there, I dream. I have always dreamt of the community getting involved somehow in the initial development of Blizzard novels or graphic novels. Even if everyone involved needs to sign an NDA.

The community has been influencing in the past on the forums, or via Twitter. Even at BlizzCon. Heroes of the Storm has been forged and shaped through BlizzCon and by BlizzCon feedback. TheRedShirtGuy (Ian) was very influential with his lore ABCs. Got immortalized as the Fact-checker NPC in Iron Forge. I do have an anecdote that only some fans in the Scrolls of Lore forums know about. Back in 2009, a fan by the username Timolas pointed out the unnamed captain (Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos) who spoke with the emissary of King Terenas in the scene where he recalls Arthas’ troops to return immediately to Lordaeron is named Captain Luc Valonforth. At the time, I think World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King was in beta testing. Pocket Star Books (Simon & Schuster, Inc. Division) had begun printing the novel titled World of Warcraft: Arthas: Rise of the Lich King. I contacted really an awesome editor, Jaime Costas. We had been in contact for a few years. Some of our past giveaways, and interviews on and before 2009 came to happen through her. I infomed her that the captain in the quest titled: The Truth Shall Set Us Free had been given a name in-game: Captain Luc Valonforth. I had read a review copy two weeks before the novel went on sale. As soon as I told Jaime Costas, she edited the scene where the captain talked with the Lordaeron emissary. The novel then was printed with that name. As I was writing this article, I was double-checking some links and found my tale was added (without my knowledge) to the WoWpedia. See how the lore community works? It’s awesome. The original forum thread is here.

Back to the main topic… say some of the most influential lore fans around the community are picked, and invited to a Skype session or chat room with Chris Metzen, Micky Neilson, Sean Copeland or other members of the Creative Team. Prior to the meeting each is sent by mail an NDA that must be signed, notarized, and sent back. Whatever fancy or legal procedure is needed for such a thing.

Those fans then brainstorm with the creative team. Talk about the different stories, and choose one story. Everyone provides an idea, or ideas on what races or characters existed in that time-frame, what possible stories could exist within that sandbox and timeframe.

mickey-neilson-headshotThen, Micky Neilson (Publishing Lead) posts a Kickstarter to fund the project. Here is where this dream gets interesting. The project is community-driven from concept to execution. We have seen the success of Blizzard novels.

Just an innocent examples: the Diablo III: Book of Cain reached # 1 Amazon’s best selling graphic novel before its release date. World of Warcraft: Pearl of Pandaria by Micky Neilson & Sean Galloway reached # 3 New York Times best selling graphic novel. The World of Warcraft: Stormrage was # 1 best seller too. How did all these lore books win then? Magic-word: Pre-orders.

Pre-Order and Kickstarter are basically the same thing. People commits to buy a product they are interested in, and enlist themselves. There is a slight difference, though. When you enlist to a pre-order in Amazon or another retailer you will get that item delivered on release date. On Kickstarter or other type of crowdsourcing the item isn’t shipped if the item doesn’t reach the targeted price goal when the kickstarter expires.

However, the lore fans are there. It has been proved once and again in Amazon and the New York Times best selling lists.

It would be nice for Blizzard to have a Kickstarter-like page on the Blizzard Store or even in the World of Warcraft in-game store, but Kickstarter is more abroad in terms that non-Blizzard fans can also jump in and participate.

It’s all a bunch of dreams. However, they say dreams do come true. Hope the right people read this, and I know they do.

–Medievaldragon

Jinx 2013 Holidays Discounts on World of Warcraft, StarCraft II & Diablo III T-Shirts & Hoodies

Jinx has several awesome Holiday offers for Blizzard fans. These offers run throughout December 3 until December 25th. Benefit from these discounts while supplies last. If you wish to send a Gift Certificate to a friend or family for the holidays then go to this page and inform about the holiday discounts.

  • Free Shipping on orders over $75
  • 10% Off orders over $75
  • 20% off $150+.

World of Warcraft

Diablo

StarCraft II

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Black Friday 2013 Sale – World of Warcraft 75% Off and StarCraft II 50% Off

Blizzard Entertainment announced juicy discounts for World of Warcraft and StarCraft II during this year’s Black Friday. Get World of Warcraft Battlechest (which includes all expansions up to Cataclysm) for $5 and Mists of Pandaria for $10.

StarCraft II and StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm are down to $19.99 each.

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BlizzCon 2013 Opening Ceremony & WCS Global Finals Free Livestream

The BlizzCon 2013 Opening Ceremony and the StarCraft II WCS Global Finals can be watched live for free. Read the details below and follow the links to enjoy both livestreams. In addition, those who decide to buy the Virtual Ticket to watch the livestream should know that VODs can be watched for the next two weeks and you get the same digital perks included in the Collector’s Edition.

BlizzCon 2013 begins tomorrow, and you’ll be able to watch the opening ceremony and eSports action—including the StarCraft II WCS Global Finals, World of Warcraft Arena Global Invitational, and Hearthstone Innkeeper’s Invitational—streaming for free at www.blizzcon.com/live-stream/. The opening ceremony is scheduled to begin on Friday at 11 a.m. Pacific, and tournaments run throughout both days of the show—check out the BlizzCon schedule for details.

If you’re interested in even more BlizzCon coverage, including developer panels, the costume and talent contests, the closing concert with Blink-182, and more, you can still purchase a BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, which also includes this year’s in-game goodies for World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III, and Hearthstone. The Virtual Ticket also lets you watch on-demand replays of any coverage you might have missed.

 

Activision Blizzard Q3 2013 Financial Results Conference Call – Mike Morhaime Transcript

The Activision Blizzard Third Quarter Financial conference call took place on November 6th, 2013 at 1:30pm PDT.

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Bobby Kotick, Chief Executive Officer of Activision Blizzard, said: “Our third-quarter results exceeded our expectations, and we are able to raise our outlook for 2013 net revenues and earnings per share.

Robust continued engagement with our core franchises drove digi tal revenue, which constituted a majority of all revenue. This quarter demonstrates that games like Call of Duty and World of Warcraft engage and entertain our fans year round.”

Kotick added, “We recently released new titles in two of the most popular franchises in entertainment, Call of Duty: Ghosts and Skylanders SWAP Force. We are thrilled by the quality of those games and we are excited to show what we can do with them on next-generation consoles in the coming weeks. We are also in the process of a beta launch for our first major free-to-play game, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft.

However, we continue to believe that the fourth quarter this year presents a unique and challenging landscape due to increased competition and uncertainties surrounding the console transition.

We are confident in our ability to navigate these challenges successfully, particularly in light of the recent completion of our transaction with Vivendi and the focus and flexibility provided by our return to independence.”

  • As of September 30, 2013, Blizzard Entertainment’s World of Warcraft remains the #1 subscription-based MMORPG, with approximately 7.6 million subscribers.
  • In North America, Blizzard Entertainment’s StarCraft® II: Heart of the Swarm® was the #1 PC game for the first nine months of 2013.

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Morhaime: Q3 was an eventful quarter for Blizzard. We launched our first console game in many years with Diablo III. We also announced an expansion pack for Diablo III — Reaper of Souls.

Additionally, beta testing for Hearthstone kicked off and we released significant content update for World of Warcraft.

All of this activity has netted out to a strong quarter where we ended higher in net revenue and operating income versus Q2 mostly due to the Diablo III console launch on September.

Revenues and income were down year over year — as expected — due to the successful launch of Mists of Pandaria and the ongoing sales of Diablo III during the same quarter last year.

Going into more specific details with World of Warcraft, we’re very pleased with the response to Siege of Orgrimmar — the massive content update we released in September. This update included a huge new raid dungeon with major story elements, as well as a new area to explore and features that improved the game’s accessibility.

Flexible rates now allow groups of variable size to participate in the end-game raiding dungeons. Meanwhile, the Proving Grounds feature trains players to improve their play in specific roles, preparing them to participate in end-game content. Player response to the content has been good, and we saw increased engagement that has contributed to maintaining relatively stable subscribership quarter-over-quarter. We’ll continue to invest heavily in World of Warcraft to deliver frequent, high-quality content to our players.

Moving on to Diablo III, we are pleased with the response to the games launched on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Lifetime sell-through of the game across all platforms has reached over 14 million copies, and reviews have been very positive about how the game plays on console. Much of the praise has been centered on changes we made to the loot system and our decision to keep the auction house off of the console platform. Players and critics alike have noted that these changes have resulted in a more fun and satisfying game experience. That reaction factored in our decision to remove the auction house from the PC version of Diablo III effective next March, which players have also responded very positively to.

We’re building upon those design philosophies for loot and incorporating them into Reaper of Souls, the Diablo III expansion pack — which is coming for PC and PS4 in 2014.

In addition to the new loot system, Reaper of Souls will include an additional player class, the Crusader, and more gameplay modes for the endgame to keep players engaged. The reaction to Reaper of Souls at Gamescom was very positive, and we are looking forward to revealing more about the game at BlizzCon.

It was also a busy quarter for Hearthstone, our free-to-play digital card game for PC and iPad based on the Warcraft universe. In Hearthstone, players build decks of cards that feature familiar spells and creatures from World of Warcraft, and battle against each other using the cards. Players can collect cards simply by playing or by purchasing digital packs. They can also purchase entries into a special competitive mode of play called The Arena in exchange for either in-game currency or a small fee.

We’ve seen a great response from the community with the closed beta test, which kicked off in August. Hearthstone quickly became one of the most popular streaming games on Twitch, and we have been expanding the beta test to encompass more regions and a wider group of players. We’re continuing to work on polishing the game as we drive towards open beta testing.

Rounding out our big announcements since the last call is the name change of Blizzard All-Stars to Heroes of the Storm, which is our take on free-to-play hero brawlers. We’ve done an extensive internal test on Heroes over the past several months, and as the game has evolved, we felt it was appropriate to change the name to something more fitting of the gameplay experience.

We’re looking forward to sharing more details about Heroes at BlizzCon, which is taking place this weekend at the Anaheim Convention Center. This is another sold-out show, with more than 20,000 attendees coming to Anaheim from more than 40 different countries.

Our global community will also follow along through DIRECTV, online pay-per-view on blizzcon.com and partner broadcast in other regions. We will be showcasing our biggest pipeline of games ever and showing our appreciation for our community through contests, meet-and-greets and of course, major eSports spectacles.

The World of Warcraft Arena invitational and the global grand finals of the StarCraft II World Championship Series will be taking place, along with an invitational tournament for Hearthstone, featuring popular community personalities.

All of us at Blizzard can’t wait to get back to BlizzCon and connect with our players. We hope you’ll join us there or follow along online with a virtual ticket available online at blizzcon.com.

We are looking forward to celebrating a shared passion of gaming with our players, hearing their feedback on our newest game content and taking that energy and knowledge back to work as we drive towards an exciting 2014 for Blizzard.

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