"Limited to the number they can sell."Films and video games sometimes are released in two versions: the Vanilla Edition, and a better, souped-up edition with exclusive Bonus Material. With movies, you can expect deleted scenes, filmmaker interviews, never-before-seen footage, commentary tracks and so forth. Video games tend to offer a shiny metal case, developer artwork, bonus characters or the Strategy Guide. Concept art, a "making-of" featurette, background story information, character biographies, alternate endings and trinkets are common with both media. All yours, if you pay some extra money. Worth it? Depends on the individual work, and who you ask. In any case, this is a good marketing strategy, because it feeds into many people's compulsion to own the "best" version. It's particularly clever if you can get people to buy the "ordinary" (some more "ordinary" than others) version, discover how cool it is, and then go shell out again for the Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition. Occasionally the souped-up edition is the only edition for the first few months of a new release (or may be received as a Pre-Order Bonus). Conversely, the special edition might not be released until a couple of months after the regular edition to squeeze more money out of die-hard fans. Another practice is releasing films both separately and in box-sets with sequels. As more sequels come out, more editions with the entire series come out. The box sets traditionally come with extra features. This is also done with TV series — four episodes will be on one DVD. Then another four. Then another four. And finally the whole sixteen episodes of the season in a neat little box set. Done to excess, can become (and sometimes is) an example of Crack Is Cheaper. Note that, with regard to video games, this should not be confused with an Updated Re-release, because that's when a game is rereleased with brand new content and significant alterations to the gameplay. The Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition comes out alongside the regular edition and just adds bonus content separate from the core game. Remember that Examples Are Not Recent.
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- Anime DVDs/Blu-rays in general (at least in Japan) love doing this, with the Limited Edition having limited edition cards, bonus CDs, fancy artboxes, the works. They're also hideously expensive.
- Sometimes, CDs normally released separately, like image songs and the soundtracks, are packaged with the DVDs/Blu-ray, giving more incentive to buy them.
- Anime merchandise also has this tendency, especially figurines; often an altered figurine gets released at the same or later, but the only noticable difference is the paintjob such as non-standard colours for the hair or clothes, though there are also examples where even the skin colour is different (tanned, for example), or a different facial expression. Usually the super-special version costs the same as the original, thus offering fans a legit choice, but sometimes the special one is only available at conventions or online and then typically much more expensive.
- Aniplex USA is one distributor that became well-known for their premium releases. Some fans dread them due to their high prices, while others are happy to have such high-quality releases for shows they really enjoy. Some examples:
- Kill la Kill was released over five volumes, each of which had a $75 retail limited edition release. These sets featured posters, postcards, one video/audio extra each that wasn't included on the regular edition (such as making-of documentaries, soundtracks, and cast interviews), and collectible PR cards.
- Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann received an imported 15-disc set, which included every episode (including audio commentary for some), the movies, an OVA, music video, cast interviews, drama CDs, a documentary on the making of the Childhood's End film, a hardcover book of production materials/art for the series, and an exclusive new design for the box set. This set came at a $670 retail price.
- Hellsing Ultimate does this with multiple releases, there's the single disc version, with just the OVA, there's the Two-Disc Version with commentary and a special features disc, there's also the Two-Disc Steelbox which comes has the two discs in a nice steelbox case, and sometimes comes with an artbook. You can still find the Steelboxes for a decent price brand new, but all the other editions are just as expensive.
- Each disc of the US release of The Melancholy Of Haruhi Suzumiya came out in both a Vanilla Edition and a Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition, with the latter version including soundtrack CDs and bonus DVDs featuring the episodes presented in original broadcast order.
- This was also done with the US release of Lucky Star (except for the last volume). Turned out it was almost a money black hole for the producer.
- Likewise with Puella Magi Madoka Magica. Aniplex released the series across three DVDs, which is quite normal. The vanilla editions cost your usual $30 or so, depending on where you buy it. Then there is the Limited Edition for all three DVDs which comes with artbooks, stickers, three soundtrack CDs.. all for the cost of $90. Each.
- The Italian/German Limited Editions are similar to the US ones, except cheaper (50€ each, something like $55), and with slightly different extras (The boxes included both the DVD and Blu-Ray releases, and instead of the stickers thay had Nendoroid Petites of Madoka, Mami and Homura)
- Aniplex also handled the DVD release of Durarara!!. While the DVDs are split up into your now-standard "Part 1 and Part 2" sets, both of them cost about $70, and there are no special editions.
- When Ginga: Nagareboshi Gin was released in certain European countries in the 80's, it went through several cuts due to censorship and attempts to fit the series on four VHS tapes. Eventually over 100 minutes of the original material was left out from this release, causing the dubbing to be least of the worries. Later, when Finland and Sweden received uncut DVD releases with original soundtrack and voice acting intact, it was marketed as Special Edition of the series.
- Nagareboshi Gin's sequel, Ginga Densetsu Weed, got a Collector's Edition box set release in Finland and Sweden, too. In addition to including the entire series it also comes with a Weed phone strap and a leaflet with extra information on the characters.
- With the US release of Code Geass, Bandai planned out three different releases, specifically targeting the different levels of anime fans. For casual fans, there's the Vanilla Edition single DVDs and "volume packs" (two DVDs packaged together). For the real fanatics, there's the Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition, which is a two-pack plus a Sound Episode CD, an official soundtrack CD and a volume of the spinoff manga.
- Although it sometimes occurs with later DVDs, the first volume of most anime series gets released as a DVD-only and as a DVD in an artbox designed to hold the entire series.
- .hack//sign did this when it came out on DVD in the US. They had the regular DVDs and then they had the special edition ones with a Soundtrack CD in each. Except the last two. Second to last had a box to put the previous CDs in, and the last had an extra disc with a few special features on it.
- Each season set of InuYasha came in two versions (at least in America): One was simply the discs of that season in one set. The collector's editions came with show related memorabilia such as the Beads of Subjugation (Season 1), hanko signature blocks (2), Kagome's jewel shards (3), Miroku's prayer beads (4), Sesshomaru's scroll (5), Collector's watch (6) and an Inuyasha figure with Adamant Tetsusaiga (7).
- Bandai's release of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex was handled quite beautifully. On top of the vanilla editions for all 14 DVDs (covering both seasons,) a special edition was released as well, and it only cost about $10 more. The 14 DVDs provided 2 figurines of Motoko, 1 of Batou, 1 of Togusa, 2 Jameson units, 3 Tachikomas, 2 Android Maids, a 2nd Gig mousepad, a Laughing Man t-shirt, the first three Original Sound Tracks, a Section 9 Employee badge, as well as Tin DVD cases to hold the DVDs in. Also, the 2nd Gig DVDs themselves came in metal cases, which themselves are stored in a rather fancy tin DVD case.
- Manga Entertainment have done this with some of their more popular titles, such as Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods and Attack on Titan. This move was actually criticized by some fans and reviewers because it involved taking extras off of the existing US versions (from which the UK releases were based), and in the case of blu-rays downgrading the extras to DVDs to boot.
- Anime Limited did this in the UK with their releases of Fullmetal Alchemist, with an ultimate edition including a resin replica of the Gate of Truth, an artbook, art cards and even a certificate with the buyer's name and State Alchemist rank, signed by King Bradley.
- Anime Limited have done it again, with a collector's edition of Eden of the East, which features a translated copy of the log book, art cards and three little stickers, all bundled in a nice envelope.
- They've also released a collector's edition of Noragami Aragoto, which came with art cards and a box to hold both seasons on Blu-ray.
- Also with Ouran High School Host Club; a collector's edition with a nice box, stickers and a "photo album" booklet.
- Their Blu-ray collection of Gangsta comes with a booklet featuring art and the sign language used in the series.
- The Ultimate Edition of Terror in Resonance comes with a unique cover for the Blu-ray case, a tray with a sketch of Nine and Twelve on the back, the "Ultimate Artbook", and a very nice box to hold it all in.
- Anime Limited will also release an ultimate edition of Death Parade in the UK, with apparently an artbook as well as possible other extras.
- Sentai Filmworks released Beyond the Boundary with a plethora of extras, including a pair of Mirai's glasses, a rubber keychain of Mirai, art cards, a lanyard, a poster and a booklet. Averted in the UK, where there was just a regular Blu-ray/DVD release.
- The UK release of the movies came with a poster and art cards.
- MVM Entertainment released a Limited Edition of Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun that comes with the Blu-ray and DVD, as well as a third disc with the OST on it, all in a very nice box.
- Manga UK have released several Kazé titles in the UK in this fashion; Tiger & Bunny, Manga/Kuragehime and One-Punch Man, all of which came with extras. For Tiger & Bunny, there are little magazines that follow the plot of each boxset part as well as two Hero Cards per boxset; for Manga/Kuragehme, they included a plush keyring of Clara as well as a nice box to hold the DVD s and the keyring in; for One-Punch Man there's a booklet containing character notes and staff interviews; it again comes with a nice box.
- The limited edition of Shimoneta comes with an exclusive box set that contains a sticker, two pins, and a tube sock (which makes sense if you're familiar with the nature of the show).
- DC Comics with their "Absolute" line of comic releases, which gives the deluxe treatment to well-known classic series like Watchmen, Batman: The Long Halloween, Kingdom Come, The Sandman - which just might be the only comic-book series to be given this treatment for its entire range in four volumes - and many more. These releases are often housed in a hardcover case and include original scripts, alternate cover treatments, introductions and commentary by the creators of the various series and much more. They're also printed at a larger size than normal, giving the artwork more room to be appreciated. Of course, they come at a premium (most sets cost between $150 and $175).
- Dark Horse Comics released Sin City in an "Archival Edition", putting all the various series in their own hardcover book (plus a special making-of book), and subsequently housing them in two dustproof hardcover cases. Ponying up the money for the two "Archival" releases will set you back to the tune of $400.
- First, the Archie Comics stories of Archie marrying Veronica and Betty came over the course of seven issues. Then, the parts were compiled in a trade paperback. Seven months after the paperback compilation, the comics received a hardcover book with interviews with the writers and artists, annotations of pop culture references, and five bonus comics from the 1940s-60s. The price difference isn't that big, but it's still surprising that an Archie comic would get published in book form twice.
- It was extremely common during the 1990s when comic collector sales were at their height for multiple editions of the same comic book. Often they wouldn't be anything more than an alternate cover art, a shiny cover, or just a label saying "collectors edition" on it. However, this mass saturation of the market helped lead to The Great Comics Crash of 1996.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (IDW) Issue #1's joint Larry's & Jetpack variant cover, which uses the connected rough design production artwork of the Larry's Comics variant cover and the Jetpack Comics variant cover◊, will have only 125 copies printed. The Jetpack variant itself will be limited to only 750 copies.
- Unlike most other media, books are objects whose physical qualities are important to their appreciation. When something first hits the shelves, its earliest editions will be in the larger and more durable trade hardback format, which tends to inexplicably cost about two or three times as much as a pocket paperback. In the more rarified realms of the literary market, there also exists the leatherbound book, which can sell for well above U.S. $100 for a typical novel.
- There are a few reasons why the trade hardbacks cost so much more: they obviously cost more to make, they take up more space than the paperbacks and therefore they can't store as many, shipping costs are higher due to greater mass and volume per copy, and they know the day-one-purchase customers won't mind spending more.
- A Series of Unfortunate Events: Numerous rereleases of The Bad Beginning, including one priced higher than the thirteen-book box set. Also, the box sets, which have exclusive artwork. The new paperbacks are aversions because they're much better for about half the price.
- J.R.R. Tolkien's work is a really big offender here: at least five editions of The Lord of the Rings, three of The Hobbit, and two of The Silmarillion all have some sort of "bonus content", including (but most likely not limited to) introductions by noted authors, footnotes detailing the writing of the book in question, character indexes with extra backstory, and being really shiny.
- One reason for so many editions is that unauthorized editions were printed up by unscrupulous publishers. J. R. R. Tolkien spent some time fixing copyright problems to stop this. Famous words on back of the Ballantine or "Hippie Edition":
"This paperback edition, and no other, has been published with my consent and co-operation. Those who approve of courtesy (at least) to living authors will purchase it, and no other." J. R. R. Tolkien
- And then of course you have the various "anniversary" collector's editions, each with their own artwork. The 35th anniversary edition was famous for being illustrated by then-unknown Alan Lee.
- Tolkien also re-released The Hobbit with revised and extended description of Gollum's cave, since Bilbo "lied" about how he came to possess the ring; the original version actually contradicts the premise of LOTR, since Gollum simply gives the Ring to Bilbo and leads him out of the cave.
- One reason for so many editions is that unauthorized editions were printed up by unscrupulous publishers. J. R. R. Tolkien spent some time fixing copyright problems to stop this. Famous words on back of the Ballantine or "Hippie Edition":
- A new and improved version of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone released advertised sparkly new content from Jo Rowling - which turned out to be a single sketch of Snape. Ouch.
- The Deathly Hallows special edition seems to have had little more than some new art added. It's still pretty nice, though.
- His Dark Materials was re-released for the film in a complete collection with new material detailing what Will and Lyra did, will do, or might do, depending on how canon you take it.
- The Easton Press produces fine leather-bound collector editions of books. These are specially made for bookcollectors and come in landmark series like The 100 Greatest Books Ever Written, Library of the Presidents and Great Books of the 20th Century
- The Last Hope, the Grand Finale of Warrior Cats, has an "Enhanced Edition" e-book available for purchase alongside the Vanilla Edition. The Enhanced Edition contains videos of the author talking about the series, an excerpt of the fifth Super Edition, Yellowfang's Secret, notes that reveal things such as ideas that never made it into the book and an exclusive game.
- Subterranean Press's limited edition of Joe Hill's NOS4A2 comes with an exclusive alternate ending as well as an entire novella that was cut from the original manuscript.
- Centipede Press's limited edition of Stephen King's 'Salem's Lot came with some then-exclusive deleted scenes that King removed from the text. A trade edition with them was later released.
- The Stand has the original (already fairly huge) version, then a later release adding ~400 pages left out of the original, along with a few minor revisions.
- The omnibus edition of the two Red Dwarf novels written by both Grant and Naylor includes some changes to the first book (retooling Take Thats at real celebrities into No Celebrities Were Harmed), adding a new ending to the second book, adding the original script for the tv show's pilot and a copy of the original beermat that contains the first brainstorming session for the show.
- The Subterranean Press editions of the Malazan Book of the Fallen come in numbered copies, with very nice paper and several specifically commissioned illustrations per book.
Live Action TV
- For the DVD releases of the new Doctor Who series, three to six episodes at a time are released on 'vanilla' DVDs with few or no extras just a month or so after broadcast — longer for North American releases, although the broadcasts have been day-and-date with the U.K since 2011. Full series DVDs with lots of extras are saved for later.
- There are also various limited special editions of the boxed sets themselves. Series three had a normal version, and two retailer exclusive sleeves for Amazon.co.uk and Woolworths (the Cyberman head was a previous Amazon exclusive, the TARDIS box was used for all early S1 boxes).
- The earlier stories "The Five Doctors" and "Remembrance of the Daleks" were both released twice on DVD in the UK. The original DVD of "The Five Doctors" was one of the very first DVD releases of BBC shows to test the market, had no special features at all, featured an new "extended cut" version of the story that is to say the least controversial among fans, and is not officially considered part of the Who DVD release programme. The original DVD version of "Remembrance of the Daleks" had a notorious blooper in which the first and most spectacular use of the "glowing skeleton" Dalek extermination effect was left out because of a remastering error, and also had relatively few special features by later standards. Both stories came out a second time in 2008 and 2009 respectively with much more special features.
- Almost all of the DVD releases from the first two years of the release schedule were later re-released with improved picture quality and new special features, along with a couple of other famous stories released later.
- Spearhead From Space ended up with three different DVD editions: the original one, the expanded version released in the Mannequin Mania box, and a 2013 Blu-ray edition (as the only story made entirely on film other than the 1996 TV movie, it won't look rubbish in HD).
- 2013 saw the release of a humungous "Regeneration" box set containing every Doctor's final story from "The Tenth Planet" to "The End of Time" along with a coffee-table book. Exploitatively, it was released well in advance of the standalone "Tenth Planet" DVD as well as "The Time of the Doctor", which aired at the end of 2013 as Eleven's Grand Finale and was later released as a standalone disc.
- Most of the longer Christmas Episodes, the 2009 Spring and Fall specials, "The Day of the Doctor" 50th anniversary show, and "Deep Breath" (the Twelfth Doctor's debut) had standalone releases with more bonus content than usual. Most of the Christmas episodes (with their bonus features) were later folded into Complete Series sets, while the 2009 specials were repackaged as "The Complete Specials"...but "The Day of the Doctor", "The Time of the Doctor", and "Twice Upon a Time" remain standalone releases, leaving both Series Seven and Ten incomplete — ending on massive cliffhangers that led into Grand Finales for their respective Doctors! Less seriously, "Deep Breath" had several important bonus features (such as the special that announced Peter Capaldi's casting) that weren't carried over to the Series 8 box set.
- The re-release of the first season of 24 (with added commentaries, alternate endings, deleted scenes and short films). The set was first released as a barebones edition to bring in more viewers before the second season première in 2002.
- Lost has the box set with all the seasons, in a fancy-looking box, with lots of Feelies and an extra disk of behind-the-scenes material.
- Several volumes of MST3K have mini-statues of the robots like Tom Servo and Gypsy. The 20th Anniversary Edition had the movies, retro-mini posters (standard) and a Crow mini-statue inside a tin case.
- One of their most interesting MST3K-related release was a special edition DVD of "Manos" The Hands of Fate, which not only contained the actual episode, but also the uncut original movie, two documentaries (one an interview with the MST3K cast and another the Hotel Torgo documentary) and the short featured on the episode reconnected with its first half.
- Firefly had a very good dvd release, with many commentaries, documentaries, a gag reel, etc. The bluray release, in addition to all the old features and remastered episodes, included a roundtable and extra commentary.
- The Man From UNCLE somewhat subverts this, because the box set release, done up with a case resembling a metal briefcase and with over 10 hours' worth of extras on two extra DVD's including the movie version of the pilot episode, was for many years the standard (and only) version of this release on DVD. In fact, before 2015, the individual seasons were never made officially available as such; fans wanting a particular season were compelled to search on sources such as eBay or Amazon for sellers who had an individual-season box set (probably removed from the overall collection) for sale.
- Power Rangers:
- Time-Life and Shout! Factory initially released a massive box set of two box sets, the first collecting all three seasons of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers and the second Power Rangers Zeo to Power Rangers Lost Galaxy. Both sets are now available separately but for a while this was the only way to get both sets. The massive box set also came with a figurine of Armored Red Ranger (re: Red Ranger with the Green Ranger's gear). Shout Factory also released two more box sets with the third containing Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue to Power Rangers Dino Thunder and the fourth Power Rangers S.P.D. to Power Rangers RPM. Unlike the above, there doesn't seem to be a Time Life bundle for these remaining sets.
- Shout! Factory also released a Power Rangers limited edition $650 DVD set called, "Power Rangers Legacy: The First 20 Years", which covers all the seasons of 1993-2013 from Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers to Power Rangers Megaforce over 92 discs. It also comes with six discs of bonus features (five already appearing on the aforementioned box sets and the last one being an exclusive), a book, and a holder resembling the helmet worn by the red Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers. It's limited to 2000 copies. As an aside, since otherwise Shout's Power Rangers license only goes up to the end of the Disney era (IE: Power Rangers RPM) with duty for mass retail home videos of the Saban Brands era (Power Rangers Samurai onwards) passed off to Lionsgate, the Samurai and Megaforce discs included on the Legacy collection are exclusive to it, exclusively containing unique CGI DVD menus and the Samurai episode "Trickster Treat" which Lionsgate wouldn't release on home video for another two years.
- Paramount has a habit of releasing seasons of TV shows with no bonus features, then releasing the complete series in a boxset with a bonus disc. (eg, The Brady Bunch has DVDs containing no extras other than the first season's three commentaries and 15-minute retrospective, while the complete series DVD adds A Very Brady Christmas, some Brady Kids cartoons, and the first episode of The Bradys.)
- Certain machines of the Star Wars Episode I pinball had a plaque declaring them "The Final Collector's Series of 100", though there's no other difference between them and the regular tables. Rumor is that they were simply used as a marketing gimmick to sell remaining machines during the closure of Williams Electronics.
- Stern's TRON: Legacy was released in four different editions, each distinguished by different translite displays on the backbox. The first two releases also allowed operators to install an optional shaker motor in the game cabinet.
- To commemorate its status as the best-selling pinball machine of all time, Bally released The Addams Family: Special Collector's Edition in 1994. It included gold elements on the cabinets and playfield, more game quotes, and an expanded set of rules.
- Stern's The Avengers came in four different variations, including a Premium Edition with laser-cut ramps and an all-green "Hulk" Edition with "ramp throwing" action.
- Along with the regular release, Spider-Man (Stern) was released in a limited run of 500 "Black Spider-Man" tables, with a different mirrored backglass and chrome metalwork.
- The 2003 machine The Lord of the Rings got a rerelease in 2009 as a Limited Edition, adding gold-plated and brass metalwork, a mirrored gold backglass, support for a shaker motor, and updated software.
- Played with in the case of Doctor Who: every game comes with a Dalek topper, but the first 100 units had a version that moved when certain things happened. This proved too expensive to continue, though, so it was discontinued. It's played with because the feature was likely intended from the start, but was removed due to budget limitations.
- In November 2001, Stern Pinball and Pinball Sales auctioned off 40 "Platinum Edition" Monopoly games for the nonprofit charity Boundless Playground. These tables had chrome trimmings signed by Pat Lawlor, John Youssi, and Gary Stern, along with a backbox translite autographed by Lawlor, Youssi, Stern, Pinball Sales president Jack Guarnieri, and Hasbro CEO Alan Hassenfeld. The production run of 40 was chosen as one for each space on the Monopoly board.
- Taken as far as possible with Stern Pinball's NFL, which was available only in one of nineteen team-specific variations,note with no "generic" base game.
- Stern's Transformers machine comes in no less than four different versions: The basic one (called "Pro"), followed by three limited-production versions — one for the Autobots, one for the Decepticons, and a "Combo" for both factions. The Limited Editions feature exclusive cabinet and translite art, color-coded metalwork, and additional playfield toys and elements.
- There's also Transformers: The Pin, an In-Name-Only version for home markets.
- Zigzagged in Jersey Jack Pinball's The Wizard of Oz, which is already seven grand on its own.
- Played straight with the $9,000 "Emerald City" version, which includes green trim, a mirrored backglass, a shaker motor, flying Winged Monkey, non-reflective glass, motorized Castle gates, and an OLED crystal ball on the playfield that plays various videos during the game.
- Somewhat subverted with the equally expensive "75th Anniversary" edition, which has red metal trim, a tinted mirrored backglass, a new backbox topper, more detailed table elements, and additional playfield toys, such as the Twister and Toto in his basket. However, everything but the metalwork and backglass are available separately, allowing owners to upgrade their existing games to match.
- There are also rumors of a planned "Ruby Red" Edition with rubies and emeralds embedded into the machine. The price has yet to be announced for this version, but it would undoubtedly be astronomical.
- Two years after its release, the NASCAR pinball was rethemed as Dale Jr., a limited-edition version commemorating racecar driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., with only 600 tables made.
- Avatar received a Premium Limited Edition game, with a shaker motor, marching AMP Suit, additional playfield toys, and a score-doubling ceramic Powerball.
- Along with the basic game, AC/DC was initially available in a Premium Edition, a "Back In Black" Limited Edition, and a "Let There Be Rock" LE. These added an "Underworld" mini-playfield below the main table, LED lights, a moving bell, animated band members in the backbox, and a premium sound system.
- The Limited Editions also include a shaker motor, custom mirrored backglass art, and laser-cut metalwork. Only 200 "Let There Be Rock" and 300 "Back In Black" machines were produced.
- And then in 2014, Stern Pinball released the 2014 "Luci" Preimum Edition, an updated version of the Premium table with new backglass and cabinet art centered around a Horny Devil girl.
- Metallica came in a basic "Pro" edition, as well as two Premium Editions ("Monsters" and "Road Case"), and a "Master of Puppets" Limited Edition with a run of 500 units.
- Stern Pinball's Mustang has the "Boss" Premium and "50 Years" Limited Editions, with a modified playfield, drop targets in front of the N2O targets, a turntable platform with a scale model car, and four additional songs. The Limited Edition also has a powder-coated blue frame.
- Star Trek is available in a basic "Starfleet Pro" model, as well as "Vengeance Premium" and "Enterprise Limited Edition" tables. The more advanced models include different backbox translites, more elaborate metalwork and cabinet molding, metal trails instead of plastic ramps, more elaborate LED lighting, color-changing playfield inserts, a vertical up-kicker and a kickback, and a Starfield laser projector.
- Along with the standard version of Full Throttle, a "Limited Edition" is available, with extras such as an autographed alternate translite, a shaker motor, an all-red or red/black cabinet (buyer's choice), and fiber optic lighting. Only 250 Limited Edition tables are made, though Heighway Pinball has plans to sell most of the components separately so "standard" owners can upgrade their tables.
- Customized versions of Sega Pinball's Baywatch were given to David Hasselhoff and the series' producers. These machines included some voice clips not present in commercial tables, including R-rated language and various Inside Jokes.
- In addition to the basic table, X-Men was available in Wolverine Blue and Magneto Red Limited Editions, featuring custom translite art, color-coordinated metalwork, a magnetic spinning disc and a swing-out Ice Slide. 250 tables of each version were made.
- The Limited Edition of The Walking Dead adds a fold-out crossbow launcher, an illuminated fish tank with zombie heads, rust-colored metalwork, and a mirrored backglass translite to the basic package.
- Averted with the Black Knight Limited Edition; it was essentially a second run of the game, with the only differences from the original being a new sticker on the apron and various changes to the wiring and mechanics.
- Williams Electronics' Fire! was available in a "Champagne Edition" of 273 tables. These featured a varnished oak cabinet, brushed brass and gold fittings, and rotating "fire" light cylinders in the backbox.
- Austin Powers:
- A number of games sold by the luxury retailer Hammacher Schlemmer featured alternated versions of the playfield characters — Mini-Me wears a blue prison jumpsuit, Austin sports a purple ensemble with a silver chain, and Fat Bastard is shirtless. It is sometimes misidentified as a "prototype" version by players.
- In addition, ten "Gold" Austin Powers tables were released as gifts for the movie's cast members. They featured gold-plated legs, lockdown bars, and metal trim, with each one was individually autographed and numbered by Stern Pinball CEO Gary Stern.
- While Dutch Pinball's The Big Lebowski does not include a separate special edition, early purchasers received a Lebowski-themed rug (complete with bowling references) that can be placed under the game.
- Stern's KISS comes in a basic "Pro" version, as well as Premium and Limited Edition versions. The latter two feature a "levitating pinball" effect, an animated Starchild figure with amp, and multicolored LED lighting.
- Game of Thrones is available in a standard ("Pro") version as well as Premium and Limited Editions. The deluxe editions add an upper Castle playfield with its own set of objectives, an elevator to ascend the Wall and reach the Iron Throne, improved lighting and animation, different art packages, and laser-cut siderails. The differences are more than superficial; players feel the changes in the deluxe versions make the game notably harder and best suited for veterans.
- Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 edition had their 3 core rulebooks released in an expensive, black leather bound edition. The books included an official foreword, a red ribbon booklayer and the sides of the pages were colored golden.
- Starting in late 2012, Wizards of the Coast has been releasing special new premium reprint versions of several 3.5e sourcebook - yet another copy of the core rules, plus books like the Spell Compendium and Magic Item Compendium. This about 5 years after they had discontinued 3.5 in favor of 4th Edition... and with 5th Edition ("D&D Next") already visible on the horizon. Yes, the new versions have updated rules errata, but there's a certain... blatant cash-grabby feel about the whole thing (especially given there was a significant chunk of hold-outs who refused to move forward to 4th Edition, or stepped sideways to Pathfinder), especially with that "premium" setting the price point at no less than $50 a pop.
- Games Workshop can be notorious for this. They've frequently released special edition books, charging 5 times the amount of the regular book. The only difference between the two books is the cover.
- Just to make matters worse, the special edition books are usually army books, which often end up battered and broken from the wear and tear of regular use on the gaming table. So if you want your expensive special edition book to stay in good condition, you can't even use it for its intended purpose!
- Monopoly Gamer, a Super Mario Bros.-themed variation of the regular Monopoly, comes in both regular and Collector editions. The latter comes with an exclusive Bowser token, replaces the Bowser boss card with a Bowser Jr. one for kinda obvious reasons and haves a different plastic tray in the box, with extra spaces to keep the additional character tokens sold separately.
- Shadowgirls Season 1 has two hardcover versions available: Regular and Artist Edition. The latter comes with a sketch card and a page of original artwork.
- Sinfest: widescreen edition ("Catch all the crucial details that were cut out—which is why so many episodes made no sense!"). And Sinfest DVD ("parental ADVISORY: explicit shit").
- A parody occurs in webcomics that use a "Gold Foil Embossed Collector's Edition" as a Filler Strip. These editions reissue Comic #1 by reducing the colors to a few shades of yellow. Examples include 8-Bit Theater (link) and Square Root of Minus Garfield (link).
- Oglaf: There are two editions of "Book One". The regular edition, and a signed edition with a hand-drawn bookplate inside the front cover featuring the character of your choice. The signed edition costs $10 extra and actually is so popular that extra character options have been added over time and often end up sold out.
- When Classic Game Room released a best-of DVD, one of the packages was a Special Edition Laser-Hyper-Vision Album Set, which was the size of a LaserDisc sleeve, although they couldn't actually manufacture LaserDiscs anymore so it just contained 3 DVDs and a Blu Ray.
- Oedipus in my Inventory has a parody advertisement for a Collector's Edition that comes with developer's commentary, downloadable soundtrack, concept art, multiplayer, and gold weapons. Of course, it's a crappy adventure game made in under two hours, so whether one would want any of that...
- Within a span of several years, Warner Bros. released the Looney Tunes Golden Collection series, spread across six volumes and covering over 400 classic cartoons, hours upon hours upon hours worth of commentaries, documentaries, interviews and historical bonus content in general. However, for the kiddies, a Vanilla Edition series of these DVDs were released called Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection, which were essentially bare bone collections featuring the more well known, family friendly Looney Tunes shorts.
- While initially getting a couple Vanilla Edition DVDs, The Powerpuff Girls eventually a massive boxset covering the entire series as well as loads of extras and even gathering all of the commercial bumpers.
- Both of Shout! Factory's releases of the Sunbow series of both G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero and The Transformers have this. There's the season sets which come with the episodes and some extras. Then, there's the complete series collection which comes with all the episodes, the extras included in the season sets, and extra extras that are exclusive only to the complete series collection.
- Transformers: The Movie has a particularly annoying take on this, with the menu of the single-disc edition constantly advertising the two-disc special edition.
- What will you find in the long-and-consciously-titled Peanuts Deluxe Holiday Collection: Ultimate Collector's Edition? A Charlie Brown Christmas, It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, and A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving in HD Blu-Ray, three "bonus" cartoons, three short documentaries, standard DVDs of the specials, window clings, and a snowglobe-shaped lenticular lucite of the gang ice-skating.
- There's an Invader Zim set that's shaped like Zim's house, has a GIR figure in the roof, and comes with a disc of special features. There were two versions of the set: one containing the whole series, and one with just the box, figure, and extras disc, for those who had already purchased the individual DVDs.
- The 30th anniversary of the Masters of the Universe toys brought forth a 22-disc DVD box set containing the complete series of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983) and its reboot, 10 fan-selected episodes from The New Adventures of He-Man, documentaries, commentaries, a soundtrack CD, and a gold-colored replica of He-Man's sword. The box has a sculpted facade of Castle Grayskull.
- Three words: The Real Ghostbusters. All five seasons, each in their own steelbook case, but the Time-Life edition had the firehouse box with lenticular ghosts in the windows...and the rare "promo pilot," an Animated Music Video set to a cover of the Ray Parker, Jr. theme tune, and which looked a little more like the movie than the finished series.
- The DVD set The Flintstones: The Complete Series contains all six seasons in a box resembling the Flintstones' TV set.
- Very common on Kickstarter projects. For the unfamiliar, it's a site that crowdsources venture capital for various projects - in other words, anyone can donate to a project they'd like to see happen. You can pledge a token amount of money just to have contributed, while certain minimum pledges are effectively a pre-order for the product to be developed (provided the project is for a product, anyway). Higher pledge tiers work out like various levels of limited edition for the project in question, so while you might pledge $20 to get, say, a digital copy of a video game to be made once funded, you could drop $50 for a physical copy of the game with some extra feelies like buttons or decals. Or $100 for the physical copy in a very nice case with buttons, decals, and limited game art. Or... well, you get the picture. High-tier pledges (usually hundreds if not thousands of dollars) are often very limited in quantity, and have infamously included things like "the game designer for a tabletop RPG comes to your home, cooks dinner, and runs the game for you and your friends."
- The George Carlin: The Little David Years box set. All six comedy albums George recorded on the Little David record label are available as individual CDs, but the purchaser of this box set is treated to special-edition packaging (instead of plastic clamshell cases, the CDs come in cardboard slipcovers complete with paper inner sleeves, like vinyl record albums, as well as a seventh disc, Free Complimentary Extra Bonus Disc Not for Sale Anywhere!, which contains 19 tracks of previously unreleased material and a twentieth unlisted track, "The Coney Island Recordings": little routines George recorded at a "Record Your Voice" booth on Coney Island.
- Many automakers will offer special editions of some of their performance or luxury vehicles. Options exclusive to these vehicles can include special badging and paint jobs, performance upgrades, and matching accessory items. The latter can range from specially branded clothing and luggage, to special tools and spares for track use, to access to exclusive racing schools and track day experiences. Additionally, the vehicle may be individually numbered, particularly if the manufacturer announces a specific figure for how many of such vehicles will be made. In an extreme example of this trope, buyers of the Porsche 918 Spyder - a limited production vehicle with only 918 produced - had the option to also receive the 911 Turbo S Edition 918 Spyder, a special edition of the Porsche 911 that, among other features, was numbered to match their 918. Yes, a limited edition car whose perks included a second, equally exclusive car.