Sale Ends April 11th
Telltale is throwing one of their awesome sales again. This time, it's for all the wonderful Sam & Max merchandise in their store!
To help the prospective buyer out, I'm creating a guide of what can be bought, what the discounts are, and what I think are the most important things for a Sam and Max fan to get. The below items are listed from my favorite piece of merchandise to my least favorite. With that said, let's move on to....
Rather Dashing's Rather Helpful Guide to Sam and Max Merchandise!
1. Sam and Max: Surfin' the Highway
This is easily one of the best reprints of anything I've ever seen. Every time I pick it up, I'm amazed to see that there is no real renowned publisher of printed materials credited, just...Telltale Games. That this was done by a video game company makes what they've done here even more impressive.
The content is, of course, made up of the underground Sam and Max comics that started it all. Before this re-release came out, the original run of Surfin' the Highway was a sought-after gem that commanded extremely high prices on internet marketplaces. It has been lovingly restored from the originals, and wow does it show. The images in this blog post may be broken, but the text does a lot to explain how very much respect was paid to the material they were working with. The book itself is well-bound and the paper is of a good quality. I can't say enough good things about this book, and I doubt you really want me to go on too long, so I'll move on to the next item.
2. Sam and Max: Season Two Case File
The Sam and Max case files are a very beloved part of my collection. The items themselves are of little value, but they're definitely worth the $2.98 asking price here. These won't last forever, and the price for them now is a steal. The highlights of this file are the mini-CD styled like an LP record that contains some exclusive audio bits, and a "soul token" coin. It reminds me of the Infocom "feelies" that gave tangible life to an otherwise unseen world, and that kind of love for the old adventure traditions really gets to me.
3. Sam and Max Soundtrack Bundle
Each of the soundtracks can be purchased individually for $9.98, discounted from $19.95 Buying both this way would cost $19.96
Jared-Emmerson Johnson deserves an award. He really does. He deserves a mountain of awards. The man has crafted one of history's very best video game scores, and it's saddening to know that his work is going to remain so under-appreciated on a wide scale simply due to the underground popularity of the series. The tracks in these soundtracks are extremely well put-together for listening purposes, the tracks are of an absurdly high quality, and they pack the discs to the brim with as much content as they can fit. These are some of the best-produced CDs in my collection, let alone CDs for video game soundtracks. The Steve Purcell artwork on the cases is, of course, beautiful. I bought this bundle for this price during the 50% off Wallace and Gromit sale, and I feel like I cheated the company. This is worth far more than I spent on it.
4. Highway Surfin' Poster Print
Was: $19.95(signed), $14.95(unsigned)
Now: $9.98(signed), $7.48(unsigned)
Telltale's prints are always of a really good quality. The stock they use is sturdy and the print itself is just marvelous. If you like the design, I can recommend the print. It has gone from a $5 difference between signed and unsigned to a $2.50 difference. This will probably sell out at one point in the future, like both of the Season prints.
The stuff I consider "Crap" begins here.
5. Flaming Max Hat
It's a hat.
6. Max and Crossbones Shirt
It's a shirt.
7. Sam and Max Freelance Police: The Complete Animated Series
Even at half off, it's only really a passable price for this. You can easily get this set less expensively from other online retailers. Easily the worst-priced item in Telltale's store, and this 50% off sale just aids in showing that. Right now, a couple new ones are less than this(even with shipping) from Amazon Marketplace sellers.
By the way, everything listed above in one cart costs a total of $67.83, with a signed poster print and the soundtracks together as a bundle.