There are many books and magazines showing off and detailing the various works of art Yoshitaka Amano produced for the Final Fantasy series, but this box contains more than I have ever seen in any other collection. Think about this; the box weighs about 16 pounds… you could spend an entire weekend looking through these books and extras. The collection covers every title from the first Final Fantasy through to and including Final Fantasy X.
Yoshitaka Amano “The Sky” Art of Final Fantasy – Inside you get three hardcover books that divide art for the series I to III, IV to VI, and VII to X. There’s a fourth softcover book called “All About Yoshitaka Amano” which is exactly that; a biography and more information about his work. Then you have an illustrated plastic sheet, two postcards, and a 96 page flip book which shows an example of Amano’s art in motion. The text in the books is Japanese unfortunately, but the collection of art here is staggering. Concerning the price… keep in mind this box is long sold out (2002) and is really hard to find. The release price (sold only in Japan) was about 28,000 Yen which converts to about $360 US. The auction’s buy now price is $1,000 with the option to make an offer. If the seller accepted an offer of $700, I would say you have a nice deal going. I envy the future buyer of this amazing set.
While we are on the subject of Final Fantasy, I would like to list one of my favorite Final Fantasy VII statues. I don’t own one of these (yet) but, damn… look at this…
Final Fantasy VII Aerith Gainsborough Polystone Statue – The design gives a sense of weightlessness that stops your heart for a moment. It also brings to mind one of the most important moments in FFVII (if not the most important). The statue stands over a foot tall and is simply pure awesome. The price set by the seller is quite high. The release price was something around $200 and I’ve seen this selling for $600 recently off eBay. You can try contacting the seller for a more reasonable price.
Next we have two homebrew games built off of Zelda Link to the Past and Super Mario World. You may have heard of or even played the ROMs, but these are well done reproduction carts.
The Legend of Zelda Parallel Worlds – For people who wished there was a sequel to Link to the Past (there are official semi sequels but let’s not get into that).
Super Mario World Return to Dinosaur Land – This is great because new Mario games are, for the most part, new level designs. Most Mario hacks are just made to test people with the most difficult levels possible but this game does well in making a fun experience.
I’ll end things today with a bunch of quick auctions for some great rare games. Not much to say about each individually but if you’re looking for a certain Neo Geo or Sega CD game that is hard to track down, it may be listed here.