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It’s about two years late, but Persona 5 is finally out! I’m deep in a stylish JRPG hole as the Phantom Thief Joker, stealing hearts in Tokyo by night and attending classes at Shujin Academy by day. I’ve been excited about Persona 5, and that’s why last June I preordered the “Take Your Heart” Premium Edition. It’s also why I got a PlayStation 4, after that first announcement that the game would be on the new system (but since then I’ve gotten Bloodborne, Ni-Oh, Final Fantasy XV, and Nier: Automata, so I’ve been pretty happy over the last two years of waiting).

Seriously, most of the time preordering games is really stupid. But if there’s a legitimate reason to think that a special edition of a game will be sold out at launch, that’s a valid exception. That was my concern with Persona 5, and even if I lucked out and found a The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Special Edition at retail after launch, I don’t regret it. And, since the Take Your Heart edition is going for $175 and higher on Amazon, I think I made the right call.

Also, it’s simply a rad collector’s edition, which is why I’m showing you all the stuff that’s in it.

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Persona 5: Take Your Heart Premium Edition comes in a big cardboard box with a magnetic flap, so it stays shut. It’s a gorgeous package, covered with art from the game, including minor character. And Persona spoilers on the back (I currently have the four characters on the front of the box in my party, and I’m pretty certain the four on the back will be recruited to the Phantom Thieves as the story continues). It’s still cardboard, and while I’ll keep the box to hold trinkets as long as I can, I’m not optimistic about it lasting very long compared with plastic, metal, or wood box.

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Inside the box, there are some collector’s edition standards: art book, soundtrack, and a steelbox case for the game itself. The art book is on-point, called Persona 5 Art Book: The Aesthetics, and I’m terrified to open it. The cover looks nice, but I’m not going to flip through the art until I play more of the game. I don’t want to be spoiled for plot developments, like certain Persona 4 sequel fighting games’ trailers do with one of the biggest revelations in Persona 4.

The soundtrack CD is a plain disc in a cardboard sleeve, with Igor’s weird prison guard assistants, Justine and Caroline. Maybe they’ll grow on me, but so far they’re irritating compared with Elizabeth or Margaret. Stupid kids.

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I’m not a fan of steelbook cases, but the Take Your Heart case is striking. It’s the same mix of white, black, and red as the art book, but the shading of the art is just the bare metal, making it look shiny and eye-catching. It’s a good design.

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The Take Your Heart edition comes with two big bonuses beyond the usual collector’s edition additions. There’s a cute plush of Morgana, the game’s blue-eyed black cat mascot, and party member. It’s adorable, and so far Morgana is pretty strong as Persona 5’s version of Teddie.

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The other item is a Shujin Academy book bag. It’s a reproduction of the bag the protagonist uses and carries Morgana around in. It looks close to the game’s bag, but it isn’t a very robust or sturdy accessory. It’s all-nylon, and while it can probably hold up as a gym bag, I wouldn’t stuff it full of big or heavy things. It’s also pretty simple, with only one large pocket, a fairly thin lining, and no padding. It is big enough to hold the box it came in, at least.

The Take Your Heart Premium Edition retailed for $89.99, though I managed to preorder it for about $75. And at those prices, it’s an excellent collector’s edition. There’s no big statue or figure, but for less than $100 it comes with all of the collector’s edition standard items like a soundtrack CD and art book, plus a nice plushie of Morgana and a decent, if not particularly well-made, Shujin Academy book bag. It’s a shame it doesn’t come with any digital content, though; Persona 5 is getting a ridiculous amount of costume DLC over the next month. And as much as I love Persona 4 I don’t want to spend a few bucks just to dress up my characters in Yasogami High School uniforms. Also, Shujin Academy’s uniform is the best of any school in the Persona series. Black blazer and black-and-purple plaid pants.

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