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Widowmaker statue heads up the 'new' Blizzard Collectibles line

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Blizzard has announced a swanky new line of "premium statues, replicas, and artwork" called Blizzard Collectibles, headed up by a 13.5 inch tall statue of the fearsome Overwatch assassin Widowmaker. The line will also include previously-released pieces including statues of Tracer and Reaper, who we checked out previously, plus Warcraft stalwarts Illidan and Grommash Hellscream, and the Hearthstone "Keepsake Box." 

"We tend to go all-in when it comes to representing the things we're passionate about in our work, and that's exactly what we're doing with this new line of high-end statues, replicas, and artwork," Blizzard vice president of global consumer products Matthew Beecher said. "Our goal with Blizzard Collectibles is to produce pieces of art that capture the personality of our games, and we're excited to share these premium items with gamers and collectors worldwide."   

It's primarily an exercise in rebranding—Widowmaker, Reaper, and the rest are still listed among the less-premium Blizzard Gear offerings—but it does make sense, from a marketing standpoint, to set these bits of swag apart. We're not talking about Tracer leggings here: The Widowmaker statue, like the Reaper and Tracer figures, goes for $150, while the Hearthstone box is $225 and Illidan and Grommash are $350 a pop. 

The Blizzard Collectibles Widowmaker statue is available for preorder now at the Blizzard Gear store. Blizzard said that more Collectibles will be announced later this year.   

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.