A new post at the ArenaNet blog talks about the process of creating the Rytlock Brimstone statue featured in the Guild Wars 2 Collector’s Edition:
We contacted Happy Worker, specialty toymakers from Canada who have an excellent reputation for working with clients until the end product is perfect, and asked them to produce a Rytlock figurine worthy of Guild Wars 2.
Working from detailed reference art, the craftsman at Happy Worker created a true piece of art that captures the unfettered bad-assness of Rytlock. Through the months-long creative process, ArenaNet artists worked with Happy Worker on numerous iterations of the figurine until it was finally perfect and worthy of you, the player. In the end, we were very happy with the final, hand-painted statue, and we think you will, too!
Update: There’s another post from David Campbell, examining the Making of Guild Wars 2 book in the Collector’s Edition:
Loaded with gorgeous concept art, designs, and screenshots, the Making of Guild Wars 2 is a beautiful book on its own, but we’ve also packed each page with fascinating details about the evolution of the game from an ambitious dream to the final product. Brady Games author Doug Walsh interviewed ArenaNet staffers from every discipline to create the story of the creative journey we’ve taken as a company. Whether you’re a hardcore Guild Wars fan, you’re interested in game development, or you just like to look at spectacular art, there’s something between these covers for you – and you can only get it by ordering the Guild Wars 2 Collector’s Edition.