Matt, in my opinion, I think the success of a collector’s Plasma Bug would come down to timing, making them widely available, and NOT making them any different. Stats-wise, from the regular version of the model.
re: timing, as I review the current SST release schedule, my list of “MUST-HAVE” models is likely to out-pace my gaming budget in coming months. Out-pacing my budget won’t stop me from adding a few more here and there because I am desperate to get my armies rounded out the way I want them to be. But I don’t think I’m alone when I say it would be tough, at this stage in the game, to justify a collector’s version of model I’ll likely have already. I think we need gamers need some time to get our armies rounded out more before enough people will be willing to pony up for collector’s versions of models.
re: availability and stats… I am a battered veteran of what I call the great Wizkids debacle. When they started releasing limited edition, stat-tacular models of the week, the demand for these LE’s (ugh…can barely type the letters) fueled a passion for many a Wizkids game. That passion ran hot but burned out quickly and I blame insane prices in the after-market for the LEs that gave you an edge over everybody else. An arms race was unwittingly kicked off and players found themselves in a position where he who had more LEs won more LEs. And, as the LEs got more powerful, the games became broken.
I think you know all this already but I just can't stress this enough! If you decide to make collector’s editions, please please please make them widely available for sale…and for the love of Pete, Paul, Ringo, and George, PLEASE don’t make’em any different, stats-wise, than the “regular” version. I love this game too much to see what happened to some of Wizkids’ marquee games happen to SST.