Do you remember how I said that it was awesome to watch the symphony of EVE Music and that I thought they should put it on a CD? Well, they are. Along with a bunch of other things that were much requested by players. It doesn't include a download of the game's software, because simply downloading it doesn't cost anything but a subscription fee. It costs $149.99 US or 149.99€ (which, if you do the conversion, is actually a lot more than 150 USD) and can be bought from the EVE Online store directly, or bought from Amazon. Lets face it though, if you're spending 150-200 dollars on EVE, you probably already have a copy of the game and a subscription, right? If you don't, you should go fix that right now. I'll wait for you, don't worry.
Should you buy it? Well, it has a lot of memorabilia from EVE itself, and some interesting items that ship with it, including a 190 page hardcover book detailing EVE's history thus far, along with full art illustrations and the game that CCP made before EVE Online. It's called Danger Game and it's a board game, this was the product they produced in order to fund EVE Online's development. It sold 10,000 copies or so in Iceland, which for a comparable number would be like something selling a couple million copies in the United States.
Danger Game itself comes in a durable commemorative tin box. From those that I've talked to, Danger Game is actually very popular in Iceland. Finally, it comes with a model Rifter that also functions as a four port USB hub with USB slots where the Rifter's engines would normally be. That in itself is awesome.
The Collector's Edition also includes a bunch of in-game items, including a 5-run BPC of the Gnosis battlecruiser (I was wrong then, apparently, when I said the Gnosis was going to be one-off in my Fanfest recap), limited edition clothing for both male and female pod pilots and a couple of ship hulls. Depending on when you buy, you can potentially get two ship hulls that have never been published before: A Tash-Murkon family Magnate frigate and a Nefantar Thrasher-class destroyer. Note that the Nefantar destroyer is available only for pre-orders. There is also a "time capsule" full of in-game items paying tribute to EVE Online's history, its lore, memes that have come out of it and various other notable events. Along with the rest of it, you get a vanity golden pod. For those that like Dust, there are some other things which I'm not going to list here. You can find that list on the product pages.
So, should you buy it? I have. I will leave it at that, and simply say that based on the above, I like what I see enough to still support CCP, despite sometimes disliking their choices. Final note, it ships in October of this year.