And inside this mysterious box, what do you find?
You get the three seasons of Sherlock in 3 separate DVDs, a Sherlock notebook to write down your ‘deductions’, a copy of the “A Study in Pink” script, with printed signatures from Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss, Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman on the cover, plus a letter from Mrs. Hudson addressed to you.
And the clever little drawer with the script and the letter. Took me a few minutes to discover that, I’ll be honest.
This box has the epic denomination of Sherlock Series 1-3: Limited Edition Collector’s Box Set, and it’s a BBC Shop exclusive. They had a Blue-Ray version, but it’s no longer available. You can still buy the DVD version, like mine, here. This box cost me £62.99 plus £4.50 in postage and packaging. Translated for the Continent this meant the eye-watering amount of 82€. Ouch. Even the most ardent Sherlock fan will find that hard to swallow.
But that’s not the point, is it? The point is, is it worth it?
And the answer is: it depends.
Let’s do some maths. The complete Sherlock series is going for 20 quid on Amazon UK right now (but if you buy the separate DVDs it’ll set you back £17). A similar Sherlock notebook (on the BBC Shop no less) sells for £13.99. So I’m missing around £30 give or take a pound. For a, not-really-autographed, but with some mistakes, script? And a letter some PR flunkie wrote? Sorry, I was not impressed. Oh, but I forgot… you have to pay for the mysterious box itself, don’t you?
All in all, the contents and packaging of this collector’s box are all well made and high quality, and a wonderful gift for any Sherlock fan. But for me who already had the DVDs, and had to pay for postage and currency conversion, this box came with a high price indeed.
But you might think it’s worth it. Go for it. Or maybe take advantage of some promo codes or discounts if you really, really want a copy of the script and a box, and don’t already have the DVDs? It is, after all, a lovely, glossy, little box.