Bates Motel is one of those shows which is hard not to watch once you’ve seen it. The story of how creepy Norman Bates became who he was in Psycho features some great story lines and acting by a talented cast. The jaw dropping Season 4 finale wasn’t the end, either. Now with the 5th and final season coming this spring, it will be interesting to see how this tragic tale plays out now that many of the main cast have moved away or been killed off. It has also been announced that Rihanna will be a new regular on the series.
About one year ago, I reviewed Breygent’s Bates Motel Season 1—the gang at Breygent Marketing did a great job in presenting the first season with a hit loaded product. If readers will recall, there were eight hits per box (and in my first box, I actually got nine hits). Now, Bates Motel Season 2 has been released and once again, each small factory box comes laden with eight hits. The difference this time is a lower selling price.
My box came from Sci Fi Cards in sunny Arizona. It comes in the small factory box format Breygent has often used in the past, and I must say, I do like this format. It eliminates extra base cards piling up and you get exactly what is promised on the box. The base set is wrapped in cello and the small stack of hits and chase cards, which are variable, are loose in the box.
You receive 72 base cards, one parallel card, two of each of the chase subset cards, and eight hits, which can include Props, Costumes, Autographs or Autographed Costume cards. My box included two Costumes, two Autographed Costumes and four Autographs.
The base set is very nice again, it starts out with a nine-card character subset, and then each of the 10 episodes is covered in six or seven cards. One thing they did differently this time is to make each episode’s cards with a different design on the back, a nice touch to help collectors keep track of each episode. The parallel card has a nice holofoil stamping on the front.
As mentioned there are three chase subsets, each with nine cards. The Bates Property set takes a look at, well, Bate’s property. I got the house and the motel, no idea what else is in this subset. Norma and Norman’s Love/Hate Relationship features the often strained relationship these two have for each other. Rest in Peace looks back at some of those who didn’t survive the season (only nine?). Once again, all the chase cards have an attractive spot varnish finish to them.
Costume cards are available in dual, three-piece and four-piece versions. All of mine were single. Each costume, including the signed ones has a photo of the intact clothing item on the back. I particularly liked the colorful dress swatch worn by Vera Farmiga as Norma Bates. Many of the signed costumes and autographs have inscriptions or symbols on them, my signed Kenny Johnson as Caleb (Norma’s brother) costume has a heart on it, and the Michael Eklund as Zane has a peace symbol.
I have several autographs from the first set, as well as the Comic-Con releases, and the one main cast member I was missing was Norman himself, played by Freddie Highmore. His auto was in my box, so I was very pleased with that. Autos are signed in black, red and green ink. Some of the actors have written inscriptions on the autograph cards too, Nestor Carbonell as Sheriff Romero has really had a lot of fun with these but I did not get one of his this time.
Breygent Marketing has delivered a great product that will appeal to viewers of this quirky series, and at a reasonable cost to collectors. Well worth a look, and watch for the final season of this show on A & E beginning in March. Happy collecting!