If you’re anything like me, you have already put a ridiculous number of hours in the first Borderlands and the four month wait until the launch of Borderlands 2 seems impossibly long. Well, that waiting time is about to get even more arduous, because Gearbox Software and 2K Games have just confirmed the details for the two limited edition collectors sets for Borderlands 2. As someone who is very selective and somewhat critical about which special editions are worth purchasing, even I have to admit that these sets look very enticing.

The original Borderlands was released in 2009 as a new IP and it quickly gained a dedicated following that is still actively playing it to this day. No special edition, outside of a “Game of the Year” edition with all the DLC, was released, however the sequel certainly seems to be making up for that. The concept design for the collector’s editions were first revealed earlier this year at PAX East, and now we have official confirmation on what the actual contents will be.

The first collector’s edition announced is the stylish “Deluxe Vault Hunter’s Edition“, which gives you the game plus some very attractive extras thrown in for good measure.

This is the second-tier collector’s edition that includes the game (of course), a hardbound art book titled “Inside The Vault: The Art & Design of Borderlands 2”, digital comic book download, exclusive sticker set, Pandora map and the star attraction: a Markus Kincaid bobblehead statue. There will also be exclusive in-game downloadable content, the specific of which have yet to be disclosed, though we can deduce that they will likely be some rare loot in the form of weapons or armor. The suggested retail price for this edition is $99.99.

As nice as that special edition is, for diehard Borderlands fans who don’t mind spending a few extra quid, the opulent and limited “Ultimate Loot Chest Edition” might be more to their liking.

This monster of a package contains all of the content found in the “Deluxe Vault Hunter’s Edition” and comes in a sizeable replica of the red loot chests that are a familiar sight in the badlands of Pandora.  Content exclusive to this edition includes a cloth Pandora map, a Pandora ID chart, field notes by Sir Hammerlock, lithographic postcards, a collector’s steelbook for the game and a certificate of authenticity. This bad boy will set you back around $149.99.

Along with the two special editions, 2K has announced a special pre-order bonus for Borderlands 2. Those who pre-order the game, be it the standard game or one of the collector’s editions noted above, will be given access to the “Premier Club”. This will allow you access to exclusive content such as the Gearbox Gun Pack, a starter kit of sorts with some choice weapons, and the coveted fifth character class – the Mechromancer. Other items included include the Golden Key, which gives you access to unique loot in the game, and the Vault Hunter’s Relic that helps you acquire better loot. This content will be free for pre-orders and available for purchase as DLC separately.

Both special editions, as well as the regular version, of Borderlands 2 will be released on September 18, 2012 (September 21 worldwide) on the Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC platforms. If you want to read RipTen’s first impressions of Borderlands 2, be sure to check out our hands-on preview to read all about it.