I haven't played in a year. I heard about the onyx panther and looked it up. I thought this was perfect for my wizard that I had been playing before I went off to play other games.
I was ready to put down 80$ for the collectors edition plus restore my VIP subscription. Then I realized that the collectors edition is no longer available. So I ended up buying Guild Wars 2 instead.
If Turbine ever makes the Onyx Panther available again I will happily pay $30+ for it and I will resume my VIP subscription. It is the coolest item I have seen offered in this game. I just wish I had known about it when it was available.