Emperor James wrote:i made a perfectly valid point: the fact that one of the few people willing to buy this set wants it for the relatively obscure tiles it contains shows that the set has an extremely limited target audience. nobody cares about your countrys currency.
Lego designed this set for a purpose. And I was quite suprised somebody was interested in the tiles, but it shows that in any set of any size is interest. Marketing of Lego will definately have researched the market for this set and branding it "exclusive" is perfectly in line with this.
This set is meant for people that a) love chess b) love the current theme c) love armies d) love the tiles e) love...
For me, which is a personal opinion: the set looks awesome and although I could afford it, I wont buy it. And that is with everybody, you are entitled to buy or not to buy it, to dream of it or to get it and put it in a dusty corner of your house.
Selling figures will indicate if Lego marketing was right by bringing this set, but seeing most response for this "exclusive" set (where you dont expect high selling numbers, but to satisfy the true lovers of the theme) I think they are allright.