I hear you on the one coin stuff.
I had been at one point eyeing the Hakuoki one coin set... but then price jumped Waaaayyyy to high for me...
Way above "one 500(?)yen coin * number_of_figures_in_the_box"?
(those trading figures are supposed to be put in gachapon machines where you insert a coin to get a random item out after all...
A very large chunk of my collection consists of trading figures and prize figures, but AFAIK the only trading figures I have in the "one coin" line are the Escaflowne ones. (damn it, myfigurecollection doesn't have those tagged as "one coin"; need to fix that sometime in the far future...)
It seems that in the last few years for many (trading) figures it's "preorder or make do with sites like eBay, Yahoo auctions etc. and higher prices", which is understandable, since IIRC I read somewhere that they have to sell something like 90-95% of a figure production run to hit the breakeven point, so keeping the production run at the lower side of expected demand instead of still having some left over after years makes more business sense. :-|
My Chibikyun Chara Irisviel von Eizenbern still isn't here.
I guess the snowfall here in Europe has delayed SAL shipments from Japan...