NISA doesn't have the budget to order new things to be created for their LEs. They usually just get leftovers from Japan to package. If the Japanese LE did not contain a figure
, there's no way the Western LE would. The Witch and the Hundred Knight Japanese LE had the nendo
, which is how we got it in the Western LE.
I understand this may be the situation, still I don't see the beanie in the Japanese one, so it's not actually a left over, and a 2CD Soundtrack already exists. Anyway, what makes it hard for me to justify the price is the fact that we don't know the length of the artbook or the soundtrack (it obviously isn't complete). With the description they give, I don't want to pay for the LE and end up with a 15 page booklet (not artbook) and a 10 track sample CD.
Also, Houk says:
Houk wrote:we've had multiple LE tiers in the past and it really doesn't work out all that well.
I don't think it's the tier system that doesn't work, it's the choices of the items they include. The same happened with Mugen Souls. Who thought a hand towel and sponge was a good added bonus?
I didn't see a problem with the multiple tiers of Disgaea 3 or 4. They were great additions. If I wanted everything I would go for the top tier (which I did), if not the other one still had good bonuses. But with MS1, I didn't see a reason to pay for things I wouldn't want or use, and those things were in both tiers, so I ended not getting any of them.
Anyway, this is just my opinion.