As some of my readers will no doubt be informed, Zvezda, a Russian manufacturer of quite excellent 1/72 plastic figures, had recently stopped producing full-size boxes of toy soldiers and concentrates on smaller, multi-part sets instead. These 2-8 figure sets cost way too much compared to the actual contents, by the way.
The side effect is that suddenly all the sets - which there have been a high demand for, I might add - gained the magical value of being Out Of Production, and thus it is no surprise their prices are somewhere at the height of the Jupiter.
Looking about to build an early 18th century Austrian army (to be used with my ImagiNations as well), I checked out Amazon UK, where a box of Zvezda GNW infantry, 40 or so figures, costs over 50 pounds, shipping not included. It's at the level of a 28mm plastic figure per capita, and this prompts me to think about buying a box and begin recasting - might be just more cost effective after all.
(For the sake of clarity, the same set from the US costs less than half, shipping included, it's just the worst example I could find to prove my point that Zvezda are being dumb.)