Prices don't even surprise me anymore on any tabletop game stuff. This year was my first Gencon, and when I went to the exhibit hall I saw a bunch of stuff I had no idea even existed. Then, I walked by a booth selling stuff for a TCG called Weiss Schwarz, which has sets that are all based off various licensed animes and video games.
Not knowing the draw of the whole thing, I blew $15 on a Kill la Kill "Trial Box", which is basically a starter deck that always contains the same cards. I didn't intend to play it, more to use the cards as part of a display.
The real draw of Weiss Schwarz is that there is a ridiculously small chance to get a foil-stamped card of a character from whatever set you're buying with the signature of the voiceactor from the Japanese run of the anime on it. I pulled a signed Matoi Ryuko (main character of Kill la Kill) out of the box and found out later that they can go for $90 USD. There's actually a UK shop that sells it at something like 56 pounds.
That card is nothing compared to some of the Attack on Titan ones, which can go for upwards of $200 each.
Even stranger is that no one seems to actually play Weiss Schwarz. I actually asked in the TCG hall, and there were zero tables for it.. yet somehow, the Weiss Schwarz booth was totally sold out of everything but the two most popular sets within three hours of opening.
This has led me to the theory that a mysterious, invisible force I have nicknamed "Neckbeardus" exists in this universe, having entered it via a portal from a universe where people actually play Weiss Schwarz. Neckbeardus has one goal: buy all W-S stuff he can find, and then cart it off to his home universe. Legend has it that if you buy a box off W-S and leave it in a locked cabinet long enough, Neckbeardus will find it and when you go to open the cabinet you'll find the box replaced with money. If you put a microphone near the cabinet, it will pick up heavy breathing and talks of "Needing a mint foil Mikasa".
I also have the theory that if Heroclix was ever to launch a joint venture with the company behind Weiss Schwarz, the entire world economy would wind up collapsing as Neckbeardus buys all of the miniatures the moment they appear on the production line, making the production of any goods other than anime miniatures pointless. In the first week, all tabletop games permanently dissolve as they realize they can never possibly keep up with the money coming from Neckbeardus. Within two months, the United Nations is forced to declare any factories producing this theoretical hybrid as disaster zones as the massive amount of money causes buildings to collapse as they can no longer contain the sheer amount of currency inside.
The next year, anime miniatures have become a new one world currency and your company has created a space elevator made entirely of money going directly to Neckbeardus's home dimension to increase sales.
Really, it's a win-win until Neckbeardus runs out of money and the global economy collapses.