meeotch wrote: It appears to me that Lego's new formula for calculating MSRP here in the states is to multiply the piece count by 10 cents, then round UP to the nearest x9.99, unless there's less than a 2 dollar increase, in which it needs to increase by 7 to 12 bucks. This even applies to the non-licensed themes. Not so with the RFT. That things's still 49.99 for about 570 pieces.
That's a fair parts/price ratio to use, and one I've used for a few years to predict the price points of soon to be released stuff. However, with every rule, there are many exceptions.
I've used examples on both sides, some are much less than .10 per piece, some are more.
Brickbeard's Bounty: 99.99/592 pieces
Soldier's Fort: 49.99/367 pieces
Taj Mahal: 299.99/5200ish pieces
Eiffel Tower: 199.99/3200ish pieces
Death Star: 399.00/3200ish pieces
Medievel Market: 99.99/1601 pieces
AT-OT: 249.99/1700ish pieces
Titanium Command Rig: 99.99/706 pieces
Green Grocer: 149.99/2352 pieces
Disclaimer: The "ish" piece count is solely from memory. All the actual piece counts are accurate, I took them right off the boxes that I can see from my desk. The numbers are telling a story, one that seems to look like LEGO is looking to cash in on their non-licensed themes as they are including less and less elements each year but still driving the cost up.
I know if you plotted them all on a chart, separated the unique elements away from the common ones, you would find which exact elements are driving the costs of each set.
/END senseless analysis.