I've never had a problem with the chase figures or exclusives really. This is a small, niche market product aimed at Japan/Hong Kong, not a Hasbro let's sell billions kind of product. It's been harder to get from the start, so remaining that way is fine with me.
As for the chase figures, I'm no longer a big fan of them from any line, but at least I can appreciate the way Medicom does it with blind packaging so as long as you're buying something sealed, you have a shot. These are meant to be bought singly in stores and hopefully stores don't document the openings the way they get done on this board, so if you're Joe average consumer in Japan, you've got a shot. This as opposed to Hasbro's approach of making the stuff damn near glow in the dark so the ebay crowd knows precisely what to pick up.
I like having the high priced stuff, it sets my collection apart from the average Kubrick collection.