They were $95 and $100 + shipping on the Kickstarter. Traditionally kickstarter prices are set to encourage people to take a little chance and get in early--it's incentivized pricing.
And no, there wasn't really a way for me to know for sure during the Kickstarter, or even until quite recently, what final costs would be incurred with shipping/importing, customs, packaging, storage, etc. It's a lot, and all things considered, the price hike wasn't crazy.
Sorry if the price got out of your range, but I do believe it's a fairly good price for the size and quality of the toys.
In other news, I've got another Kickstarter you might find quite affordable. You can get 3 sets with that TBBXL money you saved up
Edited by EdGein, 24 April 2019 - 07:39 PM.