Just after Blizzcon last year, I decided that it would be really neat to have a Figure Print of Leiandra, my mage that I've used since I first started playing Wow back in June of 2005. I signed up for the lottery, and just last month, I won. But with it being Christmas and all, I couldn't justify spending the $125 when there's so many other things that I want/need to buy. Plus, December was kind of an odd time in "Leiandra's Life" (the toon, not me), since she was going through gear changes as she was approaching 80. And I didn't really want to have to make guildies go back to old instances just so I could complete a set to look cool.
Besides, I figured I could always enter the lottery again, and win the spot a second time in the future.
Well, Blizzard's Official World of Warcraft site has just announced that Figure Prints' production has finally caught up with demand (or maybe it's yet another sign of our weak economy), and you can now order a Figure Print without the lottery system. It'll still take at least a month for you to get your character, but that's better than waiting to win their lottery, and then waiting the month. So, when I finally decide that I can part with the$130 or so to have an out of game version of Leiandra, I no longer have to wait for it.
Now... if I can just get her posed on the Griffon like I saw at Blizzcon.