I agree with everything you said DuffyD, this really will separate the fan base which is something I don't see as a good thing. And it just sucks so much because I also feel that this is possibly the best release yet! I'm just so torn! I really really hope this just a high end line, because if it's a sign of things to come, then I will be forced to quit Authentic Duffy merch. The costumes for me are what it's all about, especially from TDS, so this will be the end for collecting for me. But it will motivate me to make custom outfits. We'll just have to see.
Oh and to the pin, look carefully, it's a bear head's profile. It's hard to tell weather it's a pin or embroidery. If it's a pin, it much be gold plated or something! Haha