Thank you for posting. I simply passed on what I was informed. Eiichi was not planning on making more ... and this was even before the Hagi SO.
The ROCKS as part of the SO were a special limited run, they were also fully pinch/carve work pieces ... this was the first time Eiichi made Rocks via full pinch/carving. The pieces you now see on Mago are first wheeled. This might seem like a small point, but it is significant.
After Mago received the pieces, he informed me of the price which was HIGHER than the 85 USD!!!
Please read my intro posts to the actual ROCK SO topic.
Had the Hagi SO been wheeled first, then carved, the price would have been lower. If you read my intro posts, this is mentioned in there somewhere. Eiichi did us a surprise service by making them extra special!
Also, I can tell you, even the wheeled Rocks sold before the Hagi SO were selling for 80 to over 100 USD. Thus the market value for a fully pinched/carved ROCK would be even higher. And the starting bid price of the new ROCKs is 75, but Mago surely wants more than this. However he has lost 25 buyers through this Hagi SO.
It is also quite common to see Hagi SO pieces that were at the time fully inovative and cutting edge to suddenly start popping up after the SO. We do not hold license for these, and an artist can suddenly decide to make something that we create for an SO ... although I do discourage the practice for this very reason.
I can show you easily 7 instances were this has occurred.
At any rate, there was no attempt to deceive. I was as surprised as anyone to see the ROCKS, and actually even considered buying one.