Quoted from docquest:
It special because in addition to the premium and LE versions it also has: limited to 80 machines worldwide, special embossed metallic "Hyper-Chrome" side art, 4 translites, red cerise pinstripping, unique front panel with back lit bat emblems, upgraded speaker package, bat signal projector mounted to topper, extra toys on playfield, headphone jack and volume control on front of coindoor, and some type of personalized voice message/call from adam west.
Limited to 80 machines - Was promised to be "NO MORE THAN 30," but they more than doubled it without dropping the price. They devalued it in the process. Also, they only limited to 80 so that they could charge more. These were also supposed to be ONLY available to business partners and special buyers that Stern preselected. Oops, they found a way to fleece the public and ran with it.
Theme - We've never had to pay insane extra amounts of money for that before.
"Hyper-chrome" side art - Buzzword for a print process
4 translites - Nice touch, sure. But they're translites...this is supposed to be SUPER SPECIAL. Why not glass?
Pinstripping - Again, buzzword for a print process.
Front panel with back lit bat emblems - Pretty ordinary, to be honest
Upgraded speaker package - Standard upgrade in upper models
Bat signal mounted topper - It's a flashlight in a plastic shell
Extra toys - Off the shelf $5 toys at Toys R Us (literally, not an exaggeration)
Headphone jack - An inexpensive upgrade a 3rd party has already been doing better
Voice mail message - Uh, ok!
Justifying the price on this just sucks. Seriously, giving Stern and JJP a pass for what they're doing with their asking prices is just asking for them to continue doing it. All this price jacking is being done arbitrarily. Ok, so the SLE is only 80 machines, so you can use that list above to make yourself feel better about it, I guess. But what about the premium (which is totally a pro)? There's no valid defense for that price increase. It's not limited to any number, there's nothing unique, and it has LESS features than a premium typically has. It's a stripped down premium selling for LE money. Total joke.
Buy the game, whatever. I don't care if people decide to buy the game. But to come here and say "we're lucky" or that this is the "best possible way" to buy a pinball machine is doing a disservice to future of pinball. If this continues, it's bad, bad, bad.
If they had pulled this with Ghostbusters, I wouldn't have one sitting behind me right now. There has to be some limits placed on how far Stern can just abuse their buyers. I hope people enjoy their games, because man, they're paying a silly markup on this one.