Quoted from Rarehero:
You feel? LOTR was one of their highest selling games until AC/DC. Guesstimates of how many LOTRs were made are 6000+ They made about 1000 Iron Mans initially...that's why the game was in demand & why the VE was done. Operators & collectors wanted it. Some collectors are crying for a NIB LOTR cuz they just want NIB anything...but is the demand REALLY there? It's doubtful that operators want LOTR again....they already have/had tons. Maybe 100-200 people would put their money where their mouth is, and that's being generous. Stern won't put it back in production with those numbers.
Ahhh, but convert to SAM with high quality sound and slap on metallic decals and those demand numbers shoot up to at least 1000. You even said yourself you couldn't resist those upgrades at one point! Convert code, redo sound, color DMD...easier than making Mustang from scratch and quadruple the sales!!!