Just throwing it out there... I got 1,600+ coins (with over 2,000 in vouchers laying around) and I just can't justify the statue. I am sure there are people who can or will buy it just because it's unique, but I don't think the statue will appeal to many beyond "hey, it's something not completely awful to buy", which was a common statement with the 3DS XL cradle.
Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't pay 1500 coins for it (mainly because I love the digital games they started and never have enough anyways), and I know why it wouldn't be worth it, but a statue is better than just letting the coins go to waste.
That seems to be a common trait with coin hoarders who won't incessantly stalk the CN site / this thread. They have the coins to spend, but things just sell out too fast for them to get to it. The Zelda posters sold out in what, less than an hour (*EDIT* Actually it took about a day, the 3DS XL chargers sold out in that time frame is what I was thinking about)? That is a pretty basic item but it still sold out fast because it was only a 500 price tag that most could easily swing.
Last year we saw the Kirby medal, which was one of the coolest items offered in the US. The medal was small, but looked amazing and is pretty heavy. This coin was LE 1,000 (took like 8 hours to sell out too) and was only 600 coins. I would be ALL OVER the Luigi statue for 600 coins, consider it for 800, but 1,500 is excessive.
800-1000 coins would be more reasonable given the typical coin vs. value ratio, but I think CN is trying to see how high they can go on these limited items. There are just too many coins out there that they need to either lower the coins earned per survey or increase the price on the premium items. I'd rather them do the latter and still keep the digital games at the same value.
The Kirby medal is the only thing I regret not picking up, I had the coins to spend, just thought I should wait to see what came up next. I can bet that if it was released today, it definitely wouldn't last 8 hours this time.