I was unable to sleep, actually thinking about this option for International fans last night. The US fans could also mark each parcel as a gift, valued at $5 or something to avoid customs...if they choose to. No pressure.
Still, this would be a GREAT savings for International fans.
The other idea is that the US fan could buy two subs and have them shipped together, divide the shipping costs by 2 and the International fan pays for half of the US shipping, the figure and shipping to their personal address. It's pretty much the same idea as MGM's, but a little cheaper shipping.
EDIT: I forgot to mention, the US friend could ship the items QUARTERLY to save even more money for the International fans. Agent Gibbs figured out that if Mattel would allow quarterly shipments for International fans, it would save them $104 worth handling fees per year. So, if you're avoiding customs fees too, the savings just keeps getting larger and larger. I really, really think partnering up with a US friend/fan is the best way for International folks to get the figures at more reasonable and manageable prices. We just need to find people in the US that would be willing to partner up!