I was initially kind of ambivalent about the Karate Master. $2 for a fairly plain minifigure didn't seem worth it. But two things brought me around. The first was his award which depicts a tiny statue of a lego dude. That thing is seriously awesome. And the fact that it came with two of them, so I can give another guy an award for something or other, means this set was totally worth plunking down the cash.
The other reason I wanted it? Because it amuses me when Lego depicts Asian characters. And this dude is definately Asian. You can tell because, hey, slanty eyelids.