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I once had a missing sword in my cmf elf lady, only time it's happened, but fortunately not exclusive to that fig so easy enough to replace from my collection.
I'm kind of surprised that Lego doesn't have the cmf bags sorted in their inventory/warehouse. Last time I ordered 20 of the Lego Movie 2 cmfs and I received a complete set plus 4 obvious doubles. I thought they had given me a set on purpose but maybe I just got lucky.
It does of course depend on what people want to use it for. Some people collect one of each CMF, and in that sense, it is no better or worse than any other. Being a 5x means there would be an excess if everyone collected one of each only. For some people, they will want a female diver for someone that is a female and a diver, and in that case, this figure is perfect.
For people that build MOCs, as noted, there are already a number of divers / wetsuit wearers, both male and female. Plus, it is not really an "army builder", where people get multiples of the same figure. Uniformity can be important for soldiers or similar characters but not so much here. Having a range of wetsuit prints would make a team of divers look more natural. In contrast, the turtle is an army builder so I expect a number of people will buy multiples just for the turtles, remove the turtle to keep, and then sell off the excess figures. Plus it is realistic colouring. Unlike past turtles, this one doesn't have the cute features and colours common in Friends animals, so demand will be high. You only need to look at prices on BL to see that many sellers price the turtle above the price of the complete figure.
Another lesser problem is that the torso print is female, which rules it out from being used for both male and female figures, whereas similar male ones (so long as they are not macho ones with loads of muscles and so on) can be used for females. This again cuts down a little on reusability and hence demand and also price. In contrast, the legs could be used for both male and female, so it wouldn't surprise me if the legs end up being more valuable than the torso on bricklink - just down to demand from reusability.
That is definitely good to know as LEGO CS's policy in the past was that they were random so they could only provide a pack of a random figure, so Im glad they got you hooked up with the torso!