Thanks for the videos. The topper is nice looking, but I'm usually so busy playing I barely have time to look up at the video scoreboard. The raven and the clock are mostly eye candy to allow for a boosted up price. I think.
Stern could sell me a broken one to use as a static display topper. For less money. And I would be perfectly happy. But for this level money I am going to pass.
Sad part is the returns will not be economical for Stern to repair, IMO. My guess is the returns will have a meeting with a sledge hammer.
My dad owned a Ford auto dealership back in the 50s. After he sold out, and several years later, he told me that you never wanted to buy the first 200 cars coming off of the line; It would be a new model of car with new parts and it would take the line workers a few cars to get warmed up and understand how to put the car together.
And I saw this first hand on the assembly line of a brand new airplane the company I worked for was starting to sell. The first 20 plane down the line had to have all types of fixes and repairs because we, assembly line workers, and engineers had to learn how to build it.
That said, my LE is number 380 off of Stern's line and other than one small glitch, I have no complaints at all with how it was put together. A couple of wires under the play field were mis-routed. All cab decals are nice and straight. Nothing is falling off and landing on the floor of the cab.
So, maybe everybody needs to hold off and let Stern get some religion on how to build these toppers before they start shipping them.
Does anybody know if Stern is building these toppers in the USA or is some contract manufacturer in China putting these together?