I was just thinking about the cost of this topper. I think $1K is a lot of money and I completely see the rationale that it should be much cheaper. So I looked at some of my other toppers to see how they compare. I recently purchased the MMR Topper ($600). I love it and it completes the machine really well - and looks perfect next to Monster Bash LE. But it is only sculpts and lights. No mechanics and no "extra features" in the game. So, for $600 I purchased a non-mechanical piece of sculpted topper art.
I then looked at my Ghostbusters topper (Stern version). These are sometimes sold on the used market for $800-$1K due to their rarity. It too is just LEDs without any mechanisms.
Then I look at the Elvira topper. It too has sculpts and led lighting. But it also has a mechanical feature (opens lid to reveal backlit Elvira and deadhead image) and potentially more capabilities in the software - something like Jurassic Park??. So, maybe it shouldn't be $1K but I don't think it is the same as a $200 or $400 topper. It is at least as valuable as the MMR topper - and maybe more depending on the "value" of the mechanics and the integration LS does with the software.
Just my 2 cents.