Quoted from PinStalker:
I know the feeling..... and Stern has such a hard-on for Bond at the moment, I almost expect them to say "Oh yeah.... demand for Bond is so high we are bumping EHOH to Oct....." Except Bond has no demand. What a pickle for them. They assumed it was going to be this giant hit and everyone is like "This game is OLD, where is the next one?". Stern has had 5 months almost exclusively with Bond, why isn't Bond production OVER already?
They really need to get back to three releases a year (or more). Two a year is like they are regressing to JJP levels.
I haven't heard a thing from my distro since they emailed and said "we think you are getting an EHOH..... IF Stern actually ships us the numbers they allocated to us". It'd be nice to have some follow-up.... but I know they probably have told me everything.
Oh I do have a question: This is my 1st game (WOO HOOO!!!)..... what happens when they ship you the game? Do they just drop it off on your driveway? Or will they wheel it into your garage (or somewhere else)? I know I need to buy a dolly or something..... will I need to race out there and move it from the truck or is it a little easier than that? I know it's on a pallet, but I'm alone. How to get it off the pallet and onto the dolly.... the things you learn. HA!!!
No demand for Bond is probably because the code is rubbish right now. If it gets better, like EHOH did, the demand could grow. Though I wouldn't count on it. IMO, Lyman > Lonnie.
I think they recently pushed back the 60th Bond builds, as they have Godzilla on the line now. They've shown, if they're against the clock, EHOH is the first to get pushed back. So hopefully that isn't the case again.
As far as them getting back to three releases a year. I disagree. They have a lot of back orders for games they already spent the money to create and tool. Why spend all that upfront cost making new games when you have enough people on waitlists for older titles. If the demand lessens due to the economy, then they'll likely ramp back up to three or more games a year. As they'll need fresh games to keep up a lessening demand.
What happens when you get the game depends entirely on who you ordered it from. If it's a local distributor, they'll likely move it to your desired spot, help you set it up, and do some initial testing for you. If it's from a larger place, they'll likely just pay fedex for driveway drop off. From my experience, driveway drop off typically means they'll wheel it into the garage for you. Though my garage is pretty close to the top of the driveway, so don't take this as gospel. To get it off the pallet, you can just wiggle the game back and forth until you're off the pallet. They're heavy, but not unmovable. I'm an unfit skinny dude and haven't run into issues, but it's always a good idea to have a friend there if possible.