Quoted from rai:
Taking a step back now that the NW show has come and gone, did anyone think that pin was anything special? I Mean if we're on a scale from 1-10 and at the 9 (very good) end we'd say MMR, TAF, maybe AcDc premium. Did the game at the NW show (I know it was beta) but did it look to be above a 6-7? I mean it's trying to justify $16k which today can buy you a brand new car. So did anyone see a pin worth combined price of MMR and Met LE?
To me it looked so-so at best, and horrible at worst.
So I'm trying to figure what took John so long to come up with just a so-so pin, I mean if he had shown that after 4 months ok, but 4 years I'd expect somethig to really wow me. The extra long gestation kind of built up in my mind somethig that would be otherworldly like an alien artifact.
Lots of magnets. Well, if they had been installed, and the toy that used them built.
There are lots of small, cool innovations, like how the LED lighting works with the plastics, and all the custom bits and bobs. Lots of tinkering, and much of it unnecessary when off the shelf alternatives existed. But to be so incomplete after 4 years is remarkable e.g. no ramps (until they were produced last minute as an emergency).
In one of the videos John said he was working 20 hours a day, 7 days a week. Well, he just lied a lot, didn't he?
To pay himself that $90k p.a. salary says it all (plus all the business expenses/deductions). Not a real, viable business. Just a well paid vanity arts and craft project at best, and ponzi scheme at worst. With the pre-order money cashflow giving him the illusion of success. With this ponzi approach, even if MG had worked, the plan would have been blown by RAZA. It was doomed to failure. He seemed to have been after a big score, like the KISS licence, or investor buyout, or rich patron fan. And it failed, as has been said. Now, with the running away from the Internet and silence, he seems unable to face the issues he created, and so has to be dragged kicking and screaming to court. Very sad, but at this point I can't feel sympathy for him, although I don't wish him ill. I just want a fair outcome, a modicum of justice, and a sense of closure.
And I honestly had thought all the artwork was his until late in the day!