It's not only the stars. Metal vs plastic apron is actually also not a small deal to some of us.
I am betting that a standard plastic apron is almost 100$ cheaper than the cut out metal one with leds (if not more)
This is a huge cut in cost on the build for Dutch pinball, if true, and more expensive than many other toys. (Pinball Decals charges
ca 475$ for the same kind of aprons for other games just as an example)
They never tell us anything if they do not absolutely need to. They only respond when there is no other choice, because of all the complaining. And when they do it is usually something vague or to show off a cool video. No real information.
Had they been up-front about the apron and explained why they needed to change it, the blow would not have been this big.
In my view, if they change something as expensive and special as the apron they should have been up front about it. Especially to all those who have paid up front for something if we are not getting what we thought we would.
It is not the end of the world but little things quickly adds up.