I am sorry but I don't see it the same as you.
Maybe I should rephrase the situation at hand. Please show me one company that has successfully manufactured a pinball machine in 6 months. It does not even matter if you have the code worked out and a parts list already set aside and the design done.... It still takes a TON of work to make a pinball machine and get full production running.
You guys have done nothing more than drop down 1k on a currently imaginary game that you really have NO idea on when you will get it. Plenty of other examples of this not going well (Wayno) or taking way longer than planned (JJP). How is PPS any different? He obviously needed all of you to bankroll the project otherwise he would have just put out a preorder list to get a feeler.
Keep in mind that it also seem the MMRs are actually completely reworked with new board sets, new LED light boards, and surely other things that have not come to light. Invariably there will be some production hurdles to overcome.
Until a BUNCH of MMRs actually come off the imaginary production line and people deem them to be similar enough in quality and play to the original MMs, they are NOT the same game and not even in the same category.
Just because 2000 people are silly enough to send PPS a $1000 deposit does not mean the value of a REAL world game drops substantially over night.
Find me a nice MM for 8k and you will prove me wrong. Until then, I would say the lack of them, proves you wrong.