But looking at it another way if they did, say, 1,000
I wonder if this one might even be as low as their magic 512 (or whatever it is).
It certainly will represent a lot of turnover for the company for a single item - very much a lot of eggs in one basket. (As a six car unit, even 500 is a total of 3,000 units to manufacture and sell.) We and they know that the product itself is a winner. So long as the demand is there for this premium item it will work out for them.
At least they made the right livery choice.
This will really test the depth of the N gauge market as well. We've seen a lot of interest in N gauge fixed formation trains in the last 12 months and there seems to be a higher percentage of contemporary modellers in N gauge than 00. Will they spring for this too?