Let's get real here. Forge World isn't really GW. There more like a small subset and they're not targeting the vast majority of gamers. Forge World make specialist models for a very small niche market. They are not even trying to aim for mass market appeal. They really couldn't care less. Just look at the "standard" forge world models. They are all prohibitively expensive. The Manta was never gonna be cheap. Just look at the Orca.
Now as for the "GW are wasting their time we could have got a new tank/model/shiny gubbin' instead" argument. If your a Tau gamer (which I'm assuming you are
) Then you're being incredibly selfish as we have the lion's share of FW models. I'd say it's only the IG who come even remotely close to having the same number of FW models. With all those Battlesuits/Turrets/Tanks/Aircraft/Drones/Equipment that you can already buy as a Tau gamer I don't think we have anything to complain about. In fact if anything we should be incredibly grateful that FW have carried this project through. It's an awesome testament to the skill and dedication of the FW staff.
Oh and even if you not talking about us getting another new FW model... hello. New Codex?!
A lot of people are still unhappy (mostly Eldar players methinks) that we got a new codex and new models out of the presumed order of things. So again we have little to complain about. Oh and finally how many of us even own every single GW Tau model let alone all their expansive FW collection? Very few I'd guess, so please can we stop whinging. We knew they were making this. We knew it was gonna be expensive. We knew it'd be the most expensive FW model ever and if anything we should all
be good enough to congratulate them. By the sounds of it the creation of this model was something of a personal crusade for it's designer and it looks like a dream was realised in resin.
Congratulations Forge World and keep up the good work. I look forward to you guys shattering the boundaries of my expectations again.