I know it got lost in the mix here but seriously, how hard would it be to use Kickstarter for next year? Put it out there and let people "preorder" before production starts. Then, if they get enough preorders they could even conceivably lower the price or include some extras they didn't know they'd have the money for. If you want to buy a dozen, pay for a dozen and you're not taking orders away from those of us who just want one for our collection.
That is not a good idea. Let me tell you why.
First of all, FP shouldn't have to. The only thing wrong with their current setup is that it's antiquated. Kickstarter is for folks who otherwise have trouble raising money. That's not FP's problem. The problem is their website.
Second, just like Paypal, Kickstarter takes a sizeable portion. And then what's left gets sent into Amazon, and from there hopefully into your bank. This process takes a while. We're talking about adding another few months into the process. And then at the end of the year, you get taxed on the amount you raise as separate income. It's not a pretty process.
It's just really inelegant. It'd be many times worse than what we have to deal with now.
It's a good option for a guy like me who has to do this once a year and doesn't have the means to do it otherwise. FP does have the means. They have a staff. They have a very popular license. (They also have a license for G.I. Joe, har har.) If I could do things the way they do them, I'd do them that way.
But, you know, on better software.