I'm curious... How'd you put this together? Did you just call Matsui and get the deets and have J5 put together the design?
You think you'll have any trouble getting to 10,000 chips?
Another CTer (Josh) did all the work in the beginning (contacting Matsui, negotiating minimums and price, etc.) and then I took over since he was going to be away for 2+ weeks for work. But basically yes, it was as "simple" as contacting Matsui, having J5 do the artwork, and seeing if there was enough interest to meet the 10,000 chips.
It's been a struggle at times (that might be a vast understatement really...) dealing with the Matsui rep due to the language barrier but we've been able to sort out everything in the end.
I'm cautiously optimistic that we'll get to 10,000. We're at 2600+ at the moment. It sounds like a lot of folks are just trying to figure out what they want before ordering....you know:
40mm low denoms w/ 43mm high denoms
glitter / non-glitter (glitter ftw, imo
Unfortunately there are still a lot of variables as far as final cost/chip is concerned which I think it causing a lot more commotion than it should but I understand where people are coming from. For example, I won't know the exact shipping cost from Matsui to me until we figure out exactly how many chips are in the order. Also, I won't know exactly how much the artwork fee is going to be until we figure out exactly how many glitter-ized and non-glitter-ized chips are in the order (there's a separate cost for each).
Hope that helps