The stock in place is all based on pre orders.
All emails shouldn't take more than a day or so. With a Sig Ed size of 250, and say 25-30% of the regular ed' (estimated) of 2000 thats a total of 800+ emails.
As for the packing and shipping, they can be packing without care of which specific model goes to who. Then, upon clearance of payment (credit cards and paypal should be instant) labels should be printed, then - if they use a courior, they should be shipping out batches several times a day.
It's in their best interest to get these in the hands of the purchasers. So far their reputation on line, is one of delays, and I'm sure that confidence is not something that comes to mind when thinking of these guys. My dad said he sent a 'stroppy' email concerning their delays ! Doh!!
For my part, I think they just undeer estimated the time factor involved. Hot Toys announce new product 9 months to a year ahead of of release date. Taking into account HTs lead time, BC are actally following that patern and it simply takes this ammount of time to get it right.
I am now though, really excited about this addition to my collections.