Lionel used to have a long standing practice of getting pre-production samples of every product. Having been a TTOS division board member or present for many BOD meetings from the early 2000s to about 2011, I have seen many Lionel pre-production samples and artwork for club cars. I even own some of them. They always provided a physical car for approval before proceeding with the production run. Not sure if they still do this with club cars these days. I’m fairly certain the same practice was followed with regular production items as well. I wonder when and why they stopped this practice?