Get the GS-1 Pilot. It is a unique model and probably will not be made again whereas the more common GS versions are bount to be rerun in a couple of years. You can always buy the cars that are in the set at some point.
I appreciate your suggestion. I guess I was looking at what's the most bang for my buck, but you make a very good point that I can always complete the set at a later time while getting a very unique piece. I think that's the route I will take, thanks.
Considering every one of the cars is an operating car of some sort (and 2 of them being Vision cars - which are normally sold in 3 packs, if offered at all), I would not think the odds of those cars becoming available for separate sale so as to "build a set" yourself later would be easy to do.
I'm missing something in the logic that suggests it would be easy to pick up these cars later vs. anything else that is BTO.
I think you're right, Dave. First, there won't be all that many of these sets made. Second, it's a set, and that's what people will be buying it for, and it's unlikely anyone buying the set will have any intention to split off the cars. Actually, I'd think it would be easier to find the GS-1 pilot later, than the cars from the set.
The only real possibility for someone wanting the cars is that Lionel may offer somewhat similar ones at a later time for separate sale, but the actual cars from the set would be extremely hard to come by, IMO. However, even if similar cars were offered in the future, it's highly unlikely they would have the special features these set cars do.