The pistol should either be a pure collectible, in a nice wooden display case with a glass top lid and velvet interior. Modeled exactly like a Generation 1 P99.
OR a usable tool, in which case the challenge coin and "Final Edition" marking on the slide are pointless. Though I understand this is something that Walther has set a precedent for in the past.
As it stands, all of these First Edition and Final Edition handguns are in a gray area, so to speak. It's a quasi-collectible package, but they just feel a little half assed.
I agree with you to a point. I'm speaking only for myself here, but I have a hard time seeing any polymer pistol as a collector's piece. I'm sure others will completely disagree, and I can respect that.
The purpose of polymer pistols, to me, is for a lighter weight pistol that is (for the manufacturer) cheaper to mass produce in order for the pistol to be (for the end user) easier to carry and (for the manufacturer) easier to win agency contracts or get sales with. This goes beyond anything I would consider to be collectible for any reasonable length of time. For that matter, I never saw the purpose of the P99 LaChasse or the HMSS P99 either. But, I'm not a collector, and I see pistols the same way I see tools in a toolbox. If I were to purchase one of these Final Edition pistols, the only purpose I would see these pistols fulfilling, would be a carry gun or home defense gun. It would be like gold plating a Toyota Tercel. I understand that there is a purpose for a product that serves a purpose that is mass produced, but "beautifying" it does nothing for me, and especially not if the price goes up.
If I wanted a P99, and I wanted one that was new, I would have no problem purchasing one of these, even for the increase in price, but my only point here is that the "extras" included with the Final Edition pistols hold no appeal to me. Unless I'm buying one these to actually use, in the way that the original P99 pistols were meant to be used, I don't see the point. Feel free to disagree.