They are working with a new manufacturer, so the test rifle mold was cut to make sure that the manufacturer indeed had the ability to do what they said they could before DFG pulled the trigger on cutting the first mold. It isn't part of the marine mold. The manufacturer also brought in some additional machines to handle the expected volume that DFG will generate, so once the ball gets rolling I expect several box sets in quick succession.
The new manufacturer is something like an hour away from Tony's house, so no ships and no oceans and no customs offices are involved in the supply chain this time.
My sense is that you will have sprue photos by late next week, but I'm not sure. Hopefully the sprue shots will give everybody some more concrete evidence that actual product will be shipping mid January.