It does look a little matte, but hopefully Ryan will post more info here and maybe some more background. I miss his build logs ever since he took up these licensed projects!
I imagine they’d have to mass produce a huge number (with different methods) to get the price down. Roddenberry is probably not the company to do that with. I just hope that all the information that was learned through this doesn’t stay proprietary forever. I can imagine some kits being made that are done in the same manner as the real props (fiberglass shells). That could bring the price down and open it up to a larger customer base (well, larger than 100!).
Also, is this the end of the Desk Set? Because you can keep going with a Bodum mug set, styluses, PADDs, that tray with the decanter and glasses, etc.