I got mine, working on installing it now. I'm very impressed with the quality. The core is very nice. Cast endtanks, high density fins on the ambient and charge air side, great welds. So far the only thing I can say negative is they still didn't include the 2.75 to 2.5" reducer, and the two weld joints on the IC piping aren't really pretty. The rest is nice. They even include a grommet to put around the passenger fendor where the IC pipe passing through so the piping doesn't get scratched up.
I got one box with two smaller boxes inside. They were packaged extremely well. Lots of packaging, all the piping was wrapped in bubble.
As for the old thread, it got locked because someone was trying to run a groupbuy that was not a vendor. Those are the rules, I think they acted fairly. Anyway, the thread was turning to crap because some people couldn't just hit the "new thread" button and instead spammed and confused everyone with information on some other kit.
So far install isn't bad. Had to cut the lower bracket that holds the stock coolant overflow tank (part of the radiator fan plastic bracketing), had to bore out the holes on my MAF to make it fit because the MAF piece that comes with the kit has the holes too far apart. Had to cut some plastic under the battery to allow the piping to go through. Nothing more than 5 minutes with a Dremel. Definitely not complaining. I don't think that any of that is worse than any other $1000+ kit. I paid $425, shipped, and got it 3 days later via Fedex ground.
All my pics are here:
I'll post a nicer writeup once I finish it, probably tomorrow.
My core does not have anything painted on it, but it does appear to be the same "XS Power" core the earlier buyers received.