I think it is an innovative design, and if it proves to be safe, accurate, and durable, they will make a huge profit from it. That is good for the gun industry and gun owners, in general, even if it is not your particular 'cup of tea.' The general good health and success of American gun manufacturers is important during these times of governmental assault on the second amendment.
My personal opinion on the way it looks, and being made of less substantial materials than the Rugers of the past, is that I don't care. If it will shoot +P 124 grain Gold Dots accurately at 7 yards, and fit in my blue jean pockets without being a dead give-away, it is superior to the LCP I carry frequently now, and most other pocket guns. It is just a tool to be used to get away from bad guys, or make them run away from you, anyway...definitely not a showpiece or a range gun.
I won't be in the market for one, but I appreciate the innovation.
Obviously in competition with Smith's scandium revolvers, I don't see it doing that well with a MSRP of $525, $700 something with the lasergrips. For that money I could get an all metal Smith chambered in something larger than 38 special +P.
A plastic and aluminum 38 special revolver needs to be priced much lower I think.
It will certainly not replace my S&W Model 60 of twenty two years vintage. Nor will it replace my S&W Airlite T of nine years vintage. I am a real Ruger fan but I'm just not sure about the LCR. Perhaps the thought of a part-plastic revolver is just too revolting?