Thanks for the run down of the contents. That definitely looks to be a significant improvement on the later issues of the old monthly magazine. I am more tempted to buy it than I expected, but I'm so cash strapped that I will have to resist. It is good to see GW trying to make the magazine more appealing again though.
As for free characters, I ended up with quite a few of those over the years, including some of those mentioned above. That first metal Necron, in particular sticks in my memory, even though I never used it for anything. Including a free model is definitely a welcome blast from the past.