Personally, I loved the harder edge of both the comic and 2002 toon. Honestly if the new toon & comic were as syrupy sweet as the Filmation toon, I wouldn't have paid attention to the relaunch.1) I know the comic wanted to be more PG-13 with MOTU, but I have never liked that take. I don't want blood and guts with my MOTU. The mental image of Faker getting his guts blown out just didn't appeal to me.
I was never a fan of the robot replica idea. I was hoping he would be a clone in the new series. I envisioned him as a clone infused with DNA from Skeletor and He-Man. Think "Thailog" from Gargoyles. Anyway, the dimensional counterpart works for me as well.2) Faker has always been a Robot. I know it was a new line, but the 4H worked hard to keep classic details with a modern twist. Making Faker not a robot and mostly a human with cyborg parts just seems too much of a deviation for me.