I was one that didn't like the dials and still do not prefer them. I guess they are a nice nod, but one I could do without. I'm not going to be mean about it though.
On the PoP front, I do understand how PoP fans feel slighted since all the other figures are upgraded versions of the original ones. However, the figures for MOTU and their animated counterparts were very similar whereas the PoP figures and their animated counterparts were more different.
I for one like the approach of using the style guide designs, but that is due to me not being a PoP fan back in the day. This is probably the safest approach to get most of the fans interested in these figures. Maybe one day they will try doing a classic toy style PoP figure and if it bombs, then we'll know for sure that the style guide is the way to go. It is also possible it could do really well and prove Mattel and the 4H wrong.