Dark Sorceress, I can understand where your coming from. I like this figure, not love the figure like i did before finding out the 4HM passed on doing a 200X outfit when given the chance. The outfit would not have made Evil Lyn look out of place. It is a freaking outfit, there is no design outfit wise that would make a figure out of place in the MOTUC line....unless it was normal clothes (ie American Eagle, etc.) Her 200X uniform could easily have fit into the line, especially with the Faceless One's outfit.
It is all about the design and again clothing is not something that would make the figure not mesh with the rest of the line. If anything clawful doesn't mesh well, he has a very cartoon shaped face and looks goofy. Vintage yes, but the detail on his face makes him IMO stand out more than any other character from the line.
I will still be buying the figure because I have always wanted to have a helmet less Evil Lyn. However you are not the only person who is upset by this news...it seems to be trending and people are upset hearing the 4HM passed on the new tunic. I can see why they would feel that way, it actually bothers me as well. It bothers me that they passed on a new outfit and used an outfit that people already expressed their concern and irritation with the Teela reused outfit. So even if this was not 200X Evil Lyn and was just a variant..it bothers me they had tooling approved for a new tunic. Make the filmation tunic, change it up like BG Teela or if this was and sounds to be the 200X Evil Lyn...they should have done the new tunic to please the fans.
This line continues to impress and continues to stretch the thread of fan commitment by doing things like this. Sooner or later that thread is going to snap and this line is going to fail. I don't want to see this happen, so I hope Mattel, DR and unfortunetly now the 4HM start being more understanding to the things fans are wanting and listen to our voices. If this is 200X Evil Lyn, the 4HM ignored the fans suggestions (except for the cape and head) but they knew how much we did not want another Teela outfit placed on another female and especially for 200X Evil Lyn to be a repaint of the 1st release.
It used to be the 4HM wanted to release great products they stood behind and now it seems by passing on the option to do the tunic they might be bowing down to corporate's constant restrictions. The funny thing is they had the green light for the new tunic and chose not to make it, knowing how upset the fans would be and knowing how overused and irritated people were with the constant reusing of Teela's outfit. Yes the 4HM gave us our cape and helmetless head which makes this figure great, but to have Scott tell us they passed on the new tunic even though Mattel approved it, makes the figure less exciting and just disappointing. Especially knowing what it could have been.
I hope Mattel or Scott realize how much the fans were let down on this character. Scott should not have told us the 4HM passed on making a new tunic.
Hopefully down the road if the line continues...we will see a 200X Evil Lyn variant with a new tunic. They now have all the parts just need to change the outfit.
ToyGuru if you are reading this, think about possibly tooling the tunic for 200X Lynn and re-releasing her within the next two years or another variant allowing the fans who deserve a true 200X inspired Evil Lyn to match her father The Faceless One.
I still respect the 4HM, love their designs but am saddened by the fact they passed on providing fans what they have been requesting. Even if it wasn't straight 200X design..just the fact to give us another teela outfit repainted is a slap in the face. I wish that Scott (ToyGuru) would have advised the 4HM on the backlash a repainted teela outfit would cause. I know he was aware of the backlash when the 1st Evil Lyn was created with the exact same outfit, people wanted a smaller leaf like the character art. People settled down and it was blown over, but before BG Evil Lyn was made...people knew a 200X variant would be coming, had asked about it in Q&A and Scott and the 4HM knew how important it was that fans did not want a straight repaint and were promised it would not be a straight repaint.
That promise was broken. I love the new head and like the product....but the Teela outfit for most fans was something people thought could have been improved. However I think once they read TG's response about the 4HM having the approval for the new outfit and that they passed on it....fans are going to be more upset and the fans who weren't upset will probably be a little bit irritated knowing the character could have had a new tunic.