Maybe the clips as bands on Stonedar's legs could not be engineered in that manner?It is very evident that Mattel Design and or the vendor re-engineered the strap situation. They were clearly meant to clip the biceps and the quads. I think Mattel sometimes doesn't understand the customer base, the character, or both when they try to remind folks that the name of the game in this line is buck reuse based on the vintage line. The reasoning is very flawed.
Ram Man is/was not buck reuse.
The Rock Warriors are not buck reuse (even the satellite lasers)
Several of the Snake Men are not buck reuse.
Many of the Horde if not all are not buck reuse.
Sorceress was not buck reuse.
By that logic, all the PoP girls should have identical faces (shudder).
Look at the clasps used to clip the rocks to the Rock Warriors. they couldn't afford to tool the 4H ones, but they could afford to tool different ones? It makes no sense. It was a Design fail plain and simple. The Four Horsemen went out of their way to make it right, and Mattel didn't properly translate it. The 4H ones looked like clips, too. Once the rock pieces come off, you'd lose the bands anyway, so I don't know how fans would have felt if the prototypes remained unchanged. The outcome appears the same. I wish Mattel didn't sabotage the 4H good-faith effort.
That said, it's thankfull an easy fix. Yes they used Trap Jaw legs and arms, but to play devil's advocate, it's admittedly one of the few times it actually works. They are nicer than the boots they originally had (though personally I would have tooled them new so they could be re-used on Squeeeze). That was a Horsemen decision based on allowed budget. I am OK with this one particular choice. I get folks not OK with this choice. Like the Horde armbands, they can be molded later, thankfully.
Pack the bands in with Granita, the 2015 $30 MOTUC figure ;-)