I was looking around my meager collection, and found that this is kind of a trend with me.
I recently acquired "Energon" Ultra Magnus, which is just a repaint of Armada Overload. Looking at Magnus made me realize how much I despised Overload. I like the mold well enough, but the solid red just makes it so boring. I know it has a few black and yellow spots, but it's mostly red. The Magnus version at least has color variety and is much more pleasant to look at. I sold Overload after I got Magnus.
Same with Classics Rodimus. You'd think it would be a favorite of mine. For some reason, I never liked any version until I received my TFCC Sideburn. I had the Rodimus from the Battle in Space 2-pack, and the powder blue window was just
Ever since I got Sideburn, I keep wishing Shadow Scyther wasn't so damn expensive. I'd get it for Sideburn. The black and blue would complement each other very nicely. I also sold my Battle in Space Rodimus after Sideburn arrived.
Generations Thunderwing was another figure I wasn't impressed with. I liked it OK, but then I got Sky Shadow and found myself liking it much more. I won't get rid of Thunderwing, though, as he is one of my favorite comic characters, and the toy was also a gift.
I bought Armada Jetfire when he first came out, and I really loved the mold. I also like both comic and cartoon characters, so as far as I was concerned Hasbro really hit it out of the park with this one all around. It has been a favorite figure of mine since 2002. Never owned the Powerlinx version, but it looked good. Then at last year's BotCon I purchased the Astrotrain version of the mold, and now I love it even more.
I got Energon Tidal Wave, because I really like the 3-in-1 gimmick, and at first I thought the color was great, even better than Armada. But for some reason when I got it in hand, it was a total turn off. So I purchased the Armada version to go in my Armada collection, and got rid of the Energon repaint. I still want to get the Japanese all-purple cartoon-accurate version.
Generations Bumblebee was another figure I liked OK, and I got it as a gift for a friend. I was impressed with the mold in hand, and bought a Cliffjumper. At first, I loved it, but then the red got to be too much and I had to get rid of it. Not before I bought a Bumblebee for myself.
Animated Voyager Optimus was a figure I got just for the sake of collection, so my TFA bots would have a leader. I wasn't really impressed with it, but it was a shelf-filler. Then I got my set of Stunticons at BotCon, and thought Motormaster was just awesome. Made me appreciate the mold much more. I got Toxitron, but I hated the color so I got rid of him. But Optimus looks much better now, especially in robot mode.
In the same vain, G2 Laser Optimus Prime was absolutely unimpressive to me. The color was ugly, the stickers on the chest were just off-putting. Then Robots in Disguise came out with Scourge, and the mold improved 1000 times, as far as I'm concerned. Of course, G2 Prime found another home.
So, you got any of these?