Rated X wrote:
Why did Hasbro/Takara waste their resources to create two different molds of the same characters instead of producing more characters ??? what a complete waste of effort and plastic. And then they complain when 3rd parties give fans the characters they really want.
I was wondering the exact same thing. But perhaps they were forced to change the line after the FEs were designed, or maybe the designers went above and beyond what Hasbro wanted. Then they saw how good the designs were and went "You know what, these are really good and you guys worked hard on them. Even though it's not what we planned for the line, we'll try to get them a release anyway." I guess if you think about it like that, we should be really grateful they still released them anyway. At least, those who were lucky enough to get the First Editions...
As for the comparison, even though RID is more screen accurate in some ways, I'm glad I managed to pick up the FE. He really benefits from the black in robot mode and the tinted windows in vehicle mode, and of course the more complex transformation. RID also suffers from some pretty bad monkey arms, whereas the FE one is not as bad.