Well, as you know, the TooH.O.T. First Release just dropped in purple and red. I was dying to get one, and compare it to the TooH.O.T. prototype.
I put the Prototype and First Release on a calibrated scale. Prototype 67.08g and First Release 66.94g. My first impression, after throwing one and then the other, is that the first release seemed to play both lighter and faster than the prototype. It is a different play experience, for sure. The First release also looks more similar to the original H.O.T. For these reasons, it made sense to me, to release it in both versions. I, personally, preferred the feel of the heavier playing Prototype. But, I enjoy them both, and despite my preference, I believe the First Release will appeal to the masses a bit more than the Prototype.
I’ll have fun switching between them. If the TooH.O.T. gets even a third of the different looks the Shutter has, I think the TooH.O.T. will do very well on the market.
Nice job Fact’ry!
Quick photos for you. Prototype says “Prototype,” First release is purple, and original H.O.T. is black (middle).