The new hatch (on the smaller one) is Hasbro's version of Malibu Stacy with a new hat.
The TRU I was at yesterday had 6 of these out, and the pricetag, presence of the gunship, X wing, and basic ships makes me think they will be around for those that want them.
I have 2 of the Target version. I just pulled out POTF2 Darth's TIE, and they are a good enough match for me. I wish Darth's wings were a little bigger, but I am done with buying multiples of the imperial ships each time they re-release them. The sloppiness of the wing attachments really bothers me when I move these around-
It is another example of fixing something half-way, with the expectation that 1) we will buy it anyway and 2) they can make small improvements to it later and we will buy it again. This smacks of built-in-obsolescence, and I don't appreciate it. And now a new hatch on a white version? Please.
I am glad the X wing got the treatment it did. And I like Mace's starfighter as it will go nice next to Mace and the purple reign troops when that exclusive comes out. But to say I am tired of seeing re-hashed ships and figures while I hear over and over that playsets won't sell is really driving me away from Hasbro products in general is an understatement.
Ships are like playsets. They are props for the figures. I want more (and different) props for my figures, not new lipstick on the same old pig. I put my big rant on that topic in the Hey Hasbro section, so I won't repeat it verbatim here. My boxes of figures are waiting for a reason to come out. And my wallet is clearly focused on medicom and gentle giant, because Hasbro doesn't want to make what I want to buy.