Yeah, EU's got something like they're just different races of the same species... the whole "Spider" thing takes away from the whole "Walrus" thing though.
What's there to say really? The vintage figure was weird, maybe among the weirdest, and the modern figure's a pile of ****.
I can't say I was a vintage Ponda fan, but the flipper feet are funny.
The modern figure... Well, actually at the one time it was alright, but that one time was really a while ago at this point, and so he really doesn't stack up at all. No holster, the removable arm's clunky at best, poor accessory, sad articulation... The sculpt's bulky but not attrocious to me. Just bulky. The deco kind of matches.
I'm sure this figure could be made today looking insanely crisp, lots of folds and wrinkles to those pleather jackets (look at Ceremony Luke, and that's the level a new Ponda could reach). I too am anxious for a new figure... He and Dr. Evazan are just a notch below Garrouf Lafoe and Bom Vimdin to me on the Cantina figures I want list. Evazan's actually probably above the latter two mentioned to me even, and he's a resculpt.
ANH's still a wealth of new and resculpted figures I think... That's a trough I'd go back to a lot right now.