Maybe "big stink" was a bad wording... Some people were bitching, generally the "If you can't afford one you shouldn't get one at all" crowd. I remember it causing probably more heated debate in customizing circles than probably the vintage world.
I say if you mark it, who cares? But I guess people who own Vlix's maybe feel differently. Fortunately they're so few, I guess their opinion is probably not really important to anyone.
I wanted one of his Rocket Fett's pretty bad but I'm not a big fan of buying customs in general (just not something I'm into), so I figured I'd just live without on that one... It was neat though, I was very tempted at the time. The Hasbro one will more than suffice to me though. I wasn't too particular on the details and intricacy of it... Vlix was never really that on my radar because I'm not into Droids/Ewoks at all.
I still think a modern Vlix ala the Rocket Fett would be a cool idea though, just for the weirdness of it.