Good pics Jared, have you compared the new TIE to the F/X X-Wing (or the various SAGA incarnations of it)? Are they relatively in scale? A pic would be cool.
I think I have an explanation why we got the crappy POTF2 TIE Pilot with the new TIE. Commonly, exclusive items are controlled by a subset of Hasbro, that at one point went by the name Hasbro Direct. They're responsible for all the store/con exclusives and if you have noticed over the last few years, all exclusives have in one way or another had several re-used pieces. A recent example would be the Jedi vs Sith Battle Pack exclusive to Target. A good chunk of the General Grievous is from the ROTS Preview wave and the Yoda is from the SAGA Youngling 2-pack. So I'm thinking, perhaps the person responsible for this new TIE at Hasbro Direct, or whatever they're calling themselves nowadays, was unaware of a better TIE Pilot figure and ordered the one that they were aware of, thus robbing us of the properly used SAGA TIE Pilot.
I know it's a bit of a stretch, but it might have some bearing on the situation. And though disappointing as it may be, on the plus side, if you're like me and keep your pilots in their ships, you'll have a hard time distinguishing which pilot is in the cockpit.