What negative fan reaction? Where'd you read this about the company?
I mean, I'm kinda luke-warm on the new design, but we havn't got more than 2-3 pictures of it that are any good and a few half-second clips of it in action. There seems to be at least as many people who love the new design as hate it, and plenty of people like myself - not in love, but not really complaining too much either.
Besides, they've already made a toy prototype along with the action figures, didn't they? That's not a model, but still, it's something.