I was on the fence about getting this saber... Due to finances and that I had a Luke Jedi (2nd Gen), Luke ESB, and Vader ANH (1st Version). Then I saw that they were re-releasing the new version of the Mace. I went to EB (I think that was the store that was selling the newer ones, or GameStop... can't remember now). Anyway, they had three left, and I paced back and forth wondering if I should get it. I knew that there were improvements, and I had enough money, so I went ahead and bought one.
That was the longest ride home. I thought I made the biggest mistake, the wife would beat me with it, it would not live up to expectations, a big bill would arrive in the mail, etc.
I took it out and powered it up and she thought it was the best one I had. Loved the hilt and the color. I was never so relieved. The color was as clear, bright and even as all the ones I own. (Which, I should point out, all have different variances of distribution through the blades depending on lighting and how hard you really look at it, as you are all aware of. I just thought it was a great color and great sound. A very happy spontaneous purchase.