Actually, Omi, I know of the color change, and I have both old colors and new. This isn't that. This is just plain made wrong. Buy the battlepacks and get back to me. For instance, the unprinted Chinese gray torsos from the Castle TTT don't match either shades. And I can understand and have pieces that aren't exactly
the same color. However, none of those are semi translucent
or look like Mega Bloks.
That never happens with Euro parts. Only with Chinese ones. Another example of poor quality by China? The recent Kingdoms battlepacks; they're all the wrong torsos. Prints meant to be on gray torsos are on that cheap, translucent red plastic, likely leftovers from the redcoat pirate battlepacks. Ya can't argue with that being disappointing. And it's not so much an error as it is the deliberate cheapening of the product by using that mandatory government plastic in China. And it ain't just me: I've seen rants against the Chinese products on all LEGO fan sites. usually met with applause by people frustrated with the low quality, off-colored figs.
except the stamp because I don't know what you're talking about on that one. Of course, this may just be Lego over all as the cracks seem to only happen to new figs.
The "arm stamp" is a dreaded "LEGO" indented logo on the inside of the arm. Trust me, it's a mark synonymous with "Made in China."
I've only had one actual Euro torso crack. One plain brown one from Mistlands Tower. That's the only one. This is the fault of China, you can count on that. And believe me, my torsos are separated from the legs daily, so if anyone would have abundant cracks, it'd be me.