I think the only major difference between the OG blaster and the 2019 Retail edition is that the OG blaster comes weathered to make it look street used like in the film and the official update list from Tomenosuke for the 2019 Retailer Edition include the following updates:Wow since you're a completist Tome blaster i would love to know your thoughts, since i can only acquire one:
there's two that is available in the market: OG blaster and the refined 2019 Retail blaster and the soon Paragon FX... if you're me who can only and will only acquire one...which one will you choose and why? and the Paragon one, what do you think about the price tag? will it be cheaper than the Tome one?
• We changed the shape of the bolt, bolt/handle, magazine housing
• The L-cylinder cover was made up of 2 parts and the shape was changed.
• We narrowed the diameter of the collar at the rear end of the sleeve
• We changed the position of the three screw holes of the blaster grip frame that fixes the grip frame of the Charter Arms
• The grips are 0.5mm thicker
Now the Tomenosuke 2019 Retailer Edition has even more improvements!
• The front of the bulldog cylinder has been shortened.
• This eliminates potential cylinder rotation issues if you dry fire the blaster extensively.
• Every model is hand-finished and tested before being signed off on by the Artisans at Tomenosuke in Japan.
As far as pricing goes, on Hollywood Collectibles both blasters are the exact same price.
Choosing which I prefer, I couldn't do it, pretty much why I bought both. The OG version is probably more screen accurate with the weathering, but the 2019 looks like it was right from the factory floor and issued to a day one Blade Runner.
I can't even begin to speculate on the Paragon model. The Tomen's run the range from $1500 US to $1200 US and as a Canadian that price immediately bumps up quite a bit with conversion which is why I always use the payment plan option. So I can only guess a Paragon model would be somewhere in that range.