Quoted from zene10:
SM’s Green Goblin looks nothing like the pointy eared pumpkin throwing original character. SMVE’s super-roided GG is another character completely from a different series. Looks more like Hulk right down to the purple pants. In fact I grabbed the “Hulk Smash!” call out from the Avengers pin and stuck it in for a SMVE GG callout.
Back when I bought my SMVE the difference between a minty HOU and NIB VE was about $1000.
The added cost of the SMVE was worth it not to spend the time or $ to rebuild the flippers and pops of a 10 year old pin and put LEDs in.
Not to mention the pin was delivered to my door instead of spending the time and effort to drive, inspect and transport a used game (possibly repeating this when a ”perfect” game ends up being not as described). SMVE also has additional armor and better magnet protection at Ock.
So in conclusion, both art packages are horrendous. I hate your machine, you hate my machine. All the toys suck. I wish Stern offered a white wood version.
Sorry, you’ll never unsee the finger puppets of SM.
You make some good (and funny) points. To be very clear, I don't hate the VE at all, I still really like it, I just think certain aspects of the original are closer to the Spidey I grew up with. GG may not be the same as the hat wearing, pointy-eared one in the comics but it's WAY closer than the Hulk-ish one in the VE as you pointed out. As for Doc Ock, I actually thought the movie version makes sense though I agree it's not particularly true to the original comic version of him. If they had used the same kind of art from Amazing Spiderman on the VE that would warrant a significant up-charge in my book.
Obviously it depends on the deal(s) available but if it's between equal condition games and the OG is significantly less as the OP stated I would absolutely take the OG all-day. As you said they play the same and it is a great game with un-horrendous art packages.
P.S. I forget, does the VE has the same custom guitar-rock soundtrack for the Black Suit MB?? I think that's some of the better custom music Stern has ever put in a game.