Just to be clear, I'm not worrying, and no one else should either. The post was simply a quick note while I was unboxing it…as my title said, "Why futz with a great design?" (when the metal protectors nailed the problem).
Assuming the plastic doesn't break, the new design will work just as well. Since most folks don't remove the legs very often, the likelihood of breakage isn't very high.
Quoted from markmon:
People should probably find something real to complain about. How about complain about every other machine that has *no* leg protectors and give kudos to stern that has free built in ones? Geez. Unbelievable.
What I find unbelievable is how you feel compelled to police every bloody post on Pinside. My $7,500 purchase is all the kudos Stern needs (along with the numerous other Stern pins I own). If I want to comment on a change to the pins fit-and-finish (no matter how trivial), I'm entitled. That's what the forum is for…like it or not. Unlike your post, mine at least has a modicum of pin related information.