Bottom: Reissue Sixshot
With the reissue of Sixshot in 2002, owning its vintage version may have become a low priority for many collectors. I must admit I shared the same feeling too as I hunted for the reissue version. At one time, I even own two reissues, one in a better box condition which I have since sold to a friend. It was actually a lucky find for me in getting my vintage sixshot as I was in fact collecting another toy when my seller friend asked if I might be interested in vintage sixshot. I thought there's no harm taking a look since I'm a huge fan of sixshot. It certainly came as a pleasant surprise when I saw that the box condition was even better than my current reissue version. Most importantly, the price offered by my friend was very reasonable, much less than what I had expected to pay. So now, it sits mighty inside my display cabinet.
I also decided to make a comparison of the differences between the two and apparently, there were only slight but pretty obvious differences. You may want to click on the photos to get a clearer view. If you look carefully at the front box cover, you can see the absence of the 'reissue' black label (bottom centre) on the vintage. Further, the Takara logo at the bottom right hand corner is much bigger for the vintage compared to its resissue counterpart.
Moving to the back of the boxes, the vintage includes robot points, which is absent for the resissue. The robot artwork designs on the bottom left corner are also different. Moreover, the vintage contains the specs table of sixshot, which cannot be found on the reissue. Finally, the vintage was actually made in Japan, while the reissue was made in China, most likely to cut down on production costs. That's about all I can spot at the moment. :)