Nice review and nice pics.
Many of the FXs have those little paint-like chips on the inside of the tube. Actually, if you strike the blade against your hand in that area, you'll actually break those chips down to smaller pieces and eventually you won't even notice them.
Yeah, the fake rabbit ears, and the loss of the third window as a result, is a big negative for this FX. But it's a great saber nonetheless. The color and brightness of the blade is great, and the clash sensor is top notch.