Adjacently necro-topical; I’ve wondered this about MT3. My copy of Susuwatari R1 is consistent enough that nothing sticks out to me - and I can’t help but notice that stuff. I’m not gonna use the p word, but it exudes high-quality.
Subsequent sets, though, are less consistent - at least BoW and WoB, which I’ve seen many copies of personally through my own builds and builds for others.
Just the kind of stuff pictured above; a weirdly fat legend here, a skinny bit on one there. Stuff like BACKSPACE or PGUP PGDN being the easiest to spot.
More subtle stuff like two boxes of WoB with different blacks. (I didn’t notice until I tried to mix them - wait a minute this black is charcoal and that one is piano…)
In only one case so far, a stem wasn’t fully-molded; basically all the other issues were with the legends and not structural as far as I’m aware. Maybe(?) a minor twist but nothing like the one above.
To Drop’s credit they replaced or refunded every example I felt I couldn’t hand to a customer, and they paid shipping. Sometimes like three times in a row until it was right - points to them for that. I don’t expect that from all the vendors I have sets on order from. Ha, I don’t necessarily even expect one of them to arrive at all; a bemused purchase I’ll explain when I know the results.
Coming back around to the main topic - I’d seen this with MT3 months ago, but didn’t realize this sort of thing was an issue with some GMK sets as well. Blissfully unaware, you might say. It will be interesting to see how upcoming and in-production sets fare in general, as there are quite a lot of them.