V1 featured completely redesigned, better-shaded masks with a more professional look, set-based arms and a far better torso design, much less basic and square than the original. This made the Matoran taller which stood out better and made them more useful for serious comic projects.
The kit was well received, being praised by people such as Dokuma.
Surprisingly, despite the major improvements to the Matoran design, the kit failed to bring a lasting impression to comic makers, with most people sticking with traditional Razor Matoran. It has since been largely forgotten in the public mind.
However, the kit has received increased usage recently, which has given it more attention from BZP.