I have never seen the old version except in pictures, but I am enjoying this revised piece. I bought it on sale and highly recommend it for the sale price. It is bigger than I expected, and I am greatful it's plastic. I have not let any kids play with it yet but I very well might because of it being plastic. The ribbon (which I think is a nice touch) is a little big, but it will do fine for me. I am not picky on historical accuracy for this piece, I do not know if it's historically accurate. It's definitely a great piece for kids, and I enjoy using it for display as well.