I'm excited to say that I've been working closely with the original manufacturer for the OG INVYR Pandas. We've been talking about bringing back Pandas for a while now, given the popularity of Holy pandas in the community for the past year. One big complaint we had with our offering back in December was the criticism of the factory lube. Since the original Pandas were created with the basis of creating the smoothest linear, lube was applied on the stem as part of the process of manufacturing the switch.
The manufacturer initially offered to re-release Holy Pandas in another run (that is, Halo stems inside INVYR Panda housings), given the success of it back last December. However, given a few factors such as - the fulfillment time behind opening each Panda switch and replacing with a Halo stem, as well as lubing the stem (yikes!), were stuff that I wanted to avoid.
As a huge fan of Holy Pandas myself, I figured the best compromise would be to offer the 2 switches together in one drop and allow the community to assemble the switches themselves. Most of us enjoy spending time tinkering with franken-switching, lubing, or spring swapping so why not stem swap? Plus, you are able to control what and how much lube you want to apply to the Halo stem yourself.
Regarding the updated changes to the INVR Panda linear switch, I understand many will voice their opinion on why we're offering it, or how much different they are compared to the OG run. The manufacturer has told me that the tooling and molds initially used in the December run of Holy Pandas were exhausted due to sheer amount of volume that they didn't expect. The life of these molds were old and far past repair so as a new set was created to produce these new "revised" INVYR pandas, which offer the same design and similar material. They were also tested with stem swapping with Halos and are indeed as tactile as other offering of Pandas and clones.