I just bought a set of brand new Fixe Aliens. The Black one is different from all others: 1. The trigger wires do not have the button copper caps. 2. The trigger plate where the wires attached is thinner and has a different shape. 3. The outer cloth sheath has the Alien logo and is not attached to the copper rings at the ends. 4. The piece is an inch shorter than the blue Alien.
I wonder if they are using old CCH stock. Besides all of the differences brought up by Gunks are, the overall level of "finish" in the manufacturing looks markedly different to me. I will be interested to hear what Fixe US has to say about this.
I have a set of last generation CCH Aliens (including black and blue), and they are identical to yours. the differences between the black and the blue are normal. furthermore i treat the black like an aid piece unless ive nested a pair of them. they are just not as strong.
I have a post recall black its the same as yours and a money piece to place and whip on... i was handling the new fixe one the level of finish in the lobes and around the springs is far better. Mine squeaked and seized. When it was new. The fixe black is smooth awesome...just my. 002