I have the feeling there is a different rapping of tape at the back for a reason; that possibly the whole portion is removable for maintenance. I feel that it's going to be one really ugly gun haha but hell if it shoots like my axe with the XSV bolt I wouldn't mind buying one myself. On that note I'm gonna try to go back to shooting a luxe or anything like it.
The body doesn't look much different to me than the axe body. Obvious differences are the detents, back cap, foregrip, and trigger frame. If the Axe was an improvement on the Mini, I can only think of what I'd like to see improved on the Axe which is already a pretty solid platform.
-More efficient (Axe does 9+ pods) to meet up with the demand of shooting more paint.
-Easy to clean eyes
-Redline as stock board (Shockwave is acceptable to keep cost down as it does a fine job)
-Better ergonomic foregrip
Don't mean to sound like an Axe fanboy but if Empire is putting something out better than the Axe while maintaining the outstanding customer support, this ought to be a good one.