The classic spacemen of the 1970's and 80's had the space logo printed (or stickered) on their chest, ie. at the upper end of the torso. The red spaceman in Vintage Minifigure Collection Vol. 1
was a faithful reproduction, ignoring the new helmet for which there is an acceptable explanation.Comparison of stickered and printed 70's spacemen with VMC Vol. 1 red spaceman
.Vintage Minifigure Collection Vol. 2
contains two spacemen, white and black. Both have the space logo printing centered on their torso.
Comparison of red Vol. 1 spaceman with white and black Vol. 2 spacemen:
What is the reason for this change which makes the figures look weird (and less authentic)? Does it make production easier or cheaper, or did somebody simply goof up and it was too late to change?