I agree with sunnelion, but for different reasons actually. I was fairly fond of the old mega floatzal even if I don't have it in my dex (yet), but I much prefer the new one along with the new color schemes to the melan and albino.
I actually like the new mega because the sprite looks cleaner though, it seems they're updating the older sprites and I like that. It means progress for the site, and that the graphics team is hard at work, and I highly enjoy that (probably bc I love to admire the team themselves and their work so something new always makes me happy but who knows).
And the new color schemes just make my eyes and artist self happy. New colors that look this nicely done always make me a happy noodle.
Mega floatzel was the second mega I've made -- first being Mightyena. Novie updated both sprites as part of the whole project we're doing and we figured with each mega release, we'll update the colors as well. I was extremely new to sprites then, and back then it was just me and Looker so I had to learn kinda quick. The old sprite (both mightyena and floatzel) were kinda sloppy
and a bit lazy since they used older generation sprites as a base (pretty prevalent with floatzel since it was a different color)
In terms of mega Floatzel specifically, art team had the same impression - it was kinda underwhelming, so Novie went to town on it and spiced it up a bit while keeping with my original design. I suggested grovyle-like fins as well, and she made it look a bit more menacing (new pose, clawed feet) to help convey the aggressive nature that Mega Evolution tends to bring about.
i was surprised when i hatched my melan pansear but the color of its ears are the same as the original sprite and i thought that was a bit underwhelming
Yeee. Pansear is definitely on the list of melans to be updated -- we'll make you proud, I promise!
(Proof of permission to use the Sloppy comic. Yes I went out of my way to ask for permission cuz meems. Original post and full comic here)