Gold-ish Autobot Ratchet Variation on Ebay

{mosimage}astf Autobot Ratchet, the Voyager-sized action figure, seems to be undergoing a metamorphosis of sorts: some users have reported seeing this deco at retail (this reporter included: A Ratchet found at Target in San Antonio, TX, featured a lime green body, but with doors in a darker, almost ochre hue; upon further inspection, however, this figure features a definite metallic gold-bronze finish), and a seller on ebay is hawking one as a "special connection from the factory."  Is this a running change, or is it meant to be a designated alternate color?  Botcon is coming up soon, so a definitive answer may not be far off.  Discuss the whole sordid affair in this thread.