I've been replaying Spyro 2 and hnnnggghgh
I like Spyro's design in this game the best. I prefer the scale pattern on his back to the spikes he got later on, and just the general look of him
Spyro (c) Insomniac Games
I personally like Skylander Spyro's design, but I agree that it doesn't fit the original character at all. Should've given it a different name/color scheme instead of trying to cash in on what was pretty much a dying franchise.
It's sort of like the 1998 American Godzilla: Great design, should not have been called Godzilla d: