IMO all engines should come in a top bottom styrofoam configuration anymore. The side insert is a recipe for damage.
I couldn't agree more. Most of my locomotives are MTH and they are all side packed. The wrapping material bunches up at the end of the locomotives. It doesn't make sense. When I received a Lionel 10 wheeler a few years ago, I was impressed with the top load styrofoam packaging. I returned a NOS MTH steam locomotive because the cast in bell was bent. Why? Because, undoubtedly it had been unpacked at the store and then repacked without the individual packing piece intended to protect the front of the locomotive. That piece was in the packaging, but not where it was doing anything.