The front panel also features a familiar Antec design with a plastic front bezel and door assembly. As with the Titan 550 I am a little confused by the use of a plastic front after the rest of the case is so solidly built and attractive. In my opinion plastic gives the impression of cheap and breakable, though this only slighty bothers me and doesn't sway my overall opinion of the case.
The only real drawback I could find with this case was the front bezel. Not to beat a dead horse, but to build such a wonderful and durable enclosure, then put a plastic bezel is akin to taking Salma Hayek and having her chase parked cars (For the slow people, a great body with a messed up grill). If Antec had instead used the same 1.0mm steel for the front bezel, this case would be as close to perfect as a chassis could be. Outside of that, my only gripe was the use of 80mm fans for cooling the HDD and PCI/-E slots, 120mm would have been quieter and cooler.
I touched on the plastic front bezel in the review, however I have been using this case every day since then (and switching out components all the time) without issue.
To be honest, I have recieved a lot of positive feedback on this case, and yours is the first negative i have seen. I also have to tell you that this sounds like a shipping/handling problem, as these cases are packed pretty well. I just can't see the damage you describe being done any other way. The front door should not be a problem, as long as your kids treat it like a computer case, and not a jungle gym....
The side panel fan mount fit perfectly on every motherboard i mounted, both AMD and Intel, but I'm sure there are motherboards that may not line up perfectly.
Thanks for the input, and sorry for your experience