Thanks for the feedback on the SU Whisper White, and for the color charts that have been shared. Both very helpful.
I placed an order with Dick Blick for some replacement pencils and the new colors, and so got 2 shipments, first the ones in stock, and then the new ones when they came in. In both boxes the pencils were in a plastic bag on the bottom of the box, with plastic bags filled with air on top. As fragile as the Prismacolors are it seems to me that wasn't very practical, and I'm thinking about calling and suggesting they wrap the pencils in bubblewrap in the future. I wanted to see what others thought about it first though. Anyone have problems with the cores being broken with the way they ship them?