i like the colurs in v2 better but on the other hand i think yellow red and green are a bad mix. Its the green that is bugging me a bit. Also, yes take him out, but dont leave things empty. Instead try finding a more realistic looking render (CGI) instead of the cartoon style. You have to many shades in this to work well with cartoonish, flat renders. Look for instance for a warhammer render maybe?!
On second thought, you could also go Skyrim and make the cholor scheme more blueish and lower saturation. The effect reminds me of the Fus-Ro-Dah animation.