99 was the sort of first time articulation was starting to jump from the 6POA stuff. Commtech era saw some extra points. Usually a figure with just elbows/wrists, or just knees and maybe a single elbow.
It's cool looking back to think of that stuff now.
AOTC saw some horridly underarticulated stuff. 5 would've been generous.
To me, this pales in comparison to '02 in that regard. And then when '02 was moving into '03, there were some passable figures and some better than passable (I still buy Dodonna/Antilles if I see them for a fair price). Then again I still buy ASP-7's like theyr'e going out of style. And even POTF2 2-1B's too. And the Commtech Gonk... Not everything lacking articulation is junk to me.
Though I will say, the price has to be right on that stuff to me, but you've also got to realize costs to manufacture in China are vastly different now than they were then. And don't count on Hasbro shifting manufacturing to India, Vietnam, or another country with the means/tech to do complex plastics mold work, and whose socio-economic progress is behind that of China. That's not something Hasbro can do on a whim obviously.
ANyway though, I still like collecting when it comes up. I usually find something I enjoy a lot. That Han Carbonite has been a blast to me. Perfect? No. But fun.
And I am quite sure Hasbro isn't folding up shop on articulation completely yet as well.