I do tend to rate figures against each other, and some figures get a "pass" on certain criteria I hold in the utmost importance for other characters/figures. I know I certainly don't hold "Senator" figures in the same class as Jedi and army builders... I look for more out of one than the other and I expect Hasbro to deliver a quality toy with both, but one I just hold in higher regard... I guess it's just a preference.
For my tastes, a "good" figure has a minimum articualtion of 12 points of articulation. My "standard" I'd set for Hasbro if I could run the show is the Cantina wave's articulation... IE:
-2 standard shoulder joints
-2 angle-cut elbow joints
-2 standard wrist joints
-2 standard hip joints
-2 ball/socket knee joints
-1 ball/socket neck joint
-1 standard waist joint
This articulation woudl apply to Cantina aliens, Imp./Reb. Officers, etc... Basically third tier characters with less "action" sequences but who you still want poseability with them that goes beyond the old standard 6 points.
Improvements would be made here and there ABOVE the standard for Jedi, some main characters, and army builders. Super Articulation (IE: Pilot Obi-Wan articulation duplicated) would be used sporatically... A main character in one of his costumes here and there, an army builder here and there, and that figure would see subsequent rerelease till the line's death. Other versions would get retired short of maybe re-use in battlepacks or some such.
The improvements to my "standard" would be like maybe ball/socket shoulders instead of standard shoulders, or ball/socket elbows instead of the angle-cut joints. These would be generally reserved for figures where it makes sense though... Like ball/socket elbows are better for a character with a rifle than angle-cut elbows are, so angle-cuts would go to Jedi characters mostly.
Articulated Ankles would ONLY come on super articulated figures... A ball/socket ankle is not necessary on figures like the Neimoidian Warrior or Utapau Warrior who can't bend their knees... Same with Bacarra. The knees outweight the ankles, and those were dumbass (and costly) decisions on Hasbro's part.
Now... That said, the characters in the Lucas pack are actually pretty cool to me... I do believe them to be boring however. They're not "action" packed characters, they're Senators... And Senators are boring. Mon Mothma is the only figure I can find right now and she's proof they're boring. She's a good figure though... And this is where the hypocrite in me comes out.
The Mothma figure rocks, I love it, but she's boring as watching paint dry. She's as good as a "Senator-Ish" figure is capable of being though short of really cool accessories... That's where I really hold the spotlight on these types of figures. Their accessories make them... Not their articulation. Their robes inhibit poseability and honestly I like them being as poseable as they can be but I know leg articulation is generally out the window with Meena Tills or Mas Ameda.
I like Mas Ameda, he has some of the best arm articulation of any figure, but he's still boring overall. Same with other Senators... I'd put Bib Fortuna in this category, and I like how he looks and I love to get him and to me he can't be better really. The same rule applies to the Lucas Collection (short of Zett who I believe is a weak figure due to the lack of knee articulation). The other figures are GREAT... They suck for their price, but they're really nice looking figures.
For me, a set of 4 SA (or near) Hoth Rebel Soldiers, or Rebel FLeet Troopers, or Scouts, or some such would have been more of a "Wow" factor for me... Army builders are what I love more in the line than anything, but I'm cool with background figures like the Lucas clan too. But when I started playing with Obi-Wan Pilot or the VOTC Stormtrooper, I couldn't put them down really, so they're more "important" in my collection to me I guess is a good way to put it. I'd rather get SA Rebel Troopers than anything... Hell I'd probably take a set of all 3 Rebel Troops Super Articulated over anything else and I'd be content if the line died then and there after I got my fill of those. The rest would just be icing on the cake in my eyes.