The Death Star Gunner, to this day, marks my "minimum" level of quality to make a truly nice figure.
-Lots of gear... basically two or three ways to display him, which is great.
-A great working holster... Maybe the best Imperial holster ever done on a soldier of the Empire. It holds the E11 blaster perfectly, and hides it. Why can't Sandtroopers and the like have these?
-The minimum articulation count and sculpt/pose.... He's a model for future figures, and a model that Super Articulation isn't necessary to make a pretty darn poseable figure.
He has the minimum points... He has elbow joints that allow him a neutral pose, but also allow him to look natrual with a blaster in two hands, or like he's working on something like a computer screen or other gadget. He has ball jointed knees for sitting. He has ball jointed neck and a regular waist joint. He has wrist joints.
What's really key is he has no ankle joints, but his feet are sculpted nice, flat, and neutral. He's able to be posed walking or "lunging", or moving while crouching. He doesn't need the ankles for any of it.
Some will cry foul on the elbow joints being angle-cuts, but angle-cuts work... They really do. Not always though. It depends on how sharp they are or not. If they're done like the Death Star Gunner though, they're perfect IMO.
Ball joints are better, but if the line saw a price drop by a couple bucks, I'd be ok seeing some second or third tier guys cut down to this level of articulation. Cantina aliens? I'd be happy to see them like this.
That new Snaggletooth is great, but did he really NEED all that articulation? If that set was $20 I would've done happily with angle-cut elbow joints and no ankles on the new Snaggletooth.