I love the art Hasbro makes of these things, but I think at some point they stop being toys. An abundunce of articulation even starts to affect the aesthetic in some cases (the ridiculous torso joint on the Endor Han body for example) and I think I prefer appearance over ability.
So you prefer "art" over "toys" then? Or am I reading that wrong?
Articulation is part of what makes an action figure an action figure... and a toy. Articulation helps figures fit in vehicles with tighter compartments, it helps posing from action scenes to just standing on a shelf. So wihle I don't feel every figure needs SUPER articulation, I do think a good example of the "minimums" from my point of view is the Death Star Trooper.
-shoulder joints (regular or ball-jointed)
-angle-cut (at least) elbows
-a waist joint (And I agree, I think ball-jointed torsoes generally work on armored figures better than a torso with a shirt, though I think Jedi pull it off due to the layered look of their robes)
-a neck joint (the new ball-jointed necks are actually less money than the old style neck joints, go figure)
I don't always need ankles so long as the figure's ankles aren't sculpted in a "walking" pose like the Training Fatigues Clone.
However I do think the more rooted in action the figure is, the more likely articulation should be, and of course characters like gowned Padme's and Senators in big-assed robes aren't really subject to that minimum... But Dengar does need the articulation since it's about the only thing able to make that character, who should be "action-oriented" since he's a bounty hunter, interesting. Did Zuckuss need SA? No, but it makes him more interesting as a bounty hunter I figure. Same with 4-LOM, etc.
The CC Pilot I do view as an army builder... I was ok with the OTC one too for the most part but I appreciate the upgrade for what he is, and he's gone from ok to great, plus we get the mini-stached version which is nice since the main prop had both head variants riding around in it.
Dengar though, he was really quite unposeable and both mine fall forward because they're sculpted in a sort of front-heavy fashion, and without any articulation he's difficult to correct that. So I appreciate him as much as Luke... He's bulky, ready for action (if you want him to hunt someone down, he can now!
), and so I'm pretty excited to actually buy him for once.