Some folks used that absurd headsculpt to make pretty funny customs of people dying and stuff. Kind of funny that something good came of such an utterly attrocious action figure. I mean, what kid or adult would look at that and think "Wow, that's cool!"?
The other kick in the nuts is that, not only did Hasbro choose to screw the pooch with the poses and all the action features, but 99% of the action figures didn't even work well. I can only think of one action-feature-laden figure of that era, the SBD, which I didn't mind. I liked the battle damage, the parts and things. I think it's cool that his cannon arm even returned to the CW3D line.
I kept my SBD parts for battlefield rubble. You could plug in that blast effect too, kind of neat. Too bad their paintjobs blow.
I would put Arena Padme and Senator Jar Jar right up there with the POS Mace though. Those were pretty bad figures. Then you had all the geonosisians made of rubber that are (once again, for me anyway), just battlefield rubble. Oh and of course the regular battledroids to join them.
Pilot Padme had a feature and I still think she's decent... Typho was a decent figure for his time I guess. That line was in its latter stages though before it put out much that was really worth hanging onto. Antilles, Dodonna, Imp Officer head variants and stuff.
And that's exactly my thought too Darby, that if it isn't for the ROTS incarnation, then the figure is really going down the tubes. Case-in-point, Barriss Offee, who's not been updated, but who desperately needs it. Between her gaping maw of a mouth, and the absurd pose that is useless without the stand they included (and even then, mine's prone to tipping if not balanced just right on the stand), she really just bites the big one.