I don't know about that... Paint aps are weak, there's small cutbacks like Han's leg strap, or the Fleet Trooper's holster... Flawless?
BAD was absolutely the same way. Same articulation count, sculpting I think 99% would agree was just as good, paiint aps between then and now are pretty spot-on with one another, and in some cases I'd argue the BAD were a tad better. Plus the pack-in was obviously superior to, well, nothing.
2007 was a year so focused on collectors in every way, it's not even funny... 30AC had some figures that were inferior to Vintage, but I'd say the vast majority were as good or even better because paint aps at that time were better and the sculpting was just as good.
It's a matter of opinion, but I'd like to see something clear that says, "This is way better than what we were getting!" from then.
You may hold up the Gammorrean Guard, but I'll hold up Hermi Odle, or basically any of the McQuarrie figures, and say that 2007 was dishing out stuff as good as, if not better.
Much less getting into the fact the price was significantly better...
I think the nostalgia of the packaging has swayed a lot of folks, more than the toys themselves. Not saying that the VC stuff is bad at all, as it's been pretty good with only minor flaws, but the line's been that way for a while now. It started in later 2004/2005, and it's really plateaued. Ball-jointed hips and wrists are cool, but I don't count them as such a significant upgrade to any figure that the entire line is now grossly superior to what we got in the recent past... plus, things cost more, cool accessories aren't as plentiful, 2-packs are gone, paint aps are down, running changes are out... I'm just saying there's a lot of things gone that made past figures truly great, and TVC hasn't countered any of that at all IMO.