Well, the line started with poor articulation like swivel legs and static arms so really the Clone Wars line is just heading back to its roots.
I agree with you, Greg. I was thinking about this last week, and I was reminded of it again last night while I was opening up those cancelled DVD packs. The original Obi-Wan figure has no ankle or knee articulation; and, for some reason, that didn't seem to bother me back in 2008. Why does it bother me now? Well, because Hasbro has spoiled me, and I've gladly let myself be spoiled. During 2010 and 2011, they put so much awesome articulation into this line that I came to expect it with everything. But times are a'changin'
and I need to get used to it. Now, looking back, I see that this new "lack" of articulation is not unprecedented. I'm just going to let myself go back to enjoying these new figures in the same way that I enjoyed them in 2008.
I am the most excited for the new Obi-Wan figure, since he is one of my favorite characters on the show. And I picked up Aayla in late 2009/early 2010, so I will most likely pass on her repack. I would be all over the new Rex figure if it weren't for that oversized bucket, which is clearly out of proportion (the same can be said of the upcoming phase 2 Wolffe). And I have no interest in Boss, even if he had been made with super articulation.
I wouldn't mind if Hasbro just scrapped the Clone Wars line altogether...
Oh, banish the thought.
...since the figures and the show are both tired and boring at this point.
The figures are a little disappointing this year, but I certainly think that the show just keeps getting better and better. I am completely on board for two (or three, or four, or five) more seasons, as long as they can maintain this quality.