Yep, they used the costing line when speaking about the pack-in figures. On the plus side, the detail on them is still pretty good, just no articulation. They'll probably look fine in the actual vehicles or standing on the shelf, but may not have much playability to them.
I'd rather not have a figure, personally, than get these. But, I can see why they want them in the package to help sell them. And if going with 5 PoA to keep the price down, that's fine with me. They even admitted that they maybe didn't price the RoC line well and this line is less aggressive and should be better priced.
And, yeah, they're way off the reservation on the ninja content of this line. If kids need that and it sells figures, I'll live with it, especially if it gets me my Blind Master and Kim Arashikage in wave 4...and Joe Colton in W3.