True they aren't great, but it's the best thing what we can get at the moment. I just hope that this downgrade will not be a new trend from Hasbro or Takara/Tomy in the next future.
"but it's the best thing we can get at the moment" just feeds them a whole bunch of "HAH! We were right! They WILL buy them! Make 'em all like this." into their already messed up minds.
This trend will continue until someone actually puts on a BIG show for Hasbro that makes them see "Whoa. Okay. We're about to be lynched."
I've owned (and still do) several TakaraTomy releases. Sturdy. The plastic is solid. Even Masterpiece Rodimus with flawed design choices, is better built than today's offerings. In the time since Rodimus and the DOTM line, we've seen changes in plastic, size, quality, construction, and an increase in price.
Hasbro's Masterpiece Rodimus? Breaks. Without you ever laying a hand on it. Plastic's crap.
FOC? Like I said, I've seen sturdier plastic in disposable utensils. Jazz flexes. And now, TakaraTomy's using thin, and I mean really thin, plastic on their PRID/Arms Micron line. Breakdown's a fantastic figure, but most of his body shell is just that, a shell. Akin to an egg's. When TT cuts corners, that's a bad, bad sign.
This trend will continue. We have the power to stop it.
NOTE: Realize that I am not a perfect Christian, nor do I profess to be. I apologize if anyone's ever offended by me, I'm not perfect. Don't hold my posts and opinions against other Christians.